Cabri as a shared workspace within the proving process.
This paper will discuss some findings from a study investigating the development of the proving process in a dynamic geometry environment. Through a detailed analysis of students' processes when working with open geometry problems involving conjecturing and proving in Cabri, an analytical and explanatory framework has been developed. This paper examines in particular the interactions between the students in the proving process. The analysis shows that Cabri works as a shared workspace, i.e. as a
New e-learning services based on mobile and ubiquitous computing: Ubi-learn project
Ubiquitous and mobile learning concerns building applications in highly dynamic and heterogeneous environments to bring computation into the real, physical world. This paper presents UbiLearn a distributed Learning platform with Nomads Objects and new e-learning services based on.
Supporting Teachers Intervention in Collaborative Knowledge Building
In the context of distributed collaborative learning, the teacher's role is different from traditional teacher-centered environments, they are coordinators/facilitators, guides, and co-learners. They monitor the collaboration activities within a group, detect problems and intervene in the collaboration to give advice and learn alongside students at the same time. We have designed an Assistant to support teachers intervention in collaborative knowledge building. The Assistant monitors the collabo
Exploring the secondary transfer of gifted and talented pupils
In my research I am endeavouring to investigate the experiences of academically gifted children transferring from primary to secondary school. This involves examining the policy context of the national, regional and local arenas, the ways in which pupils experience this provision within their classrooms, and the influence of their home environment. One cohort of children will be tracked longitudinally from Year 5 into Year 8 in two contrastive areas, Bristol and Cardiff. An ethnographic case
Improving the effectiveness of pupil group work: report on first results from the TLRP phase 2 SPRin
The main impetus for the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Grouping) project was to address the wide gap between the potential of group work to influence learning, motivation and attitudes to learning, and relationships in the classroom, on the one hand, and the limited use of group work in schools, on the other hand. Pupils rarely receive training in group working, and teachers are often unsure of its benefits and place in the curriculum. The SPRinG project was therefore set up to develop,
Toward a social pedagogy of classroom group work
Abstract In any classroom, pupils will be drawn together for many purposes and we can refer to such within classroom contexts as ‘groupings’. The teacher often creates these, and the way that they are set up, and how they are used for particular learning purposes. If the relationships between grouping size, interaction type and learning tasks in groups are planned strategically then learning experiences will be more effective. However, research suggests that the relationships between these e
A changing climate for educational research? The role of research capability-building
As part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme, the ESRC have funded a totally new kind of project, which is likely to be watched with interest by others in social science more generally. This Research Capacity-Building (RCB) project (grant number L139251106) is an innovative attempt to invigorate an entire research field. Among its aims are to support and encourage: the management of complex projects, a widening of methodological approaches, the further combination of different approac
Developing Questions for Gallery Walk to Engage Higher Order Thinking
This site from SERC's Starting Point explains best practices for developing Gallery Walk questions which involves preparing questions based on a lecture's central concept, issue, or debate. A variety of questions can be used but the technique seems to work best with higher order questions relating to analysis, evaluation, and synthesis; using Bloom's Hierarchy provides a guide for wording questions at various levels of abstraction. Examples of various types of questions including comprehension,
Developing Analytical and Communication Skills in a Mock-Trial Course Based on the Famous Woburn, Ma
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses a mock trial in which undergraduates serve as expert witnesses and law students serve as their attorneys. The article identifies the trial as an effective vehicle for developing quantitative skills and enhancing written and oral communication skills. The course discussed is unabashedly about applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. The entire course revolves around the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of scienti
Daisyworld Interactive Activity
Students use a JAVA interface design to explore the Daisy World model. The model is intended to illustrate a mechanism by which biota might optimize their abiotic environment by means of negative feedback. The model does not attempt to describe all of the possible mechanisms and feedbacks which might influence the ways in which the plants and climate develop. Instead, it is an heuristic model, that seeks to describe the ways in which this mechanism might work. The original model was developed by
Environmental Chemistry Library
An \"everything\" site for teaching of environmental chemistry, as yet incomplete, but with the potential to be very useful to pedagogy in environmental chemistry. Contains some unique case studies.
Using PBL in Teaching Analytical Chemistry (The China Papers)
This paper from July 2003 taken from the China Papers documents the plans that one analytical chemistry professor from Hunan University has for implementing a problem-based learning approach in his undergraduate analytical chemistry course. The paper also provides a unique window into the perspectives of a Chinese educator and his perspectives on the challenges to adoption of PBL. As such the paper should be of great interest to analytical chemistry faculty particularly those interested in ado
An Unusual Arson Case: Polymer Grains
A case example of determination of an arson accelerant by a variety of analytical techniques. Will make a good case record for an active learning class. Uses a variety of techniques, particularly chromatography and headspace analysis.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics
A team at Utah State University has assembled this impressive collection of interactive, educational online Java applets. The tools are suited for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are five main categories of applications, consisting of numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Each category has a number of applets that demonstrate various concepts. The applets present a problem and prompt the user for a solution. Graphical rep
EPR Basics and Application to Biology
This site contains a set of powerpoint slides that discusses the basic principles underlying electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The slides also present examples of the application of EPR to biological systems including organic radicals in proteins, paramagnetic metal centers and spin labels.
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
Hosted by Access Excellence at the National Health Museum, the Backyard Birding -- Research Project was created by Monte Vista high school teacher Stan Hitomi. This hands-on project is targeted towards high school-aged life science and biology students and can be adapted to run from between two months to an entire year. The project emphasizes research, cooperative learning, and community outreach skills as students construct bird feeders, maintain a journal, design a research project, and commun
Guidance for Industry: Bioanalytical Method Validation
This site is a pdf document for analytical scientists detailing what is necessary to make a methodology acceptable to the FDA. As such it should provide an \\\\\\\"eye\\\\\\\" opener to students trying to learn the analytical mindset. This site will be especially useful for instructors presenting material on method validation. It is also a valuable resource for students considering employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
Animations showing the detailed steps involved in 8 different immunoassays. The focus of the site is primarily on the biochemical aspects of the immunoassays, not on their analytical applications.
What Is Service Learning?
Learning in the context of real-world problems through activities that not only promote student learning but also serve the public. Environmental and analytical chemistry courses provide a background for using scientific skills to work with the community and gain an understanding of a scientist's role in society. A group of faculty was convened to examine how service learning can best fit into chemistry instructional programs.
SGE Chromatography Products - Troubleshooting and Training
A guide to troubleshooting chromatography problems, especially GC. There is also material on increasing column efficiency and reference material on properties of stationary phases.