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READING ABOUT EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's ResearchBrief is a Web-based publication that provides focused summaries of high-quality research. A recent issue examined Elementary Teachers' Use of Technology. The researchers found teachers used technology most frequently for preparation purposes and least frequently for directing their students to create products using technology.
Leadership: Walking the Talk Develop your leadership skills, whether you're a superintendent, tech director, principal, or classroom teacher. http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=56900348
EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET
Jack Johnson was the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century. The documentary of his life, Unforgivable Balckness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, was recently broadcast on PBS. It was produced by acclaimed filmaker Ken Burns. If your library did not record the show, you can purchase a copy. The PBS website includes teaching materials and information on how to order the tape or DVD. http://www.pbs.org/unforgivableblackness/teachers/
The MASSIVE (Math and Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere) database contains information on over 1800 science and math songs. Some of these songs are suitable for 2nd graders; others might only appeal to tenured professors. Some songs have been professionally recorded; others haven't. Some are quite silly; others are downright serious. To find songs that will interest you, proceed to the search/browse page. Or check out the companion site, MASSIVE radio, an Internet radio station devoted entirely to science/math songs (requires a connection speed of at least 64 kilobits per second). http://www.science-groove.org/MASSIVE/
WWF: Endangered Wildlife World Wildlife Fund's interactive endangered species web site, teaching people about the plight of tigers, pandas, rhinos, whales, and other species at risk. http://www.worldwildlife.org/endangered/
WorldBiomes.com Provides various sub-divisions and examples of the 5 types of biomes so that you may attain a better understanding of the relationships and features distinguishing one type of biome from another. http://www.worldbiomes.com
It Makes Good Sense Our five senses help us to see, hear, smell, taste and touch. The strengths of these senses vary – some senses are more heightened than others, some can diminish with age and some might not be present at all. Use the activities on this site to get your students thinking about how the presence or absence of the five senses affect their daily lives, then scroll down for more links and resources on this topic. http://www.marcopolo-education.org/MarcoGrams/Jan2005.html.
Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World Scientific information about how the senses carry messages to the brain and how the brain interprets and relays those messages is clear and very readable. Separate sections include discussions of current research on such topics as deafness and colorblindness, as well as explanations of how humans process -- and use -- data received through the senses. http://www.hhmi.org/senses
American Cultural History 1900-1909 The purpose of this web and library guide is to help the user gain a broad understanding and appreciation for the culture and history of the 1900-1909 period in American history. http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decade00.html
All the Mighty World: Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852-1960 shows photos of one of the most important photographers of the 19th century. Fenton photographed the English countryside, country houses, cathedrals, the royal family, still lifes, and figures in Asian costume. His photos documenting the Crimean War are among the first to depict war. http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/fentoninfo.htm
Art Zone invites children of all ages to design a virtual mobile; create a collage, painting, or a geometric sculpture online; design and texturize 3-dimensional shapes (and see how artists create these effects without a computer); create a "pixel face"; and orchestrate an array of colorful shapes and patterns online. http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective looks at the life and works of an artist whose career-long exploration of light established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of minimalism. His use of fluorescent light is featured in this exhibit, the first comprehensive retrospective on one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/flavininfo.htm
Gerard ter Borch displays 14 pieces by one of the finest of all Dutch 17th-century painters. Ter Borch (1617-1681) was unrivaled at capturing the elegance and grace of wealthy burghers and expressing with subtlety the interactions between figures. He is renowned for his refined interior scenes and his mastery in rendering materials, particularly satins, which are notoriously difficult to paint. http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/terborchinfo.htm
Gerry Mulligan Collection presents audio excerpts, scores, photos, and information about the jazz composer and band leader who elevated the baritone sax to the status of a solo instrument and, with his piano-less quartet, helped establish the "West Coast jazz" sound. The autobiography section includes Mulligan's recollections of playing with Charlie Parker and the months he spent with Miles Davis and others at Gil Evans' apartment leading up to the "Birth of the Cool" album. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cocoon/ihas/html/mulligan/
NeMO Explorer allows students to explore a seafloor observatory geographically or by topic. Learn about seafloor animals, hydrothermal vents, mid-ocean ridges, axial volcano, lava flow, and technology and tools. Operate (remotely) a vehicle that takes you to the seafloor near an active submarine volcano. Explore black smoker vents, new lava flows, and unusual life forms. http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/vents/nemo/explorer.html
Tsunamis and Earthquakes uses animation and virtual reality to show how tsumanis are generated by earthquakes. Learn about tsunami research and mitigation efforts -- how sediments are transported by a tsunami, how researchers decipher the geologic record of prehistoric tsunamis, and the seismograph network of the west coast tsunami warning system. http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/
Elections looks at American political parties of the past, presidential inaugurations, images of presidents and first ladies, our first uniform election day, political cartoons by Pat Oliphant and Herbert Block (Herblock), the 1877 electoral commission created by Congress to resolve the disputed presidential election of 1876, the 19th and 24th amendments (ending the poll tax and giving women the right to vote), and the Nixon-Kennedy debates. http://memory.loc.gov/learn/community/cc_elections.php
Stephen Ambrose: Victory in Europe: May 1945 offers the audio of an hour-long lecture in which Stephen Ambrose reviews the Allied strategy to end World War II in Europe. Ambrose, a leading expert on this period, evaluates success of the strategy and reflects on its long-term implications. http://smithsonianassociates.org/programs/Ambrose/ambrose.asp
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy looks at the history and variety of voting methods in the U.S. - the voice vote, "party ticket" (paper ballots listing candidates from just one party), Australian ballot, gear and lever machine, and others. Voting reforms of the early 1900s, when the U.S. electorate doubled, are described. Kinds of voting equipment used in counties across the U.S. are shown on a map. Innovative design improvements are discussed. http://americanhistory.si.edu/vote/
Westpoint in the Making of America, 1802-1918 looks at the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, its contributions to American history, and accomplishments of selected West Point graduates. Proposed by George Washington in 1783 and created 20 years later, West Point became an important American institution before the Civil War. http://americanhistory.si.edu/westpoint/index.html
Within These Walls tells the stories of five families who lived in one house in Ipswich, Massachusetts, over a 200-year period. The 10-room Georgian-style house was built in the 1760s by a wealthy miller and maritime merchant. Subsequent inhabitants fought in the Revolution, against slavery, and in World War II. http://americanhistory.si.edu/house/default.asp
DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online) is the National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine. This information may not be readily available in bibliographic databases. Each record may contain information on the publications, holdings, and services provided. DIRLINE contains over 8,000 records and focuses primarily on health and biomedicine, although it also provides limited coverage of some other special interests. These information resources fall into many categories including federal, state, and local government agencies; information and referral centers; professional societies; self-help groups and voluntary associations; academic and research institutions and their programs; information systems and research facilities. Topics include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, most diseases and conditions including genetic and other rare diseases, health services research and technology assessment. http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Britannica Online School Edition (available through the Alabama Virtual Library) is now aligned to Alabama school curriculum standards! With just a few clicks of the mouse, Britannica provides educators quick, easy access to all state curriculum standards and benchmarks, with links to supporting encyclopedia articles from Compton's Encyclopedia by Britannica. Conveniently organized by subject and grade level, these articles, plus hundreds of printable and online curriculum-based learning activities, are ideal for use in the classroom, media center, or computer lab. This curriculum standard alignment helps schools using Britannica meet requirements for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Through Britannica Online School Edition, educators can access EdGate's Curriculum Matrix, the premier database for lessons, assessments, and Internet resources directly linked to each state's standards. Developed by educators for educators, the Curriculum Matrix uniquely prioritizes standards based on both essential skills and state achievement tests. This matrix provides an easy way to find resources that support specific standards, including Britannica encyclopedia articles and instructional activities, as well as an expanded collection of curriculum activities provided by EdGate. To access the Curriculum Matrix, go to the AVL. If you are at school or in a library, click on the Campus and Library button. If you are at home or somewhere else, click on Home Access and use your Home Access card with user name and ID. Click on Britannica Online School Edition under #4 (Search Electronic Databases). You will then click on the Britannica Teacher Resources link at the top of the screen under the blue bar and graphic. Click the "Browse curriculum standards" link, select your state, then select your grade and subject, click "Find It", and the state's standards will be displayed. Click a standard to see the related materials. This is a great, new resource now available to you through the Alabama Virtual Library.
Teachers' Domain Professional Development broadens educators' knowledge of science content and teaching methodologies and helps them integrate technology into the classroom. These research-based online courses give teachers new ways to excite their students and facilitate their learning. Teachers learn using inquiry and exploration, two approaches they can take back to the classroom. The courses include interactive multimedia resources that can be incorporated into lesson plans, as well as videos of classroom practices that model creative teaching. In addition, the courses also have online discussions, which enable teachers to communicate with their peers in a supportive, user-friendly, learning environment. http://www.teachersdomain.org/courses/
Literacy Techniques (newly revised) is a practical handbook for elementary teachers, filled with dozens of effective activities based on the latest research. This comprehensive guide covers word work, comprehension, reading and writing workshop, spelling and grammar, organization, and more. http://www.stenhouse.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=8923andr=sb050120
blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer, is changing the way that people think about search technology. Free-to-download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to relevant information anywhere and in any format: on the Web, in the news or on the desktop. Utilizing blinkx, users are no longer limited to Boolean keyword search. Instead, blinkx automatically and implicitly conducts searches based on the content being viewed by each individual user. blinkx is a privately-held firm based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
Manybooks.net Thousands of eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, or Symbian cellphone. http://www.manybooks.net/
Summer Teacher Institute 2005: Storytelling and the Visual Arts will focus on storytelling and the visual arts. Two 6-day sessions will be held at the Gallery and other Washington locations. Each session will accommodate eighteen participants. A detailed description of the program and the application are online. Applications are due March 15, 2005. http://www.nga.gov/education/teacinst.htm
DO NOT CALL In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. Call this number from your cell phone 888-382-1222. It is the national Do Not Call list. It blocks your number for 5 years. https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx