ALABAMA SUPERCOMPUTER AUTHORITY

Each month, the Alabama Supercomputer Authority website features monthly news articles highlighting some of the ASA services. The February feature article is entitled AREN Core Infrastructure Upgrades. Past feature articles (Supercomputers for Education, Learning Spanish via the Internet, and AREN Network Monitoring and Auditing) can be found by selecting News from the ASA menu.

READING ABOUT EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Internet users ages 12 to 28 years have embraced online applications that enable communicative, creative, and social uses. Older users are more likely to engage in online activities that require some capital: travel reservations and online banking. Tables comparing how different generations use the Internet are included in this data memo. http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/170/report_display.asp


EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET

Seeing Math™ Secondary: Dynamic Interactive Software Makes Math Come to Life - Seeing Math™ has developed interactive software tools to clarify key mathematical ideas in middle and high school mathematics. Each interactive provides a real-time connection between representations of the mathematics (symbolic, graphical, etc.), so that changes in one representation instantly cause changes in the other.

Astronomy & Space Classroom Resources provides lessons and web resources from the National Science Digital Library. Learn about amateur telescope making, black holes, UFOs, astronomy research, myths and misconceptions about astronomy, space weather, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the structure and evolution of the universe. (National Science Foundation)

Mediasite.com is about connecting smart people with people who want to get smarter. It's a search tool that helps you find free presentations and lectures created with Sonic Foundry's Mediasite system. Mediasite.com provides you with a directory of these publicly-available presentations created by hundred of experts around the globe. Some of the most-viewed presentations include:

African American History Month Resources

In celebration of February as African American History Month, K12 Handhelds presents a FREE handheld curriculum unit on African American history. This unit includes an ebook with historic photos, profiles, a timeline, a linked glossary, and more; a virtual field trip to significant sites in African American history; web clippings of profiles, first person accounts, and more; a quiz, and even a handheld calendar of historical events for every day in February! You can download this now at www.k12handhelds.com/curriculum!

African Voices is an exhibit that explores the diversity of Africa's cultures and their influence on work, family, and community. Sculptures, textiles, interviews, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics are included. (National Museum of Natural History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project presents 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 photographs of former slaves. (Library of Congress)

Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field presents telegrams, letters, and photos illustrating how Robinson, the first African American to play "officially" in the big leagues in the 20th century, pressed for civil rights. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Legends of Tuskegee highlights achievements of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen. (National Park Service)

Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During World War I tells the story of the "Harlem Hellfighters," an all-black regiment that was one of the most highly decorated regiments during a time of segregation in the Army and other parts of society. (National Archives and Records Administration)

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 traces how Southern African-Americans experienced Protestant Christianity and transformed it into the central institution of community life. (Library of Congress)

Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney tells how Walker, an African American woman, and Penney, a former tuberculosis patient, built from scratch their multi-million and billion dollar businesses. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places)

NEWS YOU CAN USE

2006 SIGTel Online Learning Award Competition - Do you know of an INNOVATIVE educator who is ADVANCING online learning? ISTE's Telelearning Special Interest Group (SIGTel) Online Learning Award (OLA) competition recognizes creative teachers for their pioneering use of telecommunication networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for school-age students K–16.

New Ohio High School Emphasizes Math, Science, Technology - An unprecedented partnership of Battelle, Ohio State University, and the Educational Council has unveiled a new public high school that will emphasize math, science, and technology. The small, public high school, Metro High School (http://www.themetroschool.org), will open with as many as 100 ninth-graders this fall. The school, which will prepare 9-12 grade students for success in college, is unique in that its 11th- and 12th-graders will participate in hands-on, self-directed learning outside of the classroom with teachers and mentors from the community. This learning will include independent research projects, group projects with other students, and community internships at learning centers around the community.

 

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