ALABAMA SUPERCOMPUTER AUTHORITY

Representatives from the Alabama Supercomputer Authority will be in booth #117 at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, June 15-17.  The theme of this year's conference is Classrooms:  Then and Now.  See you there!

READING ABOUT EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Spam and Phishing More than a year after the CAN-SPAM Act became law, email users say they are receiving slightly more spam in their inboxes than before, but they are minding it less. Overall, more than half of all internet users (52%) complain that spam is a big problem. In a first-time measure of phishing, or unsolicited email requesting personal financial information, 35% of users say they have received such email, and 2% have responded by providing the information.  Read the full report: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/155/report_display.asp


EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET

Keeping the Peace Students spend a lot of time in school studying the causes, effects and statistics of war, but just as important is the examination of what happens when wars come to an end. While many people hope for true peace, it's often difficult to achieve and maintain. This month's MarcoGram challenges students to look beyond the battlefields to the ongoing quest for peace.

http://www.marcopolo-education.org/MarcoGrams/Jun2005.html.

Fabulous Fiction Guardian Unlimited says, Teachers and parents who are struggling to persuade teenage boys to pick up books could do worse than look to the example of two 13-year-old boys who have created an award-winning website aimed at inspiring young people to read. http://www.fabfiction.moonfruit.com/

Nineteenth-Century America in Art and Literature presents documents paired with 7 paintings, including Mahantango Valley Farm, Jolly Flatboatmen, and White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas. These paintings and writings help students see the impact of geography, technology, economics, and politics as America moved west, shifted from farming to industry, and fought a civil war.  http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/19th_century_america/

The World Year of Physics 2005 is a United Nations endorsed, international celebration of physics. Events throughout the year will highlight the vitality of physics and its importance in the coming millennium, and will commemorate the pioneering contributions of Albert Einstein in 1905. Through the efforts of a worldwide collaboration of scientific societies, the World Year of Physics brings the excitement of physics to the public and will inspire a new generation of scientists. http://www.physics2005.org

Biodiversity provides resources for learning about genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity. Explore databases on amphibians, birds, corals, fish, fires, invasive species, plants, oceans, watersheds, and wetlands. Examine genetic information on flies, worms, mice, and trees. http://www.nbii.gov/issues/biodiversity/

Botany for Kids offers activities for learning how leaves change color, how flowers grow, how plants fight disease and insects, why plants come in so many colors, tips for growing plants, and facts about fungi. Learn about seeds, composting, endangered plant species, fire, lichen, and plant hunters -- scientists who collect plant samples from around the world to trace a plant's evolution. http://www.nbii.gov/disciplines/botany/science.html

Earth Explorers Series profiles an atmospheric scientist who flies through hurricanes, an engineer who operates a spectro-radiometer (an instrument on a satellite), an ocean scientist, high school students whose science fair project took them to Croatia, and other Earth explorers. http://science.hq.nasa.gov/education/earth_explorers/index.html

Earth's Magnetic Field is the focus of the POETRY website, which explores solar storms and how they affect us, space weather, and the Northern Lights. A 64-page workbook of hands-on activities examines Earth's magnetosphere. Create a classroom magnetometer. Solve the space science problem of the week. http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/

Gravity Probe B is a relativity gyroscope experiment designed to test two unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity (1916): that the presence of a mass in space, such as the Earth, would warp local spacetime, creating a dip or curve in spacetime, and that the rotation of a mass in space would twist or drag the local spacetime frame around it. An educator's guide and space science activities are included. http://einstein.stanford.edu/

Infrared Astronomy Tutorial examines infrared light, how it was discovered, infrared astronomy, atmospheric windows, and more. An infrared astronomy timeline is included, along with links to news and discoveries, images, and classroom activities. http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ir_tutorial/

Magnetic Field Activities for the High School Classroom helps students understand the vector nature of fields, the ubiquity of fields in the environment, and the 3-dimensionality of fields. Activities include mapping the magnetic field of a room, making a magnetometer, and studying plasma. http://istp.gsfc.nasa.gov/istp/outreach/ed


NEWS YOU CAN USE

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asking educators and others to comment on its implementation and subsequent enforcement of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the law that requires internet operators to get parental consent before collecting personal information from web surfers under age 13. For more information, go to:  http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/04/coppacomments.htm

 

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