Internet Scout Project

The Internet Scout Report provides evaluation and annotation of high-quality online resources, particularly those that will be of value to the education community. Each resource is selected, researched, and annotated by a team of professional librarians and subject-matter experts, who evaluate sites on the basis of their content, authority, upkeep, presentation, availability, and cost. Published since 1994, the Report is one of the internet's oldest and most respected publications. The Internet Scout Project is part of the College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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ATTRA - The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
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This organization promotes sustainable agriculture. Their website provides publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, and organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/02/2008
Agriculture in the Classroom
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The Agriculture in the Classroom initiative is designed to "improve agricultural literacy." The organization's work is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which works to develop the classroom programs, including fact sheets, lesson plans, and interactive activities. Visitors can make their way through five sections on the homepage, including State Programs, Teacher Center, and Student Center. In the Teacher Center, visitors will find lesson plans, state agricultural facts, and current and back issues of "AgroWorld." This publication brings together helpful information for students and teachers seeking to learn about integrated science, Earth systems, and family and consumer science. Moving along, the Student Center includes fun activities for younger children in the Kids' Zone, such as games that allow students to learn about farm activities and the world of agricultural science.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
02/01/2013
AmericanRadioWorks: Power and Smoke: A Nation Built on Coal
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The United States gets over half of its electricity from burning coal, and this tremendously important resource remains one of the nation's greatest assets. However, it is not an asset without problems, as the burning of coal has brought with it tremendous levels of air pollution and other problems. This latest radio documentary from the American RadioWorks group was produced by Catherine Winter, and it explores various aspects of coal production in the United States. The program also offers some historical perspective on the subject. The program can be listened to in its entirety here, or visitors can also download it for their own use. Along the way, visitors will hear from environmental history professor Joel Tarr, museum director Anne Madarasz, and smog museum director Don Pavelko.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/15/2011
AmphibiaWeb
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Dr. David Wake, Curator of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California-Berkeley, and several graduate students have launched AmphibiaWeb, an online database of amphibian biology and conservation. The searchable database currently contains 137 species accounts and eventually will provide information "for every species of amphibian in the world." Species accounts include species descriptions, photos, life history information, conservation status information, and literature references. Although the new resource is still under development, more than 100 species are already photo-illustrated, and over 300 species have range maps; the reference list contains in excess of 500 literature references. In addition to the database, the site offers a section on worldwide amphibian declines and information on how to contribute information to the database.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/30/2007
Atomic Orbitals
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The Atomic Orbitals Web site "was established as part of an (ongoing) project at Purdue University to develop 'visualization modules' for general chemistry students." Using the Chime plug-in, which allows unique and stunning visualizations, visitors can learn what an atomic orbital is; what the 1s, 2s, 3s, 2p, 3p, and 3d orbitals are; what hybrid orbitals are; and more. The combination of easy-to-read descriptions and educational graphics make the site a great learning resource for high school and even college level chemistry students.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/05/2007
Bates College Online Resources for Calculus and Linear Algebra
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Bates College in Maine has worked diligently to bring together this set of mathematical resources to the public, and it's a nice find. The materials here are drawn from four courses at the school: Math 105, Math 106, Math 205, and Math 206. The first couple of resources in each section contain past quizzes and exams from each course, complete with information on each topic. Additionally, each area contains drill problems, tutorials, and a fun "Find the Error!" feature. The topics covered here include linear algebra, quadric surfaces, functions, and abstract vector spaces. Moving on, the site also includes links to external sites from Harvey Mudd College and the University of California-Davis that address advanced math topics. For those persons interested in learning more about the mathematics department at Bates College, there's a link to its official website at the bottom of the page.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Towne, Eric
Date Added:
06/25/2012
BioEd Online: Podcasts Plus Lessons
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Baylor College of Medicine is responsible for creating this educational online resource for students, teachers, and parents. The podcast feature of the website is a new one and offers "supplementary standards-based educational activities, research information, and links." The currently available podcasts are by produced by scientists from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), and they address such topics as astronauts' sleep, astronauts having to diagnose their own injuries while in space, the hazards of lunar dust, and how astronauts exercise in space. Visitors will find that each podcast has a short version and long version that can be played or downloaded. Each podcast also links to lessons for grades K-12, including ones from NOVA Science, NASA, Neuroscience for Kids, and NSBRI. Visitors will also find that there are numerous activities to supplement each podcast, such as "Additional Activities/Extensions," "Additional Resources" and "National Science Standards" for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
02/26/2010
Bio-Link: Educating the BioTechnology Workforce
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Bio-link enhances biotechnology education programs through the expansion and provision of professional development for both students and instructors. This website compiles advice on course curricula, describes new technologies pertinent to the industry at large, and creates a network of industrial and educational centers that is searchable by region. On this website, students and teachers alike will find discussion forums on biotechnology and related issues, descriptions of job scenarios, and a plethora of multi-media teaching resources for small laboratory and lecture classes alike.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/16/2007
Biochemistry Problem Sets and Tutorials
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This collection of learning materials from the Biology Project at the University of Arizona is divided up into two sections: Chemistry of Life and Energy Reactions. On the site, visitors can find eleven tutorials and problems sets on topics such as Large Molecules, Acids and Bases, Metabolism, and Photosynthesis.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/09/2011
California Plant Names, Word Meanings and Name Derivations
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Created by an enthusiast, this site is a unique compilation of botanical etymology from a broad range of sources. The list focuses on plants found in Southern California, but "many if not most of these names are in general use world-wide." A simple alphabetical listing of botanical words and their meanings and derivations allows for user-friendly navigation. A similar list of botanical terms enhances the usefulness of this resource.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Charters, Michael L.
Date Added:
08/28/2008
Center for Ocean Solutions
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The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) is located in Monterey, California, and "works to solve the major problems facing the ocean." COS was founded by three partners with similar commitments: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. On the homepage, visitors can browse through a Featured News area and also look over video clips which explore topics like "Can Coral Reefs Survive the 21st Century?" Moving on, the materials on the site are divided into six sections, including Research Libraries, Publications, and Videos & Podcasts. Scholars and marine scientists should look over the Publications area to see a list of recent publications by COS researchers and affiliates arranged by topic. Finally, the podcasts are quite good, and they include discussions of dropping ocean oxygen levels and climate change adaptation.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/24/2012
Center for Polymer Studies, The
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The Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) is a scientific visualization research center in the Physics Department and Science and Mathematics Education Center at Boston University. CPS is devoted to interdisciplinary research in aspects of polymer, random, and fractal systems and we utilize our expertise in this area to develop experimental and computational materials for high school and undergraduate education.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Checklist of Phytoplankton in the Skagerrak-Kattegat (Sweden)
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This website, hosted by the Department of Marine Botany, G„ď_teborg University, Sweden, provides an illustrated checklist of phytoplankton heterotrophic protists found in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat, North Atlantic Ocean. The webpage provides links to the following subject areas: "what's new"; diatoms (including diatom distribution in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat), dinoflagellates (including dinoflagellate distribution in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat); other plankton; taxonomic overview; references, acknowledgements; and a plankton movie about swimming behavior.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Karlson, Bengt
Kuylenstierna, Mats
Date Added:
06/23/2010
Chicago Materials Research Center
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The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Chicago emphasizes the interdisciplinary aspect of materials science. This Website is a metapage with links to all of the departments involved in the MRSEC, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, geoscience, and bioscience. A special feature of the MRSEC page is its Research Nuggets section that gives mini-lessons on recent discoveries at MRSEC. The "Nuggets" contain explanatory text, references, and illustrations (diagrams, photographs, or laboratory images) on topics in materials science such as templating, flow, and annealing. Users will also find an overview of the facilities, calendar of events, publications by faculty members, and research abstracts at the site. In addition, a nice section of links to outreach programs is featured. Learn about how the MRSEC has participated in public outreach projects with the Museum of Science and Industry and Chicago elementary schools and sponsored a science camp, teacher reeducation program, and minority outreach program, and more. The site is fully searchable too.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
10/29/2007
College Algebra Online Tutorials
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The introduction to this site remarks, "If you need help in college algebra, you have come to the right place." Their statement is accurate, as the staff members at the West Texas A&M University's Virtual Math Lab have done a fine job creating a series of online algebra tutorials for students and anyone else who might be returning to the world of algebra. First-time visitors should look at their online guide to the tutorials to learn how their tutorials are organized. After that, they should feel free to browse through any of the 59 tutorials offered here. Each tutorial contains information about learning objectives, full explanations, and numerous examples of how to correctly solve problems.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/10/2007
Connexions
Conditional Remix & Share Permitted
CC BY-SA
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A site to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute. The site provides access to high quality courses, course modules, and stand-alone learning activities in numerous disciplines.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Date Added:
07/12/2014
Context Rich Problems Online Archives
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New physics teaching resource sites continue to pop up every day, and this one from the University of Minnesota's Physics Education Research Group is a good find. The site is divided into two areas, one covering mechanics problems, and the other covering electricity and magnetic problems. Within these two areas, visitors can look through examples of linear kinematics problems, force problems, conservation problems, and so on. For instructors, each problem begins with a list of the specific principles necessary to solve the context-rich problem. Visitors are also welcome to submit their own problems for potential inclusion on the site.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Kenneth Heller
Patricia Heller
University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Date Added:
11/10/2007
Copepod Web Portal
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The Copepod Web Portal, from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of L'Aquila in Italy, provides a comprehensive and nicely designed set of online resources for those interested in this "largest and most diversified group of crustaceans." The site includes a detailed review of copepod systematics; an international directory of copepodologists; a sizeable list of references; and numerous links to related books, journals, papers, and other resources -- including downloadable version of Monoculus: The Copepod Newsletter. A small number of links lead to sites not accessible without special permission.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Pesce, G.L.
Date Added:
10/02/2007
DNA Applications
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DNA Applications is a fantastic module from DNA Interactive -- the series of Web-based educational features from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Users are invited to "investigate techniques of forensic analysis and use them to solve a historical puzzle. Find out how DNA science may be applied to healthcare, and delve into the mysteries of our species' past." The Web site contains four modules: Human Identification, Recovering the Romanovs, Genes and Medicine, and Human Origins. Recovering the Romanovs is particularly engaging, starting with a history of the Romanov family and ending with an artfully paced tutorial on how DNA science helped solve a historical mystery. Altogether, DNA Applications deserves a careful perusal -- a good site to bookmark and revisit.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/30/2005
Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution
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The Smithsonian Institution's Department of Entomology web site was designed primarily for researchers in the field of entomology (the study of insects). The research page features an overview of the department's research efforts and personnel. The collections page has an overview of the department's collections (typically arranged by taxon) with links to collection profiles. Collection profiles are arranged alphabetically by family and include numbers of specimens, preservation method, location, and primary and alternate contacts. Other materials include a statement of the department's mission, current and back issues of its newsletter, and information for visitors.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/06/2001
Digital Geology of Idaho
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This online course systematically divides Idaho geology into 15 individual teaching modules which correspond with a two-credit, 15-week classroom course. Each module covers a specific area or type of geology in the state of Idaho. Topics include geology of basement rocks, rocks and geology of the Belt Supergroup, tectonic regimes, and geologic history. There are also modules on rocks and geology of the Idaho Batholith, volcanic history and deposits of the Snake River Plain and Columbia Plateau, and Pleistocene glaciation and floods from Lakes Missoula and Bonneville. Each of the modules provides geologic maps from a recently developed Geologic Map of Idaho, produced by the Idaho Geological Survey, and most also feature fly-throughs in which geologic information is draped over topography to provide visualizations of the geology along Idaho rivers.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Draft Guidelines for Public Debt Management
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Presented by the staff of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Draft Guidelines for Public Debt Management "are designed to assist policymakers in considering reforms to strengthen the quality of their public debt management and reduce their country's vulnerability to international financial shocks." These loose guidelines are aimed at a wide range of countries at various levels of development and with varying economic structures, and they strive to include consideration of both domestic and external public debt. The Discussion section of the Guidelines includes coverage of such topics as risk management, debt management, and transparency and accountability, and presents its information in terms of frameworks and strategies. The final draft of the Guidelines for Public Debt Management will probably be available in the middle part of 2001.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/09/2007
EarthScope
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EarthScope applies modern observational, analytical, and telecommunications technologies to investigate the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the physical processes controlling earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Imaging the crust and mantle at an unprecedented scale, EarthScope integrates new observations from cutting-edge land and space based technologies to measure deformation in real-time at continental scales. These observations, integrated with geologic data, yield a comprehensive time-integrated picture of continental evolution and link surface features with their structures at depth. The site houses a number of original data sources (such as real-time seismic data and maps), a gateway to current seismic news and events, and Earth sciences related community event calendars.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Bryan Hance
Michelle Hall-Wallace
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Earthguide
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Earthguide is an educational resource for students and teachers developed by the California Space Institute at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California San Diego. Features include in-depth stories, brief topics, and news -- all related to a variety of oceanic and atmospheric science subjects. The section of links and resources is quite valuable, with a large number of links organized by topic, many with brief descriptions.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/11/2007
The Earthquake Hazards Program
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This site offers frequently asked questions about earthquakes, research on earthquakes, and more. Visitors can follow recent seismic activity around the world, view hazard maps, or learn what a geophysicist does.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Estuary Live!
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Classrooms and individuals can log on to participate in a real-time field trip to a National Estuary Research Reserve. Ask questions, view live video and still images, and learn about estuaries from experts. Topics range from geology to water quality, estuary plants and animals, and cultural heritage. Includes: references and lesson plans, classroom activities and teachers' guides. Archives of previous years are available, featuring sessions from East, West and Gulf Coast estuaries.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Crissman, Cris
Date Added:
10/30/2014
The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere
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Created by two NASA scientists and selected as one of the Exploratorium in San Franciso's "Ten Cool Sites", the Exploration of Earth's Magnetosphere is a great learning site. Before diving into detailed descriptions of "the Earth's environment in space," readers can learn about the history of the site as well as the history of research about the magnetosphere. The Overview also provides a glossary for those not familiar with space terminology and those needing a refresher. Thirty-five chapters explain the magnetosphere, discussing every detail from electrons to auroral acceleration in a manner that does not require extensive mathematical knowledge. Teachers will be interested in the Classroom Resource, which suggests ways to use this site as a learning tool.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Peredo, Mauricio.
Stern, David Peter, 1931-.
Date Added:
05/05/2007
GOBASE: The Organelle Genome Database
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GOBASE is "a taxonomically broad organelle genome database that organizes and integrates diverse data related to organelles." Provided by the University of Montreal, GOBASE focuses on mitochondria and chloroplasts, although future versions will cover the bacterial ancestors of these organelles as well. The GOBASE Web site contains separate easy-to-use search engines for mitochondrial and chloroplast data, as well as a helpful user's guide.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/21/2007
Health Education Assets Library
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This site presents the Health Education Assets Library (HEAL), "a digital library of freely accessible, web-based multimedia teaching materials that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners." Titles of some of the materials available at HEAL include MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorials, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Illustrations, and NeuroLogic Exam: An Anatomical Approach. To assist site users in locating health sciences files, the site provides a search engine with multiple search options like media type, keywords, contributor information, and more. Site users can also browse indices by subject or collection. Additionally, the site offers information about HEAL, including history, team members, and publications.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
03/07/2007
Info About Neutrinos: Super-Kamiokande at UC Irvine
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Designed for users who do not have a strong background in physics, this educational website, produced by the University of California - Irvine, explains all about neutrinos. Students can learn how the Super-Kamiokande detector, located one kilometer underground, is able to act as a target for neutrinos and as a sensing device for the by-products of neutrino interactions. Visitors can find out how neutrino studies are contributing to the fields of particle physics, cosmology, and experimental neutrino physics. The website also provides links to a glossary for most of the physical terms discussed within the website.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Casper, David
Date Added:
10/11/2007
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
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Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Courses structured in such a way create student-centered learning environments where inquiry is the norm, problem solving becomes the focus, and thinking critically is part of the process. Such learning environments require information literacy competencies. The competencies presented here outline the process by which faculty, librarians and others pinpoint specific indicators that identify a student as information literate. Students also will find the competencies useful, because they provide students with a framework for gaining control over how they interact with information in their environment. It will help to sensitize them to the need to develop a metacognitive approach to learning, making them conscious of the explicit actions required for gathering, analyzing, and using information. Faculty can implement some of these standards when designing research activities, problem solving activities, and so forth.

Subject:
Education
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/03/2010
Integrative Genomic Sciences
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Wesleyan University's Integrative Genomic Sciences (IGS) program is designed to help students learn how genomics utilizes bioinformatics. The IGS website contains several teaching modules for two such courses, and educators are encouraged to use these modules as curricular supplements or as a framework for developing their own examples in a computer lab setting. Two of the modules use Drosophila genes to explore genetic maps, the power of relational databases, and the strengths and weaknesses of some biological database searching tools. Moving along, the site also contains teaching demonstrations of two algorithms used to cluster data. Interested parties will note that these demonstrations can be easily incorporated into a classroom lecture. The site is rounded out by a set of relational databases and tools.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/02/2011
Irish Architecture Foundation
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The Irish Architecture Foundation's website is very inviting with its stylish grey and green-schemed color scheme. The Foundation has multiple goals: encouraging people to value architecture and "champion[ing] the power of architecture and urban design," just to name a few. Visitors will find this website filled with opportunities to learn about, discuss, and debate the role of architecture, at lectures, workshops and events. The "Education" link under the Activity heading at the top of the page contains lesson plans for teachers, lecture series' for adults, programs for children, and details on their Summer School. The "Exhibition" link, also under the Activity heading, has a number of announcements for design competitions, such as one for a public civic space for Dublin. There are also calls for papers, which include one on the politics of architectural destruction and the nature of sculpture is in the 21st century.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
10/02/2009
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
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More and more educators may wish to get involved with online teaching initiatives, but they may not be sure where to start. That's where the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) steps in to provide a bit of assistance. JOLT is published four times a year, and its objectives are to enable faculty to use technology effectively in teaching and learning and also to enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology. The journal has been published since the summer of 2005, and first-time visitors should take a look at the current issue to get a sense of their work. Visitors will find pieces on course management systems, creativity in online courses, and how to monitor and examine online discussions. Those who are so inclined should feel welcome to submit their own work for potential inclusion in a forthcoming volume.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/29/2009
The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
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Jerome "Jerry" Lemelson was, to put it simply, a born inventor. As a young boy growing up on Staten Island, he invented a lighted tongue depressor for his father, a physician. He continued his inventing ways for over forty years, as he averaged one patent a month during that time period. Before he passed away in 1997, he made a generous gift that helped create The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. For those who can't make it to the Lemelson Center in person, their website is a great way to start learning about the history of invention and innovation. The homepage contains an embedded search engine, a selection of shortcuts for specific audiences (such as historians and teachers), and a featured invention. Visitors should definitely take a look at the "Centerpieces" area, which features interactive exhibits on industrial design, the Nobel Prize, and the invention of the electric guitar. Additionally, the "Video & Audio" area contains podcasts on puppets, women and invention, and the construction of robots.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Interactive
Lecture
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
11/07/2014
The Lemur Toolkit for Language Modeling and Information Retrieval
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Sponsored by the Advanced Research and Development Activity in Information Technology (ARDA) under its Statistical Language Modeling for Information Retrieval Research Program, the Lemur Project has recently announced the availability of the Lemur Toolkit for Language Modeling and Information Retrieval, version 1.0. The Lemur Toolkit is designed to help carry out research in areas such as ad hoc and distributed retrieval, cross-language IR, summarization, filtering, and classification. The toolkit supports indexing of large-scale text databases, the construction of simple language models for documents, queries, and more. The system, which is written in C and C++ languages, is designed as a research system to run under Unix operating systems, although it can also run under Windows. As part of the Lemur Project, the Lemur Toolkit is a collaboration between the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/16/2007
MIT: Computation Structures Group
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The Computation Structures Group is part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their mission is "to enable the creation and development of high-performance, reliable and secure computing systems that are easy to interact with." Their current research focuses on hardware synthesis, computer security, computer architecture and VLSI design. This well organized website provides short descriptions of the projects within each of these areas. Publications by researchers affiliated with the Computation Structures Group are also available.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/29/2007
MIT Media Lab
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The idea for the MIT Media Lab came out of work at the school's Architecture Machine group, and it formally opened the doors of its new building designed by I.M. Pei in 1985. In the Media Lab's first decade of operation, they worked on electronic music projects, holography, and cognition. Since then they have researched wireless communications, new forms of artistic expression, and so on. Interested parties will enjoy wandering their website, which includes sections on "Research", "People", "Events", and "News". The "LabCAST" area shouldn't be missed, and here visitors can watch video profiles of the latest work at the Media Lab. Recent profiles have looked at ways to use mobile phones to detect vision problems and new ways of reinventing the desk lamp. In the "Research" area, visitors can learn about the different groups and projects at the Media Lab, and also look over their publications.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
08/13/2010
Mariners' Museum
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Located in Newport News, Virginia, the Mariners' Museum is one of the largest international maritime history museums filled to the crow's nest with prized artifacts that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure. Site features eight online exhibitions including: The Age of Exploration, the USS Monitor, Chesapeake Bay, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and more. Also includes visitor information, permanent and temporary museum exhibit information, and an image collection.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/26/2011
MathBench Biology Modules
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Over the past few years, staff members at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Biological Sciences and the Office of Technology for Education have created an impressive suite of multimedia course materials to assist science instructors. The materials here are divided into four primary sections, including "Interactive Animations", "Biology Labs", and "Supplemental Interactives". In the "Interactive Animations" area visitors will find animations that illustrate cell membranes, transport functions (such as signal transdaction) and DNA replication. Moving on, the "Biology Labs" area contains virtual lab exercises that deal with protein purification, membrane permeability, and osmosis. Finally, the "Supplemental Interactives" contains interactive features that address topics like the ICE structure. Here users can see the operation of covalent bonds, as well as the hydrogen bonds which form the structure.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/22/2011