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Access eLearning
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This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students. The modules center around topics such as making video, flash, word , PDF and many other documents accessible for students with disabilities.

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Technology
Education
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count
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Bringing a more diverse student body into the world of higher education is important, and a number of organizations have teamed up "to help more students reach their individual goals, which may include earning a community college certificate or degree." The organizations involved with the "Achieving the Dream" initiative include The American Association of Community Colleges and The Community College Leadership Program. Visitors to their site can learn more about this initiative and then learn about various community college strategies and events across the United States. Moving along, the "Data and Research" area is a real gem, and visitors can learn about their research reports and read their monthly newsletter, which addresses such topics as financial aid and developmental math and science courses.

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Education
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Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Ag in the Classroom
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Ag in the Classroom is a resource for teachers who teach about agriculture. Information is provided about grants for teaching agriculture, links for resources, conferences, and a teacher page. The teachers page contains downloadable issues of Acres of Agventures, Ag Mags for kids, many agriculture lessons, kits for teachers available to loan, and a 4 Kids Only page.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
American Radio Works: Don't Lecture Me
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Over the past few decades, higher education has been vastly transformed by online course offerings and myriad changes driven by technological advances and innovation. The old model of straight lectures and recitations to courses large and small has been challenged by new research as well. This documentary from American RadioWorks looks at different educators and institutions as they think about how to transform the college classroom experience. The lead reporter for this project was Emily Hanford, and visitors can listen to the entire program here. The program is divided into three primary sections, including The Problem with Lecturing and Inventing a New Kind of College, which looks into the innovative learning environment that's been created at the University of Minnesota at Rochester. Visitors can also read a transcript of the program and flip through the Reporter's Notebook which features Hanford's own thoughts on these ambitious efforts.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
American RadioWorks: Testing Teachers
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As the national documentary unit of American Public Media, American Radio Works' riveting hour-long documentaries are broadcast on public radio stations throughout the United States, and across the Internet. Listeners who miss their broadcast on local stations can go to the American Radio Works website to listen to their new and archived documentaries. The documentary "Testing Teachers", which is about quality testing public school teachers, is one that sparks much debate among teachers, students, parents, the public, and policy makers. Five questions are asked in the documentary including: "What is Good Teaching?"; "Are Test Scores the Right Measuring Stick for Teachers?"; and "Do Poor Kids need Different Kinds of Teachers?". Visitors are also given the opportunity to write about their best teachers, as well as read responses to that same query from public radio listeners in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area, where the documentary was produced and first broadcast.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Annenberg Learner: Monthly Update
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Annenberg Learner's mission is to "advance excellent teaching in American schools." In order to accomplish this goal they fund and distribute their fine educational video programs with coordinated web and print materials. The goal of these multimedia resources is to help teachers "increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods." Their site often includes helpful lesson plans, interactive exercises, and online extras. Here, visitors will find access to the Annenberg Learner Monthly Update, which helps interested parties keep tabs on their new video series, websites, and educational resources. Visitors can sign up to receive the monthly update, and they are also welcome to browse through the archives, which date back to January 2010. Special features in each update include "Notable Birthdays", "Connecting Learning with Special Days", and "Curriculum Focus". It's a great resource for educators, and for those who aren't familiar with the Annenberg Learner site, it's a nice way to catch up on their past endeavors.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Biology 344: Wildlife Biology
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University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wildlife course description with links to syllabus, assignments and sample management plans.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Dr. Mark Bergland
Boston University Libraries: Research Guides
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Many academic libraries have extensive subject guides, and the Boston University Libraries work diligently to maintain the quality of their work. Here visitors can make their way through 50 guides that cover everything from accounting to zoology. Visitors will note that each guide is divided into multiple sections, often including Databases, Journals, Books, and Government Sources. Each area contains brief annotations about each resource, and a note on whether the resource is publicly available without a specific institutional affiliation or password. Some of the more noteworthy guides here include American Art, Human Rights, and Boston and its Neighborhoods. This last one is quite good, and it even includes a list of books that have been (as they saying goes) "Banned in Boston."

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Center for Applied Science Technology
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Founded in 1984, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is an organization that is committed to expanding ’˘Î—Γlearning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies’˘Î—Ν. On their homepage, visitors can learn about their various initiatives, which include significant research projects, professional development, policy implementation, and publications. The publications area is a good place to start, and visitors can read such articles as ’˘Î—ΓTwenty online resources on reading with comprehension and engagement’˘Î—Ν and ’˘Î—ΓTeaching students to evaluate Internet information critically’˘Î—Ν. Visitors may also wish to examine the Teaching Every Student website that CAST has created, as it provides a detailed explanation of the teaching model that they have named ’˘Î—ΓUniversal Design for Learning’˘Î—Ν.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
CiteSeerX
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CiteSeer has been around since 1997, when it was first created at the NEC Research Institute at Princeton University. It was the first digital library and search engine to provide automated citation indexing and citation linking using the method of autonomous citation indexing. The library is primarily focused on the literature in computer and information science, and the project partners include Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arkansas, and King Saud University. First-time visitors can check in on the site by using the "Most Cited" area to learn about commonly consulted documents, authors, and citations. Moving on, visitors can also perform their own searches by using the embedded engine on the homepage. Also, visitors are encouraged to log-in to create their own profile so that they can save searches of importance.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
The Collaborative for Gender Equity: Building Your Mentoring Program
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This page from the Collaborative for Gender Equity will help those looking to create a mentoring program for girls and women in the STEM disciplines. The site provides step-by step advice in creating a strong mentoring program. Sections include "Why We Need Mentoring Programs," "What is Mentoring?," "What Does a Mentor Do?," "Designing Your Program," "Recruiting/Screening Mentors," "Recruiting Participating Students" and more.

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Education
Mathematics
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
The Collaborative for Gender Equity: Mentoring "How-To" Guides
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This page from the Collaborative for Gender Equity will help those looking to create a mentoring program for girls and women in the STEM disciplines, or to develop an already existing program or mentorship. The site includes a number of helpful links to articles on effective mentoring both in this subject area and in general.

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Education
Mathematics
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
The Collaborative for Gender Equity: Mythbusting 101
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This page from the Collaborative for Gender Equity features an interactive wheel with a number of myths about females and the STEM disciplines. Spinning the wheel will select one of the myths and display the reality of the situation. Topics include gender equity in math, technology, and science.

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Education
Mathematics
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Interactive
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Collaborative for Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies
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The Collaborative for Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies website is a resource developed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) as part of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Project. The two-year project takes a multi-faceted approach toward encouraging high-school girls to pursue careers in emerging technologies. The project team is focused on dispelling myths about girls_ď abilities in science and technology, providing the tools for local mentoring programs to take root, disseminating information about high-tech careers and the coursework needed to succeed in them, and fostering the development of a classroom culture conducive to gender equity. Specific project activities include the development of an online mentoring program toolkit, a series of workshops for mentoring program coordinators, and a facilitator-led online professional development course "Fostering Gender Equity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Classroom" for high school faculty.

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Education
Mathematics
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Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Collecting Weather Data and Keeping a Weather Log
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In this lesson, students make daily observations of temperature, sky conditions, wind speed and direction, and precipitation type and amount, and record their observations in a log book. They will also compare their observations to those from online sources and analyze their data for class discussion. Follow-up and extension activities are also included.

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Education
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Computer Science Teachers Association
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The Computers Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a professional organization that helps teachers in the field learn about professional development opportunities, along with offering them the opportunity to network. This section of then CSTA's website provides access to over a dozen helpful resources, including an instructional video and a college selection website. First-time visitors should check out the Quizzes with a Theme. Here they will find a set of computer science themed quizzes developed by Professor Bruce Maxwell of Colby College. Also, the CS Unplugged Videos area is quite a bit of fun. The videos here include a one-hour computer science show in which students encounter many concepts from computer science, along with short clips of activities that can be used in the classroom. Additionally, the site includes a selection of computer games designed for young women and a link to resources promoting excitement about computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Education
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Computers and Composition Online
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Based at Bowling Green State University, the Computers and Composition journal brings together critical reflections on using new media in the classroom, pedagogy, and other topics related to teaching English and other subjects. On the homepage, visitors can learn about the journal and its staff, and find a link to the archives. The left-hand side of the page has five sections, including Theory Into Practice, Virtual Classroom, and Print to Screen. Visitors can click through these sections to read pieces like "Composition Games for the Classroom" and "The Ethics of Digital Publishing: Do Online Texts Threaten History?" Moving along, visitors can click on the Submissions area to learn how to submit their own pieces for consideration.

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Education
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Crystallography Home
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Perception and understanding of three dimensional crystal structures is a source of difficulty for many introductory students of mineralogy. Traditionally, physical models of crystal structures (e.g., ...

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Dynamic Digital Maps
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A Dynamic Digital Map (DDM) is a stand-alone program that displays and links maps, images, movies, data and text, such as map explanations and field trip guides. DDMs appear as thematic maps containing camera icons and map symbols that link images, movies and text or analytical data related to the mapped locations. DDM content, and access to it, is summarized by a searchable list of images, maps, or articles. DDMs are web-enabled and browser independent and are made using the cross-platform Revolution programming environment in the form of a 'template', an open source program into which the user can insert metadata (mostly file names) that enable the program to open existing maps, images, figures and movies from an organization of directories. The site features an automated tour on how to use DDMs, a link to download the template source code, and links to tutorials and example DDMs.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Condit, Christopher D.
Earth Now! Landsat Image Viewer
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This viewer lets students see near real-time images from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+). When a Landsat satellite passes within range of the ground station at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS), image data are downlinked and displayed in near-real time. When no satellites are within range, the most recent pass is displayed. By viewing the moving display, students can monitor changes in the Earth's surface. An index map and information display shows the path of the satellite, indicates which satellite is currently providing the imagery, and gives the acquisition date and time. A help page and frequently-asked-questions feature are provided to explain how to use the site.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
DLESE Community Collection