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November 8, 2001

Start With the Pyramid The things I remember most from my grade and high school education were the projects that engaged me - the Equador project, the Danube River project, the closed ecosystem report. This resource recommends project based learning as a general strategy, giving arguments for its use and linking to a number of examples. With new technologies, the project learning approach has gained new life with a wide variety of new approaches. Something to think about. Check the right hand margin for a number of other links and multimedia. By Diane Curtis, George Lucas Educational Foundation, November 1, 2001.[Refer]

2 Scholars Debate the Future of Online Distance Education I think this is probably an interesting debate between Richard S. Jarvis and Clifford Stoll about the future of online learning - though not without its theatrics ("At one point, Mr. Stoll stood up and hurled a plate of fruit toward a wall to make the point that face-to-face communication is more memorable and effective..."). But I'll be honest - I don't have half an hour to listen to something that would take five minutes to read, and there is no transcript. Judge for yourself, if you have some time to kill. And also ask: is streaming audio the best way to send new learning to busy professionals? Requires Real Media. By Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 7, 2001.[Refer]

Free Online Availability Substantially Increases a Paper's Impact Do you want your articles to be cited in other publications? Then submit them to journals that offer free online access, not to journals that charge subscriptions. Articles available for free online are cited by other researchers 157% to 336% more frequently than those whose availability requires a print or online subscription, according to a new study. By Steve Lawrence, Nature, November, 2001.[Refer]

The Faulkes Telescope Project Cool! The Faulkes Telescope Project will allow students in schools and colleges in the United Kingdom, Hawaii and Australia to make astronomical observations with research class telescopes, direct from the classroom via the Internet. By Richard Cole, , September, 2001.[Refer]


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