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More financing solutions for international students From usjournal.com: U.S. Journal of Academics on February 23, 2005 at 5:30 p.m..


Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) a website for a non-profit organization, working in developing countries to minimize deforestation practices From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Hyper History HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. As noted on the website The People section reaches from 1 000 BC to the present. It displays lifelines for over 1000 persons in science, culture, religion, and politics. (In addition there are special expanded sections for scientists, artists, writers, composers, famous women, and politicians accessible from the 'Options' panel). People Selection Criteria The History section displays timelines for the major civilizati From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Pinyin.info: A guide to the writing of Mandarin Chinese in romanization This website tackles the numerous (and often confusing) systems for romanising Chinese characters. There is an extensive list of readings (many with sample chapters available for viewing online), the rules for writing Hanyu pinyin, various tools such as a pinyin spellchecker and conversion facility, and information about the various romanisation systems. LOTE teachers will find this useful both on a practical level and from a more academic point of view. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..


Information Literacy Web Pages from Australian Universities A compilation of universities' pages containing information literacy resources. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 8:30 a.m..


Can Smaller High Schools Help More Students Succeed? While much research remains to be done on small schools, studies over the past decade have shown that students in small, personalised, and rigorous learning environments are more likely to succeed academically. These schools embody three critical elements of a high-quality high school: rigorous college-preparatory instruction, relevant coursework, and meaningful relationships with instructors and peers. Two reports are available from this site- Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success; and Rethinking High School: An Introduction to New York City's Exp From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 6:30 a.m..


Thinking Outside the Box: An Exercise in Thought The site presents a drawing exercise in which nine dots are given; the task is to connect the dots with lines -- but only four straight lines can be used. It illustrates the concept of "thinking outside the box." The answer is given through a link from the box of dots. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


IDEA's Debatabase This resource is intended for student debaters, but it is a wonderful resource for persuasive essays or speeches. It has currently issues and information on both sides of the issue. It helps students figure out how they feel about controversial issues and then they can go forward and do more research for their side. Their description is: "Welcome to The Debatabase, the world's most useful resource for student debaters. Inside you will find arguments for and against hundreds of debating topics, written by expert debaters, judges and coaches. Also included are background summaries, links to From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Isoquant map: homogeneous CES This is a Microsoft Excel 2000 spreadsheet file. By means of three spin buttons, the user changes the values of the parameters that affect the orientation of the isoquants, the degree of substitutability and the degree of homogeneity; the accompanying chart automatically updates. Click on the image, above left, and "how to use" should be apparent. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Democratic Republic of the Congo (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Mongolia (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on Mongolia from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Mozambique (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on Mozambique from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Samoa (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on Samoa from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. Samoa was the first former territory in the Pacific to become independent, in 1962. Consisting of seven volcanic islands, Samoa lies to the north-east of Fiji and east of the international dateline. Its Polynesian traditions remain a central force in Samoan life. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Sierra Leone (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on Sierra Leone from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Solomon Islands (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on Solomon Islands from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


South Africa (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information on South Africa from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Papua New Guinea (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information about travel, economic, political, consular information about Papua New Guinea. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Tonga (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Information page on the Kingdom of Tonga from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Includes: Economic and Trade information, Country Brief, Country/Economy Fact Sheet, Travel advice, Heads of Government, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers, Embassies and consulates. From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Cook Islands (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) This is the page on Cook Islands from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade From Recent Items on February 23, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Equity and Youth Strategies The Equity and Youth Strategies Branch of the Department of Education, Tasmania consists of two sections: Equity Services and the Office of Youth Affairs. This pages describes the responsibilities of these two sections and links to further information about their services. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Fairy Tale Land This site allows users to listen to nine popular fairy tales and nursery rhymes , and then undertake a variety of both online and offline activities. The Fairy Tale Land site is aimed at Yr 1 and Yr 2 children but there are some activities relevant to some younger or older children. The exercises will be of particular use when the fairytale is the focus text of the week, to reinforce sight recognition of new words that occur in the story. This will in turn assist children's own story writing. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Palaeography This is an article defining the science of palaeography and tracing the history of Greek and Latin handwriting from the earliest manuscripts to the medieval times. A brief bibliography is also given. There are many examples of transcribed manuscript text but the characters do not display correctly making the text illegible. The article is written for the general public in the 1911 Encyclopedia Online. (Senate House Library, University of London ) From New Humbul Resources on February 23, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


The Hawara Papyri This is a website dedicated to describing the papyri excavated by William Flinders Petrie at Hawara in 1888. None of the Hawara papyri, except for very few extracts, have ever been shown in photographs. There are plans to make digital images of at least the published papyri accessible on the internet. The papyri are indexed and listed by SB number, by Petrie Hawara inventory number, by date and by content. Each papyrus has a detailed record containing information about its physical characteristics, content, any publication details and bibliography. Links to the text of the papyrus if reproduce From New Humbul Resources on February 23, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


Library of unpublished fieldwork reports The Archaeology Data Service library of unpublished excavation reports aims to make available unpublished material from archaeological excavations and investigations in an easily retrievable fashion. There are currently 181 reports available and this number is increasing steadily through material being deposited with the ADS via the OASIS project. The excavation reports are currently available online in a number of formats (though mainly either PDF or Word format). The search interface to the archive provides a number of options and it is possible to list the reports available by contractor, From New Humbul Resources on February 23, 2005 at 2:30 a.m..


VEL Workplace Learning This unit supplies support and advice for Tasmanian providers undertaking workplace learning activities as part of Nationally accredited courses and training packages (vocational placements), and other programs requiring experience in the workplace as part of the learning experience (work experience, MARSSS, tutor support, community based learning etc). From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Tech Topics This website created by The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, provides interactive materials, questions to answer, and suggested activities on earthquakes, electricity, matter, the cardiovascular system, and genetics. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


'Not With a Bang But a Whimper?' Skills and the Future of NSW Manufacturing and Engineering This report is based on research commissioned by TAFE NSW from the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (acirrt) to assist with work that it was undertaking into the changing skill requirements of NSW manufacturing. The key question being examined was: How are the key skill requirements of NSW manufacturing workplaces changing? The project primarily involved acirrt staff assisting NSW TAFE personnel to undertake a systematic approach to data collection and analysis. TAFE practitioners examined thirty-six sites including a mix of trades-based, production, business or From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


The Emerging Training Needs of the NSW Manufacturing and Engineering Sector This is the Final Report for the NSW TAFE Commission Board research project 'The Emerging Training Needs of the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector in NSW'. The purpose of the inquiry was to create a deep understanding of the current and future operating environment and characteristics of enterprises within the manufacturing and engineering sector. This understanding would then inform the responses that might be necessary to enable stakeholders, both within industry/enterprises and the education sector, particularly TAFE NSW, to formulate strategies to support the skills formation r From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies (NLNS) and The Primary Curriculum - UK This Ofsted (UK) report concludes the second year of a two-year evaluation of the NLNS from 2002 to 2004 and it looks at the early stages of the implementation of the Primary National Strategy (PNS). This report provides evidence of schools' implementation of the PNS, focusing on progress in the NLNS and their impact on the primary curriculum. It summarises the standards attained by pupils in English and mathematics, reports on teaching and curriculum organisation and suggests the areas where further work is needed. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


One Hundred Most Influential Works in Cognitive Science from the 20th Century The Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Minnesota has voted on the 100 most influential works in cognitive science from the 20th century. From EdNA Online on February 23, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


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