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ASME Standards for Australian Music Educators. Draft for Consultation Draft of Professional standards for Australia's music teachers prepared by Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). The project involved educators working in classroom music and instrumental music in schools, and studio music teachers. Standards include: Teachers know their students, Teachers know their subject, Teachers know how students learn in music, Teachers plan for effective and creative learning, Teachers create and maintain a challenging and enjoyable learning environment, Teachers assess and review student learning and plan for future learning, Teachers continue to learn a From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Teaching Large Classes Project The Teaching Large Classes project was funded by the Australian Universities Teaching Committee (AUTC), a national body aimed at improving teaching and learning in Australian universities, through the identification of emerging issues in teaching and learning, supporting the identification of effective strategies for enhancing learning, and encouraging the dissemination and adoption of these methods across the Australian university sector. The site has two major purposes: 1) to serve as a resource for academics and course managers involved in the teaching &/or management of large classes, and From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


You Wouldn't Want to Be... Created by The Salariya Book Company, these innovative titles use a unique combination of information and humour to describe life in earlier times. Web users can interact with the characters by simply moving the cursor over them, to see their thoughts and comments as each story unfolds. Titles available: You Wouldn't Want To Be A Roman Gladiator!; You Wouldn't Want To Be A Polar Explorer!; You Wouldn't Want To Be An Egyptian Mummy!; You Wouldn't Want To Sail on the Waling Ship Essex! From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Works in Progress: A Report on Middle and High School Improvement This report from the American Institutes for Research attempts to pull together the best research currently available on middle (and high) school reform strategies. It is intended to help education consumers at the district and school levels make evidence-based decisions about how to improve outcomes for middle and high school students. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Turner Online Turner Online is an introduction to the art of one of the most celebrated British artists: Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Here you can find a brief Biography of the artist, and a Timeline which locates some of the most important dates in the artist's life alongside other significant political and cultural events. Talking Turner introduces aspects of the artist's changing reputation, from his own lifetime to the present day: it contains discussion of the man and his work by artists, critics, historians and others, from Ruskin to Matisse and Michael Palin to Cornelia Parker From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


The Sky Examine the greatest mysteries of deep space. Take a Tour of the Solar System, discover the constellations, and explore the wonders of the universe. Find information about the people and missions that have brought the universe closer. Meet the astronomers, and see the missions and mission insignia. If you're in the mood to play, you can find a few space-related games here. There are word games and puzzles, and even a few with an arcade feel. A Java capable browser is required to play. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


The Sea Explore the diversity of life on a coral reef and discover the bizarre creatures that inhabit the deepest and darkest corners of the world's oceans. Find information about the people and vessels that have dared to delve into the ocean depths. Meet the ocean explorers and discover how mankind has sought to tame savage seas. If you're in the mood for games, you can find a few sea-related games here. There are word games and puzzles, and even a few with an arcade feel. A Java capable browser is required to play. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame The National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame based in Alice Springs maintains online exhibitions about the role and life of pioeneer women. There are currently three online exhibits: 'Women at the Heart: Pioneering Women of Central Australia', 'Ordinary Women/Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field' and 'Women's Work is Never Done'. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


School Quality: School Sectors and Place This paper attempts to look at the impact of some systemic characteristics of Australian schooling upon school outcomes. It suggests that these characteristics are having a major, but largely unacknowledged, and to a large extent unwelcome influences upon patterns of access to and outcomes of schooling in Australia and Victoria. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies ReadingQuest is designed to provide teachers with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. You will be invited to think about how a social studies skills framework might help you choose the right strategies for your lessons. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate Weather Scope is an educational project that uses online real time data investigations and hands-on activities to guide student discovery of the science behind the factors that affect weather and climate. After completing this project, the students will know how to record weather data and represent it in graphs and maps, how to compare weather in different places and different times, and ultimately be able to identify and explain the factors that affect temperature and current weather conditions, and possibly forecast future ones. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Beginners Guides to Measurement These beginners guides introduce important features and concepts on the following areas of measurement: Acoustics, Atomic Time, Colour, Computing and Measurement, Electricity, Ionising Radiation, Length, Light, Mass, Materials, Temperature, Traceability and Uncertainty, Units of Measurement, and history of length. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Human Genome Interactive Centre Produced by the Wellcome Trust, an independent research funding charity, this website utilises interactive, multimedia technologies to share discoveries of the human genome. On one virtual tour, Zoom in On Your Genome, site visitors enter the human body and travel from the liver into cells, chromosomes, genes, chromatin loops, nucleosomes, and more. The Chromosome Browser, a second tour, supplies key information about different chromosomes and profiles important genes in the human genome. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Ancient China This interactive site, produced by the British Museum, contains a wealth of information about ancient China. Explorers can follow any of five links that cover major sections of the website, including Crafts and Artisans, Geography, and Tombs and Ancestors. Each section contains historical information in the topical area and Story, Explore and Challenge links. The Challenge links are especially useful for classroom activities. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), March 2005 Theme Issue: Strategic Enterprises Down Under: Engaging Drivers of Change in Australian Universites' Open and Distance Learning Provision. In this issue: Introduction to Special Theme Issue: Strategic Enterprises Down Under, Jeanne McConachie, Patrick Alan Danaher; Middle-Out Approaches to University Reform: Champions striding between the top-down and bottom-up approaches, Rick Cummings, Rob Phillips, Rhondda Tilbrook, Kate Lowe; Markets, Distance Education and Australian Higher Education, Ted Nunan; Quality Assurance, Open and Distance Learning and Australian Universities, Ian C. Reid; Q From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Women in World History Curriculum The Women in World History Curriculum project has been developing materials that introduce women's history into the secondary level classroom for more than two decades. The online materials here include reviews of various curricula, reviews of women's history books that may be useful in the classroom, and some historical background essays on topics such as women and the Crusades and historical perspectives on Islamic dress. The site also contains 13 activities that educators may use in their classrooms. The topics covered by these activities include the role of women in the early Ind From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


From Cave Art to Your Art: 30,000 Years of New Media. An ArtEdventure from Sanford Cave painters first put charcoal to rock thirty thousand years ago. Ever since, artists have created new media to help them express themselves. And the innovations continue. How do you use these media, new and old, to express yourself in art? In this ArtEdventure, you can explore the ways that artists use art media and make a video showing what they've inspired you to create From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun Vocabulary Building for K-12 and ESL students. Improve your vocabulary while having fun. Free Flash word games including Hangman, Word search, Match Game, The Vocabulary Quiz. Each game has a large number of topics and word lists. Each topic has two levels: one to challenge younger students and one for older students. Each time you play the game, the system randomly selects words from the chosen topic and creates a unique puzzle grid. The built-in print function allows you to print a puzzle for playing off-line. Teachers can also print the puzzle already solved, to use as an answer key. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Cyberchase - Games Central At this PBS site there are a number of online games for school age children. The games encourage problem solving and use of mathematical and spacial concepts. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Information Literacy Online (NZ) This site contains 3Doors to InfoLiteracy, Information Literacy Readings, Information Literacy Forum, and information about Unitec Graduate Diploma in Education Technology. 3Doors to InfoLiteracy is a research-based, trademarked learning model and programme developed by Dr Gwen Gawith. Visitors are encouraged to explore the model on this site. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


My Space The creative brief for My Space, an SBS project, was to produce 25 stories about Australians' relationship to their amazing space, be it physical, emotional, spatial or ephemeral. These stories could be told through drama, documentary, animation or stills and they were to be delivered cross-platform i.e short form television pieces and in an online environment. People from around Australia contributed their stories. Some of the stories are about Australian icons, while others are simply about the Australian lifestyle. Includes the story of Arezu who is a young refugee in detention. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Tall Buildings Learn more about 25 very tall structures in the world. You'll learn about technology, urbanism and the unique problems presented when building tall structures. This site also addresses the unique development of the 'new city skyline' as new building erupts in cities like Beijing and Frankfurt. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Bright Sparks - Maths Applets A page of animated mathematical problems from New Zealand. The technology used is Java Applets. The problems focus on mathematical concepts and logical thinking. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Making the Most of Laptops in the Classroom Laptop training is the key to success. These tips tell you how to track your progress and help students organize their files. The host of this article, Teaching Today, provides busy secondary teachers with teaching tips, free downloadable teaching materials, in-depth articles and a host of other features. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Good Practice in Teaching and Learning Vocabulary This article which examines the processes involved in acquiring vocabulary and the ways in which teachers can assist with vocabulary acquisition in a second language. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Australia's Natural Predators This enhanceTV feature article contains information about Australian snakes, spiders, sharks, and crocodiles. It links to the ABC TV series Our Animals. From EdNA Online on April 22, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Laptops - A Classroom Necessity or a Needless Student Distraction? Montgomery's citizens have a tough decision to make this month. Do they purchase 1,750 laptops for local students? - Total cost almost four hundred thousand dollars! From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on April 22, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


MathQuiz Web Pages Video clips focusing on teaching math concepts using technology and more specifically, using web pages. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


French Pen Pals In these video clips students use technology to connect with pen pals from across the world. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Discrete Mathematics Project demonstrates real-world applications of math to all those students who say, "How will I ever use this?" You don't get much more real world than solving the problems of dividing estates fairly, apportioning legislative seats, or cutting a cake in even pieces. Each activity includes printable worksheet materials as you incorporate this standards-based subject--discrete mathematics--in your math classes (grade 9 and up). From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


visuals unlimited Visuals Unlimited (VU) began in the 1960's while Dr. Cunningham was writing, editing, and doing research for several of the large National Science Foundation-funded science curriculum development projects. As the need for good scientific, medical, and natural history photography became clear, Dr. Cunningham began to assemble photographers from around the world, and that growth continues today. The VU "family" now includes over 500 photographers and the VU collection houses 1.5 million images. VU has also been involved in photo research for a number of major textbooks and other works and t From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Coagulation animations A collection of flash animations of coagulation by Johns Hopkins Division of Hematology. Broken into the intrinsic, extrinsic and common pathways. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Group Dynamics Resource Page The tendency to join with others in groups is perhaps the most important single characteristic of humans, and these groups leave an indelible imprint on their members and on society. To understand people, we must understand their groups. This site provides links to some of the products of those studies. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


School bonds and ballot measure templates A number of free school bonds and ballot measure templates available for download. These would be very useful for anyone interested in getting voter awareness for a particular issue. These are proven winners that will get you votes for your bond or ballot campaign. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


The Underground Railroad These video clips invlove students learning about the Underground Railroad through the help of technolgoy in the classroom. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Internet Research: Classification of Volcanos Video clips of students learning about volcanos through the use of technology. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Planetary Tour These video clips focus mainly on teaching students about the Solar System with the help of technolog. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 21, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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