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WikiHow: the How-to Manual that Anyone Can Write or Edit wikiHow is a collaborative writing project aiming to build a comprehensive how-to manual. Their mission is to provide free and useful instructions to help people solve the problems of everyday life. Visitors to the wiki can create a new page to write about how to do something. Once the page is submitted, any other visitor can edit, improve or change the page. In time they envision a huge how to manual providing free, unbiased, accurate instructions on almost every topic imaginable. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Higher Education Bill Passes to Ensure Flexibility for Universities to Attract and Retain Outstanding Staff The Australian Parliament passed the Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2005 giving effect to the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements (HEWRRs) for universities. The Requirements (...) are necessary for Australia to retain its competitive edge in the provision of higher education. The passage of this Bill is an important milestone for Australian higher education. DEST Media release, 10 November 2005 From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 8:54 p.m..


Learning Objects Are Tracking Well Teachers and students find online curriculum content engaging, interesting and effective, reports Peter Freebody in this discussion about The Le@rning Federation's pilot review of its learning objects. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 8:54 p.m..


Classroom Antarctica This site introduces the history of the continent through Antarctic heroes, people who live and work in the community, services that support the program and environmental qualities of the Antarctic ecosystem. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 8:54 p.m..


Planet Earth: Desert Biome Kidcyber provides easy to understand text for student research, including material for primary school students. It also has units of work and lesson plans for teachers on a variety of topics in key learning areas, student webquest assignments and an ‘Ask a kidcyber Researcher’ feature. Includes an extensive ‘Planet Earth’ section, which includes information on deserts. From Recent Items on November 16, 2005 at 8:53 p.m..


Youth Obsession and Reality of Ageing Set to Collide Australian society's obsession with looking younger is set to collide with the reality of an ageing population, a University of Queensland researcher has warned. According to researcher Mair Underwood, who will present her work at the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) 2005 conference in Brisbane this week, the current fixation with trying to postpone ageing is increasing and the current older generation may be the last to age gracefully. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Me and the "Nets" My reflections after attending the EDUCAUSE Educating the Net generation seminar From Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) Newest on November 16, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Marketing A guide to online information sources on aged care for students, teachers and professionals, compiled by LEARN - the network of South Australian TAFE Learning Resource Centres and libraries. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 7:30 p.m..


What can educators do to create safe schools? Fifty pounds of laws won't help us create safe schools. We have to take a holistic approach, starting with kids as early as possible and working on a whole range of programs to stop bullying. Because bullying is the key to the problem. A zero tolerance policy doesn't work. Teaching kids right from wrong does. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on November 16, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Teaching Foreign Languages K–12 Created in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the library includes a 30-minute introduction and 60-minute overviews of ACTFL’s Standards for Foreign Language Learning and new assessment practices, as well as 27 classroom programs. In the half-hour classroom programs, teachers from schools across the country model interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication throughout a range of grade and competency levels. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


FLTeach Website FLTEACH is a listserve of foreign language teachers around the world, managed by Robert Ponterio and Jean LeLoup of SUNY Cortland. Users can search the list archives and find solutions to common issues, tricks and tips and much more. One can also learn out how to subscribe to the list itself at the FLTEACH site. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


Coping with Unix Website that interactively guides the user through the basic commands of the UNIX operation system. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


States of Matter (animations) This site provides animations on states of matter that allow students to see distinguishing property. After viewing the animation, students are presented with questions that focus on kinetic energy (motion) differences between the three states. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


Teacher Resources for Instructional Planning for Foreign Languages Standards-based activities and lesson plans in Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian and Spanish. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


The Build Quality of Sager Laptops Sager engineers ensure that notebooks such as the NP5320, are subjected to a rigorous series of product tests, before being shipped out to the public. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on November 16, 2005 at 9:30 a.m..


Cavafy’s World Constantine P. Cavafy’s poetry themed from the ancient past is introduced here in an exhibit from the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archeaology. The pages provide a mix of the art and spirit of the ancients from the imagination and pen of a great 20th century Greek poet. Literature From Golden Swamp on November 16, 2005 at 8:39 a.m..


How to explain Cricket to a Chinese illustrator I've found an absolutely wonderful multimedia company in Hubei (where the Three Gorges Dam is) to create avatars for Yacapaca. They are quick, accurate, and very, very technically competent. Seeking to turn cultural difference to advantage, I asked them to suggest an initial set of characters, and back came the complete cast of The M From Chalkface: Blog on November 16, 2005 at 7:11 a.m..


Chatrooms: Help Needed Parents are showing an alarming level of ignorance and indifference towards their children's participation in Internet chat rooms, with boys in particular being left to their own devices. A recently completed study by Dr Rahamatulla Mubarak Ali of the School of Social Administration and Social Work at Flinders University has found that despite a steady increase in access of the internet by young adolescents, few parents are showing interest in their children's activities or offering any guidance in dealing with issues that arise from chat room use. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 3:30 a.m..


Outback Australia This page from Jackie Miers contains links to sites about the Australian and South Australian Outback, including maps, significant towns, National Parks, well-known events and services. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


National Statement and Plan on Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008 The National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools includes the National Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008; and provides an overarching framework for State/Territory and Australian Government activities. The document describes the purpose and nature of languages education and implication for jurisdications and schools. Strands include: teaching and learning; teacher supply and retention; professional learning; program development; quality assurance; and advocacy and promotion of languages learning. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


Deserts of the World Developed for the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, this page from Jackie Miers provides links to sites about major world deserts. Deserts covered include those in Australia, the Arctic, Antarctic, Sahara, Iran, and Patagonia as well as many others. From Recent Items on November 16, 2005 at 1:30 a.m..


A Balanced Approach Needed for Students With Learning Difficulties A new review of research into the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills to students with learning difficulties asserts that there is no one single instructional method that deserves sole claim to being 'best practice.' Instead, the common wisdom of research points to the need for balanced approaches to accommodate the diverse needs of students. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Financial Literacy Foundation The Financial Literacy Foundation has been established to provide Australians with the opportunity to build their capacity to better manage their money. The national strategy incorporates an information programme, research on best practice and benchmarking, education in schools and workplaces. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Playing With Time Playing With Time is a project that looks at how the world around you is changing over many different time periods. The site includes demonstrations of time lapse photography plus interactive activities. From EdNA Online on November 16, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Commonwealth Games Provides links to sites with information about the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. From EdNA Online on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


South Australian Learning to Learn initiative Curriculum Leadership Journal 3: 34. Learning to Learn is an initiative of the South Australian Government that is changing the way teaching and learning are conceptualised and provided to the children and students in the State. Developed in three phases over the last six years, it covers a network of over 170 educational sites, from preschool to Year 12. Learning to Learn has involved schools and their communities in a journey of renewal and reform based on critical reflection. From EdNA Online on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Racism...and psychology Brochure published by American Psychological Association From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Expanding the Psychology Curriculum An annotated bibliography on diversity in psychology by the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Diversity Issues at the Precollege and Undergraduate Levels of Education in Psychology From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Sparking discussions on gender in your class APA Monitor article From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Talking about prejudice can be a powerful teaching tool APA Monitor article from January 1998; including the topic of prejudice in classroom discussions can showcase the power of psychological research From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Disability as diversity: a guide for class discussion Article from the APA Monitor of February, 1998; Includes information on how to launch insightful classroom discussions of the issues faced by people with disabilities. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Enriching the focus on ethnicity and race Article from the APA Monitor of March, 1998 on how to create an open dialogue to help students understand the importance of ethnic identity. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Web design resources This collection of web design resources is used in the course "Collaborative Web design" offered through the Informatics Masters program through the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. The course is for those who want to learn about interface design and the management and organization of multidisciplinary teams that are necessary elements in the development of effective web sites. The course involves the design and analysis of real-world web sites, developed individually and within small groups. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Hardware Identification This site is intended to help one identify the exact specifications of a CPU by the code numbers written on it. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


POV-Ray Tutorial This site is intended to give a basic understanding to using POV-Ray 3D Graphics and Animation Rendering Software. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Online Guitar Lessons This site teaches the basic music theory behind learning to play the guitar as well as basic guitar skills. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 15, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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