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Learning Technologies - Assessment and Reporting This page from the Department of Education Western Australia contains links to a range of generic and learning area specific assessment checklists and ideas incorporating a range of assessment and reporting practices. Many of the proforma have been designed by contributing teachers. From EdNA Online on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


On-line Chinese tools On-line Chinese Tools provides links to Web-based resources for learning, practising and word-processing in Mandarin Chinese. For example, the main page contains links to online character flashcards which can be viewed in traditional or simplified versions, a Chinese romanisation converter, and a guide to adding pinyin to Web pages. The 'tools' section features online resources to help with using Chinese, including dictionaries and guides to the different forms of Chinese encoding used in Web browsers. Users will also find tools to help with word processing, such as converters betwee From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Chinese and Japanese art WWW virtual library A component of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and the East Asia WWW Virtual Library, the Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library provides textual information on news, events, publications and people in the academic study of Chinese and Japanese art. Created by New York University post-graduate student Nixi Cura, the Web site cross-posts academic positions; publishes calls for papers for conferences and publication; announces symposia and conferences to attend; lists grant-giving bodies; and provides links to institutions and individuals with an interest in East Asian art. T From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


The silk road : trade, travel, war and faith The online companion to the British Library's 2004 Silk Road exhibit covers the history, people and artefacts of this ancient trade route. From a link on the main page, users can view a 3D image of the Diamond Sutra, the oldest printed book to bear a date (868) found in the Dunhuang Caves by Hungarian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein, but now held in the British Library. The Web site also introduces several themes in the exhibition through an illustrated section of photographs from the library's collections. These themes include: the development of the book and the invention of printing From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


BBC news : changing China Changing China is an online collection of articles, features and news reports from the BBC on aspects of contemporary China, along with explanations of the country's recent history. From the main page, users can access a concise guide to modern China's social and economic situation, and can read archived news reports. Subjects of interest to humanities' scholars and students include: consumer culture; rural poverty; gender and sexuality; and China's new rich. The Web site features a special section on the 1989 Tiananmen incident, including a number of eyewitness accounts. A From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Global Chinese language and culture center The Global Chinese Language and Culture Center is an official Taiwanese government resource that provides Web-based language lessons and tests for students of elementary Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and Hakka (the three main languages spoken on Taiwan). In the virtual Chinese 'language classroom' users can play simple games aimed at pre-school children, download pdf versions of introductory Mandarin Chinese textbooks, and can read online versions of textbooks aimed at higher-level students. The more elementary lessons include sound files (either played instantaneously or through Windo From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Frontline : dreams of Tibet The PBS Frontline broadcast, 'Dreams of Tibet', aimed to uncover the American fascination with the 'Free Tibet' cause, which boasts influential converts in Hollywood and in the world of rock music. Concerned with Tibet's symbolic status as much as its political one, the programme's online resource provides a guide to Tibetan culture, outlines China's changing relationship with Tibet, and publishes interviews with those concerned with Tibet and its representation. The Web site reproduces extracts from publications by Peter Hopkirk and John Powers in order to e From New Humbul Resources on November 21, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Teaching and the movies: UNE explores fantasy in popular teacher films Passionate Pedagogies is a core unit offered to first-year students studying primary teaching at the University of New England. It focuses on films and images that portray stereotypical images associated with the profession, and aims to help pre-service teachers to recognise the typically romanticised view of the teacher within these media. From EdNA Online on November 21, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Term Three Ends - TAS End of term three in Tasmania. From EdNA Online on November 21, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


SC: 21/11 Apple iTunes and QuickTIme - continued vulnerability despite update We've been told that despite the security update to Apple's iTunes and QuickTime software that we notified on 5th November, that updated version does not solve the problem - and clicking on a malformed QuickTime item in a malicious website could allow someone to penetrate and take over your PC without your knowing about it. This flaw existed on the earlier version of iTunes 6 for Windows and was not addressed by the newest security update, according to a warning issued by eEye Digital Security ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on November 21, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..


Notebook Gamers - Fire Up Your Engines! Twin Asus notebooks, the A6Vm and the A6Km, have been fitted with powerful GeForce Go 7300 graphics chips. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on November 21, 2005 at 4:31 p.m..


Vivarium Enter here into the digitized manuscripts, art, rare books, photographs, audio, video, and other resources from two Benedictine monastic and educational communities in central Minnesota. It is a look for anyone at medieval scholarship and a feast for scholars. Reference From Golden Swamp on November 21, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..


NOVA Online/Electric Heart This site is a companion to the NOVA program "Electric Heart." It contains a Map of the Human Heart showing the action of the heart muscle and the sequence of blood flow. The site also contains an interview with a heart transplant surgeon (O. H. Frazier) and a shockwave animation of "how to do a heart transplant in nineteen easy steps." From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 21, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


NOVA Online/Cut To The Heart This is a companion site to a NOVA program on heart surgery. The site contains pages on the pioneers of heart surgery, how to treat a sick heart, annotated photos of diseased hearts, and an animation of heart structure and function. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 21, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


An Alternative to Compactification "Conventional wisdom states that Newton’s force law implies only four non-compact dimensions. We demonstrate that this is not necessarily true in the presence of a non-factorizable background geometry. The specific example we study is a single 3-brane embedded in five dimensions. We show that even without a gap in the Kaluza-Klein spectrum, four-dimensional Newtonian and general relativistic gravity is reproduced to more than adequate precision." From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 21, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


What’s it Like Where You Live?: Desert The desert-specific section of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s colourful and appealing website about Earth’s biomes and aquatic ecosystems. Designed for kids, this website offers loads of well-presented information and photos about deserts including related topics such as location, biota and threats. From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


NatureWorks: Deserts A synopsis of the Desert episode of a 16-part series for children in years 3-6. NatureWorks explores the way living things interact with the environment. From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


Learning to Combat Desertification This 260 page kit has been designed by UNESCO and the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It highlights the fact that drought and desertification are worldwide problems affecting every region of the planet. Designed for upper primary school, the kit is composed of: a teacher’s guide with short informative chapters and activities, a series of 12 case studies from different regions throughout the world, two cartoons: 'The School Where the Magic Tree Grows', inspired from one of the case studies and 'There is No Rug Big Enough to Sweep the Desert Under' and a poste From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


EO Experiments: Desert Biome The desert-specific section of NASA’s Earth Observatory, which is a freely-accessible site where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change. From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


DesertUSA DesertUSA's purpose is to provide a tool for discovery - a publication which entertains educates and explores with our readers, the beauty, life and culture of the North American deserts. To this end, DesertUSA.com contains images, stories, movie and audio clips, virtual reality tours and hard data about, virtually any desert-related topic: plants, animals, geology, cultural and natural history, recreation, parks, cities, travel and people. From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


CSIRO Centre for Arid Zone Research The CSIRO Centre for Arid Zone Research provides a research base for studying arid zone and rangeland ecology and natural resource management. It describes Australia's arid land, its biodiversity, ecology, land use and regional planning. From Recent Items on November 21, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..


Teflomatic Creating a new generation of EFL teachers with Teflomatic= Web2.0+Creativity+TEFL. Good for new and practicing teachers interested in Web2.0 and creativity and how they might affect their teaching. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 20, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Smithsonian The SMITHSONIAN website is almost as fascinating as visiting the museums. It has information about exhibits and upcoming events, affiliated museums, and research. Some of the subjects that are covered on the website are Art and Design, History and Culture, and Science and Technology. This site is multilingual, offering about a dozen languages including, Chinese, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese, and French. You can also look at the publications and magazines the Smithsonian offers and shop at the gift shop. This site provides any information that a visitor would desire including, contact information, h From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 20, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Journal of Interactive Online Learning Journals that provide information on higher level learnings and what there outcomes can be/should be. Also, helps teachers have better outcomes with their students learning experience. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 20, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Accounting From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 20, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


JDRF JDRF.ORG was founded by families of Juvenile Diabetes patients, to provide an all inclusive resource for people with the disease and their families. In addition to explaining the disease and how to live with it, there are numerous links leading to newsletters, and information on the latest research, and treatments. There are also links to sign up for the yearly “Walk for a Cure”, support groups for affected families, and one link designed especially for kids with the disease. Donations may also be placed through the website From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 20, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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