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Technology Analysis of Repositories and Services The Digital Knowledge Center (DKC), working with the University of Virginia (UVA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an extensive network of collaborators, will conduct an architecture and technology evaluation of repository software and services such as e-learning, e-publishing, and digital preservation. The result will be a set of best practices and recommendations that will inform the development of repositories, services, and appropriate interfaces. This project is funded by the Mellon Foundation. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Learning for Life Learning for Life is the Smith Family education support program providing children and their families with access to personal and financial support through qualified staff and volunteer mentors and access to additional programs, advocacy, emotional guidance and referrals to specialist services. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


The National Review of School Music Education Curriculum Leadership Journal 3: 39 The National Review of School Music Education. Offers a snapshot of school music education in contemporary Australia. Identifies and discusses issues, challenges and opportunities for school music and generates strategic directions and recommended actions. Prompted by a widespread recognition that music is an important part of every childs education, but also by a general perception that Australian school music education is approaching a state of crisis. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Universal Values The main aim of the project is to increase the effectiveness of values education and improve the quality of teaching materials. Teachers from all over the world will be able to use available resources when teaching their pupils about basic values. The resources shall be arranged in different categories depending on the values they represent. This project is created especially for younger children. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Kanga Awards - SA Registration The KANGA Awards allow South Australian children to nominate their favourite books, create their own shortlist, and then vote for the winner. Schools/businesses/libraries are invited to register for the opportunity to make nominations and vote. The goals of the award are: to give children a voice; give librarians an idea of what children are reading and want to read; highlight Australian authors from the past 12 months; and provide suggested Reading Lists to encourage children to read. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


My first year of teacher education Curriculum Leadership Journal 3: 39 My first year of teacher education. A first-year Bachelor of Primary Education student describes her experiences of school practicum. Discusses impact of VELs, suggests student teachers should do longer practicum. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


University and Union Move Ahead After VSU Laws Passed The University of Adelaide and the Adelaide University Union (AUU) will meet this week, to discuss concrete plans for the provision of student services, following the passing of the Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) legislation on Friday 9 December. Professor James McWha, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide said that the University and the students organisation now needed to keep working together to ensure the maintenance of services that are important to the student experience. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..


Laptopical's Very Own Magnificent Seven! Laptopical have announced their notebook award winners for 2005. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on December 12, 2005 at 4:01 p.m..


Genes can be Moved Betweeen Species This is a chapter of the larger site "DNA from the beginning". This section discusses the discovery of mechanisms by which bacteria can naturally transfer DNA in the form of plasmids, called transformation. It then describes how this discovery was used to develop recombinant dna techniques to insert specific DNA sequences and select for them using antibiotic and provides the example of creating insulin through recombinant methods. The material is taught by explaining the experiments that resulted in our understanding of this subject. For all of the modules of the larger site, the science behin From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on December 12, 2005 at 11:30 a.m..


Study Overseas For students in Australia interested in opportunities for doing part of their studies overseas, this page provides information on formal exchange programmes, study abroad programmes, Australian overseas campuses, study tours, and the kinds of assistance available. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 4:03 a.m..


Commonwealth Games Teacher's Resource A site created by a teacher, this Commonwealth Games Teacher's Resource includes a history of the Games, Games traditions, Online guide to lesson plans and activities, and Teacher resource materials. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 2:45 a.m..


4th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning (in Higher Education). The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support & Student Learning In association with National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Dublin Institute of Technology. The conference will focus on the key issues of student diversity and how approaches to teaching, learning and assessment can take into account an increasingly diverse student population. The emphasis will be on practical, real world solutions. The conference will explore international experience and best practice. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:57 a.m..


Personal Demons E-learning Project The Personal Demons E-learning Project offers schools the chance to collaborate with author Steve Alton. Steve is sharing the process of writing his fourth novel, Personal Demons, with pupils, working with them on the processes of drafting, editing, plotting and polishing. With Personal Demons, pupils write their own extracts, offering them to Steve as potential improvements to his novel. Schools currently involved in the project say that students see a new purpose to their literacy work, knowing that they were working on writing that might be included in a published book. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:57 a.m..


UN Atlas of the Oceans The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability. The UN Atlas can also provide the ocean industry and stakeholders with pertinent information on ocean matters. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals The bibliography provides an overview of open access concepts, and it presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. Most sources have been published between 1999 and August 31, 2004; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 a From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


Ocean Uses - UN Atlas of the Oceans This section of the UN Atlas of the Oceans contains information on the uses of the oceans - such as for food, shipping, mining, energy, and coastal habitation. The focus is on information relevant to sustainable development of the oceans. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


Mobile Learning Trial in Tasmania A grant from the Australian Research Council will support research into mobile learning with school children. The research will find out what skills and competencies teachers and learners need to integrate online, mobile learning into educational contexts. The three year project is called 'Always on' Learning Communities: M-Learning landscapes transforming school cultures. The three researchers are Dr Margaret Robertson, Dr Andrew Fluck from UTAS and Marcus Ragus from TAFE Tasmania. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 4, 2005 EDUCAUSE Quarterly is a practitioner's journal for college and university managers and users of information resources - information, technology, and services. Published quarterly by EDUCAUSE. In this issue: It's Not the Change, It’s the Difference: Evaluating Technology on Campus, by Frank W. Connolly; Addressing Information Security Risk, by Mohammad H. Qayoumi, Carol Woody; Leadership in Instructional Technology and Design: An Interview, by Peter B. DeBlois; The 361� Model for Transforming Teaching and Learning with Technology, by Dennis A. Trinkle; No Teacher Left Behind: How From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 1:07 a.m..


ICT and Literacies - Transition from Pre-School to School Mawson Lakes School in South Australia conducted research on ICT and Literacies - Transition from Pre-School to School. The main emphasis of the project was on the development of visual and oral literacies through the use of ICT in the Pre-School setting. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Carnegie Mellon Campus to Go Ahead Senate has now passed the amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Act and Higher Education Support Act 2003 which will enable a foreign university to establish campuses in Australia and offer education services to international and domestic students. Carnegie Mellon will be the first foreign university to establish a presence in Australia with two 'schools' in Adelaide. It will welcome its first students in March 2006 who will undertake postgraduate courses in public policy and management and information technology. From EdNA Online on December 12, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Education and Learning in an Aboriginal Community This article proposes fundamental changes to the education system now in order for Indigenous children in remote communities to have a future. Suggested changes include: Re-engaging parents as educators of their children; Providing comprehensive childcare and pre-school education; Linking child welfare benefits to education; Putting primary education first; Supporting teachers and students through 'twinning' relationships; Offering structured scholarship programmes for secondary education; Mandating work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. From EdNA Online on December 11, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


PBWiki Wikis provide a _simple_ way for anyone to put information on the WWW. Because they allow users to easily add and edit content, they are especially suited for collaborative authoring. This particular site says you can "Make a free, password-protected wiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich." They're right. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on December 11, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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