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Go Korea Go Korea - Flash screens investigate the Media and Consumerism, Twenty-first century lifestyles, The Environment: manufactured and natural and Then and now. For teachers and middle year students. Australia has strong connections with Korea through historic, economic and cultural links and educational exchanges. Requires Flash 6. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 10:19 p.m..


ACE Connects! Building Pathways to Education, Employment and Community Engagement This project constitutes the second stage of a three year longitudinal study of learners in ACE, commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education & Training. Stage 2 of the project involved follow-up telephone interviews with 846 participants surveyed in Stage 1, approximately 12 months after the initial contact. The key findings of this second contact are presented in this report. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 10:19 p.m..


A Community-Studies Approach to Researching Strategic Issues in ACE: Final Report This study was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education & Training. It is based on intensive work with communities in selected regions and aims to examine the difference ACE makes to key client groups in these communities, as well as identifying the limits of its reach. Whereas most studies within the sector take ACE participation as a first premise, this work seeks to explore the extent to which key groups of adults are missing out on learning opportunities. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 10:19 p.m..


Education Media Release Service Now Online The Australian Education International Media Release Summary Service is a selection of edited media releases showcasing Australian education, research and training. The service is now available online, updated fortnightly. It is mainly intended for use by those promoting Australian education, training and research offshore. Stories are therefore selected for their international relevance. Education and research organisations can contribute media releases to the service. The summaries clearly identify the originating institution and include a link to the original media release. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 9:30 p.m..


Thyroid Foundation of Canada The Thyroid Foundation of Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to educate and inform the public of Thyroid disease. Established in 1980, it is also used to raise money to help fund research on Thyroid disease. There is a quarterly newsletter that is available to all members which tells of upcoming news and events. The Thyroid Foundation of Canada contains many volunteer workers dedicated to the education of the public about Thyroid disease. There is also medical staff that posts new news on Thyroid disease. The information contained in this site is for educational purposes only and is From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


The Polyglot Paleontologist Polyglot Paleontologist is a site which translates works of literature written in other languages to English. It takes literature about dinosaurs, fossils and other such things that were originally written in some language other than English, translates them and then allows others to view it translated on the web. It also contains links to sites to help you translate your own literature. The site is relatively easy to navigate. It does require you to sign in and download some of the sites features for full use. If you are looking for information on Paleontological literature that was written i From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Skeletal, Structure, Bones, Joints, and Related Diseases This site provides anatomy of the canine and feline (since there are some aspects universal to both). It provides terminology for both professionals and pet owners. The site explains the use of different parts of the body (an example being the tail). It goes over musculoskeletal and nervous system diseases, as well as other health problems. It uses other sites for its explanations sometimes, which can get confusing if people don’t realize they’ve been redirected. The pictures with some of its anatomical descriptions are helpful and labeled, so it’s easy to understand. It is a good reference From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Student Doctor Resource The Student Doctor website presents copious amounts of resources and links to any student contemplating a field in the medical profession. The website is divided into five categories: student loans, essay editing, test preparation, medical careers, and medical schools. The student loans section contains six links to financial institutions that specialize in medical school financing. Essay editing has multiple links that go to testimony as well as essays from successful med school applicants. Links containing step-by-step instructions on how to score high on the MCAT and the USMLE are present u From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Community-Based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship The Coalition for Community Schools released a report called Community-based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship. It highlights the value of the community-based learning approach to improving academic outcomes, including test scores, attendance rates, and graduation rates, as well as civic, moral, personal, social, and work-related outcomes. Research shows that as many as 60% of all students are disengaged from learning and that this is a key factor in the dropout rate. How do we combat this disengagement? Community-based Learning addresses these issues by involving student From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Front Page Magazine Front Page Magazine is an online magazine that is updated daily during the weekdays. The magazine provides commentary on myriad contentious political issues with the Middle East being its forte subject. At the core of the website is a series of six opinion-piece articles written by authors that range from Anne Coulter to founder of the Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes. The opinions of the authors are consistently right wing, however, when forming opinions on issues its important to listen to both sides. In addition to the articles numerous links to right wing causes are presented. A daily blog a From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Empowering the Content Experts Today, information technology remains an exciting and evolving field, and the opportunities for CIOs and IT management continue to expand as IT becomes more deeply embedded in the business processes of enterprises. From a departmental and functional perspective, IT leaders need to know how best to educate themselves and their teams in preparation for IT’s evolving expectations. This article outlines a few best practices that should become part of the charter for any IT organization. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Tips on Studying a Foreign Language The studyguide offers some practical suggestions for studying effectively, overcoming anxiety, and learning the grammar and skills necessary for success in college foreign language classes. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Physics 2000 The colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl website “relies heavily on the use of interactive applets”. Rather than passively viewing video, applets allow the user to interact with them. The home page is divided into three learning modules: Einstein’s Legacy, The Atomic Lab, and Science Trek. Each learning module contains applets that allow the user to see and interact with the most conceptual of physics ideas. Einstein’s legacy explains six fields of science, such as x-rays and microwaves, which was discovered by Albert Einstein. The Atomic Lab illustrates the importance of experimentation by From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a Timline of Art History This site gives a history of art, worldwide. It contains biographical and societal information on the artists when available. It has examples of the art pieces (since the website is sponsored by a museum, it has many of the pieces itself), with time and place of origin, the owners’ name, and the fabric/material it is made of. It separates topics by country/empires. This is an excellent site for art lovers who wish to learn more of its history and avid art historians, perhaps a bit too in-depth for those just wanting to look at “the pretty pictures and items”. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Excellence in Distance Education Awards Submissions are called for the Commonweath of Learning 'Excellence in Distance Education Awards' (EDEA) due 31 March 2006 From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 8:00 p.m..


National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ('No Frills') This annual conference, 'No Frills', aims to bring together staff involved or interested in education and training research from TAFE institutes, universities and private organisations to share, discuss and present current and recently completed work. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 8:00 p.m..


Herald Sun: School Bans Homework The Herald Sun, has reported that students at Point Cook's Carranballac Prep to Year 9 College are not assigned any homework. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Programmed Lessons in Quick Basic These lecture notes are an introduction to computer programming using the language QuickBasic. The goal for learners is to find out what programming is about and to be able to write some simple programs. Each chapter has interactive elements to test users' understanding of what they have learned in a given section. From EEVL New Learning Materials on March 8, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Good, bad and downright ugly ways to introduce VLEs into schools I hear many stories of how Digital Brain, Fronter, MS Class Server etc have been introduced into schools by the LEA or RBC, then after some initial training, left to rot. Why is this? A lot of thought, and money, has gone into making these systems suitable for school use. Surely they can't be that useless? Dig a bit further, and we find the stories fall into two groups:

  • "I've been told this thing is great but I've not seen any real evidence. I'm too busy/not inclined to explore it so I ignore it, other than to resent the expense."
  • From Chalkface: Blog on March 8, 2006 at 11:30 a.m..


    Welcome to Music Notes This is an interactive website containing information on music history, style, professions, theory, instruments, and games. The history ranges from medieval times to 20th century, including the instruments of the time, vocal music, and examples of some composers. There is a glossary of musical terms for those not familiar with them. There should also be explanations of basic instrument structure as individuals not familiar with it might have trouble understanding some of the descriptions of the older instruments. The composer list is not complete, but does contain the men/women that were impor From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


    Neuroscience for Kids This website provides information about the brain and neural system. It is geared towards children, but anyone can find it useful. There are experiments to try for brain activity (sight, right versus left usage). There are also extra experiments for users to try on their own or other people (all safe). The website does not go into extreme depth, but again, it is geared towards children. This is a good website for understanding the basic functions and needs of the neural system. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


    The Official Website of the British Monarchy A history of British monarchies, it provides a timeline of kings and queens of England and Scotland. It divides them into families (like Tudors and Lancastrians), and explains the controversies and fall (when applicable) of the different rulers. There is also biographical information on the present ruling family, along with a list of their residencies. This is an excellent site, easily navigable, and provides pictures of all places and people. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


    En un lugar de la red This site has been selected as one of three first prize rwinners in multimedia materials develop in 2004 by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia through the Centro Nacional de Investigación y Comunicación Educativa. The learning object aims to motivate young adolescent readers or older to read the classic, Don Quixote, and to gain knowledge about the author, Cervantes, and the historical timeframe. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


    The Cheapest Laptop in the World? - Can You Say $75? Negroponte's ambitious concept of every child in the developing world with their own 100 dollar notebook is legendary. But have you heard of Bright Mag's sub hundred dollar laptop? Laptopical investigates. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on March 8, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


    Europe Seminar This seminar will provide an opportunity for industry practitioners with knowledge of European education markets to meet the AEI Europe Counsellors, discuss experiences on engagement with Europe and provide input to a future Europe education strategy. The seminar will be held prior to the International Education Forum at the same venue. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 3:14 a.m..


    Australian Aid: Approaches to Managing Water Resources This report provides examples of approaches to managing water resources adopted in AusAID-funded activities that have been successful or innovative in a country or regional context. Increasing people's access to fresh water and sanitation facilities is fundamental to improving their health and increasing their capacity to participate in the economy. Yet global demand for freshwater is growing at unsustainable levels. From Recent Items on March 8, 2006 at 3:14 a.m..


    BBC - Schools Science Clips - Growing Plants The BBC has an interactive simulation of the growth of a seedling into a flowering plant to help children aged 5-6 investigate the conditions plants need for growth. The user can also label a plant and do an interactive quiz. From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


    Australian International Education Conference AIEC 2006 The conference is jointly hosted and managed by IDP Education Australia and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). AIEC 2006 will focus on all aspects of international student marketing, meeting student expecations and equiping students for a successful future. This includes how to: AIEC 2006 will focus on all aspects of international student marketing, meeting student expecations and equiping students for a successful future. This includes how to: get more students knowing about you; increase your student enrolments; compete nationally and internationally; build your rep From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..


    Australian Council of Independent Vocational Colleges Annual Conference This year the Australian Council of Independent Vocational Colleges Annual Conference will be held in Sydney on 24 March 2006. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in training and education and is expected to attract approximately 150 delegates from registered training organisations, English language colleges, higher education providers, government organisations and industry associations. Guest speakers include Mark Cully, from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, who will be presenting information on how businesses view training; Suzy McKenna, from Reframing the From EdNA Online on March 8, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..


    Funding for Inclusive E-learning Expressions of interest are now being accepted for 2006 projects by training organisations that have an innovative idea on how technology can be incorporated into vocational and technical education for two target groups: learners with disabilities, and young people in the 15-19 age group (including VET in Schools, disengaged youth and school-based apprenticeships). The Australian Flexible Learning Framework Inclusive E-learning Project aims to increase the uptake of e-learning by these two groups. Applicants are required to submit their applications using the appropriate application template b From EdNA Online on March 7, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


    EdNA Browsemap - Browse Education Topics The browsemap presents the structure of the categories of content in the EdNA repository. The EdNA repository provides two key functions: a directory about education and training in Australia and a database of web-based resources useful for teaching, learning and research. The resources are organised by education/training sector and are categorised around the Australian curriculum. EdNA Online is funded by the Australian federal and state/territories governments. From EdNA Online on March 7, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


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