[EDInfo] New Teaching Resources at FREE

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:48:44 -0400 From: "Winters, Kirk" <Kirk.Winters@xxxxxx>

     Jazz, the Civil War, the Constitution, World War I, the
     National Woman's Party, physics, engineering, nanotechnology,
     global warming, materials science, minerals, & DNA are among
     the topics of 17 new resources at FREE, the website that makes
     teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:



"Artistic Exchange: Europe & the Islamic World"
     presents 31 paintings, bowls, & other objects that illustrate
     the Islamic world's influence on European art.  Elements of
     Islamic art are identified in each of the European pieces,
     which date back to the Middle Ages. (NGA)

"Alexander Calder"
     looks at the works, working methods, & the life of a man who
     revolutionized sculpture by introducing movement as a key
     component.  Take a virtual tour of the "mobiles" (a form of
     sculpture he invented) & "stabiles" that use untraditional
     materials & that, at the time, challenged the prevailing
     notion of sculpture as a composition of masses & volumes.
     Learn how this mechanical engineering student ended up
     creating a new type of public sculpture. (NGA)

"Jazz in America: National Jazz Curriculum"
     offers lessons for teaching about jazz in American history or
     music class for Grades 5, 8, & 11.  Learn about the evolution
     of jazz, different jazz styles, improvisation, basic musical
     elements, & how jazz influenced (and was influenced by)
     American culture. (MA)

"Origins of European Printmaking"
     features 12 early woodcuts, books, & printed textiles from an
     exhibit (through November 27, 2005) examining the role of
     replicated images in late medieval culture.  The advent of
     mass produced images in Europe in the 15th century made it
     possible for all people, not just the wealthy, to own a
     picture. (NGA)


"Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society"
     offers materials for teaching about the Civil War.  It
     includes recruitment posters, sketches, photos, a prison camp
     newspaper, & letters Walt Whitman wrote to wounded servicemen.
     Special sections examine the 1860 election, secession, war,
     African Americans in the Civil War, & recruitment &
     conscription. (LOC)

"Constitution Toolkit"
     includes images of newspaper articles (1787), notes Washington
     & Jefferson wrote on drafts of the Constitution (1787-88),
     Jefferson's chart of state votes (1788), Washington's diaries
     (1786-89), Hamilton's speech notes for proposing a plan of
     government, a Philadelphia map (1752), the "broadside" Bill of
     Rights (1791), & other artifacts. (LOC)

"Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Photogravures"
     provides teaching materials for learning from newspaper images
     about the Great War.  Features include a timeline, events &
     statistics, pictorial highlights, the Lusitania disaster,
     pictures as propaganda, chronological thinking, analyzing
     photos & captions, themes in literature, posters, & ads. (LOC)

"Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National
Woman's Party"
     presents 448 photos documenting the National Woman's Party's
     push for ratification of the 19th Amendment & passage of the
     Equal Rights Amendment.  Taken from 1875-1922, these photos
     include portraits of leaders & tactics used by the
     organization -- picketing, pageants, parades, demonstrations,
     & hunger strikes. (LOC)


"Activity-Based Physics"
     presents "thinking problems" for physics topics:  vectors,
     kinematics, momentum, circular motion, universal gravitation,
     sound, energy, temperature, & circuits.  Problems include
     designing a roller coaster, riding a bicycle efficiently,
     tailgating, tuning a radio, electrical safety, & how bats &
     dolphins "see" with sound (echolocation). (NSF)

"Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education"
     provides inquiry-based activities & collaborative projects in
     science & math.  Topics include real-time weather & climate
     data, air pollution, remote sensing data, the Gulf Stream,
     water use & testing around the world, boiling water, plants &
     animals in your schoolyard, measuring the circumference of
     earth, population growth, & tracking a real airplane in flight
     to see how vectors & trigonometry are used for navigation.

"Current Science & Technology Center"
     looks at science & technology in the news, including leading
     edge research & exploration.  Learn about the fats of life,
     ritalin, garlic, carbon nanotubes, stem cells, diabetes,
     experiments in near zero gravity, visualizing influenza,
     growing heart cells, regenerative medicine, amorphous metals
     (metallic glasses), & nanotechnology. (NIH)

"Exploring the Nanoworld Teaching Modules"
     helps teachers incorporate nanotechnology into high school
     chemistry & middle school technology classes.  High school
     modules explore x-ray diffraction & scanning probe microscopy,
     shape-memory alloys, light emitting diodes, & ferrofluid.
     Middle school modules examine magnetism, memory metals, & "how
     we can 'see' what we cannot see."  Modules include overviews,
     curriculum suggestions, lesson plans, guided notes,
     experiments, & assessments. (NSF)

"Global Warming Facts & Our Future"
     explores the latest scientific information from the National
     Academy of Sciences.  Is our climate warming?  Are humans
     causing it?  What might be the effects?  What can be done?
     Learn about the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, & past
     changes in our climate.  See predicted changes & how they
     could affect sea levels, agriculture, & ecosystems.  Find out
     about options for reducing CO2 emissions. (NAS)

"Madison Materials Research Science & Engineering Center"
     introduces students to nanotechnology.  Learn how we can "see"
     atoms, manipulate them, & create nano-architectural wonders.
     Watch nanoscience demonstrations.  Read profiles of
     nanotechnologists.  Look through nanotechnology slide shows &
     course descriptions.  Manipulate an interactive polyhedral
     model. (NSF)

"Minerals Management Service Kids' Pages"
     offers activities for learning about tidepools, energy, sea
     water, ocean sand & gravel, drilling for oil in the ocean, &
     historic shipwrecks of the Gulf of Mexico. (DOI)

     offers a bird's-eye view of the great challenges in physics
     today.  Read about self-organization, network theory,
     superconductivity, superfluidity, supersolids, quantum
     mechanics, quantum computing, quantum cryptography, nonlinear
     equations, chaos theory, the human genome, human
     consciousness, fundamental forces, grand unified theories,
     Higgs field, string theory, loop quantum gravity, supernovae,
     cosmic microwave background, neutrinos, dark energy, & cosmic
     rays. (NSF)

"Putting DNA to Work"
     looks at where DNA is found, similarities in the DNA of humans
     & other species, & how traits are inherited from one
     generation to the next.  Learn how DNA (deoxyribonucleic
     acid), discovered 50 years ago, is used today to detect
     diseases, improve crops, & catch criminals. (NAS)

DOI -- Department of the Interior
ED -- Department of Education
LOC -- Library of Congress
MA -- Multiple Agencies
NAS -- National Academy of Sciences
NGA -- National Gallery of Art
NIH -- National Institutes of Health
NSF -- National Science Foundation

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