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This site is part of a step-by-step process which explores the design elements of a web lesson. The aim of this essay is to make teachers aware of the considerations of learning goals that will influence the shape of their course, and to emphasize that the key to developing effective technology-based learning activities is to start with clear goals about desired outcomes. The site also provides a ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This brief tutorial presents information about how students can be supported in acquiring information processing skills as technology, particularly the internet and the web, is integrated into schools and classrooms. The author uses text, slides, exercises, and example resources to discuss how to use scaffolding techniques in web-based learning. He defines scaffolding as supportive, task-oriented, ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This Module Maker tutorial uses templates to show users how to build online research modules that structure and guide student research efforts towards higher level thinking. Completed modules should be able to challenge students' critical thinking skills while supplying them with information to support such thinking. The tutorial discusses why strong questioning skills are essential to successful ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This site provides students with mathematics self-study material which is embedded within the context of the geosciences. The material consists of many MathHelp "notebooks" covering specific mathematical topics related to a relevant geological context, such as plate velocity or cliff erosion. The notebooks contain explanations, illustrations, and examples. A mathematical glossary is also constantly ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Tutorial, Glossary
Subject: Geology, Mathematics
 
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Once a website for online, one-on-one tutoring, Technical Tutoring is now a repository of help pages developed by Phil Otken. Examples and lessons on many aspects of calculus, algebra, trigonometry, and basic chemistry. Each lesson includes a concise discussion and step-by-step intructions, formulas, and figures. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial, Ref. material
Subject: Chemistry, Mathematics
 
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This page emphasizes the practical concepts of calculus, and is intended to provide a new context for the student already familiar with much of the material. The emphasis is on how calculus can actually be used outside of the classroom, and how the language of calculus is important in many other disciplines. It features articles for download, on topics from exponential growth and decay to discontinuities, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Tutorial, Book - text
Subject: Mathematics
 
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The Web Design Guide offers a number of brief tutorials about the necessary design elements for creating an effective website. Tutorials cover such topics as design, speed, content, style, navigation, and more. For example, the design tutorial discusses how the critical elements of audience targeting, download speed, and presentation style affect the usability of a web page. This site also features ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Ask an expert
Subject: Technology
 
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The Copyright Crash Course provides information about how ownership of copyrighted materials works, what is fair use, and when and how to get permission to use someone else's materials. It focuses on copyright issues pertaining to both text and multimedia resources. The site also offers an interactive online tutorial and links to a multitude of additional resources regarding copyright law and fair ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Ref. material
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This tutorial uses pictures, graphs, and text to explain what trace elements are, where they come from, and how they affect human health. The lesson focuses on iodine, flourine, and selenium, but also provides information about several other common trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, and more. Students follow the tutorial frame by frame and can take a quiz at ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Tutorial
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental science, Geochemistry
 
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This website provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the basics of optical mineralogy. Topics include the polarized light microscope, mineral shape and cleavage, relief, color and pleochroism, interference colors, extinction angles, twinning, opacity, vibration directions and mineral identification. The site features short, clear descriptions accompanied by photographs and drawings. This website ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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