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This site provides a comprehensive variety of Flash and QuickTime animations dealing with space and planetary science, oceanography, hydrology, and geology. These animations are found on Exploring Earth, a website that supports the McDougall Little textbook Earth Science. Users can stop, play, fast forward and rewind the animations at any time to stress important points. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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The author of this Geotimes (September 2002) article addresses the place of Earth Science education historically, as well as its importance to modern society. The need for more elementary and secondary educators is emphasized. The author proposes wasys for post-secondary students to earn both Earth Science degrees and Education degrees and advocates this as a mechanism for correcting the historic ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Periodical
Subject: Educational theory and practice, History and philosophy of science
 
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This website is a collection of publications produced by the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. The site contains a series of reports about the role of information technology in driving progress in research, education, and human development, as well as software design and computer networking. The site contains reports about digital libraries and the use of information technology ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Proceedings, Report
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This website presents a collection of materials and information that can be used to improve accessibility to web-based information for individuals with disabilities. The site provides web design techniques and useful guidelines, as well as descriptions and reviews of various products and tools related to web accessibility. Features of the site also include educational materials, software applications, ... Full description.
Grade level: Informal, General public
Resource type: Case study, Curriculum, Tutorial, Policy / Procedure, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This website is a comprehensive clearinghouse of long-distance education information. Materials on the site are intended to help improve distance- and web-based learning opportunities for both students and educators. The site features a multitude of links to resources for creating or participating in distance education programs and courses. Links are organized into subject areas such as programs and ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This site contains useful information for teachers looking to create or enhance online courses. There are informative sections about online teaching goals, online pedagogy, syllabus design, designing online teaching materials, creating interactive components on course web pages, and time management for online instructors. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This site contains information, resources and activities related to creating on-line materials for teaching in the geosciences. The site provides guidelines and tips for both the academic and technical development of internet-based learning resources. Topics addressed include how to determine when the use of web-based course materials is appropriate, how to design the educational content of those ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Index / Bibliography, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This article discusses the merits of case-based learning in an interactive online environment. Researchers used both qualitative and quantitative research over a 2-year period to examine the learning that occurred in a high school context when students were engaged in a case-based multimedia project. Part of the Case It! project, students played both the role of laboratory technician performing and ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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Critical thinking is one of education's central goals and most valued outcomes, but it can difficult to teach effectively. The Reason! project has developed the Reason!Able software as part of a general method aimed at enhancing critical thinking skills. This paper describes the challenges involved, the theoretical basis of the Reason! project, the Reason!Able software, and results of intensive evaluation ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This software tool uses graphical representation to express complex reasoning in "argument trees." It allows users to construct and break down arguments, using a hierarchy of colors and animations to illustrate the structure of reasoning and evaluative judgments. Reason!Able is available for a fee and may be purchased at the site, and there is also a free downloadable trial version. Special rates ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Software
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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