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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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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 website describes the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis' Project Varenius. The objective is to advance geographic information science through basic research, education, and outreach. The research is motivated by scientific, technical, and societal concerns. From this website users can access publications, a project description, the NSF proposal for the project, information ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Physical geography
 
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LESTER (Learning Science and Technology Repository), an online community and database focused on innocations in learning science and technology (LST), profiles innovative research projects and researchers. Registered users can add, update or modify records about their projects and organization, thereby keeping the information accurate and up-to-date. Users can search or browse the database of over ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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CoVis is a community of thousands of students, over a hundred teachers, and dozens of researchers all working to improve science education in middle and high schools. They do this by approaching the learning of science more like the doing of science: rather than depend on the teaching of facts, they seek to reproduce the question-centered, collaborative practices of scientists, using advanced communication ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Project, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium engages in the collaborative development of curricula and actively supports educators interested in the reform of undergraduate biology. The pedagogical approach of BioQUEST encourages the use of simulations, databases, and tools to construct learning environments where students are able to engage in activities like those of practicing scientists. The BioQUEST website ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Curriculum, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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The Visual Geophysical Exploration Environment (VGEE) is a software tool that is specially designed to help learners visualize complex, multi-dimensional geophysical phenomena and connect those visualizations to fundamental physical principles. The tool works with actual data sets of The El Nino Southern Oscillation. An additional data set of mantle convection will be available in the future. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Modeled dataset, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Educational theory and practice, Physical oceanography
 
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The Inquiry Page is a dynamic virtual community where inquiry-based education can be discussed, resources and experiences shared, and innovative approaches explored in a collaborative environment. The site features a growing database of inquiry units, and you can also build your own inquiry units. The database of exisiting units covers a range of topics from the sciences as well as the humanities. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Project, Report, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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