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This is an abstract for a paper that reports on a general strategy for making the learning environment in large (and small) lectures more effective by increasing student involvement. Researchers have used and evaluated the effectiveness of Microcomputer-Based Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) in introductory physics lectures since 1989 and have found them to be very successful for teaching ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This webpage, developed by William Beaty at the University of Washington, provides long list of common scientific misconceptions organized by topic. Topic include work and power, space, sound, measurement, properties of matter, magnets and magnetism, lithosphere, light, heat and temperature, forces, fluids, motion, energy, electricity, color and vision, biosphere, atmosphere and astronomy. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Geology, Physics, Space science
 
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This site is the homepage for isee systems, a business dedicated to creating systems thinking-based products and services that enable people to increase their capacity to think, learn, communicate, and act more systemically. The company carries a variety of products including the icon-based model building and simulation tool, STELLA, and the business communication tool ithink. This site contains links ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary, Software
Subject: Technology
 
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This site developed by Boston University's Department of Physics describes typical Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILD) structure. While involved, ILD is considered a highly effective teaching tool. In a typical case, 10% of the students understand the concept before instruction. This rises to about 20% after instruction in a traditional lecture course, compared with at least 80% in a course involving ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This website managed by the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education's Committee on Computers in Chemical Education highlights the proceedings at the June 2002 online conference discussing Problem Solving in Chemistry. Problem solving methods in chemistry may be classified according to how they are encountered in one of the common sub-disciplines of chemistry; namely, analytical, inorganic, ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary, Proceedings
Subject: Chemistry, Educational theory and practice
 
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This page holds the archived reports from the Curriculum Foundations Project. This project held workshops in several different subject areas in order to initiate a dialogue among the representatives from each partner discipline, with mathematicians present to listen and serve as a resource when questions about the mathematics curriculum arose. Users can access Microsoft Word reports as well as a compressed ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Curriculum, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
 
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The proceedings of the Geological Society of America, Earth System Processes, Global Meeting include a session titled The Snowball Earth Hypothesis: Theory and Observations. This website contains links to the session's abstracts as well as a link to the full meeting schedule. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary, Proceedings
Subject: Climatology, Geology
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point explains Gallery Walk implementation. Gallery Walk is most successful when students are properly prepared to use it, when instructors are familiar both in its effective use and challenges, and when student learning is assessed. The site also provides information and links on Gallery Walk instructions, assessments, and execution challenges. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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Notebooks on Geology is the English translation of the French paleontology journal Carnets de Geology. The website contains links to current journal articles, searchable archives, letters, memoirs and news. Users can also find information on subscription, article submission and editorial committees as well. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Journal article, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Geology
 
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Tanya Atwater, professor of geosciences at the University of Santa Barbara, hosts this homepage. The homepage contains information regarding Atwater's teaching, research, publications and animations. Users can download animations free of charge, although registration is required. Visualizations cover subjects such as plate tectonics, California tectonic history and oil reservoirs. This is a useful ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Illustration - scientific, Map, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geophysics
 
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