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This section of sciencelines will share information about on-line resources. We'll also include information about projects in which you and your students may want to participate. If you locate some outstanding sites you wish to share, please contact the Teacher Resource Center.
If you do not currently have access to the Internet, you do have options. Come use the ENC Demonstration Site computers in the Teacher Resource Center. We can also do a search for you and steer you toward sites that may meet your needs. Call or e-mail your requests.
Fifty Years of the Transistor is celebrated this year and especially in December. Lucent Technologies (former known as Bell Labs, parent organization of the transistor) has an elegant and informative site about the historical development, inventors and uses of this most significant discovery that changed our lives. Visit http://www.lucent.com/ideas2/heritage/transistor/. The site covers information about scientists like Maxwell, Faraday and Edison who made it possible to harness electricity for human use and inventors like Marconi who applied the knowledge to developments like the radio. Their work set the stage for the Bell Lab scientists Shockley, Brattain, Bardeen and others who "invented the information age." Easy-to-read explanations of what a transistor is, how they are used and current information are available on the Website as well as through downloadable pdf/Adobe Acrobat files.
If you are moving toward recommendations from the NCTM Standards to use real data in the classroom, you may be interested in looking at how teachers have set up projects through the Teaching Statistics with Technology site at: http://www.keypress.com/tswt_projects/. The site from Key Curriculum Press describes projects from teachers attending summer workshops in statistics and data analysis. The projects from the last two years of the project range in ages that the projects might be used or shown to students. The projects are good examples of what one needs to do to effectively use data. Students and teachers alike can see that even when the data is there, the questions we ask and the way we analyze and synthesize the information at hand is what is key.
From Now On. The Educational Technology Journal, Jamie McKenzie has two key issues that relate to student development of information skills whether they be with the use of data or with the activity insert on journaling. The lifelong learning skills of asking the right question and combinations of questions become more and more critical as teaching/learning environments move toward student-directed inquiry-based discovery. "Framing Essential Questions" at: http://www.fromnowon.org/sept96/questions.html and "The Question is the Answer will help one see the categories and the process.
Planet Neighborhood is a new television/video series supported
by a teacher's guide CD-ROM and Community Resource Guide. The Website at:
give the reader details about the materials as well as projects and surveys
that can be conducted via the Web. The series is sponsored by the DOE Office
of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Science Foundation
and aims to raise public awareness about the environmental and economic
benefits of recently developed "green technologies" and "real-life"
applications. PBS stations will be airing the three programs from the series
and videos and viewing guides will also be available. The Website has five
activities from the teacher's guide, and you can sample some of the interactive
activities from the CD at the Website too.