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Advancing Change through Public Awareness
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As diseases become stronger in nature, currently available antibiotics are no longer strong enough to suppress and cure said diseases. Therefore, what factors contribute to diseases becoming resistant to drugs and what public policies should be developed around them?  In this problem-based learning module, students will work with partners or in groups to first assess the increasing problem of drug-resistant diseases and the toll they are taking on the American public. Additionally, students will work to investigate what hospitals and lawmakers are doing to address this problem. Once students understand and are familiar with the current state of affairs, they will then work to further understand and research exactly why this issue needs to be brought to the attention of the general public, in order to promote change to current hospital procedures and policies. Further, students will determine the current political climate and support (or lack thereof) for policy, and will analyze the interest in keeping, changing or removing said policies altogether. Once the group has a full understanding, students will then work to determine their position on the issues surrounding antibiotic resistant diseases and the policies associated with these diseases. As soon as the group reaches a consensus, students will work to research and determine a professional way in which to present their goals and objectives for curbing the issue of drug-resistant diseases.

Subject:
English
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
10/24/2019
American Politics Group Data Projects
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SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

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Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions
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Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets
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This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

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History/Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Devashree Gupta
Date Added:
05/29/2019
At Home With Ursula Le Guin
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At Home With Ursula Le Guin; Her novels featured dragons and wizards, but they were also deeply grounded in indigenous American ways of thought.

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History/Social Sciences
American History
Geography
Government and Civics
Social Sciences
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Visual Media
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New American History
Provider Set:
Bunk
Author:
Breen, Benjamin
Date Added:
08/06/2018
Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data
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Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

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Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Alfred Montero
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Code the Globe
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In this lesson, students will learn about continents and oceans while moving the Bee Bot throughout the globe.This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Subject:
Computer Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Nicholas Grzeda
Date Added:
10/19/2020
Coding Critters (Getting Started)
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This lesson includes a quick tutorial for teachers to learn how to use Coding Critters, along with an integrated lesson for kindergarten students. Students will use their Coding Critters kit and items in the classroom to build a play area to model prepositional phrases. Students will work in groups to code their robot to display a specific prepositional phrase given by the teacher.This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Subject:
Computer Science
Reading
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Date Added:
11/15/2020
Commonwealth of Learning Copyright Audit
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To a significant extent, copyright law governs the production, dissemination and consumption of knowledge and culture. In an "information society" it is particularly important to ensure that the gates of learning are kept wide open. It is in this context that an examination of copyright law with respect to education becomes crucial. When performing an audit of copyright law, it is essential to keep in mind international treaty obligations: particularly, the Berne Convention, the Agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights -- which is consequent to membership at the World Trade Organisation, and more recent treaties such as the World Intellectual Property Organization's Copyright Treaty. Taken together, they define the international copyright regime. It is also essential to keep in mind that even from the perspective of the multifaceted international obligations that countries are subject to, there is yet great flexibility as to how copyright may be legislated, especially given national goals such as literacy and education. This last point is, unfortunately, not yet adequately known. The following copyright law checklist is an attempt at gaining a better understanding of not only how intellectual property affects education but also what countries have within their power to do, to increase access to education of quality at all levels.

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Comparing Journalistic Reports to Primary Sources of Research
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A set of three short writing assignments were designed to encourage students to think critically about the way that scientific research is reported by the popular media and the reasons that research may or may not be reported in a way that could be construed as misleading.

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mija Van Der Wege
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Conditional Communication Online
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In this week 6 of 6 hyperdocs, students are presented a problem and solve it through the use of one of the Computational Thinking strategies. This lesson is designed with K-5 in mind, and can be adapted to meet the needs of any classroom.Week 6 Problem: Over the past few weeks, Srijan has been logging in on his computer to have daily lessons with his teacher. He enjoys seeing his friends and talking to them about what he has been doing at home. Srijan loves listening to his teacher and learning about math and history. Lately, he has noticed that during the lessons it is hard for his classmates to let the teacher know if they have a question, or if she needs to repeat something without causing a big disruption. He has also noticed that some of his friends tend to be playing around instead of following along. He wishes there was a way for everyone to communicate with the teacher without disrupting the entire class.This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Subject:
Computer Science
Reading
Writing
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Date Added:
10/19/2020
Confronting the political economy of climate change
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Students apply economics, politics and sociology to better understand why cap and trade is the preferred political approach, but also why it's potentially problematic.

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dave Wells
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Do You See What I See: Using Optical and Visual Illusions to Illustrate Perception
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An in-class demonstration of perception and individual perceptual differences, using optical illusions and visuals.

Subject:
Business and Information Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Michelle Kunz
Date Added:
05/29/2019
DocsTeach: Evaluating Reconstruction
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Students will analyze primary sources from the Reconstruction Era to determine if Reconstruction was a success or a failure. They will place evidence on a scale for a visual representation of their evaluation.Teachers can modify and assign this Google Doc. You will need to make a copy of the document to access it.

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Primary Source
Visual Media
Author:
Amy Gaulton
Date Added:
08/03/2020
The Drunkard’s Progress
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The Drunkard’s Progress; Two hundred years ago, it was hard for Americans to miss the message that they had a serious drinking problem.

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Geography
Government and Civics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Visual Media
Provider:
New American History
Provider Set:
Bunk
Author:
Breen, Benjamin
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Educational Psychology
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Educational psychologists work to understand how to structure educational systems in order to meet the mental and emotional needs of students. They study how people learn, identify and suggest efficient teaching methods, and evaluate the effectiveness of various educational policies and practices. Educational psychologists often point out the inherently social nature of our current educational system, study the ways that learning environments affect education, and study the ways that societal, local, and family issues affect learning and classroom practice. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: explain why knowledge of psychology is important to effective teaching; discuss, compare, and contrast cognitive and behavioral psychology; discuss, compare, and contrast constructivist and behaviorist models of teaching and learning, as well as their applications in classroom management; identify important cognitive stages of development, the typical age range of each stage, and the ways that teachers can use that knowledge; identify important aspects of personal, emotional, and moral development, and ways that teachers can use that knowledge; identify diversity in terms of differences in learning styles, intelligence, cultures, and gender, as well as specific abilities and disabilities, that a modern classroom might need to accommodate; discuss theories of motivation and defend those you would use in your classroom; discuss classroom management strategies that smooth the learning process and prevent or deal with misbehavior, and defend those strategies you would use in your classroom; identify communication skills that enhance learning, management, and coordination with students' families; identify strategies for enhancing students' ability to use complex cognitive skills; identify the major parts of a lesson or unit plan; identify and discuss types of teacher-made assessments; discuss the uses of and issues surrounding standardized testing; identify and discuss factors that influence job satisfaction in a teaching career. (Psychology 303)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Lecture Notes
Reading
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Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
06/11/2019
The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida
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In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.

Subject:
Economics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mary Borg
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Electing the House
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The most democratic body in the federal government, hundreds of representatives for the House are elected every other year. This site maps elections from before the Civil War until today showing changing patterns across regions and between urban and rural areas.

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Geography
Government and Civics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Data Set
Interactive
Visual Media
Provider:
New American History
Provider Set:
American Panorama
Author:
Ayer, Edward L.
Madron, Justin
Nelson, Robert K.
Winling, LaDale
Date Added:
08/06/2018