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FW: US Dept of Ed; New Learning Resources at FREE (April 28, 2003) - Educational Web

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Philip Hyjek <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 29 Apr 2003 09:52:27 -0400

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     FIFTEEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in arts, language arts,
     science, & social studies have been added to the FREE website.
     FREE makes it easy for teachers, parents, & students to find
     learning resources from more than 40 federal organizations.

          http://www.ed.gov/free

     The 15 new resources are described below.

====
Arts
====

"Drop Me Off in Harlem"
     is a multimedia exploration of the Harlem Renaissance (1920s-
     1930s).  Students can hear Langston Hughes read his poems,
     listen to Duke Ellington direct his orchestra, or watch
     "Shorty" George Snowden dance the Lindy Hop.  An interactive
     map displays important cultural, social, & political
     establishments.  Lesson ideas & learning activities facilitate
     an arts-integrated approach to the study of key works & themes
     that emerged. (KC)
     http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/exploring/harlem

"What Is Jazz?"
     presents audio excerpts from four lectures by Billy Taylor at
     the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1995.  Taylor --
     a noted jazz pianist, historian, & educator -- discusses jazz
     from its roots in the African-American slavery experience,
     through the early days of ragtime, & onward through swing,
     bop, & progressive jazz.  Excerpts can be sorted by artist
     or jazz style.  They're organized around questions, such as:
     Where was jazz born?  How did swing become bebop?  How is
     bebop influencing today's jazz artists?  Where do ideas for
     improvisation come from? (KC)
     http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/whatisjazz/

=============
Language arts
=============

"Piers Plowman Electronic Archive"
     offers a hypertext archive of the three versions of the
     William Langland's 14th-century allegorical poem "Piers
     Plowman."  The poem was reproduced by scribes & early editors,
     & the surviving 54 manuscripts are full of errors -- some the
     result of incompetence, others the product of sophisticated
     re-writing.  This electronic edition differs from most printed
     editions in that it does not suppress editorial disagreement
     among the manuscripts.  It embraces the provisional nature of
     scholarly editing & proposes a set of solutions to editorial
     problems without suggesting they will have the final
     authority. (NEH)
     http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/seenet/piers/

=======
Science
=======

"Exploring Earth: Investigations"
     provides more than 75 earth science investigations.  Each
     investigation is organized around a question:  What stories do
     rocks tell?  Could Mars support life?  How can one volcano
     change the world?  Photos & text (& sometimes video) help
     students answer each question.  Among the topics:  earth's
     layers, rocks, volcanoes & plate tectonics, earthquakes &
     mountains, surface & ground water, wind & currents, atmosphere
     & weather, climate change, oceans, our moon & solar system,
     & earth's history.  (NSF)
     http://earthsci.terc.edu/navigation/investigation.cfm

"Red Rock Adventures: A Teacher's Guide to Canyon Country Outdoor
Education"
     provides 100 science activities for Grades 1-6.  Topics
     include the water cycle, air & weather, rocks, seasonal
     changes in plants & animals, habitats, ecosystems,
     biodiversity, geological features & geographical concepts,
     & microorganisms of the desert & wetlands.  The guide also
     outlines 18 one-day field trips.  While best suited to the
     high desert of southeastern Utah, many field trips can be
     adapted for other sites. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/seug/ccoe/guide.html

"Watershed Ecology"
     introduces basic watershed ecology concepts.  It examines
     physical forces that shape watershed ecosystems, plants &
     animals that inhabit watersheds, typical watershed structures,
     & how watersheds function -- at different geographic scales &
     over time. (EPA)
     http://www.epa.gov/owowwtr1/watershed/wacademy/acad2000/ecology/

==============
Social studies
==============

"Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide to the Knowledge of the Resource"
     can help students learn about archeological methods & how
     archeological interpretations are made.  It is organized
     around questions that include:  What is archeology?  What
     do archeologists do?  How do archeologists determine how
     old things are? (NPS)
     http://www.cr.nps.gov/aad/afori/

"Cowpens National Battlefield"
     commemorates a battle at the "cow pens" in South Carolina
     (January 1781) that helped turn the tide of war in the
     Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.  Coming on the
     heels of a patriot victory at nearby Kings Mountain (October
     1780), it was the second successive staggering defeat for
     British forces under General Cornwallis.  Nine months later
     (October 1781), Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at
     Yorktown, Virginia. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/cowp/

"Effigy Mounds National Monument On-Line Teacher's Guide"
     offers 40 lesson ideas in archeology, art, language arts,
     math, science, social studies, & other subject areas.  The
     website also provides articles on the history, geology,
     & ecology of the mounds. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/efmo/parks/table_of_contents.htm

"Eisenhower Home Virtual Tour"
     walks students through the only place President Eisenhower
     & his wife ever called home.  In 1950, as they approached
     retirement, the Eisenhowers purchased a farm adjoining
     Gettysburg National Military Park.  During his Presidency,
     President & Mrs. Eisenhower used the farm as a weekend
     retreat, a refuge in time of illness, & a comfortable
     meeting place for world leaders. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/eise/tour1a.htm

"Grant-Kohrs Ranch"
     commemorates America's frontier cattle era.  The ranch --
     located north of Yellowstone in Deer Lodge, Montana -- is
     among the best surviving examples of an economic strategy
     based on the western cattle industry of the 1850s-1970s.  A
     German immigrant, Conrad Kohrs, purchased the ranch in 1866 &
     began by supplying to mining camp butcher shops.  In 1874 he
     inaugurated rail shipment to Chicago's Union Stock Yard.  He
     upgraded the bloodlines of his stock by introducing purebred
     Shorthorn & Hereford cattle, which were better suited to the
     northern climate & put weight on faster than the rangy Texas
     Longhorns.  He located & moved cattle among rangeland in four
     states & two Canadian provinces.  This website tells his
     story.  It includes information about cowboys, cattle drives,
     & the winter of 1886. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/grko/kohrs.htm

"Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen"
     defines "strong character" & how parents can help children
     develop it.  The booklet includes chapters on "dealing with
     media pressures" & working with schools, lists of books &
     magazines that can support character development, & 18
     activities. (ED)
     http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/citizen/index.html

"Revolutionary War Timeline"
     describes 125 battles, incidents, & other developments during
     the Revolutionary War.  Descriptions are brief (often one
     sentence) & presented chronologically over the nine-year war.
     Many include links to additional resources.  (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/cowp/Timeline.htm

"Rise & Fall of Jim Crow"
     accompanies a PBS series examining the century of segregation
     following the Civil War (1863-1954).  "Jim Crow," a name taken
     from a popular 19th-century minstrel song, came to personify
     government-sanctioned racial oppression & segregation in the
     U.S.  This website describes pivotal developments during that
     time -- the Emancipation Proclamation, the Compromise of 1877,
     the Brown v. Board of Education decision, & others.  It tells
     of actions taken by Presidents, Congress, & the Supreme Court,
     as well as organizations that opposed & supported Jim Crow.
     Interactive maps show Jim Crow laws across the U.S. (& over
     time), as well as migration patterns, population changes, &
     more.  Individuals who endured Jim Crow tell their stories.
     A 20-minute video, narrated by Ozzie Davis, recounts the 1919
     Elaine, Arkansas, riot & its aftermath. (NEH)
     http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/

"Ships/Piers, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park"
     presents photos & stories of six of the park's collection of
     100 of schooners, ferryboats, tugs, & other traditional &
     significant small boats. (NPS)
     http://www.nps.gov/safr/local/ship.html

====================
Vocational education
====================

"A Career Afloat: Gateway to Maritime Employment"
     describes jobs in the maritime industry, ways to get training
     for various career paths in the industry, & employment
     opportunities.  Links to maritime museum websites are
     included. (MA,DOT)
     http://marad.dot.gov/acareerafloat/

  Acronyms
  ~~~~~~~~
ED -- Department of Education
EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency
FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
KC -- ARTSEDGE, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NASA -- National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NIST -- National Science Foundation
NPS -- National Park Service
NSF -- National Science Foundation
MA,DOT -- Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation

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