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The Scout Report
May 27, 2011
Volume 17, Number 21
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====== Research and Education ====
1.  Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans
2.  Genes, Health and Society
3.  Teaching the Ocean System:  Resources for Educators
4.  Nanotechnology Center for Teaching and Learning
5.  GirlGeeks
6.  STEM Education Coalition
7.  Farm Radio International
8.  TeachEngineering

====== General Interest ====
9.  NewsOnline: Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
10. United Cerebral Palsy
11. Southern Changes Digital Archive
12. Francis Alys: A Story of Deception
13. March to the Moon
14. Teaching Resources: Biotechnology Institute
15. Illinois State Geological Survey: Teacher Resources for Geology

====== Network Tools ====
16. Express Planner
17. 2Plan Desktop

====== In The News ====
18. In an announcement this week, the Indian Prime Minister pledges $5
billion in support to Africa


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====== Research and Education ====

1.  Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/

How does one get students excited about the Great Depression? It can be
done, and the National Archives' "Teaching With Documents" site offers a
cornucopia of lesson plans on this and other periods of American history.
Each lesson plan contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the
National Archives holdings, and the plans are correlated to the National
History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government. The
materials are organized chronologically along the left-hand side of the
page, and visitors can also look at thematic sections that include "The
Emergence of Modern America" and "Contemporary United States." Teachers will
want to look at the analysis worksheets on the right-hand side of the page
that help students become familiar with understanding different source
materials, such as maps, posters, and cartoons. [KMG]


2.  Genes, Health and Society
http://www.bioedonline.org/courses/

The BioEd Online initiative at the Baylor College of Medicine has
distinguished itself over the past few years by offering up lesson plans,
slide sets, presentations, and other classroom materials for biology
teachers and the generally curious. One of the recent additions to the site
is "Genes, Health and Society," an online course designed for undergraduate
students, classroom educators, and other life-long learners. The course is
divided into three sections: "Transmission Genetics," "The Nature of Genetic
Material," and "Medical Genetics." Each section offers a variety of active
learning experiences, including self-assessment questions and problems.
Visitors are welcome to take one or two of the sections, and all they need
to do is complete a free registration for access to all materials. [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


3.  Teaching the Ocean System:  Resources for Educators
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/ocean/

As the introduction to this website notes,  the "science of oceanography may
be as vast as the oceans themselves." There is no better time to learn about
the world's ocean, and this site offered as part of Carleton College's On
the Cutting Edge program will be useful for teachers and students. The site
brings together data sets, tools, lesson plans, and interactive
visualizations to address a number of topics within this broad field of
scientific inquiry. On the left-hand side of this page, visitors will find
six pertinent sections, including "Teaching Materials" and "Internet
Resources." The "Teaching Materials" area includes resources such as a
classroom activity designed to help students learn about how climate change
impacts tropical cyclone formation and coral bleaching. For those who are
perhaps more visually inclined, the "Visualizations" area features helpful
animations and illustrations of processes such as coastal wave mechanics and
El Nino. [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


4.  Nanotechnology Center for Teaching and Learning
http://community.nsee.us/

Based at Northwestern University, the Nanotechnology Center for Learning and
Teaching (NCLT) was developed in order to help students, teachers, and
researchers who are engaged in the learning and teaching of nanotechnology.
On the site's homepage, visitors can learn about "Nano Events" on the right-
hand side, sign up to become a site member, and also look through a list of
teaching modules. Educators will want to scroll down to the "Featured NanoEd
Resources," which include "Introduction the Nanoscale" and "Nano 101." The
"Higher Education" section also includes information on college level
workshops for educators and materials on graduate level degree programs in
nanotechnology. Finally, the site contains information on upcoming
nanotechnology internships and an "Ask a Scientist" link that leads to a
number of institutions where individuals can proffer a question or two.
[KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


5.  GirlGeeks
http://www.girlgeeks.org/

GirlGeeks is an organization that encourages women to pursue and develop
careers in technology. The organization started in 1998 as a documentary
film about women's impact on computing throughout history.  The GirlGeeks
website states that "technology for communication and community-building are
more important than ever...[and] we want to ensure that women and other
often-overlooked groups have the freedom, motivation and resources to
participate in this new world."  Visitors will find that the website is
divided up into the categories: "Inner Geek," "Education," "Technology,"
"Career," and "Business."  The "Inner Geek" area has a section called
"Inspiring Women" that features women in various technology industries.
Visitors can also read about very young women, as young as age 12, who have
already had success in these fields.  The "Technology" category provides
articles about updating one's knowledge and increasing one's skill-set in
topical areas like shareware and open source materials, to name just a few.
[KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


6.  STEM Education Coalition
http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Coalition is an educational lobbying group that promotes "policies to
improve STEM education at all levels."  A coalition consisting of 500
organizations, it aims to educate policymakers about the importance of STEM
education in keeping the U.S. competitive in the global marketplace.
Visitors can find testimony and letters from the Coalition to various
lawmakers in the "Positions and Activities" tab, including Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology, and President Obama himself.  The "STEM Resources" tab has
multiple links to fact sheets, report cards, and various reports that
indicate the state of STEM education in the U.S.  Visitors will also find an
extensive number of panel discussions, commissions, and reports, beginning
with a report from September 1996 on teaching and America's future to a more
recent report titled "Tapping America's Potential:  Gaining Momentum, Losing
Ground." [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


7.  Farm Radio International
http://www.farmradio.org/english/partners/home.asp

Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canada-based organization and utilizes
radio in its work fighting poverty and food insecurity in thirty-nine
African countries.  Founded in 1979, FRI disseminates information to
millions of farmers about sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and
community development.  Visitors can read about the five programs that FRI
runs by clicking on the "Our Work" link near the top of the page.  The
"Scripts and Voices" program provides broadcasters with scripts for dramas
that are translated into hundreds of languages and can be adjusted to fit
the local community of the radio station.  These scripts are also available
to visitors to the site.  "Voices" is a newsletter that is read on the air,
providing farmers with information that relates to the each theme presented
in the Scripts area and broadcaster training articles.  The "Multimedia"
link provides visitors with several video clips of people associated with
FRI and audio clips of actual segments of radio broadcasts from Ghana,
Zambia, and Malawi. [KMG]


8.  TeachEngineering
http://www.teachengineering.org/

The TeachEngineering website is a resource for teachers who seek to make
engineering concepts come to life for students in grades K-12. It is also
worth nothing that some of the resources are appropriate for college-level
students.  Funded with money from the National Science Foundation, a team of
university researchers worked to create a searchable web-based digital
library of free and accessible curriculum resources.  The rationale behind
teaching engineering to K-12 students is helpfully explained to visitors in
the "K-12 Engineering" tab near the top of the page. To search or browse the
database, visitors can use such criteria as "Lessons," "Subject Areas," or
"Educational Standards."  Other ways visitors can view the curriculum
include the highlighted "Editor's Picks," "Most Popular," and "Recently
Added" sections.  The student activity "Amusement Park Ride: Ups and Downs
of Design" is the May 2011 Editor's Pick. [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.



====== General Interest ====

9.  NewsOnline: Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/NewsOnline/

Back in 1991, the Digital Library and Archives (DLA) at Virginia Tech began
to provide online access to local, regional, and international newspapers.
It was an early digital library project, and it continues to provide access
to a range of periodicals and transcripts of television news reports for
local television stations in and around southwestern Virginia. On the site,
visitors will find sections titled "Virginia Tech News," "Virginia News,"
and "International News." Visitors can make their way through publications
such as the Virginia Tech Spectrum, the Roanoke Times, and international
newspapers like Le Monde. The dates available differ for each publication,
and visitors can use these materials for local history projects or studies
in the transformation of various print and online media. [KMG]


10. United Cerebral Palsy
http://www.ucp.org/

Started in 1949 by parents of children with cerebral palsy, United Cerebral
Palsy (UCP) has advocated and provided support services for not only people
with cerebral palsy, but also a wide range of disabilities, including Down
Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and traumatic brain injury.  The UCP
website provides visitors with a range of resources which they have acquired
from their 60 years of dealing with disability issues.  The "Resources" tab
near the top of the page offers visitors a "One-Stop Resource Guide" as well
as a dozen topics, such as "Education," "Assistive Technology," "Disability
Etiquette," and "State Resource Guides" that are covered in more depth.  The
"Ask Lara" blog link at the bottom of the Resources page is a great way to
keep up with current news, studies, conferences, and resources that affect
people with disabilities.  One of the blog entries is about Bookshare, which
is a free online library of digital books for those with print disabilities
and visitors won't want to miss it. [KMG]


11. Southern Changes Digital Archive
http://beck.library.emory.edu/southernchanges/

>From 1978 to 2003, the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Council published
"Southern Changes," a journal featuring social research, cultural analysis,
reportage, interviews, and commentary. Recently, the Southern Regional
Council teamed up with the Beck Center for Electronic Collections at Emory
University to digitize the complete run of the journal. The journal covered
topics such as desegregation, racial equality, housing issues, and a myriad
of other issues. Visitors can browse the collection by issue date or keyword
search the entire archive. First-time visitors may wish to start by looking
over the issues from 1999, as there is interesting coverage of the national
health care movement, the upcoming Census, and public schools. [KMG]


12. Francis Alys: A Story of Deception
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2011/francisalys/

Born in Belgium, artist and architect Francis Alys is known for works that
explore simple, ephemeral actions to rather ambitious projects, like when he
invited 500 volunteers to collectively move a mountain in Peru. This online
exhibit of his work is designed to complement an in situ exhibit at the
Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS 1. Many of the works in the exhibit are
drawn from the mid-1990s to the present day, and visitors can view a
selection by using the drop-down menus here. The two main areas include
still images of some conceptual art pieces, and while they are offered
without any specific context, visitors will be able to get a sense of each
piece's vision upon close examination of the works. Several of the pieces
include video clips, such as "The Modern Procession," which is worth a look.
[KMG]


13. March to the Moon
http://tothemoon.ser.asu.edu/

Working together with NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Arizona
State University's School of Earth & Space Exploration has created this
marvelous digital collection of photographs and information from Project
Mercury. This was the first human spaceflight program of the United States,
and it ran from 1959 to 1963. The goal of the program was to put a human in
orbit around the Earth, which happened first on February 20, 1962 as John
Glenn orbited the planet three times. Visitors can click on a photo of
astronaut Scott Carpenter to reveal a list of the Mercury missions. Each
mission has a selection of photographs that visitors can look over, and they
will also want to click on the "Movies" area. These films were taken by
portable cameras on the early Mercury test flights, and visitors will be
amazed at the views offered by these documents. [KMG]


14. Teaching Resources: Biotechnology Institute
http://www.biotechinstitute.org/teaching-resources

The Biotechnology Institute has created these teaching resources to help
educators with the task of delivering high-quality material about
biotechnology. The materials here are divided into nine sections, including
"Biotechnology Facts," "Lesson Plans," and "Biotechnology Timeline." The
glossary is a good place to start, as it offers a range of short, well-
written definitions about key terms in the field. The "Videos" area offers
brief explanations of concepts such as mitosis and recombinant DNA, along
with profiles of biotechnology scientists and their work. Moving on, the
"Books, Magazines, and Other Resources" area includes links to sites with
additional lesson plans, curriculum guides, and online periodicals of note.
[KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.


15. Illinois State Geological Survey: Teacher Resources for Geology
http://www.isgs.illinois.edu/education/teach-res.shtml

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) has worked hard to create this
vast array of materials designed for teachers working in geology and the
earth sciences. The site is divided into two primary areas: "ISGS Teacher
Resources" and "Other Teacher Resources." The "Ask An Expert" section is a
good place to start, and it contains an A to Z archive of questions (and
answers) that have been posed so far. Visitors are welcome to explore topics
here like isotope geochemistry, limestone petrography, and also "Gold in
Illinois." Also, this area contains links to teaching geology, which are
quite useful. The "Other Teacher Resources" area brings together links to
germane sites, such as the Denver Earth Science Project, NASA's meteorology
home page, and online guides to landforms from the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management. [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and
science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science
Educational Repository at http://amser.org.



====== Network Tools ====

16. Express Planner
http://www.planningforce-express.com/

Those persons with a yen for project management will want to take a look at
Planning Force's Express Planner. The program is designed for those doing
work in project management and business, and it gives users the ability to
apply calendars to projects and tasks, prioritize items, and create reports.
The site includes several tutorials, and it is compatible with computers
running Linux and Windows 2000 and newer. [KMG]


17. 2Plan Desktop
http://2-plan.com/2-plan-desktop.html

2Plan Desktop is offered as an alternative to Microsoft Project for those
parties who might be interested in finding a free program for desktop
scheduling. The program features a fine user interface that allows
individuals to manipulate their screen layout, create project scheduling,
and monitor a project budget. The website for 2Plan includes a manual and
several training videos. This version is compatible with computers running
Windows 2000 and newer, along with Linux. [KMG]



====== In The News ====

18. In an announcement this week, the Indian Prime Minister pledges $5
billion in support to Africa
Counter the Dragon: With $5 billion pledge, India takes big step into Africa
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Counter-the-Dragon-With-5-billion-
pledge-India-takes-big-step-into-Africa/articleshow/8561741.cms

India prime minister pledges billions to Africa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13515993

Africa CanÂ…End Poverty
http://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/

United States African Development Foundation
http://www.adf.gov/

Africa Region: Working Paper Series
http://www.worldbank.org/afr/wps/

In recent years, China has increased its investment in Africa by billions of
dollars as they work with governments there to build new power plants,
factories, and other pieces of key infrastructure. This week, another world
power announced that they would be entering this competitive market. On
Tuesday, Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh pledged $5 billion towards new
projects in Africa, including tele-medicine for a virtual university and
information technology investments. The announcement was made at the Africa-
India Forum Summit in Addis Ababa, where Singh remarked, "The India-Africa
partnership is unique and owes its origins to history and our common
struggle against colonialism, apartheid, poverty, disease, illiteracy and
hunger." India is hoping to catch up with China's tremendous economic
relationship with Africa, which totaled approximately $126.9 billion in
2010.  Along with this announcement, Prime Minister Singh also remarked that
India would sponsor five new institutes in Africa and invite all African
airlines to fly to several different Indian cities over the next couple of
years. [KMG]

The first link leads to helpful article about the specifics of this
development, courtesy of the Times of India. The second link whisks users
away to a news update from the BBC website about this pledge of $5 billion.
The third link leads to a blog from Shanta Devarajan, the World Bank Chief
Economist for Africa, about the challenges (and successes) of ending poverty
in Africa. The fourth link takes users to the homepage of the US African
Development Foundation, which works on a range of important projects on the
African continent. Finally, the last link leads to the World Bank's Africa
Region Working Paper Series, which covers applied research and policy
studies on cotton production, technological innovation, and other important
developments. [KMG]




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==   Index for May 27, 2011       ==
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1.  Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/

2.  Genes, Health and Society
http://www.bioedonline.org/courses/

3.  Teaching the Ocean System:  Resources for Educators
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/ocean/

4.  Nanotechnology Center for Teaching and Learning
http://community.nsee.us/

5.  GirlGeeks
http://www.girlgeeks.org/

6.  STEM Education Coalition
http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

7.  Farm Radio International
http://www.farmradio.org/english/partners/home.asp

8.  TeachEngineering
http://www.teachengineering.org/

9.  NewsOnline: Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/NewsOnline/

10. United Cerebral Palsy
http://www.ucp.org/

11. Southern Changes Digital Archive
http://beck.library.emory.edu/southernchanges/

12. Francis Alys: A Story of Deception
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2011/francisalys/

13. March to the Moon
http://tothemoon.ser.asu.edu/

14. Teaching Resources: Biotechnology Institute
http://www.biotechinstitute.org/teaching-resources

15. Illinois State Geological Survey: Teacher Resources for Geology
http://www.isgs.illinois.edu/education/teach-res.shtml

16. Express Planner
http://www.planningforce-express.com/

17. 2Plan Desktop
http://2-plan.com/2-plan-desktop.html

18. In an announcement this week, the Indian Prime Minister pledges $5
billion in support to Africa
Counter the Dragon: With $5 billion pledge, India takes big step into Africa
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Counter-the-Dragon-With-5-billion-
pledge-India-takes-big-step-into-Africa/articleshow/8561741.cms



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