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Active Lessons are engaging, technology-based, student-centered (pupil-centered) learning activities designed by teachers ...

Active Lessons are engaging, technology-based, student-centered (pupil-centered) learning activities designed by teachers using PowerPoint (or other presentation tool). The idea is to empower teachers to easily create technology-based activities that draw upon variety of existing and new digital resources from internet, repositories of learning objects and other sources, and require students to use technology and create artifacts demonstrating their understanding. This idea partially challenges WebQuest approach and proposes that instead of getting teachers to design web sites, more effective strategy would be to use a presentation tool to design in more productive way. Active Lessons are technologically simple because PowerPoint is used for design and there is no need to struggle with technicalities of web publishing. With reduction in technicalities teachers can concentrate on pedagogy. The central hypothesis in this proposal is that if teachers develop understanding of technology-supported pedagogy, technicalities will synch in naturally through experience and emerging needs.

Material Type:
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
University of Hong Kong, Division of I&T Studies
Provider Set:
Learn Activity (University of Hong Kong)
Author:
Dr. Daniel Churchill
Active Transport in Insect Malpighian Tubules
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The Malpighian tubules of insects are an excellent model for examining the ...

The Malpighian tubules of insects are an excellent model for examining the properties of secretion in a transporting epithelium. In this exercise students expose tubules from cockroaches or crickets to chlorophenol red and visually estimate the dye concentration in the lumen. By adding metabolic inhibitors and competitors or by substituting ion-free media they can demonstrate competition, specificity, and energy- or ion-dependence of active transport. Advanced students can design their own experiments after a review of the literature. This simple and inexpensive exercise provides students with a challenging and rewarding introduction to experimental design in the laboratory.

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Biology
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Dee Silverthorn
An Activity on Factors Affecting Blood Flow
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This lesson is designed to explore the relationship between pressure and vessel ...

This lesson is designed to explore the relationship between pressure and vessel diameter and to create a model that represents how high blood pressure may affect weakened vessels. A collaborative work of Melvin Flores, Larie Laudato and Glenn Soltes

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Education
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Activities and Labs
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Unit of Study
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Glenn Soltes
Adaptation and Biomimicry
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In this unit of study students learn about adaptations and how they ...

In this unit of study students learn about adaptations and how they help animals survive. They will apply this knowledge to design new technologies. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dylan McCann
Adaptations: Create a Creature
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If you could create a new creature, what adaptations would it have ...

If you could create a new creature, what adaptations would it have and why? In this activity students design a trait card for an organism using behavioral and physical adaptations to help it survive in its environment.

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Life Science
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Lesson Plans
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Encyclopedia of Life
Adaptations Through Natural Selection
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Students will plan and design an imaginary organism that lives in the ...

Students will plan and design an imaginary organism that lives in the Temperate Deciduous Forest, Tropical Rainforest, or Desert. Students will then identify three adaptations of this animal, and determine how the adaptations of that animal may respond to a change in the ecosystem.

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Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Dan Leighton
Adaptations for Bird Flight – Inspiration for Aeronautical Engineering
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This activity first asks the students to study the patterns of bird ...

This activity first asks the students to study the patterns of bird flight and understand that four main forces affect the flight abilities of a bird. They will study the shape, feather structure, and resulting differences in the pattern of flight. They will then look at several articles that feature newly designed planes and the birds that they are modeled after. The final component of this activity is to watch the Nature documentary, "Raptor Force" which chronicles the flight patterns of birds, how researchers study these animals, and what interests our military and aeronautical engineers about these natural adaptations. This activity serves as an extension to the biomimetics lesson. Although students will not be using this information in the design process for their desert resort, it provides interesting information pertaining to the current use of biomimetics in the field of aviation. Students may extend their design process by using this information to create a means of transportation to and from the resort if they chose to.

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Engineering
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Adapting Evaluation for Local Contexts in a Globalized World
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This e-study gathers resources for practitioners who seek to design and implement ...

This e-study gathers resources for practitioners who seek to design and implement culturally responsive evaluations. The study highlights the expansion of the field of evaluation to national and contexts where evaluation has been historically missing. In doing so, the study engages the learners in critical thinking about the nature and dissemination of evaluation evidence for decision-making that leads to equitable distribution of resources.

This material is part of The Hubert Project collection, the premier hub for open educational resources in the public affairs field.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
The Hubert Project
Author:
Hanife Cakici
Adapting a Musical
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This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary ...

This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
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ARTSEDGE
Author:
Jayne Karsten
Adaptive Device Design
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In this activity, learners explore the concept of how engineering has made ...

In this activity, learners explore the concept of how engineering has made possible the development of--and ongoing improvements to--adaptive devices that serve to help individuals with a wide range of physical challenges adapt to the world and participate fully in society. Learners investigate the engineering process to solve problems, and work in teams to improve the design of a current or proposed adaptive device. Learners start with eyeglasses, disassembling, examining component design and shape, and reassembling. Then, learners re-engineer the product seeking improvements to the current product.

Subject:
Engineering
Manufacturing
Education
Life Science
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
IEEE