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5 - Waves & Technology
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The phenomenon that launches this unit is a cell phone call to a student in the class, where the caller on speaker phone asks “How are you hearing me?”. Over the course of the unit, students discover the patterns with waves. Then use that understanding to explain ultrasound medical imagining technology and ultimately how cell phones work. Cell phone communication is operationalized by the engineering challenge of communicating a three letter signal by first coding a spreadsheet to digitize the signal in binary (ASCII), then transmit the digital signal using light and sound (AM and FM), then receive and decode the signal to complete the communication. This project models the sending and receiving of a text message.

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Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland Metro STEM Partnership
Provider Set:
Patterns Physics
Date Added:
08/01/2018
ABC's in American Sign Language (ASL)
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* This is intended to be used for learners in G1 and up.  This module may fit into a larger course to provide a broader content for the module as it is openly and freely shared.  ASL (American Sign Language) is a visual language. Instead of verbal language, you use your body such as your hands and facial expressions.  You can actually use ASL to communicate whenever you like, use it like your daily conversations.

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Languages
Communication
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Renee Sakai
Date Added:
03/25/2018
Activities You Like to Do - Yes or No?
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What do you like to do for fun?  Think about what you do outside of school!  Do you like to sing, dance, paint, play video games, or play sports?  These types of activities provide entertainment.  Be ready to share what you enjoy or don't enjoy in Spanish.ACTFL StandardsCommunication: Interpersonal Communication, Interpretive CommunicationCultures: Relating Cultural Practices to PerspectivesLearning TargetI can respond to yes or no questions about activities I like to do or don’t like to do.Habits of MindThinking and communicating with clarity and precisionCritical Thinking SkillConstruct Meaning   

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Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
02/21/2018
Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment
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Law has different meanings as well as different functions. Philosophers have considered issues of justice and law for centuries, and several different approaches, or schools of legal thought, have emerged. In this chapter, we will look at those different meanings and approaches and will consider how social and political dynamics interact with the ideas that animate the various schools of legal thought. We will also look at typical sources of “positive law” in the United States and how some of those sources have priority over others, and we will set out some basic differences between the US legal system and other legal systems.

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Business and Communication
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Textbooks
Author:
Alyssa Martina
Don Mayer
George Siedel
Jethro Lieberman
Date Added:
02/17/2015
Affective Computing, Fall 2015
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This course instructs students on how to develop technologies that help people measure and communicate emotion, that respectfully read and that intelligently respond to emotion, and have internal mechanisms inspired by the useful roles emotions play.

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Communication
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Full Course
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MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rosalind W. Picard
Date Added:
10/06/2016
Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, and Idiom
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This seminar will introduce three of eight types of figurative language (alliteration, onomatopoeia, and idiom).  Through mainly fictional texts( tongue twisters, comics, songs, etc.), you will  identify these types of figurative language, determine their meanings, and  formulate project-based activities to prove your understanding of these common figurative language types.StandardsCC.1.2.5.F  Determine the meaning of words and phrase as they are used in grade-level text, including interpretation of figurative language. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
02/06/2018
Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotics save people’s lives...and make bacteria stronger and more likely to kill us.  What is the best practice to balance these conflicting issues? In this problem-based learning module, the students will be evaluating real-life medical situations in conjunction with actual staff at those institutions and offering action plans to be ‘implemented’ there.  In order to accomplish this, the science unit will be interlocking with social studies and a language arts unit that will have them identifying target audiences and sculpting a way to present their findings.  This unit has the potential to be a full problem-based unit as well as highly interdisciplinary--it’s connected to full units in social studies and language arts which stand alone but can be fully integrated if desired.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
11/21/2017
Are we causing the earth to be so unhealthy that not even we can survive on it?
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In this problem-based learning module, students will ‘dig’ for fossils in a digital environment, using the advanced graphing techniques of line-of-best-fit and piecewise functions to look for different kinds of trends in the health of the history of the earth.  They will apply this information to their knowledge of the laws of superposition and index fossils to form a complete analysis in the historical health as well as to predict where we are going in the future.

Subject:
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Are we consuming more calories than we are putting out? How is our calorie intake affecting obesity and how do you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle?
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In this problem-based learning module, students will be asked to brainstorm ideas and think innovatively both independently and collaboratively in addressing a real-world problem that is relevant to their daily lives and  health.  Are students aware of their calorie intake and how it affects their overall health? Students will investigate the calories consumed in a typical day and how much physical activity is needed to stay healthy and fit.  Students/teams will be encouraged to use the internet for research purposes in their design phase. Students will utilize various online platforms to design an infographic that can be shared with relevant individuals in the community and others in the school building

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
The Art and Science of Negotiation, Spring 2006
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An introduction to bargaining and negotiation in public, business, and legal settings. Combines a "hands-on" skill-building orientation with a look at pertinent social theory. Strategy, communications, ethics, and institutional influences are examined as they influence the ability of actors to analyze problems, negotiate agreements, and resolve disputes in social, organizational, and political circumstances characterized by interdependent interests.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Laws, David
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Basic Questions and Answers
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In this seminar you will be able to hold a short conversation asking and answering questions about your name, age and where you live. Being able to hold a conversation is very important and essentially the purpose of this course.  As you meet someone you want to learn the basics- what is their name, how are they doing, where are they from, etc.ACTFL StandardsCommunication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and PresentationalCultures: Relating Cultural Practices to PerspectivesCommunities: School and Global CommunitiesLearning TargetI can state my name, age, and where I liveHabits of MindThinking and communicating with clarity and precisionCritical Thinking SkillConstruct Meaning   

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
02/21/2018
Be Credible
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The primary audience for this book starts with students in Journalism 302: Infomania, a course we teach at the University of Kansas. When they take this class, these students usually are in their second or third semesters in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. They have varied career aspirations. A few of them want to be “traditional” journalists, writing for online news sites, magazines, or newspapers. Some of them want to be broadcast journalists. Many of them want to work in strategic communications, which encompasses public relations, advertising, marketing, and related fields.

Subject:
Journalism
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Karna Younger
Peter Bobkowski
Date Added:
10/29/2019
Best Practices in Tropical Cyclone Briefings
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Crafting clear, concise and effective messages focused on customer needs is a crucial skill in every decision-support situation. Tropical cyclones that threaten a coastline have the potential to inflict devastating damage to communities and communicating relevant weather information will assist decision-makers in their plans and preparation work. This lesson examines how to effectively prepare for the hurricane season and then focuses on how best to support NWS partners through meteorological briefings during tropical cyclone events. Basic familiarity with probabilistic forecast guidance is required. It is strongly recommended that users review the "Determining the Onset and Risk of Tropical Cyclone Winds," "Forecasting Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge" and "Use of Probabilistic Surge Guidance in Local Storm Surge Forecasting" lessons on MetEd before viewing this lesson.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Date Added:
04/04/2016
A Better Way to Talk about Love
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In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Len Catron. In this talk for anyone who's ever felt crazy in love, Catron highlights a different metaphor for love that may help us find more joy and less suffering in it.

Subject:
Psychology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TED
Author:
Mandy Len Catron
Date Added:
11/01/2015
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and IPY into Elementary School Classrooms
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. The project draws on research showing that an integrated approach can improve student achievement in science, as well as in reading comprehension and oral and written discourse abilities. Ultimately, the project seeks to bring the polar regions “closer to home” for elementary teachers and their students.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
09/01/2008
Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
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As the United States began the most deadly conflict in its history, the American Civil War, it was also laying the groundwork for one of its greatest achievements in transportation. The First Transcontinental Railroad, approved by Congress in the midst of war, helped connect the country in ways never before possible. Americans could travel from coast to coast with speed, changing how Americans lived, traded, and communicated while disrupting ways of life practiced for centuries by Native American populations. The coast-to-coast railroad was the result of the work of thousands of Americans, many of whom were Chinese immigrant laborers who worked under discriminatory pressures and for lower wages than their Irish counterparts. These laborers braved incredibly harsh conditions to lay thousands of miles of track. That track—the work of two railroad companies competing to lay the most miles from opposite directions—came together with the famous Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869. This exhibition explores the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on American westward expansion. This exhibition was created as part of the DPLA’s Digital Curation Program by the following students as part of Professor Krystyna Matusiak's course "Digital Libraries" in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Denver: Jenifer Fisher, Benjamin Hall, Nick Iwanicki, Cheyenne Jansdatter, Sarah McDonnell, Timothy Morris and Allan Van Hoye.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
University of Denver
Provider Set:
DPLA Exhibitions
Author:
Allan Van Hoye
Benjamin Hall
Cheyenne Jansdatter
Jenifer Fisher
Nick Iwanicki
Sarah McDonnell
Timothy Morris
Date Added:
05/01/2015
Buoy is it getting warmer?
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This problem-based learning module is designed to master the Ohio Learning standard of Science in Earth and Space Science number 2, Cycles and Patterns of Earth and the Moon. Thermal-energy transfers in the ocean and the atmosphere contribute to the formation of currents, which influence global climate patterns. Students will be exploring the various factors affecting the climate patterns we experience due to thermal energy. Students will work independently as well as with a partner. The final product is expected to be presented to their peers and teachers. This blended module includes teacher-led instruction, student-led stations, real world data analysis and technology integrated investigations.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Business Communication
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Business communication also happens across channels. We have come a long way as the human race in terms of the channels we use to communicate with each other. With the development of language, much of communication was oral, with humans passing knowledge and information to other humans through the mouth. Sometimes we would use actions, whether through body language or through the use of other methods, such as smoke signals. However, most of communication was restricted to oral communication. With the invention of writing, we had yet another channel of communication, which turned out to be a little more permanent than speech. Information could now be recorded for posterity and knowledge could be passed down from father to son without the loss of accuracy.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Shakuntala Vibhute
Business Communication: Written & Verbal Presentation Skills
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This course allows students to develop effective written and verbal communication strategies specifically for the workplace. From idea gathering to drafting to delivery, this course will prepare students to effectively write, present, and communicate in a variety of methods and styles, tailored to professional audiences.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
03/31/2016