All resources in 2012-2013 OER Fellows

Information Systems

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Students need to understand systems and the systems concept, and they need to understand the role of ICT in enabling systems. Students will learn the characteristics of good systems (e.g., intuitive, likable, error-resistant, fast, flexible, and the like). Knowing the characteristics of good systems will permit students to demand well designed systems and to suggest how existing systems should be changed. Students need to understand the affordances, directions, and limits of hardware, software, and networks in both personal and organizational dimensions. They also need to appreciate that, as technical capabilities change and new ones arise, more opportunities to apply ICT for efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation are afforded. They need to understand the process for developing and implementing new or improved systems and the activities of IS professionals in this process.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Richard T. Watson

Persuasion Across Time and Space

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This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help ELLs meet new standards in English Language Arts. Built around a set of famous persuasive speeches, the unit supports students in reading a range of complex texts. It invites them to write and speak in a variety of ways and for different audiences and purposes. Students engage in close reading of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, Aristotleí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s Three Appeals, Robert Kennedyí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s On the Assassination of Martin Luther King, and George Wallaceí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and Hoax, Barbara Jordaní˘ä‰ĺ䋢s All Together Now. The five lesson culminate with student's constructing their own persuasive texts.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention"

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This resource contains integrated tasks, assessments, and skill building exercises to continually push language learning forward. In these integrated examples, the content of the the text is the vehicle that drives skill development; it simultaneously deepens our understanding of the world around us.

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Tim Farquer

Postcolonial Literature Lesson - Remix

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This lesson will introduce students to postcolonial literature--the major players, unifying themes, and major debates surrounding the classification of this genre. It also contains links to readings, discussion questions, and a collaborative project aligned to multiple Common Core standards.

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Sara Layton

The Argumentative Research Project: A Step-by-Step Course

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This resource is designed to walk students through the process of completing a research project in any field of study. It covers the earliest stages of brainstorming and discussing, continues through researching and compiling sources; writing, documenting, revising, and polishing a paper; and finally presenting the research topic to a wider audience in a professional manner. The focus is on MLA format, though the course could be modified for other formats. The first unit is an introduction to the project. It asks students to draw on knowledge of issues affecting their own community and world to help generate discussion that could eventually lead to a research topic.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Sara Layton

10X Bigger!

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Students will explore multi-digit numbers and the relationship between ones, tens and hundreds; a digit in one place is 10x the digit in the place to its right. Students will use their bodies to represent digits in multi-digit numbers up to the hundredths place and compare these numbers using <, =, >. Students will use their bodies as multi-digit numbers to add and subtract.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Admin

Algebra Gateway quiz suite

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My school uses a series of "Gateway" quizzes to evaluate a baseline level of learning for students in my Algebra I course. These are not to be confused with Mastery quizzes; instead, they are meant as a bare-minimum level of achievement. These 17 quizzes consititute the base level of learning a student needs to achieve to earn at least a 60% (D-) grade in my class. Teachers could use these quizzes as described above, or simply as periodic assessments if they happen to be on a given topic. Again, I do NOT consider these topics to be sufficient to compromise a standard Algebra I course, simply as a bare-minimum to be prepared for the next school year. *note: for each of the 17 quizzes, I included a pdf, and also a file created in the original software, Kuta Software. Downloading the Kuta software (sadly, only available on Windows) will allow you to regenerate multiple versions of each quiz.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Jason Rothgeb