5th January 2001 at 00:00
The big six skills We have a numeracy strategy, a literacy strategy, so why not have an information skills strategy? With the volume of information around us, everyone needs complex analytical skills. How aware are students of what is available, how to find it and how to use it? This site defines information literacy and gives some clear guidelines on teaching the skills.

www.itrc.ucf.eduwebcampfinal_projectsbarneybig6.html Making art more accessible The Arts Education Exchange was awarded a grant from the DFEE Museums and Galleries Education Programme. The grant was towards the creation of the AccessArt website which wants the ideas it presents to be as attractive as possible, to appeal to all ages and abilities. The user will reach the ideas through online workshops which will be visual and interactive, rather than text based. The pilot period will last from September 2000 to March 2001. Try it and send your comments. The rhythm of life For "those who are adapting traditional arts and cultures into a form usable multiculturally in today's global societyI a belief that our music can somehow be used to change things for the better". The range of percussion goes throughout African and into Cuba. There are descriptions of many instruments ranging from the congas and claves to the djembe and djun djun. This helps to illustrate some of the complexities of the non European rhythms and looks at connections with spirituality.

www.rhythmweb.comcircle Famous lives in a nutshell This biography site, produced in collaboration with the British Institute of Biography, is under development and already has some features that are unusual and will be useful in the classroom. The biographies are under various headings. If you look under science you will find Einstein, and you not only get the life in a conventional format but a compressed version, a life graph and interestingly opposing views of the scientist. There is even a chat area. Have fun with maths This is a gaudy site that describes tself as "an amusement park of math and more". Obviously from the US, the sophistication of some of the techniques used means that it will appeal to a wide range of ability. Some of the work is pitched at nursery age children and some a great deal higher. The site is really interactive and entrancing. The section on fractals is excellent. Towering above the rest This technology site developed by the Public Broadcasting services in the US is all about heavy duty construction such as bridges, dams, tunnels, domes and skyscrapers. It goes into the people behind these large projects and looks at the problems they encountered. There is a great deal of useful and accessible information here. Great for problem solving.

www.pbs.orgwgbhbuildingbig History for the taking The Time Trail developed by Kathryn Costello and her pupils at Nettlesworth Primary School has received much acclaim. It is a splendid piece of work providing so much that is useful to other schools. One of the many good features is that all the material is very accessible as most of it was researched and written by the Nettlesworth students. Topics include Romans, Aztecs, World War Two, Victorians and Vikings and Tudors. Aerodynamics at your own pace Watching a Boeing 747 lift from the runway is awe inspiring. How can anything so big and so heavy soar? The Learning Technologies project at NASA has supplied the beginners guide to aerodynamics that will answer such questions. Students can study aerodynamics at their own pace and make sure that it is at a particular level of interest. Topics included are: Newton's basic equations of motion; the motion of a free-falling object that neglects the effects of aerodynamics; the terminal velocity of a falling object subject to both weight and air resistance; the three forces (lift, drag, and weight) that act on a glider; and finally, the four forces that act on a powered airplane.

www.lerc.nasa.govWWWK-12airplanebga.html Jack Kenny

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