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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Scout Report: Research and Education

Podcasts from the University of Oxford

The University of Oxford offers free podcasts of lectures by Oxford professors on this very fine website. Nine different divisions of the University are represented, including the Humanities, Medical Sciences, Continuing Education, and Life Sciences. By clicking on "show media items" under the description of each lecture, you can see all the titles in the lecture series, and choose from there.

Exploratorium: How Do We Know What We Know?

To some, science may seem neat and tidy. Of course, scientists know better, and taken as a whole, the process of doing science is often quite messy. This fascinating interactive website created by the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco takes on the task of observation and investigation into human origins. The interactive exhibit and feature contains five primary sections, including "Observing Behavior", "Collecting Clues", and "Finding Patterns".

Plant Evolution Timeline

Designed for plant scientists at the University of Cambridge, the Plant Evolution Timeline website will be of great interest to anyone with an interest in the development and evolution of plant life. This interactive timeline was created by Nicola Peart and Ben Roberts and first-time visitors will want to start by looking through the "Help" section offered here. Here they can look at a sample interactive screenshot of the timeline and also learn how to toggle various data sets on and off as they explore the entire timeline.

The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers

Teaching the arts is, as one might expect, an art in itself, and teachers young and old alike will find much to engage their attention on this delightful website. Created as part of the Annenberg Media's educational resource website, this site offers an eight-part professional development workshop for use by music, theater, dance, and visual art teachers. The site includes all eight of the one hour programs, and visitors just need to complete a free registration form to view them in their entirety.

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