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Science

BIOLOGY - ENTOMOLOGY  - Section Code: PEDW9800
Bugs are a critical part of the bio-system on this planet. They represent a key element in the food chain that will eventually end up on your dinner table. And yet these poor unwanted little creatures find that the only way to survive is to mass-produce themselves; and they seem to do this very successfully. Find out more about the value of bugs to human existence by visiting websites that have excellent illustrations of butterflies, or use the "entomology for beginners" site for an introduction to bugs. Do you know what cultural entomology is? You can find the answer in this course. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

BIOLOGY - MARINE LIFE  - Section Code: PEDW9801
Oceans are Earth's great-unexplored world as well as the major influence on weather, food, and life in general. New species of animals are coming to light almost every day. The development of deep-water exploration tools has moved our knowledge of the unknown world forward, and we have only begun to know what is really there. Visit ocean research groups, aquariums, view photos of the animal life that lives thousands of feet below the surface, study the whales, and see what some people are doing to save the beaches. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GENETICS  - Section Code: PEDW9802
Biotechnology is the manipulation of living organisms, such as bacteria, while Genetics is the biology of the study of heredity and differences in organisms. Genetics is one of the most talked about topics in this area. Learn how biotechnology has become such an important element in our daily lives. Visit websites that include genetics lesson plans and exams that you can use in your classroom. Visit the “Australian Biotechnology Organization” to learn what they are working on. Find out what the “Gene Letter” site can do to help your students understand this important topic. These are just some of the sites you will visit when you take this course. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

CHEMISTRY  - Section Code: PEDW9803
Chemistry, like any of the sciences, is changing rapidly. The Internet becomes an invaluable research tool for teachers to remain abreast of the latest information. This course will provide teachers with a variety of information resources on chemistry education and the basic tools to do their own research through the Net. The Internet can be a reference tool or a teaching tool; you decide as you build your lesson plan. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

DINOSAURS  - Section Code: PEDW9804
The myths and the magic of dinosaurs have captured the minds of people for decades. Now, your students can begin serious study of these creatures through many exciting websites. Enjoy beautiful pictures, animations and stories; visit museums around the world and explore their collections of bones, models and other artifacts. Consider the following; are the descendents of dinosaurs around today? How big is a dinosaur egg, what are the various theories about their extinction? Let your students find these answers and many other answers to questions about dinosaurs as you help your students understand these creatures better. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM  - Section Code: PEDW9805
Electricity and magnetism can be one of the more difficult concepts for students to grasp. With this course and the massive worldwide resources of the Internet, you and your students can begin to explore this exciting area of science. Work through problems on mechanics and thermal physics; watch demonstrations on electricity and magnetism; discover what is specifically available for K-12 teachers. There are many science sites you will visit to find resources for both you and your students. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

EXPLORING ANIMAL SCIENCE – It's Not Old McDonald's Farm  - Section Code: PEDW9806
Raising livestock is more science and less guesswork. Technology will be the future farmer’s ally in the world of raising animals. This course will help you find fascinating resources in Animal Science utilizing the Internet so you can engage your students with animal life on their level of interest. Use the Internet to help your students study the basics of wildlife, farm animals and companion animals. The Internet will be useful for teaching animal science and can help students who participate in 4-H and FFA. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

GENERAL BIOLOGY  - Section Code: PEDW9807
The General Biology course opens new doors for your students into the fascinating world of biology. Research and study biology and explore exciting topics on microbiology, cells, bugs, and much more. Look at other teachers' lesson plans on specified subjects that are available to incorporate into your classroom. Biology on the web has something for every one of all ages and interests. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

GENETICS: KEYS TO LIFE  - Section Code: PEDW9808
Consider how much we have learned about genetics in recent years and how this knowledge is beginning to affect our lives. From cloning animals to weight loss, we are finding out that unlocking the keys to the genetic world will have a significant impact on our lives. It is important for your students to understand genes and genetic engineering. Visit the website designed for teachers where you can explore the cell through a virtual microscope, find the latest studies on genetics, lesson plans and online resources that you can use in your classroom. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

LAWS OF MOTION  - Section Code: PEDW9809
A fundamental assumption in science is that the basic laws of physics do not change; but the different applications have fascinating impact on our lives. You can visit Jok Church's syndicated science comic strip, and see what Glenbrook South High School is doing on their physics classroom webpage, or visit the Sir Isaac Newton home page. There are sites for you and students of all ages. It is all out there for the "taking" and this course will help you locate and use this vast resource. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

MAPS  - Section Code: PEDW9810
Road maps, what most people think of when the topic comes up, represent only one element of the variety of maps available. Relief maps, weather maps, navigational maps, topographical maps to name a few are used for different purposes. You will learn how to read these various types of maps and demonstrate how they would be used in certain situations. You can locate people on the Internet, make a map, get directions to get to those people you located and incorporate the compass with map reading to track a course from one point to another. You will be able to use the resources from the Internet to incorporate classroom projects creating and using maps and you will be able to show how maps can help your students understand what is happening around the world socially, politically and environmentally, example: depletion of the rainforest, volcano eruptions, city populations, etc. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

MARS  - Section Code: PEDW9811
Once believed to be a planet filled with strange creatures who were going to invade the Earth, Mars is now one of the great exploratory challenges of current times. It is can be difficult to keep up with the changes and new discoveries on Mars however, the Internet is able to be your private library of photos, animations, papers, plans and a log of your discoveries. Students can get the daily Martian weather report from one site, look at the history and mythology of Mars on another and visit the libraries of NASA and JPL for exciting pictures. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

PHYSICS  - Section Code: PEDW9812
This course will provide you and your students with the tools to remain up-to-date on the constantly changing world of science. Use the Internet to show your students the micro-worlds of materials, to see how the laws of physics affect everyday life, and observe demonstrations of wave packet motion, or discover who Richard Feynman is, and much, much more. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THAT BIG ROCK – Earth Geology  - Section Code: PEDW9813
The world of geology is fascinating to students as they begin to understand the concepts of how the Earth is constructed and what time has done to change it as rocks and dirt become a looks into history. The Internet has an extensive collection of resources including animations, maps, and charts to help you explain concepts like Earth structure and dynamics, Earth’s environmental system, rock-forming minerals, the age of the earth, and paleontology. Online games and interactive lessons can help enhance the learning experience. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THE RAINFOREST  - Section Code: PEDW9814
The value of the rainforests and their devastation is becoming a major international concern. You can provide your students with some of the most amazing pictures on the Internet. Visit websites and see the natural resources the rainforest provides, take a virtual tour through Central America, Australia and other major rainforest locations and learn from others around the world through chat rooms and blogs who are working toward preserving the rainforest. This course will help your students understand the importance of the rainforests to everyone in the world. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD  - Section Code: PEDW9815
The scientific method has been a critical part of our study of science, philosophy, health, and it goes hand-in-hand with critical thinking. Not everyone believes in the concept of the Scientific Method though it is a cornerstone of scientific exploration. Find out what it is, how you can use it in your teaching regardless of the subject area, and why not everyone believes in the concept. Investigate lesson plans, interactive games, and drills to help students enjoy the learning process while they gain knowledge. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

TORNADOES  - Section Code: PEDW9816
Tornadoes are one of the most destructive natural forces known. Though they are relatively small, and only last for a few minutes, they cause millions of dollars in damage and take many lives each year. The Internet is an exciting resource for information about tornadoes. You and your students can access this vast resource to study tornadoes. Visit websites that have live radar pictures of storms forming and work with your students to develop a preparation plan. Find out if tornadoes are common in your area and view photos and video of tornadoes right on the web. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

VOLCANOES  - Section Code: PEDW9817
Unpredictable and usually destructive, volcanoes have formed new landmasses, and even destroyed civilizations for as long as the Earth has existed. The Internet provides both historical and current information on all aspects of volcanism. Explore sites that are funded by NASA, the Smithsonian, operated by independent filmmakers, and those that include the history of famous volcanoes. Through the Internet you will be able to visit a live volcano in real time, study the "Electronic Volcano" and research the endless amount of information about volcanoes dating back to the origins of the Earth. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

WEB ON U.S. GEOGRAPHY  - Section Code: PEDW9818
The US geography has affected the development of the US economy, population centers, and social structures. You and your students can use the Internet to ask and answer question like, what is the largest US state, what is the smallest? What state has the most farms and what crop are they producing? What state has the busiest seaport and why? Who is the richest and who is the poorest city in the US? This course provides an extensive collection of Internet resources that can be included in a lesson plan or classroom activity. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY – According To The WEB  - Section Code: PEDW9819
Looking at the Earth in 3-D can be a major advantage when explaining how the earth was formed and how it has changed over millions of years. The Internet can help bring this subject alive with resources including maps, charts, physical components of geography, and how geography affects economies, cultures, and politics. This course will help you find the resources you need to help you teach this subject. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

YOUR ROCKY ROAD – Geology of the U.S.  - Section Code: PEDW9820
Is the North American continent just a big chunk of rock floating around the Earth? Geology is more than the study of rocks – it affects U.S. economics, population growth, and social structures. Challenge your students in this critical thinking exercise by researching the Internet. You, and your students, will turn up amazing resources to help your students understand the various elements of the formation, construction, and affects of geologic formations. Class activities, lesson plans and games will help make learning fun and interesting. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.