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Sociology

A GLIMPSE OF CHINA IN THE 21ST CENTURY  - Section Code: PEDW9750
The People's Republic of China is rapidly moving from an agrarian to an industrial society, from a communist to socialist political system, and from a state-dominated economic system to a market-driven system. Western perceptions of China are often out-of-date or relatively narrow. Discover how to use the Internet as a research tool to take you into the China of today with an eye on the China of the future. Take virtual tours of historic sites and learn how to exchange ideas with people around the world. Experience a bit of the culture, industrial development, and the historic scenes of today's China. 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.

ASIAN CULTURE  - Section Code: PEDW9751
The Asian Cultures are the fastest growing economic and political power in the world today. The modernization and economic development of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China are having a major influence on how people of the Western cultures solve problems, conduct business and socialize. The study of the English language and Western Cultures has been common curriculum in Asian schools for years. To prepare American children for the integration of Asian cultures into all aspects of their lives, now and in the future, this course will provide you with new tools to bring that part of the world to 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.

BEWARE: CYBER DANGERS FOR KIDS ON THE INTERNET  - Section Code: PEDW9752
There are many dangers in life to our children and students, and one of the newest comes from the wonders of technology - the Internet. This course will help you learn about many of the variations of cyber dangers and be able to develop a protection plan by introducing you to the many resources that know what those dangers are and how to build protective barriers. 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.

GANGS IN SCHOOLS  - Section Code: PEDW9753
More and more of our attention is turning toward dealing with gangs in schools. Though found in almost all communities, the first place they tend to start is in the schools. How can we, as educators, deal with this issue? Try the website that Curtis High School has created and get firsthand knowledge about their experiences dealing with gang problems including their handbook. Visit city websites that have developed programs combining the resources of local police and schools. Learn about chocolate war, expand your "urban smarts," and learn to recognize gang symbols and signs. Discover why gangs grow and flourish. 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.

GANGS: PREVENTION, REMEDIATION AND PARENT CONFERENCING  - Section Code: PEDW9754
The first step to stopping and preventing gang activity in your community or school is educating yourself and your students. This course can help you take that first step. Gang prevention is not just an individual issue; it is a community issue. "Where do we start?" is often one of the first questions community members ask. Find out how parents' involvement can help. Visit websites dealing with violence, historical aspects of racial, religious and ethnic discrimination and children in war zones. Explore the "Prevention Yellow Pages." Countless resources are available to you on understanding this growing concern of gangs. 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 SOCIAL STUDIES  - Section Code: PEDW9755
This course brings together a vast collection of resources that can be used for teaching social studies at all grade levels. The Internet is rich with websites resources on current events, lesson plans and discussions topics to help you teach your students civic competence in the themes of culture, environments, individual development, groups, authority and civic ideas. You will find an endless source of information for 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.

HISPANIC CULTURE  - Section Code: PEDW9756
Hispanic people in the United States are about to become the largest "minority" group. As these immigrant children enter schools, face new languages, assimilate to new educational and social customs, it is helpful if teachers and non-Hispanic students understand the Hispanic culture better. It is also important to Hispanic students that they not lose touch with their ancestors' rich history and culture. This course will provide invaluable resources to improve your personal knowledge of the Hispanic culture to the benefit of both your Hispanic and non-Hispanic 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.

IMMIGRATION  - Section Code: PEDW9757
The United States always has been, and continues to be, a “melting pot” of different cultures. It started with the early settlers from Europe and now the movement is seen coming from Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia and even Russia. Visit websites that will discuss the political, legal and human issues resulting from such a high mass of immigration. Explore the website that will let you trace your genealogy. Has immigration helped or hurt the USA? Is it true that the real strength of America is its diversity? Let your students trace their ancestral origins. Create an atmosphere of knowledge and understanding of the process and the importance of immigration. 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.

MULTICULTURALISM IN EDUCATION  - Section Code: PEDW9758
The multicultural impact on today's schools is presenting an important challenge to educators. Find interesting facts about specific cultures and nationalities on the Internet. Use the resources at your fingertips to help you gain a greater understanding of how multiculturalism affects our schools. Use the Internet to research each of these cultures. Through knowledge and understanding of each cultural group you can reduce racism and bigotry. 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.

STREET GANGS  - Section Code: PEDW9759
Gangs are becoming so prevalent in today's society. At one time, gangs were only associated with the slum areas. Gangs are now moving into communities of all income groups and in all parts of the country. Expand your knowledge of how to recognize the early signs that gangs are moving into your neighborhood. Visit websites that help you to identify gangs, their symbols, techniques and the dangers they impose to your community. Does your community have a policy on how to deal with graffiti? Find resources on websites that you can share with young people on how devastating gangs can be, not only for them, but to their families and the world around them. 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.

STRESS MANAGEMENT  - Section Code: PEDW9760
Tired? Nervous? Feel overworked? Is mental pressure building? Do you know how to recognize signs of stress in you or your students and techniques for dealing with it? We all have a certain amount of stress in our daily lives but it is how we cope with it that can change our outlook. Search websites that will help you recognize stress and develop a course of action to deal with it. This is not just for you, but for your students. Learn how to develop activities that turn stress into productive 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.

THE CARIBBEAN POWERS OF PUERTO RICO AND CUBA  - Section Code: PEDW9761
Since the discovery of the Caribbean by Columbus in 1492 the Caribbean Islands have seen massive change. The two major powers, economically and politically, are Puerto Rico and Cuba. Their histories started very similarly with the native peoples of Tanio, Cubanacan, and Carib Indians. Since the Spanish domination and the American liberation in the Spanish American War; the Caribbean has gone through many changes. You will explore the rich history of these two island nations and discover the many conflicts and social issues they had to face right through the Cuban revolution led by Castro. 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.

UNDERSTANDING AIDS  - Section Code: PEDW9762
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a condition in which an acquired deficiency of certain leukocytes results in a variety of infections. It can be in the form of cancer or affect the degeneration of the nervous system. AIDS is a worldwide concern that could affect every student in your classroom directly. How knowledgeable are you on this disease? Can you answer their questions about transmission, prevention, types, symptoms, tests and their technical, physical and emotional questions that surround the topic? Discover the websites that will be beneficial to you and your students by learning more about AIDS. 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.