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Pacific Education Institute — Home Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. "Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning." A Context for Inquiry Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Some of the discouragement of our natural inquiry process may come from a lack of understanding about the deeper nature of inquiry-based learning. Importance of Inquiry Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world. Through the process of inquiry, individuals construct much of their understanding of the natural and human-designed worlds. Inquiry is important in the generation and transmission of knowledge.

Fysiktentamen på Köpenhamns Universitet SUBJECT: FYSIKTENTAMEN PÅ KÖPENHAMNS UNIVERSITET FROM: Håkan Nilsson <*> DATE: 2006-03-06 Följande handlar om en fråga på en fysiktentamen på Köpenhamns Universitet: Beskriv hur man kan bestämma en skyskrapas höjd med hjälp av en barometer. En student svarade: Man binder ett långt snöre om barometern och sänker den sedan från skyskrapans tak ner till marken. Detta högst originella svar retade examinatorn till den grad att han kuggade studenten som överklagade eftersom hans svar obestridligen var rätt och universitetet tillsatte en opartisk skiljedomare. I fem minuter satt studenten tyst och tänkte intensivt. När han uppmanades att skynda på svarade studenten som följer: Först och främst skulle man kunna ta med sig barometern upp på skyskrapans tak, släppa den över kanten och mäta den tid det tar för den att nå marken. Eller om solen skiner kan man mäta barometerns längd, sätta den i marken och mäta längden på dess skugga.

Outdoor and Environmental Education - Defining Terms, Objectives and Purposes, Instructional Methods, History and Status in the United States and Abroad Outdoor education and environmental education are separate but closely related areas of study within the field of education. They share some common content and processes, although they are distinctive in other important ways. Various interpretations have appeared in the literature, but their original purposes have changed very little since their inceptions. This article will define the terms and show their relation to each other and to other related educational movements, describe their objectives and purposes, outline their commonly used instructional methods, briefly trace their historical development in the United States and abroad, discuss their status in American school curricula, and suggest several key issues, controversies, and trends. Defining Terms The term outdoor education emerged in the early 1940s to describe the instructional use of natural and built areas to meet student learning objectives in a variety of subject-matter disciplines through direct experiences. Summary

WEEC / World Energy Engineering Congress Like Brain Teasers? This DIY Puzzle “Nails” It I love brain teasers and wood-based puzzles and this is a good one that you can easily make yourself. Basically, all you need is a chunk of pine, a nail, and some boiling water (oh, and a saw and a drill). It’s called the “Tooth and Nail” puzzle, and it appears to be an optical illusion. It is not. SPOILER ALERT: How this works is fascinating. Gareth Branwyn Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media.

NH Field Investigation Models Using Field Investigations to Model Scientific Inquiry State and national science standards emphasize the importance of inquiry and problem-solving for today’s students. Field investigations offer rich opportunities for students to practice inquiry in engaging and authentic ways. Key steps in field investigations mirror the inquiry process. They are posing research questions, planning and conducting investigations, using evidence to describe findings, communicating research findings to target audiences, and asking new research questions based on findings. Beyond Data Collection Just as New Hampshire is gifted with abundant natural resources, so too do we benefit from plentiful scientific field investigations. Maximum and minimum air temperature data collected at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Field Investigation Model HB Max Min Air Temp.pdf HB Max Min Air Temp Data.xls Precipitation data collected at several rain gages at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Useful Links

Education for Environment and Sustainability The program is to support academic success and life-long learning, and to develop a responsible citizenry capable of applying knowledge of ecological, economic, and socio-cultural systems to meet current and future needs. Environmental education is a mandatory area of study in Washington, required by 392-410-115: Instruction about conservation, natural resources, and the environment shall be provided at all grade levels in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities, and other appropriate areas... The state's K-12 Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. OSPI and E3 Washington led the development of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan.

How to Arrange Presentation Slides Like a Graphic Designer | Visual Learning Center by Visme We’ve all been there. We’ve all been forced to follow a presentation that lost our interest within the first few minutes, maybe even seconds. What was it exactly that triggered the sudden boredom? It turns out that our brains are incredible machines. Although we may not be conscious of it, within the first 30 to 60 seconds of a presentation, we’ve already processed millions of stimuli and made judgments about the speaker’s likability and credibility. While our verdicts are mostly swayed one way or another by a presenter’s body language and what is said, a lot also depends on the visual elements that are used to support the speaker’s message. Just think back to all the presentations you’ve seen with cluttered slides, distracting clipart and ill-chosen images, and remember how this led you to consider their messages a little less seriously. To help you avoid this same fate for your future presentations, we’ve created a guide for arranging elements on your slides like a pro designer. 1 Contrast

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Can You Find The Six Words Hidden In These Pictures? If you are like most people on the Internet (and, indeed, the world), you highly enjoy solving puzzles, finding things in pictures, and then letting everyone know you are intellectually capable of doing so. Isn't that what Facebook is all about, after all? Flaunting superiority? Or maybe it's just fun. Finding shit is an A+ procrastination activity, after all. Those puzzles we've been solving — finding pandas, more pandas, still more pandas, Wookies, one more panda, cats, '90s bands...what better way to pass the time at work? You already know where this is going...that's right! highlights 1. How'd you do? puzzlesworld 1. And now this one (six words, again): puzzlesworld 1. How do you feel? More: Can You Find All The '90s Bands Hidden In This Picture?

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability The Strategic Relevance of Sustainability Collaborations In the late 1990s, many companies embarked on their first sustainability forays. Often internal, these efforts addressed low-hanging fruit such as energy efficiency or minimizing waste — essentially, cost-cutting under a different name. “Whether you’re a business or an organization, part of civil society or a public sector voice, there is an understanding that complex problems require perspectives from all three of these constituencies,” comments Patrick Hynes, deputy director of member relations at the Clinton Global Initiative. Underscoring Hynes’ observation, our research found that many companies are upping their participation in sustainability collaborations. In this section, we delve into the details behind sustainability collaborations — why and with whom companies are collaborating, and how they approach their partnerships. The Strategic Impetus to Collaborate Collaboration in Action The Spectrum of Partnerships