The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) offers an annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. The conference is primarily directed at community college and university faculty, staff, and administrators.
The Smithsonian website is brimming with educational materials. These activities and games, which are designed for classrooms ranging from elementary school to high school, seek to bring history and culture to life through engaging educational pursuits. For example, in one activity students learn about the Puerto Rican Carnival by designing and creating their own masks. In another, students imagine that they are settlers on the American prairie, designing and building their own sod houses. Other topics include African fashion, the Civil War, Mariachi music, and World War II rationing. Among the many games and activities here, readers will also find links to related Smithsonian blogs, such as AirSpace from the National Air and Space Museum.
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These interactive learning objects focus on concepts that cover a broad-based electromechanical program. The majority of these objects have been created for electronics, but during the next three years (until 2008), at least 300 more objects will be built that will focus on other topic areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical design, and process control (see complete list on the left side of this page). Instructors from Fox Valley Technical College and other colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System are creating these objects. FVTC has partnered with four other colleges throughout the United States that will be contributing to this repository. The effectiveness of learning objects was demonstrated in an evaluation conducted at FVTC during the 2004-2005 academic year. A brief summary of the evaluation can be read by clicking on the Assessment button on this Home Page. These objects can also be found on the Wisc-Online digital library at www.wisconline.org. Learning objects are available to be used at no cost by teachers and students worldwide via the Internet.
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