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Fired Up About Energy

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Fired Up About Energy – explores common student misconceptions related to the study of energy and suggests methods for effectively representing and discussing the topic in the classroom.

Science: A Work in Progress

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Science: A Work in Progress - shows how science isn’t produced through one linear method, but through an interconnected set of practices, and examines ways that teachers can make learning science in the classroom more authentic. 

Braiding Rhythms: The Role of Bell Patterns in West African and Afro-Caribbean Music

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Students will listen to music from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to learn how this polyrhythmic tradition followed Africans to the Caribbean as a result of the transatlantic slave trade. Students will learn the rumba clave pattern, cascara pattern, and a 6/8 bell pattern. All rhythms will be accompanied by a two-step dance pattern.

Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group

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This video features seven contemporary Nigerian artists discussing their work and philosophies. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

Delicious Peace: Music of the Ugandan Mirembe Kawomera Coffee Cooperative

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The Mirembe Kawomera Coffee cooperative in Uganda is a movement designed to promote the sale of Ugandan coffee, but also to unite several culture groups, including Christians and Muslims, to promote a common cause of world peace. ‘Mirembe’ means ‘peace’ and ‘kawomera’ refers to the high quality nature of the coffee that this co-op sells. As part of the world peace movement, members of this co-op came together to record a musical album. This lesson explores much of the music that is found on this album.

Chemical Reactions in Action

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Chemical Reactions in Action — explores student misconceptions about atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions and provides practical advice for pedagogical approaches.

Make it Rain!

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Make it Rain! – explores student misconceptions about phase changes, weather, and the water cycle, and reveals some of the pitfalls of common representations.

‘Tis the Season for a Reason

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‘Tis the Season for a Reason — investigates common student difficulties in understanding the cause of the seasons as well as common pitfalls and helpful approaches. 

Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root

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Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root — explores the ways students learn and develop new conceptual understandings, and shows how student misconceptions can be uncovered and addressed as a part of effective learning.

Time: It’s Like, So Deep

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Time: It’s Like, So Deep — explores common difficulties with understanding the immensity of the geologic time scale (often referred to as “deep time”) and suggests approaches to help students grapple with this transformative concept.

What’s the “Matter” with Cells and Atoms?

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What’s the “Matter” with Cells and Atoms?  — investigates the difficulties students have with applying ideas about matter consistently and appropriately across the life and physical sciences, and with interpreting and relating different representations of microscopic structures.

Photosynthesis: Blinded by the Light

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Photosynthesis: Blinded by the Light – explores student misconceptions about matter and energy in photosynthesis and strategies for eliciting student ideas to address or build on them.

Falling 101

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Falling 101 – investigates why and how things fall, and explores common student misconceptions about gravity, inertia and air resistance.

Natural Selection: Common Misconceptions

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Natural Selection: Common Misconceptions — reveals common pitfalls in the teaching of evolution through natural selection and suggests effective practices for identifying and addressing student misconceptions

Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style

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Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style — explains how education research debunks the myth that teaching students in their preferred styles (e.g. “visual learners,” “auditory learners”) is an effective classroom practice.

Attack the Knack

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Attack the Knack – investigates student motivation in science, and explores how the types of feedback students receive can influence self-perception, effort, persistence and learning.

Masters of Brass: Lost-Wax Casting in Ghana

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This video showcases two Ghanaian artists who create figurative sculpture and jewelry using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

The Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth

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This video shows the production of West African cloths woven on narrow-strip horizontal looms. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

The Hands of the Potter

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Video featuring a demonstration by a Sundi potter in the Republic of Congo, who produces perfect vessels from moist clay. Available for a 3-week loan at no charge.

Nagayati: Arts and Architecture among the Gabra Nomads of Kenya

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This video presents the arts and architecture of the Gabra nomads in northern Kenya, focusing on the roles of women as designers, builders, owners, and users. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

Togu Na and Cheko: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali

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Video examining traditional art forms as they exist in contemporary Mali, focusing on Dogon men sculptures and performances at Bamana festivals. Available for 3-week loan at no charge.

Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia

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In this series of three lessons, students will exercise critical listening, singing, dancing, and playing instruments to traditional music of Bolivia. They will improvise rhythms, compose a song, and draw connections across a wide variety of disciplines.

Educational Activities for Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration

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Educational activities related to online exhibit of works by two fashion illustrators.

Chant Advedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt

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Online exhibition presenting the life and works of Chant Advedissian, and the ways in which he incorporates Egyptian identity and experience into his art.
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