The purpose of this course recognizes that responsible citizenship requires informed electorates, and that education, then, must provide scientific and technical literacy that is accessible. Science and technology are essential studies that impact all, particularly in the areas of economic growth and productivity required in maintaining a desired standard of living, in the security of the nation and safety of the American people, and, in the medical well-being of our families and selves. These essentials involve the utilization of scarce resources, and the consumption of goods and services, that force evaluation of costs and benefits, choice and decision-making. This course is not about science, or technology; rather, it is a course about science and technology in context of contemporary society. It is about science and public policy. Historical context and precedent in interactions between society and science will be researched. The goal of this course is to create a conscious and deliberate citizen capable of evaluating, within a framework of a democracy, the opportunity costs of our joint decisions with regard to science and technology. With life dominated by the accelerated pace of change, students must be literate of the promise and consequences of technology. Technological literacy will be obtained through practice in actual design and construction projects. As the framework of this course is a democracy, students will be encouraged to study in community, just as they live in society. Significant project-oriented assignments, including modelling, simulations, and problem-solving, are accomplished in teams. Students are expected to use their brains, their hands and each other as builders of society.
The purpose of the course is to encourage students to examine the evolution of presidential elections through an analysis of campaign materials. Technical knowledge of the electoral process will be provided early, to place primary sources and each election in appropriate historical context. The course content will focus on the evolution from elite consensus-making to raucous party-campaigns stoked by millions of marketing dollars. In addition to acquiring content knowledge, students should acquire analytical tools useful to their civic responsibilities in a democratic republic - to analytically evaluate the use of media to garner votes. The ultimate purpose is to contribute to the creation of knowledgeable citizens. Does the character of a candidate improve, or become irrelevant, when a voter senses that a politician will advance his/her interests? How does that happen? It is hoped that this course will spur political self-awareness as you join, as a young and welcome voter, the American 'body politic'.
Module 1 (September 15-29, 2011)
"Accelerated United States History (4311): Accelerated United States History is an upper level American studies class that is similar to the AP course in level of difficulty but different in terms of its focus and methodology. The course is focused on encouraging students to think about and discuss many of the large scale issues and themes that frame American history, including the tension between majority rule and minority rights, the role of individuals and groups in making history, the role of government in American society, the challenges of a multicultural society, and the effects of economic growth and technological development on everyday Americans. Supplementary readings and research papers will be required on a similar level to those in AP US History." Needham High School Program of Studies. 2011-2012.
Since the dawn of time, storytelling has been the vehicle for passing down history, sharing knowledge and entertainment.
In this chapter, we will be studying health and the body in the context of the hospital. We will use the health and body vocabulary to further our study of the subjunctive mood in Spanish, similar to the formation of formal commands. This chapter is certainly an important one to review before traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. Welcome!
En este capitulo, vamos a estudiar el cuerpo y la salud en el contexto del hospital. Usaremos el vocabulario del cuerpo y la salud para continuar nuestros estudios del modo subjuntivo en espanol, similar a la formacion de los mandatos formales. Es obvio que el capitulo sea uno muy importante de repasar antes de viajar a un pais hispanohablante. Bienvenidos!
Needham Moodle ~ Tamatha Bibbo/ Dana Plunkett
Junior Wellness classes focus on the umbrella theme of Risk and Consequence. Both positive and negative risks are explored in the areas of relationships (up to and including becoming sexually active), decision making around risky behaviors (to include alcohol and other drugs), and mental health issues and what impacts them. The primary focus is how each student connects with and reflects on how each of these topics impacts their own life.
Technology in the 21st century has been growing at such a staggering rate. Information has never been so easy to grab hold of, with portable TVs and radios small enough to get lost in your pocket, it really makes you wonder "What's next?" in this communication era. In the middle of all of this wonderful new technology is the World Wide Web. Allowing us not only to search for information, the Internet is providing many new ways to connect to others and communicate. This new generation of the Internet is referred to as Web 2.0. This Class is going to explore some of the basics of Web 2.0 in our everyday lives in attempts to highlight "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
Welcome to Mr. Ashley's Environmental Class!
Environmental science is the study of how natural ecosystems function and change over time. The first part of the course focuses on ecosystem function, including topics such as nutrient cycling, food webs, succession and the dynamic stability of ecosystems. The latter half of the course switches attention to how humans disrupt ecosystems (water and air pollution, mining, and soil degradation) and what current technologies and practices are and can be used to mitigate or reverse the degradation caused by humans; for example, hybrid cars, geothermal heating, and ecosystem restoration.
LIFE Science is a seventh grade life science course designed to give students an introduction to biology. Units of study include the nature of science, ecology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and classification.
This unit will focus on the Confucian influence on the development of Chinese civilization. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and primary source analysis.
This on-line unit will help students choose, design, and modify diet to enhance overall health, while becoming more aware of how current eating habits influence one’s quality of life. Emphasis will be place on learning essential nutrients and their contribution to energy production in the context of making better food choices in the future. Related topics will include: metabolism, food and your mood, body composition, food labels & food shopping, fast food & eating on the go, fueling for performance, and other nutrition hot topics. Assessments include a personal nutrition analysis, nutrition journals, google docs nutrition presentation, and a final exam reflection.
Grade 7, Cluster 2 Pre-Algebra Moodle Site.
This course is designed for students to gain the skills and confidence necessary for producing and airing television productions. Through independent and group work, students will learn the specific skills involved in news broadcasting and, as a group, produce four 30-minute edited programs during one semester of study that would potentially air on the Needham Channel. Units of study will include interviewing, taping, editing, researching, ethical reporting, exploring creative story writing, and various studio activities. This course may also be used for 2 of the FPA graduation credits, provided the student’s' body of work in the course shows evidence of meeting, at a satisfactory level, the Creating, Responding and Performing standards of the FPA department.
Instructors: Char Sidell, Broadmeadow Library Media Specialist and Martha Wells, Broadmeadow Technology Specialist
Place: Broadmeadow School, Needham, MA
This is a survey course covering traditional and contemporary children's literature for Preschool through Grade 6. It will be an overview of children's literature with curriculum connections to Readers' and Writers' workshops and literature connections to science, math and social studies curriculum. Included in the course of study will be picture books, poetry, novels, fairy tales and other works from the oral tradition, non-fiction informational books, children's book awards, and authors and illustrators of children's literature. Books will be considered for their general literacy qualities and classroom curriculum connections.
This is an introductory course on classroom presentations featuring Microsoft PowerPoint. No previous use of Microsoft PowerPoint is expected. Participants must have access to a computer with internet access with Microsoft PowerPoint and FirstClass software. Kidspiration and Inspiration software will be available as a free trial download. The focus will be on the elements of an effective presentation and classroom applications of this powerful presentation software. The course will also include the use of Kidspiration and Inspiration as electronic tools for brainstorming and concept mapping and the use of Moodle for online learning.
This is a Presentation course using Keynote or PowerPoint. Participants in this course should have experience creating a basic Keynote or PowerPoint slide show. This course will develop the use of keynote or PowerPoint for teachers and as a multimedia presentation tool for students. The course will review basic concepts, introduce more of the features of the software, and look at the qualities of effective presentations. While the course will be self-paced there will be some due dates and required deadlines during the time frame.
Smart Teaching with SMART Notebook
a one credit online course where you will develop lessons to use on the SmartBoard in your classroom.
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