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MERLOT Classics and Editors’ Choice Award Winners 2002

MERLOT is pleased to present the inaugural winners of its Editors’ Choice and Classics awards for 2002. Winners were honored at the 2002 MERLOT International Conference held September 27-30 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biology-Classics and Editors’ Choice

DNA from the Beginning by Shirley Chan and Chun-hua Yang, et al.
From Gregor Mendel to the Human Genome Project, explore and understand the world of DNA, genes, and heredity, the basic building blocks of life on Earth. Key concepts are thoroughly explained through detailed descriptions and animations, image galleries, video interviews, biographies, relevant links, and interactive review problems. Cutting edge web design and ease of navigation also help to make this site the perfect resource for teachers, students, and anyone else with a desire to understand genetics.

Business-Classics

The Cameron Balloon Factory by Andy Beharrell
Understand the complexity and operation of an international business with this incredibly detailed and accurate interactive site. Virtual tours, photographs, and relevant business theories help users explore every aspect and function of this business including its history, product range, production, marketing and sales, etc. A teacher’s guide and student worksheets make this sitea tool for both teachers and students.

Chemistry-Classics

Ideal Gas Law Simulation by John Gelder, Kirk Haines and Mike Abraham
Whether you are looking for a visual and interactive way to teach the Ideal Gas Law, or are struggling to understand it yourself, this is the site for you. This interactive Java applet allows you to manipulate all components of the Law, while visually displaying the effects that the changes produce in the gas. A “Guided Inquiry Activity” provides a series of “laboratory” experiences designed to demonstrate the aspects of this law, making the site a well-rounded resource for students and teachers.

Health Science-Classics

Auscultation Assistant by Christopher Cable
How can medical and nursing students understand what a heart How can medical and nursing students understand what a heart complication sounds like without actually hearing the sound? The answer is…they can’t! This online multimedia resource, created by a doctor at UCLA, provides heart and breath sounds with explanations of their pathologies to help these students improve their physical diagnosis skills. This site has become an integral part of physical examination courses in schools across the country.

History-Classics

Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife’s Tale by the Film Study Center at Harvard University
Explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people from the past with this interactive site, which specifically studies the life of midwife Martha Ballard, and the research that went into the creation of the book and movie, A Midwife’s Tale. Whether you are interested in the story of this particular woman, or want students to understand how to use and interpret primary and secondary sources materials for research, this site will prove to be both exciting and useful.

Math-Classics

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive by Dr. John O’Connor and Prof. Edmund Robertson
You probably know who developed the Pythagorean Theorem, but did you know that he was once a priest in Egypt? An in-depth search of this award-winning site will yield interesting and significant information on the history of mathematics. With biographies on mathematicians’ lives, quotes, stories about math in cultures from around the world and more, the information at this site will keep you digging for weeks.

Physics-Classics and Editors’ Choice

Physlets by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni
Looking for a visual, interactive, and technological way to teach about physics that will make it easier for students to understand even the most complicated concepts? Physlets is a powerful collection of Java applets that create simulations for most topics in physics. Envelope-pushing programming, giving these applets unparalleled breadth and flexibility, makes Physlets a truly unique and engaging tool.

Psychology:

Neuroscience for Kids by Eric H. Chudler
The three pounds of tissue that make up your brain control nearly every function in your body. Delve deep into the world of this incredible organ with this easy to understand and very entertaining web resource. A wide array of information about the nervous system and neuronal functioning is made easy to understand understood through detailed explanations and appealing presentation. This engaging site can be employed successfully by teachers at any level to instill in their students an appreciation for, and understanding of, neuroscience.

Teacher Education:

K-6 Arts Lesson Plans by Cris Guenter
Integrate the arts into your students’ elementary curriculum with the innovative and engaging lesson plans provided in this database. Containing field-tested lesson plans for teaching dance, drama/theater, music, and visual arts, this easy-to-navigate web site may be the perfect resource for any teacher, beginning or experienced, seeking to enrich the education of their students.

World Languages:

Ojalanda que llueva cafande by Barbara Kuczun Nelson
If you are looking for a Spanish language module that incorporates all language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, go no further. Ojala que llueva cafe provides the opportunity to teach your students how to listen to and speak Spanish. Rich, pedagogically-sound modules use multimedia to engage a variety of learning styles. The site also incorporates a real-world character, and will stimulate a deeper awareness of Dominican culture. With music, photography, and interactive exercises, Ojala can create a vibrant context for learning in your classroom.

For more information please contact Cathy Owens Swift at cswift@georgiasouthern.edu.

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