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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: So You Want to Be President? Let's Elect a President:  A Classroom Election Wiki Project
Description: This project-based learning project extends classroom learning with a variety of multimedia tools to conduct an engaging election campaign for the Presidency. Students form political parties, write a platform, and conduct a campaign for the Presidency. Party platforms are presented to the class and embedded on a election wiki where each party has its own campaign page for their candidate. Parties use a variety of web tools to conduct the multimedia online campaign and create their candidate's web page. The project concludes with the election of one of the candidates.    


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Psychology News Wiki
Description: This engaging lesson may be utilized for the entire duration of the Psychology or Advanced Placement Psychology course to keep students informed about new discoveries in the field and instruct them on the scientific writing process. Students research the Internet to locate breaking news in Psychology and write a psychological abstract on the article they have selected. 


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: It's Time
Description: Students must prepare to be future business professionals.  By researching the importance of employee/student time and attendance and creating a brochure, students will gain essential knowledge of practical business practices.  The brochure should explain the school's policy, describe the role good/poor attendance plays in the workplace, and describe penalties/rewards.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the "Write" Direction
Description: We’ve all gotten bad directions and if the truth were known, we have all given poor directions.So we are going to hone our skills in giving (writing) and following (reading) directions.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
Description: Students will work in groups of four to create presentations using their research on a particular farming invention that was created from (1837-1867) and also research specific elements about life on the Great Plains. Each group's presentation will be merged into a final class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11 - 12), or English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
Description: In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: And Then There Were None: Casting the Characters
Description: Students will work in pairs to cast their own movie version of the novel.  Students must have a knowledge of the characters and setting from the novel.  Casting of the characters must correlate with the character traits mentioned in the book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Scrapbook: Symbols and Setting in The Scarlet Letter
Description: Students will be given a list of symbols from the novel and then be asked to photograph images they think represent those symbols.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Research Project: American Heroes - Collaborative Education
Description: This lesson is designed to help students of all backgrounds learn to work together in groups to complete a research paper assignment. This is a collaborative based lesson plan that challenges students to work together to complete the assignment as a warm-up to the individual research paper required at the end of the term. It is a technology-based lesson with student presentations and student guided research. It is a cross curriculum based lesson with areas of history and technology integrated within the lesson's content.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Impact of Political Debates in the Television Age
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state elections process as part of a unit to prepare for debates to be held in the Fall of 2010.  The lesson may also be adapted for use as a stand alone lesson. Student groups research television debates from 1960-2008 and collaborate on a wiki to present an overview of each debate and analyze the impact of these political debates on elections. Other lessons in this unit are Why Vote?, How Do You Vote:What Do You Need to Know to Vote in Alabama?, and Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Closer Look at Value: Self-Portraits
Description: This lesson will introduce students to the basic editing tools of Photoshop, which will be used in preparation for a large graphite self-portrait drawing. The students will learn about value and proportion and will employ the grid drawing technique in order to enlarge and reproduce an image of themselves.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Video Resume
Description: Students will construct an ongoing list of their accomplishments.  Students will videotape each other presenting their achievements.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Poetry Slam
Description: Students will locate a poem of their choice from a designated website to interpret. Students will then search the Internet for performances of the poem they select. In addition to creating a written interpretation of the poem, including references to websites they visited to view other performances, students will perform the poem of their choice before a live audience. Prior to their performance, students will create posters using Glogster to advertise the slam. As audience members, students will evaluate the performance of their peers.


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Subject: Education and Training (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ages and Stages of Growth: Infancy to Adolescence
Description: This lesson is a study of the milestones children should achieve at certain ages in development. It involves studying physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children from infancy to adolescence. Students will be required to create a digital photo presentation of their childhood as part of this study.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election  
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state electoral process. Students collaborate on a wiki designed to aid in analyzing candidates' responses in a gubernatorial debate.  Pre-debate and post-debate activties are included and may be adapted for use in either 7th Grade Civics or 12th Grade United States Government. The 2010 Gubernatorial Debates will be held on September 16th at the University of Alabama and October 19th at Auburn University.  The debates will be televised and are Co-sponsored by the Student Government Associations of The University of Alabama and Auburn University, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, and the League of Women Voters of Alabama, Greater Tuscaloosa, and East Alabama.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Barf Biology (An Extended Owl Pellet Dissection)
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create pyramids using owl pellets.  In groups, students will dissect owl pellets to aquire information about owl consumption.  Groups will then create an ecological pyramid, a number pyramid, and a biomass pyramid.  These creations will be composed into a vodcast to be shared on school tube.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Happy Constitution Day
Description: Students work in groups to create presentations answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions concerning the U.S. Constitution. Presentations will be used to create digital Constitution Day Program.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Senior Memory Book
Description: Students will design a digital story that will consist of their memories and thoughts from their whole life. After the students finish the digital book, the book will be combined into a digital presentation to be shared at a senior luncheon.  


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Subject: Information Technology (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Disaster Recovery for Dummies
Description: The students use hardware and software to recover information from a server. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Information Technology (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Network Devices in Action
Description: The students will use custom animations in presentation software to show the flow of data through a LAN. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classifying Plants Using Technology
Description: This lesson teaches students to use taxonomic groupings to classify plants found on the school grounds. Students will be photographing, analyzing, and comparing species.


ALEX Podcasts


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 5
Overview:
This short video will be the 5th in a series of tutorials designed to introduce the beginner to Adobe Captivate 5.5. Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and e-learning content. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to set publishing preferences, publish your project in several different file formats and publish directly to YouTube.  


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Adobe Captivate Tutorial 4
Overview:
Adobe Captivate is a great program to create software demonstrations, simulations, and e-learning content. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to set quiz preferences and create a simple quiz composed of various question formats.  Question formats covered are true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and hotspot. 


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Compressing Files to Ease E-Mailing
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Article that describes how to compress a file and open a file that has been compressed.

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