• Westlaw – UK Legislation
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    Westlaw – UK Legislation

    Westlaw offers fully consolidated Acts of Parliament since 1267 and Statutory Instruments since 1948. Fully consolidated means that the acts on the database incorporate all amendments, so are the most current versions that you can find. Please note that legislation you find freely on the Internet, may be in its original, un-amended form. Using the basic search screen will find the latest versions of the legislation, including not yet in force, partially in force, or repealed items. First click on “Legislation” on the main toolbar. For articles on a topic, use the “Free Text” or the “Subject” field. For legislation by the name of the act, or statutory instrument, use…

  • Originalism v. a Living Constitution
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    Originalism v. a Living Constitution

    One of the biggest debates in law is whether we should view the U.S. Constitution, which is really the, American rule book, the contract we have with our government, as a living or dead document. Those who view it as a living document, note that the constitution has many vague terms and that those terms can adapt as society and technology change. Those who believe in a dead constitution, who are also known as originalists, view that the constitution as something frozen in time, and if you want to change it, you can change it through the article five amendment process, as the case Lawrence v. Texas illustrates. If you…

  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
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    Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

    Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Universal Design for Learning, or UDL is a design framework based on scientific insights into how humans learn. It’s an intentional way of planning for teaching to improve learning that addresses the diverse needs of all learners. There are three learning networks that serve as the foundation of Universal Design for Learning. principles. They are a) Affective networks, why people engage and persist in learning new ideas. b) Recognition networks, what we see, hear, and read and how we categorize these ideas. And c) Strategic networks, how learners organize and express ideas. When these networks are effectively activated learning follows. The UDL principles aligned…

  • MOOC | Slavery and the Constitution | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.2.7
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    MOOC | Slavery and the Constitution | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.2.7

    >>The Constitution embeds slavery or slavery is embedded in the Constitution, even though the word “slave” or “slavery” is not in the Constitution until the 13th Amendment — which is ratified after the Civil War — which abolishes slavery irrevocably. That is the first time the word “slavery” appears in the Constitution. The founders were — I don’t know, they just didn’t want to put the word “slavery” in. So they used circumlocutions, “persons held to labor,” this kind of thing. But everyone knew what they were talking about. Here just we will talk about this as we go along because the Constitution’s relation to slavery is a key point…

  • Teaching about the U.S. Constitution
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    Teaching about the U.S. Constitution

    Tom Vontz: Hello, and welcome to Kansas State University’s courses on the Constitution. My name is Tom Vontz, and I’m associate professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education here at Kansas State University. We’ve developed a series of six, one-hour courses that focus on teaching and learning about the United States Constitution. My teaching partner is: Robert Leming: Hi I’m Robert Leming. I’m the National Director for the “We the People” program at the Center for Civic Education. Tom Vontz: We, Bob and I, have both done professional development and workshops for thousands of teachers across the United States, and as we have gained experience in providing…

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    Crossroads Cafe – Walls and Bridges

    [music] WHAT ABOUT BEEF STEW ON WEDNESDAY? WHY NOT MAKE IT GIVETCH. WHAT’S THAT? ROMANIAN GOULASH. SAME THING. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT? GOULASH IS JUST BEEF STEW WITH PAPRIKA. AH, BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE. WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY IN ROMANIA, MY MOTHER MADE THE MOST MARVELOUS GIVETCH. OK, GOULASH ON WEDNESDAY. THAT’S GOOD. NOW WHAT ABOUT THURSDAY? OH, I HOPE I’M NOT INTERRUPTING ANYTHING. OH, NOT AT ALL. WE WERE JUST PLANNING NEXT WEEKS MENU. VERY BORING. MAYBE I SHOULD ADD PAPRIKA. I’M JUST BRINGING PAPA HIS DINNER. [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish] WHAT DID YOU BRING HIM TONIGHT, MARIA? OH, HIS FAVORITE. ENCHILADAS. MM! YOUR MOM IS…

  • Universal Design for Learning (Part 5): Action and Expression Strategies
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    Universal Design for Learning (Part 5): Action and Expression Strategies

    Universal Design for Learning or UDL is a design framework that instructors can use to reduce barriers students face in the classroom and increase access to opportunities to succeed. We can implement UDL in our classrooms through three guidelines: engagement, representation, and action and expression. In this video, you will develop ways to integrate multiple means of action and expression, which give learners diverse ways to express how they understand course content and develop course skills as a result of course experiences. By providing a number of ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, you can help them more fully obtain course outcomes. While this principle can be implemented in…

  • Universal Design for Learning – and beyond!
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    Universal Design for Learning – and beyond!

    Hi. How are you? Hi. I am fine. Wow, you seem very animated today. What has gotten into you? I just started learning about Universal Design for Learning or U.D.L. I find it quite fascinating. Have you heard about it? Yes. U.D.L. is a valuable and essential skill for every teacher. What do you know about U.D.L.? U.D.L. is a set of principles that educators can use to develop more engaging and accessible course outlines, lesson plans, assignments and learning activities. It helps educators address the diverse learning needs of our students. Yes, I used to think U.D.L. was complicated but it is really based on three simple principles. Yes.…

  • Early language intervention
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    Early language intervention

    I’m Barbara Herziger. I work at Peel Language Development School. How are you finding…? Mel, how are you finding using the spelling file? I’m mentoring two teachers. One is a new graduate. Coming in as a new graduate teacher, you don’t… BARBARA: The spelling file contains pathways and programs and resources to help them teach literacy, especially phonological awareness, to our students. Peel Language Development School is in Western Australia. -How are you today? -Good, thank you. How are you today? BARBARA: We look after students who have specific language impairment. Good, thank you. How are you today? I’m good. I love the way you’re sitting. Ready? Point over here.…