Saturday, January 08, 2005


Sat., Jan. 8, 2005

Taken From:

Teaching History Online on October 24, 2004

Previous editions of Teaching History Online can be found at:

Black People in Britain
A collection of biographies of black people who lived in Britain.
This includes John Alcindor, Ira Aldridge, John Archer, Francis
Barber, Manchererjee Bhownaggree, George Bridgetower, Learie
Constantine, William Cuffay, Offobah Cugoano, William Davidson,
Celestine Edwards, Olaudah Equiano, Marcus Garvey, C. L. R. James,
Claude McKay, Tom Molineaux, Harold Moody, Dadabhai Naoroji, George
Padmore, James Peters, Bill Richmond, Paul Robeson, Shapurji
Saklatvala, Innatius Sancho, Mary Seacole, Samuel Coleridge Taylor,
Walter Tull, Robert Wedderburn, Arthur Wharton and Sylvester Williams.

[NOTE: Direct link to the article on Paul Robeson - Phyllis ]


Sat., Jan. 8, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Thu Oct 7, 2004 11:09 pm
Subject : [LIFE of Florida] Aviation:
[Shortened URL: ]
From the site:

“ is the biggest and most visited aviation interest site on the Internet¹, logging over 2,000,000 page-views from 100,000 distinct users every day.

“We are an online aviation publication with a diverse audience of everything from airline management to frequent air travelers to aviation enthusiasts. We strive to be the center of aviation online and are an always-updated resource for the worldwide aviation community.

“Our photo database, biggest in the world and with unrivaled photo quality is renowned world over. Not to mention our discussion forums, a melting pot where professionals and amateurs come together to discuss the latest happenings in the industry. Our Civil Aviation Forum is the most active aviation forum in the world and is a valuable resource for everyone with an interest in aviation. A major event like an air accident is often thoroughly discussed in our forum before it hits the major news agencies (who frequently use our photos and forum for info).”


Sat., Jan. 8, 2005

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Date Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 2:40 AM
INFOMINE Alert Service: update

Crossword Puzzle Games
Record Id: 473356
Created: 2004-10-05 13:45:32
Categories: liberal

"This web site offers 32,400 free crossword puzzles and fun tools for people who enjoy word games." Made available are printer-friendly puzzles in different grid sizes and complexity, a tool for teachers to create their own puzzles, and a crossword daily pick.

When is Your Check not a Check? : Electronic Check Conversion
Record Id: 472757
Created: 2004-10-04 15:37:32
Categories: govpub

The Federal Reserve Board briefly explains electronic check conversion.

Electronic Check Conversion : Facts for Consumers
Record Id: 472758
Created: 2004-10-04 15:37:13
Categories: govpub
The Federal Trade Commission presents tips for consumers on electronic check conversion.
[NOTE: See also - Phyllis ]

The Murthly Hours
Record Id: 472683
Created: 2004-10-03 18:33:32
Categories: arts

"The Murthly Hours is one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland." Each page of this 300 page manuscript is reproduced online. Images may be enlarged by clicking.

Jet Photos Database
Record Id: 463289
Created: 2004-10-01 15:02:32
Categories: liberal,physci

"Online jetliner photo database, featuring thousands of high-quality photographs of jet airliners, discussion forums, and more." Database with variety of search options to navigate the hundreds of thousands of images, including airline, arcraft type, country, airport, year, or photographer. Also contains many browse topics.

Fashion Net : the Guide to All Things Chic
Record Id: 463286
Created: 2004-10-01 10:58:32
Categories: arts

Provides current fashion news as well as information on designers, fashion shows, museums related to fashion, as well as job listings, fashion schools, and advice on how to have a career in the fashion industry.

National Women's Law Center
Record Id: 463285
Created: 2004-10-01 10:06:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

"The National Women's Law Center is a Washington-based non-profit organization working to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers for women and their families, with a major emphasis on women's health, education and employment opportunities and family economic security." The Center's website has information and reports in these categories: athletics; child care and early education; child and family support; education; employment; health; judges, courts, and women's rights; reproductive rights; sexual harassment; tax; and women in the military.

Commission on Presidential Debates
Record Id: 453677
Created: 2004-09-30 14:12:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors the U.S. Presidential Debates. Its website features:
2004 Presidential and Vice-Presidental debates information
Debate Transcripts ---Transcripts of presidential debates (1960, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004) ---Transcripts of vice-presidential debates (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
Debate History ---Information on the debates of 1858, 1948, 1956, 1960, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 with links to transcripts where available.


Sat., Jan. 8, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 2:42 AM
INFOMINE Email Alert Service

The Dream of Flight
Record Id: 453111
Created: 2004-09-29 14:29:32
Categories: arts,liberal,physci

Nearly 100 images with text guide one through the history of flight from myths of flying to the Wright brother's successful flight in 1903. It includes discussion of their early experiments and a Timeline of Flight starting with the invention of kites in China to the first men walking on the moon.
[NOTE: Other pages from the Library of Congress American Treasures
exhibition previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The History and Science of Acting
Record Id: 453099
Created: 2004-09-28 17:32:32
Categories: arts
This site contains several cogent essays on the art of acting. An example of the approach is "A major influence on 20th-century acting emanates from the writings of the French actor and director Antonin Artaud. He conceived of the actor as an "athlete of the heart," giving physical expression to dreams, obsessions, the nonrational side of human beings." There is also an annotated list of about fourty actors and actresses.

An Actors Resource for Basic Technique
Record Id: 453096
Created: 2004-09-28 13:20:32
Categories: arts
This site covers warm up, character, script, rehearsal and getting started as well as giving tips, recommending books and links.

Acting Workshop On-line
Record Id: 451675
Created: 2004-09-27 14:41:32
Categories: arts
"This is the place for beginning actors and actresses to learn about acting and the acting business, for actors and actresses aspiring to become professional or for those who want to take their avocation to the highest artistic level possible." This site has monologues and scenes for a variety of acting types as well as tips on how to get an agent and books.

Health and Health Care Research, RAND Corporation-
Record Id: 451671
Created: 2004-09-27 12:33:32
Categories: govpub,liberal
RAND posts reports of its public policy research on health and health care. Issues such as child health, education, child care, substance abuse, and juvenile justice are addressed.
[NOTE: See for other research report topics. – Phyllis ]

Humanities Web: The Gallery-
Record Id: 423140
Created: 2004-09-24 13:50:32
Categories: arts,liberal
This is the arts section of the Humanities Web. "...the pages found here will provide a better understanding and greater appreciation of the indelible contribution artists have made to our world." We find here hundreds of ideas, articles and images containing a broad sample of visual art.Articles and artists are organized into the categories of; topics, such as non-representational art or elements of design; themes, such as animals or death; mediums, such as oil paint; or by period, nationality or alphabetically. Images are generally accessed through 'selected works', which is in a menu that appears after clicking on an artists name. Each artist has a short biography. There is also a glossary of related terms.

[NOTE: Site also includes sections on history, literature and music. - Phyllis ]

Justice Policy Institute
Record Id: 423139
Created: 2004-09-24 13:04:13
Categories: govpub,liberal
The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) web site presents research reports and information and in these areas:Adult corrections and sentencing reformJuvenile justiceReducing disproportionate minority representationBooks vs. BarsDrug policy "The Justice Policy Institute is a non-profit research and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems."

American Antiquarian Society
Record Id: 321612
Created: 2004-09-23 11:29:32
Categories: arts,liberal
"The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories."There are seven online exhibits with more than 100 images combined. The subjects of these exhibits range from women's work and David Claypoole Johnston's illustrations to portraits and Christmas cards.Under Its Generous Dome a guide book to the Society's collections, which contains more than three million objects, is available online. The society's collections are searchable. We also find the Catalogue of American Engravings, which contains over 16,800 entries from the early 1700s to 1820, and is searchable online.The American Antiquarian Society also offers several visiting research fellowships.

The African Presence in the Americas, 1492-1992
Record Id: 413671
Created: 2004-09-23 09:21:32
Categories: liberal
About forty images illustrate this concise history exhibit. There is a small glossary, a timeline and resources for teachers K-12.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Performing Arts in America 1875 -1923
Record Id: 413670
Created: 2004-09-23 06:53:32
Categories: arts,liberal
Performing Arts in America 1875 -1923, a web site of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, has a searchable database of 16,000 objects. The database is searchable by name, title or subject and keyword or phrase. It is browsable by format, such as book or music. There is recorded sound accessible with Real Audio and there are moving images. We can also find photographs and drawings of relevant personalities and illustrations of theatrical costumes of the day.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Friday, January 07, 2005


Fri., Jan. 7, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 22:53:04 -0700
From: Sybil Finemel sfinemel@COMCAST.NET
Subject: GEN: Copyright status of a photograph.Sender:
School Library Media & Network Communications
Copy Photography Computator
An interesting tool to educate the user while determining
copyright status of a photograph.

Sybil FinemelLibrary Director MLIS.CIO.
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Fri., Jan. 7, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 09:48:10 -0700
From: "Wee, David"
Subject: Hit: Thirteen Colonies Atlas
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

I have a collection of links that I use for the 13 colonies
[NOTE: See Also: American History (includes Native Americans and American Revolution - Phyllis ]

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Fri., Jan. 7, 2005

Taken From:
More New This Week,
December 30, 2004

Railroad History Archive
This special collection at the University of Connecticut primarily concerns the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. Includes a description of the collection and links to several sites with images of locomotives, train stations, employees, and related material. Also includes a glossary and information about railroad electrification.
Subjects: Railroads -- History New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company -- Archives

Old Sturbridge Village
This living history center in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, depicts village life in early 19th century New England. The "Learning Lab" section of the site provides annotated images of objects, historic documents, papers and articles, and graphics of the period. The site also features materials for children (such as craft instructions, games and puzzles, and articles), lesson plans, a quilt exhibit, and a virtual tour of the center. Searchable.
Subjects: Historical museums New England -- History Museums -- Massachusetts -- Sturbridge
[NOTE: Previously posted. Select “Education” for curriculum units. – Phyllis ]

Operas and Composers: A Pronunciation Guide
A lightly annotated list of well-known operas and composers of operas, with sound files to help with pronunciation. From Opera Memphis.
Subjects: Opera Composers Names -- Pronunciation

[NOTE: See also:
Opera Terms
Opera Resources on the Web
- Phyllis ]
Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet, All rights reserved.


Fri., Jan. 7, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: January 9-15, 2005

Great Performances"Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' in Concert" TV> PBSOL> High SchoolWednesday, January 12, 20058 - 10:00 pmBroadway and operetta unite in the New York Philharmonic'ssemistaged performance of the satirical, effervescent musical"Candide" by Leonard Bernstein. Equally drawn from theclassical and musical theater worlds, the cast includesBroadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth as Cunegonde andPatti LuPone in a star turn as the Old Lady. (CC, Stereo, 1year)Learn more about this performance at the companion Web site. January 5, 2005)


"Violent Hawaii" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, January 9, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Hawaii's breathtaking beauty was forged in fire, created by the
awesome power of volcanoes on land and in the sea, by
earthquakes and tsunamis, natural wonders that continue to
shape the islands today. Shot in high definition by a team of
award-winning filmmakers who live on the islands, this
spectacular film features volcanic eruptions, rivers of molten
lava, monster waves, humpback whales and perhaps most
surprising of all, snow. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log onto the companion Web site and find out how volcano
scientists are tapping into new technology.
(Available January 6, 2005)


"The Boldest Hoax" TV> PBSOL> MARC> High School
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
In 1912, amateur fossil hunter Charles Dawson made the
shattering claim that he'd discovered the bones of a primitive
human in a gravel pit at Sussex. Believing this was the
long-sought evidence of the "missing link" between apes and
mankind, British scientists were suddenly at the forefront of
the worldwide quest for human origins. It took 40 years for the
truth to emerge: the Piltdown man was a fiendishly elaborate
hoax. Join us as "NOVA" tells this story of science's greatest
fraud. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download the teacher's guide at the companion Web site.
[NOTE: See below for guide from NOVA. – Phyllis ]


American Experience
"Citizen King"
TV> PBSOL> High School
Monday, January 10, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
Tune in for this exploration of the last five years in Martin
Luther King's life -- from his famous "I Have a Dream" speech
in 1963 to his assassination in 1968. Learn more about this
little-known chapter in the story of one of America's most
important and influential moral leaders. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Log on and find out how you can use "Citizen King" to teach
your students about topics in American history including race
relations, civil rights, regional political differences,
federal government intervention in the states and more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. See below for guide - Phyllis ]


Online NewsHour EXTRA"Devastating Quake, Tsunami Strike Asia"PBSOL>Middle / High SchoolCheck out this online publication from the NewsHour that bringscurrent events into the classroom with a fresh perspective.Learn how scientists are working to better understand theforces that unleashed the deadly tsunamis.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.
From: NOVA

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Date Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 5:01 PM
From: (NOVA)
To: NOVA Bulletin
Subject: [NOVA] "The Boldest Hoax"

Broadcast: January 11, 2005
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

For decades, a partial fossil skull discovered in Piltdown, England,
was hailed as the missing link between apes and humans. Entire
careers were built on its authenticity. Then in 1953, the awful
truth came out: "Piltdown Man" was a fake! But who done it? In "The
Boldest Hoax," NOVA gets to the bottom of the greatest scientific
hoodwinking of all time. The search for clues takes the NOVA team to
the archives of Britain's august Natural History Museum in London,
where intriguing documents shed new light on the notorious case.
Offering theories on the deception are two prominent paleontologists
at the museum, Chris Stringer and Andy Currant. Also sleuthing for
NOVA are archeologist Miles Russell of Britain's Bournemouth
University, historian Richard Milner of the American Museum of
Natural History in New York, and Giles Oakley, son of Kenneth
Oakley, the scientist who blew the whistle on the hoax in 1953. Can
NOVA and this team of experts unravel the enduring mystery of
"Piltdown Man?"

Please note: Due to a broadcast schedule change, "The Boldest Hoax"
Web site will include the T.V. program description, Links & Books, a
Teacher's Guide, the program transcript, and the program credits.
Additional Web content is not available.


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Date Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 4:09 PM
To: American Experience List
Subject: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, January 10 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings)

"The most intimate portrait of King ever assembled."
-- The Wall Street Journal

August, 1963: 34-year-old Martin Luther King took to the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream of an
America free from racism. His words are still etched on the
minds and in the hearts of millions of people today. Using
the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness
accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement
officers and historians, this encore presentation brings
fresh insights to King's difficult journey, his charismatic
-- if at times flawed -- leadership, and his truly
remarkable impact.

"Compelling... fascinating... revealing... neither
muckracking nor hagiographic, CITIZEN KING strives to offer
a scrupulously balanced, life-size portrait of a moral
-- Variety


Three Perspectives

In spring 1963, Boston public television station WGBH aired
"The Negro and the American Promise," featuring interviews
with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.
The program aired in a climate of racial conflict, just
months after Alabama governor George Wallace's defiant
support of "segregation forever," and before the March on
Washington. Screen these historic public television


Martin Luther King's creed of non-violence surprised many
Americans, but achieved success in Montgomery, Alabama, and
other civil rights hot spots. Explore the building blocks of
King's non-violent philosophy.

Map: Civil Rights Hot Spots

The civil rights movement found its voice in places that
routinely discriminated against blacks: schools, lunch
counters, public buses and terminals. Travel to civil rights
hot spots on this map, and track the movement through its
most tumultuous years.


Thursday, January 06, 2005


Thurs., Jan. 6, 2005

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ======
==== October 22, 2004 =======
===== Volume 10, Number 42 ======

Forced Migration Online [pdf]

Designed to function as a comprehensive website that provides access to
various resources on forced human migration, this site is provided through
the courtesy of the staff at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of
Oxford. While the users of this site will encounter a seamlessly integrated
resource, the site contains four separate components. These elements include
a searchable digital library, a searchable catalogue with descriptions of
and links to Internet-based resources, and a series of geographic and
thematic research guides. The homepage offers users access to all of these
resources, along with a sidebar that features relevant upcoming events as
the International Day of Older Persons. The site also affords visitors
access to the full-text of three important publications in the field:
Disasters, Forced Migration Review, and International Migration Review (some
archived journals are several years behind the current issue). It is worth
noting that the homepage also contains a link to a nice introductory essay
by Sean Loughna titled "What is Forced Migration?" [KMG]

The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide [pdf]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]
Oral history is in some ways the oldest form of expression, as people havetold one another stories since the time of the first human societies. Peoplehave continued to grow more interested in recording the voices andexperiences of others throughout the past few decades, and the works of suchpopular authors as Studs Terkel have kept oral histories in the limelight.For those persons interested in learning more about how to conduct suchinterviews, this guide from the Smithsonian Institute will be quiteintriguing and useful. Authored by Marjorie Hunt, this 35-page guide offersa broad interview on how to conduct effective oral history projects andinterviews. The guide also offers information on how to present the findingsthat are collected through such a project (such as a scrapbook), along withproviding a list of web-based and print resources. [KMG]

Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection

The traumatic and unsettled backdrop of social and cultural change
throughout the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s will not soon
be forgotten by any of those persons who lived through that period. Some
groups of people came together under the banner of the women's liberation
movement, and still others surrounded themselves in the unifying guise of
ethnic solidarity and pride, such as those who participated in the American
Indian Movement. No one ongoing event garnered as much attention, however,
as the Vietnam War did. That particular event inspired a host of posters,
handouts, and other printed ephemera that may have quickly disappeared, as
do many pieces of material culture often do. Fortunately, the University of
Washington Libraries Digital Collections division has created this online
archive which brings many of these documents together in one place. The
documents are divided into thematic categories, such as racism, socialism,
farm workers, gay rights, and religion. There are some real compelling
documents on the site, and those with a penchant for social and cultural
history will enjoy this fine collection. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Thurs., Jan. 6, 2005

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 05:24:29 -0500
Subject: [SOCIAL-STUDIES] FW: USS ARIZONA Archeology Online

Hello, everyone,

This information comes from the H-HIGH-S listserv.

Michael H.

-----Original Message-----
From: An H-Net List for Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 06:52:28 -0600
From: Andrew and Rebecca Hall
Subject: USS ARIZONA Archeology Online

Archeologists Return to USS ARIZONA
Daily Updates, Lesson Plans, Underwater Video Online


Beginning November 1, 2004, archeologists from the Submerged
Resources Center of the U.S. National Park Service will conduct a
three-week investigation of the wreck of USS ARIZONA, the American
battleship sunk in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in
1941. Using nondestructive techniques, the team will conduct tests to
determine the structural integrity of the ship, record in detail its
current state for comparison with earlier surveys, and collect
environmental data in the interior of the ship using
remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs). Because the ship is considered a
war grave, divers will not enter the interior spaces of the vessel.

Daily updates on the team's activities will be posted to the project
website at Updates can also
be accessed through the NPS Submerged Resources Center's homepage at The website, which was developed in
partnership with the PAST Foundation, includes detailed histories of
the two remaining U.S. battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor, USS ARIZONA
and USS UTAH, as well as background material on Pearl Harbor and the
USS ARIZONA Memorial, 60MB of video clips of the wreck, biographical
sketches of the project team, suggested reading lists for kids and
adults, and links to educational materials available elsewhere on the

The PAST Foundation is a nonprofit organization that builds links
between working archeologists, students and the public through
educational opportunities, curriculum modules and multimedia

Additional Links:
ARIZONA Memorial Museum Association:
PAST Foundation:


Thurs., Jan. 6, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 2:58 PM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
To: EDInfo
Subject: New Learning Resources in Math & Social Studies

NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in math & social studies have
been added to FREE. They're described below.

FREE makes finding federal learning resources easier:

"Balanced Assessment"
offers over 300 mathematics assessment tasks for grades K-12.
Topics & activities include averages, addition, area, batting
orders, bicycle rides, chance of rain, chance of survival,
cheetah's lunch, classroom groups, cost of living, dart
boards, detective stories, Fermi estimates, genetic codes,
gestation & longevity, graphing, gravity, intersections,
logarithms, oil consumption, rectangles, squares & circles,
stock market, triangles, volume, & more. (NSF)

Social studies

"Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48"
offers geography & history activities showing how two years in
history had an indelible impact on American politics &
culture. Students interpret historical maps, identify
territories acquired by the U.S., identify states later formed
from these territories, examine the territorial status of
Texas, & identify political, social, & economic issues related
to the expansion of the U.S. in the 1840s. (SI)
[NOTE: This lesson includes Resources
[Shortened URL: ]
One of the resources: 1846: Portrait of the Nation - Phyllis ]

"A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution"
tells the story of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans who were
forced from their homes into detention camps during World War
II. Many spent three years living under armed guard, behind
barbed wire. (SI)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"United We Stand"
provides primary source documents that students use to examine
the working conditions of U.S. laborers at the turn of the
century & to develop their own answers to a question: "Was
there a need for organized labor unions?" (LOC)

"Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting"
presents 3882 photos & 470 interview excerpts from a 1994
study of occupational culture in the cradle of the Industrial
Revolution in the U.S. Founded in 1791, Paterson, New Jersey,
became a leading manufacturer of silk, railroad locomotives,
firearms, & other products. Learn how its industrial heritage
is reflected in Paterson today. Explore business life along
one street. Hear interviews with retired workers. (LOC)

Past messages:


Thurs., Jan. 6, 2005

Taken From:
E-Mail Reminder
Week 183
September 30, 2004

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
ReliefWeb Map Centre
If you've been keeping up with ResourceShelf for any length of time, you're probably aware that we have a thing for online maps here. ReliefWeb, OCHA's "global network for humanitarian information on complex emergencies and natural disasters," was established as a one-stop information hub for "timely and reliable information during crises." And sometimes, a map can convey as much or more information than a written document...or provide supplementary information.

You can access maps via a sensitive map or else use the two dropdown menus -- one allows you to select maps by country and another which permits selection of maps by emergency. When you select a country -- let's use Iraq again, since there is high interest in the situation there -- you are presented with a listing of maps in reverse chronological order, from newest through oldest. Links at the top allow you to view the maps:
+ By type -- either reference (standard geographic maps) or thematic (specific emergency, incident or disaster)
+ By source -- according to the agency/organization which produced the maps
+ By keyword -- e.g., food, health, landmines, natural resources, weather and climate, etc.
Each map is dated and includes a brief description as to its format and file size. There's also a link that will take you to related documents found elsewhere on the ReliefWeb site [ ].

You can search for maps via a form that allows you to type in a title or specify criteria -- region, country, source, data type, date -- by using dropdown menus.

The Map Centre is updated continually. You can take a look at the newest additions by clicking the "Latest Maps" link at the top of the right navigation column, under the dropdown menu. Under that, there's a selection of links to current "featured" maps. If you'd like to keep track of newly added maps, you can subscribe to an e-mail update; choose to receive it weekly or monthly. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

United States--History
Source: Library of Congress
Expanded Content, "Meeting of Frontiers" Web Site
From the announcement, "Meeting of Frontiers" is a bilingual, English-Russian collaborative project that chronicles the parallel experiences of the United States and Russia in exploring, developing and settling their frontiers, and the meeting of those frontiers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It features rare books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, sheet music and other materials from libraries in the United States and Russia, and is widely used in schools and libraries throughout the United States and Russia. The latest expansion includes 24 collections from 14 different libraries and archives in Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoiarsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and other Siberian cities, as well as additional collections from the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg, the Russian State Library in Moscow, and the Library of Congress. Digitization of materials in Siberia was undertaken by a mobile scanning team based in Novosibirsk that worked in cooperation with the Library of Congress to identify rare materials of special interest to American and Russian scholars, teachers, and students."

Adoption--United States
Source: U.S. Census
Fast Facts: Adoption in the U.S.
[Shortened URL: ]


Source: Air University Library
Causes of War
New bibliography includes Internet resources, books, documents,

ResourceShelf is Compiled and Edited by
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

ResourceShelf Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS

Wednesday, January 05, 2005


Wed., Jan.5, 2005 - More Tsunami Sites

Learn North Carolina: Tsumani

International Tsunami Information Center Home Page
Tsunami FAQs

International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System
in the Pacific (ICG/ITSU)
Home Page - Animation
On Tsunamis – Links to factsheets and more


Wed., Jan.5, 2005 - Tsunami Sites

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Tsunami

Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter Waves of Destruction
This special report from has the latest news about the disaster and the rescue effort. It also has an excellent selection of educational features. There is a sidebar feature explaining earthquake magnitudes, an animation showing how a tsunami forms, and a chronology of previous tsunamis, going back to 1755. For a more personal take on the tragedy, read the eyewitness accounts.

FEMA for Kids: Tsunami
FEMA presents a colorful introduction to tsunami science and safety for elementary-age kids. "A tsunami (pronounced soo-nahm-ee) is a series of huge waves that happen after an undersea disturbance, such as an earthquake or volcano eruption. Tsunami is from the Japanese word for harbor wave. The waves travel in all directions from the area of disturbance, much like the ripples that happen after throwing a rock. The waves may travel in the open sea as fast as 450 miles per hour."

National Geographic News: Tsunami
From the National Geographic news desk, this one page article about the recent disaster explores tsunami causes and important warning signs. "Many people were killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami because they went down to the beach to view a retreating ocean exposing the sea floor. Apparently they were unaware that this phenomenon precedes a killer wave. Experts believe that a receding ocean may give people as much as five minutes' warning to evacuate the area."

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Wed., Jan.5, 2005 - Warning of Tsunamis

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Warning of Tsunamis

Today's site from the Why Files offers a brief but informative look attsunami warning systems. Gentle Subscribers will find an overview of howsuch a system works and the proposals to establish on in the southernPacific."A series of Pacific Ocean tsunamis over the last century fueled theestablishment of an ocean-wide warning network. But the Indian Ocean, wheretsunamis are less common, has no such system. ... officials in severalnations [have] started discussing a warning network for the Indian Ocean."- from the websiteThe web page provides a summary of the components of a tsunami warningsystem, the equipment required and highlights the fact that the mostserious problem for any warning system is the logistics of evacuation. Anannotated graphic of the seismometer readings on Guam, for December 26,displays a timeline of the wave compression. Additional information on thecurrent tsunami warning system in the North Pacific is available from linkson the page.

Travel to the page for a succinct account of tsunami warning systems at:

A.M. Holm


Wed., Jan.5, 2005 - Indonesia: Earthquake and Tsunami

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Date Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 9:29 PM
Subject: CIESE: Sumatra, Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami

CIESE - The Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education
A message from the CIESE ListServ


Dear Educators:
I'm sure you have all been following the recent news regarding the 9.0
magnitude earthquake that occurred outside of Sumatra, Indonesia and
the resulting Tsunami. The amount of destruction is difficult to
To help explain how this happened to your students, SpiNet has put
together the following page with a brief description as well as many
educational links and related e-mails sent over an earthquake-related

Additionally, I've placed a link to this page off the homepage for the
"Musical Plates: A Study of Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics" web site:
Warm wishes and best regards for 2005,


Joshua Koen, Manager of Professional Development Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) Stevens Institute of Technology Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030 Phone: 201-216-5045 Fax: 201-216-8069

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Tues., Jan. 4, 2005 - Forbes Best in Education / Shambles Safe Searching, Education Links

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Posted: 10-11-2004 11:38 PM
Subject: [LIFE of Florida] Forbes Best of the Web in Education

Forbes Best of the Web - Education

Visit site to see best links under each category…

Academic Research
Keeping up with the leading minds used to mean costly subscriptions to hard-to-find publications or countless library trips. Now, the latest...

College Planning
Most highschoolers spend hours on the Web. Why not give them some URLs that could actually help them get into the right college? The best sites find...

Continuing Education
Want to rediscover Shakespeare's sonnets? Brush up on the basics of financial analysis? Courses galore are available at your fingertips. -- Josh...

Higher Education
With the cost of private higher education above $30,000 a year at many institutions, some people are now turning to a much more inexpensive way to...

When it comes to learning, one size doesn't fit all. That's what makes the Web a godsend for homeschoolers. You'll find myriad reasons and...

Innovation & Ideas
Imagine brainstorming with the leading minds, or browsing brilliant innovations in their infancy. The Web is providing a way. --Dolly Setton ...

Private Schools
Finding the best private school for your child can be a gut-wrenching ordeal. Does the school take a Montessori approach, employ Howard Gardner's...

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Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 13:49:29 +0700Subject: Google Images Safe searching Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Following on from the recent safe searching discussion/thread ....The page at provides somesolutions and advice.
[NOTE: Shambles Home page
There is also a database of over 20,000 education
websites that have been recommended and approved by teachers.
Some pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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Tues., Jan. 4, 2005 - Kid Info / Lifelines

Kid Info: The Web’s Best Homework and Student, Teacher/Parent Reference Resource
[NOTE: Some pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Homework resources for students (grades K-12), parents & librarians.
From the Mid-Hudson Library System


Tues., Jan. 4, 2005 - Teacher Resource Center

Taken From:
The Leebow Letter -- 10/06/2004

I have been involved with many schools throughout the country. Take a look at our new
Teacher Resource Center at

Our Teacher Resource Center includes a downloadable curriculum to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. It also features a list of Web sites to help students with howework and tips for keeping them safe while online.



Tues., Jan. 4, 2005 - Subject Resources: Links

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 5:18 AM
From: "Robert Kennedy - Private Schools Guide"

Teaching: Subject Resources
Having taught English, history and Latin, I feel very strongly about using somebody else's lesson plans. I'd much rather make my lesson outline then enrich my lesson with material from original sources. So, dear friends, that's why I have 29 subjects under Subject Resources filled with the highest quality links I could find.

Monday, January 03, 2005


Mon., Jan. 3, 2005 - WisWeb: Math Applets

Taken From:
Digital Dozen
December 2004,1577,12-2004,00.shtm

Grade(s): 7 - 12 ENC#: 030860
Synopsis: Apple season is officially over, but applets are always in season--and on this site, they are plentiful! Clicking on the "Applets" link in the left-hand navigation brings up a bumper crop of interactive math-themed mini programs that cover topics such as number and estimation, geometry, calculus, and discrete mathematics. Try the Broken Calculator applet to see if you can make a barely functional calculator perform the necessary functions to reach a given target number.

This Dutch web site, designed for middle and high school grades, contains JAVA applets and downloadable software programs for the Texas Instruments graphing calculators. The applets and software cover mathematical concepts in geometry, algebra, and help to refine graphing skills essential for calculus. There are over 70 applets that allow users to practice skills such as order of operations, graphing functions, and working with two- and three-dimensional figures. Some of the software programs have PDF or Microsoft Word documents containing instructions.

One of the applets allows students to create their own algebra tiles and see the geometric relationship between squared variables and their geometric equivalents. A vertical number line and a horizontal number line appear, both with red dots at zero. The student drags the dot across the number line to create a line segment. The actual lengths are displayed on the screen. Once the rays are created, the student can drag and drop them to the center of the screen to create square algebra tiles. The screen then displays the corresponding algebraic expression. This process can be done for 3 different variables so that students can visualize mathematical expressions with three variables. Abstracted 09/04 (Author/AJC)


Mon., Jan. 3, 2005

Taken From:
TeachersFirst Update –

10 X 10 - Grades 9 - 12
Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news. Click on a thumbnail photo to read the related story. More compelling than a scan of the daily headlines, this ever-changing, unbiased site would be an excellent addition to a daily discussion of world events.
FREE Content - K-8 Math and Language Arts
Although a commercial site with some programs for sale, the free content on covers a broad array of short, interactive lessons, games, worksheets, puzzles, open-ended problems and other activities.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Golden Legacy Grades 4 to 5 Fitzgerald Publishing Company
Introduce the life and influences of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
with this online illustrated History Magazine publication.

Guten Tag!
Grades 6 to 12
This "German for Travelers" site is a great resource for German students of all levels. Click on the Learn link for a collection of audio files and interactive exercises to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. Advanced students can visit the Explore link for access to online German newspapers and literature. Other features include a great overview of German culture, and online penpal opportunities.

Smarter Surfing
Grades 1 to 12 Sree Sreenivasan
Improve your students' online research skills with this helpful guide to using Google. Features of the search engines are explained (did you know that the search box can be used as a calculator or that you can receive email Google news alerts when a phrase you wish to track shows up in the news?), and searching tips are provided. Youll have fun with this one.

Copyright © 2001 by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
All rights reserved.


Mon., Jan. 3, 2005 - Algebra Web Sites

Taken From:
Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 17:13:33 -0400
Subject: HIT: algebra web sites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Thanks to all who responded to my target for algebra web sites. Here is a
list of your responses.
This one is organized by standard, you have to find the algebra standards
and choose your grade level.

We have some other links on our Math links pages:
Surf Report – Math K-12[NOTE: Some of these sites previously posted. This page is dated 1999, so
some of the links may no longer be active. – Phyllis ]

Surf Report – Numbers K-12

Algebra Problem of the Week

Websites for Algebra

Purple Math

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra from Another Dimension


Math Dork

College of Math Resources on the WWW Scroll down to "Math Teaching, Math
Education and Math Student Servers" Your teacher will find much more than
just algebra at this site!

Cool Math Sites Click on Algebra and Pre-Algebra on the left Click on Algebra or Pre-Algebra for lots of links

Ask them to have a look at the relevant links at ... or to save time just use the search
facility on this page which comes up with 27 links.

The BBC Math Files has interactive games:

There's also an interesting calendar puzzle using algebra at has some very nice
interactive activities

This site has a lot of interactive tutorials:

Here are a few sites:

Susan Guerrant
Librarian-Henley Middle School
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Mon., Jan. 3, 2005 - Renewable Energy / Mathematicians

Taken From:

Date Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:19 PM
From: LP Newsletter
To: Newsletter Subscriber
Subject: Lesson Planet Newsletter 10/01/04

Subject Area: Science
Title: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Grade Level: 6-12

With energy related stories in the news understanding the various
energy technologies is important. You and your students can learn all
about the latest research on renewable energy technologies from the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory site. From the latest information
on hybrid cars and hydrogen fuel cells to wind and solar energy
research the NREL site provides extensive renewable energy related
resources and links.

Subject Area: Mathematics
Title: Full Chronological Index of Mathematicians
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Grade Level: 6-12

This University of St. Andrews site is a great way for students to
research various mathematicians alphabetically or by date. Help make
math more interesting by having students research the lives of various

Lesson Planet site at to search our directory
of over 30,000 lesson plans by subject, keyword or grade.

Sunday, January 02, 2005


Sun., Jan. 2, 2005

Taken From:
Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites November/December 2004

MathSite: An Interactive Source for Seeing, hearing, Doing Mathematics
- Here you'll find a number of interesting interactive math exhibits developed by a professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley. No math expertise necessary! Free Flash 7 plugin required.

Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
- Find out what is the human cost of war on teens at this engaging site. Teenage war refugees from seven war zones tell their stories and struggles. From ITVS, the Independent Television Service. Free Flash plugin required.

Solar Folklore
- Most cultures have recognized the significance of the sun as prime controller of all life on earth. Read myths, legends, and tales about the sun from the Stanford Solar Center.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Jan. 2, 2005

Taken From:
TechLearning News - October 19, 2004 - No. 42

Site of the Day Archives

Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted.
See also: Recommended Viewing: Ancient Observatories,
Timeless Knowledge. - Phyllis]

NASA provides a great site for teachers to share the exciting discoveries of Space with their students. The expertise of scientists, educators, and museums has been gathered together to provide information that focuses on the Sun and its effects on Earth. Teachers will enjoy the Educator Resources section that offers "hundreds of classroom activities." There are sites from all NASA missions that study the connection between Sun and Earth as well as "Ask a Scientist." Of particular interest is the Eclipse Archive, a great site for eclipse photography lovers. Teachers can check their students' knowledge of Sun-Earth science by exploring "Ten Things You Thought You Knew About Sun-Earth Science."


Website Content:
• Lesson Plans
• Audio
• Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School


[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Interactivity is the name of the game at A+ Math, a site "developed to help students improve their math skills interactively." Operations, fractions, inequalities, and money are just a few of the math topics included. Choose online games, flashcards, worksheets, or homework help. You can also create your own flashcards, print worksheets to practice offline, or make up a word-find puzzle.


Website Content:
Learning Games
Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School


What You Need to Know About Drugs
[NOTE: Some pages from and previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Students are curious about drugs and this is a simple site that delves into what they need to know: what drugs are good and what drugs are harmful, what are illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana, and why are they illegal. The authors also explain why people may use these drugs and how to tell if someone is using them. The site includes a short glossary and is available in Spanish as well as English.


Sun., Jan. 2, 2005 - Volcanoes in Legends & Mythology

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Hi! It's Wednesday, October 6, 2004 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
USGS: Volcanoes In Historical & Popular Culture: Legends & Mythology

This website presents several short myths about the origin of the word
"volcano" and how volcanoes throughout the world were created. It includes
the Northwest Indians' legend about Mount St. Helens from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest "Mount St. Helens" brochure as follows:

"Northwest Indians told early explorers about the fiery Mount St. Helens. In
fact, an Indian name for the mountain, Louwala-Clough, means "smoking
mountain". According to one legend, the mountain was once a beautiful
maiden, "Loowit". When two sons of the Great Spirit "Sahale" fell in love
with her, she could not choose between them. The two braves, Wyeast and
Klickitat fought over her, burying villages and forests in the process.
Sahale was furious. He smote the three lovers and erected a mighty mountain
peak where each fell. Because Loowit was beautiful, her mountain (Mount St.
Helens) was a beautiful, symmetrical cone of dazzling white. Wyeast (Mount
Hood) lifts his head in pride, but Klickitat (Mount Adams) wept to see the
beautiful maiden wrapped in snow, so he bends his head as he gazes on St.

The legend of Mount St. Helens varies among tribes. Here are a few more
sites that offer slightly different versions of the origin of Mount St.

Northwest Indians: Myths & Legends:

Native American Myths:

When you are through reading these myths, you might be interested in trying
the following writing assignment based on the Native American legends of
Mount St. Helens. Although designed for classroom use, it can be easily
adapted for any grade student in the homeschool environment.

Mountain Myths Writing Lesson:

Have fun! :)

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
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Sun., Jan. 2, 2005 - Pyramid/Stonehenge Building

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Date: Thu Oct 7, 2004 11:14 pm
Subject: [LIFE of Florida] The Physics of Pyramid/Stonehenge Building

The Physics of Pyramid/Stonehenge Building:
The Forgotten Technology

Ever wondered how the pyramids or Stonehenge were built, how they
moved those huge stones to the sites? Check out this fascinating web
site from a builder/carpenter in Michigan who actually demonstrates
some of the relatively simple techniques that he has uses in his work
with concrete and building that he believes these ancient people used
in their craftsmanship.

The site includes video with sound effects showing him actually
moving huge concrete structural elements. Check his section on
physics and how he uses levers and pulleys to do the work for him.
And read the section on how he moved a whole barn by himself. Learn
about what he would use to build his own Great Pyramid. Very
interesting. Puts a whole new slant on those ancient builders and
what kind of math and physics they knew and probably used every day.
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