Saturday, February 05, 2005


Sat., Feb. 5, 2005 - The Changing American Office

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Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 23:45:14 -0800
From: Sybil Finemel
Subject: [LM_NET] GEN: Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Smithsonian: From Carbon to Computers

The Changing American Office is an
Educational website from the Smithsonian
intended for middle and high schools students, their teachers, and the
general public includes lesson plans

Sybil Finemel
Library Director MLIS.CIO.
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Sat., Feb. 2, 2005 - Center for Economic Education

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I have seen several questions lately relating to Economics. I thought itmight be a good time to generally share that there is a Center forEconomic Education. This is their webpage.

Sarah S. Uthoff
Reference Librarian
Kirkwood Community College-
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Sat., Feb. 2, 2005 - The Economics Library

How Stuff Works: Economics
Scroll down for list of topics in The Economics Library


Sat., Feb. 5, 2005 - Company Name Etymologies

Taken From:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 322 10/28/04

Company Name Etymologies
Ever wonder why Qantas is called Qantas, or how companies like Adidas, Starbucks and Google got their names? The answers to these corporate mysteries can be found at, a free online encyclopedia. Spend some time exploring this alphabetical list of the etymologies of hundreds of major corporations around the world. Visitors can click on each definition for a thorough biography of the company's history. Find out why 7-Eleven used to be called Tote'm, which enzyme found in the human stomach Pepsi was named after, and demystify the many urban legends that make up "Cokelore".
A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at

Friday, February 04, 2005


Fri., Feb. 4, 2005 - My Favorite Word

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Site of the Day for Monday, October 18, 2004

My Favorite Word

Today's site is one of those delightful locales on the web based on a simple idea which entices the visitor to tarry and perhaps contribute as well. Gentle Subscribers who enjoy the pleasure of a quiet browse among a collection of words with charming and amusing tales of why they became a favorite, will find this a welcome site.

"Zephyr? Gossamer? Love? Chocolate? Wisteria? Dividend? Freedom? Sleep? ...Everyone has a favorite word. What's yours? It might be your favorite because it has a beautiful sound. ... James Joyce thought "cuspidor" was the most beautiful English word. (Go figure. Maybe he was joking.) We'll even bend the category a little and accept phrases of two or three words, such as Dorothy Parker's favorite, Check enclosed. ... And who can forget that classic tribute to common sense, Close cover before striking?" - from the website.

The site features a browsable alphabet for its collection of favorite words submitted by visitors. Discover why "actually" is the choice of an English teacher in Spain and why "Brobdingnagian" resonates so strongly with another contributor. The site encourages visitors to present their own suggestions, along with a brief explanation of why the word is their favorite. Wander over to the site for a pleasant browse among a sometimes surprising collection of favorite words at:

A.M. Holm


Fri., Feb. 4, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004
12:40 PM

Don's Patch Issue #2004-10-15


The Internet Renaissance Band.

Classic video game history.

A collection of word oddities and trivia.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

KnowPlay - A nice list of references on a single page.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Feb. 4, 2005 - Word Detective

Taken From:
Today's Tech news -
Oct. 11, 2004
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
10/11/2004 - Updated 02:29 PM ET

The Word Detective
The Word Detective is an online version of Evan Morris's newspaper column, in which he answers readers' questions about words and language for a number of years. The Web site itself has been online since 1995 and is gratifyingly well-stocked — as Mr. Morris puts it, "Hundreds of words and phrases indexed in alphabetical order are lurking in our archive." Spend some quality time, and in exchange you'll get an enhanced appreciation for the language, leavened with humor and a bit of panache. — FBC
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Fri., Feb. 4, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: February 6-12, 2005
Nature"Tall Blondes"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, February 6, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Lynn Sherr, "20/20" television correspondent and author of the book "Tall Blondes," has long been fascinated with giraffes. With Sherr as host and narrator, travel around the world to learn about this one-of-a-kind animal. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year) Download a lesson plan for elementary school students in which they learn about why the giraffe population is threatened.

NOVA"The Viking Deception"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Is the Vinland Map, purportedly showing the New World long before Columbus arrived, real or a highly convincing fake? In this enthralling cartographic detective story, "NOVA" pursues a trail from Scandinavia to Austria, Switzerland, London and theU.S. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide and get ideas on how to use theprogram in your classroom.
[NOTE: Teacher's Guide pasted at end. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers"Chimp Minds"
TV> PBSOL> High School
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
8:30 - 9:00 pm
This program visits with an engaging if unruly bunch of cousins that we formally broke up with about six or seven million years ago -- with whom we share almost all of our genes, but not a lot of our lifestyle. Tune in and find what makes us different. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide at the companion Web site.
American Experience"Building the Alaska Highway"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Monday, February 7, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
In May 1942, across the rugged sub-Arctic wilderness of Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon Territory, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken. Join us for this look at how a 1,520-mile road across one of the world's harshest landscapes was built. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download a teacher's guide that includes activities such as debating whether drilling for oil and natural gas in Alaska'sArctic National Wildlife Refuge should be allowed.
[NOTE: Teaching Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
P.O.V."Chisholm '72 -- Unbought and Unbossed"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Monday, February 7, 2005
10 - 11:30 pm
This documentary recaptures the times and spirit of a watershed event in American politics, when Shirley Chisholm, an African-American woman, dared to take an equal place on the presidential dais. The New York Democratic congresswoman's bid engendered strong and sometimes bigoted opposition, setting off currents that affect American politics and social perceptions to this day. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Download a lesson plan for high school students in which they assess the role of political campaigns in a democracy.

Slavery and the Making of America
"The Downward Spiral" and "Liberty in the Air"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
This groundbreaking series, narrated by Morgan Freeman, chronicles the institution of American slavery from its origins in 1619 through Reconstruction. With such unprecedented breadth come entirely new perspectives on and facts about slavery. These new perspectives challenge many long-held notions -- such as the idea that slavery was strictly a southern institution; it was, in fact, a national institution. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Check out an exclusive section of the Web site with resources for your classroom; it includes historical fiction for grades 3-12, lesson plans for ages 9-18, primary sources and a virtual museum with contributions from museums across the country and exhibits curated by students.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online

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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 16:33:43 -0500
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] February 8, 2005
Next week, join NOVA for "The Viking Deception," a program that explores the authenticity of the Vinland Map, a document purported to show that the Vikings discovered the New World centuries before Columbus. (Subjects covered: forensics, social studies,world history)
NOVA Web Site
* * * * * * *
NOVA Presents "The Viking Deception"Broadcast: February 8, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

The Forger's Inspiration
Learn how cartographic evidence refutes the authenticity of the Vinland Map and from where the map's maker might have drawn inspiration. (Grades 9-12)

Who Were the Vikings?
Discover what drove the Vikings on their global explorations, what recent research on the Vikings has revealed, what contributed to the end of the Viking age, and more in this interview with Smithsonian Institution archeologist William Fitzhugh. (Grades 9-12)

The Map in Question
Explore the Vinland Map yourself and examine evidence that it may be -- and in some cases may not be -- a 20th-century forgery. (Flashplug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Famous Fakes
Read about eight other famous fakes, including Shakespeare's Lost Play, Lincoln's Love Letters, and Hitler's Diaries. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students make plant-based dyes and learn about some the chemical pigments responsible for the color they impart. (Grades 6-8)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links & Books.

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News from American Experience

****AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Premieres BUILDING THE ALASKA HIGHWAY Monday, February 7, at 9 pm on PBS (check local listing)

It was one of the greatest triumphs of the U.S. Army in
1942, and one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken. A job, some said, that was better suited for Paul Bunyan than it was for inexperienced military men. But on November 20, 1942, on a remote vista in YukonTerritory, several hundred men braved the bitter cold to mark the end of an ordeal that few people thought possible: the completion of the Alaska Highway.

the story of nearly eleven thousand Army engineers who battled freezing temperatures, ice and snow, mountains, mud, muskeg, and mosquitoes to blaze a 1520-mile road through one of the harshest landscapes in North America, and take a huge step forward in defending the nation from threats in thePacific.


How to Build a Road
This interactive feature demonstrates how the army engineers triumphed over frozen earth, swampland, and drastically changing temperatures to blaze the road that connects the lower forty-eight states to Alaska.

Scouting the Route
Film producers Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry traveled the highway in July 2003, looking for locations, stories, and images. They returned in March 2004 to shoot footage for the documentary. Take a virtual road trip with Tracy as your guide, and explore the path of the Alcan through British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska.

Bonus Interviews
Read interviews with military and civilian road-builders who had worked on the project as young people, as well as historians and people who lived near the highway's route. Learn more about African American units in the U.S. Army and their role in Alaska.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005

Taken From:
E-Mail Reminder
Week 188
November 4, 2004

Public Records--United States
Source: The Federal Judiciary
Electronic Access Available to Criminal Case Files
"Beginning November 1, 2004, all criminal case file documents available to the public at a courthouse also will be available remotely through the court's electronic access system. Remote electronic access to civil and bankruptcy case files has been available since 2001. Similar access in criminal cases was delayed while a pilot project involving 10 federal district courts and one court of appeals was conducted. A Federal Judicial Center study of the project determined the advantages and disadvantages of such access to criminal cases."

Military Issues--Bibliography
Source: Air University Library
The Future
Extensive bibliography identifies books, documents, periodicals and Internet resources in these subject areas:
Africa, Air Force, Air Warfare, Aircraft, Arms Control, Army, Asia and the Pacific, Coast Guard, Communications and Electronics, Computers, Engineering, Europe, Land Warfare, Latin America, Logistics, Marine Corps, Mexico, Middle East, Military Forces, NATO and the Atlantic Alliance, Navy, Sea Warfare, Strategic Planning, Strategy, Technology, Third World, United Nations, United States, Warfare, Weapons, Worldwide.

Congressional Research Service
Source: CRS (via FAS)
Two New/Recently Updated Reports
+ Cloning: A Select Chronology, 1997-2003
+ Stem Cell Research

Science--Online Resources
Source: MultiMedia and Schools
Free and Fee-Based Online Science Resources for the K-12 Community
An annotated webliography by Robert J. Lackie and Robert J. Congleton.

++ Congressional Research Service: Presidential Elections in the United States: A Primer

ResourceShelf is Compiled and Edited by
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS


Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005

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Date Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 3:09 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] Public Access to Court Records

Public Access to Court Records

This site is an information clearinghouse on the topic of public access to court records and the current debate on privacy concerns that arise as courts improve and expand their court information systems and put more information on the Internet.
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Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 1:11 PM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Subject: New Learning Resources, Black History Month at FREE

the website that makes finding federal learning resources easier:

BLACK HISTORY learning resources are featured at FREE during
February, which is Black History Month. See a sample at the
end of this message.

"Idea of America Essay Contest"
invites high school juniors to write an essay explaining how
totalitarian ideologies like fascism & communism challenged
the ideals that unite Americans & how the ideals embodied in
America's founding have prevailed. Essays must be received by
April 15, 2005. The author of the best essay will receive
$5,000. Five runners-up will each receive $1,000. All six
winners will attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in
October 2005. All six essays will be published in a national
forum. (NEH)


"Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits"
explores a fascinating aspect of the career of one of the
greatest painters in the history of Western art: Rembrandt's
portraits of apostles, evangelists, & other religious figures
painted in the late 1650s - 1660s. The online exhibit
features 17 portraits. It includes etchings & other paintings
by the Dutch master, an in-depth study of "Abraham
Entertaining the Angels," & a biography (1606-1669). (NGA)
[NOTE: Other exhibitions from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

"Digital Archaeological Archive of Chesapeake Slavery"
focuses on enslaved Africans & their descendants living in the
Chesapeake region of Virginia during the colonial & antebellum
periods. Analyze artifacts, deposits, & architectural plans
from different sites, including Monticello, Mount Vernon,
Stratford Hall, & Williamsburg. Join researchers from
different disciplines to discover the cultural dynamics behind
slavery & early Chesapeake society. (NEH)

presents writings, speeches, & materials from Abraham
Lincoln's years in Illinois (1830-1861). Biographical
materials look at Lincoln's boyhood, Indian wars, the Whig
Party, the Mexican War, the Republican Party, & the 1859-61
campaign. Themes include economic development, frontier
settlement, racial attitudes, politics, religion & culture, &
social relations of the era. Lesson plans focus on the
Lincoln-Douglas debates, anti-slavery movement, Black Hawk
War, & more. (NEH)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"African-American Mosaic"
is a guide for studying black history & culture. Topics
include colonization & Liberia, abolitionists & slavery,
western migration & homesteading, Chicago & Nicodemus
(Kansas), & ex-slave narratives. (LOC)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from Federal Writers' Project"
presents 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery & 500
photographs of former slaves. (LOC)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site"
features two schools that played a role in the 1954 Supreme
Court decision stating that "separate educational facilities
are inherently unequal." (NPS)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925"
traces how Southern African-Americans experienced Protestant
Christianity & transformed it into the central institution of
community life. (LOC)

"The Frederick Douglass Papers"
presents the papers of the 19th-century African-American
abolitionist who escaped from slavery & risked his freedom by
becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, &
publisher. (LOC)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field"
includes telegrams, letters, & photos showing how Robinson,
the first African American to play in the big leagues in the
20th century, pressed for civil rights. (NARA)

"Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site"
features Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where King
was raised & which became the center of African American life
in Atlanta between 1910 & 1930. (NPS)

"Photographs of the 369th Infantry & African Americans During WWI"
tells the story of the "Harlem Hellfighters," an all-black
regiment that was one of the most highly decorated regiments
during a time of segregation in the Army & other parts of
society. (NARA)
[Shortened URL: ]

"Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey"
reflects on the life & legacy of this mediator & U.N. diplomat
who was the first person of color anywhere in the world to be
awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. (NEH)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Past messages:


Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005

Taken From:
NobleEd News January 30, 2005

Shepperd’s Science Resource
Links to great science resources on the WWW including a huge
collection of science web quests separated by subject for grades K-12.

[NOTE: See also: Science Resources by Subject

National History Day Contest
"Show your creativity by making history come alive in an exhibit, documentary, paper, or performance. By producing one of these projects, you have opportunities to win awards and scholarships, as well as learn about your history. If you are in grades 6-12, you may enter the contest in either the junior (grades 6-8) or senior (grades 9-12) divisions. You may participate individually, or as part of a group of up to five students. Public, Private & Home Schools are welcome to participate"
[NOTE: See also: Research Links (link at bottom of page)
“The following list of links is designed to help students, teachers, parents, administrators, and visitors in a variety of ways. Links are provided to National History Day programs and to organizations and institutions which may be of interest to NHD participants both nationally and by state. Note that NHD does not maintain or necessarily endorse any of these sites, and is not responsible for their content. Every effort is made to ensure this list is current, however, some sites may be temporarily down or go out of service unexpectedly. Some links provide access to online primary sources. However, only a tiny fraction of possible primary sources are available on the Internet.”

NJ State Contest: Date: May 7, 2005
Location: William Paterson University
- Phyllis ]


Wed., Feb. 2, 2005 - Sam Shepard

The Sam Shepard Web Site
The Sam Shepard Web Site – related links
[Shortened URL: ]


Wed., Feb. 2, 2005

Taken From:
NobleEd News
December 26, 2004

New York Times Teacher Connections
[NOTE: Some lessons previously posted. – Phyllis ]
This website is intended to help teachers integrate the news into their classroom curriculum.
There are a wealth of lessons plans in all content areas. Here is their current lesson plan schedule:
Monday: American History, Civics
Tuesday: Science, Health
Wednesday: Global History, Geography
Thursday: Technology, Math, Economics
Friday: Language Arts, Fine Arts

Issues in Depth
[NOTE: Some Specials previously posted. – Phyllis ]
“These special news packages from The Learning Network take a closer look at some of the historic and current issues that have changed our world. Each includes numerous classroom resources, such as lesson plans, quizzes, questionnaires, slide shows, crosswords and historical Times articles.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder--Frontier Girl
"Welcome to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl. This page was created for Laura's readers who wish to learn more about Laura and her books. Here, you can find information about Laura's "little houses" and her friends and family who were made famous in her "Little House"® books. You can listen to the songs played on Pa's fiddle, and see pictures of the places the Ingalls and Wilder families lived. Frontier Girl has a special site so that kids can have fun while learning about Laura, including trivia, puzzles, help with school reports and more."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Spider Corner
Basically a site all about bird spiders and how to collect them. A lot of learning can take place looking around. The specific parts of the spider are taught, the heart rate, nourishment, poisonous, eyes, usefulness to keep insect population down, how they moult, mating and more. The site also includes slider puzzles in the spider fun section and a quiz over all the information on the website by clicking the knowledge quiz link. Of course the site is filled with great pictures. This is one of the best spider sites I've come across.

Teaching and Learning Resources
"The purpose of this site is to provide stimulating, interactive resources for children in Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) of Primary School. Teachers will find a wealth of subject-related external links in the Teaching section, to assist with planning work for pupils or to research topics." This site is probably more useful for those teaching under the Key Stage guidelines but I'm sure those in America will find it useful also if you teach students in the 1st-5th grade.


Wed., Feb. 2, 2005

Taken From:
HLN Newsletter: American Literature
Week of 10-31-04

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some may have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]

American Literature
Join HLN this week as we look two influential American writers;
John Steinbeck and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and two forms of story telling;
the tall tales and the short story.

Tall Tale America
The Internet School Library Media Center provides this list of tall tale resources.

Tall Tales
This site contains several tall tales, as well as tips for writing your own.

Using Short Story Collections in the Classroom
An assistant professor of literature for children and young adults provides a number of excellent ideas for using short stories in cross curricular lessons.

Short Stories

The Wolfgram Memorial Library offers suggestions for online and offline short stories resources.
Short Story Reading List and Associated Questions
A 10th Grade teacher provides this list of short stories with discussion questions for each.

Classroom Issues and Strategies
This article provides tips for using Steinbeck's work with students.

Steinbeck, John 1902: 1968 provides this excellent resource containing links to unique and valuable online information about John Steinbeck.
[NOTE: See also: The English Page - Phyllis ]

John Steinbeck
The Web English Teacher contains a biography of Steinbeck and discussion guides to some of his best-known works.

Of Mice and Men
The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project presents this cyberguide of supplemental activities for a study of Steinbeck's The Pearl.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project presents this cyberguide of supplemental activities for a study of Steinbeck's The Pearl.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Library of Congress provides this concise biography with links to additional information and primary sources.

Little House on the Prairie
This teaching guide provides a number of activities to use while reading Little House on the Prairie.

Little House in the Big Woods
The Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project provides this supplemental unit for use with Little House in the Big Woods.

© Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Wed., Feb. 2, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 3:37 PM
Teachers@work October Newsletter & Web Site Reviews

Seeking Illumination: Monastic Manuscripts 800-1200
From about 800 to 1200, monasteries functioned as the primary guardians of art and scholarship throughout Europe. Although these religious institutions were physically secluded, they created luxurious manuscripts and beautiful art for the church and the most powerful political leaders of the day. This web site highlights the impressive and highly detailed work of the monks. Ideal for year levels 10-12
[NOTE: Other exhibitions from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Art Optics
In this historical perspective the use of artistic optical devices over the past 600 years is examined. There has been considerable argument as to whether these devices were used by accident or design and this is a fascinating insight into the use of these tools in early art works. Ideal for year levels 11-12
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Hyper Hamlet
In this online Shakespearean play; Hamlet, students will find the text with hyperlinks to references where they can find commentaries on particular aspects of the play and its writing. It is also possible for the user to add additional references. This is an excellent resource for the teacher to provide appropriate background information for the student as well as for the serious student to make serious inquiry of the play. Ideal for year levels 10-12

Historical Mathematical Monographs
Teachers and students will find here an incredibly impressive library of historical mathematical monographs covering a wide range of historical books, treaties and papers that chronicle the development of modern mathematics. Excellent background information and anecdotal material for the classroom. Ideal for year levels 10-12

High School Tech Production
Design and technical production for high school plays and theatre is exactly the same as it is in Broadway! Just smaller. This is an excellent web site with a wonderful collection of resources, especially if you're making use of some other high-tech equipment and special effects that are now possible, even with a modest budget. There is an active discussion list as well as lots of how to’s and what not to do tips as well as some humor. Ideal for teachers

Exploring the Deep Ocean
This is a collection of four online seminars dealing with the deep ocean (vertical light stones and biodiversity, light on the deep sea floor and vision of the deep-??? or as well as work on hydrothermal vents), the natural history of sharks, (shark behavior, sharp biology, sharp evolution and threats to sharks and conservation) bio-acoustics, (sound and the ocean, seeing sounds, whales, dolphins and killer whales) and life on the coral reef (the importance of the coral reef and food chains within these ecosystems). The units of work are very well presented and contain fascinating information and can be used as extension work for students who wish to push their understanding deeper. Ideal for year levels 4-10

The Big Picture Book of Viruses
The big picture book of viruses is intended to serve as the catalogue of virus pictures on Internet and education resource to those seeking more information about viruses. If students are studying any aspect of virus reproduction or their effect on human health then this web site will provide a visual feast of information. Ideal for year levels 9-12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Billions upon billions of periodical cicadas make an historical appearance each spring; the culmination of a 13/17 year developmental cycle. Although just about every animal feasts on cicadas, the sheer numbers ensure their survival. This is a fascinating insight into one of nature’s truly remarkable life cycles. Ideal for year levels 4-10

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Tue., Feb. 1, 2005

ALEX: Alabama Learning Exchange

Teacher Web Resources

Student Web Resources

[NOTE: Other pages posted from this site. – Phyllis ]


READY REFERENCE Selected Internet Sites

Created by Ellen Berne. Revised by Carla Bosco
This page features full-text sources suitable for ready reference.

K-8 curriculum links


Web Sites and Resources for Teachers

Sites and curriculum resources from the Internet for teachers
to use in their classrooms.


Kidport – Select Grade Level K-8
Kidport Reference Library – Select Content Area
Content Area Links
[NOTE: Some pages from Kidport previously posted. – Phyllis ]



Tue., Feb. 1, 2005 - Whatta Blast / Betty Bookmark

Taken From:
NobleEd News January 24, 2005 Edition

Whatta Blast
Whatta Blast! is a lively portal where kids can discover age appropriate entertainment and information destinations online. Kids can explore links to all kinds of homework help, games, music, video, webcams, chats, health and science news, animation, cartoon, humor and comic sites. Plus, Parents and Teachers will find valuable resources and information as well!

Betty Bookmark
"Over 500 pages of fun, facts and features for you. Whether you are a child, a parent or a teacher, there will be something here just for you." This site provides activities for three age groups--ages 3-5, 5-11 and 11-16. The modules on the pages are really great. It really looks like a sites kids will like.

NobleEd News


Tue., Feb. 1, 2005 - Schoolwork.ugh

Taken From:
Family First (10/14/04) - Schoolwork.ugh

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

School out? Library closed? Homework is due tomorrow! Big problem, right? Wrong, thanks to the services from today's Family First site, where the answer is always in.

Called Schoolwork.ugh it is an online collection of facts and information that should help any student with an assignment due get the information they need. There are many diverse subject areas, such as math, computers, dictionaries, literature, government, and mythology, among others. For example, in the government area, there are biographies of the First Ladies, political leaders from around the world, focus on different countries, and more links than you can shake a stick at.

So bookmark this site, and use it when you need it. It is a great site to have even if you aren't in a hurry. It is better to know about to it, and not need it, that it is to need it and not know about it.


Tue., Feb. 1, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 09:29:16 -0400
Subject: Awareness Watch Newsletter V2N11 November 2004 Announcement

It gives me great pleasure to announce my November 2004 V2N11 Awareness
Watch^(TM) Newsletter. It is a 30 page .pdf document (520KB) from the
below URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month highlights a
comprehensive listing of online *Reference Resources*. The Awareness
Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released annotated current
awareness research sources and tools as well as the latest identified
Internet happenings and resources.

Awareness Watch™ Newsletter V2N11 November 2004 Watch V2N11.pdf


More new this week:
Jan. 6-12, 2005

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
A "resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments." The site features annotated links to sites with educational content. Material is searchable or browsable by topic. Free membership is required to add materials and comments. From a consortium of higher education institutions.
Subjects: Education, Higher Internet in education Web sites -- Directories

Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet, All rights reserved.

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 09:00:05 -0800
From: Sybil Finemel
Subject: [LM_NET] GEN:REFERENCE: RESOURCES : ARTICLE: The Best Online Reference
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

REFERENCE: RESOURCES : ARTICLE: The Best Online Reference Sites

The Best Online Reference Sites
By Chris Sherman, Associate Editor
January 4, 2005
Search Engine Watch

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Monday, January 31, 2005


Mon., Jan. 31, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Sun Nov 7, 2004 5:26 am

Africana Heritage Project
From The University of South Florida

“…an invaluable resource for those researching African American ancestry
and cultural heritage. We also provide lesson plans for using the information
on our website as a teaching tool.”

Linda Bee
Temple Terrace, FL

[NOTE: See also:
Black History Month: African American History Articles Online at USF - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 31, 2005

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Date Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:53 AM
Subject: Cable in the Classroom Subject Alert

Brown v. Board of Education Slide Show
Cable News Network
Slide show features audio commentary on the history surrounding the Brown v. Board case, the decision, resistance to desegregation, and more.


Mon., Jan. 31, 2005

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
11/08/2004 - Updated 11:21 AM ET

MystNoir: African American Mysteries
Site proprietor Angela Henry tells us she created this site as a labor of love, and we believe it; this tribute to African American contributions to the mystery genre is too comprehensive and absorbing to be anything else. MystNoir features one review each month (and archives previous selections, which means you’ve got a wonderful reading list already waiting for you), trivia contests, and news about authors and upcoming projects. — HSS

Academic Success Center
George Washington University offers information on a number of topics and links to resources that will help you study more effectively and improve academically. Use the links on the right to jump to any topic that pertains to your own situation. Forms and charts may be downloaded and printed as worksheets for your personal use. — FBC

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Mon., Jan. 31, 2005

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Date Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 3:00 PM
Subject: The Pocket Newsletter - November 2004

Did You Know… can text message Google and get phone book listings, dictionary
definitions, product prices and more?

From the site:
What is Google SMS?
Google SMS (Short Message Service) enables you to easily get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device. Send your query as a text message and get phone book listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more. Just text. No links. No web pages. Simply the answers you're looking to find.
View all Google SMS features at:

How to use Google SMS:
1. Enter your query as a text message.
2. Send message to the 5-digit US
shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most
3. Receive text message(s) with results
(takes about a minute). May see
multiple messages labeled “1of3”,
“2of3”, etc.

..check out cool stuff from government sources.
[Included link to:
Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination - Phyllis ]

Sunday, January 30, 2005


Sun., Jan. 30, 2005

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 11:32 AM
Subject: CIESE: FREE Science/Math Teachers Workshop!

CIESE - The Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education

Hey There, Hi There, Ho There, Educators! The 9th Annual Science & MATH
"DemoDay" is upon us!

The 2005 Williamstown HS/Rowan University Science Teacher's 'Favorite Demo'
Workshop is now accepting online registrations for both attendees and
presenters! It is being held Thursday 10 March 2005, 5:30 - 9:00 PM, at
Williamstown High School and
co-hosted by Rowan University's College of Engineering. This workshop, in
it's 9th year,
is an informal gathering of
over 150 NJ Science & Math Teachers, 20+ Presenters and 18+ Vendors eager to
share ideas and to see some of our "Master" teachers in action.

Registration fee? Certainly! It's $0.00. That's right, ZERO! FREE! NODA!
ZIP! EMPTY SET! Anna Nicole's IQ! Ozzie's enunciation! Division by INFINITY!

And what do you get for this $0.00 registration fee? Three hours of the
best classroom activities in the state, guaranteed Door Prizes - last year,
invited vendors gave away over $3000 worth of door prizes, Vendor browsing
and schmoozing, and valuable networking! In addition, all attendees get a
"Goodie Bag" jammed full of cool teacher stuff!

Did I mention it's FREE?

All information can be found at my website, Follow
the link to "2005 DemoDay". Register online, get directions to WHS, and
think about being a presenter! Tell all your friends and bring your family!
There are eleven separate areas of demonstrations, activities, Labs, and
silliness. They include
---Elementary Science
---Life Science - under grade 10
---General Science
---Environmental Science
---Earth Science
---Biology - above grade 8
---AP Stuff
---Math 6-12

If it's science or math, we have it covered! Rowan is providing Featured
Presenters in Science & Education and a Math title to be determined later.

Did I mention it's FREE!?

All attendees will have time to browse our "Vendor Area" where some of the
biggest and baddest science supply/publishing companies will vie for your
attention. They include Fisher, Ward's, Frey, SciKit, PASCO, Arbor, VWR,
Flinn, Aries,
Glencoe, Sergent-Welch, and the ever-popular many many more.

Three NJ Professional Development hours are awarded for the evening by
Monroe Township Schools, one of our sponsors.

Did I mention it's FREE??!!

Any questions email me at See you in March!

Daryl L. Taylor, Fizzix Guy
Greenwich HS, CT (Formerly of Williamstown HS, NJ)
International Internet Educator of the Year '03
NASA SEU Educator Ambassador

This email prepared and transmitted using 100% recycled electrons!


Sun., Jan. 30, 2005

Taken From:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ==
======== November 5, 2004 ===
======== Volume 3, Number 23 ======

T.H.E. Journal Online: Technological Horizons in Education

Technological Horizons in Education (T.H.E.) is a publishing and services company that makes its journal, T.H.E. Journal, available free online. The website describes T.H.E. Journal as "the solid foundation of a rapidly expanding suite of information-based products and services offered byT.H.E." The monthly articles address various issues related to education technology. Some site resources include a Checklist for Designing a Technology-Friendly Classroom and an Educational Road Map to the Web listing some of the company's picks for teacher resources online. From this website, visitors can also learn about other products and services from T.H.E., such as research, a discussion forum, and a listing of upcoming conferences. [VF]
[NOTE: Free print magazine subscription:
Educational Road Map to the Web - Phyllis ]

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

This website, presented as part of The Franklin Institute Online Museum
Educator program, highlights a popular mnemonic used in mathematics, Please
Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. The website draws the visitor in with short
answers discussing mnemonic, mathematics, and science and then proceeds to
explain what PEMDAS has to do with mathematics. In particular, the website
explains the order of operations and how the mnemonic can help keep track of
that order: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and
Subtraction. The author encourages the visitor throughout and includes
various examples and a quiz to demonstrate how to use PEDMAS in solving
problems. [VF]

Physics Web: Greatest Equations Ever

Critical Point is a feature of the online version of the magazine Physics World. The article posted here, by philosopher and historian Robert Crease, revisits "the greatest equations ever." He presents the results from his survey of readers in which he asked for a short list of nominations for great equations and "to explain why their nominations belonged on the list and why, if at all, the topic matters." The results place Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism and the Euler equation at the top. Some of the criteria that readers used for selecting their favorites include simplicity, practicality, and historical relevance. [VF]
[NOTE Previously posted from this site:
The Physics of Football - Phyllis ]

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology [pdf]

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a national organization" that provides platforms allowing women's voices, ideas and spirits to influence technology." In honoring Dr. Anita Borg, who "is responsible for including women in the technological revolution - not as bystanders, but as active participants and leaders," the organization offers programs and events for academics, industry, and "technology thought leaders." Its work addresses the ways in which technology is learned and taught, the ways that technology is created, the culture of technology, and the celebration of "the women who change the face of technology." The website posts details on awards and scholarships the Institute offers and highlights women and technology in the news. Various publications providing information, news,and reports on Institute projects, as well as photos from its past events, are also available online. [VF]

Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere [RealPlayer,Windows Media Player]

Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere, or MASSIVE, is a database containing information on more than 1700 science and math songs. The songs, suitable for a variety of ages and of varying sound quality, are both silly and serious. Visitors can search on a song or listen to MASSIVE radio, "an Internet radio station devoted entirely to science/math songs."(Note that the radio station requires a connection speed of at least 64kilobits per second). The database includes the name of the performer, songwriter, the album title, lyrics, and links to sample files along with purchasing information. The database is maintained by Greg Crowther, who is affiliated with the University of Washington, Science Groove, and the Science Songwriters' Association. The project is part of the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library. [VF]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, CopyrightInternet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Sun., Jan. 30, 2005

Taken From:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 321 10/21/04


Remote Viewing

True believers will enjoy this website about Remote Viewing, a telepathic means of 'viewing' events in a different time and space. While skeptics will jump on the idea that it is possible for an individual to tune into the 'collective unconscious' and see events in another time and place, organizations such as U.S. Army Intelligence and the CIA have used remote viewers for over two decades.

Learn about this mysterious and fascinating process at the PSI tech website, a company formed by former military intelligence officer that has privatized this ethereal data collection technique. Watch in amazement the clip that UPN news did on Remote Viewing a few years back.


Paper Plate EducationIf it can't be explained with a paper plate, maybe you don't want to know it. At Paper Plate Education, complex notions are simplified in hands-on activities that use common paper plates to teach science, math, history, geography and more, from using the arcs on the plate to show the altitude of a star to launching a paper plate from a phonograph to make an alien spacecraft. Includes page of links to other sites.


Logical Fallacies

Maybe false logic is better than none at all but you'd be wise to learn to spot non sequiturs, slippery slopes, equivocations and post hoc reasoning at Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies, where you can analyze precisely why the other guy's argument just doesn't add up.

A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at


Sun., Jan. 30, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 10:10 AM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."

Subject: New Learning Resources in Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies

have been added to FREE. They're described below.

FREE makes finding federal learning resources easier:


"Long Island Consortium for Interconnected Learning in Quantitative
presents physics problems, calculus projects, problem sets for
precalculus, multiple choice & essay questions for Calculus I-
III, business/math problems using spreadsheets & calculators,
& 23 math research projects. (NSF)
[NOTE: See also: Long Island Consortium Links to Related Sites
Select from list on left: Links / See: Math Resources


offers resources for biotechnology instructors. Find online
courses, lab equipment, information on biotech in high school,
& more. A biotech news roundup includes articles on genes & a
range of topics -- anxiety, addiction, acne, cystic fibrosis,
depression, muscles, sudden oak death, prostate cancer, &
others. (NSF)
Curriculum & Instructional Resources

"New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education"
provides two instructional modules that integrate mechanical,
computer, & electronics technology: a golf course module & a
fairground rides module. The Center also offers a curriculum
model for engineering & science technology disciplines,
professional development for teachers, competitions for
students, & course descriptions. (NSF)

"South Carolina Advanced Technological Education"
features resources for students considering engineering
technology as a career: frequently asked questions, facts on
engineering technology, salaries & job openings, information
on creating a resume & cover letter, interview tips, & a
streaming video featuring women engineers. (NSF)

Social Studies

"Living a Tradition: Visit the Last of the Shakers"
recounts a journey into Shaker country, including a visit at
Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, where the last of
the world's few Shakers keep the old ways. Learn about Shaker
worship, moral codes (hard work, celibacy), their founder (a
blacksmith's daughter born in Manchester, England, in 1736), &
their many inventions -- flat-edged brooms, a rotary harrow, &
others. View Shaker works & recipes, & hear Shaker music. (SI)

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