Saturday, April 09, 2005


Sat., Apr. 9, 2005 - Jack London

Subject: Jack London

A Literary History of the American West
Find an extension collection of essays on oral tradition, literary historiography, genre, the Cowboy in novels and short fiction, ethnic expression American literature, the West in contemporary radio, film, television and print, and other topics. Includes articles on Willa Cather, Robert Bly, Jack London, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Theodore Roethke, and many others. Highly recommended. [NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Jack London International
Research site devoted to all-things-London. Includes an author biography and life timeline, bibliography, images, and discussion forum.

Jack London's Ranch Album: A Pictorial Biography
200+ articles about London, his family, works, and ranch restoration project. Also features photos, electronic texts (Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, and others), and life timeline.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The FBI File
Made accessible through the Freedom of Information Act, provided here in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat required).
[NOTE: Other files from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Jack London Collection
Large site featuring a London biography, frequently asked questions, image gallery of nearly 100 pictures, educational resources for students and teachers (including study guides and plot summaries, study questions, vocabulary worksheets, and tests), links, and a number of electronic texts including full-length novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction, essays, newspaper articles, manuscripts, letters, postcards, and other documents. Presented by the University of California, Berkeley.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Apr. 9, 2005 - Fiction Finder / U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for November 24, 2004

Fiction Finder ----------------------------------------------------------------------
What would a user-friendly library catalog look like? FictionFinder explores that question with an intriguing experimentaldisplay based on a proposed conceptual model for informationorganization, FRBR (Functional Requirements for BibliographicRecords). To see FRBR in action, play around with authors, titles,keywords, and Library of Congress subjects. This site does notprovide help screens or information about Fiction Finder. From theresearch division of OCLC.
Subjects:* Fiction* Bibliography
Created by: kgs

U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) ----------------------------------
This site describes how "bottlenose dolphins and California sea
lions perform a number of important functions such as protecting
ports and Navy assets from swimmer attack, locating and attaching
recovery hardware to expensive exercise and training targets, and
locating potentially dangerous sea mines." The site features a
FAQ, photographs, a map of their deployment, information about
marine mammal health care and training in San Diego, California,
and more. From the U.S. Department of the Navy.
* Marine mammals
* Working animals
* Animal training
* United States. Navy
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.
Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

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New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Reliable, librarian-selected Internet resources you can trust!


Sat., Apr. 9, 2005

Taken From:

Don's Patch Issue #2005-01-15

American Indigenous People's Literature.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

A fan site for author Piers Anthony.
and his official website.

Wordplay is an irresistible pastime.

A guide to the world of light opera and operetta.

A look at the world of 007 via the artwork which has promoted thecharacter since the early 1950's.

The Center For Steinbeck Studies.


Sat., Apr. 9, 2005 - Fantastic Fiction

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 23:58:07 -0800
Subject: [LM_NET] GEN: Fantastic Fiction
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Fantastic Fiction
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sybil Finemel
Library Director MLIS.CIO.

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.

Friday, April 08, 2005


Fri., Apr. 8, 2005 - It's No Laughing Matter / Petra, Lost City of Stone

Taken From:
TechLearning News - January 5, 2005 - No. 1

America's Attic & Archives
It’s No Laughing Matter: What makes cartoons persuasive? All cartoonists have access to a collection of tools that help them get their point across. In this activity, you'll get to take apart real-world cartoons--and learn how to spot the methods behind the message.


Site of the Day Archives
January 6, 2005

Petra, Lost City of Stone

Click on "View Panorama" at the bottom of the screen for a trip all around this incredible ancient city. This beautiful site explores the people of Petra, their daily life, and religious beliefs. Educators can find activities tied into science and social studies' state standards.

American Museum of Natural History

Website Content:
• Lesson Plans
• Learning Exercises
• Learning Games
• Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School


Fri., Apr. 8, 2005 - Tower of Pisa

Taken From:
Family First - La Torre de Pisa Official Website (11/6/04)

La Torre de Pisa Official Website
Well, here it is, time to put on our cyber traveling shoes. Today's FamSite uses the magic of the Internet to take us around the world to visit one of the most famous buildings of all time, and all without leaving the comfort of your computer.

The site is called La Torre de Pisa Official Website, or in English, the Leaning Tower of Pisa Official Website. Since A.D. 1194, this building has been astounding and confounding visitors with it's continual leaning yet never falling stance. Here you can visit the tower, courtesy of a photographic study that was made from 1991 to 1994. You can find out about the ongoing restoration projects, as well as some of the fascinating history of this most unusual structure. There are over 6400 photographs that can be viewed interactively.

This site makes use of cutting edge Internet technology to make its online presentation. It is truly a unique way for armchair travelers to visit one of the modern wonders of the world.


Fri., Apr. 8, 2005 - College Confidential

Taken From:
Sent : Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:36 PM
Subject : [LIFE of Florida] College Confidential

College Confidential

College admissions, financial aid, college search - College is the best web source for information on college-
related topics, from Ivy League admissions to evaluating college
rankings, from college books and book reviews to college counseling
and paying for a university education.

Terri Willingham
Learning is For Everyone, Inc.


Fri., Apr. 8, 2005

Taken From:

PBS Teacher Previews: April 10-16, 2005
Journey to Planet Earth
"The State of the Planet" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Elementary / Middle / High School
Monday, April 11, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm
Join Matt Damon for an up-to-date look at the current state of
the environment. While celebrating the elegance of diversity
and the rich tapestry of the natural world, this special
explores how population and economic pressures affect that
world and resources such as water and food. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log onto the companion Web site for a comprehensive learning
experience on global environmental change and our health.


"Garden of Eden" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Journey with "NOVA" to the Seychelles Islands where the giant
tortoise and an ant-sized frog are just two of the dazzling
arrays of life-forms. (CC, Stereo, DVI, Letterbox, 1 year)

Build an island; in 1842 Charles Darwin published his theory
regarding how a type of island known as a coral atoll forms.
Log on to see our step-by-step demonstration which outlines
Darwin's theory.
[NOTE: See teaching guide from NOVA pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
"Robot Pals" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
8:30 - 9:00 pm
To be really useful, robots need to behave as cooperative
partners rather than mindless machines. Tune in and meet three
robots, including a future member of an astronaut team, that
are trying to better understand us. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about the robots of the future at the companion Web
Website launches Apr. 12, 2005

KAET "Wild Arizona"
Station> Elementary / Middle / High School

This Web site, produced by PBS member station KAET, explores
the beauty and drama of Arizona's great outdoors. Download
lesson plans designed to teach your students about the origins
and unique features of caves.

American Experience
"The Great Transatlantic Cable" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Monday, April 11, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
Until the first transatlantic cable was laid, communication
between North America and Europe took at least a week. Join us
for this look at the grueling attempts to manufacture a cable
long enough to span the continents and the challenges of laying
it across the ocean floor. (CC, Stereo, DVI,
Letterbox/Widescreen where available, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide which includes an activity in
which students debate whether the world is growing more united.
Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 3:39 PM
From: (NOVA)
To: NOVA Bulletin
Subject: [NOVA] "Garden of Eden"
Next on NOVA: "Garden of Eden"

Broadcast: April 12, 2005 at 8 p.m.
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

In "Garden of Eden," NOVA journeys to the Seychelles, an ancient
archipelago of about 100 islands scattered between India and
Madagascar. The pristine granite and coral islands are home to a
dazzling array of exotic plants and animals. One island, Praslin,
boasts rare or unique species of geckos, snails, snakes, parrots,
and bats. Aldabra, the largest atoll in the world, harbors in its
lagoon a profusion of wildlife: sharks, frigate birds with seven-foot
wingspans, rare robber crabs, spectacularly colored parrot fish,
mangrove forests and the world's largest colony of giant tortoises,
numbering some 150,000.

Here's what you'll find online:

Seychelles Through Time
Two hundred million years ago the Seychelles lay at the heart of
the supercontinent Gondwana. Today the archipelago lies all
alone 1,000 miles out in the Indian Ocean. How did this happen?
Find out through this interactive feature that lets you control
the breakup of Gondwana.

Saving the Magpie Robin
How do you go about conserving a species that has dwindled to
just 16 individuals, as the Seychelles magpie robin did in 1970?
Nirmal Jirvan Shah, head of BirdLife Seychelles, describes how
his team coaxed this unassuming little bird back from the brink.

Why Do Islands Breed Giants?
The Seychelles boasts a giant tortoise and a frog the size of an
ant. What causes gigantism and dwarfism among many species
arriving on oceanic islands such as the Seychelles? Island
biogeographers are only beginning to suggest answers.

Build an Island
In 1842 Charles Darwin published his theory regarding how a type
of island known as a coral atoll forms. This step-by-step
demonstration outlines Darwin's theory, which geologists today
widely accept.

Also, resources and the teacher's guide.

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 6:15 PM

News from American Experience
Monday, April 11 at 9 PM (check local listings)

More than a century before the Internet, a
thirty-eight-year-old self-made millionaire gambled on
unknown technology, untested materials, and hazardous
ocean voyages in a risky quest to wire the world.
Inspired by the telegraph wires crisscrossing the
American landscape, New York entrepreneur Cyrus Field
became obsessed with an even grander idea: a cable that
spanned the Atlantic. His daring plan to connect the
distant continents would call on the best scientists,
the navies of two great powers, the labor of thousands,
and his own unshakable optimism.

CABLE. This one-hour documentary tells the story of a
visionary with a seemingly unbreakable will to connect
the world.


Science Expo 1870

The transatlantic cable's builders pushed the limits of
mid-19th century science. Explore science concepts
behind the transatlantic cable.

Online Poll

Would you have risked your fortune to invest in Cyrus
Field's cable-laying venture? Take the online poll.

Interview Excerpts

Learn more about the cable, from engineers, historians
and other experts.

Cable Jokes

In August 1866, Harper's Weekly published jokes about
the nation's newest technological wonder, the
transatlantic cable. Read them, and yuk it up, mid-19th
century style!


Thurs., Apr. 7, 2005 - Who You Should Know

Taken From:
Today's Cool Site of the Day - 3/7/2005

Who You Should Know
“Know Your World: Your FREE subscription includes weekday e-mails that highlight a significant international leader and their country. Each weekday sends you a free teaser e-mail.
The teaser is a brief statement and a few facts about that day’s profiled leader, and if you’re interested you can click through to the complete profile.”


Thurs., Apr. 7, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 5:15 PM
Subject: Teacher Tip Newsletter: Issue 235

Featured Sites of the Week:

Brewer Technology and Learning Center's Online Resources

Teacher and Student Resources
“The following links are specifically selected to make the job of locating discipline specific online resources easier and quicker for busy K-12 students and teachers.”


Civil War in Miniature
Home Page:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Chapter Index


Thurs., Apr. 7, 2005

Taken From:
TechLearning News
February 15, 2002 - No. 4

The Age of Exploration
By Susan Brooks-Young
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Discovery and Exploration
The WWW Virtual Library was founded in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee. This
not-for-profit system consists of specialized guides and directories
maintained by experts in various fields. The Discovery and Exploration
directory offers research tools with maps, travel literature, and
atlases; links to bibliographies, journals, and biographies; as well as
timelines and historic information. Young historians in upper
elementary, middle, and high school will find a wealth of easily
accessed information about the Age of Exploration
and its impact on North America.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]

1492: An Ongoing Voyage
The Library of Congress hosts this online exhibit, which describes
America before and after European contact as well as the Mediterranean
world during this time in history. The exhibit is presented in six
sections: What Came To Be Called "America"; The Mediterranean World;
Christopher Columbus: Man and Myth; Inventing America; Europe Claims
America; and the Epilogue. Images of 22 of the objects from the original
exhibit are included. Each section includes descriptive background text
and descriptions of the online images.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The European Voyages of Exploration
The Web site of the Applied History Research Group of the University of
Calgary is designed for use as a comprehensive tutorial. The material
presented focuses on 15th and 16th-century Spain and Portugal, the
motivations behind explorations sponsored by these two nations, and the
consequences of colonization. The tutorial also includes information
about the geographical, technological, economic, political, and cultural
patterns of the era. While each tutorial section is self-contained,
there are optional links provided for students to use when exploring a
particular aspect of a topic in greater depth.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Discoverers Web
Andre Engels, a doctoral student in the Netherlands, has developed the
Discoverers Web, a comprehensive collection of links to Web sites with
information about explorers and exploration. This site is an excellent
resource for students and teachers looking for general information,
primary and secondary resources, or specific information about
individual explorers or regions. For example, students learning about
Central and South America will find links pointing to information about
Conquistadors and early expeditions as well as biographic information
about individuals. Because there are so many listings available, it is
wise for you to visit and familiarize yourself with the site first, then
assist students in finding the material needed.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

European Explorers
Mr. McDowell, a 7th grade Early American History teacher in Colorado,
has developed a Web page for his history students that includes links to
information about various explorers from Portugal, Spain, France,
England, and the Netherlands. Your students may use these links to learn
more about specific explorers for research papers and projects as well.
There is also a link to a short, multiple-choice quiz about explorers
that students may print and complete to check their general knowledge
about exploration. [NOTE: Previously posted.
Other pages from this site include:
Ancient American Empires

A New Nation

Civil War
- Phyllis ]


Thurs., Apr. 7, 2005

Taken From:
E-Mail Reminder
Week 196
January 13, 2005


Country Guides
Source: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Deloitte Country Guides
Reminiscent of the venerable Ernst & Young "Doing Business In..." guides -- downloadable in PDF but somewhat scattered around the Global E&Y site -- Deloitte's Country Guides are conveniently available from a single page. (Select the "Country Guides" link about halfway down on the lefthand side of the page.) Actually, what we have here is three sets of guides:
+ Snapshots -- "A concise digest of facts, figures, economic indicators and country tax rates for 60 significant trading countries around the world. The Snapshots are updated annually, they highlight general economic data and country analysis, and are also posted on"
+ Business Guides
+ Human Resource Guides - "A companion to the Business Guides, the HR Guides provide helpful information for international human resource and tax professionals and international assignees, including national holidays, visa details, important addresses and web links."

Other business-oriented country guides are available from:
+ Country Insights (globalEDGE, Michigan State University)

Explorers--Digital Collections
Source: Library of Congress's Rare Book & Special Collections Division
Just Released, The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
"The Kraus Collection comprises important primary and secondary materials about Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas. It consists of 60 items--16 manuscripts, 29 books, 8 maps and views, and 7 medals and portraits. The materials range in date from 1579 to 1765. Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French."

Black History Month
Source: City College of New York Libraries
"Black Studies"
"Currently there are resources in 51 subject categories including Abolition, Civil Rights, The Freedman's Bureau, the Harlem Renaissance, Horseracing, Literature & Writing, Martin Luther King Jr., the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Slave Narratives, Statistics, Theatre, Tuskegee Airmen and the Underground Railroad."

Source: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Report on Global Anti-Semitism, July 1, 2003 tp December 15, 2004
This is an executive summary. Submitted by the Department of State to the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on International Relations.

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

Deputy Editor
Shirl Kennedy, MLIS

Contributing Editors
Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
Steven Cohen, MLS


Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Wed., Apr. 6, 2005 - Memory of the Camps / Anne Frank: Teaching About the Holocaust

Taken From:
The FRONTLINE PlannerApril 2005
---------------COMING IN MAY---------------
Sixty years after Allied troops liberated the Nazi death camps at the end of World War II, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts an historic account of the horrors they uncovered inside. "Memory of the Camps" will include a
companion teacher's guide designed to help your students explore the moral and ethical issues surrounding the Holocaust. Because of its disturbing imagery, this film is recommended for college-level viewing.

Resources for teaching about the Holocaust
Anne Frank in the World – 1929-1945

[NOTE: Updated URL – previously posted
Utah Education Network Internet Links
- Phyllis ]


Wed., Apr. 6, 2005 - 101 Tools for Tolerance

Taken From:
TechLearning News - November 30, 2004 - No. 48

November 24, 2004

101 Tools for Tolerance
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This beautiful web site is dedicated to fostering tolerance in us all. It helps us to find practical ways that we can practice tolerance in ourselves, at home, at school, in the workplace and community.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Website Content:
Lesson Plans
Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School


Wed., Apr. 6, 2005 - Hate Crimes / Hate Groups

----------Forwarded Message--------
Sent : Monday, November 22, 2004 3:34 PM
Subject : [Net-Gold] HATE : CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRIME AND CRIMINALS: STATISTICS: FBI Reports More Than 7,400 Hate Crimes

FBI Reports More Than 7,400 Hate Crimes
By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer
A shorter URL for the above link:
< >

WASHINGTON (AP) - Over 7,400 hate crime incidents occurred nationwide last
year, more than half of them motivated by racial prejudice most often
against black people, the FBI reported Monday.

Hate crimes motivated by anti-black racial bias totaled 2,548 in 2003,
more than double such crimes against all other racial groups combined.
There were 3,150 black victims in these cases, including four who were
murdered, according to the annual FBI report.

The overall total of 7,489 hate crime incidents reported in 2003 was
slightly above the number reported in 2002. Nearly two-thirds of the
crimes involved in such cases are intimidation, vandalism or property

But there are also hundreds of violent crimes, including 14 murders. There
were more than 2,700 assaults, 444 bias-related robberies, burglaries and
thefts, and 34 arson incidents.


The complete article may be read at the URL above.

David Dillard
Temple University


Taken From:

Where are the hate groups?A map from the SPL Center that shows where the groups are and what types they represent. This is a real eye-opener and a great way to teach about tolerance.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Hate Sites Bad Recruiting Tools
Online hate is as much a part of the Web as e-commerce, porn sites, and
portals. From neo-Nazis and skinheads to the Ku Klux Klan, almost every hate
group in America has its own website.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NetHappenings Newsletter
copyright Educational CyberPlayGround
All rights reserved.


Wed., Apr. 6, 2005 - Witnesses to Terror: 9/11 Commission's Hearings highlights

Taken From:
Blue Web'n Update: Updates 4 Nov 2004
Updates are also available from the Blue Web'n site at

Witnesses to Terror (American RadioWorks)

During an 18-month investigation, the 9/11 Commission heard
extraordinary testimony about the terrorist attacks on America.
Witnesses told stories of lucky breaks and deadly errors. The commission
pieced together new evidence and new details to tell the most complete
story to date of the al Qaeda plot. This site presents highlights from
the commission's hearings. Some audio media available.

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College, Adult/Professional
Content Area: Community Interest (Current Events/News), History &
Social Studies (Current Events), History & Social Studies (United States
History) [Dewey #070]
Application type: Information Resources


Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Tues., Apr. 5, 2005 - The Baldwin Project

Taken From:
Sent : Sunday, November 21, 2004 11:47 AM
Subject : [LIFE of Florida] Literature: The Baldwin Project

The Baldwin Project

Stories indexed here:

The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive
collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our
focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public
domain in the United States. This includes all works first published
before 1923. The period from 1880 or so until 1922 offers a wealth of
material in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk
Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible
Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry,
Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities.

The Baldwin Project is named in honor of James Baldwin (1841-1925).
"The editor also gratefully acknowledges the endeavors of
scholars and collectors such as James Baldwin, Jesse Lyman Hurlbut,
and Andrew Lang, who in a past age devoted their energies to
preserving some of the best of our heritage, and whose works have
supplied this volume with many truly great stories."

We seek to accomplish in the online arena at the beginning of this
century what James Baldwin achieved in the world of print at the
beginning of the last century: bringing yesterday's classics to
today's children.
Learning is For Everyone, Inc.


Tues., Apr. 5, 2005 - The Schoyen Collection.

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
11/18/2004 - Updated 10:24 AM ET

The Schøyen Collection
Another one of those things that makes you glad the Web exists: The catalog of the Schøyen Collection, which comprises 13,497 manuscripts from the past 5,000 years of human history, has a home online. You can’t see everything here, but the taste they give visitors is pretty amazing: The first bylined piece of literature in history (by a woman, did you know that?), materials from all four of the first major river-valley civilizations, even material dating back 50,000 years (symbolic art of Australia’s Aboriginal population). What a wonderful world. — HSS

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Tues., Apr. 5, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for November 18, 2004

First Amendment Schools
This "is a national initiative designed to transform how schools
model and teach the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
that frame civic life in our democracy." It provides FAQs and
summaries of important court cases relating to the "Five
Freedoms": religious liberty, speech, press, assembly, and
petition. Also includes lesson plans, sample school policies,
news, and links to related sites. Searchable.
* Civics
* United States. Constitution
* Political rights
* Political participation
Created by: rv

Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953
This site "tells the history of the Library of Congress during a
particularly important period ... [when] the Library underwent a
myriad of changes that established the institution as one of
America's foremost citadels of intellectual freedom." Search and
browse thousands of images representing memoranda, letters,
photographs, and other resources. Offers biographical sketches of
key figures such as Archibald Macleish and Luther Harris Evans.
From the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.
* Library of Congress
* National libraries
* Intellectual freedom
Created by: kgs

LII Tip of the Week, November 18, 2004: Hobbies
Our updated hobby page features games, string figures, magic
tricks, cards, historical reenactments, and many other wonderful


National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong Museum
This collection at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York,
recognizes "toys that have achieved longevity and national
significance in the world of play and imagination." The site
features images and information about the more than 30 toys in the
collection, including Barbie, the bicycle, hula hoop, jacks,
Legos, roller skates, and Silly Putty. G.I. Joe, the rocking
horse, and Scrabble were the inductees for 2004.
* Toys
* Games
* Children's museums
* Museums
Created by: mcb

The Paris Review: The DNA of Literature
An archive for hundreds of "Writers-at-Work" interviews "with poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, critics, [and] musicians," previously published in the literary journal The Paris Review, starting in the 1950s. The interview archive debuted in fall 2004 with interviews from the 1950s; remaining decades are due to go online through mid-2005. Browsable by decade or name of author.
* Authors
* Literature, Modern
* Literature
Created by: kgs
Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.
Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

Karen G. Schneider,
New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Reliable, librarian-selected Internet resources you can trust!


Tues., Apr. 5, 2005 - The Booklist Center

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Booklist Center
(UPDATED JULY 15, 2004)
This being the time of year when lists of all types are released, today's
website makes the claim to be the Internet's most extensive compilation of
book lists. Gentle Subscribers, who are thinking about their own reading
lists for the upcoming year, will find a well-organized text presentation
of hundreds of lists.

"The Web's Largest Collection of Book Lists ... Currently 346 book lists in
82 categories ... Includes lists prepared by authorities in dozens of
fields as well as comprehensive listings of award winning books complete
from the first year of the award to the present." - from the website

The best point to delve into the site is the "Titles in Alphabetic Order"
link from the home page. This comprehensive selection ranges from
"Best-Selling U.S. Hardcover Fiction, Year-By-Year, 1900-2002" to the "Walt
Whitman Award for Poetry, 1975-2003," along with such essential lists as
the Booker (now usually correctly cited as the Man Booker) and the Giller
Prize winners. There are lists for the best crime and science fiction such
as the "Gold Dagger" and "Hugo" winners from stalwart organizations like
the Crime Writers' Association and the World Science Fiction Society.
Children's literature is represented as well, with the Newbery Medal for
Children's Literature - 1922-2003 - winners, among others. From Nobel Prize
Winners in Literature to the Best Long Historical Romance Novel, this
collection of booklists seeks to include them all.

Browse over to the site for an excellent reference for booklists for every
taste at:

A.M. Holm


Mon., Apr. 4, 2005 - Roller Coaster Physics

Taken From:
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 08:37:24 -0600
From: Amy Pennington
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT:roller coaster websites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

>I have a ninth grade science teacher who is doing a project on roller
>coasters. They are researching the design and physics of a roller coaster.
>Anyone have any websites, webquests or activities that I could share with

Thanks so much! I received some great responses!

roller coaster database
has a link to:

It's A Wild Ride
You might see if you can get a copy of this video. It's free.
See their website also: It's A Wild Ride – a Roller Coaster Design Project
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Includes link to: - Phyllis ]

Go to
CLICK ON "Simulations" and you will find a link to...
"Roller Coaster Designer simulation"

Link Library: Amusement Ride Physics [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted.
Glenbrook South Physics Home Page
- Phyllis ]
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Mon., Apr. 4, 2005 - Disposable Income Calculator / Reality Check

Taken From:
Family First - Disposable Income Calculator (1/12/05)

Disposable Income Calculator

“It's easier to decide how to spend your hard-earned income if you appreciate just how hard you actually worked for it. This simple calculator will tell you how much you earn every hour to spend on whatever you want, guilt free.”

The site is called the Disposable Income Calculator. Here you can see, in dollars and cents, just how much you have after you pay your living expenses, such as electricity, heat, insurance, credit cards, all the necessary evils of everyday life. It can be somewhat sobering. But there is an interesting twist to the site. For example, it can tell you how long you have to work to get a cup of Starbucks coffee (large, of course). Or dinner and a movie, and even that new laptop. If you are feeling humble, you can find out how long you would have to work to become as wealthy as Bill Gates (hint: it is measured in millions of years).

This is very cute site, one that is designed by Wondermill Webworks. They created the site because that is what they do. "Stuff. We do stuff". Be sure to visit their website, via the link at the bottom of the Disposable Income Calculator.


Taken From:
Neat Net Tricks Standard Issue 189, January 15, 2005

JUMPSTART'S REALITY CHECK. If you have a teenager in your family or know one, send him or her over to to take the short quiz. It asks what necessities or luxuries the teen will expect when they are on their own. Then, for the wakeup call, this program calculates how much wages - and education - would be required to maintain that standard of living, A real eye-opener.

ROLLER COASTER. At you design your own roller coaster, assigning just the right gravity, friction, speed, mass, loops, and steepness of hills. Experiment.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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Mon., Apr. 4, 2005 - Science Fairs

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Science Fairs is the topic of this month's Surf Report from the Wisconsin
ECB. We've got links to help teachers and students through the science fair
process from planning, to picking a topic, to research, to entering that
fabulous project in a national contest.

Surf on over!

Peggy Garties
Multimedia Analyst
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board
(608) 264-9759
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Mon., Apr. 4, 2005 - Daylight Saving Time

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Site of the Day for Monday, April 4, 2005

Daylight Saving Time - Saving Time, Saving Energy

Today's site, from Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission,
presents an informative look at Daylight Saving Time. Gentle Subscribers,
with gritty eyes from having lost an hour's sleep over the weekend, may
appreciate this perspective on the history and advantages of "springing

"Spring forward ... Fall back ... It's ingrained in our consciousness
almost as much as the A-B-Cs or our spelling reminder of "i before e...."
And it's a regular event, though perhaps a bit less regular than the
swallows coming back to Capistrano. ... Yet in those four words is a whole
collection of trivia, facts and common sense about Daylight Saving Time." -
from the website

The site explains the substantial energy reduction produced by Daylight
Saving Time in lowered usage of lights and appliances in the evening hours.
With a nod to Canadian engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the article delves
briefly into the chronometry of standardized time zones, reveals the
checkered history and swings in popularity of Daylight Saving Time in the
U.S. and takes a look at two of the earliest proponents of the concept. A
convenient chart gives the dates for Daylight Saving Time from 1990 to

Hop over to the web page for an interesting guide to Daylight Saving Time

A.M. Holm

Sunday, April 03, 2005


Sun., Apr. 3, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ==
======== January 14, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 1 ======

Multiplication Facts

This website "contains the techniques, tips, and secrets used by master
teachers" of mathematics. Based on research, the authors argue that rote
memory is one of the least effective ways of memorizing. They offer more
effective strategies for teaching students the times tables and some
strategies for helping with memorization, such as using rhyming words,
pictures, stories and other activities. Much of the material here is drawn
from a book called Memorize in Minutes: The Times Table, which is available
for purchase. A section on Teaching Strategies reviews what works and what
doesn't, while the Teacher Helpers section provides a variety of classroom
resources, such as activity ideas, worksheets, flash cards and information
on helpful books, tapes and programs. Some games listed in the Games section
may also be used to help students review and learn the times tables. [VF]

Teach Engineering [pdf]

TeachEngineering is a resource for K-12 educators wanting to introducestudents to engineering, even if they have no background knowledge ofengineering. The project is a collaboration between four engineeringcolleges and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The resourcesprovided here are intended to help teachers "enhance learning, excitestudents and stimulate interest in science and math through the use ofhands-on engineering." The lessons connect real-world experiences withcurricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms and link the content toeducational standards. The collection of materials are included in adatabase that can be searched by keyword, grade level, educational standardor other criteria, or browsed by subject area, curricular units, lessons oractivities. Educators are encouraged to submit reviews and create their ownarea on the website to easily access personal favorites. Only a few samplelessons were posted at the time of this report, but the database is expectedto be available sometime in January 2005. Other sections of the websiteprovide information and links to learn more about the field of engineering.[VF]

Cynthia Lanius' Fractal Unit
Mathematics Lessons
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Cynthia Lanius, a former mathematics teacher who currently serves as
Technology Integration Specialist for Sinton Independent School District in
Sinton, Texas, has posted numerous lessons online. This website features a
Fractals Unit for elementary and middle school students (although adults are
also welcome to enjoy the lesson). The lesson includes a discussion on why
one might study fractals and then provides step-by-step explanations on how
to make fractals using Java, along with some challenging mathematics
questions to consider. Samples of student work are also posted. A section
for teachers provides an overview of the unit objectives along with links to
other resources and materials to use in the classroom. [VF]

Earliest Math Symbols

This website, maintained by a teacher at Gulf High School in New Port
Richey, Fla., reviews the Earliest Uses of Various Mathematical Symbols.
Listed here are the names and information for the first individuals to use
some common mathematical symbols, including symbols of operation, grouping
symbols, symbols of relation, and symbols used in geometry, trigonometry,
calculus, probability, number theory, and logic. The main source used for
the information provided is a book by Florian Cajori entitled A History of
Mathematical Notations. Links to other pages on topics in mathematics
history are also provided. [VF]

Two Reviewing 2004 in Technology
MSNBC: The Year in Technology
Technology Research News Top Picks's_Top_Picks_122904.html

As is common with the end of another year, recent media coverage includes
several articles reviewing what happened in 2004. These two articles review
technology in 2004. The first article from MSNBC provides a general overview
of some of the issues covered in the media throughout the year, including
biometrics, broadband, spam, viruses, and the iPod. The second article
highlights the Top Picks from Technology Research News (TRN). The article
reviews just a few of a long list of scientific and technological research
papers published in 2004. The key research areas of 2004 include notable
advances in biotechnology, communications, computing, engineering, energy,
security, nanotechnology, applied physics and the Internet. Each area is
discussed briefly and links are provided to related articles from TRN. [VF]

Maths Symbols

This British website provides a listing of symbols used in mathematics as
well as other useful information. The website is published by the Institute
of Physics, which maintains a range of websites to support physics and
physicists. The listing of symbols is divided into two categories: Greek
Alphabet and Mathematical Symbols. The symbols are listed on a single page,
making it possible to search for a particular term using a web browser.
Other sections of the website review common formulas used in Algebra,
Trigonomotry, Calculus, limits, and complex numbers. The section on Matrices
was under construction at the time of this report. A secion on SI Units
provides some standard conversion information. [VF] Automobile History provides this review of Automobile History. The article covers thehistory of cars, famous automobile makers, and identifies the differentmodels and automobile accessories/parts. The timelines section includes alink to a chronological history of the automobile. The feature articlebegins with the first steam, electrical, and gasoline-engine cars and goeson to tell of "the controversy behind discovering who was really first incar history" and to help visitors understand the importance of the internalcombustion engine. Other interesting aspects tell of the lives of famousautomotive makers and assembly line workers, as well as the origins of thename automobile. After reading the article, visitors are invited to trytheir "fun automobile trivia quiz." Related information on Motorcycles,Tractors, Roads, and Engines is also provided. [VF]

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


Sun., Apr. 3, 2005

Taken From:
ENC’s Digital Dozen
April 2004,1577,04-2005,00.shtm

Against all odds: inside statistics
Grades: 11 12 Post-Sec.
ENC#: ENC-032132
Publisher: Annenberg/CPB
Date: 1989
Synopsis: Annenberg provides free access to this instructional video series all about statistics. View online the 26 half-hour video programs that look at the evolution of statistics as a discipline, distributions, correlations, and samples and surveys, among other topics. The series emphasizes "doing" statistics rather than merely learning it, with a focus on developing intelligent and informed decision-making skills.
This series of online videos and supporting materials presents statistics to high school students and adult learners by emphasizing statisticians' ability to describe, analyze, and draw conclusions from collections of data. Each half-hour video concentrates on a single topic, such as the normal distribution, ideas of correlation, or features of experimental design. Later sessions focus on inferential statistics based on confidence tests. A specific real-world example is used in each video, such as the relationship between men's and women's salaries, the experimental design of major health studies, and the statistical assessment of engineering reliability as related to the space shuttle accident. The videos can also be purchased on cassettes, and an instructor's guide coordinates the use of the videos with a major statistics textbook. The course is also intended to be used for teachers' professional development. Abstracted 2/05. (Author/FAM)


Culturally situated design tools: teaching math through culture
Grades: 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Post-Sec.
ENC#: ENC-032126
Publisher: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Department of Science and Technology Studies
Date: 2004,2003

Synopsis: What do cornrow braids, graffiti artworks, and Native American bead designs all have in common? Well, for starters, they're mentioned on this web site, which provides cultural and historical context for each one, as well as software applets that allow users to experiment with the mathematics underlying all of them. For instance, the Cornrow Curves Software lets you experiment with transformational geometry, while the Graffiti Grapher explores Cartesian and polar coordinate geometry.

This Internet site offers tools to help teach and learn about the mathematics evident in diverse cultures. Topics include African fractals in a Mangbetu ivory sculpture, African American transformational geometry in corn row curves, and the use of Cartesian and polar coordinates to make graffiti from the youth subculture. Additional topics include Native American Yupik star navigation using modular mathematics, and least common multiples and fractions in Latino rhythm wheels. The site offers applets to simulate the mathematics embedded in the virtual bead loom and in 2D and 3D pyramid building. Color photographs and background information on both the featured culture and the mathematics accompany the activities. Lesson plans, evaluation tools, and other teacher materials are also offered. Abstracted 02/05. (Author/DKK)

Mathwords: terms and formulas from algebra 1 to calculus
Grades: 8 9 10 11 12
ENC#: ENC-031880
Publisher: Bruce Simmons
Date: 2004,2000

Synopsis: This web site is the Webster’s Dictionary of math terms. From A to Z, math terms from Algebra to Calculus are defined with formulas, diagrams, pictures, and concise text. The definitions are designed to be accessible to students of all levels, not just the math "brainiacs" among us--who, truth be told, probably wouldn't have much use for an online math dictionary in the first place!

This web site offers terms and formulas in a mathematical dictionary appropriate for students taking algebra and calculus courses. The main page contains an A to Z clickable menu displaying all of the terms in the site's dictionary that begin with that particular letter. The user may search by entering a key word in the dialog box. Each term is featured on its own page with its mathematical definition, links to other terms used in the definition, and notes. When appropriate, the definition also includes formulas, diagrams, examples, and related terms. For example, the R-words page includes almost one hundred terms that range from radian and radical to Row-Echelon Form of a Matrix and RPM. Abstracted 01/05. (Author/DKK)

National Curve Bank (NCB): math on the web
Grades: 9 10 11 12 Post-Sec.
ENC#: ENC-032249
Publisher: California State University, Los Angeles. Department of Mathematics
Date: 2002

Synopsis: If there's an online demonstration, simulation, interaction, or other exhibition of a curve, you can almost bank that it's going to be on deposit here. Topic areas include calculus, science, graph theory, and fractals. Particularly worthy of note is the material in the precalculus section, which features goodies such as applets and interactives on sine and cosine functions and an animated derivation of the Pythagorean Theorem.

This Internet site offers a collection of 75 different mathematical curves. Curves include the flower curve, the mobius strip, and the hypocycloid. Each curve features its own page and includes its mathematical significance, historical background, references, and instructions for creating the design. Many design instructions are shown in Mathematica, Java, or Maple. Topics include Calculus, Pre-Calculus, fractals, and graph theory. Furthermore, mathematicians' memorabilia may be viewed, such as the Einstein street sign in Switzerland.

As an example of the material, one page covers logarithmic spirals. Three illustrations of the spiral are shown as well as the polar and parametric equation forms. Also shown are a letter from Archimedes, a picture of a shell featuring a logarithmic spiral, and photographs of Archimedes and Bernoulli's tombs. Another link shows a tribute to Gauss. An illustration of a heptadecagon is included because Gauss requested to have it on his grave stone but was refused because it was too difficult to reproduce. Abstracted 2/05. (Author/DKK)

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) provides print and
web resources for math and science teachers. Visit


Sun., Apr. 3, 2005 - April is Math Awareness Month

Taken From:
Fri, Apr 1, 2005 at 2:58 PM
Subject: [mathteach] April is Math Awareness Month

April is Math Awareness Month, a time to increase public awareness of
and appreciation for mathematics. The theme for MAM 2005 is Mathematics
and the Cosmos.

Some sites to start with might be
[NOTE: Other pages from Math Goodies previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., Apr. 3, 2005 - Technology Blackout Day April 20, 2005

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From: James Lerman
Subject: [LM_NET] Technology Blackout Day
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Dear Listers,
Just learned about this and thought it warranted sharing.

Jim Lerman

Press Release

ARLINGTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/22/2005 -- The State Educational
Technology Directors Association (SETDA) announced today that it will
host the first annual National Imagine a Technology Black Out Day
(NITBOD) to be held on April 20, 2005. The purpose of this event is to
highlight the vast power, potential and necessity of effective
technology use in America's public schools.
Thousands of teachers, students, parents will participate in the event
to analyze and share the impact technology has on closing the
achievement gap, enhancing accountability, and increasing teacher
quality -- not to mention providing a 21st century environment for
students to learn, share and grow.

From now until May 20th, teachers will facilitate discussions about the
effects that modern technology has on students' daily lives. Students
will examine the ways technology permeates the way we work, learn, and
play. They will even have an opportunity to assign homework to their
parents that addresses the transformative nature of technology on the
workforce. Those submitting their outcomes will be eligible for great

By imagining one full day without technology, participants will begin to
realize the vast potential that technology offers in the field of
education and the absolute need for our nation's students to leave high
school with strong technology literacy skills no matter their career
Free lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high school
students, addressing state standards in social studies, language arts
and technology are available at .
Teachers, students and parents will have a chance to win great prizes
when they post their findings!

Visit for more information .

About SETDA -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association
(SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology
and their staff members. SETDA provides its membership consisting of 50
states and three territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn
from one another as well as the broader ed-tech community through
meetings, surveys, conference calls, and online leadership courses. For
more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit
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