Saturday, May 21, 2005


Sat., May 21, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for February 3, 2005

Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement -----------------
Presents hours of audio clips, articles, and photographs about the
Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins that started February 1960.
Covers the young black men who sat at a whites-only lunch counter
in a Woolworth store, a timeline, and news articles, a video clip
of the unveiling of the statue honoring the occasion, and links to
other civil rights sites. A project of the News & Record
newspaper, which supplied much of the content, and the Greensboro
Public Library.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
* African Americans
* Civil rights workers
* Civil rights movements
* Civil rights demonstrations
* United States
* Black History Month
* LII classic content
Created by: wh


Imperial Household Agency -------------------------
This official site "presents an introduction to the official
duties and various public activities of Their Majesties the
Emperor and Empress [of Japan]" and of the royal family. The site
features a genealogy, brief biographies of current royalty,
information about traditional culture associated with the court
(such as court music and cormorant fishing), and transcripts of
press conferences. In English and Japanese. Note: May include some
stray characters due to translation.
* Japan
Created by: mcb


Japan Debates Female Succession --------------------------------
January 2005 news article about how "a Japanese government panel
has started debating whether women could take the throne in
response to a succession crisis in the Imperial Household" in
which "a male heir has not been born since 1965." Includes links
to related articles. From the British Broadcasting Corporation
* Japan
* Emperors
* Women heads of state
Created by: mcb


A Librarian's Alphabet -------------------------
This charming poem uses amusing couplets to describe
librarianship. "H is for helpful. ... O is for overdue." From
librarian Denise Plourde.
* Libraries
Created by: kgs


NARA Interagency Working Group ----------------------------------
In 1999 "in accordance with the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act ...
President Clinton established the Nazi War Criminal Records
Interagency Working Group (IWG). The group is ... directed to
locate, inventory, recommend for declassification, and make
available all classified Nazi war criminal records ... to the
public." This site provides extensive finding aids to documents
from various government agencies, bibliographies, glossaries,
Holocaust timelines, and related documents. From the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
* War crimes
* World War, 1939-1945
* War criminals
Created by: je

[NOTE: See also Related Websites - Phyllis ]

National Music Museum ------------------------------------------
Web site for a museum collection of "more than 10,000 American,
European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures
and historical periods." More than a dozen online tours offer
images of many of the museum's rare and interesting instruments.
Also offers checklists of the collections and information about
public events, performances, and tours of the museum, which is
located at the University of South Dakota.
* Musical instruments
* Museums
Created by: las
[NOTE: Links to Related Sites – Phyllis ]

Online Activities & Uses -----------------------------
This report finds that Internet users like and use search engines,
but "are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use
search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search
engines operate and how they present their results." From Pew
Internet & American Life, an initiative funded by the Pew
Charitable Trusts.
* Information literacy
* Web search engines
* Internet users
* Information retrieval
Created by: kgs

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Sat., May 21, 2005

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
02/03/2005 - Updated 11:40 AM ET

'Useless Eaters'
As a group, people with physical and mental disabilities have been mistreated in just about every society throughout recorded history. This Regent University pop-up site provides an audio-visual trip into a disturbingly profound ethical issue and a period in Nazi Germany that easily ranks among the worst of times for these individuals. Based on a paper written from a religious perspective by Dr. Mark Mostert (full-text provided on the site), this beautifully presented multimedia essay deserves to win many, many awards. — SG

Speegle Talking Search Results
Tired of reading through the vast array of web results that a Google search produces? Let Speegle do the work for you. After you search on its site, Speegle displays Google web results with a twist: A voice reads the information to you. Speegle offers three voice styles to pick from, and users can choose how much of each site’s information they want to hear. We enjoyed the added interactivity of the “quick keystrokes” feature. For example, you can visit each site listed by pressing its assigned number on your keyboard. — MB

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Sat., May 21, 2005 - Web-Based Learning Improves Reading Skills

Taken From:
From: techLEARNING news
Subject: TLNews: Virtual Field Trips Raise Test Scores,
May 17, 2005 - Vol. 4, Issue 20

Study Shows Web-Based Learning Improves Reading Skills Among Middle School Students
5/2/2005 11:46:00 AM
OWINGS MILLS, Md., May 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Maryland Public Television (MPT) today announced the results of a scientific evaluation of web-based resources used in classroom instruction and their positive effect on reading performance among middle school students.
Entire article:


Sat., May 21, 2005 - The Jazz Age

The JAZZ AGE: Flapper Culture & Style
Includes a list of related links

Friday, May 20, 2005


Fri., May 20, 2005

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Date Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 11:55 PM

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
An educational website for fans of mystery and detection stories offers information and commentary on selected stories, and an explanation their place within the genre. Explores the author's influence on writers including Jorge Luis Borges. Includes a brief review of "Twice Told Tales" and "Mosses from an Old Manse."

Emily Dickinson
Dickinson Electronic Archives
This extensive offers is rich in resources for teachers, students, and fans of Dickinson's works: writings by the author and her family; responses to her writing; teaching resources; and literary criticism and analysis.

Oscar Wilde
The Oscar Wilde Homepage
Offers a short biography and chronological timeline of life achievements, bibliography, selected quotations, and photographs.
Copyright 2000-2005. Today in Literature. All rights reserved.


Fri., May 20, 2005

Taken From:

Date Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:01 AM
Subject: Cable in the Classroom e-News
Access Learning – June 2005

Project Greenlight Movie Terms
Site offers a glossary of film terms.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park

Virtual Hemingway

Literature Circles

Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association, Inc.,

The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour:
Exploring Democracy in America
Site contains streaming video of C-SPAN’s A
Conversation On Democracy, as well as
biographical information on de Tocqueville, a
page featuring modern citations of his work,
lesson plans on related social issues, and more.

Lifetime’s Intimate Portrait
“Find out more about the women you love and admire. Read about those
who have made their mark in movies, music, politics, sports and more in
these "Intimate Portraits." Search for a person's name or by category.”

Biology of Plants
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., May 20, 2005 - Ernest Hemingway

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 4:41 AM
From: Today in Literature

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway at Shakespeare & Company
Literary Traveler is a website featuring original stories about important locales in literary history. This article discusses the relationship between Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare & Company and the great writers of the era, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis]

Copyright 2000-2005. Today in Literature. All rights reserved.


Fri., May 20, 2005 - Theatre and Drama Web Sites

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Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 11:35:21 -0600
Subject: [LM_NET] SHARE: Drama and Theatre Web sites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

The play's the thing! Check out the Surf Report from
Wisconsin ECB for drama and theatre links to spice up your day.
From Shakespeare to Sondheim, Kabuki to Readers Theatre, with a little bit
of Ballet Russe and Jan Brett thrown in, we hope you'll find something to
capture your imagination.

Peggy Garties
Multimedia Analyst
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board
(608) 264-9759

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


Thur., May 19, 2005 - Veterans History Project / Oral History of a Veteran

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Date Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:21 PM
To: urlwire
Subject: Library of Congress Adds Content to Veterans History Project

Library of Congress Adds Content to Veterans History
Project Companion Site: Experiencing War

Full Story:
Direct to site:
This is the seventh set of individual stories-comprising interviews,
letters, photographs and written memoirs-to be featured on the site,
which is titled "Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History
Project. This special online presentation marks the 60th anniversary
of the end of World War II.”
URLwire -

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: May 22-28, 2005

High School

Download instructions on how to do an oral history of a veteran.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.


Thur., May 19, 2005 - Memorial Day

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Date Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Memorial Day

Department of Veteran Affairs: Memorial Day
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
It is believed that the end of May was chosen for the first Memorial Day because "because flowers would be in bloom all over the country." Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day site for a comprehensive history of the holiday, the story of taps, and to learn how the poppy became the Flower of Remembrance. There are also links to national observances, veteran statistics, and flag protocol.

The History Channel: Memorial Day
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Using the green menu links on the left hand side, explore the history of Memorial Day, interactive battle maps and veteran trivia. "The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million." My favorite click is the Timeline of American Wars, which is organized by centuries, and clicks through to encyclopedia articles for more detail on each war.
Copyright © 2005 by, Inc.


Thur., May 19, 2005 - The E Pluribus Unum Project

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Date Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 6:57 PM
Education World Site Reviews Vol. 9 Issue 20

The E Pluribus Unum Project
Site focused on three key periods of U.S. History: 1770s, 1850s, and 1920s.

9-12, Advanced


The E Pluribus Unum Project offers teachers and students resources about how Americans tried to make “one from many” during three pivotal decades in U.S. history: the 1770s, 1850s, and the 1920s. It includes lesson plans and primary documents.

The site’s content is organized into three sections, one for each decade, as well as topical clusters: primary sources, teaching and learning, links and search tools. Users need to scroll to the bottom of the main page to find the links to the various sections.

Teachers and students will find lots of resources at this site for learning about three pivotal decades in American History. Materials cover the Revolutionary period of the 1770s and focus on different modes of communication. Other materials cover the reform period of the 1850s, including the women’s rights movement and the abolition of slavery, and the 1920s and the cultural battles that took us through Prohibition and brought us women’s right to vote. Each time period has an introductory essay with links to key topics and primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence, newspapers of the times, speeches, advertisements, broadsides, diaries and letters, interviews, testimony at trial, and personal accounts. Included are tips for using the site in the classroom and an excellent secondary lesson plan on the Boston Massacre.

Education World®


Thur., May 19, 2005

Taken From:
ENC Digital Dozen
May 2005


Project Links : mathematics and its applications in engineering and science
Grade(s): 11 - Post-Sec.
Synopsis: Animations, applets, videos, and images--what more could anyone want, at least when it comes to linking math to real-world engineering applications? These modules cover topics such as advanced math methods, probability and statistics, differential equations, and discrete mathematics. They are designed to fit into existing curriculum units rather than as replacements.

This web site provides more than 40 instructional modules that blend advanced mathematics with engineering and science applications. The modules are grouped by application topic, such as electricity and magnetism or mechanical oscillations, as well as by mathematical topic such as differential equations, calculus, or probability and statistics. Each module includes an introduction, objectives, prerequisites, and several pages of instruction that include multiple interactive applets for students to model the phenomena under discussion.

As an example of the material, one module links ideas in statistics and probability, specifically the ideas of mean and variance, to issues encountered when transmitting and receiving binary signals. The module describes 'random' noise in terms of a Gaussian distribution with specific mean and variance, then shows how such noise, depending on its mean and variance, interacts with digital pictures or with the transmission of a simple binary pulse to create false readings and blurred or grainy images. Abstracted 03/05. (Author/FAM)


Mathematische basteleien
Grade(s): 6 - 12 ENC#: 032234
Synopsis: You don't have to be able to pronounce the name of this site to enjoy the variety of activities available here. There are puzzles and paper-folding exercises to create all manner of shapes and sundries, including flexagons and paper pigeons and "Happy Cubes." What's more, most activities include explanations for the mathematics involved in the creation of the project.

This web site, suitable for middle and high school grade levels, contains a variety of visual and hands-on concepts from discrete mathematics, number theory, and geometry. All topics are displayed on a single web page in categorized lists. Teachers may find the site useful for gathering definitions, as well as for finding methods of construction for various mathematical figures. The paper-folding category contains detailed instructions and illustrations for objects such as fortune tellers, Kaleidocycles, and paper cups. Many of the topics require or intend to develop multidimensional visualization skills, which is seen in the inclusion of platonic solids and hypercubes. Another major component of the web site is the abundance of puzzles, which include a Rubik's cube, Rubik's magic, pentominos, and tangrams. The site's material is also available in German. Abstracted 3/05 (Author/AJC)

Skulls : come in, explore, and get inside our heads
Grade(s): 3 - 12 ENC#: 032663
Synopsis: We've all heard it said that beauty is only skin deep. Well, this web site introduces a bunch of scientists--and their collections of skulls--who would argue that it's actually skull deep. See for yourself in this online exploration of the form, function, and fashion of a variety of skulls.
This web site, maintained by the California Academy of Science, explores various scientists' perspectives on animal skulls. Each page allows users to access information about skulls, including types of skulls, the structure and function of skulls, the diversity of skulls, and skulls in different cultures. Each page offers relevant definitions, questions answered by scientists, a number of facts, and color pictures. For example, a page on living tissue first introduces the composition of skulls and the record of an animal's life revealed in a skull. Subsequent sections answer such questions as how bones grow and how one determines a sea lion's age from its teeth. Skull facts support each answer. In addition, large color pictures illustrate the explanations. As an added feature, this page displays a black rhinoceros skull, which can be rotated for viewing different angles. (Author/JAT)


Visualizing topography
Grade(s): 7 - 12 ENC#: 032054
Synopsis: Reading a map is about more than finding a way from point A to point Z. Topographic maps take you to new heights--and depths--of navigation and of understanding the lay of the land. This web site illuminates the art of reading a topographic map through animations and QuickTime movies that let you "fill in the blanks" on representative maps.

This web site uses a combination of maps and movies to show users how to read topological maps. The details of black-and-white contour maps are explained by comparing them to images that have been color-coded to represent height; movies show three-dimensional visualizations of the same terrain. Users can manipulate the images in the movies by rotating or tilting them to see the same image from different points of view. Later exercises ask users to describe the terrain shown by a contour map, then compare their response to a typical description and a three-dimensional image. The idea of profiles is also introduced using computer-generated images of slices through contoured terrain and three-dimensional images; users learn to imagine what the profile along a contour map would look like in real space and what it would feel like when hiking. Abstracted 02/05. (Author/FAM)
© 2004- 2005 ENC
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education


Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Wed., May 18, 2005 - Free Online Image Libraries

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:49 PM
Teachers @ Work

Free Online Image Libraries
We are currently using "Google Image" searches to get the images we need for our online coursework etc. and feeling a little but guilty about it, but now we have "fat free; guilt free" online images in abundance.


Wed., May 18, 2005 - Online Image Resources

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Date Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 3:31 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] Online Image Resources

Online Image Resources
Image resources from LibrarySpot. Links include: images, clip art, pictures, news photo galleries and much more.
[NOTE: Home page ( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Refdesk Home Page:


Wed., May 18, 2005 - Holidays

Taken From:
MORE New This Week: May 12-18, 2005

Celebrate! Holidays in the USA

Information about national holidays celebrated in the United States. Provides brief histories of holidays such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Flag Day (first proclaimed in 1949). Also includes information about "fun" days such as Valentine's Day, April Fool's Day, and Halloween; and selected ethnic and regional celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and Cinco de Mayo. From the Embassy of the United States of America, Stockholm, Sweden.
Subjects: Holidays -- United States

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Wed., May 18, 2005 - Learning Page Chat May 19

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[Social-studies] Rescheduled Learning Page Chat
Michael Hutchison
Date Sent: Sat, May 14, 2005 at 4:24 PM

"Poetry connects us with our deep roots, our evolution as an animal that evolved rhythmic language as a means of transmitting vital information across the generations. We need to communicate not only with our peers but our ancestors and descendants, and the arts of poetry, writing, print, digital media serve that communication. As the oldest of those arts, poetry in a deep-going way calls upon the very nature of human society, our interdependence upon one another not only in space but in time. We need the comfort and stimulation that this vital part of us gets from the ancient art." ~ Robert Pinsky

Learn about historical primary resources from the Library of Congress that can assist educators in teaching about communication through literature and poetry.

Join Library of Congress staff members and your peers in The Learning Page Chat on May 19 at 8:00 P.M. (EDT) in the After School Online Classroom,

Michael Hutchison
Social Studies Teacher
Lincoln High School
Vincennes, Indiana

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