Saturday, October 29, 2005


Sat., Oct. 29, 2005

Found in:

The Scout Report
July 15, 2005
Volume 11, Number 28
Ask a Scientist!

The Internet offers many opportunities to find quality answers to a host of
important questions, ranging from the fields of the humanities to those in
the hard sciences. One important resource that offers answers to a number of
thorny questions is the Ask a Scientist! website created and maintained by
the Centers for Materials Research at Cornell University. The site had its
debut on September 17, 1998, when Professor Neil Ashcroft answered the
timely question, "What is Jupiter made of?". Visitors to the site can browse
or search for previously answered questions, and of course, they are also
welcome to submit their own questions for consideration. Visitors will
definitely want to view the "Frequently Viewed Questions", which feature
responses to such favorites queries as "How can you tell if a diamond is
real or fake?" or "How is glass made?" [KMG]
[NOTE: See also: Hands-on modules and demonstrations that
align with the math, science, and technology (MST) standards. Phyllis ]

World Health Organization: Influenza [pdf]

While many public health risks take turns dominating the media spotlight,
influenza continues to be a very real risk for billions of people around the
globe. While the most well-known influenza pandemic remains the world-wide
outbreak of the disease in 1918, the World Health Organization (WHO)
continues to explore and track incidences of this disease in an effort to
avoid another outbreak. On the WHO page dedicated to this disease, visitors
can read a factsheet about the disease, and also peruse the organization's
mission statement and priority activities as regards monitoring influenza.
The site also contains links to rather timely documents that include a set
of policy recommendations for strengthening the response to pandemic
influenza and also on the subject of avian influenza. Not surprisingly,
visitors can also learn about the latest outbreaks of the disease as
reported by WHO officials and correspondents. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Complete Review

Many sites provide book reviews, but Complete Review may be one of the
better ones available to the Web-browsing public. Currently, the site
includes 1,443 book reviews, and visitors can browse through them at their
leisure. Visitors can also view the reviews by genre, such as drama, film,
philosophy, or poetry. Each review contains a bit of brief information (such
as the date of publication and general availability), then continues on to
include the complete review, along with a letter grade for the work, and
additional links to reviews provided by other notable sources, such as the
Guardian newspaper. Repeat visitors can also click on the "What's New" area
to look at the latest materials added to the site. Finally, visitors can
also peruse their compelling weblog, titled "The Literary Saloon". Here,
users can get the latest news on such topics as Toni Morrison's honorary
degree from Oxford and various translation prizes. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Sat., Oct. 29, 2005 - Research Medical Literature on the Internet - 2005 Update

Found in:
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 4:49 PM
SiteLines: Ideas on Internet Searching June 2005


In the latest issue of, Gloria Miccioli provides an update on resources for finding health and medical literature on the web. In addition to PubMed and other health databases, Miccioli covers a range of commercial and non-commercial portal sites. For those unfamiliar with PubMed or the NLM Gateway, her consise summary is a great place to start.

Copyright 2005, Inc. All rights reserved.
All SiteLines postings for June 2005 are available at:


Sat., Oct. 29, 2005

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences =====
====== June 24, 2005 ====
======= Volume 4, Number 13 ======

Exploratorium: Global Climate Change [Macromedia Flash Player, jpeg]

Through the exploration of scientific data, students can discover the
changes in global climate through geologic time at this Exploratorium
website. Users can find an introduction to the research of the atmosphere,
hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere to better understand climate change.
Then, visitors can explore more in-depth descriptions and datasets related
to these four spheres. Each section offers a few thought-provoking questions
and links to more information. Individuals can also discover how scientists
interpret past and present climate data and the difficulties associated with
these predictions. Anyone needing assistance with the concepts covered
should visit the instructive, comprehensive glossary of terms. [RME]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

University of Oregon: Dr. Darkmatter Presents the Electronic Universe
[gif, mpeg]

The Electronic Universe, maintained by Professor Greg Bothun at the
University of Oregon, provides educational materials on a variety of science
topics including space science, earth science, physics, weather, and the
environment. Astronomy students can find image galleries and movies of space
phenomena and general information on astronomy and scientific societies. The
website offers data, figures, and animations on volcanic and tectonic
activity, and much more. Individuals can become aware of the concerns
associated with the world energy supply and the environment. With such a
diversity of educational materials available, anyone interested in science
will benefit from the information offered at this website. [RME]

Dino Discovery: A Paleo Explorer Kids Adventure [Macromedia Flash

This Macromedia Flash Player-enhanced website, developed by the Raymond M.
Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, Calif., allows students to explore
dinosaur fossils in the Cretaceous rocks of the Kaiparowits Formation in
Utah. Through the tutorial users can discover the different types of
Cretaceous and Jurassic rocks. Students can learn about the techniques used
in the field to look for fossils, excavate findings, and protect and
preserve the collected specimen. The website follows with short movies and
figures explaining the preparation, curation, and identification of a sample
in the laboratory. This site offers a fun way for students to learn about
the work of a paleontologist. [RME]

Cody's Science Education Zone

Anthony Cody, a middle school science teacher at the Oakland (Calif.)
Unified School District, provides a wide variety of science-related lesson
plans at this website. Physical science students and educators can find
activities and online resources dealing with energy transformation, dry ice,
simple machines, and more. The website discusses the importance of science
fairs, ways to encourage student learning, and methods of teaching that have
proved useful for the author. Amateur photographers can find a guide to
digital photography. The website also provides educational math and life
science materials. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright InternetScout Project 1994-2005.



Sat., Oct. 29, 2005 - PBS / SAF / NOVA / AMEX

Found on:

PBS Teacher Previews: October 30 - November 5, 2005
Rx For Survival, A Global Health Challenge "Disease Warriors" and "Rise of the Superbugs" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
Join narrator Brad Pitt for this series that highlights public
health breakthroughs and interventions. The first episode
chronicles the groundbreaking work of 19th century researchers
who discovered that germs cause illness and developed the first
vaccines. The second episode chronicles the fight against new
resistant bugs and the search for "magic bullets" -- the wonder
drugs that have become a mainstay of modern medicine. (CC,
Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to to talk about the
program on Nov. 2.

Rx For Survival, A Global Health Challenge "Delivering the Goods" and "Deadly Messengers" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
The first hour explores the great paradox of global health: at
the dawn of the 21st century, most of the deadliest diseases
known to humankind can be prevented, treated or cured -- yet
millions die needlessly because the benefits of modern medicine
and public health fail to reach them. The second hour examines
current efforts to control mosquito and other vector-borne
diseases. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to to talk about the
program on Nov. 3

Rx For Survival, A Global Health Challenge "Back to the Basics" and "How Safe Are We?" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Thursday, November 3, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
The first hour explores the vital connection between health and
essential requirements such as clean water and sanitation. The
second hour examines the need to strengthen public health
systems and leadership worldwide. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to to talk about the
program on Nov. 4.

NOW"Global Health: Today's Challenge"TV> PBSOL>High SchoolFriday, November 4, 20058:30 - 9:00 pmNOW presents a two-part broadcast that looks at U.S. globalhealth policy to assess where it has been and what the futureholds. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)Learn more about U.S. global health policy at the companion Website.

NOW"Global Health: America's Response"TV> PBSOL>High SchoolFriday, November 4, 20059 - 10:00 pmTune in for this "NOW" documentary that focuses on the realstories behind the shaping of America's public policy. Theprogram examines the key decisions that have had broadconsequences and provides an in-depth look at the U.S.'scurrent position on world health issues. "NOW" explores thepotential real-world impact of health issues in developingcountries on the United States. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)Test your knowledge in our online quiz; how much do you knowabout the diseases that threaten the global community?

Alan Alda In Scientific American Frontiers
"Hot Planet -- Cold Comfort" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, October 30, 2005
10:30 - 11:00 pm
So you think global warming won't affect you? Wait until the
great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. Plus, tune in and find out
what's already happening in Alaska. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to learn how changes in Arctic climate affect global
weather patterns.

"Volcano Under the City"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Deep inside a volcano, a team of scientists camps amid
rockslides and seething sulfur dioxide gas. Their mission: to
study this deadly mountain up close to find out what makes it
tick. The fate of nearly half a million people in a nearby city
could be at stake. Tune in as NOVA accompanies this daring
expedition to eastern Congo's Mount Nyiragongo. (CC, Stereo,
DVI, 1 year)

Log on to our interactive features to explore Nyiragongo and
learn what risks it poses to the 500,000 people who live in its
[NOTE: See below for guide from NOVA for this program. – Phyllis ]

American Experience
"Race to the Moon" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Monday, October 31, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
This documentary about Apollo 8, arguably America's riskiest
and most important space mission, features the firsthand
recollections of Frank Borman, James Lovell and Bill Anders,
the three former fighter pilots whose single-minded
determination and remarkable bravery united a nation divided by
the war in Vietnam and racial strife at home and met the
challenge set forth by President John F. Kennedy in 1962: to go
to the moon. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on and listen to the Apollo 8 crew's onboard recordings;
NASA installed "squawk boxes" in the homes of the Apollo 8
astronauts so their families could listen in on communications
between mission control and the capsule.
[NOTE: See below for guide to this program from American Experience. – Phyllis ]
Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Found in:
Date Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 4:50 PM
Subject: [NOVA] "Volcano Under the City"

Broadcast: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

Deep inside a volcano, a team of scientists camps amid rockslides
and seething sulfur dioxide gas. Their mission: to study this deadly
mountain up close to find out what makes it tick. The fate of nearly
half a million people in a nearby city could be at stake. NOVA
accompanies this daring expedition to eastern Congo's Mount
Nyiragongo, which erupted in January 2002, surprising the city of
Goma 11 miles away. Enormous cracks opened in the ground nearby and
spewed fountains of lava, killing 100 people and leaving 120,000
homeless. Scientists' biggest fear is that next time a fracture
could open under the city itself.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

Inquiry & Article

Boom or Bust
Can we forecast volcanic eruptions?

Behind the Scenes
Descend into Nyiragongo's volatile crater with filmmaker
Antoine de Maximy.

Interactive & Slide Show

Anatomy of Nyiragongo
Find out what features make this unquiet volcano tick.

Deadly Volcanos
Explore some of the worst volcanic disasters of the past four

Also, a video preview of the program, Links & Books, the program
transcript, and more.
Found in:
Date Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:15 PM

Monday night, October 31 on PBS (check local listings)

In the early morning hours of December 21, 1968, three astronauts
strapped themselves into a tiny capsule perched atop the most
powerful rocket ever built. They were about to attempt the most
daring, dangerous mission in the history of exploration: a
journey from the earth to the moon. If they succeeded, they would
realize a dream that had captured people's imaginations since
time began. If they failed, the United States would be forced to
cede technological dominance to the Soviet Union at the height of
the Cold War. The three men were the crew of Apollo 8 -- the
first manned mission to the moon.

features first-hand recollections of astronauts William Anders,
Frank Borman, and James Lovell. Also interviewed are the
astronauts' wives; Walter Cronkite, who covered the event for CBS
News; staff from mission control in Houston; Soviet cosmonaut
Alexei Leonov; Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon; and
John Logsdon, the director of the Space Policy Institute at
George Washington University.


Crew Conversations

Talk about a long-distance phone call! Mission control and the
Apollo 8 crew communicated across thousands of miles of space.
NASA installed "squawk boxes" in the homes of the Apollo 8
astronauts, so their families could listen in. Hear excerpts from
Apollo 8's onboard recordings.

Astronauts' Families

Crew members' children answered endless questions, posed for
photo sessions, tolerated reporters outside their homes, and
shared the mixed blessing of living in a famous father's shadow.
What was it like to grow up with an astronaut dad? Read these
comments from the Borman, Lovell, and Anders families.

Online Poll

In July 1969, NASA achieved President John F. Kennedy's goal when
Apollo 11 astronauts set foot on the moon. The missions in
preparation for this achievement had cost more than $27 billion
of taxpayers' money (roughly $120 billion in 2004 dollars). Do
you think American achievements in space were worth the cost?
Take the online poll.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Wed., Oct. 26, 2005 - NJASL Conference Time!

Dear Blog Readers,

I’ll be at the NJASL (formerly EMAnj) Conference for the next three days. Postings will resume when I return. Hope I see some of your there.

- Phyllis


Wed., Oct. 26, 2005 - S.A.T. Essay Prep / Websites for English Teachers

Free S.A.T. Essay Prep
From the site:
“Over 50 pages of free test prep material”
Links to sites for Test Prep, Colleges, Admission, Money, and Websites for English Teachers.


Wed., Oct. 26, 2005 - Writing Center / Business Letters

The Writing Center
“The Writing Center has prepared a series of hand-outs about
different aspects of the writing process.”

Business Letter Punch
From the site: “This web site takes users through the actual steps of
writing a business letter.”


Wed., Oct. 26, 2005 - Grammar / Abbreviations

Daily Grammar

Scroll down for links to resources

Good Grief, It's Grammar Time!
Article includes links to several grammar sites on the Internet.


AbbreviationZ: The A to Z of Acronyms and Abbreviations on the Net
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Oct. 26, 2005 - Pointers for Fumblers of the English Language

Collected Pointers for Fumblers of the English Language

"Our Collected Pointers provide an overview of important grammar and style
concepts from top authors and educators on the Net. You can take grammar on
topic by topic or refer back to this page when you're chewing your pencil,
waging one of those bitter mental battles about proper comma placement or
subject verb agreement."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Tues., Oct. 25, 2005 - Access Learning Nov. 2005

Found on:
Access Learning, November 2005

Advanced Placement English
Toolbox includes Literary Terms and Elements of Fiction

Hamlet on the Ramparts

Concerts of Paul Robeson
Includes background information, a brief biography, and quotes by and about Paul Robeson.

C-SPAN Classroom
New site offers a host of teacher resources on
civics and government, including video clips
and discussion questions for each branch of the
government, segments on the importance of
voting, and a lesson on the U.S. Constitution.

© 2005 Cable in the Classroom


Tues., Oct. 25, 2005 - Library & Information Science Wiki

The Library and Information Science Wiki,
Main Page [LISWiki]
a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit!


Tues., Oct. 25, 2005 - Copyright-Free Photos on the Web

Found on:

Sites to See: Free Photos on the Web

From the site:
“Looking for copyright-friendly images you and your students can use? Want hard-to-find historical images or photos from a country halfway across the world? Check out these Web sites filled with images you can use in the classroom today.”


Tues., Oct. 25, 2005 - Pumpkin Carving 101 / Halloween Links

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Pumpkin Carving 101

"How do you mend a broken jack-o'-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!"

Today's site offers timely instructions for creating a spectacular
Halloween jack-o'-lantern. Gentle Subscribers will find much more than
directions with this informative presentation on how to produce a glowing
pumpkin to delight Halloween visitors.

"Nothing signifies Halloween like a glowing [jack-o'-lantern] ... Whether
it's simply carving a pumpkin to sit on the door step for Halloween night
or holding a pumpkin carving party with you're friends and family, this age
old tradition is a main event for young and old alike. Pumpkin Carving 101
was first published in September of 1996 as part of the Halloween Online
Magazine with the mission of providing quality information and
entertainment to everyone interested in this wonderful tradition for
celebrating Halloween." - from the website

The site features a brief history of the role of pumpkins in the Celtic
tradition of "Samhain", as well as articles on how to choose the the right
pumpkin and the tools required to make the job easy. Both the traditional
carving method and the modern use of stencils are explained and accompanied
by photos of each step. Various ways to illuminate a jack-o'-lantern are
discussed along with appropriate safety recommendations. There's even
information on how to extend the life-span of a carved pumpkin and
photographic tips for getting some great shots of the masterpiece.

Cut along to the site for clear directions for the Great Pumpkin carve-up
[NOTE: See Also: Halloween Links - Phyllis ]

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:

Monday, October 24, 2005


Mon., Oct. 24, 2005 - Discovering the Internet / Online Credibility & Misinformation

Found in:
Date: October 12, 2005
Nortel LearniT October Newsletter
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Understand the basics of how the Internet works; including its history,
its technology and how to better navigate its resources.

Discovering the Internet (11)
[Shortened URL: ]

“From the basics of how the Internet actually works to understanding the technology
behind such popular uses of the web, the “how to” series has it all. “Discovering the
Internet” is an eleven-part video series that directly relates to activities that students
need to perform to succeed in their learning. Over 30 lesson plans and a huge collection
of online resources that make using “Discovering the Internet” as easy as 1-2-3. When
you’re watching these videos online, be sure to take a peak at the enhanced information
displayed in the viewing pane.”

Featured Video (s): Online Credibility; Misinformation
“Among the more important skills for someone who does research online, is to be a bit
skeptical about what he or she is reading. For the vast majority of content that appears
on the World Wide Web, there is no process for validation and verification. To validate
the content of websites, there are a few basic rules to follow, like checking for the author
or doing a reverse search. Learn more about this and other tips in the video, “Online
Credibility” in the “Discovering the Internet” series and “Misinformation” in the “Digital
Ethics” series. Both of these series contain videos with important information for all
Internet users. Link these videos with some lesson plans or research projects and you
have a successful, and accurate, research strategy.”

“Please share our FREE resources with your colleagues throughout the year.”

©2005 Nortel LearniT


Mon., Oct. 24, 2005 - Best Search Tools / Beyond Google & Yahoo!


Best Search Tools Chart
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Searching beyond Google and Yahoo: nine online search engines comparedBy Ben Patterson (May 9, 2005)
“Totally devoted to Google or Yahoo when it comes to search? Too bad. Search engine alternatives such as A9, AltaVista, AOL Search, Ask Jeeves, LookSmart, Lycos, and MSN Search are launching innovative tools and services to catch up with the two Web searching giants.”



Mon., Oct. 24, 2005 - Twingine / Double Trust

Found in:
Web Tips
Posted, Jun. 15, 2005

New to Me
Tracking useful sites

By Sree Sreenivasan

“Put in a search term and it displays the results from Yahoo and Google SIDE-BY-SIDE.”

“This site takes the results of Google and Yahoo and shows you which ones show up on BOTH
and also which are unique to Google and unique to Yahoo. An interesting
concept. Think of it as a BLEND of the two sites.”

Copyright © 1995-2005 The Poynter Institute


Mon., Oct. 24, 2005 - Yahoo! Mindset

Found in:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites 6/14/05

Yahoo! Mindset
“Developed at the Yahoo Research Labs, Mindset is a beta search engine that lets users control their results by telling the search engine (via a scrollbar) what they mean to search for. For example, entering in a search term like 'biology' can yield everything from websites about photosynthesis to buying biology lab equipment online. Mindset allows for you to take only research or if you are looking for a new microscope, to find those results without wading through countless pages about the life cycle of the house fly. — JT”

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Sun., Oct. 23, 2005 - Online Curriculum-related Resources

Found in:
Date Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2005 12:00 PM
Subject: The E-Line, Vol. 4, #21

EdCompass at SMART Technologies
Online classroom resources
Browse this list of websites to find free, curriculum-related resources for your classroom.
[Shortened URL: ]


Sun., Oct. 23, 2005 - Homework Help, Citing Sources, Lesson Plans

Found in:

Date: Friday, September 09, 2005 5:35 PM
From: Power to Learn
Subject: Back to School with Internet Smarts

Online Resources
Includes: Homework Starter Sites, Guides to Citing Internet Sources, Checking the Credibility of Internet Sources, Hoax Site Examples, and others.

Lesson Activities
Everything from story-starter ideas to multi-day lesson plans. They are organized by subject areas and then, by grade level.


Sun., Oct. 23, 2005 - Pathfinders

There are some great pathfinders on the CMIS website.
Curriculum Materials Information Services


Projects Created by Media Specialists
From the site: “The following projects are examples of how media specialists are using pathfinders with multiple curricular areas, and also showcase the features and skills introduced in the popular UW-Stout online professional development class, School Library and Classroom Collaboration.”

Found in:
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 19:54:04 -0400
From: Josephine Dervan
Subject: [LM_NET] Pathfinders for collaboration Examples
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Hi All-

Earlier this week there was a query about collaboration forms to use
with teachers. I wrote a message about the fact that I teach an online
course for the University of Wisconsin-Stout on collaboration and we use
pathfinders as one of the tools for collaboration. I mentioned online
pathfinder templates and sent the list to many LM_NET members.

We have set up a webpage with some examples of exemplary pathfinders
created by students in my class. It is at:

Josephine G. Dervan, Library Media Specialist/Online educator
School Library and Classroom Collaborations
He who has a garden and a library, wants for nothing- Cicero

Please note: All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.
Permission received to repost.



Sun., Oct. 23, 2005 - Yahoo! Reference

Yahoo! Reference
From the site:
“Whether you're a student, a parent, or just plain curious, Yahoo! Reference offers a handy selection of books and materials to help you find the information you need. Look up a definition in the dictionary, find map and flag images for every country in the world in the World Factbook, get in-depth information from the encyclopedia, and much more.”

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