Saturday, November 12, 2005


Sat., Nov. 12, 2005 - Egyptian Math

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Hi! It's Monday, November 7, 2005 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Egyptian Math
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's website is a keeper -- so be sure to bookmark it! Recommended by list member MaryAnna, this United Kingdom website about ancient Egypt devotes an entire section to the Egyptian decimal system that used seven different hieroglyphic symbols. The Egyptians excelled in applied mathematics as their exploits in engineering and astronomy demonstrate. At this website you can explore Egyptian numerals and try some mathematical problems using the ancient Egyptian method.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction followed by a demonstration of hieroglyphic numbers. That is followed by a menu of math problems that students can solve using the numerical hieroglyphs. The math problems are divided into subsets for 10-11 year olds, and 12-16 year olds. There are problems that illustrate the benefit of using algebra as well. You will even find a JavaScript translator, which uses hieroglyphic numerals to make math calculations.
If your students get into this -- print out the FREE hieroglyphic signs poster using the "Egyptian Print Sampler." (The link is at the bottom of the page.) The sampler includes a poster, bookmark, door hanger, notepaper and a 3D pyramid model. You can even enter your own text within the bookmark and door hanger.
When you are through exploring the math page, don't miss the rest of this site. While the math problems are designed for students 10 and up, many aspects of the rest of the site will fascinate younger students. Simply use the menu on the left side of the screen to:
- Read stories about the "Kings and Queens" of Egypt
- Find out about "Pyramids and Temples" through interactive maps, photos, drawings, and paintings
- See what the ancient temples looked like before they fell to ruins in "Rebuilding Temples"
- Learn about "Hieroglyphs" and practice writing them
This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in educational content.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

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Sat., Nov. 12, 2005 - Egyptian Hieroglyphs / Neferchichi's Tomb

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Date Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 3:36 PM
From: Guy Dobson
Subject: Write like an Egyptian

The following sites about hieroglyphs are listed in increasing order of sophistication.

Ancient Egypt Writing
This site from The British Museum offers an introduction to the different kinds of scripts and how they were used.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
"Learn the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and numbering with these online lessons." (If you click on the GreatScott!.com link you'll find "The Bonsai Potato Project. A useless but somewhat entertaining report from my experiences with bonsai potatoes.")

This is only a piece of a large site created by an artist who has found his inspiration in Ancient Egypt.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Middle Egyptian
What at first appears to be concise is in fact very deep. I had entirely too much fun with "Your name in hieroglyphs."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This and previous issues of This Week's Useful-URLs can be found

-- Guy Dobson, Internet Services Librarian
-- Bergen County Cooperative Library System
-- 810 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
-- VOICE: 201-489-1283 FAX: 201-489-4215

[NOTE: See also:
Make Your Own Cartouche – Phyllis ]
See your name in Hieroglyphics
Hieroglyphs Translator
(Shortened URL: ) - Phyllis ]


Neferchichi’s Tomb

Writing with Hieroglyphs

Some of the gods and goddesses in Ancient Egypt


Free Egyptian Clip Art


Sat., Nov. 12, 2005 - Ancient Egypt

Found on:
Teachnology, Inc
Home > Teacher Resource > Subject Matter > Social Studies > Ancient Egypt
Scroll down for 22 links to related web sites
© 2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved

Splendors of Ancient Egypt
From the site:
“Trace the paths of kings and queens.
Envelop yourself in the magnificent Splendors of Ancient Egypt.”

Extra Credit: A study guide on the lives, times and lands of the ancients


Sat., Nov. 12, 2005 - King Tutankhamun

Found in:
The Scout Report
June 17, 2005
Volume 11, Number 24

Unraveling the Mysteries of King Tutankhamun [Macromedia Flash Player]

With a major exhibit on King Tutankhamun set to return to the United States
shortly, interest in this extremely popular pharaoh of Egypt continues to
build. National Geographic has created this fun and informative website that
allows visitors to examine his body through the use of CT scan imagery and
see how he might have looked. Clicking on the entrance to this multimedia
feature, visitors are greeted by audio narration that complements a 360-
degree view of the four walls of King Tut's tomb. Visitors can then look
closer at each wall in detail by using a built-in interface to navigate the
various decorative and symbolic markings on each side. After this first
section, visitors can move to the "Royal Wrappings" feature, which includes
a detailed look at the many layers in which King Tut was entombed. The site
is rounded out by a selection of additional links to such resources as
articles from National Geographic dealing with Egyptian archaeology. [KMG]
[NOTE: See Also: King Tut – Phyllis ]

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

[NOTE: See Also:

The Curse of Tut: Fact or Myth

The Metropolitan Museum
Tutankhamen wearing the blue crown 1336-1327 B.C.
Home Page: The Art of Ancient Egypt: a web resource
[[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]]

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
- Phyllis ]

Friday, November 11, 2005


Fri., Nov. 11, 2005 - Beyond Einstein: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Beyond Einstein: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
The discoveries of Albert Einstein sparked the scientific revolution of the 20th century and rank among the greatest achievements of humanity. Recent developments show that we can now complete Einstein's legacy and, in the first decades of the 21st century, unravel the mysteries of the Universe that await us. Learn what NASA is doing to explore the big ideas of “Inside Einstein’s Universe.”


Fri., Nov. 11, 2005

Found in:

Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for August 4, 2005
"10th Planet" Discovered -----------------------------------------------------
Article about the July 2005 discovery of "a new planet in the
outer solar system. ... The planet, which hasn't been officially
named yet ... [is located] more or less in the Kuiper Belt, a dark
realm beyond Neptune where thousands of small icy bodies orbit the
sun." Includes photos, an artist's concept of the planet, and
audio of the story. From the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA).
* Planets
* Solar system
Created by: mcb


AAAS Evolution Resources ---------------------------------------------
A site promoting the "scientific robustness of the contemporary
theory of biological evolution." It "seeks to engage the religious
communities in support of research on and education about
evolution." Includes discussions of dissenting views, such as
intelligent design and creationism. Also find full-text versions
of related major federal court decisions. Developed as part of the
Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion from the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
* Evolution (Biology)
* Creationism
* Life
* LII classic content
Created by: nbh


American Museum of Natural History, Division of Paleontology -----------------
This museum "has one of the largest and most significant
paleontology collections in the world. This collection contains an
estimated five million fossil specimens, including over three
hundred thousand fossil vertebrates, collected over 125 years."
This site features more than 8,000 images of the specimens and
more than a thousand images of old photographs, letters, and field
* Natural history museums
* Paleontology
* Fossils
* Museums
Created by: dlm
[NOTE: Other pages from and previously posted. – Phyllis ]


BBC Education: Evolution -----------------------------------------------------
"4000 million years of evolution crammed into one website."
Includes the full text of Darwin's Origin of Species, with an
illustrated guide, and essays on Darwin and his findings,
including dissenting views to his ideas. Also find a brief
bibliography, a transcript of a debate on Darwin, an artificial
life game called Biotopia, and transcripts of BBC television
documentaries on evolution.
* Evolution (Biology)
* Extinction (Biology)
* Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
* LII classic content
Created by: dl
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

J-Track Satellite Tracking --------------------------------------------------------
NASA "created J-Track so you could quickly and easily keep track
of your favorite orbiting objects. ... Select the category of
satellites you are interested in ... or if you are really
adventurous, try J-Track 3D." Types of objects include spacecraft
(such as the Space Shuttle, Mir, and Hubble), and weather, search
and rescue, and amateur radio satellites. From the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
* Satellites
* Artificial satellites
Created by: mcb

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

Karen G. Schneider,
New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Websites you can trust!



Fri., Nov. 11, 2005 - SkyTellers / Inconstant Moon

SkyTellers: The Myths, the Magic, and the Mysteries of the Universe

From the site:
“Planetariums, science centers, libraries, schools, and other institutions are invited to order the SkyTellers DVD and Resource Guide. While the intended audience is children ages 5–13, SkyTellers has engaged children and adults of all ages in the stories and the science.” “The DVD contains ten traditional Native American stories, each coupled with a science story.”

Order Information (NOTE: appears to be available at no charge – Phyllis )

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Inconstant Moon
"The Moon is the most easily observable astronomical object, and also the most rewarding. For the beginner, it is a breathtaking spectacle through even a modest optical instrument, and as the knowledge and resources of the astronomer increase, it will continue to provide fascinating new challenges and insights. Inconstant Moon is intended as both an introduction to lunar astronomy for the beginner, and an ongoing reference point for the more experienced observer."
Site Map:


Fri., Nov. 11, 2005

Found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: November 13-19, 2005
In Search of Myths and Heroes
"The Queen of Sheba" and "Arthur: The Once and Future King" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
Join intrepid historian Michael Wood as he goes in search of
the world's greatest myths, seeking the roots of four great
legends -- the Queen of Sheba, King Arthur, Shangri-La and
Jason and the Golden Fleece. In his first journey, he travels
around the Red Sea as he looks for the Queen of Sheba, one of
the world's most fascinating heroines. In the second segment,
Wood travels around the Celtic world as he explores the
greatest British myth: the tale of King Arthur and the Knights
of the Round Table. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Test your mythological savvy in our online quiz. Plus, log on
to to chat with historian, author
and filmmaker Michael Wood on Nov. 17 at 12 pm ET.

"Can Animals Predict Disaster?" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, November 13, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Can animals save human lives by helping us predict tidal waves
and other deadly natural phenomena? Observations of animal
behavior at the onset of the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami
have given a major impetus to research into this intriguing
question. Tune in to find out what, if anything, animals sense
and how we can use that ability. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more at the companion Web site.
(Available November 10, 2005)

Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers"Hydrogen Hopes" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High SchoolMonday, November 14, 200510:30 - 11:00 pmWe've all heard of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but whatwill it take to get there from here? Tune in to find out how wecan create hydrogen from renewable sources like the sun -- andhow we can store it safely once we've got it. (CC, Stereo, DVI,1 year)At the companion Web site hydrogen advocates debunk some of themyths that are roadblocks on the path to a hydrogen economy.

NOVA"Newton's Dark Secrets"TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High SchoolTuesday, November 15, 20058 - 9:00 pmHe was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time.But while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal lawof gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings inthe Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. Join us as weexplore the strange and complex mind of Isaac Newton. (CC,Stereo, DVI, 1 year)Log on to learn about Newton's greatest contributions.

Secrets of the Dead
"Gangland Graveyard"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Join us for this exploration of the brave new world of federal
investigation, which combines old-fashioned undercover work
with cutting-edge financial sleuthing and forensics. This
program repeats on Nov. 17 at 10 pm ET. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Explore our online case files at the companion Web site. Plus,
log on to to chat with Jerry
Capeci, Mafia expert, author and newspaper columnist and
executive producer Jared Lipworth on Nov. 17 at 1 pm ET.

American Experience
"Las Vegas: An Unconventional History" (part 1 of 2) TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Monday, November 14, 2005
9 - 10:30 pm
With its well-heeled mobsters and glamorous showgirls,
fantastical mega-casinos and dazzling displays of neon, Las
Vegas is the world's most famous monument to reckless abandon
and unbridled excess. Join us as we trace the often surprising,
endlessly entertaining history of the country's most outrageous
playground. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our lesson plan in which students learn about the
history of nuclear energy.
[NOTE: See guide pasted at the end of this posting. – Phyllis ]

American Experience
"Las Vegas: An Unconventional History" (part 2 of 2) TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
9 - 10:30 pm
Tune in for the conclusion of this program which traces Las
Vegas' history from its beginnings as a remote frontier way
station to its Depression-era incarnation as the "Gateway to
the Hoover Dam;" from its mid-century heyday as the gangster
metropolis known as "Sin City" to its recent renaissance as the
fastest growing city in the United States. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Start your own PBS Program Club and talk with your friends and
neighbors about the issues raised in the film.
[NOTE: See guide pasted at the end of this posting. – Phyllis ]

National Organization for Rare Disorders
High School

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a
federation of health organizations dedicated to helping people
with rare "orphan" diseases, which affect fewer than 200,000
people in the United States. Each disease listed in this index
has a list of synonyms, disorder subdivisions (types of the
disease), brief description of symptoms and contact information
for related organizations.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

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Date Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 4:21 PM
Subject: [NOVA] "Newton's Dark Secrets"

Broadcast: Tuesday, November 15, 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.)

He was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time. But
while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of
gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible
and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. In this program, NOVA
explores the strange and complex mind of Isaac Newton. Using
docudrama scenes starring Scott Handy (Masterpiece Theatre's
Henry VIII) as Newton, we recreate the unique climate of late
17th-century England, where a newfound fascination with science and
mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine.
Newton shared both obsessions.

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

Interview & Articles

A Complicated Man
If there's one word to describe Isaac Newton it is "genius," as
this interview with historian Jed Buchwald makes clear.

Birth of a Masterpiece
Edmond Halley visited Newton with a simple question and came
away with the seeds of a masterwork, the Principia.

Einstein on Newton
In 1927, 200 years after Newton's death, Albert Einstein wrote
a glowing appreciation.

Interactive & Overview

Newton's Alchemy
He kept it hidden, but was it truly scandalous? Find out in this
interview and interactive manuscript.

His Legacy
Gravity. Laws of motion. Reflecting telescope. Calculus.
The list goes on...

Also, Links & Books, the program transcript, the Teacher's Guide,
and more.


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Date Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 10:59 AM

News from American Experience

Part One: SIN CITY, Monday, November 14 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS
Part Two: AMERICAN MECCA, Tuesday, November 15 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS
(check local listings)

Well-heeled mobsters, glamorous showgirls, fantastical
mega-casinos, dazzling neon displays -- it's the world's most
famous monument to reckless abandon and unbridled excess. From a
dusty railroad town in the middle of nowhere, Las Vegas has grown
into one of the world's biggest tourist destinations. Once
shunned as "Sin City" and considered beyond the pale of
respectable society, it is now the epicenter of mainstream

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE steps into the world of bright lights and
back-room deals to illuminate what makes Las Vegas perhaps the
most American city in the country. From filmmaker Stephen Ives
writer Michelle Ferrari (SEABISCUIT), LAS VEGAS has been named
the official documentary of the city's year-long centennial

Visit LAS VEGAS Online

Putting Vegas on the Map

Decades before the city's official founding, prospectors and
commercial travelers realized the potential of a marshy area in
southeastern Nevada. Since then, enterprising individuals and
organizations have expanded and defined the desert outpost.
Survey the Las Vegas area and see highlights of its development.

Postcards from Vegas

Sin City welcomes an astounding 37 million visitors each year!
Even if you don't plan to hit the Vegas strip, you can still send
an e-postcard.

The Atomic Age

Las Vegas has been called many things, including "Atomic City,
USA." In the 1950s the American public witnessed above-ground
nuclear bomb blasts just 65 miles from Las Vegas during the Cold
War. Learn how Vegas turned atomic testing into a tourist
attraction, and how the government downplayed the possible
dangers of the tests.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005 - HistoryLinks / patientINFORM/ Counseling Resources

Found on:
July 1- 7, 2005

History--United States--Online Archives
Source: Karen Terrell Pardue, T.A., MLIS Candidate, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs/University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
HistoryLinks: A Selection of Web Links to Digitized Primary and Secondary Sources from a Variety of Archives around the U.S.
"Welcome to the HistoryLinks Website! Contained within this site you will find documents, maps, photographs, and realia from pre-revolutionary America to the post-Reconstruction period. This website is intended to draw attention to the increasing number of historical primary and secondary sources that can be found in digital archives/libraries on the Web and is targeted toward history student researchers in undergraduate history classes, though all visitors may benefit from this listing."


Health Information and Research
Source: patientINFORM
Official Launch: patientINFORM
From a news release,,newsId-2214.html
"Three of the nation's leading voluntary health organizations have joined a group of scholarly and medical publishers to launch a pilot program to provide patients, caregivers, and the general public direct access to medical research on some of the most serious diseases and medical conditions. The free online information resource called patientINFORM (, will provide consumers with the ability to read the latest original research articles published in medical and scientific journals, find assistance in interpreting the information and access additional materials on the Web sites of participating voluntary health organizations."


Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Counseling--Internet Resources
Source: C&RL News
Internet Resources: Counseling: Resources for students, consumers, and professionals
A new collection of resources compiled by Kristine Condic, a reference coordinator at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005 - Why Did Slavery Emerge in Virginia? / World War II

Found in:
Wednesday, August 03, 2005 6:21 AM
The August Teaching History With Technology Newsletter is now available:

“Why Did Slavery Emerge in Virginia?” An Exemplary Inquiry-Based Technology Activity from the Digital History Reader

“The Digital History Reader is an evolving technology-based teaching project involving historians, educators, and technology specialists at Virginia Tech and provides content-rich, inquiry-based, and instructionally-proven resources for teaching European and United States history. The “United States History” section provides materials covering important themes and issues in United States history from the colonial era to the present, and “Modern Europe in a Global Context” provides materials exploring links between European and world history in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. “Why did Slavery Emerge in Virginia?” is a fully developed unit that helps students understand the context in which Virginia's wealth white settlers made the critical decision to enslave Africans. The activity involves issue-centered analysis and decision- making and the sources are well-chosen, varied, and engaging. The most impressive multimedia tool in the activity is the Profit/Cost of Labor calculator. Students input economic data into the Profit/Cost of Labor calculator and hopefully come to realize that slaves became more profitable than servants after 1660. At the moment, three other Digital History Reader modules are available and the remainder are scheduled to be finished by September.” (High School, College)


BBC Interactive Animations: World War II

BBC History offers an impressive array of animated maps, movies, games, picture galleries, virtual 3D tours and video clips to bring history alive. Many of their animation feature World War II campaigns and battles:

BBC History Games: Battle of the Atlantic
Play this interactive game as Senior Officer Escort in charge of defending increasingly important convoys.

BBC History: The Fall of France Animation
Follow the progress of the German forces as they cross the border, occupy Belgium and the Netherlands and trap the Allied forces at Dunkirk.

BBC History: The North Africa Campaign Animation
Follow the three years of battles in the North African desert, and see how Axis and Allied forces chased each other across this hostile terrain.

BBC History: Battle of El Alamein
In this BBC animation you follow the battle that signified 'the end of the beginning' of World War Two, as the Allies force the decisive breakthrough in the North African Campaign.

BBC History: Operation Overlord Animation
Follow the Allies as they land on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944, and then battle their way into Brittany and on to liberate Paris.

BBC History: The Italian Campaign Animation
Follow the Allied forces as they invade Sicily and battle their way into Italy, all the way from Salerno in the south to the Alps in the north.


Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005 - Captive Passsage / Emperor Penguins / Women & the Sea

Found on:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for July 7, 2005

Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the
Americas ----------------------------------------------------------------------
"The transatlantic slave trade was the second leg of a triangular
economic route between Europe, Africa, and the Americas." This
online exhibit examines this slave trade and "seeks to increase
understanding of this maritime epic and its legacies in the modern
world." Topics addressed include departure, middle passage,
arrival, abolition, and legacy (such as food, education, religion,
and music). Also includes images, a quiz, and a bibliography. From
The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
* Slave trade
* Slavery
* African diaspora
* Antislavery movements
* Black History Month
Created by: mcb


Creature Feature: Emperor Penguins --------------------------------------------
Information about emperor penguins, "the largest of the 17
species, or kinds, of penguins, ... [which] spend their entire
lives on the cold Antarctic ice and in its waters." Features
facts, a map, audio and video clips, and links to related sites.
From the National Geographic site for children.
* Penguins
Created by: mcb

Women & The Sea ---------------------------------------------------------
This site traces the relationship of females to the sea, from
female figureheads on ships and mermaids to women in the military,
in yachting and racing, and as ship captains. Includes a timeline
(1493-1995), images, bibliography, and links to related sites.
From the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
* Maritime museums
* Women and the sea
* Museums
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Includes: Myths & Mermaids, Women in Wartime Production, Women in the Military, and more. – Phyllis ]

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Copyright 2005 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
Websites you can trust!


Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005 - Encyclopedia of Chicago History / WPA

Found on:
The Scout Report
June 3, 2005
Volume 11, Number 22

Encyclopedia of Chicago History [Macromedia Flash Player, QuickTime,
Real Player]

Somewhere between Los Angeles and New York is a metropolis affectionately
referred to by some as the "Second City". Also known as Chicago, this fair
city has recently received its due with the publication of this outstanding
reference volume. The online version offered on this site is even more
authoritative than the print volume, as it contains a number of interactive
maps and special features. Produced by the Chicago Historical Society, the
Newberry Library and Northwestern University, this online edition allows
users to search the entire contents of the Encyclopedia, and even browse
digitized versions of the primary historical documents that serve as the
research materials for the print articles. From the homepage, visitors can
peruse a user's guide to the Encyclopedia. Each entry includes hypertext
links, and in some cases, illustrative materials. For additional
information, each entry also features some additional readings. Visitors
will also want to take a look at the lovely maps produced for the volume,
including a rather compelling map of Chicago's blues clubs. Finally, the
special features area includes several interpretive digital essays on the
Plan of Chicago of 1909 and galleries on such important topics as "How
Chicagoans Remember Their History". [KMG]

Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Extension Project Collection [pdf]

The legacy of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) is evident in the
thousands of various public projects they completed across the United States
during the 1930s and 1940s. Across the country they employed thousands of
persons, working on projects such as staging plays and crafting murals in
public schools. One of their lesser known projects was the "Museum Extension
Project", which was administered at the state level. The project produced
hundreds of architectural models, dioramas, figurines, and other objects,
designed for use in a host of educational settings. Fortunately enough, the
Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has preserved over 700 of
these visual aids, and placed them online in this digital collection.
Visitors can read a fine introductory essay by librarian Jim Findlay about
the WPA ( )
and the Museum Extension Project, then proceed to search the
collection at their leisure. Overall, this is a rather fine collection and
one that is well presented. [KMG]

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

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Wed., Nov. 9, 2005 - Editorial Cartoonists / The End of Books

Found in:
*** NEAT NEW STUFF, JULY 29, 2005

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Not only contains links to political cartoons galore, but also supplies lesson plans for using them to teach current events and history.

The End of Books - 1894 [Engines of our Ingenuity]
It may comfort you that people were prophesying it more than 100 years ago. This episode is part of the searchable text and audio archive of an outstanding radio series from The University of Houston's College of Engineering about "the way inventive minds work."
[NOTE: Home page ( ) previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2005


Wed., Nov. 9, 2005 - Seeds of Trade

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Site of the Day for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Seeds of Trade

Today's site, from the Natural History Museum, London, presents an
absorbing exhibition on many of the ancient cultivated plants which are
still flourishing in modern times. Gentle Subscribers will find ample
resources examining the impact of plants and their role in civilization.

"Civilisation is based on the cultivation of plants, but humans rely on
plants for far more than simple foodstuffs. This virtual book, written by
Henry Hobhouse, the author of Seeds of Change, and Museum botanist Sandra
Knapp, is an introduction to the fascinating history of cultivation and
some of its impacts on today's society." - from the website

The site explores the origins, wild relatives and early uses of more than
50 plant species, focusing on how they influenced the societies in which
they were produced. Discover the less than enthusiastic response of the
ancient Greeks to what they regarded as the oat weed. Maps displaying the
dissemination around the world generally accompany the section on the
transfer and spread of plants, while the always popular timeline provides
detailed information about the introduction and uses of specific crops,
such as barley, jute and coffee . Various categories may be explored as
well, including animal fodder, beverages, building materials, food
additives, important drugs, oils, and recreation products, among others.
Exploration of the Regions module can determine what plants are indigenous
to various continents, along with additional material on the specific
plants grown there.

Till over to the site for an extensive presentation on ancient plants and
their impact on civilization at:

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Wed., Nov. 9, 2005 - Museum of Bad Fads

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Hi! It's Thursday, May 26, 2005 and time for Social Studies at

Recommended Website:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

As the traditional school year comes to a close, classroom activities
generally involve lighter fare. I thought we might try that approach with today's ClickSchooling feature.

At today's website you can explore history and social studies through taking a fun and nostalgic look at major fads -- things that were popular during any given time in the modern era. When you get
to the website you will see a brief introduction and then a menu that
includes Bad Fads in:

*Fashion -- From Afro hairdos to Zoot Suits -- the trends in hair, clothing and fashion accessories are listed here. Click on any one to see a photograph and read a fascinating historical (and sometimes political) explanation.

*Collectibles - Find your favorites from Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies to Pogs and Yo-Yos. Click on any one and find out who invented it and why it "caught on."

*Activities - Learn about the popularity of such pastimes as EST Therapy, Dungeons & Dragons, miniature golf, skateboarding, talking to plants, and sleeping on waterbeds. You can even find out the origins of the phrase "Kilroy Was Here!"

*Events -- Get the scoop on incredible, zany, and flat-out ridiculous crowd pleasers such as dance marathons, flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, streaking, toga parties and more.

Everything I saw at this site was presented tastefully (even if the fad itself was the height of bad taste) and with general audiences in mind. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability. I think you will find that there is something wonderfully whimsical and educational in most of these bad fads that your family will enjoy.

It's just this kind of quirky subject matter that can inspire curiosity and springboard a student to an exploration of multiple academic subjects. So, have fun and don't be surprised at how much you learn. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

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Wed., Nov. 9, 2005 - History of Eating Utensils

----------Forwarded Message--------

Hi! It's Thursday, June 23, 2005 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
CA Academy of Science: Online Exhibit
[NOTE: Home page
- previously posted. – Phyllis ]

One of my family's favorite ways to explore history is through common,
everyday things. It gives us something tangible in the present day that ties
into events and people of historical significance from the past. Today's
website offers an interesting timeline that explores the history of eating
utensils through an online exhibit of a collection housed at the California
Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. When you get to the site you will see
a brief introduction that includes instructions for using the site. Below
the introduction is a menu that includes: forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks,
and portable cutlery. Click on any one and a new page opens with a selection
of photographs of the historical cutlery and text that traces its history
from ancient origin to modern usage. Some of the items were part of royal
treasures and others were unearthed by archaeologists at dig sites.
Regardless of how they became part of the collection, it's fascinating that
eating implements can provide so much social and cultural history. The only
drawback to this site is that it can take a long time to load each new page.
The delay is worth it -- but you might want to have something else to keep
you occupied while you wait.

Oh, don't miss the "Online Exhibits Home" button on the menu. It takes you
to a wonderful selection of virtual gallerys at this site that display:

-Ceramics of the Persian Empire
-Victorian Kitchen Wares and Utensils
-Native Alaskan Graphic Art
-Mingei: Japanese Folk Toys
-and more!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should also preview the sites for suitable content, and then review the sites together with their children.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Registered Trademark and may not be used without written permission of Diane Flynn Keith.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Tues., Nov. 8, 2005 - How Time Works

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, June 21, 2005

How Time Works
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

This site, from the "How Stuff Works" folks, takes a look at that ephemeral
element which flies, waits for no man and sometimes hangs heavily.
Gentle Subscribers with time on their hands, may find this lively
examination of the subject an informative way to spend some.

"Time is something that most of us take for granted. Have you ever thought
about why, for example, there are 12 months in a year? Why are there 30
days in September? Why are there time zones and what's with daylight-saving
time? Why are there 86,400 seconds in a day? ... In this article, we'll
help to clarify the subject of time. In the same way that many of the
traditions surrounding Christmas and Halloween have totally unexpected
origins, so do the traditions surrounding clocks and calendars!"

The site's introductory page lists a Table of Contents displaying the
themes discussed, which range from the origins of time and its measurements
-- from infinitesimal to immense; to clocks; daylight saving time; and
calendar years and months. Little nuggets, such as explanations of commonly
used time abbreviations, occur throughout the presentation, along with
internal links to relevant topics.

Sweep over to the site for an informative look at time at:

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


Tues., Nov. 8, 2005 - Electricity and Magnets

TeAchnology: Physics > Electricity and Magnets
Scroll down for 19 links to related web sites

© 2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved


Tues., Nov. 8, 2005 - Physics Evolution

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, July 12, 2005 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Physics Evolution: A Timeline of Connected Events
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
- Phyllis ]

At today's website, the study of physics is introduced to students in middle
school to high school (ages 11-18) through an interactive map that tells the
stories of people who have influenced and developed physics throughout time.

When you get to the site you will see a map and a key that explains how to
use it to learn about important characters in the evolution of physics. Read
their biographies, and use the map to see the links between people, how they
influenced each other, and how their work progressed. You can explore the
site in chronological order investigating the origins and development of
physics through time, or jump to different time periods to randomly begin an
exploration of physics through the ages.

There is a menu on the left side of the map that you can use to learn about:

-Ancient Philosophers - Find out how the Persians, Egyptians, Greeks and
Romans influenced the development of physics.

-The Arabian & Chinese Age - Learn how Chinese and Islamic culture nurtured
philosophy and mathematics during the Dark Ages in Europe.

-The Renaissance - Discover how religious and civil conflicts restructured
the foundations and tools of philosophy that influenced scientific thought.

-The Electrical Enlightenment - Invention and experimentation in Europe and
America revolutionized thinking and the science of physics took hold.

-The Industrial Revolution - International trade provided incentive to
improve technology through science and physics.

-The Atom Age - The discovery of radioactivity, the publication of
Einstein's Theory of Relativity and world wars altered scientific thought
and our understanding of physics.

-The Standard Model - Find out how physics laid the foundation for the
Information Age, communication technology, and Quantum Mechanics.

In each of these categories you can read the biographies of the people whose
thought, experimentation, and invention forged the science of physics, and
learn how they influenced one another resulting in the evolution of physics
through time. This is a fascinating way to introduce and/or enhance the
study of physics.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should also preview the sites for suitable content, and then review the sites together with their children.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Registered Trademark and may not be used without written permission of Diane Flynn Keith.

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Tues., Nov. 8, 2005 - Online Physics

Found in:
Virtual Teacher Newsletter No. 110 June 25th 2005

Online Physics

This Einstein International Year of Physics has inspired some exciting Internet based projects.
Relativity in ten minutes or ten hours
For teachers, students and those that have always struggled with the concepts of Special Relativity, the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales has created a multimedia website, Einstein Light, which explains relativity- in ten minutes or ten hours!

Monday, November 07, 2005


Mon., Nov. 7, 2005 - Japanese War Relocation Authority Camps

War Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona, 1942-1946
“The Authority embarked on a rapid trajectory of planning and building 10 relocation camps that would house more than 110,000 Japanese Americans who lived chiefly inside the boundaries of Military District 1 along the Pacific Coast.

A map shows how the WRA dispersed the camps across the western United States.”

Related Sites


Mon., Nov. 7, 2005 - Biology Sites

Teacher Resource > Subject Matter > Science > Biology
Includes links to sites on Animals, Botany, Cells, Dissection, Environment,
Insects, Rainforest


Mon., Nov. 7, 2005 - Hand Bookbindings

Hand Bookbindings
“…an online display of over two hundred bindings. They are divided thematically into twenty-six categories.
…from the most humble of volumes to the most luxurious; from the monastic manuscripts of the twelfth century to the special editions of the twentieth.”


Mon., Nov. 7, 2005

Found in:

Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for July 21, 2005

BioBasics: Biomining ------------------------------------------------
Background information about biomining, which is "the use of
microorganisms to extract metals and minerals from ores in the
mining process." Discusses bioleaching (used to extract copper)
and biooxidation (mainly used in gold mining), and specific
research and applications of biomining. Includes a brief
bibliography. From the Government of Canada.
* Mineral industries
* Minerals
* Mining engineering
Created by: je
[NOTE: See Also: Homepage: BioBasics - Phyllis ]


Delicious Pieces: The Vegetables We Eat --------------------------------------
Uses "grocery store vegetables to examine how seed plants are
constructed" and to teach the basic elements of morphology (the
"study of body forms"). Discusses seeds, specialized root systems
(such as carrots), shoot systems (such as asparagus and kohlrabi),
edible leaves, flowers (broccoli), and other forms of vegetables.
Includes photographs. From Marion Ownbey Herbarium, Washington
State University.
* Botany
* Vegetables
* Phanerogams
* Plant morphology
Created by: mrm

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Biographies, written by published sports writers, of selected
baseball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, and
tennis players; auto racers; and Olympic athletes. Entries include
a biographical narrative, facts, and quotes from and about the
* Sports
* Athletes
Created by: ls


The Official U.S. Time -----------------------------------------------
Accurate to within 1 second. Pick a time zone in the the United
States or its territories. The official U.S. government time is
displayed in large, easy-to-read numerals, along with the
coordinated universal time and a world map displaying where the
sun is shining. "Time Exhibits" provides information about
Daylight Saving Time, calendars, clocks, watches, timekeeping, and
more. From the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST)and the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO).
* Time
* LII classic content
Created by: dl
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Race to Build the Atomic Bomb: A Resource for Teachers and
Students ----------------------------------------------------------------------
This site provides information on the science, the scientists, and
the nations involved in the development of the atomic bomb. There
are also lesson plans and suggested resources for further
research, including Web links, print, and nonprint materials. From
the Contra Costa County (California) Office of Education.
* Atomic bomb
* LII classic content
Created by: sf


Timelines of Art History: The World (BC/BCE) --------------------------------
"This is an educational website which is dedicated to art history.
Timelines presents selected resources (web links) about the art
and archaeology of ancient civilizations, including: Egypt, Greece
and Rome, Asia, and the Middle East. ... Timelines pages are
organized by civilization and period." Many of the linked sites
include images. From an art history enthusiast.
* Art
* Chronology, Historical
Created by: mcb

Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders and Book Designers -------------
This exhibit documents how "women have been involved in printing
and the making of books ever since these crafts were first
developed." Offers a brief introduction about women in book
printing from the 15th through 20th centuries and four ways to
browse the collection: by image (the "thumbnail gallery"), name,
occupation, and date. From Princeton University Library, Graphic
Arts Collection.
* Book design
* Women in the book industries and trade
Created by: mrm

Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2005 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
Websites you can trust!

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Sun., Nov. 6, 2005 - Sci4Kids / Hot Links for Techers..Cool Sites for Kids

“Science is not something far away in a laboratory. It's wired right
into your daily life--to the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the
water you drink.” The folks at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service,
or ARS, have put together an educational science site based on stories
about what their scientists do every day. Come along as they listen to
insects, use microscopes on snowflakes, and watch food digest. Includes
a section on Weird Science.
Hot Links for Teachers...Cool Sites for Kids


Sun., Nov. 6, 2005 - Research Definitions

Found in:
Site of the Day for Friday, July 8, 2005

Reactive Reports

Today's web page offers an amusing view of the underlining meaning of some
of the more useful phrases invariably included in technical articles.
Gentle Subscribers, seeking a brief respite from tragic events, will find
this little compendium a mild diversion.

"The following phrases, frequently found in technical writings, are defined
below for your enlightenment. They are adapted from 'A glossary for
research reports, by C. D. Graham, Jr., which appeared in Metal Progress.
Graham had evidently read too many scientific papers by the time he
composed this clever compilation." - from the website

This delightful collection was composed over forty years ago; time has not
altered their essential definitions. As long as scientists labor in the
lab, these always serviceable phrases will resonate with timeless relevance
and humor.

Scoot over to the page to discover what scientists really mean by these
ubiquitous technical gems at:

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


Sun., Nov. 6, 2005 - ChemTutor

“Basic chemistry help is available here for high school or college students. Chemtutor begins with the fundamentals and gives expert help with the most difficult phases of understanding your first course in chemistry. Chemtutor is not necessarily a complete text for your course or a complete outline, but we are proud to offer some insightful help in the parts of primary chemistry that have been, from our experience, the hardest for students to grasp.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Nov. 6, 2005 - Periodic Table / Kinetic City / Water Cycle

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== May 13, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 10 ======

Periodic Table [Macromedia Shockwave Player]

Using the Macromedia Shockwave Player, this American Chemical Society
website offers three interactive periodic tables. Students can find the
basic data on each element including its atomic radius, stable isotopes,
melting point, and density in the first periodic table tab. The website
identifies different elemental groups by color. Users can view the electron
configuration by selecting elements on the periodic table in the second tab.
The last tab offers plots of the elements' electronegativity, ionization
energy, and other properties. [RME]

Kinetic City [pdf]
Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this website offers an assortment of science experiments, games, activities, and projects. In the Shape it Up game, students can learn about land formations and processes. Users can learn the basic interactions of mixing different chemicals in the Slush Rush link. Educators can find Leader packets and information on how to start a Kinetic City club. Besides the games educating users about topics in the physical sciences, the website also offers a variety of biology-related activities. After filling out the free sign-up form, the website saves individual's power points and results. [RME]

The Water Cycle [Macromedia Flash Player]
This Macromedia Flash Player enhanced website, developed by the EPA, The website is divided into four sections: rain, water storage, vapor, and clouds. In the Rain section, students can discover the forms of precipitation and why it occurs. Through the short, interactive module, individuals can learn about the development of aquifers, transpiration, and condensation. This is a great website for young students to grasp the connections between different forms of water. [RME]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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


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