Saturday, January 07, 2006


Sat., Jan. 7, 2006

Found in:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-10-01

Ancient Astronomy
From the site:
“People from around the world study of the heavens to define themselves and to unify their cultures. The study of ancient astronomy allows us to glimpse into a time when the forces of the universe were mysterious and dangerous. Often cultures relied on shamans or priests to mediate between the people and the heavens, and so the relation between religion and astronomy in ancient times is very close. In this resource center we hope to present an overview of the world's ancient cultures, and their relationship with the skies.”


Today's date on several calendars and a list of events that occurred on this date.

Calendar Information
From the site:
“This is not meant to be a long discourse on the various calendars but instead to give you some flavor of the different calendars.”


Farmers' Almanac.
Old Farmer's Almanac.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


FindSounds: Search the Web for Sounds
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Invisible Web: What it is, why it exists, how to find it.
[NOTE: Other pages from “Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial”
previously posted. - Phyllis


Almanac of Policy Issues
Background information, archived documents, and links on major
U.S. public policy issues. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Archives for this ezine are available online here:


Sat., Jan. 7, 2006 - U.S. Supreme Court Cases, 1791-2005

U.S. Supreme Court Cases 1791-2005
Searchable by name or phrase, browseable by year or volume.


Sat., Jan. 7, 2006 - History Wired

Found in:

======== The Scout Report ==
======== August 10, 2001 ====
======== Volume 7, Number 29 ======

HistoryWired: a few of our favorite things -- NMAH [RealPlayer, Mac OS
Runtime for Java]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This new site from the National Museum of American History (NMAH) showcases
hundreds of items from the museum's collection, many currently not on
display. What makes this site particularly notable is its organization,
which eschews the standard division into categories and subcategories (where
users "drill down" to reach items) for a front page from which all items are
accessible with a click. The interface here is quite nifty. NMAH aimed to
replicate the serendipitous experience of wandering through a museum and
encountering unexpected and interesting items. When users log on to
HistoryWired, they will find a grid grouped into broad categories such as
Sciences, Home, and Print/ Communications. Running the mouse over a square
in the grid brings up a thumbnail and brief description of an item. More
information and a larger image are available by clicking on the square.
Boxes/ items can be highlighted by date using the slider bar at the top of
the screen or by category using the buttons. Or, for the more focused
visitor, there is a search box at the bottom of the screen. Mac users may
need to download Mac OS Runtime for Java to use all of the features at the
site (see the Technical Requirements section of the site for a hyperlink).

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001.


Sat., Jan. 7, 2006

Found in:
*** Neat New Stuff, September 23, 2005

American Ethnic Geography
Mapping is a great way to make raw data meaningful, and this collection of maps illustrates how ethnic groups, religions and denominations, languages, political participation and beliefs, and socio-economic status are distributed across the US.

Free Lookups
This commercial data solutions vendor lets you, free of charge, "search up to 30 databases for the [US] information you want" including climate averages by zip code, income tax info by zip code, labor statistics by zip code, business counts by SIC, etc.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Government Podcasts
Some federal and state governments are staring to use podcasts, and this site tells you which are currently online. Check out its parent site, Free Government Information, while you're at it.
Free Government Information
“Because government information needs to be free”

Librarians Resource Center [American Psychological Association]
"a gateway to information about APA publications and databases" including PsychInfo user guides and search tips, a students' corner, copyright information, and a Library Toolkit of search guides on topics such as consumer psychology and psychopharmacology. [NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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

Friday, January 06, 2006


Fri., Jan. 6, 2006 - Newton's Castle

Newton's Castle
From the site:
“Explore Newton's Castle to learn about his discoveries and secret life.
Learn about color, optical illusions, observations from nature and
fascinating facts about how cars roll up hill and why dogs chase cars.”


Fri., Jan. 6, 2006 - Electronic Environmental Resource Library

The Electronic Environmental Resources Library (eERL)
From the site:
“…online collection of environmental and sustainability resources for educators and for their students.”
“eERL serves to link research on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) resources tied to environmental science and technology content and make it available to high school and middle school as well to its niche of community college education. eERL is working with the Gender Diversity and Technology Institute to make its resources available to middle school students with a focus on engaging girls in STEM education.”


Fri., Jan. 6, 2006 - Scientists & Science Careers
From the site:
“Thank you for visiting, your one-stop shop for information on sciences' most prominent people. Here, you will find information about astronomers, biologists, chemists, engineers, inventors, physicists, and radiologists. Listed below are summaries of the job specifications for each science field. You can also navigate directly to an individual by clicking on their name on the left-hand side of the page. Thank you and we hope you find the information you were searching for!”


Fri., Jan. 6, 2006

--------Forwarded Message--------
PBS Teacher Previews: January 8-14, 2006
Masterpiece Theatre "Henry VIII" (part 1 of 2)
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, January 8, 20069 - 10:30 pm
Ray Winstone stars as Henry VIII, 16th-century England's crueland colorful monarch, who married six times, founded a newchurch and presided over a bloodbath -- all in pursuit of amale heir. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)Four weddings and a funeral? Log on to learn frivolous bitsabout the production including the fact that the programincludes four weddings, three births, six executions, fivenatural deaths and one funeral.
[Aired previously November 2004]

"Life in Death Valley"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, January 8, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Tune in and discover Death Valley. It is a visual wonderland,
where imposing mountains rise almost two miles above sprawling
salt flats and canyons are painted in strokes of blue, pink,
violet and green from sunrise to sunset. This is Death Valley
-- one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. (CC,
Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about Death Valley at the companion Web site.
(Available January 5, 2006)

NOVA scienceNOW
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Join us for this special year-end edition produced in
collaboration with "Discover" magazine. The program provides a
fast-paced round-up of the year's most groundbreaking and
curious science stories, including the risk posed by a flu
pandemic, the inspiring comeback story of the ivory-billed
woodpecker and evidence that the threat from powerful
hurricanes is growing worse. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about the top science stories of 2005 at the
companion Web site.
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda In Scientific American Frontiers "Robot Pals"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Friday, January 13, 2006
9 - 9:30 pm
To be really useful, robots need to behave as cooperativepartners rather than mindless machines. Tune in and meet threerobots -- including a future member of an astronaut team --that are trying to better understand us. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1year)

Download our lesson plan in which students construct modelfaces that communicate using facial features.
[Aired previously April 2005]
Country Boys
A Frontline Presentation (part 1 of 3) TV> PBSOL> High School
Monday, January 9, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
David Sutherland, acclaimed producer of "The Farmer's Wife,"
returns to rural America with "Country Boys," an epic tale of
two boys coming of age in eastern Kentucky's Appalachian hills.
Tune in for the next three nights for this series that
traverses the emotional terrain of two boys who are about to
become men, documenting their struggles to overcome hardship
and poverty and find meaning in their lives. (CC, Stereo, 1

Log on and find out the story behind "Country Boys;" filmmaker
David Sutherland writes about what initially brought him to

Country Boys
A Frontline Presentation (part 2 of 3) TV> PBSOL> High School
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
In the second part of this series a friendship begins to
develop between Cody and Chris as the boys work to start a
school choir. Organizing the choir was Chris' idea and its
success boosts his self-confidence; but at his moment of
triumph, his mother moves out. Cody, meanwhile, is grappling
with the complicated reality of his extended family. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to to talk about the
program on Jan. 11.

Country Boys
A Frontline Presentation (part 3 of 3) TV> PBSOL> High School
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
As Chris and Cody enter their senior year, their lives and
hopes for the future take dramatically different directions.
Chris has moved out of his father's home. Burdened with
expenses, he drops out of school entirely. Cody, meanwhile,
continues to do well in his studies. He and Jessica are talking
about marriage and plan to attend college together. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Download our Discussion Guide to get ideas on how to use this
powerful film as a springboard for a community conversation.

Manor House "Making the Grade"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Friday, January 13, 2006
10 - 11:00 pm
Join us for this fascinating look at the rigid social hierarchy
of Edwardian Britain. This six-part cultural-reality series
documents the experiences of real-life, modern people living in
an authentically re-created bygone era. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log on and find out whom you might have been if you'd been born
in Britain 100 years ago.

Science of Fat
High School

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute lecture on obesity discusses
how the body regulates weight by carefully controlling the
storage and burning of fat. The metabolic systems of the body
that relate to fat storage and expenditure are demonstrated
through nine animations with audio narrations. Watch a Webcast
of the presentation.

[NOTE: The 2005 Holiday Lectures
Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads
as well as all the Past Holiday Lectures Archives are available at: - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

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

Wed, Jan 4, 2006 at 3:05 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

Next week, tune into NOVA scienceNOW's review of some of the top
stories of the year, which will feature stories on the ivory-billed
woodpecker, pandemic flu, the 10th planet, a profile of one
researcher who nearly lost years of research in Hurricane Katrina,
and more. Watch the segments online beginning January 11.
(QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.)
(Subjects covered: Earth science, health science, life science,
space science, technology/engineering)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "NOVA scienceNOW"
Broadcast: January 10, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Ask the Expert
Send questions about the ivory-billed woodpecker to
ornithologist John Fitzpatrick of Cornell University.
(Questions due by Friday, January 13; selected responses will be
posted the week of January 16.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Pandemic Flu

Ask the Expert
Send questions about pandemic flu to Dr. Kanta Subbarao of the
National Institutes of Health. (Questions due by Friday,
January 13; selected responses will be posted the week of
January 16.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

10th Planet

Ask the Expert
Send questions about the 10th planet to astronomer Michael
Brown. (Questions due by Friday, January 13; selected responses
will be posted the week of January 16.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Planet Theory
Hear what two experts with differing opinions have to say about
whether the word "planet" has any useful meaning in this
three-minute video clip. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media
plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Found It!
Listen to this one-minute video clip to find out how astronomer
Michael Brown knew immediately that the object he discovered in
2005 was a planet and that it was larger than Pluto. (QuickTime,
RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Tyler Curiel

Ask the Expert
Send questions about surviving Katrina and salvaging his life's
work to cancer researcher Tyler Curiel. (Questions due by Friday,
January 13; selected responses will be posted the week of
January 16.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Stem Cell Update

Controversy-Free Science?
Find out where United States is now in terms of stem cell
research, whether an ethical alternative exists, and more this
interview with stem cell scientist George Daley.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

April 2005 story
Watch the 15-minute original broadcast segment on balancing
respect for life with hope for cures, and see accompanying Web
features. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Related Science News
Find recent stories on stem cell research. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

More Stories

Explore video segments and more information about the twin prime
conjecture, stronger hurricanes, and lab meat.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Find out how you can sign up for the NOVA scienceNOW podcast.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Learn about features and dispatches as they are posted to the NOVA
scienceNOW Web site by signing up for Really Simple Syndication
(RSS), a format that allows you to easily read the latest news from
a number of Web sites. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Read what the NOVA scienceNOW producers, editors, and correspondents
are thinking about. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Get Involved
Find ways to get involved in science, from attending science
lectures to joining real science projects. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Educators
Discover the many ways you can integrate NOVA scienceNOW into your
classroom, including teacher's guides, links to science news
stories, and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Scientists
Obtain advice on how you can get your research news out to others.

Science News
Keep current with the most important stories by reading the top
science news articles from the mainstream media. Check back daily
for the top stories. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

* * * * * * * *

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Thurs., Jan. 5, 2006

Found on:
ResourceShelf 23-29, 2005

Resources of the Week
by Shirl Kennedy, Deputy Editor

+ Urban Legends Reference Pages
Always check here first, since this is the motherlode...and it's nicely organized, for browsing and searching. Links on the front page will take you to the newest and 25 hottest urban legends. Both pages have their own RSS feeds. For each tale, you'll learn where it came from (if possible) whether it is true, false, or undetermined/ambiguous. References and links to related information are often included.

+ CIAC Hoax Pages (Hoaxbusters)
This website is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Computer Incident Advisory Capability. However, the site maintainers tell us, "At CIAC, we find that we spend much more time de-bunking hoaxes than handling real virus and Trojan incidents. These pages describe some of the warnings, offers, and pleas for help that are filling our mailboxes, clogging our mailservers, and that generally do not have any basis in fact." You can browse by category (including fake virus/malicious code warnings) or search the archive. There's also a Full Hoax Index that allows you to see, on a single page, the contents of all the other pages on the site. Also included is a comprehensive list of links to other hoax sites, as well as scam/fraud information and reporting sites.

+ Urban Legends and Folklore
You can search and browse here as well, but as is typical for sites, the cluttered interface can be distracting. Below the title of each entry, on the right, you'll see information about the origin of the rumor/hoax, its status and a link to a brief analysis. Clicking on Hoax Central on the lefthand nav bar takes you to a collection of stuff that is currently floating around, including Bogus Websites (remember the Bonsai Kitten?) and Faux Photos (always amusing). There's a top 25 list here as well, and an image quiz (real or fake?).

While not as content-rich as the three sites mentioned above, there's a particularly good section on religious/spiritual rumors, including prayer requests, etc. Search or browse. Paid subscriptions are offered here for those who want to be promptly alerted to "the latest stories, eRumors, and hoaxes."

+ ("The Bunk Stops Here")
Keyword search five different hoax sites from a single page -- the first three sites mentioned here, plus the CERT Computer Security Database and the Symantec (Real) Virus Encyclopedia. Well worth a bookmark. Purportal was a ResourceShelf "Resource of the Week" in 2004.
[NOTE: All of the above Hoax detection sites were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Joseph Stalin--Databases
Source: Univeristy of Pittsburgh Digital Libraries
New, Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana
"The Digital Research Library released an image collection visually documenting the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The website, Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana, is the result of a two-year effort between the DRL and Prof. Helena Goscilo (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), Susan Corbesero (Department of History), and Petre Petrov (graduate student). The collection comprises 368 visual materials and artifacts relating to Stalin: photographs, posters, paintings, banners, sculptures, chinaware, pins, etc." [NOTE: Site can be browsed by Images with Captions, Images with Descriptive Info, or Captions Only. – Phyllis ]

Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons--Maps
Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Deadly Maps
"The complete collection of maps from Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats by Joseph Cirincione, Jon B. Wolfsthal, and Miriam Rajkumar is now available online. Included in the collection are maps that reflect the worldwide proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their missile delivery systems. Additionally, country maps show the major nuclear installations, both civilian and military, in each country."

Interactive Voice Response Systems
Source: Intuit QuickBase
Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone System Shortcuts (USA)
"Instructions for bypassing IVR systems to get to a human as quickly as you can."

Source: askSam
The Tragedy of MacBeth by William Shakespeare -- Free Searchable Version
"Using the askSam Web Publisher, we've put the entire text of MacBeth on-line in a searchable database. You can search and browse through the information from your Web browser." You can also download the database along with an askSam viewer. (Free registration required.)


MSN Search Offers Free Full Text Access to Encarta Encyclopedia
“Researchers might be interested to learn that MSN Search is offering a free access to the full text (not just blurbs) of Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia. This page offers details about how to get a free pass. No, registration is required.

Basically, when you click on a link to Encarta found on MSN Search results pages or in an MSN "direct answer," you're given a two hour free pass (set via a cookie) to the full text of the entire encyclopedia. Once your pass is activated, you can search and access the full text using Encarta search box. OK, your two hour pass has expired and you still want more. No problem! Simply return to MSN Search and click another Encarta link and your free pass is renewed.

* Exceptions: The Encarta free pass does not include access to homework tools, literature guides, and sidebars. Also, with your free pass, you can view thumbnails of MSN Encarta illustrations, photographs, audio, and video but not full-size images.”
Posted by Gary Price on Sep. 23, 2005
Wealth--United States--Lists & Rankings
Source: Forbes
Forbes 400 (2005)
[Shortened URL: ]
"The 400 Richest Americans." Sort list by rank, name, net worth, age, and residence. Numerous special features are included in the online package.

Gary PriceEditor,
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit



Thurs., Jan. 5, 2006 - Smithsonian's Bicycle Collection / Lech Walesa

Found in:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for September 1, 2005

America on the Move: From the Smithsonian's Bicycle Collection ---
Exhibit on the history of bicycles, mostly based on the 1974 book
"Wheels and Wheeling: The Smithsonian Cycle Collection." Features
essays on the history of bicycling and images of vintage bicycles
and other bicycle-related materials from the Smithsonian
Institution collections. Many of the images link to detailed
descriptions of the bicycles (from 1818 to 1965). From the
Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
* Bicycles
* Cycling
Created by: je
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Lech Walesa: Founder of Poland's Solidarity Trade Union ------------------------
A profile of the electrical engineer who led Solidarity, the first
trade union in Eastern Europe independent of Communist rule.
Walesa was later elected president of Poland. From CNN.
* Walesa, Lech, 1943-
* Presidents
* Poland
* People
Created by: wh
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]
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!


Thurs., Jan. 5, 2006 - Telephone Exchange Project

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Telephone Exchange Project

Today's site, from Robert Crowe and Mark Cuccia, offers both history and
nostalgia on that almost forgotten relic of telecommunications, the named
telephone exchange. Gentle Subscribers who have moved into the world of ten
digit dialing to phone the neighbor across the street may sigh regretfully
over the passing of the far more simple way of remembering phone numbers by
using a descriptive name to designate the exchange numbers -- PEnnsylvania
6-5000, anyone?

"Telephone numbers used to begin with two letters, which were an
abbreviation for a word... This project is an attempt to assemble
information about exchange names from a lot of widely spread original
sources. ... Why do we care? Partly just perverse curiosity. Partly because
we want to resist the increasing trend towards digitizing our lives.
Exchange names helped foster a sense of place, and community, in the same
way that cities do. They're also a link to our more analog past which is
fast slipping away. ... It can also be a resource for people who wish to
give their phone number using an exchange name." - from the website

The site provides a searchable and browsable database of exchange names, an
explanation of how the old exchange name system worked, and the mapping
between exchange names and the central telephone office. Links are provided
to most print articles about the project and there's a delightful
collection of historical background anecdotes.

Dial over to the site for a fascinating look at the way phone numbers used
to be named at:

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


Thurs., Jan. 5, 2006 -

Free Public Record Search

Pretrieve is a public record search engine that makes Internet based research for finding
public records relevant to a person, business, or address, free, faster and easier for everyone.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Wed., Jan. 4, 2006

Found in:
The Scout Report
September 30, 2005
Volume 11, Number 39
Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914 [pdf]

The History of Medicine division of The National Library of Medicine has
been responsible for a number of fine online digital collections, and this
latest one is no exception. The Medicine in the Americas website provides
access to a number of key primary historical documents that deal with a
number of areas, such as women’s health, public health, and clinical works
of enduring historical value. Currently, there are a total of eight works in
the archive, and they include Clara Barton’s “The Red Cross of the Geneva
Convention” from 1878 and L. Emmett Holt’s 1894 work “The Care and Feeding
of Children: A Catechism for the Use of Mothers and Children’s Nurses”. For
many of the generally curious and those with a penchant for the world of
medical and scientific history, this website will be quite a find. [KMG]

Renewable Energy Policy Project [pdf]

Established in 1995 with funding from the Energy Foundation and the
Department of Energy, the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP) has spent
the past decade educating the general public about renewable energies. This
is accomplished by providing competent and rigorous policy analysis about
the myriad of issues surrounding the viability and sustainability of such
energy sources. Visitors to the site’s homepage will find clickable icons
(such as those depicting wind, solar, and hydrogen), and they can discover
the variety of resources associated with each type of renewable energy
source. These resources generally include a brief description of the REPP’s
work in each field, along with links to some of their more recent working
papers and policy briefs. For persons who hope to join the discussion about
some of these timely topics, the site also maintains a number of relevant
listservs, such as those dealing with bioconversion and strawbale
conversion. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Ancient Architects of the Mississippi

Several thousands of years ago in the lower Mississippi River Delta, Native
Americans began constructing mounds to bury the dead. For the next fifteen
centuries, these various groups would build what may be called the first
dense urban settlements in what would later become the United States. Today
some of these former settlements and earthworks are overseen by the National
Park Service, which has seen fit to create this website to provide
information to the general public. Here visitors can review information
about these settlements, view a timeline of related events, and learn about
the complex nature of trade within and among these communities. The site
also has a “Delta Voices” section, which contains some brief quotations from
early explorers who traversed the area, along with comments from Native
Americans and perspectives from contemporary archaeologists and scholars.

Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection [Real Player]

Over the past several years, the Louisiana Digital Library has assembled a
number of online collections that draw on the many archives and institutions
from around the state. One such noteworthy collection is the Louisiana State
Museum Jazz Collection, which has been assembled here with the kind
assistance of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Drawing on the
rich musical and cultural heritage of traditional New Orleans jazz, the
collection contains close to 700 photographs taken over the past nine
decades. Some of the photographic highlights include early portraits of
noted trumpeter Al Hirt and a rare photograph of Louis Armstrong’s childhood
bedroom. Visitors will want to use the basic keyword search to find
specific materials, or they may also elect to browse the images by title.
Perhaps the real highlights of the site are the 386 audio files that contain
some of the very important (and very obscure) recordings from this golden
age of jazz. Visitors will be delighted to listen to the 1919 Rag as
performed by Kid Ory and the “hot” version of Alexander’s Ragtime Band, as
rendered by Bessie Smith, accompanied by Fletcher Henderson’s Hot 6. [KMG]

A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books the century after Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type, books andother printed materials began to flourish, and in doing so, many artisansbegan to decorate such items with marvelous woodcuts. Three centuries aftertheir publication, Lessing J. Rosenwald (the retired chairman of Sears,Roebuck, and Company) acquired many of these masterworks at a sale sponsoredby their then owner, C.W. Dyson Perrins. Eventually, Rosenwald willed theseworks to the Library of Congress, and they have just recently created thisonline exhibit to complement a current exhibit in Washington, DC. In theintroduction to the exhibit, visitors can read about Rosenwald and Perrins,and also learn a bit about how a woodcut is created. The exhibit itself isdivided into one section that deals with works from the 15th century, andanother that deals with the 16th century. Some of the highlights featuredhere include images from a 1506 commentary on the Passion of Christ asexecuted by the Swiss artist, Urs Graf. Another set of gems are the lovelywoodcuts from Jacob Wolff’s 1501 edition of Aesop’s life and fables. [KMG]

Western Trails: An Online Journey

Based on a collaboration of very diverse institutions (including the
University of Wyoming and the Omaha Public Library), the Western Trails
digital database provides access to thousands of primary documents
associated with various aspects of Western US history. Visitors to the
website may want to dive right in and view some of the “trail” themed
collections, such as the Native American Trails or the Railroad Trails.
Within each of these sections, visitors will be able to read a brief essay
about each theme, complete with accompanying maps, images, and other primary
sources. Next to each essay are links to some of the discrete exhibits
created by participating institutions, such as those on the emigrant trails
of Wyoming or the Mormon trails in the San Luis Valley. What is perhaps most
impressive about the site is the very well-thought out search engine which
allows users to search each independently created database by creator,
title, keyword, or through a host of advanced options. The site is rounded
out by a selection of resources for educators to use in conjunction with the
digitized materials presented here. [KMG]

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


Wed., Jan. 4, 2006 - Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World

Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World
From the site:
“Who were our ancestors? From where did we originate? …Now finally this interactive map reveals an exciting journey of opportunity and survival, confirmed by genetic science and documented by ancient rock art… The Bradshaw Foundation, in association with Stephen Oppenheimer, presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years. The map will show for the first time the interaction of migration and climate over this period.

Migration and Rock Art Links


Wed., Jan. 4, 2006 - The Homestead Act of 1862

The Homestead Act of 1862
From the site: “The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American dream.”

Tour the Virtual Museum

Take a Virtual Tour of the Schoolhouse [QuickTime VR]
“These panoramas will allow you to look around as if you were really at the school.”
Scroll around or click for a closer view. Clicking on doorways takes you into the room.

Homesteading: The Free Land Idea [pdf]
An Activity Guide for Teachers Grades 4 through 6 (114 pages)

Homestead Legacies - biographies
Sixteen “well-known figures in American history that have or had personal connections to the Homestead Act...identified thus far include: Willa Cather (author); George Washington Carver (inventor, educator); Virgil Earp (frontier lawman); Jeannette Rankin (first woman elected to congress); Laura Ingalls Wilder (author); and Lawrence Welk (entertainer).

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Willa Cather

Map of Homesteading States

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


Wed., Jan. 4, 2006 - Colonial America

Found in:
Date Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 5:48 AM
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Issue 276


Home > Teacher Resource > Subject Matter > Social Studies > Colonial America
Scroll down for a list of 40 annotated sites.

©2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved.
[NOTE: Other lists of sites from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Tues., Jan. 3, 2006 - Africa / Jungle

Found in:
National Geographic's Education Newsletter
September 2005

SPECIAL: Africa Classroom Companion

To make it as easy as possible for you to teach about African culture, history, peoples, animals, issues, and of course, geography, we've compiled a list of every available online National Geographic resource, from lesson plans to maps to photos. Download the Classroom Companion for a printable version of the list.$ASJ4TXAYNV-pAGE2gp9E/ngs11
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© 2005 National Geographic Society.


Jungle Photos: Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands & Africa
From the site: …”an educational website with a wide range of images and
information on the Galapagos Islands and Africa, as well as the Amazon rainforest.”


Tues., Jan. 3, 2006 - Go Places / Country Guides

Time for Kids Go Places
Visit the 23 countries listed. Most include famous sites, fact file,
history timeline, and audio of some native phrases.

Found on:
Sept. 19-22,2005

Baker Library Research Guides
“Baker Library Research Guides focus on topical resources to help in your research. Research Guides cover general business topics, specific industries, and countries. There are also Guides that step you through the research process.”
Country Guides tab in column on left.

[NOTE: Some of the Country Guides link to:

“Through an exclusive arrangement with World Trade Press,
TradePort offers data on 175 countries, free of charge.”

The World Bank: Countries and Regions,,pagePK:180619~theSitePK:136917,00.html
[Shortened URL: ]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NationMaster Nations of the World is a “compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.” You can search by country name or compare statistics from a drop-down list of categories [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

CIA World Factbook
[NOTE: Previously posted. – “Country information has been updated as of 1 November, 2005.” - Phyllis ]

Library of Congress: Country Studies
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]]


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Tues., Jan. 3, 2006 - Canada / Scotland / China

Get 2 Know Canada
“Get 2 Know Canada
Welcomes students and teachers researching Canada.”

Canadian-American Center
Teaching Canada For a Global Perspective
Curriculum Resources and Professional Development for K-12 Educators

Scottish History
“These pages contain links and information on all (or most) things Scottish - everything from history to politics.”

Condensed China
“Chinese History for Beginners
Condensed China is an introduction to Chinese history. It exists to inform, enlighten, and attract netizens interested in China. It is not a complete history of China…This is more like ''Chinese History: the Cliff Notes version.”


Tues., Jan. 3, 2006 - Mexico

Mexico for Kids
Web site available in English, Spanish, Italian and French. There are sections about Mexico,
history, government, exploration, biodiversity, games, and news. Available in Spanish, Italian, French, and English.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
[Shortened URL: ]
This site draws upon the collection of the Getty Research Institute. “The work of some thirty known photographers is shown, alongside that of many others who remain anonymous. Together they provide a chronicle of Mexico from approximately 1857 to 1923, a chronicle explored in the History and Chronology sections of the resource. The terrain across which this history played out may be explored in the Maps section. The animated introduction gives a sampling of the events and lives documented by the photographs included in this Web site, including images of the railways, bridges, roads, buildings and monuments that became the fabric of the country, and portraits of Mexico’s leaders and ordinary people, all of whom played a part in the unfolding story.”

Monday, January 02, 2006


Mon., Jan 2, 2006 - Dreams of Space: Science Fiction

Dreams of Space
From the site:
“With the discoveries by Robert Goddard and Hermann Oberth of liquid-fueled rockets in the 1930's and the use of V-2 rockets in the 1940's, rocket travel went from science fiction to science fact in the public's mind. In post-World War II America anything seemed possible, even going to the Moon! There appeared in 1949, a book, The Conquest of Space, which led to a new trend in children's books. These books outlined the future the children of the "baby boom" would grow up in, the world of space (example). The illustrations in these books show facts (as they were known) mixed in with the fantasy of space flight and led many of the readers of these books to "dream of space".”


Mon., Jan 2, 2006 - Google Moon / Astronomy Resources

Welcome to Google Moon
From the site: “In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.”


Astronomy Resources

“The Awareness Watch Featured Report features a comprehensive listing of Astronomy Resources on the Internet including astronomy, astrophysics, bioastronomy, radio astronomy, roboscopes and related sources on the Internet.”


Mon., Jan 2, 2006 - The Universe / Boston Museum of Science Virtual Exhibits

Welcome to the Universe
From the site:
“this collection of web sites offers an introduction to the history, methods and fundamental ideas behind the science of astronomy.”

[NOTE: Other exhibits from Science Learning Network - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

See Also: Virtual Exhibits at the Boston Museum of Science


Mon., Jan 2, 2006 - Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground / Astronomy for Kids

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground:
Hands On Astronomy Activities for Kids

From the site:
“The six Chapters of this electronic book are organized into several Topics”


Astronomy for Kids
“This site is about outer space. You will learn about black holes, comets, constellations, eclipses, observation equipment, phases of the Moon, the planets, the stars and the Sun, and last but not least the Universe.”

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