Thursday, February 02, 2006


Thurs., Feb. 2, 2006 - Meth Epidemic / The Insurgency

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Date Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 2:05 PM

February 2006

Due to the president's State of the Union address, FRONTLINE's broadcast
of "The Meth Epidemic," an investigation of how methamphetamine has
ravaged communities across America, will air on most PBS stations on
Tuesday, February 14 at 9pm (check local listings). An accompanying
teacher's guide will feature a lesson that helps students become
familiar with the history of meth use, the impact that it has on the
user and the community, and the difficulty in treating meth addiction.

Questions include: What changes occur in the lives of meth users? Why
are treatment programs for meth addicts less successful than programs
for other drug addictions? What responsibilities do the pharmaceutical
companies have in the spread of meth use? How and why have politics
influenced the meth epidemic?

"The Meth Epidemic" teacher's guide will be available at the FRONTLINE
Teacher Center ( )
immediately following the broadcast.

On Tuesday, February 21 at 9pm (check local listings), FRONTLINE
explores the battle for one Iraqi town and presents vivid testimony from
civilians whose families were targeted by insurgents who continue to
challenge the most highly trained and best-equipped military in the
world. The film features special access to insurgent leaders and the
commanders of Iraqi and U.S. military units battling for control of the
country, and detailed analysis from journalists who have risked their
lives to meet insurgent leaders and their foot soldiers.

The FRONTLINE teacher's guide for "The Insurgents" will help students
understand the nature of the insurgency and how it has metastasized
since the U.S. invasion of March 2003.

Questions include: Are the insurgents that are part of the war on terror
Baath party members fighting for a return of the old regime, or are they
freedom fighters struggling to create a new Iraq? Is Iraq engaged in a
civil war or is the violence primarily the work of jihadists determined
to make Iraq a new Muslim Caliphate?

This teacher's guide will be of particular interest to World History,
Social Studies, American Government, and Current Events educators, and
will be available at the FRONTLINE Teacher Center
( ) immediately following
the broadcast.

FRONTLINE films can be taped and used as a classroom resource for up to
one year after the original broadcast. Teacher Center materials featured
on the FRONTLINE Web site ( ) can be photocopied for educational purposes. All other rights reserved.



Thurs., Feb. 2, 2006 - American Photography

American Photography
From the site:
“American Photography captures the images of a century of change and the role the camera has played both in creating and documenting it. Dramatic and intimate stories trace photography's profound effect on American life — influencing what we buy, how we dress, how we get the news, and in matters of life and death, medicine, science and war.”
Features: Art, Photography and War, Digital Truth, Presidential Image Making,
Persuasion, Social Change, and Cultural Identity.

Teacher’s Guide

“American Photography originally premiered in October 1999 and is no longer airing on PBS stations.”


Thurs., Feb. 2, 2006 - Transportation in American History

America on the Move
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
from the site:
“America on the Move explores the role of transportation in American history.”

Site also contains tabs for the Exhibition, Themes, Learning Resources, Games, and more.

Electronic Field Trips
In two 30-minute shows designed for grades 4–8, curators and students look at how immigration and migration impacted American history and at the role of various forms of transportation.

In the first show, “Migrations, Immigrations, and How We Got Here,”
( ) curators give a tour of the exhibition. In the second, “Creating Stories,” ( ) the curators share secrets of how they develop the individual stories presented in exhibitions. Then they help students who are creating their own family stories by analyzing objects, documents, and other resources.


Classroom Activity Guide (64-page .pdf)
“This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move. It delivers a variety of historical primary-source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations. These documents are in PDF format.” Each of the five units contains primary and secondary-source information, historical background content and suggested grade levels.

Unit One: 1880s
Agricultural Nation: Foods and Families on the Move
Subtheme: immigrant and migrant workers

Unit Two: 1920s
Industrial Nation: Workers and Products on the Move
Subtheme: struggle for racial equality
( )
“Review this architectural plan for the Salisbury train station depot. This station was designed in 1906, after the Plessy v.Ferguson case, where the Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” accommodations for blacks and whites were legal. The decision supported state and local “Jim Crow” laws.”

Unit Three: 1930s and 1940s
Early Highways that Bind the Nation: Families on the Move
Subtheme: depression, Dust Bowl, post–World War II

Unit Four: 1950s and 1960s
Suburban Communities on the Move
Subtheme: cities versus suburbs

Unit Five: 1970s–2000
The World’s People and Products on the Move
Subtheme: globalization of workforce


Thurs., Feb. 2, 2006 - Black History Month Resources

Found in:
Date Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 7:25 AM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter 293 - Black History Month Issue

This Week's Teacher Theme is Black History Month
Free Black History Month resources:
Scroll past member sign-up to

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scroll down for list of 29 annotated links

©2006 Teachnology, Inc.
The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Wed., Feb. 1, 2006

Found in:

Bibliomysteries are mysteries whose characters, plots and/or settings are intimately bound up with books, writers, and.or libraries. Browse alphabetically or explore new bibliomysteries, juvenile books, detectives in series, authors in murder mysteries, quotations ("We are librarians, and therefore the elect of God. To read is human, to catalogue divine."), and murder weapons (and in case you were wondering, someone HAS been fictionally murdered by compact shelving).
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Child and Family Web Guide
"for parents, students and professionals: a directory of sites rated by experts from Tufts University" on family/parenting, education/training, typical child development, health/mental health, resources/recreation. You can browse the annotated, rated links by the complete alphabetical index, age level, and special topics (ADD/ADHD, healthy eating, behavior problems, etc.), and find research news sites and ask an expert sites.

Exercise Library (American Council on Exercise)
Articles and illustrated instructions for a variety of workouts for agility and balance, and for different parts of the body. The site also provides fitness Q&As, healthy recipes, a health club finder, and more.

"Medical dictionary, pharmaceutical company search, medical abbreviations, hospitals and associations. Plus medical news and other searches for the medical, pharmaceutical or healthcare professional." It offers the medical news as an RSS feed. MediLexicon pledges to abide by the HON code of conduct for health information sites.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

the OCLC Top 1000, 2005
"The OCLC Top 1000 Web site presents the top 1,001 works most widely held by libraries, with thematic sublists, a readers' poll, sample cover art, "Find in a Library" links, comparisons to other lists, and download files." Check out the Factoids (if all the editions of all the Harry Potter books were bundled as one, how would it have ranked? How far down the list do you have to go to find a living author? etc.), and the Tools for Avid Readers (bookmarklets, FictionFinder, DeweyBrowser)

Winners of the Ig Nobel Prize
"Every Ig Nobel Prize winner has done something that first makes people LAUGH, then makes them THINK." Here's the complete list of winners and their, er, achievements, from 1991-2005. Marvel at the inventor of the alarm clock that runs away and hides, and the scientists who definitively answered the question, "Will humans swim faster or slower in syrup," and "What are the effects of country music on suicide?" and many, many others.
[NOTE: Some past winners previously posted. – Phyllis ]

World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity and searchable links to entries in a variety of online religious dictionaries and encyclopedias, courtesy of Calvin College's Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

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


Wed., Feb. 1, 2006

Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
NEW THIS WEEK, October 20, 2005

Dry Ice Safety
"Dry Ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Unlike most solids, it does not melt into a liquid, but instead changes directly into a gas. This process is called sublimation." This site describes safety precautions for using dry ice, such as not touching it with your skin, never placing it in an unventilated area, and not storing it in a freezer. From the National Weather Service Forecast Office, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Indoor Air: Mold
Documents about mold, covering topics such as mold and moisture, mold cleanup, asthma and mold, and mold in homes, schools, and commercial buildings. Includes links to information about floods, indoor air quality, and related topics. Some material available in Spanish. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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[NOTE: Other pages from posted. – Phyllis ]

Collection of documents about mold and its effects on human health. Includes a FAQ, fact sheets on specific molds, cleanup and remediation guidelines, discussions about mold and dampness in indoor spaces, and related material. Some material available in Spanish. From the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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[NOTE: Other pages from posted. – Phyllis ]

Safety and Health Topics: Molds and Fungi
Workplace safety information about indoor air quality concerns related to molds and fungi, including applicable OSHA standards, associated health effects, detection, and control and cleanup. From the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).
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[NOTE: Other pages from posted. – Phyllis ]

A Guide to Journalist Shield Laws
State-by-state guide to shield laws, which are laws that protect journalists from revealing confidential information sources. Provides definitions from the state statutes, links to the laws pertaining to journalists, and lists of related cases. From the Poynter Institute.
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Official website of "playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist" Harold Pinter, who was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature. Features information about productions of his plays, selected poetry, information about his political activities, bibliographies of works by and about Pinter, images, and more.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Pinter at the BBC
In this feature from 2002, "Pinter's biographer Michael Billington answers your questions about the playwright, we trace his life and career in the Pinter Timeline and also present exclusive video clips" of scholars talking about this British author, best known for his plays, who went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. Also includes a quiz. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Día de los MuertosThis Day of the Dead site provides information on the foods, history, events, altars, and culture of the popular Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2. From The Arizona Republic.URL: Item:


"The Greatest Discovery Since Fire"
"Many of us have heard how a Raytheon engineer walked past a microwave tube one day, noticed that a candy bar in his pocket had melted, and was struck with the idea of using microwaves to cook food." This article discusses the "years, even decades, of engineering and marketing" to make the microwave oven work. Includes images. From the American Heritage of Invention & Technology magazine.
LII Item:

[NOTE: Archives of Invention & Technology
Only recent issues have hyperlinked articles.
Unlinked articles available only in the print edition. – Phyllis ]


Microwave Ovens
This site explains how microwave ovens cook food by heating water molecules. "The microwave oven generates electromagnetic waves (called microwaves) which makes water move. This motion leads to friction, and friction leads to heating." Includes interactive features. Part of the Physics 2000 website (written for the layperson) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., Feb. 1, 2006 - 20th Century Technology / Top 50 Inventions

20th Century Technology
“From atomic bombs to cell phones, the technological developments of the 20th Century have been profound, both improving our lives and endangering us. We've selected what we think are the 20 most important developments.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Top 50 Inventions
From the site:
“In the past half-century, scientific and technological advances have transformed our world. PM convened a panel of 25 experts to identify innovations that have made the biggest impact, from the hospital to outer space to the kitchen. Here, then, are the breakthroughs of our time.” Published in the December, 2005 issue.



Wed., Feb. 1, 2006 - Inventions

Inventions from A to Z

Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

Inventors and Inventions
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis

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

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
From the site:
“The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is part of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution….T]he Center documents, interprets, and disseminates information about invention and innovation; encourages inventive creativity in young people; and fosters an appreciation for the central role that invention and innovation play in the history of the United States.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Updated URL. – Phyllis ]

Greatest Achievements
From the site:
“Explore our list of the top 20 achievements and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world.” “The Greatest Engineering Achievements website celebrates a remarkable century of technological achievement. The website contains detailed historical information, timelines, and personal essays by key innovators for each of 20 major engineering accomplishments of the 20th century.” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Tues., Jan. 31, 2006 - National Gallery of Art Online Tours

National Gallery of Art: Online Tours
From the site: “Explore an artist, work of art, or theme in these specially designed features, which are listed alphabetically.”

National Gallery of Art: Virtual Exhibition Tours
“As you "walk" through these QuickTime VR tours of NGA exhibitions, you can select specific works of art for larger image views, close-up details, streaming audio commentary, and information about the object.”

There are also four virtual exhibition tours available: Van Gogh, Alexander Calder, Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia, and Crown Point Press.

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


Tues., Jan. 31, 2006 - San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art Online Exhibitions

The Dragon Robes of China's Last Dynasty

The Silk Industry

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)


Tues., Jan. 31, 2006 - Marco Polo / The Silk Road

Marco Polo (1254-1324)

Silk Road Foundation -
The Silk Road Foundation Web site offers a fascinating
introduction to the history and culture of the people and
places along the ancient Silk Road which includes Inner and
Central Asia.
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Tues., Jan. 31, 2006 - From Stargazers to Starships

From Stargazers to Starships
A book-on-the-web containing science overviews on astronomy, physics, spaceflight and the Earth's magnetism

Site Map (Contents)


The Round Earth and Christopher Columbus

Math Refresher

Monday, January 30, 2006


Mon., Jan. 30, 2006 - Sea Turtles and Sharks
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sea Turtle, Inc.


Zoom Sharks
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


ReefQuest: Shark Links
From the site: “There are 100's of websites dedicated to the subject of sharks. In terms of quality of content, these sites range from poor (which we will not identify) to excellent. Below are brief descriptions and hotlinks to some of our favorite sharky websites. The sites listed here are mostly those that we deem to have scientifically accurate and up-to-date content.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Shark School
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fiona's Shark Mania
From the site: “This site has lots of pictures, and is a good jumping-off point for exploring shark pages on the Web.”
Fiona's Shark Links Galore


Mon., Jan. 30, 2006 - Dolphins and Whales

Wild Animal Watch: Dolphins
From the site: “learn about dolphins, their behavior, and their habitats.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


National Geographic: Bottlenose Dolphins
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
See Also: Creature Feature Archives - Phyllis ]


Dolphin Research Center
Select from side menu: Learning About Marine Mammals


Dolphin Research Institute: Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphin Research Institute: Cetaceans
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


The Oceania Project: Caring for Whales, Dolphins & the Oceans

The Never ending Journey: The Cyclic Migration of the Southern Humpback Whales

Whale and Dolphin Information on the World-Wide-Web
From the site: “The WWW offers a rapidly expanding library of information about Cetacea, to assist you in finding what you want, we have assembled a listing of recommended Sites.”


Zoom Whales
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


NATURE: Humpback Whales
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Whales: Internet Resources


Mon., Jan. 30, 2006 - Marine Mammals

Introduction to Marine Mammals
The Marine Mammal Center
From the site:
“Marine mammals have the same characteristics as all other mammals, but they have adapted or adjusted to life in the ocean.”

NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources
Cetaceans: Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
Marine Turtles
[NOTE: previously posted - Phyllis ]

Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Field Guide: Marine Mammals
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted – Phyllis ]

Secrets of the Ocean Realm
From the site: “explore the fascinating mysteries of the ocean depths…reveals never-before-seen behaviors of sharks, whales, dolphins and other more unusual marine dwellers.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 30, 2006 - Shedd Aquarium Educational Adventures / Build-a-Fish

Shedd Educational Adventures
From the site: “Shedd Educational Adventures (SEA) contains a treasure trove of aquatic science resources for K-12 teachers and students.” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Build-a-Fish (Gr. 3-6)
From the site:
“Build a Fish by choosing a body, mouth, and color/pattern, then release it into the reef! You can drive your fish around the reef in search of food and to evade predators. Can your fish find enough food without being eaten?”

Sunday, January 29, 2006


Sun., Jan. 29, 2006 - Teachnet: Power to Learn Grant

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 11:49:20 -0500 (EST)

Power to Learn Grant

Are you using the Internet as a teaching tool?

We want to hear from you! And you could win $500

Apply now for the Teachnet Power to Learn Grant

Who: K-12 educators teaching in schools in these locales in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.

What: Teachnet Power to Learn Grants support student use of the Internet as an integral tool to curriculum delivery. The grants are geared toward teachers who are using the Internet as a teaching tool.

When: Application deadline, February 27, 2006

Where: Visit and select “Teachnet Power to Learn Grant”

Winners receive a $500 cash prize, their learning unit is published at and and award winners are provided with significant recognition and support in order to further develop, package, and disseminate their programs to other teachers in their schools, across the Metropolitan region, and throughout the country.

Apply now at

Select “For Teachers” and then “Teachnet Power to Learn Grant”


Sun., Jan. 29, 2006 - Truth About Groundhog Day

The Truth about Groundhog Day

From the site:
“IT ALL STARTED on February 2, 1886, when Clymer Freas, editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit in western Pennsylvania, ran a news item reporting that the groundhog had not seen his shadow that day, signaling an early spring. Freas was inspired to start promoting his town as “the weather capital of the world” and the local groundhog as the planet’s most reliable weatherman. One hundred and nineteen years later, Groundhog Day still garners headlines all across the country.”


Sun., Jan. 29, 2006 - Escape from Nazi Europe

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 22:32:31 -0500
From: "DiGregorio, David"

Now available on-demand:

Jack Leiser, a retired Tenafly student manager and teacher, gave a talk
on how he and his family escaped the Holocaust during WWII. Complete
with photographs, documents, and maps, this was a compelling and moving
presentation that makes the past vivid, meaningful and relevant for
every individual in attendance. At the high school this was an
assembly for seniors, who study WWII. For you, this talk has been made
available as an ON DEMAND RESOURCE at this link:

We hope you will "click in". Mr. Leiser is quite a speaker!



Sun., Jan. 29, 2006 - Rosa Parks / Madam C.J. Walker

Found in:
New York Times - October 25, 2005
Rosa Parks, 92, Founding Symbol of Civil Rights Movement, Dies (free registration required)
[Shortened URL: ]


Madam C. J. Walker
Scroll down for biography.
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