Saturday, March 18, 2006


Sat., Mar. 18, 2006 - Bijou Follies

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, November 4, 2005

Bijou Follies

Today's site, created by Walt Oleksy, strolls through the era of American
movie magazines from the twenties to the sixties. Gentle Subscribers will
discover a fascinating collection of images of Hollywood stars from
yesteryear and headlines which beckoned with mild innuendo.

"I grew up living within walking distance of twelve neighborhood movie
theatres when it cost 10 cents to see two new movies or 5 cents to see
three older pictures. Needless to say, I saw a lot of movies. At an early
age, I began collecting movie magazines. Now I'd like to share some of them
with you. ... The magazines were about the movies and stars from those
golden ages long gone, never to return. ... Bring your popcorn, take an
aisle seat or there is plenty of room in the balcony." - from the website

The site presents a vast selection of covers of movie magazines, such as
"Photoplay", "Screen Stories" and "Modern Screen" and their enticing
headlines -- "Can the Gable-Lombard Love Last?" Each decade offers a
features section, including "Top of the Bill" which focuses on a print
highlight of the era, such as Humphrey Bogart's 1946 article "In Defense of
My Wife" from "Photoplay". In addition, there are gossip columns, recipes
and original audio recordings of movie dialogue and some of the most famous
songs from musicals of the period.

Swing over to the site for a look at Hollywood's self-made image of the
20's to the 60's at:

A.M. Holm
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Sat., Mar. 18, 2006 - Cool Illusion / Planet Perplex: Optical Illusions

Cool Illusion

Planet Perplex
From the site: “…optical illusions and everything that looks like it are my hobby. The purpose of this site is to show every type of image that I find surprising or amazing. There are lots of them so I choose the best ones and show those. Whenever possible I'll include background information.”


Sat., Mar. 18, 2006 - Archimedes' Laboratory

Archimedes' Laboratory
From the site:
“We have divided this site into six major categories or indexes: puzzles & tests, optical illusions, custom puzzles, teachers' resource, curiosities, art & language.” Available in Italian and French. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site Map

Best puzzle, math and recreational websites
Sites we highly recommend


Sat., Mar. 18, 2006

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index Websites you can trust! NEW THIS WEEK, November 23, 2005
Read This Online :

The Envelope: Past Winners
Listings of "results for entertainment awards shows. The database features information for more than 100 U.S., Canadian and British shows dating to 1916. ... There are also television ratings and Top 40 singles through the years as well as comparisons of award results by categories." Includes results for major awards (such as the Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards) and smaller awards, competitions, and festivals. From the Los Angeles Times.
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AIDS Epidemic Update: Special Report on HIV Prevention
December 2005 report from the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that finds "HIV infection rates decreasing in several countries but global number of people living with HIV continues to rise." The full report (also available in French, Russian, and Spanish) includes information about HIV prevention methods and data about HIV/AIDS for specific regions. Also provides related speeches and press releases.
[Shortened URL: ]
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The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
A collection of documents relating to the charges against Nazi organizations and individuals, brought before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) in October 1945, following the end of World War II. Includes documents such as the indictment, testimony of witnesses, the charter of the IMT, the Nuremberg code, documents cited in the record, and reports. From the Lillian Goldman Law Library in Memory of Sol Goldman at Yale Law School.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The website for a 2005-2006 American Museum of Natural History exhibit about evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. It features essays about Darwin's life as a naturalist and his theories about evolution and natural selection, images, video and audio clips, and a webcam of the Galapagos tortoise exhibit at the museum. Also includes an educator's guide and links to related websites.
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Laura Hayes and John Howard Wileman Exhibit of Optical Toys
Small exhibit of pre-20th century optical toys and illusionary devices from the collection of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Includes images and descriptions of the stereoscope, magic lanterns, chromatope, phenakistoscope ("spindle viewer"), peep egg viewer, poly-o-rama panoptique, and other toys.
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Sudoku for Kids
The object of sudoku "is to fill in the digits from 1 to 9 so that it appears only once in each column, row, and small three by three square." This site for children provides a booklet "How To Do Sudoku Puzzles" (written for children, but also useful for adult beginners), printable sample puzzles in varying levels of difficulty, a weekly (free) email subscription, and related material. Note: Includes some commercial content.
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Ancient Maps of Jerusalem
"The site contains maps [and views] of Jerusalem, and basic information concerning the map-makers and the history of cartography in Jerusalem" during the Byzantine, early Islamic, Crusader, and other historical periods. Includes dozens of zoomable maps from the 13th through mid-20th centuries. From the Jewish National and University Library and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Note: detailed views may not be available in all browsers.
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Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA
This site explores one of the greatest scientific achievements of the twentieth century: the legendary race for the discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the basic foundation of life. Features over 800 scanned manuscripts, letters, communications, photographs, audio clips, video excerpts, and rare documents never previously displayed. Includes a chronological illustrated narrative written from Linus Pauling's perspective. From the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, Valley Library, Oregon State University.
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Radiation, Transport & Waste Safety
Information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the international standards for the handling of and exposure to nuclear material. Topics include decommissioning nuclear facilities and environmental remediation, monitoring discharge, exposure to natural radiation, occupational protection, protection of patients, and transportation safety. Includes links to related documents, such as "Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material."
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Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Fri., Mar. 17, 2006

Sites found in:

Nov. 11-17, 2005

Canada--Digital Collections
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Cool Canada
"This site highlights lots of cool people, places, inventions, events, and achievements that make Canada cool!"

Source: Dag Hammarskjold Library, United Nations HQ
Happy 60th Birthday to UNESCO
"Each week for 60 weeks they have a different theme related to UNESCO areas of interest. “Sixty themes were selected to punctuate the sixty weeks between 5 September 2005 and 4 November 2006, anniversary of the coming into force of the International Convention constituting the UNESCO.”
The archive of weekly themes published thus far
[Shortened URL: ]
Full list and Calendar of 60 themes (36K - PDF format) [NOTE: Dates are in European format – Phyllis ]

Criminal Justice--United States--Statistics
Source: BJS
Two New Reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistcs

Capital Punishment, 2004
"During 2004, twelve States executed 59 prisoners."
[NOTE: 2003 report previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Hate Crime Reported by Victims and Police
"During July 2000 through December 2003, an annual average of 210,000 hate crime victimizations occurred."

Source: North American Vexillological Association
Illustrated Dictionary of Vexillology
"The Illustrated Dictionary of Vexillology differs from similar publications in two ways. First, it is inclusive instead of exclusive, since the science of vexillology is an inclusive science. Therefore I have included terms from other fields of study that have direct usage in the study, design, and analysis of flags. For example, flag makers are well aware of the damage the sun can do to a fabric; but how many of us are aware of how solar energy is calculated, and how those calculations are used to help develop better fibers? Second, the dictionary is being developed right under the gaze of those who would be most interested in its contents; NAVA members and other flag enthusiasts who visit this site. And because these people are asked to offer their suggestions they become a part of the development process."

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Fri., Mar. 17, 2006 - Secrets of the Ice / Antarctic Expedition

Secrets of the Ice: An Antarctic Expedition
From the site:
“There are many pathways for exploring Antarctica and unlocking the secrets of the ice, from studying the depths of the marine environment to explorations of distant stars and galaxies. We have chosen to focus on the geography of the continent and its importance as a scientific laboratory by bringing you up to date information on current global change research. The information we have gathered is designed to compliment a wide range of topics whether you are studying the world's regions, learning about weather and climate, or just interested in environmental change.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Web Resources
From the site: “There are hundreds of web sites available on the subject of Antarctica. Here are some of the best sites we have found.”


US International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition
Teacher Resources
Educational Links


Fri., Mar. 17, 2006 - PASt Explorers

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet IndexWebsites you can trust!NEW THIS WEEK, November 17, 2005

PASt Explorers
This Portable Antiquities Scheme [PAS] website "is designed for use in the classroom, museum or at home" and provides teaching and learning resources "aimed at children between the ages of 7-11" and related to the English National Curriculum. It features information and materials about English and Welsh historic periods (prehistoric, Iron Age, Roman, and medieval), a database of objects (such as Roman coins), an introduction to archeology, and more. From the British Museum and other partners.
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Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!


Fri., Mar. 17, 2006 - Quest for Life / Murder of the Century

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews:
March 19 - 25, 2006

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
How did life begin? Is there life outside of Earth? Is there a
future for humankind on other planets? Each new discovery
inches us closer to answering these cosmic questions -- linking
life on Earth with the rest of the universe and renewing our
dreams of what lies in the unknown realms of the stars. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Try our online simulated space mission. Play out the life of an
astronaut and find out if you have the right stuff to succeed
and survive.


American Experience"Murder of the Century"TV> PBSOL> MARC>High SchoolMonday, March 20, 20069 - 10:00 pmIn 1906, the murder of New York architect Stanford White byrailroad heir Harry Thaw was reported "to the ends of thecivilized globe." Much of the focus, however, was on EvelynNesbit, the showgirl both men loved. Join us for thissensational story that had everything: money, power, lust andrevenge. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)Browse an online gallery of Stanford White structures inManhattan.
[NOTE: See Teaching Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 PBS Online

Date Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:28 PM

News from American Experience

Monday, March 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

It was a sensational murder story that had everything: money,
power, class, love, rage, lust and revenge. In 1906, the murder
of Stanford White, New York architect and man-about-town, by
Harry Thaw, heir to a Pittsburgh railroad fortune, was reported
"to the ends of the civilized globe." But at the center of the
story -- and an ill-fated love triangle -- was Evelyn Nesbit, the
beautiful model and showgirl who won the hearts of two men.

"It is not merely a murder," one of William Randolph Hearst's
sensationalist papers declared at the time. "The flash of that
pistol lighted up an abyss of moral turpitude, revealing hidden
features of powerful, reckless, openly flaunted wealth."

MURDER OF THE CENTURY examines the opulent world of wealthy
New York just after the turn of the century, conflicts over morality
between the rich and middle class and the rise of a tabloid
"yellow" press that encouraged and fed the public's hunger for
more and more sensational stories.


Stanford White's Manhattan
Over three decades, Stanford White designed some of New York
City's most enduring structures. Ironically, one of them would
serve as the backdrop for the city's most sensational murder --
his own.

Sex, Money and Murder
Hear from author Brendan Gill about White's murder and what it
implied about money, sex, entertainment, and the public morals of
the day.

New Look Dailies
The early twentieth century was a heyday for newspapers, and the
love triangle between White, Nesbit and Thaw -- and its violent
end -- was the story to get. See how New York dailies reported
the gripping saga.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Thurs., Mar. 16, 2006

Sites found in:
19 November 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

McDaris, SERC), This new page from the Teaching Quantitative Skills in
the Geosciences site examines the issues involved in teaching students
about the geologic time scale. There are suggestions for tackling
troublesome issues in class as well as activities that can be used to
clarify how geoscientists look at deep time.

DISCOVER OUR EARTH San Diego Supercomputer Center, (suggested by
Sandra Russel, Starpoint High School, Lockport NY), from Science
NetWatch, "Students have the whole world in their hands--or at least in
their computers--at the tutorial mapping exercises for high school and
lower-division college classes explore plate tectonics, volcanic
eruptions, earthquakes, and other geoscience fundamentals. One chart,
for instance, shows that many of the large quakes in the 1980s shook the
youngest parts of the sea floor, the dynamic areas where new crust is
extruding. Visitors can zip over volcanoes in Hawaii and the Cascade
Range of the western United States and fire up interactive simulations.
One covers the buoyancy of Earth's crust floating on the underlying
mantle, which helps determine elevation."

EARTHTRIP VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS, Paleontological Research Institute,
(suggested by Thomas McGuire, Educator, Author, Cave Creek, AZ Town
Councilman), If budgets limit your ability to take students on field
trips and even purchase appropriate videos, the EarthTrip site at
Cornell University can help you. Find a dozen virtual field trips that
are available to view or download without charge.
[NOTE: Other pages from posted. - Phyllis ]

ASTRONOMY EDUCATION REVIEW, National Optical Astronomy Observatory,
(suggested by Cheryl Dodes, Weber Middle School, Port Washington. NY),
Astronomy Education Review is an online journal published twice yearly
by the folks who run the Kitt Peak National Observatory. There are lots
of articles of interest to the earth science community, including
misconceptions about the sun-earth model and how to help students
overcome these misconceptions.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Thurs., Mar. 16, 2006 - Quantum Entanglement

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Quantum Entanglement

Today's site, from computer programmer Dave Jarvis, offers an intelligent
layperson's guide to the amazing world of quantum entanglement. Even the
arts and humanities crowd, who are barely on nodding terms with photons and
electrons, will find an eminently understandable presentation.

"These pages explain quantum entanglement by way of colourful pictures,
helpful analogies, and absolutely no math. ... To understand quantum
entanglement, several ideas and words must be explained ... But before
delving into the details ..., let's take a look at the world of the very
tiny, beginning with waves and atoms." - from the website

This well-designed site provides great analogies, diagrams and illuminating
procedures to explain such concepts as quantum leaps. Offering an essential
introductory section on waves, atoms and especially photons, replete with
diagrams, the presentation gives an overview of the basic theory and
practice of quantum entanglement. Additional sections include answers to
visitors' questions, and a look at applications for quantum entanglement,
along with a short physics glossary and relevant links. In the true spirit
of accessibility, there are even a couple of downloadable MP3's, including
the "Quantum Entanglement Tango" from Quantum Physics: The Musical.

Many thanks to Subscriber D.F.A. for this site.

Leap over to the site for a practical guide to quantum entanglement at:

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


Thurs., Mar. 16, 2006 - The Chymstry of Isaac Newton

Site found in:
The Scout Report
November 11, 2005
Volume 11, Number 45

The Chymistry of Isaac Newton

To merely say that Isaac Newton was a good scientist and brilliant thinker
would be a bit like saying that Rachmaninov’s manipulation of the pianoforte
was merely pleasing. Newton’s legacy in the annals of science is the mark of
a genius, and there are literally hundreds of his manuscripts that have not
yet fully been interpreted, described, or annotated. With support from the
National Science Foundation, Indiana University’s Digital Library program
has produced this fine website which will eventually contain a complete
scholarly online edition of Newton’s alchemical manuscripts, along with new
research on Newton’s “chymistry”. This “chymistry” was the term used in 17th
century England to describe the science of alchemy. So far, approximately
250 pages of these laboratory notebooks are available online, with another
1500 scheduled for digitization in the future. The site contains a number of
reference tools, such as a symbol guide, and an introductory essay. [KMG]

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


Thurs., Mar. 16, 2006 - Chemistry Sites

Organic Chemistry Help
From the site:
“To provide a free web supplement for organic chemistry students.”


Found in:
Date Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:32 PM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Issue 280


Chemistry Sites

Subject Matter > Science > Chemistry
Scroll down for a list of 26 links

2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Wed., Mar. 15, 2006 - Heraldic Devices / Pompeii

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, November 10, 2005
Read This Online :

Common Heraldic Devices
Background information about heraldic devices, which "were originally established in medieval times to allow combatants to identify friend from foe in an age of visored helms." Discusses concepts such as the field (surface of the shield), tinctures, divisions, ordinaries, charges (symbols), animals, plants, mottoes, and blazons (descriptions of coats of arms in heraldic language). From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
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Pompeii: Stories From an Eruption
Companion website to a 2005-2006 exhibition at the Field Museum (Chicago) about the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 that affected Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and other areas. Features images of selected items in the exhibition (artifacts, casts, and frescoes), and essays on volcanism and some of the ancient Roman cities near Mount Vesuvius. Also includes a classroom guide.
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Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., Mar. 15, 2006

Sites found in:

Innovators of Our Time: 35 Who Made a Difference [Smithsonian]
Brief portraits of innovators in a variety of fields: Yo-Yo Ma, Tim Berners-Lee,
Maya Lin, Steven Spielberg, Annie Leibovitz, etc.

[NOTE: Smithsonian Magazine: Archives of Past Issues

Resurrecting Pompeii

– Phyllis ]

Phrase Finder
Meanings and origins of over 2,000 English sayings, phrases and idioms. In addition to explaining things like "wet behind the ears" and "baker's dozen," it also allows you to browse through euphemisms, popular but incorrect phrase origins, proverbs, misheard lyrics (known as "mondegreens") and other categories.

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


Wed., Mar. 15, 2006 - Podcast: Word of the Year / SAT/GRE Vocabulary Prep

"Podcast" is the Word of the Year
From the site:
“[T]he editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected 'podcast' as the Word of the Year for 2005.”
Also listed on the site are the runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year.

SAT/GRE Vocabulary Prep
From the site:
“Improve your SAT / GRE vocabulary skills with the 14 SAT Quizzes below. Each Quiz picks 10 questions from a fifty word list and you can hear the word spoken, allowing you to not only learn its definition, but how its pronounced. You should play with each word list until you master it, then move on to the next list.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Mar. 15, 2006 - Careers & Colleges
From the site:
“ is dedicated to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information you can find anywhere about colleges, careers and majors. And, with over 150,000 pages of content, including articles, statistics, images, and videos, is the most extensive guide to colleges, careers and majors you’ll find anywhere – online or offline!...Accounts are free and provide you with access to dozens of additional features, including a free career assessment test, the CareerMatch system, discussion forums, online communities, and the portfolio manager.”
[NOTE: There is a charge for some services. – Phyllis ]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Tues., Mar. 14, 2006 - History of the Internet

Found in:
TOURBUS Volume 11, Number 21 -- 25 October 2005
Tourbus Home -

The history of computing and the story of how the Internet came to
be are fascinating subjects to me. After doing some reading and
research on early computers and Internet history, I've put together
some excellent links that you can explore to learn more at your

See what computers looked like in the 1620s. Peer back through the
lens of cyberhistory and see what the Yahoo home page looked like in
October 1996. Find out why we all owe a debt of gratitude to Vint
Cerf and J.R. Licklider.

=====================[ Tourbus Rider Information ]===================
The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2238
Copyright 1995-2005, Rankin & Crispen - All rights reserved


Tues., Mar. 14, 2006 - States of America

Found in:
Date Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2005 10:24 PM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter 283- States of America Edition

view it on-line at:

States of America Teaching Theme

U.S. History > States Of America
Scroll down for list of sites (with descriptions)

©2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved.


Tues., Mar. 14, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 25, 2005
Volume 11, Number 47
Institute for Women’s Policy Research [pdf]

With over ten years of experience, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
(IWPR) continues to inform the general public and policymakers about the
critical issues that affect women and their families. The IWPR is primarily
focused with addressing questions of poverty and welfare, employment and
earnings, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation.
>From their homepage, visitors have immediate access to some of their latest
research findings, including papers on the gender wage gap, state strategies
to improve the quality of family child care, and women and Social Security.
Along with basic press releases and basic information about the IWPR’s
mission, one real gem on the site is The States of Women in the States
report. Visitors clicking on the link to this annual report will be able to
read state-by-state reports about women’s economic status and the
provisioning of child care and education as well. Finally, visitors can also
read about upcoming conferences and special events sponsored by the IWPR.

Teen Content Creator and Consumers [pdf]

With more and more young people using the internet for a wide variety of
purposes, there has been an increased effort to study what exactly they arte
doing online. This latest research report from the Pew Internet & American
Life Project looks at how teenagers create content for the internet (such as
weblogs) and how they choose to download content off the internet. Authored
by Amanda Lenhart and Mary Madden and released in November 2005, this 29-
page report reveals that over half of all the teens surveyed for this report
create content for the internet and that thirty-eight percent of all teens
surveyed read blogs. The report also contains a number of helpful charts and
tables that will be of interest to those with an interest in the changing
nature of internet usage patterns. [KMG]

Village Voice 50th Anniversary

The history of independent weekly newspapers in the United States is quite
compelling, and it would seem that almost every American city has at least
one of these types of papers. New York has many of these ferociously
independent papers, the best known is most likely the Village Voice. Founded
50 years ago by a group of literary types (including Norman Mailer), the
paper continues to be a vital force in independent journalism, and remains
well-regarded for its erudite book reviews, film critiques, and other forms
of criticism. This site pays homage to their first 50 years, and it includes
an interactive slideshow of some of their most notable covers, along with a
timeline that offers the Voice’s own unique perspective on various
happenings within New York, such as the rise of punk and the career of Lenny
Bruce. The site is rounded out by a selection of book reviews from the pages
of the Voice over the years, including short pieces on Franny and Zooey and
The Confessions of Nat Turner. [KMG]

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse [pdf]

The role of government in assisting with the adoption process has increased
substantially over the past several decades, and this website is part of
that commitment. The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC) is a
division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was
established in 1974 to assist professionals and concerned citizens who are
interested in learning about programs, research and legislation designed to
promote the safety and well-being of children and families. Starting with
the homepage, visitors will appreciate the design of this introduction to
their programs. The site is designed for use by both professionals and the
general public, and both groups will want to browse through sections that
deal with the legal issues involved with adoption. They may also want to
look through the publication, Children’s Bureau Express, which covers news,
issues, and trends in child welfare and adoption. It should also be noted
that the site also contains a great deal of information in Spanish as well.


Alcatraz Island [Real Player, Windows Media Player]

“The Rock”, the oft-used vernacular phrase used to describe Alcatraz, is
perhaps one of the Bay Area’s most dramatic landscapes, and certainly it’s
best known island. Over the past several hundred years, it has served at
times as a place for protest by Native Americans and a place of
incarceration for some of America’s most hardened (and colorful) criminals.
The National Park Service recently created this rather well-done online
exhibit that allows users to view objects from Alcatraz’s past (such as
escape materials and historic photographs) and also to allow them to take a
virtual tour of the prison and its grounds. Visitors can also listen to a
number of compelling sound clips that discuss the infamous “Battle of
Alcatraz” and the cellhouse rules. The site also features a number of
thematic slide shows, including one that addresses the occupation of the
island by members of the American Indian Movement from 1969 to 1971. [KMG]

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


Tues., Mar. 14, 2006 - Women's History Sites (4)

300 Women that Changed the World
From the site:
Learn about 300 women who changed the world—review their accomplishments, locate their birthplaces, and discover the eras in which they lived. The women's topics portray significant issues and dates. The timeline tells a general story of women's achievements over the course of human history. In profiling 300 women who changed the world, Encyclopedia Britannica has chosen those whose contributions have endured through the ages.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Women in World History
From the site:
“World History teachers face many challenges to incorporating primary sources in their teaching—pressures of coverage in survey courses, lack of available materials, and inadequate training in dealing with unfamiliar sources. These issues are especially challenging for teaching the history of women in the world. Women in World History responds by creating an online curriculum resource center to help high school and college world history teachers and their students locate, analyze, and learn from primary sources dealing with women and gender in world history. These materials will encourage teachers to integrate the latest scholarship in women’s history and world history, as well as engaging primary sources, into their courses. Students will develop a more sophisticated framework for understanding the nature of historical inquiry.

Women in World History reflects three approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation; a focus on contacts among different societies; and an attentiveness to “global” forces, such as technology diffusion, migration, or trade routes, that transcend individual societies. Project materials also utilize recent advances in our understanding of how historical learning takes place, including complex interaction with sources, recursive reading, and skills used by historians.”


Women in World History Curriculum's Website
From the site:
“This unique site is full of information and resources to help you learn about women’s history in a global, non- U.S., context. Here teachers, students, parents, history buffs, and the interested public can find information.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online
"In the late 1800s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and women's rights. By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, The Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and fifteen languages. This online resource delivers two million page images exactly as they appeared in the original printed works. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of one country's movement on those of the others. In many cases, it also provides easy access to primary sources otherwise available only in a few rare book rooms. The ASCII text is searchable by keyword and Boolean operators, and records are linked to the corresponding page images, downloadable in Adobe® PDF." Click the more about link. It will lead you to handouts.

Monday, March 13, 2006


Mon., Mar. 13, 2006 - Newsmap

From the site:
“Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. It's objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media.”


Mon., Mar. 13, 2006 - ESL Links
From the site:
“ provides over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All materials are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access.”

“…access the massive amount of free material on the web designed to help people learn to read, write, listen and speak English.”


Mon., Mar. 13, 2006 - Harriet: World's Oldest Known Living Resident

Harriet, the world's oldest known living resident
Harriet was probably hatched in November 1830 somewhere on the Galapagos Islands.


Mon., Mar. 13, 2006 - Women's History Month / Irish-American Heritage Month

Women's History Month: March 2006

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In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women’s History Week. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the U.S. president has issued a proclamation..


Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) 2006

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Although not an official “federal” holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has a long history of being celebrated with parades and general goodwill for all things Irish. The day commemorates St. Patrick, believed to have died on March 17, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Because many Americans celebrate their Irish lineage on St. Patrick’s Day, March was picked as Irish-American Heritage Month. The month was first proclaimed in 1995 by Congress. Each year, the U.S. president also issues an Irish-American Heritage Month proclamation.

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