Saturday, March 25, 2006


Fri., Mar. 24, 2006 - Effective Information Literacy Instruction / Tagging

Sites found in:
From Online Professional Development
School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Stout
***Web-based version of InfoBytes***
March 23, 2006
Editor: Karen Franker
[NOTE: Some of these sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

FEATURE: Effective Information Literacy Instruction

Rubric for a Research Project
“Joyce Kasman Valenza provides an effective assessment rubric
for student research projects.”

Why Isn’t Information Literacy Catching On?
“Debra Lau Whelan explores why information literacy skills
are not effectively understood or assessed in most U.S.

Information Literacy: An Overview of Design, Process and
“Debbie Abilock’s table provides a concise description of
information literacy, and also delineates learning design
characteristics which make for effective information
literacy instruction.”

Information Literacy Primer
“In this solid overview of information skills teaching, Kathy
Schrock states that with information growing exponentially,
the ability to articulate information needs and evaluate
information will become as important a life skill as
balancing a checkbook.”

21st Century Literacies: Information Literacy
“The Information Literacies Curriculum presents the process
and essential skills for embedding information literacy
strategies across all areas of the curriculum. Browse
through information literacy lessons topic by topic, or by
grade level.”

FEATURE: Hot News About E-Learning

For Some Educators, Tagging Is “It
“ESchool News reports on a new way of searching the Web which
makes it easier than ever to find, store, and share
information online. This method, known as "tagging," could
have broad implications for guiding students quickly and
easily to the most relevant information.”



Fri., Mar. 24, 2006 - Mormon Women's Protest, 1886

Site found in:

Subject: News from the Institute
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 16:09:51 -0500
Gilder Lehrman Collection of Featured Documents

Mormon Women's Protest 1886
From the site:
“On Saturday, March 6, 1886, two thousand Mormon women gathered at the Salt Lake Theatre to protest the "indignities and insults heaped upon them as wives and daughters of Mormons" in Utah district courts.”

[NOTE: Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Fri., Mar. 24, 2006 - Women in Broadcasting History

Women in Broadcasting History
From the site:
“The Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland holds an assortment of archival collections pertaining to women's contributions to American radio and television. This exhibit offers a sampling of items drawn from those collections. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives and careers of 16 American women who worked in broadcasting during its most crucial years of development and expansion, in the mid-20th century.”


Fri., Mar. 24, 2006

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews:
March 26 - April 1, 2006

American Experience
"Eugene O'Neill"
High School
Monday, March 27, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
Tune in for this new film from award-winning producer Ric
Burns. The film tells the haunting story of America's greatest
and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright -- set within the
context of the harrowing personal upheavals that shaped him.
(CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Get ideas on how to use the film to teach your students about
such topics as changes in American culture and society during
the first half of the twentieth century, the history of the
American theater and controversies surrounding artistic
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

"The Venom Cure" TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, March 26, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Poisons, toxins and venoms are the defense and attack
mechanisms of the natural world. Amazingly, they may also hold
cures to many human diseases. Scientists have discovered that
natural poisons, toxins and venoms contain chemicals that can
be used to create an array of drugs for treating everything
from chronic pain to cancer. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on and learn more about venom research.

"The Great Robot Race"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Join NOVA for an exclusive backstage pass to the DARPA Grand
Challenge -- a raucous race for robotic, driverless vehicles
sponsored by the Pentagon, which awards a $2 million purse to
the winning team. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Explore our online slide show and look out through the "eyes"
of computer-driven vehicles.
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Independent Lens
"Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City"
High School
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
10 - 11:00 pm
They faced death threats on the job -- from some of the men
they worked with. With the story of Lt. Brenda Berkman of the
Fire Department of New York at its core, "Taking the Heat"
explores the history of women firefighters in America and the
price these women paid to serve their communities. (CC, Stereo,
1 year)

Log on to learn more about the life of a female firefighter,
including what inspires them, how they stay in shape and what
advice they would offer to young women interested in the
firefighting profession.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

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Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 20:41:37 -0500 (EST)

News from American Experience

Monday, March 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

"magisterial" -- Vanity Fair

"intensely moving" -- The New Yorker

rated "9 out of 10" -- TV Guide

EUGENE O'NEILL takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into the
turbulent life -- and ultimately redemptive art -- of America's
greatest and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright.

More than a biography of a literary genius, EUGENE O'NEILL is a
moving meditation on loss and redemption, family and memory. It
is also an exploration of the masterpieces O'Neill created only
at the very end of his career -- The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's
Journey Into Night pre-eminent among them -- brought to life in
interviews and scenes performed especially for the production by
some of the most gifted actors working in theater today --
including Al Pacino, Zoe Caldwell, Christopher Plummer, Liam
Neeson and Robert Sean Leonard.

Look for director Ric Burns on the Today Show this coming Monday
morning, talking about the making of the film and his thoughts on


A Controversial Play

When O'Neill's "All God's Chillun Got Wings" premiered in 1924,
it caused a stir, depicting a marriage between a white woman and
a black man. Learn more about the play, the controversy, and the

Interview with Ric Burns

Ric Burns is the filmmaker behind the acclaimed documentaries
Ansel Adams, The Donner Party, and New York: A Documentary Film.
Learn more about the making of EUGENE O'NEILL in this interview
with Ric.

Online Poll

In his masterful plays, O'Neill put his deepest fears and secrets
-- and those of his family -- on stage. Should he have exposed
his family in that way? Take the online poll.


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Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 3:00 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

Next week, join NOVA for an exclusive backstage pass to the DARPA
Grand Challenge -- a race for robotic, driverless vehicles sponsored
by the Pentagon. "The Great Robot Race" follows the competition from
pre-race planning and production to the day the race unfolds along
the punishing 212-kilometer Nevada desert course. Watch as teams of
various sizes and strategies compete to be the first to complete the
course and win the $2 million prize. (Subjects covered:

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "The Great Robot Race"
Broadcast: March 28, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Meet the Teams
Watch video clips and learn more about 12 of the teams that
participated in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, including
information about including team sizes, budgets, and key
technologies used. (Quicktime, RealVideo, or Windows Media
plug-in required for video clips.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Cars That Drive Themselves
Find out about the future of unmanned vehicles in this interview
with Stanford's Sebastian Thrun. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Video Extras
Watch five segments from "The Great Robot Race" that wound up on
the cutting-room floor. (Quicktime, RealVideo, or Windows Media
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

What Robots See
Discover how robots use a variety of sensors -- cameras, laser
range finders, radar -- to gauge the shape, slope, and
smoothness of the terrain ahead. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Watch a Preview
(Running time: 1 minutes 29 seconds)
View a preview of this week's program. (QuickTime or RealVideo
plug-in required.)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students design, build, and
test a rubber band-powered car. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links and Books.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Thurs., Mar. 23, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
December 2, 2005
Volume 11, Number 48

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The ancient library at Alexandria was rightfully one of the Seven Wonders of
the Ancient World and its spirit and commitment to the pursuit of learning
is embodied in the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. As their mission
statement notes, the library is to be “a center for dialogue between peoples
and civilizations”. This is no easy feat, and the web-browsing public can
learn about their laudable efforts on this website. Visitors may first want
to learn about the remarkable structure that houses the library, along with
a variety of facts about this building’s construction. While visitors who
may be planning a visit to Egypt may wish to learn about tours of the
building and the ways in which they may utilize their research collections,
others may want to peruse the “Initiatives” area. Here they will find links
to some of their digital projects, which include “Eternal Egypt”, which
offers an extremely media-rich site that allows visitors to explore over
5000 years of Egyptian civilization through timelines, objects, and
interactive maps. [KMG]

Cover Art: The Time Collection at the National Portrait Gallery
[Macromedia Flash Player]

The US National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution holds an
impressive collection of portraits from the covers of “Time” magazine.
In 1978, the magazine donated about 800 portraits to the Gallery, and the
collection has since grown to over 2,000. The web version of the collection
features a selection of portraits, accompanied by biographical sketches and
audio where appropriate - for example, listen to a clip of Martin Luther
King's "I have a dream speech" while viewing his February 18, 1957 cover. A
few broad categories have been created for browsing, such as Sports, Civil
Rights, and Technology & Invention. Richard M. Nixon turns out to be the
most featured person on “Time” covers, with 57 appearances. The
Resources section provides the link to search Time Magazine's comprehensive
archive of covers . [DS]


National Tribal Justice Resource Center [pdf]
Over the past decades, Native Americans have fought to provide legal
assistance to their number and also to provide adequate support to their
tribal justice systems. In 2000, the National American Indian Court Judges
Association with funds provided by the US Department of Justice established
the National Tribal Justice Resource Center. Since
that time, the Center has provided a wide range of technical services to the
American Indian and Alaska Native justice system. Visitors with an interest
in how the Native American justice system functions will appreciate the
information available here, much of which is contained with sections that
deal with tribal courts, legal research, and their
outreach programs. Interested parties may wish to start by looking through
the Tribal Court Opinion Search Page, which contains over 1800 Tribal Court
opinions, memorandums, and orders. Persons who might be unacquainted with
the history of these courts may also want to read a brief history of these
institutions that is offered here. Visitors will also appreciate the fact
that the homepage also offers links to relevant funding opportunities and an
“In the News” digest that culls together topical news stories that deal with
various tribal suits and related matters. [KMG]

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


Thurs., Mar. 23, 2006 - Cezanne & Pissarro

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

Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro, 1865-1885

Note: Purists are asked to forgive the omission of the accent aigu in
Cezanne's name in the interests of avoiding peculiar insertions to the
e-mail text.

Today's site, from New York's Museum of Modern Art, presents an exhibition
featuring the works of Cezanne and Pissarro, focusing on the "artistic
dialogue" between these two modern artists. Gentle Subscribers will
discover a fascinating gallery of paintings, highlighting the major
commonalties and modest contrasts of their artistic expressions.

"Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) met in Paris in
1861 and developed a personal and professional relationship that lasted
almost a quarter of a century. ... [T]his interactive Web site feature[s]
thematic groupings of these artists' works that reveal astounding
similarities and subtle differences between their artistic styles and
motifs. Working in tandem or with each other in mind, Cezanne and Pissarro
formulated a distinctly modern art, simultaneously self-confident and
self-critical." - from the website

The site uses a flash format presentation, spotlighting paired paintings,
themes, and techniques, along with a helpful index of works. In the paired
paintings section, the "detailed overlay" icon at the bottom of the screen
provides additional information about the works as well as the provision to
view the details of paired paintings side by side. The themes section uses
a timeline featuring numerous works from the exhibit, which spring into
view with a simple mouseover, while at the bottom, choosing a specific
theme will highlight relevant works in the timeline. The techniques section
functions in a similar manner, focusing on impasto, parallel brushstrokes,
and palette knife and brushstrokes.

Caution: This site has been designed for Internet Explorer usage; some
functionality will be lost with other browsers.

Tour over to the site for an exhibition of these influential artists of the
early modern movement at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

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


Thurs., Mar. 23, 2006

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, December 1, 2005
Read This Online :

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
This library describes itself as "the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art. Among the treasures are ... The original manuscript of 'The Wedding March,' Einstein's description of his 'Theory of Relativity,' The 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' signed by George Washington, ... and over one million more." Includes images of selected items, and visitor information for museum locations throughout the U.S.
LII Item:


Zentrum Paul Klee
Official site for the Paul Klee Center in Bern, Switzerland, which opened in 2005 and is dedicated to the work of this 20th century Swiss artist. The site features visitor information and a database of hundreds of images of Klee paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Also includes information about the architecture and landscape sculpture of the museum building designed by Renzo Piano, and links to related sites. In English, German, and French.
LII Item:


The Reader's Companion to American History: Monroe Doctrine
An overview of the history of the Monroe Doctrine, as put forth on December 2, 1823, by President James Monroe when he stated, "The American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Also includes a discussion of the development of the doctrine, such as how Theodore Roosevelt's "'Big Stick' Latin American policy became synonymous with the Monroe Doctrine." From the Houghton Mifflin Company.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!
Fact sheet about these small insects that "prefer to feed on human blood, although they may bite other warm-blooded animals, including pets. During the day, bedbugs hide in bedclothes, mattresses, springs, bed frames and cracks and crevices near the bed. They use heat-seeking thermoreceptors to find their sleeping victims at night." Includes images and information about habits, prevention, and management. From the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County.
LII Item:


James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Site for this museum and library dedicated to President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth. The site features a chronology of the life and times of James Monroe, images of selected personal objects, information about the 1823 Monroe Doctrine, and related material and links. The museum is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Note: Some sections are under construction.
LII Item:

Web Sudoku
"The rules of Sudoku are simple. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square." This site features billions of interactive games with easy, medium, hard, and evil levels of difficulty (users can receive hints). The site also supplies puzzles for newspapers, magazines, and other media for a fee.
LII Item:

Gold Rush Chronicles
History of the California Gold Rush, including a chronology beginning when Swiss-born John Sutter arrived in the California territory and covering the 1848 discovery of gold by James Marshall and California's admission to the United States in 1850. Features information about towns, mines and mining camps, people, the Pony Express, and more. From a company in the gold country that created a website for El Dorado County, California.
LII Item:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
The website for this organization "dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitat in Africa" features background information about mountain gorillas, images of gorillas, updates on research and conservation efforts, biographical information about founder Dian Fossey (1932-1985), and activities for children.
LII Item:

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Information about this museum in San Francisco, which opened in 2005 and which "celebrates how we all, as one world, have changed and influenced the history and cultures of the African Diaspora." The site features online exhibits such as "thousands of images contributed from visitors all over the world" relating to the African Diaspora and "narratives about people of African descent." Also includes images and information about museum exhibits on art, culture, and history.
LII Item:

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Thurs., Mar. 23, 2006 - Artopia

From the site:
“Artopia is a comprehensive Web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Wed., Mar. 22, 2006 -
From the site:
“ is a search engine and directory for finding online magazine articles.”

For a list of the categories included, see

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Mar. 22, 2006 - Cornell Theory Center Gateways

Cornell Theory Center Gateways
From the site:
“CTC is committed to providing a wide range of educational resources to the national community”

Arts and Social Sciences Gateway
From the site:
“Welcome to the Cornell Theory Center Arts & Social Sciences Gateway. This Gateway provides links to resources in social sciences and the arts for K-12 educators and students.”

Gateway for Educators
From the site:
“Welcome to the Cornell Theory Center Gateway for Educators. This Gateway provides links to resources of interest to K-12 educators.”

Math and Science Gateway
From the site:
“Welcome to the Math and Science Gateway! This Gateway provides links to resources in mathematics and science for educators and students in grades 9-12, although teachers of other levels may find these materials helpful. The Math & Science Gateway has won numerous awards and hopes to increase our success with input from internet community.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Mar. 22, 2006 - Best of the Web Directory

Best of the Web Directory

Some categories:

Best of the Web - Science

Best of the Web - Sports


Wed., Mar. 22, 2006 - Inspiring Teachers: Classroom Links by Subject

Inspiring Teachers
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Classroom Links (by subject)
From the site:
“Welcome to our Classroom Links! The hyperlinks within each subject area offer CONTENT oriented sites. You should be able to find timelines, historical documents, lesson plans, information, tips, and downloadable materials through these sites.”


Tues., Mar. 21, 2006 - ClickMazes

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, September 23, 2005

Click Mazes

Today's site provides a splendid opportunity to waste time exploring the
addictive world of puzzle-solving, specifically that time-honored challenge
-- the maze. Gentle Subscribers will find dozens of interactive maze type
puzzles which may seem at a cursory glance to be childish simple but turn
out to be fiendishly difficult.

"These are the homepages of Andrea Gilbert, Bill Mitchell and Mildew the
Cat (deceased). Prepare to be amused and confused ... The web-based,
interactive puzzle-maze, or the clickmaze ..." - from the website

The site features various types of puzzles, such as the "No Left Turn" --
more difficult that it appears, "Plank Puzzles" -- maneuvering across a
swamp, and the "Full-house Puzzles" -- deceptively easy-looking. Employing
java applets for interactivity, the puzzles are simple to navigate and each
different type includes specific instructions on how to play.

Hop over to the site for an entertaining collection of interactive puzzles

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


Tues., Mar. 21, 2006 - Introduction to Printing

An Introduction to Printing
Includes The Early History of Printing : Printing in Europe :
The Spread of Print : Type Faces: Paper Manufacture


Tues., Mar. 21, 2006 - Lewis Carroll / Gutenberg Bible & the Invention of Movable Type

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Online Exhibition
Reflections in a Looking Glass: A Lewis Carroll Centenary Exhibition

See Also:
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Online Exhibitions
[NOTE: Some were previously posted, including

Primary Source Education Modules > The Gutenberg Bible
From the site:
“Knowledge about Gutenberg, his invention, and the historical influences and consequences of the first book printed with movable type grows and changes as scholars uncover new information. Based on current understanding of our Gutenberg Bible, two themes, The Invention and Books Before and After Gutenberg, have been developed to tell the story of the invention and the rapid spread of this new technology. Activities for students ranging from K-12 are based on the content provided in the two themes, The Invention and Books Before and After Gutenberg.”

There is also a short biography of Johann Gutenberg and a list of additional web sites
( ) – Phyllis ]


Tues., Mar. 21, 2006 - Early Aircraft Design / Patent Room

Adventure Lounge: Early Aircraft Design
From the site:
“Welcome to the museum of early aircraft design. The drawings featured here were found in original U.S. Patent applications. The patent drawings reflect the various design styles of the early 20th Century. You can find more patent drawings at Patent Room.”

Patent Room: The Art of Industrial Design
From the site:
“Patent Room is a collection of early 20th Century industrial design discovered in the U.S. Patent Office archives. This museum of 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s design is a sampling…” Includes cars, trains, toys, architecture, and underwater habitats.
Can also sort by decade. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Monday, March 20, 2006


Mon., Mar. 20, 2006 - Geometry & Art Through the Ages

Geometry & Art Through the Ages (Middle School)
From the site:
“For many artists, geometry is a way of seeing the world. From prehistoric cave drawings to modern-day skyscrapers, artists across the globe have used geometry to express important ideas.”


Mon., Mar. 20, 2006 - Jr. High Math Interactives (gr. 7-9) LearnAlberta (K-12)

Junior High Math Interactives
From the site:
“The Junior High Math Interactives address specific topics at the grade 7, 8 and 9 levels. Resources are meant to support and enhance the learning already taking place in Alberta. Resources include: Extensive Object Interatives, Video Interactives, Print Activities and Learning Strategies.”
Learning Resources for the Kindergarten to Grade 12 community
“All visitors are welcome to use the unlocked (unlicensed) resources
on by logging in as a guest.”


Mon., Mar. 20, 2006 - Mathematicians Mathematicians
Search keyword: Mathematicians
Site offers biographies of more than 200 famous and influential mathematicians.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Mar. 20, 2006 - FlashyApps (Arithmetic, Algebra & Trigonometry)

FlashyApps for Arithmetic, Algebra and Trigonometry
From the site:
“Every lesson on the site has a narrative sound track. Be sure to turn on your computer sound before playing each lesson.”

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Sun., Mar. 19, 2006 - / Survey of American History
Sections include American History AP, AP US quizzes, American History & Government, Global Studies, European Civilization, and AP European History.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


A Survey of American History
[Shortened URL: ]

Although this site is designed to accompany a textbook, there are many resources that can
be used independently such as the collection of weblinks for each chapter.


Sun., Mar. 19, 2006 - American Revolution / Background to the American Revolution

The American Revolution – The Complete History 1775-1783


Background to the American Revolution Lecture Outline (hyperlinked)
Sections include: I. America's Independent Thinking, II. Britain's Perspective, III. Colonial Response,
IV. King George III Takes Action, V. Further Events Leading to the Declaration of Independence.


Sun., Mar. 19, 2006 - Tax History Museum / Boston Tea Party Historical Society

Tax History Museum
From the site:
“The Tax History Museum provides a synthetic overview of the history of American taxation. Incorporating both narrative text and multimedia source materials, the museum offers a concise summary of American revenue policy and politics.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Boston Tea Party Historical Society
From the site:
“The Boston Tea Party Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural organization established in 1996 to preserve and share the Boston Tea Party history.”


Sun., Mar. 19, 2006 - Coretta Scott King / Unseen. Unforgotten.

A Heroine’s Passing
Site dedicated to the late Coretta Scott King
offers a timeline, streaming video, and photo
galleries of her life, as well as a memorial of
contribution to the civil rights movement.


Unseen. Unforgotten.
From the site:
“Discovery in News archives leads to publication of unseen images of civil rights movement in Birmingham.”

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