Saturday, April 08, 2006


Sat., Apr. 8, 2006 - Placeopedia

From the site:
“Hello, and welcome to Placeopedia, a simple site where you can connect
Wikipedia articles with places, and then make use of our database
either to browse, or syndicate the whole lot.”


Sat., Apr. 8, 2006 - Votes Database / A Christmas Carol / Historical Maps

Sites found in:

Dec. 9-15, 2005


Votes Database (Free registration required)
“I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Washington Post has entered the congressional data fray with their votes database, which ‘lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.’ For both the House and Senate, one can view many details of Congressional votes. Many features are available.”

See Also: Those of you with a strong interest/need in Congressional Voting Data might also want to take a look at VoteView ( ), a Collection of Downloadable Data compiled by Dr. Keith T. Poole at the University of California, San Diego.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Free Searchable Version. Browse and/or search online or offline.


Historical Map Bibliographies
"The bibliographies in this series are produced by Air University Library staff to support the need for historical maps pertaining to wars, battles, and famous leaders' actions. Maps cited in these bibliographies may be a combination of internet sites, books, periodicals, or documents, and may contain links to full-text material. Click on a specific topic to view a bibliography." Includes: Desert Storm, Korean War, WW I, WW II.

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sat., Apr. 8, 2006 - School Crime & Safety / MelissaData Maps

Sites found in:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
Nov. 18-24, 2005

Crime--United States--Statistics
Source: NCES
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005
From the site: “[T]he report is designed…to make data on national school crime and safety accessible to policymakers, educators, parents, and the general public.”

New, Three New Lookup Databases via MelissaData (Free)

+ ZIP Code Maps
Displays a map with the boundary of a 5-digit ZIP Code

+ City Maps
Displays a city or town boundary map and demographics.

+ Congressional Districts Map
Displays boundary maps of a congressional district and information about representative.

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sat., Apr. 8, 2006 - Zoom Into Maps

Zoom Into Maps
From the site: “Maps help us make sense of our world.”
Sections include: Introduction Hometown Exploration Migration Transportation
Environment Military Pictorial Today Unusual

Friday, April 07, 2006


Fri., Apr. 7, 2006 - Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin

Site found in:

ResourceShelf Newsletter
Dec. 2-8, 2005

Vietnam War Gulf of Tonkin - 11/30/2005
Source: National Security Agency, Central Security Service
"On 30 November 2005, the National Security Agency (NSA) released the first installment of previously classified information regarding the Vietnam era, specifically the Gulf of Tonkin incident. This release includes a variety of articles, chronologies of events, oral history interviews, signals intelligence (SIGINT) reports and translations, and other related memoranda. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, like others in our nation's history, has become the center of considerable controversy and debate. It is not NSA's intention to prove or disprove any one set of conclusions, many of which can be drawn from a thorough review of this material. Instead, through this and subsequent public releases, we intend to make as much information as possible available for the many scholars, historians, academia, and members of the general public who find interest in analyzing the information and forming their own conclusions."
Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Fri., Apr. 7, 2006 - Ozone: MedlinePlus Health Topic

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 08:06:50 -0800 (PST)

Ozone : MedlinePlus Health Topic
Record Id: 644081
Created: 2005-12-09 12:02:32
Categories: bioag,govpub

The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
connect to consumer health information on dangers from ozone.



Fri., Apr. 7, 2006 - Talking With Kids About Tough Issues

Site found in:

The E-Line
Volume 5, No. 9
8 December, 2005
[To view this newsletter on line:]

Talking With Kids About Tough Issues
Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.

Talking with Kids: Resources
Links to sites on issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.


Fri., Apr. 7, 2006 - Boy in the Bubble / Tank Man / FlyBy Math

Sites found in:

PBS Teacher Previews: April 9-15, 2006

American Experience
"The Boy in the Bubble"
High School
Monday, April 10, 2006
9 - 10:00 pm
The tragic tale of David Vetter's short life pits ambitious
doctors against a bewildered, frightened young couple. It is a
story of unendingly committed caregivers and resourceful
scientists on the cutting edge of medical research. And it
raises some of the most difficult ethical questions of our age.
(CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Use our online teacher's guide to explore topics such as
ethics, society and economics with your students.
[NOTE: Teacher’s Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
"The Tank Man"
High School
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
9 - 10:30 pm
On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled
thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a
solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of
tanks. Captured by Western photographers, this extraordinary
confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around
the world. Join us as veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas
investigates the mystery of the tank man - his identity, his
fate and his significance for the Chinese leadership. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to read dramatic first-hand accounts and see photos of
what it was like to be in Tiananmen Square June 3-4, 1989
during the bloody final assault by the army.
[NOTE: Teacher’s Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

FlyBy Math
Middle School

Did you ever think that the people who get you safely from one
place to another on a plane use math and science every day? Air
Traffic Controllers must deal with distance-rate-time problems
all the time on the job. The site is geared to middle school
students and activities are tied to National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards and National Science
Education Standards (NSES). There are six problems with
experiments and six different methods for calculating the
number of seconds for each plane to arrive at the point where
their routes merge or for the trailing plane to catch up with
the leading plane.

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

Copyright 2006 PBS Online


Found in:
Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2006 20:23:42 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

Monday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

On February 22, 1984, Carol Ann Vetter touched her 12-year-old
son's hand for the first time. David Vetter had spent his entire
life inside a sterile isolator, with a protective layer of
plastic shielding him from the world around him. Afflicted with a
rare hereditary disease, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID),
David was defenseless against germs. Now, his doctors were
gambling on an experimental procedure to free him from his
isolation -- but David would live only two weeks in the outside
world before succumbing to infection.

Millions have come to know David simply as "the boy in the
bubble," popularized by Paul Simon's hit song, a feature film,
and television's "Seinfeld." But his story is a tragic tale that
pits ambitious doctors against a frightened young couple; it is a
story of unendingly committed caregivers and resourceful
scientists on the cutting edge of medical research. This AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE raises some of the most difficult ethical questions of
our age.


Send Your Questions to the Online Forum!

David's mother and his doctors will join filmmakers Barak Goodman
and John Maggio for a week-long online forum following the
broadcast of the film. Submit your questions before or after you
watch the film, and stay tuned for a probing discussion about
David's case.

Footage of David

David Vetter's life was well documented from the day he was born.
Watch video footage of David taking his first steps, celebrating
a birthday, and venturing out of his bubble in a custom-made
space suit.

Bioethics Opinions

David's life and medical care raised compelling ethical issues
that are nearly impossible to resolve. Read varying opinions on
David's treatment.

Podcast: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Stories (and Video!) to Go

Taken From:
The FRONTLINE Planner April 2006
NEW TEACHER'S GUIDE FOR "THE TANK MAN" ---------------------
Tuesday, April 11, 90 minutes, 9pm (check local listings)

On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of
demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed
protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the
Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching
nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for
freedom around the world. On April 11, veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas
investigates the mystery of the tank man -- his identity, his fate, and
his significance for the Chinese leadership. The search for the tank man
reveals China's startling social compact -- its embrace of capitalism
while dissent is squashed -- designed to stifle the nationwide unrest of

An accompanying teacher's guide will feature a lesson to help students
become familiar with: the events of Tiananmen Square; China's social,
economic and political reforms over the past 30 years; and how
government censorship affects what the media reports and what the public

Here are some questions you can assign students to answer at home while
they watch "The Tank Man" on April 11.

1) Why were students protesting at Tiananmen Square? 2) Why did the government clash with protestors? 3) Why do you think Google-China's search engine and the Chinese
government restrict access to certain sites pertaining to "equality,"
"democracy" or "dissidents?" 4) What challenges does the Internet pose to censorship?

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

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Thurs., Apr. 6, 2006 - Medieval and Renaissance Europe (4)

Sites found in:
HLN Newsletter: Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 23:37:37 -0500 (EST)

Newsletter Archives


The Art of Renaissance Science
“Discusses Galileo and how art and architecture were influenced by mathematical concepts, such as perspective.

Renaissance Links on the WWW
[NOTE: Other pages from Virtual Renaissance posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“Medieval Times-Middle Ages-Dark Ages, many terms have been used to describe this period spanning more than a thousand years...Medieval Europe was very much divided, yet societies during this time were remarkable similar. What was it like to live during this time?”
Sections include: Famous People, Art, Recipes, History Timeline, Holidays, Games, and Songs.

Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Thurs., Apr. 6, 2006 - Surfing with the Bard: Shakespeare Classroom Resource Center

Surfing with the Bard: Shakespeare Classroom Resource Center

Shakespeare’s Life Handout
With live links…

Shakespeare 101

An On-line Shakespearean Glossary
From the site:
“Use this glossary to look up unusual words used in Shakespeare's plays. As this is a general glossary, you will want to make sure that the definition fits the context of the line in which the word is used.”


Thurs., Apr. 6, 2006 - Printed Image in the West: History and Techniques

The Printed Image in the West: History and Techniques
From the site:
“[P]rior to the fifteenth century, images were not only one-of-a-kind but rare, generally found locked away in palaces, to which few had access, or affixed to the wall of a church. The technology of printmaking, which first fell into place around 1400, suddenly made it possible for hundreds or even thousands of essentially identical images to be produced from a single matrix of carved wood or metal. When this invention was followed in the mid-fifteenth century by the introduction of movable type, so that the first printed books could be produced, the possibilities for the spread of knowledge and ideas expanded in an unprecedented manner.”
[NOTE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Apr. 6, 2006 - From Manuscript to Print: The Evolution of the Medieval Book

From Manuscript to Print: The Evolution of the Medieval Book
From the site:
“Among the many innovations that transformed Europe in the Middle Ages, perhaps none was more central than the metamorphosis of the written word. The evolution of writing in this period reached a dramatic climax in the 1450s, when Johann Gutenberg invented moveable metal type—and revolutionized human communication. This exhibition traces the history of the medieval book—its appearance, content, audiences, and forms—from the 9th to the 15th centuries.”

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Wed., Apr. 5, 2006 - If These Walls Could Speak...

If These Walls Could Speak... what stories would they tell?
Discover these stories and a host of family secrets from within the walls of four historic homes. Uncover pioneer farm life at the Tullie Smith Farm, learn about the emerging black middle class at the Shotgun House, discover suburban Atlanta elegance at the Swan House, and meet generations of rural Georgia potters at the Rolader Cabin.


Wed., Apr. 5, 2006 - Folk Songs for the Five Points

Folk Songs for the Five Points
From the site:
“Folk Songs for the Five Points was created in response to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s invitation for a project which responded to the request for works that explore contemporary immigrant experiences in New York City.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Apr. 5, 2006 - The 1920s

The 1920s
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“Probably one of the most dramatic decades in United States history, the 1920s had it all.
Women's rights, political scandals, crimes of the century, and economic upheaval. This was a time where the old and the new clashed, and that clash caused some of the most sensational events in our history.”


Wed., Apr. 5, 2006 - The Great Gatsby and the 1920s

The Great Gatsby and 1920s Unit
Includes the following Information Pages with links:
An information page on Prohibition
An information page on Famous People of the 1920s
An information page on the Jazz Age
Here's information about the Automobile in the 1920s
Information on the 1920s Trends - Fashion

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Tues., Apr. 4, 2006 - High School Crop Genetic Engineering

High School Crop Genetic Engineering
This site is specifically for high school studies studying genetically modified foods. The site clearly explains how genes are manipulated. There is a general description of the overall process of genetic engineering. What DNA is and how it relates to genes and chromosomes. How and why DNA is extracted in the genetic engineering process and much more. You may view the site in both html and flash forms.


Tues., Apr. 4, 2006 - Engineering Activity Index

Engineering Activity Index
From the site:
“There are currently 40 lessons introducing the following engineering specialties. Follow the links and learn about Biomedical, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Materials, General, and Aerospace Engineering! Each lesson contains hands-on or interactive activities as well as explanations of the science and engineering.”


Tues., Apr. 4, 2006 - History of Cars Timeline / Motor City

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

NEW THIS WEEK, December 8, 2005
Read This Online :

History of Cars Timeline
A brief timeline of the invention of small engines and cars from 1769 to 1997. Includes information about a steam-powered vehicle built in 1769, the invention of the four-stroke and two-stroke engines in 1876, the formation of the Ford Motor Company in 1903, and the impact of the energy crisis of 1973. Also includes links to other materials about cars and car design. From the Discovery Channel, U.K.
LII Item:

Motor City
Companion to an exhibition with a goal of providing "a permanent display which would interpret how cars built Detroit and how Detroit builds cars." The site features brief essays and historical images relating to the first car in Detroit, R.E. Olds (the first automobile manufacturer in Detroit), Henry Ford, mass production, General Motors Company, and more. Also includes video clips presenting historical information. From the Detroit Historical Museums and Society.
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.


Tues., Apr. 4, 2006 - Chemistry Tutor

Chemistry Tutor: Web pages to help you get through your chemistry homework.
From the site:
“No bells and whistles here, just straight talk about chemistry, everything chemistry! If you left your chemistry textbook in your locker at school, this is the place you'll want to look. This site offers a basic introduction to chemistry, chemical equations and reactions, and chemistry calculators as well as safety rules to follow when you are in the laboratory. There are several great links, WebElements and periodic table information on the Web, too.”


Mon., Apr. 3, 2006 - Year-End Lists

Sites found in:

Year-End Lists [Fimoculous]
Journalists love to do stories about lists -- best of, worst of, silliest,
etc. -- and especially at the end of the year. Here's a round-up of the lists.

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


Mon., Apr. 3, 2006 - Trivia


Xrefer’s Weekly Brainteaser
Sign-up to receive xrefer's Weekly Brainteaser,

Question of the Day
or subscribe at
From the site:
Subscribe to the Question of the Day and automatically receive a different question every morning. It might be a science question, it might be a history question, or it might be any question about one of the 14,000 topics in the Knowledge Master Library.

Oxford Reference Online’s Fact of the Day
Get a FREE Fact of the Day from Oxford Reference Online!
From the site:
“Sign up to Oxford Reference Online’s Fact of the Day, and learn more about a huge array of fascinating facts taken from Oxford’s unrivalled reference works covering everything from art and architecture to zoology.
Each day you will receive an email including a link giving you free access to an article in the award-winning Oxford Reference Online. You do not have to be an Oxford Reference Online subscriber to sign up for this FREE service! It’s open to everyone.”

Mental Floss Quiz/Fact Library
From the site:
“We archive our previous Facts-of-the-Day and Quizzes-of-the-Day in this, our mental_floss online library. Here, you can review more than 700 fascinating facts and also test your knowledge with over 3,500 challenging trivia questions. You can also view facts and quizzes sorted by date.”

Worthless Word for the Day
Obscure, abstruse and recondite words. Read wwftd on the site or
subscrube by sending e-mail to:
Site also contains other “word-a-day links”

Trivia Café
Trivia Questions of the Week
Trivia Question of the Day

Corsinet Trivia Collections
From the site: “Weird facts, unusual information, bits and pieces
of miscellany that we've been accumulating for ever and ever.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Vital Statistics
From the site: “An amazing compendium of factoids, minutiae, and random
bits of wisdom.”


Mon., Apr. 3, 2006 - All About Stuff: Trivia

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, November 18, 2005

All About Stuff

Today's site brings a smorgasbord of engaging articles from this Internet
magazine. With the wide range of topics covered, Gentle Subscribers may
find a number of features both informative and entertaining.

"All About Stuff is a free online magazine continuously striving to grow
and provide you with new topics and articles on a variety of subjects. ...
Our stories and articles are provided by a multitude of sources, assuring
you the reader a fresh and diverse style of writing and commentary." - from
the website

The site's main categories spotlight Critters, Out at Sea, Show Business,
Garden Tips, Financial Education, Kid's Games, Sports Phrases, Trivia and
the all-inclusive General, among others. The Out at Sea section, for
example, includes articles on the invention of the PT boat and how to name
a ship, while a peek at the Trivia archives reveals the "Evolution of the
Broom" and a musing on the phrase "Pass the Buck". Although designed for
children, the "Fun Quiz" in the Kid's Games segment may have adults
blinking in surprise as well.

Swoop over to the site for a light-hearted look at a variety of subjects

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


Mon., Apr. 3, 2006 - OmniBiography / Biographies of the Presidents


From the site:
“ is the largest directory of biographies available on the Web containing information on more than 110,000 important people from antiquity to the present time.
It includes biographies from the most important sites on the web in all languages.”

History Channel ALMANAC: Biographies of the Presidents.

An article from The World Almanac and Book of Facts.
© 2005 World Almanac Education Group. A WRC Media Company. All rights reserved.

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

Sunday, April 02, 2006


Sun., Apr. 2, 2006 - Bank High School Financial Literacy / Escape from Knab

Bank High School: Financial Literacy
From the Teacher’s section: “We believe the information contained here will be very helpful in teaching Financial Literacy.”
There are also sections for Students and Parents.


Escape from Knab
From the site:
“Escape from Knab is an educational simulation which takes participants through a series of financial decision- making experiences in the fun and entertaining setting of the fictitious planet, Knab where visitors discover the results of their actions and decisions.”


Sun., Apr. 2, 2006 - Credit Reports, Consumer Info Page InfoSource - December 2005
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 07:45:00 -0500
Your Student Gateway to the US Government Volume IV, Issue 11 - December 2005


Get your Credit Report - Under a new law, you can request a free copy of your credit
report every 12 months. Find out how to get yours, from the Federal Trade Commission.

Check out all the other resources on's Consumer Info page:


Sun., Apr. 2, 2006 - Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
From the site:
“The Coalition´s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Links to other sites
From the page:
“In this section of our website, we provide links to other sites that may be interesting and helpful to you. These sites are not part of the JumpStart site. We select these sites because we believe they offer information that will be helpful and interesting to our visitors.”

Clearinghouse: Free Materials


Sun., Apr. 2, 2006 - Liberty Arcade

Liberty Arcade

From the site:
“Liberty Arcade is a collection of interactive games that illustrate fundamental concepts from the social sciences. These games are designed to provide you with a better understanding of the underlying processes at work in modern, complex societies.

Here's where economists and other social scientists can be helpful, because they have devoted their lives to studying impersonal interactions among people in complex societies.

Liberty Arcade is intended to allow you to learn, through first-hand experience, some of the most important lessons social scientists can teach us about market-based interactions.”

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