Saturday, May 13, 2006


Sat., May 13, 2006 - Music Lyrics

Music Lyrics


Sat., May 13, 2006 - jux2 MetaSearch Engine

-------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Today's site provides an interesting alternative to the premiere search
engine. Although metasearch engines have been around for a number of years,
Gentle Subscribers will find that "Jux2" handles its search results in a
different fashion.

"The conventional wisdom is that the major search engines serve up similar
results. Our research suggests the opposite: the search engines are far
more different than most people think. ... For example, what do you suppose
is the overlap between the top 10 results on Google and the top 10 results
on Yahoo! for the average search term? Most people we asked thought about
70 percent. So did we, until we checked. ... The actual overlap is roughly
half of that. In tests we conducted using the 500 most popular search
terms, on average, Google and Yahoo! shared only 3.8 of their top 10
results. ... Even more striking is the distribution of results: fully 30%
of the search terms had 2 or fewer overlapping terms, and only 17% had 6 or
more overlapping results among the top 10." - from the website

This metasearch engine offers the top results that overlap among Google,
Yahoo! and Ask Jeeves, giving more relevant findings; users are able to
chose their preferred search engine from among the three. On the
"Statistics" page, additional information graphically details a comparison
in results among these three search engines. Indications on the site hint
at including the MSN search engine in the future.

Swoop over to the site for this interesting approach to search results at:

A.M. Holm

view the List archives on the web at:


Sat., May 13, 2006 - Ohio Math Works

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, November 28, 2005 and time for Math at

Recommended Website:
Ohio Math Works
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A common student lament is, "Why do I have to study math?" Well,
list member MaryAnna recommended this site that answers the
question. It is designed as a companion to a curriculum developed
for Ohio schools to make math less abstract and more practical -- so
students (in middle school and up) can see that studying math will
prepare them for the job market and the world beyond school. The
interactive, multi-media lessons at this site give students an
opportunity to solve math problems faced everyday in businesses that
students utilize in their own lives.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu
with five options on the left of your screen that include:

*Theme Parks -- Explore lessons that demonstrate math is everywhere
in a theme park -- from the layout of the park (measurement and
spatial visualization skills) to vending carts (volume and mass) and
queues (proportions and formulas). Don't forget the roller coaster —
a monument to mathematics!

*Snacks -- Enjoy some activities that demonstrate how much math goes
into creating your favorite snacks! From the Keebler Company snack
production line to understanding how to set up your own cookie-
baking company -- students will discover that math is delicious.

*Fashion -- Fashion trends and really cool styles start with math!
Through these exercises students will discover that math plays a
part in fabric and textile design.

*Weather -- Math and science go hand-in-hand in the study of
weather. Meteorologists collect data on temperature, wind speed,
rainfall, and more. In these lessons, students see how math
equations are applied to data that is collected in order to predict
weather patterns that affect us all.

*Newspaper -- Whether you check the latest sports scores or scan ads
for the lowest price on gear or CD's, your local newspaper is a
source of helpful information.
How does a newspaper conduct business? Try the activities in this
section to get the experience of working at a newspaper. Use the
matrix for layout of ads and articles. Figure out how to provide a
public service, and make money doing it. Discover how sports
reporters rely on statistics.

[NOTE: Each section includes a page of links. – Phyllis ]

All of the exercises help kids see the purpose of math in a "school-
to-work" frame. Because the site was developed and actively used in
2000-2001, some of the features such as "the question of the month"
haven't been updated since then, and a few links in the teacher
resource sections are dead. There are references to kits, videos,
and TV programs designed for Ohio teachers (and not currently
available) -- but you don't need them to enjoy the interactive
lessons at the site that include free downloadable/printable
activity pages.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should also preview the sites for suitable content, and then review the sites together with their children.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Registered Trademark and may not be used without written permission of Diane Flynn Keith.

Planning a family road trip? For FREE educational car games visit:


Sat., May 13, 2006 - Humanities / NATO / Benjamin Franklin

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 3, 2006
Volume 12, Number 5

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities [pdf]

While a number of web-based initiatives in the sciences were quick to put
their proverbial flag in the sand of the Internet, the humanities took a bit
longer in adopting these new technologies. One of the leaders in this field
has been the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the
University of Virginia. Established in 1992, the Institute has created a
number of research projects over its history, and many of these fine
projects are available here for the consideration of the web-browsing
public. Visitors will find interactive projects on the lives of the saints,
Leonardo da Vinci’s treatise on painting, and a history of the circus in
America. As one might suspect, all of this fine work has also resulted in a
number of publications that deal with the process and challenges that are
involved in creating such collaborative online projects. Visitors can also
browse some of these valuable musings in their publications area. [KMG]
[NOTE: Several projects from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

North Atlantic Treaty Organization [pdf, Real Player]

Created in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an
alliance of 26 different countries from both sides of the Atlantic. With a
mutual agenda, these countries have worked together on a wide array of
ventures, including peacekeeping missions and monitoring terrorist
activities. On their website, visitors can learn about their more recent
work, as well as previous activities, such as their interventions in Bosnia
and Pakistan. The site is well-organized, and provides easy access to NATO
speeches, and a quick summary of their policy initiatives. Policy makers and
academics will enjoy learning that the website contains archived issues of
NATO Review, which is their in-house magazine, published four times a year.
For those seeking a wide array of media coverage, the multimedia section of
the site contains photo essays, audio archives of speeches, and video
briefings. [KMG]

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words

As America’s first proverbial ambassador of goodwill and intelligence,
Benjamin Franklin is a fascinating and immediately engaging individual, even
three hundred years after his birth in Boston. Drawing on their prodigious
collections, the Library of Congress has created this very nice online
collection designed to pay homage to Franklin the printer, writer, inventor,
scientist, and so on. Complementing an in situ exhibit at the Library, this
collection is ordered chronologically, and allows visitors the ability to
traipse through Franklin’s substantial involvement in the Continental
Congress, the Treaty of Paris, as well as his own inventive spirit. Some of
the documents include Franklin’s own design for a stove, his 1775 plan for a
colonial confederation, and the founding charter for the American
Philosophical Society. Visitors can also navigate a complete checklist of
objects found on the site and also read about some of the public programs
planned to complement the exhibit, such as lectures and demonstrations.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

Friday, May 12, 2006


Fri., May 12, 2006 - Molecular Stepping Stones

Site found in:
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 10:31:08 -0500

New Teaching Resources
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

"Molecular Stepping Stones"
features online activities, including simulations, to help
students understand 10 key concepts underlying many biological
processes. Topics include atomic structure, random motion,
spatial equilibrium, strong chemical bonds, compounds,
intermolecular forces, self-assembly, proteins, chemical
reactions and catalysis, DNA, and biologica. (NSF)

Past messages:


Fri., May 12, 2006 - The Vikings

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, February 2, 2006

The Vikings

Today's site, from America's Public Broadcasting System, presents an
interesting approach to the Viking period of the eighth to eleventh
centuries. Gentle Subscribers will discover a broad range of material
which, over the past few years, has caused a shift in historical thinking
on the Viking era.

"Welcome to the companion Web site to "The Vikings," a two-hour NOVA
program ... The program examines a new, less barbarian image of the
Norsemen based on recent archeological investigations. ... From a social or
economic or religious point of view ... the Viking period was a kind of
hinge in European history. It was the time from which you went from early
history and classical civilization into what we know as modern Europe and a
modern world ..." - from the website

The site features a number of video clips from the original broadcast, of a
model Viking village whose re-creation was based on an excavation near
Stockholm. Information on the Norse sagas and history is provided through
the text of an interview with a curator from the Smithsonian's National
Museum. In the "Viking Diaspora" the extensive forays made by the Norsemen,
from North Africa to North America are displayed through a clickable map.
One of the highlights of the site is the "Write Your Name in Runes"
section, which provides a look at the runic alphabet. A fascinating section
on the Norse ships reveals the remarkable construction techniques used for
these vessels and an overview of the amazing archaeological finds of entire

Sail over to the site for an exploration of the Vikings at:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Fri., May 12, 2006 - Middle East, 1916-2003 / Africa: South of the Sahara

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, February 2, 2006
Read This Online :

The Middle East 1916-2003: A Documentary Record
Compilation of documents related to Palestine, Israel, and other countries and regions in the Middle East. Includes the Balfour Declaration (1917), the Alexandria Protocol (1944), the Israeli Declaration of Independence (1948), the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt (1979), the Hamas Covenant (1988), and many documents from the United Nations. Part of the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Avalon Project Home Page and other documents previously posted. Phyllis ]


Africa South of the Sahara: Pan-Africanism
An annotated directory of websites related to organizations and individuals involved with regional integration movements in Africa, featuring topics such as Edward Wilmot Blyden, W.E.B. Dubois, and Marcus Garvey. Maintained by Karen Fung of the Stanford University Libraries.
[Shortened URL:]
LII Item:
[NOTE: See Also: African History on the Internet
Other pages from posted. - Phyllis ]


Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Fri., May 12, 2006

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: May 14-20, 2006

American Masters
"The World of Nat King Cole"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
9 - 10:00 pm
This film focuses not just on Cole's celebrity, but on the
Civil Rights movement and how the singer broke through major
racial barriers in the entertainment industry as the first
black American to have his own national radio show and the
first black American to have his own television show. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to to chat about the
program on May 18 at noon ET.

American Masters
"Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
10 - 11:00 pm
Eighteen years after his Grammy Award for lifetime achievement
and eight months after his death at age 73, Ray Charles again
proved his lasting power by posthumously winning another eight
Grammys. Charles' revolutionary blend of gospel, soul, rock,
jazz and country has earned him status as a genuine national
treasure. Tune in for this documentary that follows the singer
from his impoverished childhood through his rise to stardom.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about Ray Charles at the companion Web site.


"Snowflake: The White Gorilla"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, May 14, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
The only known albino gorilla in the world, Snowflake lived
nearly 40 years as a beloved resident of the Barcelona Zoo. His
appearance made him a star, but also led to his death from a
rare skin cancer. Join us as scientists and handlers who knew
him and worked with him tell his remarkable story and reflect
on his legacy. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to learn more about Snowflake
and his family.


Alan Alda In Scientific American Frontiers
"Hydrogen Hopes"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Friday, May 19, 2006
9 - 9:30 pm
We've all heard of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but what
will it take to get there from here? How can we create hydrogen
from renewable sources like the sun? And how do we store it
safely once we've got it? (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our lesson plan in which students explore light
[Originally broadcast Feb. 23, 2005]


Middle / High School

The National Gallery of Art hosts an online exhibition of Dada
artists and their works. In 1916, Dada art emerged as a
response to the trauma and violence of the First World War.
There is a variety of techniques represented including collage,
"readymade," assemblage and don't miss the two sound poems.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.


Thurs., May 11, 2006 - ENIAC Computer

John W. Mauchly
and the Development of the ENIAC Computer
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The year 1996 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ENIAC computer, the first large-scale general-purpose electronic computer. Built at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering, ENIAC is an acronym for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer," but its birth lay in World War II as a classified military project known only as Project PX. The ENIAC is important historically, because it laid the foundations for the modern electronic computing industry. More than any other machine, the ENIAC demonstrated that high-speed digital computing was possible using the then-available vacuum tube technology.”


Thurs., May 11, 2006 - DK Free Clip Art

DK Clip Art
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Welcome to DK's free clip art!
This mini site will help support class and homework activities with downloads of DK's famous photographs that can be included in your school projects.”


Thurs., May 11, 2006 - Food Safety / World Heritage

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 20, 2006
Volume 12, Number 3

World Health Organization: Food Safety [pdf]

Growing concern about food safety has spurred a number of international
organizations to action, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is one
group that has been concerned with this issue for the past few years. The
WHO has worked closely with a number of like-minded organizations (such as
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) to address food
safety issues “along the entire food production chain-from production to
consumption”. To help disseminate some of their findings, they have created
this site that provides information on microbiological risks, food borne
diseases, and consumer education. The homepage provides access to a number
of recent publications and presentations, along with information about
upcoming meetings and research studies. Those working in the fields of
public health and food safety education will definitely want to take a look
at their fact sheets, which include the publication “Five keys to safer
food”, which is available in a number of different languages. [KMG]

====== In The News ====

Heritage status brings unexpected consequences

Preservation: Sure, It’s a Good Thing, but…[Free registration required,
Macromedia Flash Player]

‘Three Rivers’ hydro-electric project checked by World Heritage Status
[NOTE: Only available to subscribers. – Phyllis]

Not everything can be preserved exactly as it is for all time

World Heritage Centre: The List

World Heritage Education Kit

World Heritage Site

The first link will take visitors to a very nice article from the New York
Times’ Seth Kugel, who reports on both the positive and less-than-positive
aspects of having places of cultural significance on the World Heritage Site
list. The piece also includes a link to an audio slide show that will take
visitors through some of Mexico’s World Heritage sites. The second link
leads to a news story from this past Monday that discusses how a major
hydroelectric project in China may be held up due to the fact that the area
contains the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage site. The third link will
take users to an impassioned editorial from the Scotsman which discusses the
recent preservation imbroglio that is underway in Edinburgh, which is also
on the World Heritage list. The fourth link will take users to the actual
World Heritage List created by UNESCO. Here visitors can view the list
(organized by country), and peruse basic facts about such marvels as the
city of Meknes in Morocco and the Poblet Monastery in Spain. The fifth link
leads to a helpful educational toolkit developed by the World Heritage
organization that is designed to teach young and old alike about the
importance of the preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the
world. The final link leads to a site developed and maintained by Els Slots,
an individual who has great admiration and respect for those places on the
World Heritage list. Here visitors can view a number of fine photographs of
a number of the sites, including the old city of Jerusalem and the city of
Bath. [KMG] [NOTE: Some of these sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


Thurs., May 11, 2006

Sites found in:
ResourceShelf 20-26, 2006

History of Spices

Source: McCormick
The Enspicelopedia
An encyclopedia of spices from McCormick. A must for your "virtual cookbook" shelf.


Web Search--Google
Source: Google
New Issue of Google Librarian Newsletter Available
The new issue features an article by the LII's Karen Schneider on techniques to judge a web site's quality
Beyond Algorithms: A Librarian's Guide to Finding Web Sites You Can Trust

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--Bibliography
Source: U.S. Army War College Library
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Military (PDF; 212 KB)
"Due to current military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a renewed interest in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its presentation in military personnel. This bibliography lists citations for books, documents, articles, audiovisuals, and Internet sites related to this topic. Specifically, the cited items focus on PTSD resulting from combat exposure in current and past military engagements and peacekeeping operations. The majority of the items cited are dated 1990 to the present. A few notable exceptions include material concerning PTSD in veterans of the Vietnam War."

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

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Wed., May 10, 2006 - Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to announce the
launch of a new online museum dedicated to Anne Sullivan Macy, Helen
Keller's teacher and pioneer in the field of education for the blind and
visually impaired:

Anne is best known as the young woman who taught Helen how to communicate
with the outside world, and her work became the blueprint for the
education of children who were blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, a
model that continues today. Anne's achievements were so ahead of their
time that Samuel L. Clemens, known more popularly as Mark Twain, dubbed
her a "miracle worker."

AFB's multimedia museum presents a marvelous and rich array of information
about Anne through photographs, letters, speeches, posters, comics,
newspaper cartoons, vaudeville scripts, and video clips. The content
traces Anne's life from her impoverished childhood through her death in
1936. During her lifetime, Anne was hesitant to accept honors or accolades
for her work. However, her remarkable achievements are remembered to this
day, reflected in events such as her induction into the National Women's
Hall of Fame.

AFB hopes that through this web site, a new generation will know Anne in
all her complexities. So visit Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

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


Wed., May 10, 2006 - Remember Segregation / Realizing the Dream

Remember Segregation
Remember Segregation confronts visitors with a powerful, educational experience that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s dedication to diversity. DDB Seattle created this poignant site—which includes a photo gallery, timeline, MLK biography, speeches, and writings

Realizing the Dream: Nonviolence or Nonexistence
The King Center uses Macromedia Flash MX to present the first online curriculum that teaches the principals of nonviolence developed by Dr. Martin Luther King. The dynamic interface features animation, video, and audio to appeal to the target audience, children 8-17 years old.


Wed., May 10, 2006 - Freedom Bound

Freedom Bound
Take a journey into the history of the Underground Railroad through this dynamic site, featuring streaming audio of a Pennsylvania historian telling stories that were passed down from her great- grandfather, who was a conductor on the Railroad. The site was designed for use in history and social studies classes in the Williamsport Area School District.


Wed., May 10, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch Issue #2006-02-01 from

1956 Martin Luther King "Montgomery Story" Comic Book

[See Also: Drop-down menu of other items on web site

Includes: "STOP THE MADNESS" 1980s Anti-drug Music Video
and 1957 atomic revolution comic book. – Phyllis ]


Arthurian Legend
Arthurian Legend Links


Babe Ruth: The Sultan of Swat


Remember the Tom Swift, Jr. novels?

[NOTE: 26 Tom Swift ebooks – Search by Title: Tom Swift - Phyllis ]

Archives for this ezine are available online here:

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Tues., May 9, 2006 - Medicine Timelien / West African Countries

Sites found in:
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2006

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


West Africa--Bibliography
Source: Air University Library
West Africa
Bibliography of books, documents, journals and Internet resources. Includes the countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.


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


Tues., May 9, 2006 - American Memory Timeline

American Memory Timeline
From the site:
“This resource was developed to help teachers and students use the vast online collections of the Library of Congress. The links to the right will lead you to sets of selected primary sources on a variety of topics in United States History. The sets are arranged by chronological period.”

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


Tues., May 9, 2006 - Small-Town America: Stereoscopic Views

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 18:31:50 -0800 (PST)

Small-Town America : Stereoscopic Views from the Robert Dennis Collection
Record Id: 645442
Created: 2006-01-19 13:59:32
Categories: liberal

"This website presents 12,000 photographs of [New York, New Jersey, and
Connecticut] as they were captured in stereoscopic views from the 1850s
to the 1910s. In addition to showing buildings and street scenes in
cities, towns, and villages the photographs show farming, industry,
transportation, homes, businesses, local celebrations, natural
disasters, people, and costumes."
--Simple or advanced search functions with browse indexes by title,
name, subject, format, or place.


Tues., May 9, 2006 - Calenday / Web Resource Gallery

ReadWriteThink: Calendar
From the site:
“Find classroom activities and online resources [links] associated with events in literacy and literature.”

ReadWriteThink: Web Resources Gallery - Links to Online Resources
From the site:
“The Web Resources Gallery offers links to a myriad of useful English language arts resources on the Internet. You may use the drop-down menus above to sort ReadWriteThink's Web Resources by grade band and resource type.”

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

Monday, May 08, 2006


Mon., May 8, 2006 - The Physics Front

The Physics Front
From the site:
“The Physics Front provides support and teaching resources for high school teachers of physics, especially new and crossover teachers. The PhysicsFront contains information about and links to a wide range of materials for teachers in the physical sciences, including curriculum and lesson plans, laboratories, lecture demonstration materials, reference material, and education research. This information is organized for users to search or browse by subject, type of material, and grade level.”
Categories include conceptual physics, algebra-based physics, AP/calculus-based physics, and physical sciences K-8.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., May 8, 2006 - Space Weather / Isotopes / Scientific American 2005 Web Awards

Sites found in:
21 January 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

SPACE WEATHER BASICS, UCAR, (suggested by Peter Saracino, Marcus
Whitman High School, Rushville, NY), Discover an interesting webcast
that deals with Space Weather. It lasts about 20 minutes and covers a
good deal of material in an informative and creative manner - lots of cool
"animations" - complete with music underneath if you so choose. Check
it out if you're into things like coronal mass ejections, sunspots and solar
cycles, space weather and its effects on our atmosphere, climate, satellites,
folks in space, etc. In sum, this is a fascinating, enjoyable primer on the topic.

RESOURCES ON ISOTOPES, USGS, (suggested by Eric Fermann, Eastchester
High School, Eastchester, NY), "The following is a brief review of some
of the fundamentals of stable isotope geochemistry, including
definitions, terminology, basic principles, standards, and guidelines on
reporting data." If you follow the link on the top right for the
periodic table, you can read about the isotopic systems of several dozen
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY WEB AWARDS 2005, Scientific American, "In the
year since we last presented these awards, both the world and the Web
have changed in dramatic ways. The spheres of science and politics have
become seemingly inextricable, forcing biologists to go to the mat with
policy-makers over the issue of teaching intelligent design in school.
The influence of "citizen journalist"-penned blogs has become a driving
force behind the dissemination of information. And, most recently, the
devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has sparked discussion
of whether global warming is responsible for the recent increase in
storm intensity. The implications of all these developments loomed large
as we chose our winners for this year. "
[Shortened URL: ]
[NOTE: Web awards from earlier years previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Mon., May 8, 2006 - Earth & Space Science Collection / RoboCow

Sites found in:
28 January 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Earth and Space Science Collection
TEACHERS DOMAIN, WGBH Educational Foundation, (suggested by Holly
Devaul, DLESE), WGBH has just released the new Earth and Space Science
collection, with over 200 media-rich resources and 20 lesson plans for
K-12 classrooms. NOTE: Free registration required.
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]


RoboCow - Present Environmental Issues Using A Little Humor, (suggested
by Jason Hunter, Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven, MI), With this
animation, find an interesting way to get important messages across and
a good laugh at the same time. This MediaFlash depicts "RoboCow", a
bovine hero, tackling issues of ground and surface water contamination
due to farmland activity.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:
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Mon., May 8, 2006 - Free Temperature Probe

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: CIESE Listserv
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 12:39:58 -0400
Subject: Free temperature probe from Vernier

Greetings educators,

In celebration of Vernier's 25th anniversary, they are giving away a free
Go!Temp USB probe and Logger Lite software to every elementary, middle
school, and high school in the United States. You can also download two free
sample activities to use from their "Let's Go! Investigating Temperature"
lab book.

Public or private schools with 50 or more students are eligible. Please see to register for the free probe and
software. The giveaway ends August 31, 2006.



Mercedes McKay
Associate Director
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-216-8063 Fax: 201-216-8069

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Sun., May 7, 2006 - State of the Union Addresses, 1790-2006

Search and analyze the full-text of all
the State of the Union addresses from 1790-2006
From the site:
“The State of the Union is the President's annual address before a joint session of Congress. In the address, the President reports on the condition of the nation, but also outlines the legislative agenda and priorities. We've imported the complete text of all State of the Union addresses into a searchable askSam database file. Use askSam's powerful searches to find specific text passages and analyze the text.”

[NOTE: For downloaded eBooks, you will need the FREE askSam Viewer.
Other free downloads from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., May 7, 2006 - Migration Information

The Migration Policy Institute
From the site:
“The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.”

MPI's work is organized around four research pillars:
Migration Management
Refugee Protection and International Humanitarian Response
North American Borders and Migration Agenda
Immigrant Settlement and Integration


Sun., May 7, 2006 - / Library of Congress Webcasts

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 27, 2006
Volume 12, Number 4 [pdf] (Last profiled on February 12, 1999)

Online since January 1999, continues to serve as a fine
resource for those with a penchant for state government and various
developments that bear directly on all 50 states. Funded by The Pew
Charitable Trusts, the site has grown significantly since it was last
profiled by the Scout Report, and now includes a host of new and improved
features. From their well-designed homepage, visitors can view a list of top
stories and read original content as well as news reports created by staff writers. Those persons looking for coverage on specific
topics will want to look through their list of issues, which include
education, elections, homeland security, and transportation. The staff
members have also created an online archive of governors’ addresses from
their respective states dating back to 2000. The site is rounded out by the
inclusion of their fine annual report “State of the States”. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Library of Congress: Webcasts [Real Player]

Perhaps you, gentle user, are looking for an insightful and contemplative
45-minute talk on Beethoven? Maybe you would like to learn more about the
nature of Cold War realpolitik? Fortunately, the Library of Congress’s
Webcasts website has these topics well covered, along with 301 like-minded
talks. Over the past six years, the Library of Congress has documented
several hundred of the talks, discussions, and conferences that have taken
place under its leadership. On this site, visitors have access to all of
these talks in their entirety, along with webcasts from the National Book
Festival. Visitors can scan through a complete list of all 303 webcasts, or
browse a thematic list that organizes the talks into areas such as religion,
government, and education. Some of the webcasts are particularly engaging,
such as John Hope Franklin’s talk on his own life as well as John Irving’s
appearance at the 2005 National Book Festival. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


Sun., May 7, 2006

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Bibliotheca Augustana
Record Id: 645493
Created: 2006-01-26 21:33:32
Categories: liberal

The Bibliotheca Augustana provides an index in English and other
languages to full-text versions of literary works dating from the eighth
century to the 20th century. Users can perform searches by date, genre,
or author. Biographical sketches and photographic images of selected
authors are available. [For English, select Bibliotheca Anglica ]

Gangs in the Spotlight : NCJRS
Record Id: 645473
Created: 2006-01-23 10:21:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

The U.S. Department of Justice's National Criminal Justice Reference
System presents publications, reports, and statistics on gangs,
gang-related criminal activity, and gang prevention in the United States
and other countries.

Preventing Gangs in Our Communities Live Webcasts
This two-part free, live interactive webcast and satellite broadcast will discuss preventing the growth of gangs. The webcast will feature a panel discussion by gang specialists; viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel via e-mail.

May 23, 2006, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET (Part 1)
June 6, 2006, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET (Part 2)

Memo to Potential Discussion Group Sponsors and Facilitators

Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Dry Drunk : The Culture of Tobacco in 17th- and 18th-century Europe
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Record Id: 645470
Created: 2006-01-22 22:49:32
Categories: liberal

Exhibition catalog and selected images describing the introduction,
consumption, and proliferation of tobacco in Europe. Includes sections
on beliefs regarding tobacco and health, gender roles and tobacco, and
allegorical illustrations.

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

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