Saturday, October 21, 2006


Sat., Oct. 21, 2006 - Monsters of the Ancient Sea

Monsters of the Ancient Sea - interactive
Shortened URL:

Interactive Map
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The smaller version of a map originally published by Olaus Magnus in 1539 was published by French engraver Antony Lafreri in Rome in 1572. The whimsically illustrated map shows a variety of maritime monsters and disasters.”


Sat., Oct. 21, 2006 - Devonian Times (Fossils)

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Devonian Times

Today's site, by Dennis C. Murphy, with the assistance of paleontologist
researchers and funding from the Academy of Natural Sciences of
Philadelphia, provides "all the news that's in the record" in a newspaper
format. Gentle Subscribers will discover a unique presentation of
scientific finds at a significant paleontology site in Pennsylvania.

"This award-winning website explores the evolutionary transition from
fishes to early tetrapods during the Late Devonian (about 360-380 million
years ago). It features Red Hill, an important fossil locality in central
Pennsylvania, USA. ... Devonian Times presents the rich assortment of plant
and animal fossils recovered from Red Hill, reviews recent discoveries of
Late Devonian tetrapods from other parts of the world, and discusses the
evolutionary and ecological developments of the Late Devonian that are
associated with the rise of the tetrapods and their colonization of the
land." - from the website

Created in a newspaper style, with attention-grabbing headlines -- "Recent
Findings Upset the Old Order"; "Opportunity Knocked: Tetrapods Answered" --
and a dateline of Catskill Delta, Euramerica, -361 MYA (Million Years Ago),
the Devonian Times offers a "hot off the press" approach to paleontology
discoveries. The site explains the setting, the paleocontinent Euramerica
and the significance of the Devonian period in terms of the development and
diversification of new plant and fish life. With charts and illustrations,
the newspaper covers vascular plants, such as the first modern tree, along
with tetrapods, armored fishes and spiny-fin fishes. Feature articles
explore topics ranging from "Feeding on the New Bounty" to "Late Devonian
Mass Extinction".

Sweep over to the site for a great presentation on the Devonian period at:

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



Sat., Oct. 21, 2006 - Dinosaurs

Sites found in:
Tips for Teachers #312- Dinosaur Issue
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006

To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Teaching Theme: Dinosaurs

Scroll down for an annotated list of web sites – [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 21, 2006 - American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History
[NOTE: previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Resources for Learning is a collection of activities, articles, evidence and
analysis and more, for educators, families, students and anyone interested in
teaching or learning about science.

Shortened URL:
How did early humans live? How did they develop physically and socially, and why is human culture so diverse?

Shortened URL:
What celestial objects lie beyond Earth's atmosphere? What are they made of, how did they form, and how are they evolving?

Shortened URL:
The study of life and living things, from microbes to giant redwoods: how do they function, adapt, and interconnect?

Earth Science
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What processes shape our planet, from molten core to mountaintop? How do oceans and atmosphere interact to create global climate?

Shortened URL:
What story do the fossil remains of ancient organisms-from trilobites to Tyrannosaurus-tell about how life evolved on Earth?

Friday, October 20, 2006


Fri., Oct. 20, 2006 - Government Domain: Google's New U.S. Government Search

The Government Domain
Google's New U.S. Government Search
By Peggy Garvin
From the site:
“In the wide world of the web, nothing gets attention like the word Google. So, when Google announced the release of their new U.S. Government Search ( this month, government information researchers began to buzz and to wonder.”
“The new Google U.S. Government Search and the relatively new FirstGov Search are useful search tools. They are part of tool chest, but they are not the only tools.”


Fri., Oct. 20, 2006 - CBS News Disaster Links

CBS News Disaster Links
From the site:
“CBS NEWS DISASTER LINKS contains updated websites for quick reference.”


Fri., Oct. 20, 2006 - Cells

Sites found in:
Tips for Teachers #315- Cells Issue
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006

This week's teaching theme is Plant and Animal Cells.
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Cells Teaching Theme
Sites For Background Information


Fri., Oct. 20, 2006 - Magnetic Storm / Catastrophe! / Test Tube Babies / Human Rights Issues

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: October 22-28, 2006

"Magnetic Storm"
High School
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Many scientists today are beginning to worry that changes to
the planet's magnetic field could make earth ever more
vulnerable to deadly radiation from space. This film explores
one of the least-known but most serious threats to life on
earth. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Go online to watch a simulated flip of the Earth's magnetic
field, from the first signs of instability to the final

Original PBS Broadcast Date: November 18, 2003
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
Secrets of the Dead
Middle / High School
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Tune in for this exploration of whether a geological or
meteorological event of cataclysmic proportions caused the Dark
Ages. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Take a virtual tour of a tree ring lab at the companion Web


American Experience
"Test Tube Babies"
High School
Monday, October 23, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
A boon to couples desperate to have a child, a moral quandary
that led to the debates on stem cell research, the story of the
first test tube babies is one of science, ethics and families.
(CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Try your hand at being a genetic counselor in our virtual IVF
clinic. You'll meet with couples, review their medical
histories and treatment options and make recommendations on
next steps.
[NOTE: See teaching Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Human Rights Issues
Middle / High School

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights based in
Geneva, Switzerland hosts a site about a variety of human
rights issues including religious intolerance, indigenous
populations, children's rights, torture and racism.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.


---------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: [NOVA] "Magnetic Storm"
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 14:55:15 -0400 (EDT)

Next on NOVA: "Magnetic Storm"

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

Like the plot of a sci-fi B movie, something weird is happening deep
underground, where the constant spin of Earth's liquid metallic core
generates an invisible magnetic force field that shields our planet
from harmful radiation in space. Gradually, the field is growing
weaker. Could we be heading for a demagnetized doomsday that will
leave us defenseless against the lethal effects of solar wind and
cosmic rays? "Magnetic Storm" looks into our potentially unsettling
magnetic future.

Here's what you'll find online:

Impact on Animals
Would a dramatic change in the Earth's magnetic field affect
creatures that rely on it during migration?

When Compasses Point South
As this time line shows, our planet's magnetic shield has
reversed its direction hundreds of times.

Gallery of Auroras
Auroras like those displayed here would be visible every night of
the year during a magnetic field reversal.

See a Reversal
Watch a simulated flip of the Earth's magnetic field, from the
first signs of instability to the final reversal.

Also, Links & Books, a NOVA News Minute, the program transcript, and
the teacher's guide.


---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 19:54:20 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

Monday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

To some, it signaled hope. To others, heresy. It was called both
a revolution and a slippery slope. But one thing is certain--
when the first "test tube baby" was born in July of 1978, the
world of human reproduction changed forever. Since then, more
than 400,000 babies have been born in America as a result of in
vitro fertilization, and more than two million around the world.

From filmmakers Chana Gazit and Hilary Klotz Steinman, TEST TUBE
BABIES tells the story of doctors, researchers, and hopeful
couples who pushed the limits of science and triggered a
technological revolution in human reproduction. In so doing, they
landed at the center of a controversy whose reverberations
continue to this day. "The battle over in vitro fertilization
drew in scientists, social activists, religious leaders,
lawmakers and everyday Americans," says Gazit. "More than a
scientific debate, it was a philosophical and moral struggle."

"The same pattern is playing out today in the world of stem cell
research," Steinman adds.

Tune in to TEST TUBE BABIES and meet the researchers and families
who were on the frontlines of IVF research.


You be the Counselor

Think you can help people with IVF? As a counselor in
this virtual IVF clinic, you'll meet with couples, review their
medical histories and treatment options, and make recommendations
on next steps.

Ethical Questions

In the film, author Robin Marantz-Henig notes that "there was a
cadre of people who thought this is just going beyond what is
appropriate for scientists-- that this is treading on the work
that belongs only to God and nature." What are the ethical
considerations surrounding IVF? See what two bioethicists have to

Five Families' Stories

For the millions of Americans diagnosed as infertile, a world of
difficult choices awaits. Medical procedures that address
infertility are expensive, often painful, sometimes dangerous,
and don't guarantee success. Five families share their
experiences with infertility and in vitro fertilization.


Thursday, October 19, 2006


Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006 - Math Forum: Teachers' Place, Quick Reference Sheet, Math Library

[NOTE: Site previously posted. Reorganized. – Phyllis ]

Math Forum: Teachers' Place
From the site:
“Welcome to the Teachers' Place! Here you'll find what we consider to be the best resources for teaching math at all levels. This space is not only for teachers, but has also been built in part by teachers.”

Quick Reference Sheet

Forum Internet Mathematics Library
From the site:
“When a generic Web directory falls short of your mathematics needs, visit the Forum Internet Mathematics Library, which covers math and math education Web sites in depth.”


Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006 - Learning Units in Mathematics (K-12) /

Sites found in:
New Teaching Resources at FREE
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


"Collected Learning Units in Mathematics" (K-12)
provides more than 200 instructional units in arithmetic,
algebra, calculus, data analysis, fractions, geometry, number
theory, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, probability, statistics,
and trigonometry. The units were developed by teachers
attending summer institutes sponsored by the National Security
Agency. (NSA)


features online simulations, learning modules, and interactive
tools for learning about nanotechnology -- the design and
production of structures, devices, and systems one atom or one
molecule at a time. Analyze the electronic properties of
different nano materials and the optical properties of
nanoparticles. Explore molecular conduction, nanofluids, and
nanowires. Create simulations of nanoelectronic and
nanoelectromechanical systems. Registration required. (NSF)

Past messages:


Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006 - (Prepare for College Math)

Found in:
NEA Today, October 2006

“Help Students Prepare for College Math
Many students enter college without realizing the level of preparation required to succeed in math and science. The University of Utah has launched—a learning and self-assessment tool to help pre-college students gauge and improve their readiness to take college introductory math, such as calculus and intermediate algebra. It offers free access to tests and learning tools that analyze responses and provide feedback on error patterns. Any student at any level of ability can use these resources free of charge.”


Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006 - From Scout Report, July 14, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
July 14, 2006
Volume 12, Number 28

American Sign Language University

As more people become interested in learning American Sign Language, there
have been a number of individuals who have begun to create websites that
offer free resources related to this language. Dr. Bill Vicars is one such
individual, and his site contains resources for students, teachers, parents,
and your garden-variety web surfer. In the section designed for students,
visitors can use the online sign language dictionary (complete with
demonstration photographs), fingerspelling lessons, and numbers lessons. The
section for teachers is a real gem, as it includes a number of sample
syllabi, general guidelines for instructors, as well as an online library
that includes subjects such as regional dialects in ASL, Chinese Sign
Language and the National Theater of the Deaf. Finally, the site contains a
special section for parents. Here, they can learn more about communicating
effectively with their child who is deaf. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Society for Historical Archaeology [pdf]

Some of you gentle readers may be asking: “What’s historical archaeology?”
Simply put, this field is “the study of the material remains of past
societies that also left behind some other form of historical evidence.”
With a membership base that ranges from newcomers to seasoned professionals,
The Society for Historical Archaeology is a group whose work will be of
general interest to those with a yearning to learn more about history and
archaeology. After delving into their “About” section, visitors should mosey
on over to their “Projects & Research” area. Here a number of organizations
and research teams have submitted websites that document their own recent
excavations, such as those around Harpers Ferry and West Point. Finally, the
site’s “Futures” section contains helpful information on careers in
archaeology and a guide to programs in historical and underwater
archaeology. [KMG]

Art of the States [Real Player]

WGBH in Boston has long been known for its high quality radio and television
programs. Art of the States is a show that has been around since 1993, and
is committed to collecting and disseminating new musical works from around
the United States. In 2002, they created this website to facilitate access
to their programs, and there is some glorious material here. To get a sense
of their offerings, visitors may start by listening to one of their “Current
Features”, which includes collections titled, “Music of Memory” and “Parody
Pieces”. From there, visitors can search the music archive by composer,
performer, instrumentation, time period, or genre. A few highlights on the
site include Edgard Varese’s “Nocturnal” and Colon Nancarrow playing his own
“Studies for Player Piano No. 1 and 36”. [KMG]


College is Possible [pdf]

The pathway to college from high school can be a bit bewildering for some,
particularly if they are the first one in their family to make the
transition to a college or a university. Given this situation, the American
Council on Education (ACE) has created the “College is Possible” program to
motivate and provide assistance to students from underserved communities to
seek a college education. The site offers a number of basic primers on such
subjects as financial aid programs, a glossary of financial aid terms,
courses students should take to prepare for college, and so on. Perhaps the
most helpful section is the “Choosing the Right College” module, which
includes some rudimentary information on how to search for a college, along
with offering a list of recommended websites, books, and brochures. [KMG]

Success in Mathematics

Many students arriving at college may find that they have forgotten some of
the basic skills required to learn various mathematical concepts. Some
educational researchers and mathematicians of note have commented that
learning math is more than a bit like learning a new language. Keeping that
in mind, this site provided by the mathematics department at St. Louis
University may be useful for both students and educators alike. The site
provides information on “…. how to study mathematics, how to approach
problem-solving…. and when and how to get help.” The material here is
contained within subsections that address such matters as “Active Study vs.
Passive Study” and “Solving a Problem”. In all honesty, students cannot go
wrong with such a nuts and bolts approach to mathematics, and this site’s
effective message will ring true with educators. [KMG]

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


Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Wed., Oct. 18, 2006 - Britney's Guide to Semiconductor Physics

Britney's Guide to Semiconductor Physics
From the site:
“It is a little known fact, that Ms Spears is an expert in semiconductor physics. Not content with just singing and acting, in the following pages, she will guide you in the fundamentals of the vital laser components that have made it possible to hear her super music in a digital format.”


Wed., Oct. 18, 2006 - Alchemy Education: Physics, Chemistry, Math and Astronomy

Alchemy Education
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Astronomy


Wed., Oct. 18, 2006 - Kung Fu Science: Physics

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Kung Fu Science

Today's site, from the American Institute of Physics, offers a fascinating
look at the physics of kung fu. Gentle Subscribers, who have wondered if
those movie martial arts scenes have any relation to reality, will discover
the science behind the deeds.

"The study of martial arts is the study of physics as it relates to the
human body. The various types of martial art evolved as different
approaches to the same problem - what is the most effective way of using
the body to defend and attack? ... [T]he most effective methods of blocking
and striking, perfected over hundreds of years, use the laws of physics to
maximum effect. ... Meet Chris, kung fu expert and general, all-round crazy
person. ... Meet Michelle. She's a physicist working at the Institute of
Physics, but recently she's been learning kung fu. In particular she wants
to learn how to break wood with her bare hands, and find out the physics
behind the feat." - from the website

The site, which is available in both Flash and standard HTML versions,
briefly explains kung fu and examines the physical techniques for breaking
a wooden plank. It then delves into the physics behind those techniques and
their relationship to Newton's Laws, and the Conservation of Energy. After
using scientific analysis and clearly presented calculations, a final test
is conducted to break the wood.

Spring to the website for the physics inside the martial art of kung fu at:

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


Wed., Oct. 18, 2006 - Virtual Laboratory: Physics Applets

Virtual Laboratory: Physics Applets
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“…a large collection of interesting interactive JAVA applets for use in Physics, Astronomy, or Environmental Science Courses.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Tues., Oct. 17, 2006 - Carnegie Hall: Listening Adventures

----------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, July 8, 2006 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Carnegie Hall: Listening Adventures
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's website offers 3 interactive programs to help kids learn about
music. Designed for kids 6-12 (but fun for the whole family) the activities
introduce instruments of the symphony orchestra, classical music and
concepts such as musical notation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of the three programs that

*"The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by Benjamin Britten -- in this
game you and an animated guide collect instruments on an instrument safari.
(Note: Read the FAQ on this BEFORE you launch the game to better understand
how to play.)

*Carnegie Hall Animated History -- learn all about the symphony hall's
history and some of the renown figures who have performed there.

*Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 -- A clever use of Dvorak's own comments about his
music and life helps kids understand his classic symphony, "From the New

These games take some time to play -- so be sure to visit the site when
you're not rushed. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Tues., Oct. 17, 2006 - Wilson's Catalogs / Windows Live Local / Classical Music Resources / Islam

Sites found in:
June 30 – July 6, 2006

From the site,
“ is a free clearinghouse for tools for collection development: “Best” lists, Editors’ picks, hot topics, periodicals lists, best professional books, librarian home pages and blogs, profiles of editors (and others) who shape the Wilson Standard Catalogs, and more.

The site will tap the expertise of librarians nationwide–those on the Wilson staff, special consultants, and librarians offering their input from the field. “Best” Lists will include Libraries’ Best Lists, Readers’ Best Lists, Committees’ Best Lists, Newspapers’ Best Lists, as well as contributions from individuals. An “Editors’ Picks” feature will focus on notable titles from Wilson’s Children’s Catalog, Public Library Catalog, Fiction Catalog, Senior High School Library Catalog, and Middle & Junior High School Library Catalog. Recommended books on hot topics will also be highlighted, focusing on issues in the headlines, including topics suggested by users.”


Windows Live Local Begins Offering Free Calls to Businesses
You can now contact, via a free call to your phone (landline or cell) any business listed in the Windows Live Local Business Directory. The service is very easy to use and is named (at least on a pop-up window) “Call for Free (Beta).” The program is U.S. only at this time.

[Phyllis’ NOTE: Place free telephone calls to businesses
I just tried it with a local call to Home Depot and then the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
and it really works!

go to:

Search for a business by name or a category (i.e. pizza)
Enter City & State
Click the magnifying glass to search

If it is listed in the results on the left of the screen, it MAY say “Call for free”

When you see the Call for Free name on a business' entry, you can use Call for Free to make a free telephone call to the business, even long-distance.

To place a free telephone call to a business:

Click Call for Free on the business' entry.

In the Call for Free box, enter the ten-digit telephone number of the telephone you want to use for the call, and then click Call. At present, only U.S. telephone numbers are supported.

After a few moments, your telephone rings, and you are connected with the participating business.

Click Close to close the Call for Free window.


To have your computer remember your telephone number for future calls with Call for Free, select the Remember my phone number check box.

Call for Free does not support telephone numbers with extensions.

If you enter your mobile phone number and you're charged a fee to receive an incoming call to your mobile phone, that charge will still apply if you use Call for Free with your mobile phone. ]


Dave Mattison offers a Look at Classical Music Resources on the Web

Music to Soothe the Savage Searcher Classical Music Databases and Web Resources
As is always the case, Dave Mattison offers a solid and well-written webliography in the new issue of Searcher. This is one to keep.
For complete review: Permalink:
Shortened URL:


Islam: The People, Culture, and Politics
Extensive bibliography

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


Tues., Oct. 17, 2006 - Two on Bach / Puerto Rico / Mathematical Imagery

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 26, 2006
Volume 12, Number 21

Two on J.S. Bach
Bach Cantatas [pdf]
J.S. Bach: Texts of the Complete Vocal Works with English Translation and

Deciding which one of J.S. Bach’s vocal works was his greatest compositional
triumph may be impossible, but those seeking high quality online resources
on his remarkable accomplishments need look no further than these two sites.
The first is dedicated to his cantatas, and visitors are presented with a
wealth of material here, ranging from English translations of these works to
a list of upcoming concerts featuring these works. Given the number of those
who are tremendously passionate about these masterpieces, the site also
features discussion boards for select cantatas. Here, visitors can opine
about their favorite recordings, or merely offer pointed criticisms of less-
than-worthy performances. The second site was created and maintained by
Professor Z. Philip Ambrose of the University of Vermont, and it contains
English translations to the vocal works of Bach, along with introductory
information on the sources and on performance history of each work. Visitors
can browse a list of headings on the left-hand side of the homepage which
offers a list of relevant abbreviations, texts for lost works, and a
complete listing of Bach’s various vocal works, organized by composition
type. [KMG]


Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age

The process by which Puerto Rico became a modern nation is a complex one,
and visitors interested in learning more about this subject would do well to
examine this website created by the American Memory Project at the Library
of Congress. As with many collections in this series, this particular
archive contains historically important writings from a variety of notable
personages, such as a clutch of well-known Puerto Rican political activists
and historians from the early 19th century to 1929. Visitors who might be a
less familiar with the contours and general historical development of Puerto
Rico would do well to read the extensive essay offered here by Marisabel
Bras, who is a senior analyst at the Department of Defense. The archive also
contains a nice selection of historic maps of the general Caribbean region
and Puerto Rico. Finally, visitors can also search the materials here by
title, author, or subject. [KMG]

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

Mathematical Imagery

Artists throughout the millennia have shown a strong affinity for creating
works of art that incorporate patterns derived from areas of mathematical
inquiry such as representations of infinity, symmetry, and tessellations.
Recently, the American Mathematical Society created this website to let the
general public view materials related to the relationship between
mathematics and art, and it is quite a find. The site is divided into a
number of areas, including those that contain articles on the subject
written specifically for the site and links to galleries and museums that
celebrate the connections between these two disciplines. Many of the
articles are quite delightful, and they include pieces on the world of
hyperbolic geometries (which are perhaps best known through the work of M.C.
Escher) and the visualization of geometric principles through geometry.


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


Tues., Oct. 17, 2006 - National Geographic World Music

National Geographic’s World Music Supersite
Shortened URL:
“a great way to explore other cultures” Search alphabetically for artists, albums, genre or by country.

From the site:
“explore world music instruments, genres and key terms in the National Geographic World Music Glossary.”
Shortened URL:

Monday, October 16, 2006


Mon., Oct. 16, 2006 - International Monetary Fund (for students gr. 5-12)

International Monetary Fund – For Students Gr. 5-12
From the site:
“Information and online learning activities about the IMF, money, and macroeconomics
Last Updated: October 06, 2006”

Student Interactives and Lessons (downloadable in .pdf)
From the site:
“As part of our mission to promote the health of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund supports economics education. We have developed many educational activities and resources to help students understand the history of money, macroeconomics and the importance of international monetary cooperation, and the value of global trade. We invite you to explore these resources.”

Some lessons also available on a Free CD-ROM
From the site:
“Thinking Globally: Effective Lessons for Teaching About the Interdependent World Economy”


Mon., Oct. 16, 2006 - CRS Reports / So, What's It Worth? / History of Money

Sites found on:
May 12-17, 2006

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
from the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Italy

History–Currency Converter
Source: The National Archives, UK
New Database: So, what’s it worth?
“In 1680, employing a craftsman for 13 days would cost you the equivalent of just one hour with a modern plumber. In 1270, for the same amount, you could add five extra days of craftsman work, 14 lbs of wool and a bale of wheat. These are just some
of the many interesting facts you can look up on The National Archives new currency conversion program at


Source: Library of Congress, Business Reference Services
New, The History of Money
“This guide describes selected general sources on the history of money, including online and print resources, and also provides links to relevant subject searches in the Library of Congress online catalog. The guide is not limited to any particular currency or country.

[NOTE: For information on United States money, please see United States Money: a Guide to Information Sources.” - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Mon., Oct. 16, 2006 - American Currency Exhibit

American Currency Exhibit
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Explore the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit online and watch history come alive as you step back in time to our nation's beginning. Learn how our country's rich history is closely tied with our currency.”
Site has the following sections:
Tour Showcase of Bills
Tour Exhibits by Era:
Westward Expansion
Civil War
Industrial Revolution
Metal Standards
National Stability
World Standard
Tour Historical Context
View Artistry and Imagery
View Index of Bills


Mon., Oct. 16, 2006 - In Plain English: the Federal Reserve System

In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve
From the site:
“Need to learn—or teach someone else—about the Federal Reserve? Have no fear! Whether you're a high school history teacher from Helena or a businessperson from Boise, Buck, our friendly tour guide, will show you around the Federal Reserve System.”

Available online (menu on left of screen) or as a .pdf download.

The 18-page print copy can be ordered.
This page offers up to 50 free of charge.

The order form page offers up to 100 free.

A Virtual Tour DVD is available at no charge
“A 14-minute, self-running animated tour of the Federal Reserve System, ideal for classroom use, grades 6-12.”

You can also add your name to their economic education mailing list to receive
“Inside the Vault”, a bi-annual economics newsletter.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Sun., Oct. 15, 2006 - Ozone Hole Watch

Ozone Hole Watch
From the site:
“What is the Ozone Hole?
Each year for the past few decades during the Southern Hemisphere spring, chemical reactions involving chlorine cause ozone in the southern polar region to be destroyed rapidly and severely. This depletion is known as the “ozone hole”.”


Sun., Oct. 15, 2006 - Clean Sweep U.S.A.

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, May 25, 2006 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Clean Sweep U.S.A.

Today's website was recommended by list member Karen Hoover who wrote, "I
found a broken mercury thermometer while cleaning
today. I was searching for mercury disposal sites on the Internet when I
came across this fun educational site on waste in the environment called,
"Clean Sweep USA." It is geared for grades 4-8. The lessons have great
information displayed in a fun
and colorful way, with activities, simple games to play, downloadable lesson
plans, links and more."

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

*Garbage Pizza -- Provides an overview in municipal waste management.

*Waste Watchers -- Evaluate waste prevention solutions as the best option
for waste management.

*Compost Office -- Learn about composting as a way to reduce landfill volume
while providing soil supplementation.

*Recycling Rules -- Understand the recycling process and why it's worth the
extra effort.

*Energy To Burn -- Discover how to use trash as a source of energy.

*Landfill Lounge -- Identify the parts of a landfill, their function, and
construct a model of a sanitary landfill.

This is a fun, interactive way to learn about waste control and its impact
on the environment.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sun., Oct. 15, 2006 - From Scout Report, June 16, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 16, 2006
Volume 12, Number 24

United Nations Environment Programme: Maps and Graphics

More and more people are beginning to return the sometimes neglected field
of geography to understand the world of environmental change (and
degradation). In the process, the skills of highly trained cartographers and
geographic information specialists are in great demand. Organized as an
official United Nations Environment Programme centre, the GRID-Arendal group
provides public policy officials, researchers, and the curious public access
to hundreds of their detailed maps via this site. As might be expected, the
visual and graphic interface parts of the site are quite user-friendly, and
users can view maps by themes (such as water, climate change, and
biodiversity). For those looking for a random piece of information, there is
the random graphic of the date offered here on the homepage. It’s a fine way
to get the flavor of the site, and may also spark a new interest. One
rather compelling collection is the University of the Arctic Atlas, which
can be viewed in its entirety here. Using zoom features and themes that can
be toggled (such as lakes, cities, protected areas), visitors can learn a
great deal of information about this region of the world. As a teaching aide
or as a way to bring together spatial data for research, this is a very
commendable site. [KMG]


Journal of Industrial Teacher Education [pdf]

Education in the industrial arts and allied fields has been a common staple
of high school and vocational college programs for well over a century. For
those persons teaching in these types of fields (or for those who study the
field itself), discovering one of the premier journals in this area online
will be a real treat. Access to the journal is provided by the Digital
Library & Archives at the University of Vermont Library, and visitors can
peruse previous issues all the way back to 1994. Visitors will be glad to
know that recent articles run the gamut from topics that include the debates
over whether teaching is an art or a science and how professors can
integrate needs assessment into the technical education curriculum. [KMG]


Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom

Certain words that reference specific places or locales can have a chilling
effect on their readers. One need only think about those places associated
with the Holocaust to be reminded of this fact (such as Buchenwald or
Dachau). Of course, there is the word “gulag”, which for many brings to mind
these rather well-known labor camps in the Soviet Union. Drawing on an
innovative partnership between the Gulag Museum, the National Park Service,
and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, this
exhibit tells the story of these places through both primary documents and
short essays. The exhibit is divided into four parts, including those that
deal with the growth of the gulag under Stalin and the human rights movement
that attempted to redress the grievances of those forced to work and live in
such places. The site is rounded out by an area that allows visitors to
offer their own comments on the online exhibit. [KMG]

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As the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once opined, “Everyone is
entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” True indeed, and
certainly a sentiment that motivates the staff at, a project
sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of
Pennsylvania. The project is designed to monitor the factual accuracy of
what is said by numerous politicos in their speeches, debates, news
releases, and the always important, television advertisements. On their
website, visitors can look through their latest FactCheck reports, which
include rigorous examinations of the use of the term “amnesty” in political
rhetoric and, of course, a host of recent campaign ads. Visitors will also
be glad to know that they can view some of the television campaign ads that
FactCheck reports on. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Sun., Oct. 15, 2006 - From Scout Reprt, June 30, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 30, 2006
Volume 12, Number 26
ESL Cyber Listening Lab [Windows Media Player, Real Player]

Developed by an educator with a series of experiences spent educating
persons in the art of learning English, this website provides a multimedia
experience for those seeking to learn the language. The focus on the site is
most definitely on developing users’ listening skills, and it provides
dozens of helpful audio features that quizzes students on topics such as
renting an apartment, understanding credit cards, and making doctor’s
appointments. Along with these more practical skills, another section of
quizzes deals with subjects that students might encounter in other
situations, such as the TOEFL or more advanced conversations. The multimedia
experience of the site is greatly enhanced through video presentations of
long conversations on topics such as family history, investing, and solar
eclipses. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Lincoln Institute

With a long-standing interest and passion for Lincolnania, Lewis Lehrman
created The Lincoln Institute, which is dedicated to providing assistance to
scholars and groups interested in the study of the life of President Abraham
Lincoln. Over the past few years, the website for the Institute has grown to
include a number of very fine online exhibits that explore various aspects
of Mr. Lincoln’s life. With simple and declarative titles, such as “Mr.
Lincoln’s White House”, “Mr. Lincoln and Friends”, and “Mr. Lincoln and New
York”, these online exhibits provide an entry into understanding Lincoln’s
relationships with these places and tropes that dominated his life. The
interactive exhibit exploring Lincoln’s time in New York (and with notable
New Yorkers) is quite a pip, and it includes a section that allows users to
learn about where Lincoln spent his time in this bustling metropolis. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Moving History [Windows Media Player]

While it took many decades for some skeptics to realize the importance of
maintaining archives devoted to preserving film and television programs, the
movement has certainly gained a critical mass of interested organizations in
recent years. One particularly nice online resource for such matters is the
Moving History website, which serves as a research guide to the United
Kingdom’s twelve public sector film archives. With support from Britain’s
Arts and Humanities Research Council, the site includes sections that
describe each of the collections, along with a lovely selection of 100 film
clips. The clips can be browsed by theme and host archive, and they include
depictions of British “holiday-making” trips and segments from the popular
British television series, “Steptoe and Son”. The site is rounded out by the
inclusion of a set of links to related organizations, such as the
Association of Moving Image Archivists and the British Pathé Film Archive.


LABORSTA Internet [pdf]

The world of labor is a tremendously important one, and even a cursory
examination of the many statistics associated with the field can be a bit
overwhelming. For the seasoned expert and the casual neophyte, there is the
LABORSTA website. Drawing on data and metadata sets compiled by the
International Labour Office, the site contains information culled from over
200 countries or territories. First-time visitors can view and extract data
relating to employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, consumer price
indices, occupational injuries, and strikes. If this weren’t enough, the
site also contains access to periodic data, public sector labor data, and
employment by sex for detailed occupational groups. While such a collection
might seem a bit daunting, there is, fortunately, a “Help” section that will
make navigating the site relatively painless. [KMG]


NativeWeb [Last reviewed in the Scout Report on January 12, 1996]

A number of websites are dedicated to providing information about various
groups and organizations, and NativeWeb just happens to be one of the best
known sites dedicated “to disseminating information from and about
indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world.” For the
past ten years, the site has grown tremendously, and it functions as a very
nice clearinghouse for materials ranging from ongoing archaeological
excavations to higher education grants for organizations that serve
indigenous peoples. With its relatively clean design, the site is easy to
navigate, and first-time visitors will appreciate their “In the News”
section, which offers selected recent news items that relate to indigenous
and native groups around the world. The real substance of the site can be
found in the tremendous “Resources” section, which contains thematically
organized links to high-quality online materials. Finally, visitors can also
sign up to receive updates when new resources are added to the site. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

S.O.S. Mathematics

With a development team that includes several well-regarded mathematicians
and other such folk, the S.O.S. Mathematics website is a high-quality
resource for persons who might find themselves in need of a bit of refresher
on topics ranging from algebra to differential equations. Started in 1995,
the site currently includes more than 2500 web pages that contain concise
explanations of topics that can sometimes be quite confounding. Visitors
can use the search engine provided on the homepage, or click on one of the
primary sections, which include differential equations, matrix algebra, and
complex variables. Within each of these sections there are many more
subheadings that provide even more information. Of course, in the unlikely
event that one’s question cannot be answered by one of these pages, there is
also the “Cyberboard” feature, which allows users to post their own question
on one of the many message boards. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Environmental Health Science Education [pdf, Real Player]

Developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this
website provides access to quality educational resources that deal with this
timely topic. As one might expect, the site is divided into three primary
sections: students, teachers, and scientists. With this rock-solid
triumvirate, visitors can peruse these sections for specific materials that
will be of use for their own specific purposes. In the students section,
visitors can find links that will assist them with their assignments, and
also learn from a number of interactive activities that deal with topics
such as food safety, public health, and water pollution. Educators will
breathe a sigh of relief when they get to the Teachers section, as it is
easy to navigate, and it contains over sixty separate pieces of curricular
material, all arranged by subject area (such as cancer or assays). [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from posted. - Phyllis ]

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

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