Friday, November 24, 2006


Fri., Nov. 24, 2006 - Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

The World Almanac E-Newsletter
Volume 06, Number 08 — August 2006
Special Feature: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
From the site:
“…one of the most notorious symbols of the Cold War.”


Fri., Nov. 24, 2006 - CoolStuffBeingMade

Cool Stuff Being Made
Complete Archive List of Manufacturing Videos on How Things Are Made
From the site:
“Cool Stuff Being Made has over 60 videos of the manufacturing process. We have over 8 hours of virtual plant tours of the manufacturing process. A new video, free to watch, can be found here each week.”
Site includes an index by product and a chronological index by date the video was posted.

Thanksgiving Entry:
Cool Stuff Being Made: How Parade Balloons Are Made

From the National Association of Manufacturers


Fri., Nov. 24, 2006 - From: ResourceShelf,July 27-Aug. 3, 2006

Found in:
Resource Shelf
July 27 – Aug. 3, 2006

Diane Kovacs has started to report the results of her core reference tools surveys for 2006. First up:
Government Documents -
Print -- Free Web-Sites -- Fee-Based Web-Sites

Currently Available Core Reference Tool Survey Results

Other Core Reference Tool survey results includes:
Genealogical Reference Sources -
General/Ready Reference -
Consumer Medical/Health Reference –
Business Reference -
Biological Sciences -
Social Sciences -
Physical Sciences -
Professional/Research Medical/Health Reference –
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology –

One Planet Many People: Atlas of our Changing Environment

Produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), One Planet Many People: Atlas of our Changing Environment compares and contrasts spectacular satellite images of the past few decades with contemporary ones, some of which have never been seen before.

The huge growth of greenhouses in southern Spain, the rapid rise of shrimp farming in Asia and Latin America and the emergence of a giant, shadow puppet-shaped peninsula at the mouth of the Yellow River are among a string of curious and surprising changes seen from space.


Full Text (by chapter)

405 PowerPoint Slides

Source: United Nations Environment Programme


Resource of the Week: Finding and Using Economic Statistics
July 27, 2006 at 1:00 am · Resource of the Week
By Shirl Kennedy, Deputy Editor

I honestly can’t remember how I happened onto this week’s resource. I do remember that it stopped me in my virtual tracks because of the depth and quality of the content. Economic statistics are often useful and sometimes vital. But we may not understand them as well as we wish we did. And perhaps we’re not quite sure where to obtain this kind of data in the first place…and how to use it once we have it. Well, why not let some experts do the legwork for you?
NABE Links
Source: The National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
From the site:
“This set of links is a guide to useful and interesting information in the field of business economics. We try to do more than just point you to the home page of many of these large, sprawling web sites — we also try to take you directly to the most relevant pages, for data and analysis.”
[NOTE: From complete review, see
Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

Natural Hazards Gateway

USGS Launches Web Site and Facts Sheets on Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Landslides, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, and Wildfires
From the announcement:

To help educate the public about the threat of natural hazards, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a new Web site and seven easy-to-understand fact sheets on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires. The hazards Web site highlights resources and information available from the USGS and provides links to the individual hazards Web pages for more detailed information. The Web site and fact sheets can be accessed at .

From the site:
“In the United States each year, natural hazards cause hundreds of deaths and cost tens of billions of dollars in disaster aid, disruption of commerce, and destruction of homes and critical infrastructure. This series of sections will educate citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the Nation — earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires — and show how USGS science helps mitigate disasters and build resilient communities.”


ITVT Glossary from the InteractiveTV Today Newsletter
**Note: There are many different kinds of interactive TV technologies and services. The definitions below will clarify and help you differentiate between such things as "enhanced TV", "individualized TV", "hypervideo", "NetTV", "personal TV", and may other terms.

[NOTE: For complete review, see
Shortened URL: – Phyllis ]


The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress has placed online the following historical documents:

+ Investigation of the My Lai Incident
HEARINGS of the Armed Services Investigating Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, Ninety-First Congress, 2nd Session, under Authority of H. Res. 105

REPORT (July 15, 1970)
From the site:
“The My Lai Incident Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. F. Edward Hébert, conducted hearings from April 15 to June 22, 1970, to investigate the events of March 16, 1968, in the hamlet My Lai 4, commonly known as My Lai, in Son My Village, Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. The hearings include a letter of release, the full testimony of 64 individuals, and an alphabetical name index. Based on the investigation and testimony given at these hearings, the subcommittee released a report of its findings on July 15, 1970. The report includes not only the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the subcommittee, but also provides a background of the military operation, an overview of the allegation and the Army’s investigation, and summary observations. A map of Quang Ngai Province appears as an appendix in both documents.”


BusinessWeek/Interbrand The World’s Most Valuable Brands, 2006
Complete Package (Stories, Lists, Video, Background, and Graphics)
Complete Report

Firsts in America
NOTE: “This selection is based on our editorial judgment. Other sources may list different firsts.”


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


Fri., Nov. 24, 2006 - PBS: Under the Greenwood Tree / Bridge on the River Kwai

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: November 26 - December 2, 2006

Masterpiece Theatre
"Under the Greenwood Tree"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, November 26, 2006
9 - 10:30 pm
Keeley Hawes stars in this enchanting adaptation of Thomas
Hardy's pastoral romance set in the mid-19th century. Part love
story, part comedy, the tale evokes the richness of village
life tinged with melancholy for a rural world that Hardy saw
fast disappearing. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about author Thomas Hardy at the companion Web site.

Secrets of the Dead
"Bridge on the River Kwai"
High School
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
This episode tells the story behind the construction and
destruction of one of the most heralded World War II
engineering feats: the 260-mile River Kwai railway, including
the infamous bridge, in Thailand. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Ride the rails of the Thailand-Burma Railway in our online quiz.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Thurs., Nov. 23, 2006 - Virtual Learning Resources Center

Virtual Learning Resources Center
From the site:
“The mission of the Virtual Learning Resources Center is to index thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers current, valid information for school and university academic projects!”


MagBot Magazine Articles (search or browse)
From the site:
“MagBot - a carefully selected database of freely accessible online periodical articles corresponding to important topics of interest to high school and community college students and teachers.”

The Academic Index
From the site:
“The Academic Index is a true meta-search tool that includes results from mega-information databases that index only research-quality reference and information sources selected by professional librarians, educators, and educational and library consortia.”

One of the sources included in the Academic Index:

MeL Internet
From the site:
“MeL Internet is a portal to Internet websites that contains sites evaluated and chosen by librarians for their authority and quality.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Nov. 23, 2006 - EDURegistry

Site found in:
Volume 8, Issue 8
August 2006

EDURegistry,, is a useful site for the
student or parent beginning their college search. They offer a clear and
concise overview of the factors you should consider before choosing a
college, or even choosing which colleges you want to visit and apply to,
such as location, environment, size, admission requirements, financial aid,
housing, etc. They also have a College Directory by State that lists 4 year
colleges and universities, 2 year colleges and vocational and technical
colleges. They also have links to free SAT & ACT practice tests.

Provided by Hara Cohen from the Commack Public Library.


Thurs., Nov. 23, 2006 - Archaeology Sites / Leakey Foundation

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006

University of Bradford, Department of Archaeological Sciences :
Links and Resources
Record Id: 647718
Created: 2006-07-31 19:51:32
Categories: liberal,maps

The Department of Archaeological Sciences site contains links to
resources in the archaeological sciences divided into these subject

Archaeological Sciences
Archaeological Prospection
Web-Search and Other Information

Includes a link to:
the Virtual Library entry for archaeology
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]

Leakey Foundation
Record Id: 647711
Created: 2006-07-28 14:15:32
Categories: liberal

This site presents the Leakey Foundation and its history as well as
membership information, grants information, and FAQ. The site includes
an interactive timeline of discovery and an audio archive of many of
paleoanthropology's great pioneers.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Nov. 23, 2006 - Invention Dimension

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, August 1, 2006 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
Invention Dimension
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sponsored by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) this site
provides fun and interesting ways to learn all about inventors,
inventions, and may just trigger the inventor within you!

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

*Inventor of the Week -- A profile of an inventor from the past or
present is featured weekly. Read the inventor's biography and read
about their invention. You can browse the archives to see previously
featured inventors as well.

*Inventor's Handbook -- Answers all of your questions about
protecting your invention through trademark law, how to apply for
patents, how to get your invention ready for the commercial market
and more.

*Games & Trivia -- Leave it to MIT to come up with really
challenging, interactive games to test your knowledge about
inventors. If you don't score well, the answers to the questions can
be found by searching the inventor archives.

Links & Resources -- Links to featured inventions and inventors as
well as links to other sites that inspire invention in kids!

This site is really geared toward older students (good readers) from
about 6th grade on up. Younger children may enjoy some information
with their parents' assistance (and don't forget to check the links
to resources for other sites just for kids). An entire science
curriculum could be developed from the information at this site.
You'll want to bookmark it and return often.

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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Tues., Nov. 21, 2006 - 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
From the site:
“The documents selected for this exhibit are primary sources that historians and other researchers study when they write about historical events. They are a selection from the files created or received by Federal agencies in or near San Francisco at the time of the disaster. They contain eyewitness testimony of the damage of the earthquake, the ensuing fires, and the desolation that was left in their wake.”


Tues., Nov. 21, 2006 - Franklin Remixed

Franklin Remixed: Ben: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
From the site:
“This online exhibit helps students understand Benjamin Franklin and his influence on the American republic and character.”
“…an inventive educational program using two Franklin-based exhibitions-the Tercentenary’s Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World and the Rosenbach’s Poor Richards: Anatomy of an Almanac.”

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Rosenbach Museum & Library


Tues., Nov. 21, 2006 - Whaling, Gladiators, Mummies, & Polar Explorers

Four web books - each with a related links page.

You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Whaling Ship Essex

You Wouldn't Want To Be A Roman Gladiator!
Shortened URL:

You Wouldn't Want To Be An Egyptian Mummy!

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar Explorer!


Tues., Nov. 21, 2006 - Maps of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War

Special Maps
Maps of the Gulf War
Maps of the Vietnam War
Maps of the Korean War
Maps of World War II


Mon., Nov. 20, 2006 - Count On

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, July 31, 2006 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Count On
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The University of York in the UK sponsors this incredible website of FREE
interactive math games and activities for all ages and abilities. There is
so much content here that it's hard to know where to begin. As you explore
the site you will have to wait for certain pages to fully download -- but
your patience will pay off. :)

When you get to the site you will see the newest featured games that include
Sudoku puzzles, 3D geometry explorations, a math timeline that tracks
mathematicians through the ages, and more. Use the menu on the left to find:

*Games -- Over 20 interactive games that students of a wide range of
abilities can play to improve arithmetic, math and logic skills.

*Numberland -- Use the magic number square to investigate all kinds of fun
facts, tricks and trivia about every number from 1-100.

*Explorer -- A library of various math explorations that include:
mathemagical tricks to confound your friends, math poems, math patterns,
reviews of books that have something to do with math, origami, fractals,
online math stories, math art, gridwarping and much more!

*Maths MagNet -- You'll find a wide selection of fun activities and online
math coloring pages for younger mathematicians here.

This site also offers additional math resources and links for educators and
students of all ages and grades to explore. Bookmark this one -- you'll want
to return often.

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.


Mon., Nov. 20, 2006 - Archimedes / Floatation

----------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, July 17, 2006 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

You may know Archimedes as the Greek mathematician who discovered the
solution to a math problem while taking a bath -- and in celebration -- ran
naked through the streets shouting "Eureka!" Archimedes is considered to be
one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, especially in the field of
geometry. He is best-known for his inventions including the lever and
pulley, the catapult, Archimedes' screw, and a mirror system that focused
the sun's rays on an enemy's boat causing it to catch fire. He was
fascinated with the structure of circles, spheres, and especially things
that float. In fact, he invented "Archimedes Principle." a floatation
theory, and is considered to be the Father of Buoyancy.

Today's website is an archive of the life, times, and inventions of
Archimedes. It includes descriptions of his inventions, illustrations,
animations, articles, and there are even Quicktime movies depicting
experiments with floating objects.

While much of the material here is sophisticated and probably better-suited
to middle school students and up -- there are some demonstrations (such as
the bathtub experiment of The Golden Crown) that you can tweak to introduce
students as young as age 5 to the concepts of floatation. In fact, to save
you time, here are some websites where they do just that:

BBC's Digger and the Gang: Nash's Adventures (5-7 years)
Watch a fun, animated and interactive cartoon that teaches some basics about
why things float. Includes a free printable activity too.

How Does A Boat Float?
A simple explanation (designed for kids) of "Archimedes Principle" or why a
boat floats.

Why Does An Ice Cube Float in Water?
This one is probably more for grades 5 and up. You'll find experiments that
help explain why ice cubes float -- but be sure to click on the green boxes
containing text to learn more. There's also a lab experiment to determine
the density of water and ice at the bottom of the page.

It Floats!
An easy experiment in buoyancy for elementary age students.

Have fun!

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.


Mon., Nov. 20, 2006 - TRAILS: Assessing Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills
From the site:
“TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills…
The Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for library media specialists and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students… Although the items are based on ninth-grade content standards and guidelines, the assessment has been used for testing students from grade six through post-secondary…[T]here is no cost for library media specialists and teachers to use TRAILS.”

TRAILS is a project of the Institute for Library and Information
Literacy Education (ILILE) at Kent State University and is funded by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Department of


Mon., Nov. 20, 2006 - Women's Studies

From the
Women's Studies Librarian's Website
University of Wisconsin System

Women's History Resources

2)Sites Primarily About American Women's History
3)Sites Primarily About History Outside The United States

Subject Listing Of Women And Gender Resources

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Sun., Nov. 19, 2006 - Top Lesson Plan Resources

Innovative Teaching Newsletter
[Innovative-Teaching] ITN: Lesson Plan Resources
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 21:27:30 +0000
Volume 9, Issue 3 - November 2006

presented by
Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium

Top Lesson Plan Resources
Happy Thanksgiving! Here's a cornucopia of lesson plan sites:

Links to more than 70 sites.


Sun., Nov. 19, 2006 - Help Teens Be Savvy Searchers

Help Teens Be Savvy Surfers
SOURCE: Young Adult Library Services Assn. (YALSA)

From the site:
“We hope this selection of resources will be helpful to you
as you assist teens who use the Internet for research or for leisure.”
Resources include:
Evaluating Websites (links to printable handouts and guides)
Internet Safety
Research Process
Staying Current


Sun., Nov. 19, 2006 - NOVA: Pyramids: The Inside Story

NOVA: "This Old Pyramid"

In "This Old Pyramid," NOVA reveals the ancient secrets of how the
Pyramids were built by actually building one. A noted Egyptologist,
Mark Lehner, and a professional stonemason, Roger Hopkins (This Old
House), join forces in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza to
put clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories to
the test.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

Explore the Pyramids
Come inside the Pyramids of Giza, explore the Sphinx and see
them like never before with 180-degree and 360-degree panoramas.
Learn about hieroglyphs, build your own pyramid, get a history of
Egypt's pyramid age, and read interviews with Mark Lehner and
Egyptologist Zawi Hawass.

Follow the Excavation
Read interviews, reports, and dispatches from the 1997
excavation of an ancient Egyptian royal bakery led by Dr. Lehner.


Maps of the excavation site, a video fly-by of the Giza Plateau,
a teacher's guide, the program transcript, and more

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Nov. 19, 2006 - From Don's Patch #51, Aug. 1, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #51 from
August 1, 2006

Calculate postage
USPS rate calculator (for U.S. domestic locations) (if you live elsewhere)


Mini-feature: Of and pertaining to clichés.

Cliché Finder
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Cliché Site
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Movie Cliches List

More Cliches Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL :: English Grammar Exercises
Total number of tests: 664


The Masai People
History of Kenya


Kid's Online Resources
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Medieval writing
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


U.S Telegraph-History

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