Saturday, January 13, 2007


Sat., Jan. 13, 2007 - Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Web Sites: A how-to guide for researchers.
From the site:
“But how do you tell a good web site from a flashy bad web site? Which web sites will help you with your research, and which ones will give you a bunch of bogus "facts"? Here are some guidelines to help you choose between useful websites and GARBAGE.”
From the San Francisco Public Library


Sat., Jan. 13, 2007 - Great Source iwrite

Great Source iwrite
From the site:
“Great Source iwrite is a collection of writing resources and support for educators, students in grades 5-12, and parents. A variety of templates, tutorials, and graphic organizers introduce and explain the major forms of writing (narrative, persuasive, expository, research, response to literature) and help students develop practical writing skills.”

Site also includes: Grammar Handbook
“The Grammar Handbook is the go-to place for fixing common grammatical errors your writing… this collection of interactive lessons provides tips for improving punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, and more.”


Sat., Jan. 13, 2007 - Visual Dictionary /

Visual Dictionary
From the site:
“Visual Dictionary, to learn by way of image with thematic, clear and precise pages, with concise and rigorous texts, bilingual, the InfoVisual will become a academic resource. Different from an encyclopedia or from a traditional online dictionaries, thesauri and glossaries because the images replace the words.”

In English and in French.

From the site:
“ is a multi-source dictionary search service produced by Lexico Publishing Group, a leading provider of language reference products and services on the Internet. To use the dictionary, simply type a word in the blue search box that appears at the top of every page and then click the 'Look it up' (Search) button. This will perform a search for the word in the several dictionaries hosted on our site (see ). If you don't know how to spell the word, just guess. You will get a list of suggestions if you are wrong.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Jan. 13, 2007 - Starry Skies / Directory of Signs, Glyphs and Symbols

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #56 from
October 15, 2006
Starry Skies
[SEE ALSO: Constellations – Phyllis ]


Directory of Signs, Glyphs and Symbols
Symbols of all kinds, from Alphabets to Writing Systems, Meanings of Names, National Flags, Symbols of the States, Chinese Symbols, and more.

Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on our website.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Fri., Jan. 12, 2007 - Inventing Entertainment

Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of
the Edison Companies -- LOC [MPEG, Quicktime, RealPlayer]

This addition to the Library of Congress American memory
site highlights Thomas Edison's entertainment inventions.
Included in the 1,093 patents Edison received in
his lifetime were the phonograph, the Kinetograph (a motion picture
camera), and the Kinetoscope (a motion picture viewer). A large number of
movies and recordings made by Edison and his companies survive today in the
Library of Congress, and this site offers a large sampling, including 341
Edison motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and several photographs,
advertisements, and magazine articles. These audio and video selections
offer a glimpse into not only the inventor and his achievements, but also
turn-of-the-century American history and culture. The motion pictures are
available in either MPEG or Quicktime format and may be browsed
chronologically, alphabetically, or by genre. RealAudio recordings may be
browsed by genre or alphabetically. Selections in both categories represent
the wide diversity of subject matter covered by the Edison Company. Users
wishing to see or hear the inventor himself will want to examine the motion
picture, _A Day with Thomas A. Edison_ (1922) or the recording "Let Us Not
Forget" (1919).

Additional resources at the site include
a biography ( ),
timeline ( ),
bibliography, and internal keyword search engine. [MD]

>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.

From the Library of Congress site:
“The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.”


Fri., Jan. 12, 2007 - Online Music Theory Tutor / K-12 Music Links

The following free resources are from a music education company:

Online Music Theory Helper

Music Links (K-12 Directory)


Fri., Jan. 12, 2007 - Rise of the Electric Guitar

[NOTE: Home page and some of the other exhibits from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, October 12, 2006

From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar

Today's site, from the Smithsonian Institute's Lemelson Center, presents an
exhibit on what has become the quintessential element of modern popular
music -- the electric guitar. Gentle Subscribers will discover how this new
instrument came into being and how it transformed pop music.

"This exhibit features instruments that illustrate how innovative makers
and players combined the guitar with a pickup (sensor) and amplifier to
create a new instrument and a new sound that profoundly changed popular
music--blues, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll--in the
20th century." - from the website

The site traces the invention and development of the electric guitar in the
early part of the twentieth century and includes a copy of the patent filed
in 1944 by Leo Fender for the pickup unit on a lap-steel guitar. From the
early adopters, such as T-Bone Walker, to the cutting-edge performances of
Jimi Hendrix, the exhibit explores the electric guitar's commercial success
as well as considering its innovative designs. Additional sections offer a
look at some of the classic guitars of this genre and an explanation of how
they work, complete with audio clips.

Scroll over to the site for an informative exhibit on the electric guitar

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


Fri., Jan. 12, 2007 - From: PBS Teacher Previews: Jan. 14 -20, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: January 14 -20, 2007

Masterpiece Theater
"The Virgin Queen" (part 2 of 2)
High School
Sunday, January 14, 2007
9:30 - 11:30 pm
"The Virgin Queen" stars actress Anne-Marie Duff as the iconic
Queen in a film set against the backdrop of some of Britain's
most beautiful landscapes. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about Elizabeth I and her world at the companion Web


Cezanne In Provence
Elementary / Middle / High School
Friday, January 19, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
This documentary explores the deep connection between
post-impressionist master Paul Cezanne -- credited by many as
the father of modern art -- and his native Provence,
illuminating how the region and its history fostered the
painter's genius. (CC, Stereo, presented in HDTV, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site; read more about the life and
work of Paul Cezanne or browse through a sampling from the
National Gallery of Art exhibition.

[NOTE: National Gallery of Art exhibition - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Louisiana Public Broadcasting
"Jazz for Young People"
Elementary / Middle / High School

Learn about New Orleans Jazz at this Web site designed to teach
young people about jazz. Take our online quizzes to see if you
can name that instrument and test your jazz vocabulary.

"The Best of Nature -- 25 Years"
Middle / High School
Sunday, January 14, 2007
8 - 9:30 pm
This 90-minute program, hosted by Lynn Sherr, features great
moments from the first 25 years of "Nature." Also included is a
tribute to the series' creator and host George Page, who died
in 2006. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Watch our online video of series executive producer, Fred
Kaufman, reflecting on 25 years of "Nature." Plus, log on to to chat with host Lynn Sherr and
producer Fred Kaufman on Jan. 16.


22nd Century
High School
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Many scientists and futurists believe we are on the verge of a
technological revolution that will look like a page ripped
directly from a scifi novel. "22nd Century" dives head-first
into this brave new world. In this pilot episode learn about
the intriguing theory that proposes that in the future our
brains will be wired up so that we can communicate with the
world effortlessly and instantly. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Watch the pilot program online and then tell us what you think.

Detecting the Truth: Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery
Middle / High School

Be a detective and see if you can detect a forged document.
This site from the Library and Archives Canada illustrates fake
and forged photos, counterfeit money, images, stamps, maps and
other documents.

Copyright 2007 PBS Online.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Thurs., Jan. 11, 2007 - GloPAD: Global Performing Arts Database

Site found in:
Sept. 15-21, 2006

Resource of the Week: Global Performing Arts Database

GloPAD (Global Performing Arts Database)
“GloPAD (Global Performing Arts Database) records include authoritative, detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world, plus information about related pieces, productions, performers, and creators.” The database currently contains about 4,500 records; new items are added on an ongoing basis.

Searching here is simple — basically just keyword or phrase. For guidance, see the Search Tips page, which offers “suggested searches” — piece titles (e.g., A Midsummer Night’s Dream), people (e.g., Max Reinhardt), genres (e.g., water puppetry), locations (e.g., San Francisco), objects and activities (e.g., servant costumes). You can also browse by:
+ Performing Arts Type
+ Performing Arts Group
+ Place
+ Person
+ Piece
+ Production

Video clips in the database are in QuickTime format; you’ve probably already got the QuickTime player installed on your computer.

Other digital collections available via the Cornell University Library.
[NOTE: Some of these collections were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Thurs., Jan. 11, 2007 - Race: The Power of an Illusion

Race: The Power of an Illusion
From the site:
“What is this thing called "race?" - a question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that most of our common assumptions about race - for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines - are wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real.”
[NOTE: Originally aired 2003 - previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Site includes sections on Resources (27 web sites are listed), For Teachers, and a Discussion Guide.


Thurs., Jan. 11, 2007 - Black History Month 2007

Black History Month 2007: From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas.
The Newark Public Library's webguide for African American culture and history:
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated for 2007. - Phyllis ]

Additional webguides are at


Thurs., Jan. 11, 2007 - MLKing, Jr., Citizenship, Rockets, Rembrandt and more

--------Forwarded Message--------

FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Teaching Resources: MLKing, Citizenship, Rockets, Rembrandt & more
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007

For Martin Luther King day...
Special Collection of sites for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Listen to King's "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln
Memorial (July 1963). See the neighborhood where he grew
up, photos and documents from the civil rights movement
in the U.S., and more.

Arts & Music
Meet the Artist
features interviews with artists -- a playwright, dancer,
musical conductor, storyteller, musician, photographer,
puppeteer, and others. (MA)


Panoramic Photography
presents more than 20 panoramic photos: Chattanooga, TN, from
a hilltop after the Union Army captured the city (1864); San
Francisco after the earthquake (1906); the Panama Canal during
its construction (1909); farm buildings at a ranch in Oklahoma
(date unknown); Washington, D.C., viewed from atop the
Washington Monument (1916); a machine gun battalion before
being sent to fight in World War I (1917); and more. (NARA)
Shortened URL:


Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt's Prints and Drawings
celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European history. A number of Rembrandt's etchings and drawings are presented on the web: genre scenes, portraits, landscapes, and Biblical imagery. (National Gallery of Art)

Citizenship Education & Resources
provides civics flash cards, civics lessons, and study
questions for the naturalization test. Test your civics
knowledge: take the online "naturalization self-test." A guide
provides practical information to help immigrants settle into
everyday life in the U.S. -- finding a job, learning English,
paying taxes, and more. Resources are available in multiple
languages. (DHS)
Shortened URL:


Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis
Sanitation Workers
provides fliers and other documents related to the
demonstration in Memphis on March 28, 1968. On that day,
students near the end of the march broke windows of
businesses. Looting ensued. The march was halted. King was
deeply distressed by the violence. He and fellow leaders
negotiated a commitment to nonviolence among disagreeing
factions in Memphis, and another march was planned for April
8. On April 4, as he stepped out of his motel room to go to
dinner, he was assassinated. (NARA)


Pictures of World War II
presents more than 100 photos from battlefronts around the
world. Topics include aviation, battle of Britain, France,
Germany, the Holocaust, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan, naval
battles, Philippine Islands, prisoners, and victory. (NARA)


Slavery and Abolition
presents two dozen publications written in the 19th century
about slavery in America. It includes first-person accounts
from former slaves, judicial opinions, abolitionist pieces,
and more. (LOC)


Travel and Westward Expansion
is a collection of 50 books written in the 19th century that
offer travelers' impressions of various parts of the U.S. or
western territories. (LOC)


U.S. Census Bureau
provides statistical information about the U.S. population --
ancestry, occupation, income, housing, educational attainment,
languages spoken, health insurance, marital status, veteran
status, disabilities, and other characteristics. See data
about the population and economy in your city, county, or
state. Learn how the census is designed and implemented.
Find lessons that use census data. (USCB)
Direct: - previously posted. - Phyllis


Voices of Civil Rights
documents the civil rights movement in the U.S. Nearly 50
photos, posters, and descriptions depict important events and
individuals: school integration in Little Rock (1957), the
lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro (1960), the memorial
service for Medgar Evers (1963), the March on Washington
(1963), the Selma-to-Montgomery March (1965), the Voting
Rights Act (1965), and others. (LOC)

Language Arts

provides more than 40 books of (and about) poetry written in
the 19th century. (LOC)


Reading: Improve Student Performance
is a collection of resources for helping all students learn to
read well. It includes instructional materials, research
reports, and national assessment frameworks and report cards.
Learn about the five building blocks of reading, the What
Works Clearinghouse, National Reading Panel, Reading First,
and other federal programs and resources to support success in
reading for all children. (ED)


Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success
is designed to help parents figure out what language and
literacy experiences to look for in preschools and child care;
what to look for in early reading instruction (K-3); what to
ask school boards, principals, elected officials, and others
who make decisions regarding early reading instruction; and
whether their child is making progress in reading related
skills and early reading. (MA)


Rockets: Educators Guide
provides lessons, activities, and information on basic rocket
science and rocket history. Lessons include making and flying
paper rockets, investigating ways to increase the power of
rocket fuels, estimating the altitude a rocket achieves during
flight, and demonstrating how rocket liftoff is an application
of Newton's Laws of Motion. Emphasis is on hands-on science,
prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and
problem solving. (NASA)
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Wed., Jan. 10, 2007 - Physics-to-Go

Physics to Go
From the site:
“Physics to Go is a collection of websites where you can explore physics on your own. You can search or browse the collection, check out the sites we feature, or look through the archives of earlier features.”

[NOTE: From the site:
Digital Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Jan. 10, 2007 - Space Physics & Terrestrial Effects

Site found in:
30 September 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Space Physics and Terrestrial Effects, NOAA, (submitted by Virginia
Malone, Educational Consultant, Hondo, TX), this is an on line textbook
including topics on the ionosphere, evolution and structure of the sun,
sunspots and more. The book includes 9 different activities with easily
followed instructions. The mathematics necessary to complete some of the
activities are clearly explained.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Earth Science Site of the Week Archives


Wed., Jan. 10, 2007 - 3D Lunar Eclipses, Solar Eclipses and Moon Phases

3D Lunar Eclipses, Solar Eclipses and Moon Phases Simulations

From the site:
“This is real-time 3D simulation allows the student to control and interact with solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, and the different phases of the moon. Eclipses depend on the moon's revolution around Earth. The moon's orbit is tilted with respect to Earth's orbit. So the moon rarely goes directly between Earth and the Sun or directly behind Earth. When the moon does move into one of these positions, an eclipse occurs. This simulation allows the student to control the position of the Earth, Sun and moon while viewing the scene from a number of different angles and perspectives to fully understand the concepts being taught.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
9 more simulations:
Design and Test, Topographic Maps, Pheromone Trails,
Seismic Waves, Ocean Waves, Solar System, Plant & Animal
Cells, 4-Stroke Engine and Biomes. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Jan. 10, 2007 - Top Ten Amazing Photos from Hubble Space Telescope

Top Ten most Amazing pictures taken by Hubble Space Telescope
Shortened URL:

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Tues., Jan. 9, 2007 - Westward Expansion Web Sites

Westward Expansion Web Sites


Tues., Jan. 9, 2007 - Senate Chamber Desks

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, September 28, 2006 and time for History at

Recommended Website:
Senate Chamber Desks

Grade Range: None given. (In my opinion, there's something here for all ages
starting at about 3rd grade and up.)

For me, today's site falls under the category of "Who knew?" It's an online
exhibit that provides a fascinating account of the desks in the U.S. Senate
chamber. My thanks to list member Chris Ellyson for recommending it. :)

According to the website, during the War of 1812, British troops marched on
Washington, DC, burning many public buildings. The U.S. Capitol, containing
the Senate Chamber and all its contents, was destroyed. Reconstruction took
until 1819, and when senators took their seats in the rebuilt Chamber, they
occupied 48 new desks custom made by a New York cabinetmaker named Thomas
Constantine. All of Constantine's desks remain in use in the current Senate
Chamber. As new states entered the Union, desks of similar design were
ordered from other cabinetmakers; although, the four newest desks - those
constructed for Alaska (1959) and Hawaii (1959) - were built in the Senate
Cabinet Shop. ***

Each new senator that occupied a desk contributed to its heritage -- many
signed their names on the inside of the desk drawers! There is historical
trivia associated with every desk. This exhibit lets you explore the
fascinating legacy behind each one. By doing so, you gain some understanding
of U.S. history and the workings of the Senate.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that

*Overview -- A brief introduction to the exhibit.

*Chamber Map -- See a map of the seating arrangement of the Senate. The
places are numbered. Click on any one, and you can find out which Senator
currently occupies the desk. Double click on it and you can see the inside
of the desk where Senators have signed their names. You can also read about
desk condition, conservation and preservation.

*Anatomy and Evolution -- Explore how the design of the desks changed to
better accommodate the needs of the Senators from the early 1800s to the
late 1900s. Choose a time period and place your cursor over the picture of
the desk. A pop-up window explains the changes that were made and why.

History -- Here's the fun stuff! :) Read all about the history and mystery
surrounding various desks. Find out what the "Cherokee Strip" is and learn
where the "Candy Desk" is located. Read about the Senators who have occupied
the desks through time. Discover how seats are chosen with each new
Congress, and where party leaders are located.

When you are through exploring the online exhibit, you can learn more about
the Senate by going to the U.S. Senate home page. Use the menu there to get
acquainted with Senators, Committees, Legislation, U.S. History, and even
the many works of art (paintings and sculptures) maintained in the Senate
chambers. Here is the direct link:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted - Phyllis ]

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., Jan. 9, 2007 - Dwight David Eisenhower / WWII, Korean War, Vietnam Studies / Black Boxes

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 12, 2006
Read This Online :

Dwight David Eisenhower: The Centennial
Brochure created in 1990 by the U.S. Army on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Eisenhower's birth. Features an overview of the army career of this soldier who became the 34th president of the United States. Covers his stationing in the U.S. during World War I, his activities as an army general in World War II, and how "Eisenhower presided over the postwar demobilization of that Army."
LII Item:
[NOTE: Some of the other brochures from posted.
Several listed for WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam Studies - Phyllis ]

How Black Boxes Work
Background about how an airplane's "flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR), also known as 'black boxes,'" are used by investigators to determine the cause of airplane accidents. Topics include data recording and storage technologies, how these "crash-survivable memory units (CSMUs)" are "engineered to withstand extreme heat, violent crashes and tons of pressure," and how information is retrieved from the black boxes. From How Stuff Works.
LII Item:

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


Tues., Jan. 9, 2007 - American Originals

American Originals
From the site:
“The original documents of the United States government--those that have been identified as having permanent value--are preserved and made available to the public by the National Archives…American Originals presents a selection of some of the most significant and compelling documents from the National Archives holdings.”
[NOTE: Other online exhibits from - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Monday, January 08, 2007


Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 - The Virtual Body

The Virtual Body:
Interactive presentation of the human body and its functions.
Features multimedia showcases on the brain, heart, skeleton,
and digestive system--each complete with a narrated tour,
colorful illustrations, animated clips, and interactive demonstrations.
English and Spanish versions.
From the site:
“Using Shockwave technology enables the Virtual Body to speed through detailed graphics with an audio commentary. Kids love it for the games and quick special effects. Teachers love it because it's fun and educational.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 - Mayo Clinic: First-Aid Guide

Mayo Clinic: First-Aid Guide
From the site:
“Medical emergencies don't occur every day. But when they do, information can help you deal with these situations.”
This Mayo Clinic site provides the medical information needed to deal with emergency situations.


Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 - E. Coli

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, October 2, 2006

E. Coli -- CDC: Escherichia Coli O157:H7
Shortened URL:
(Updated December 6, 2006)

Today's site, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
provides data on the notorious E. coli bacterium. Gentle Subscribers,
concerned with food preparation in general and the recent nation-wide E.
coli outbreak in particular, will find informative material at the CDC

"Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a leading cause of foodborne illness. Based on
a 1999 estimate, 73,000 cases of infection and 61 deaths occur in the
United States each year." - from the website

The site employs a question and answer format dealing with the issue of E.
coli caused foodborne illness. Among the topics covered are E. coli
transmission, symptoms and illnesses caused, diagnosis, treatment, long
term consequences and prevention. A special update, with specific
guidelines for consumers, on the spinach related E. coli outbreak, is also

Slip over to the site for pertinent and current information about E. coli
Shortened URL:

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


Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 - Arctic & Antarctic / Climate / Cancer / ScienCentral News / Visualization Projects

Sites found in:
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006
New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
[NOTE: URL update. – Phyllis ]

"Arctic and Antarctic"
looks at research being conducted in the two polar regions of
earth. These vast, icy, inhospitable environments provide
"natural laboratories" for scientists to study basic
questions: How did the universe begin? Is earth's climate
changing? What are the limits of life in extreme
environments? (NSF)

Interactive: NSF in the Antarctic

Related Websites and Other Resources

Arctic & Antarctic Classroom Resources

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

[SEE ALSO: Arctic Circle
From the site:
“I have selected three themes that I feel are crucial to the future of the people, land, and waters of the Arctic and Subarctic region: natural resources, history and culture; social equity and environmental justice. In the following presentations you will find a broad range of textual materials, art, photographic exhibits, and occasional sound and short video recordings. All demonstrate the interconnectedness of these three themes; including how they have been shaped by diverse histories, political economies, and cultural perspectives.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"Climate Discovery Teacher's Guide"
includes lessons on how the sun's magnetism interacts with the
earth's magnetic field, how scientists study ancient climates,
how the earth system works, how climate changes over time, and
how climate models are used to predict the future of earth's
climate. (NSF)
[NOTE: See other programs from by selecting the drop-down menu for
“Direct Links to Our Major Educational Programs” Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"Inside Cancer"
Inside Cancer uses animations and videoclips of experts to
reveal what is known about cancer. Learn about kinds of
cancer, how they start (cell mutations), and their
distribution worldwide. Explore cancer related factors --
smoking, inheritance, diet, and others. Find out about
diagnosis and treatment. See animations of key concepts; hear
experts explain them. (NIH)


provides the latest news on developments in life sciences,
physical sciences, and technology. Sort articles by topic --
genetics, animals, the brain, chemistry, physics, earth,
oceans, astronomy, climate, engineering, biotechnology,
computers, nanotechnology, and others. See articles on cancer
causing genes, music for pain, fat vaccine, biofuel energy,
no-mow grass, liquid armor, fouled beaches, phones and
driving, auto-focus eyewear, activity breaks and memory, and
more. (NSF)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"Visualization Projects"
includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and
CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and
precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years
ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior,
tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Nino events, greenhouse
gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and
temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day
period), daily weather in the U.S., and more. (NSF)

Archive of past messages

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Sun., Jan. 7, 2007 - Breathing Earth

Site found in:
Yahoo! Picks
December 22, 2006
Breathing Earth
From Yahoo!:
:If the Earth had lungs, an x-ray of them would resemble that of a chronic smoker. Using data from the World Factbook and the United Nations, this site by designer David Bleja elegantly contrasts the globe's real-time dioxide emission levels with each country's birth and death rates. A deep red color lights up to show countries currently emitting 1,000 tones of C02. All the usual industrial nations are there, such as the U.S., China, Russia, Japan, India, and much of Western Europe. Small golden suns highlight a recent birth, while brown circles note a death. In the left corner, you'll see a tally of how many humans have come into the world and how many have left it since you've been watching, as well as how much C02 has escaped into the atmosphere. The data may not be pretty, but the presentation is stylish and smart. And it may make you think before you take another puff from that tailpipe.”


Sun., Jan. 7, 2007 - WeatherBonk / Tectonics 1.0 / Earth Through Time / Environmental Science Acitvities / Water Planet

Sites found in:
23 September 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

WEATHER BONK,, (suggested by Rich Macleish, Alexander Hamilton High School, Elmsford, NY), although a site with some ads, there are some interesting features like interactive maps for climate, forecasts, web cams, current conditions, all using the Google Maps format. The “weather along route” option is useful, allowing you to see station forecasts for a route by pointing and clicking.


TECTONICS 1.0, Cornell, (suggested by Thomas McGuire, Educator, Author, Cave Creek, AZ Town Councilman), to use this interactive puzzle, move the continents around by clicking on and dragging them to the desired location. Plate segments can also be rotated with the rotation wheel. The “Pangea On” button turns on an underlayer that outlines the ancient continent of Pangea. The Reset to Modern Day will reset all the continents to their present day locations.
[NOTE: From Discover Our Earth: - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


THE EARTH THROUGH TIME, Wiley, (suggested by Charles Burrows, Spring Valley High School, Rockland County, NY), check out these wonderful historical geology resources from Wiley.
Shortened URL:


PROJECT, (suggested by Holly Devaul, Digital Library for Earth System
Education, Boulder, CO), the site provides multi-week activity modules
around major topics in environmental science. The modules are designed
to supplement environmental science courses with existing laboratory
components or provide course activities for traditional and online
courses that lack a laboratory component. The activities hybridize
online and wet-lab exercises to take advantage of both formats and
utilize existing, high-quality materials from the Internet. The modules
emphasize lifestyle examination, ethical considerations and critical
analysis of individual contributions to large-scale regional and global
impacts. This allows students to see their place in the environment and
how lifestyle changes can facilitate greater environmental
sustainability. Modules cover the atmosphere, basic science,
biogeochemical cycles, energy, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, ozone,
renewable energy and water.

ANIMATION: The Water Planet, (suggested by David Robison, Wilson High
School, Wilson, NY), Leonardo Dicaprio has narrated two online films
that make many environmental connections; here's a colorful, well made
Flash movie on the conserving the hydrosphere:

Film on Global Warming

Links to resources on Biodiversity

Links to resources on Sustainability

Links to resources on Oceans

For Kids

- Phyllis ]


"Earth Science Sites of the Week" dating back to 1999 are now available
and can be searched by keyword. To access past archives go to the "Earth
Science Site of the Week Archives" link half way down the page at Another way to access sites is to consult
RESOURCES FOR EARTH SCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION at . Over 1000 reviewed links are organized
around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth
science or physical geography class. Links are also available for
environmental science, earth science/geography education, career
opportunities, and more.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Sun., Jan. 7, 2007 - Greener Choices

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Consumer Reports: Greener Choices

Today's site, a non-subscription service from Consumers Union, publisher of
the respected Consumer Reports magazine, offers independent information
with an emphasis on rating products for environmentally benign qualities.
Gentle Subscribers, concerned about choosing products with an ecologically
"green" orientation, will find this a useful reference.

"More and more, consumers are making environmentally friendly choices in
the purchases that they make. ... Consumers Union expanded upon its
longstanding, public-service commitment to consumers by launching, a free guide that offers reliable and practical advice
on how to be a more environmentally-friendly consumer." - from the website

The site provides general environmental material on the hot issues of
climate, waste, household energy and toxicity in relation to consumer goods
and practices. Specific product evaluations in various categories, such as
autos, appliances, house and garden, electronics, and food, are displayed
under the "Green Ratings" heading. Additional features include energy
calculators, rebate information and a link to a critical appraisal of
ethanol blended gasoline in Consumer Reports' Weblog.

Stride to the site for revealing information about consumer products and
issues with a "green" focus at:

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


Sun., Jan. 7, 2007 - Supreme Court Members / Elem. Linear Algebra / WaterWeb

Sites found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2006 18:31:19 -0700 (PDT)

Members of the Supreme Court of the United States
Record Id: 654595
Created: 2006-10-05 10:16:32
Categories: govpub

Chronological listing of U.S. Supreme Court justices with the years
served on Supreme Court, birth/death dates, place of birth, and
religious affiliation of each justice. Links to brief biographies for
many justices.
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Elementary Linear Algebra
Record Id: 654487
Created: 2006-10-03 22:55:32
Categories: physci

Elementary linear algebra textbook based on the lecture notes of college
instructor Keith Matthews. Book and solutions may be downloaded in their
entirety or by chapter as PDF files. Last modified 17th December 2005
--- Linear Equations
--- Matrices
--- Subspaces
--- Determinants
--- Complex Numbers
--- Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
--- Identifying Second Degree Equations
--- Three-dimensional Geometry
--- Further Reading/Bibliography
--- Solutions

WaterWeb Consortium Links Database
Record Id: 654485
Created: 2006-10-03 21:08:32
Categories: bioag,physci

Links directory of water resources, conservation organizations, and
other water related web sites.

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