Saturday, January 20, 2007


Sat., Jan. 20, 2007 - Non-Proliferation Studies / Animal Sounds & Video / Google's Literacy Project

Sites found in:
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2006


Educational Resources Guide: Center for Non-Proliferation Studies,
From the site:
“The Center for Nonproliferation Studies Educational Resources Guide (CNSERG) aims to guide students, educators, researchers and the general public to the location of educational nonproliferation information on the Internet.”


Macaulay Library: Archive of Animal Sounds and Video
This online collection of animal sounds and video claims to be the world’s largest, featuring sounds and images of birds, seals, fish, whales, and many other animals. The front page features highlighted selections of sound and video; some video is available in high definition and some sound recordings are available in surround sound.
Make sure to take a look at the very powerful advanced search interface.
Source: Cornell University (Description Via DLESE)


Reading, writing and Google (via Reuters)
“Google unveiled on Wednesday a Web site dedicated to literacy, pulling together its book, video, map and blog services to help teachers and educational organizations share reading resources.”

Literacy Project
A resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Gary PriceEditor,
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sat., Jan. 20, 2007 - Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly at The Bancroft Library

Today's site, from the University of California Berkeley, offers an
exhibition on the grizzly bear in California. Gentle Subscribers will
discover an American Library Association award-winning presentation, which
explores the fate of this animal from the early days of exploration and
settlement to the present.

"The grizzly is forever silenced, but this exhibit proves the axiom that
"everyone has a bear story." Here is the brief history of the California
grizzly through the eyes and voices of the narrators of its demise; the
story of the eradication of a species and its reinvention as the proud and
ubiquitous emblem of our state." - from the website

The exhibit is arranged around themes
( )
which record the extinction of the
California grizzly bear. Highlights include materials from the Spanish
California and the Gold Rush eras, and the historical figure of Grizzly
Adams. Additional information is provided on the golden bear in captivity,
the scientific perspective, and the grizzly as state emblem and university
mascot. Numerous images of historical illustrations, photographs and
relevant texts accompany each theme. Visitors can also take a virtual tour
of the Berkeley campus, with its rich collection of bear artwork.

Lope over to the site for a stirring exhibition on the Californian grizzly

A.M. Holm
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Sat., Jan. 20, 2007 - North American Mammals

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

Site of the Day for Wednesday, September 20, 2006

North American Mammals
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History,
offers an impressive presentation on mammals of North America. Gentle
Subscribers will discover an outstanding exhibit, covering the continent's
400 mammalian species, with scientifically accurate information, striking
images and multi-media features.

"[T]he National Museum of Natural History's North American Mammals ... is a
searchable database of all living mammals of North America. ... This site
is based on The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals, by Don E.
Wilson and Sue Ruff ... and Mammals of North America, by Roland W. Kays and
Don E. Wilson." - from the website

The site's database can be searched by scientific or common name,
geographic map location, conservation status, and a whizz-bang Flash
application of the mammalian family tree. Information for each species
includes scientific data, a general summary, photo or artist's image. For
some mammals, sound clips of the species in their natural habitats are
available. Printable field guides, tailored to each visitor's selections
are easy to make. Links to additional noteworthy sites are also provided
for many species.

Hike to the site for an excellent general resource on North American
mammals at:

A.M. Holm
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Sat., Jan. 20, 2007 - Animals

Sites found in:'s- Weekly Tips for Teachers Issue #327
Tips for Teachers #327- Animal Issue
Sat, 30 Sep 2006
Teacher Tip Newsletter from Teachnology is on-line.
This week's teaching theme is Animals.
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Teaching Theme: Animals

Annotated links to 27 sites.

Friday, January 19, 2007


Fri., Jan. 19, 2007 - Malcolm X / Portraits of Women / Primary Resources in International Affairs / Women in the Literary Marketplace 1800-1900 /

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006

Malcolm X : The FBI Files
Record Id: 654934
Created: 2006-10-26 13:26:32
Categories: culture,govpub,liberal

Index and text of FBI surveillance records on Malcolm X. Inventory
includes more than 4,000 pages, organized by year from 1954 to 1964.
Index includes date, location, and description of each document.
Documents are provided as PDFs.

[SEE ALSO: (Little) Malcolm X -
Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Extravagant Crowd : Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women
Record Id: 654919
Created: 2006-10-23 16:53:32
Categories: arts,culture,liberal

"This online exhibition includes Carl Van Vechten's photographic
portraits of some 50 women of achievement photographed between
1932-1964, including well-known subjects and some now-forgotten women
who made significant contributions to the Broadway theater community,
the Harlem Renaissance, the early Hollywood film industry, and the 1920s
and '30s expatriate communities in Paris and London."
Gallery can be browsed by date, name, or profession.
[NOTE: Includes biographical information on the women. – Phyllis ]

International Relations and Security Network : Primary Resources in International Affairs (PRIA)
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 654918
Created: 2006-10-23 16:29:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

Primary source materials "relevant to international affairs. Features
treaties, conventions, writings, speeches, declarations, letters and
constitutions from all historical periods, ranging from ancient times to
the present day. " Searchable by historical period, region or type of

Women in the Literary Marketplace 1800-1900
Record Id: 654916
Created: 2006-10-23 12:33:32
Categories: liberal

Exhibition on nineteenth century British women authors; influences,
obstacles, and interactions with publishers and editors.

International Crisis Group
Record Id: 654912
Created: 2006-10-20 12:48:32
Categories: govpub

Information on crisis spots throughout the world. Resources includes
country reports, news releases, speeches, publications, maps and other
materials. Accessible by country, region or theme.

International Crisis Group : Database and Resources
Record Id: 654911
Created: 2006-10-20 10:06:32
Categories: govpub

Databases organized by country containing recent reports on current
conflicts, histories these conflicts and maps of the countries


Fri., Jan. 19, 2007 - American Literature Resources

American Literature Resources
From the site:
“This section includes the resources for use in the classroom as well as other items of interest to teachers:”

Interdisciplinary Units
From the site:
The units below address the history of American segregation within the context of great works of American literature. This unfortunate period of American history played instrumental roles in a broad spectrum of significant writing from both the 19th and 20th centuries.

[SEE ALSO: Jim Crow and Literature
From the site:
“Jim Crow and the environment it created have played instrumental roles in a broad spectrum of significant American writing from both the 19th and 20th centuries. Teachers have begun to send in their ideas on the literature that addresses the Jim Crow years. Humanities teachers have combined literature and history for years, and the thematically driven curriculum standards are now falling in line behind the theory that combining the two curricula makes for meaningful learning experiences for students.” Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

American Writing Gateway
From the site:
“The links on this site will direct you to the best online material about some widely taught American writers.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Literary Map
From the site:
“A collaborative project that is just beginning. We're looking for teachers and students to help us create a Literary Map of the United States! Submit your research on your local authors as we map the incredible American literary tradition.”

Beyond the Core
From the site:
“In this section, teachers share their recommendations for teaching great new and not-so-new literature that go beyond the core curriculum.”

Literary Timeline (select month)
From the site:
“Literary events listed for every day of the year. Find out what happened on any day using our customized search tool.”


Fri., Jan. 19, 2007 - Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
From the site:
“Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The accomplishments of the past and present can serve as pathfinders to present and future engineers and scientists. African American chemists, biologists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians have contributed in both large and small ways that can be overlooked when chronicling the history of science. By describing the scientific history of selected African American men and women we can see how the efforts of individuals have advanced human understanding in the world around us.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 19, 2007 - Jane Eyre / The Magic Flute / African American Lives

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: January 21 - 27, 2007

Masterpiece Theatre
"Jane Eyre" (part 1 of 2)
High School
Sunday, January 21, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm
A governess goes to work for a moody employer, captures his
heart, a dark secret intrudes. Charlotte Bronte's 1847 love
story comes to life in this two-part adaptation, a stirring
romance realized in all its heartrending beauty and mythic
power. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Read producer Diederick Santer's online "Behind the Scenes
Production Diary."

Masterpiece Theatre
"Jane Eyre" (part 2 of 2)
High School
Sunday, January 28, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm

Great Performances at the Met
"The Magic Flute"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm
In a historic first for any major performing arts institution,
the Metropolitan Opera will transmit six of its performances
live in high definition into movie theaters. These productions
will later be broadcast on PBS. The first in this series is
"The Magic Flute," directed by Julie Taymor. (CC, Stereo,
presented in HDTV, 1 year)

Find opera synopses, composer biographies, performance excerpts
and more on the companion Web site.
(Available January 17, 2007)


Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special
Middle / High School
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Combining genealogical and historical research with
state-of-the-art DNA analysis, Oprah Winfrey and Professor
Henry Louis Gates Jr. continue their dramatic and illuminating
quest to discover a fuller history of Winfrey's ancestry. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Libraries, archives and the Internet can give you access to a
wealth of resources, but where to begin? Get tips on how to
discover your African American family history.
[NOTE: Announcement previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2007 PBS Online.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Thurs., Jan. 18, 2007 - The Amish / BookMooch / Physics-Centered Games

Sites found in:

The Amish and the Plain People of Lancaster County, PA
Explains the history, faith, and customs of the Amish and Mennonites. And
incidentally, if you've ever wondered where they're able to buy the
equipment for a 19th century life style, you'll enjoy exploring the
catalog for Lehman's , which sells
shoulder yokes, kitchen-size grain mills, cheese presses, copper wash
boilers, anvils, gas lights, treadle sewing machines, painted wooden farm
blocks, and much more.

BookMooch: a Community for Exchanging Used Books
Occasional contributor Houston Allen says he's had good luck with this
book swap site. "I have both sent and received books, including two
watercolor books my wife wanted, that would have cost me $50 or more at a
bookstore. Also, the exercise of reviewing your own bookshelf for books
you're willing to give away, is a worthwhile endeavor itself."

Physics-Centered Games
This blog entry, with further suggestions from readers, might be of
interest to physics teachers, students, and science buffs.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2006.


Thurs., Jan. 18, 2007 - Middle Earth Challenge / Myths in Science / Nursery Rhymes

Sites found in:

Middle Earth Challenge
LOTR fans, test how much you really know about Middle Earth.
[NOTE: Home Page:
From the site:
“Welcome to The Thain's Book, an encyclopedia of the people, places, creatures, things, and events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Entries include descriptions, histories, important dates, genealogies, etymologies, illustrations, sources and cross-references.” - Phyllis ]

The Most Popular Myths in Science {Live Science]
Shortened URL:
Offers the facts behind common theories like how long it takes to digest
gum, whether chicken soup cures the common cold, and cats' ability to
always land on their feet. Then click on the Live Science home page for
articles, headlines, and blogs about the sciences.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Nursery Rhymes lyrics, origins and history
Learn all about the British history - the Bubonic Plague, the Peasant's
Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, etc. - that is hidden inside the nursery
rhymes many of us grew up with. [NOTE: Site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2006.


Thurs., Jan. 18, 2007 - From The Scout Report, Oct. 20, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 20, 2006
Volume 12, Number 42

The Scout Report on the Web:
This issue:

Intute: Interactive Chemistry Tutorials

Entering the world of a college-level chemistry course can be a nerve-
wracking experience, especially when one considers that such courses are
usually populated by rather competitive students bent on becoming doctors.
Rest assured that there are resources to help students and teachers with the
subject, and this lovely site presents some guidance in this area.
Originally created at the California State University-Dominguez Hills by
Professor George Wiger, this set of resources includes both unique problems
and solution information for a wide range of subjects, including gas laws,
kinetics, electrochemistry, and solubility. While the site doesn’t contain a
search engine, users can scroll through each subject to look at the
available resources and problem sets. It is also worth noting that much of
the material on the website will only work properly when viewed with
Internet Explorer. [KMG]

[NOTE: From the Science, Engineering and Technology pages of Intute previously posted. Other pages are:
Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health and Life Sciences - Phyllis ]


Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education [pdf]

With a mandate from the American Statistical Association, the Consortium for
the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) has a simple,
yet daunting, mission: “…to support and advance undergraduate statistics
education.” They do so through an ambitious mix of professional development
initiatives, coupled with sustained outreach efforts and research. Most
educators and students will want to start by visiting the “Resources” area,
which is divided into sections that bring together datasets, analysis tools,
lecture examples, and for a moment of inferential humor, a number of
cartoons, jokes, and songs, all informed by the world of statistics. The
“Teaching Methods” area is well worth a look, as it brings together 35
resources such as a set of tips of teaching statistics to large classes and
how to discuss causality in introductory statistics courses.[KMG]


HGTV: Crafts [Windows Media Player],1788,HGTV_3352,00.html

As the cold weather begins to move in, many people might find themselves
wondering: what can I possible keep busy inside my home or apartment? The
answer may be found in one word: crafts. Crafts have made a significant
comeback in the past few years, and a variety of online sites, such as this
one, have made it possible to learn about this activity that encompasses
everything from finger puppets to woodworking. HGTV has assembled a wide
variety of “how-to” projects on this site, and some of the highlights can be
found under the banner titled “This Week” on the homepage. For visitors
looking for a more specific type of project the “Crafts” headline lists a
variety of thematic sections, including dolls, mosaics, and sewing. [KMG]


The World According to Sesame Street
Shortened URL:

With over thirty years of experience in the United States, Sesame Street has
become a much loved fixture on public television, and one that enjoys a
broad base of support. For many young people from age 6 to 36, it’s hard to
imagine a childhood without such familiar faces as Bert, Ernie, Big Bird,
and of course, that lovely curmudgeon, Oscar the Grouch. As some visitors
may already know, Sesame Street is on the air in over 120 countries, and in
its many different versions, the program is modified to accommodate the
different cultural traditions of those places, while always incorporating
its primary themes of tolerance and mutual respect. This site, created by
Independent Lens, explores that process, and is meant as a companion to
their recent documentary on this subject. As with previous Independent Lens
companion websites, visitors can learn about the filmmakers, along with
offering their own inquiries. Finally, visitors will also get a chance to
explore the different versions of Sesame Street around the globe, including
programs in Kosovo, Bangladesh, and South Africa. [KMG]


Academy of Achievement [Macromedia Flash Player]

Let’s face it: economia to those great heroes of the past are nothing new,
and some might believe that there are too many out there in the first place.
The Academy of Achievement website disproves this idea with its well-thought
out tributes to those truly unique individuals who have made substantive
contributions in the arts, the sciences, and a number of other areas of
human endeavor. As its site notes, it is a “museum of living history”, and a
cursory glance over those they have honored would seem to bear witness to
this statement. First-time visitors will definitely want to take a look at
the “Achiever Gallery”, where they can view profiles and biographies of such
personages as Jonas Salk, Rosa Parks, and Willie Mays. The real icing on the
cake here is the interview section for each profiled member, as it truly
allows for a number of interesting and evocative insights into their
motivations and life trajectories. The site is rounded out with a “For
Teachers” section, which offers a number of pedagogical tools specifically
aimed towards those in the teaching profession. [KMG]
[NOTE: Site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Eye on Europe: prints, books & multiples / 1960 to now [Adobe Flash

This exhibition from MOMA makes heavy use of Flash animation to present a
survey of European art, from the 1960s to the present. As the subtitle
states, the focus of the exhibition is printmaking, including posters and
silkscreen prints, artists' books, and other multiples, often employing
techniques formerly used in the commercial sector, that many artists
"borrowed" and began using in the 1960s. The exhibition itself is styled to
look like newspaper pages or broadsides, with each theme - Mass Mediums,
Language, Confrontations, Expressionist Impulse, British Focus, and Recent
Projects - presented on its own front page. There is also an index browse,
so that viewers can approach the works by name, selecting from the over 100
artists and studios represented. And, since a good number of the pieces have
several parts, either a run of prints, or pages of a book, some of the
individual artists' entries are animated as well - for example, there is a
Gilbert & George postal sculpture that plays through several sets of images;
two etchings from David Hockney's A Rake's Progress display sequentially;
and four sheets from the late Martin Kippenberger's Courage To Print, a
portfolio of 23 posters, flip by. [DS]


Rockefeller University: Information Technology

Getting started in the world of information technology or computer
maintenance in general can be a daunting prospect. As computers have come a
long way since the biggest problem was a broken cassette player hooked up to
a brand new Commodore VIC-20. Fortunately, there are a number of websites
designed to assist neophytes, and this one, provided by the Rockefeller
University in New York is quite a find. Visitors to the site can read
primers on computer viruses and how to protect their computers from such
tactics. There are also links to tutorials on different email platforms and
the world of real simple syndication, commonly known as “RSS”. [KMG]


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


Thurs., Jan. 18, 2007 - BP Energy Grants for PreK-12 Teachers

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:29:17 EST
From: Annie Richardson
Subject: Fwd: $5,000 - 10,000 for teachers: A+ for Energy Grants

BP will award up to $5 million in grants and scholarships to preK-12
teachers for innovative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular, or
summer projects focused on energy and/or energy conservation aligned
with the application criteria. Grants will be awarded directly to
teachers, reflecting the budget request submitted with the

Energy is all around us! It is suggested to focus the project on one
or more energy topics, such as: Solar - Biomass - Hydropower -
Propane - Geothermal - Natural Gas - Petroleum - Wind - Coal -
Hydrogen - Uranium (Nuclear) - Energy efficiency - Energy
conservation - Alternative technologies.

Go to the link below; deadline for applications is March 23rd!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 -

Site found in:
The Scout Report
October 6, 2006
Volume 12, Number 40

The Scout Report on the Web:
This issue:

---- [pdf, Macromedia Flash Player]

As part of the Asia Society’s continuing efforts to educate the public about
the world around them, they have created this website which is meant to “put
the world into world-class education.” To accomplish this goal in the United
States they are primarily interested in developing resources that will help
Americans learn more about the geography, history, culture, and languages of
other regions around the world. First-time visitors will appreciate the
visual legibility of the homepage, and they can move around to sections that
are designed to provide them with information about the world of
international studies. There are a number of concrete, hands-on activities
for young people and educators available in the “Network “section of the
site. Here, visitors can learn about upcoming pedagogical workshops, browse
the online library of lessons plans, and also partake in a discussion forum
for fellow international-studies aficionados. [KMG]

[SEE ALSO: Classroom Resources - Phyllis ]


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



Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 - The Working Poor

Site found in:


A Profile of the Working Poor, 2004
14 pages; PDF.
Source: BLS
reissued on Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Gary PriceEditor,
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 - A Dollar a Day / ThinkQuest 2006 Winning Web Sites

A Dollar a Day: Finding Solutions to Poverty
2006 1st place winner - 15 & under
From the site:
“This site examines poverty in developing nations and is directed toward students aged 15+, bringing together a wide variety of information to raise awareness of the plight of the poor. More importantly, we discuss solutions to poverty and suggest ways that you can help alleviate poverty.”

For links to all the ThinkQuest International 2006 winners
Page also has links to previous winners


Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 - Wealth & Poverty / Spanish-English Dictionary / Spanish Learning Tools / English Civil War / LiS Radio

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

A History of Wealth and Poverty : Why a Few Nations are Rich and Many Poor
Record Id: 654908
Created: 2006-10-19 15:10:32
Categories: busecon,liberal

Originally published as "Centuries of Economic Endeavor: Parallel Paths
in Japan and Europe and their Contrast with the Third World," A History
of Wealth and Poverty offers a "history of the interplay of political
and economic changes as they have occurred in Japan, Europe, Africa,
India, China, Russia, Mexico and Central America, South America, and the
Middle East."
Full text is in HTML, with 23 chapters, appendices, and a bibliography.

Dictionary of Spanish and English
Record Id: 654907
Created: 2006-10-19 14:28:32
Categories: liberal

Searchable English-Spanish dictionary, with more than 55,000 entries and
10,000 pronunciations (.wav files).

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Spanish-Kit : Spanish Learning Tools
Record Id: 654906
Created: 2006-10-19 14:00:32
Categories: liberal

Resources for learning Spanish, including a grammar, vocabulary, and
fulltext readers.

Civil War 1625-1649
Record Id: 654894
Created: 2006-10-17 10:50:32
Categories: liberal

This site provides video summaries and an interactive timeline of the
English Civil war and examines the personalities and events of the war
from its roots in the Reformation to the restoration of the monarchy.
[NOTE: Other pages from posted. - Phyllis ]

LiS Radio
Record Id: 654838
Created: 2006-10-16 00:06:32
Categories: liberal

Live and archived webcasts from the School of Information Science and
Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Eight
series offer webcasts on human information behavior; library science
topics; interviews with students, librarians, publishers, and writers;
and programs used in various library and information science courses.
RSS feeds are available for each of the series; audio files are provided
in Quicktime and MP3 formats.

[NOTE: Three of the archived programs:
From the site:
“Patrick Jones on Teen Services & Writing for Teens
Summary: Demographics suggest that the number of teens in the U.S. will hit an all-time high during this decade. Join guest, Patrick Jones, internationally known for connecting teens and libraries as we discuss new trends and formats in services to teens, and his work as an author for teen audiences. Patrick Jones' website: “

“First Tuesday: Linda Esser interviews Mary Kay Chelton
Summary: Featuring Mary Kay Chelton, of the Queens College GSLIS, and noted authority in the area of children's services and literature. Drs Esser and Chelton discuss library service to young adults.”

LiS ClassCast - - ISLT 9441 The School Library--Interview with a School Librarian
Summary: Beth Wakely interviewed Judi Knight an elementary school librarian in the Ferguson Florissant School District.

- Phyllis ]


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Tues., Jan. 16, 2007 - The Filipino American Story

A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story.
From the site:
“In 2006, the Smithsonian Institution observes the 100th anniversary of Filipino immigration to the United States with a series of programs around the theme A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story.
“A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story” is a multimedia multicultural curriculum focused on the history, culture and experiences of Filipino Americans…The curriculum materials consist of four units, focusing on Philippine and Filipino American History and Culture for 5th through 8th graders.”


Tues., Jan. 16, 2007 - Immigration to the U.S., 1789-1930

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
From the site:
“Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Immigration has profoundly influenced the character and the growth of the United States. Its salient themes—including acculturation, nativism, racism and prejudice, homesteading, and industrialization—and the policies governing it are illustrated in the online collection.” <<>>


Tues., Jan. 16, 2007 - Climate Change / Charles Darwin / Sound / New Media Bibliography / Immigrants & Baseball

Sites found in:

Oct. 20-26, 2006


EPA Revamps Climate Change Web Site
“To provide the public with the most up-to-date information on climate change, EPA is updating its climate change Web site. The site provides the latest scientific information and highlights a wide range of U.S. government programs that are actively addressing climate change at the local, state, national and international levels. The updated Web site still contains all information that was on EPA’s global warming Web site but organizes it for easier access and adds new information.”
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

Complete Darwin works put online

The complete evolutionary works of Charles Darwin have gone online, including the stolen notebook he carried in his pocket around the Galapagos Islands.

Tens of thousands of pages of text and pictures and audio files have been made available, including some previously unpublished manuscripts and diaries of the great British scientist.

Among the unique collection is the notebook used during the Beagle voyage, which would later forge his scientific arguments. It was stolen in the 1980s, but Darwin’s great-great-grandson hopes that the publication online, thanks to a transcription from a microfilm copy made two decades earlier, will persuade whoever has it to return it.

John van Wyhe, director of the project run by Cambridge University, said the collection is so comprehensive, it will help dispel the “many misconceptions and myths” about the naturalist.

Further writings will be added to the Complete Works of Darwin Online during the next three years to coincide with the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth.


Listen: Making Sense of Sound
New Online Exhibit:
This is the web version of a new permanent exhibit that opened on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Listen: Making Sense of Sound, a new permanent collection of interactive, ears-on exhibits. Three years in development, these experiences help visitors focus on subtle and profound aspects of hearing, experiment with new ways of listening deeply and carefully, and think about how others hear the world.

The online version includes online activities, listening guides, and more.

Source: Exploritorium
[NOTE: Home page and other online exhibits from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


New Media Bibliography
Online resources and books.

Source: Poynter Institute for Media Studies (David Shedden, Library Director)


Coming to America: Immigrants, Baseball and the Contributions of Foreign-Born Players to America’s Pastime (PDF; 601 KB)
Source: National Foundation for American Policy
“While politicians continue to debate immigration policies, there is little question among baseball fans that immigrants have positively transformed America’s pastime. In the first comprehensive study of baseball and immigration, the National Foundation for American Policy examined both historical records and 2006 rosters. The report finds the impact of foreign-born players on major league baseball is at an all-time high. The study concludes Americans have benefited from our nation’s openness toward skilled immigrant baseball players, just as the country has gained from the entry of other skilled foreign-born professionals.”
Posted on DocuTicker

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Editor, ResourceShelf
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Tues., Jan. 16, 2007 - From The Scout Report, Oct. 13, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 13, 2006
Volume 12, Number 41


Ancient Greece [Macromedia Flash Player]

Presented with a physical relief map of Greece and its many islands,
visitors to the homepage of this site will then be treated to a range of
material objects, ranging from masks, urns, and stone tablets. All of these
items are part of the British Museum’s vast holdings of materials from
ancient Greece, and brought together, they constitute the online website
titled “Ancient Greece”. Previous online collections have presented material
from other civilizations, and this assemblage is divided into traditional
sections that include geography, time, war, and Athens. While many of the
sections follow traditional online collection conventions, there are a
number of splendid Flash-enabled features that present a day in the life of
the city of Athens, and of course, Plato’s immortal cave. [KMG]


Conversations on the Constitution [Macromedia Flash Player]

Perhaps the United States might be a better place if at the dinner table one
interested party might ask the question, “Hey Mom, can we talk about the
establishment clause tonight?” Until such topics spontaneously arrive in a
pre-prandial setting like the one just mentioned, there will still be great
interest in this lovely website created by the American Bar Association. As
its mission statement declares, “This project is designed to further
dialogue in schools and in the workplace about American constitutional
principles and values.” Within the site, visitors can peruse a list of
topics, such as war powers, the establishment of religion, and cruel and
unusual punishment. Each area has a brief overview of each topic, and then
three “starter” questions. These starter questions feature a list of
specific queries, accompanied by brief illustrations (such as political
cartoons and the like) that can be used at the dinner table, the boardroom
table, or just about any table. Finally, interested parties can also take a
few interactive tests on such areas as Supreme Court rulings and students’
rights in the classroom. [KMG]


Climate Change: The Environment Network [pdf]

Established as part of the United Nations Environment Network, this area of
their site serves as a portal for resources that deal specifically with
climate change. First-time visitors will want to cast a glance on the left-
hand side of the homepage, as the whole topic of climate change and global
warming can be a bit daunting, to say the least. Here they will find a “Key
Issues” area which offers a set of resources that provide introductions to
the topic, along with sections on the overall environmental, social, and
economic implications of climate change. The “Featured Resources” area of
the site will be of great interest to educators, as it includes a “do-it-
yourself” climate model program that could be used in the classroom and a
series of greenhouse gas emission graphs. [KMG]


Digital Freedom Network [pdf]

Under the banner of “Advancing freedom worldwide through information and
technology”, the Digital Freedom Network is primarily concerned with
providing the general public with information about current events around
the world that may impinge on a variety of individual freedoms, particularly
in the realm of journalism and related activities. One of the highlights of
their site is the “Literature of Freedom” area, where visitors can learn
about different works that have been banned in countries such as Cuba, South
Africa, and Saudi Arabia. “The Frontline” is another moving section of the
site, as it focuses on those individuals who have been placed in prison for
expressing their thoughts and opinions freely. The site is rounded out by a
very well-developed section of external links, organized into such areas as
international organizations, publications, and educational tools. [KMG]


University of Illinois Extension: Horticulture [pdf]

Located at the crossroads of the United States, the University of Illinois’s
well-regarded Extension division has provided outreach services to the
state’s residents for over a century. For over a decade, they have also
provided assistance to both residents of the state and a diverse set of
interested parties from all over the world via their visually attractive
website. One of their sites is dedicated to providing information about
horticulture, with specific sections on plant propagation, urban
agriculture, and composting. Colorful photographs on the horticulture
homepage will deliver visitors to brief and well-written treatises on
“Selecting Trees for Your Home”, “Composting for the Homeowner”, and
“Gardening with Perennials”. Those persons interested in instructing fellow
horticulturalists and neophyte gardeners in the fine art of vegetative
propagation will want to click on over to the “Houseplants” area which
addresses this topic in detail. [KMG]

====== In The News ====
While alluring to many, some diamonds continue to pose a serious ethical

Ivorian diamonds ‘still on sale’

U.S. Watchdog Urges Tighter Rein on Conflict Gems (Could not connect)

Kimberly Process [Macromedia Flash Player]

Making It Work: Why The Kimberly Process Must Do More to Stop Conflict
Diamonds [pdf]

History of Diamonds [QuickTime, Windows Media Player]
Shortened URL:

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas

Decades before the DeBeers company created the “A diamond is forever”
marketing slogan, diamonds had become the premier precious stone of choice
for many engagement rings. In the past few years, diamonds mined in a
variety of countries in West Africa have acquired a rather dramatic
sobriquet: “conflict diamonds”. The word “conflict” is specifically meant to
refer those diamonds that have been smuggled and sold on the international
market in order to fund various wars in countries including Sierra Leone,
Liberia, and Angola. This week a number of news organizations reported that
diamonds from the Ivory Coast are still being sold on the international
market, which is an explicit breach of an international ban that went into
effect a year ago. On a broader scale, the country is also subject to the
innovative requirements of the Kimberly Process, which was started in 2002,
and which was also meant to prevent the sale of such “conflict diamonds”.
Members of the United Nations’ Security Council remain optimistic about
monitoring the situation, but oversight in this area of international trade
remains difficult. [KMG]

The first link will take users to a news article from this Tuesday’s BBC
News Online that reports on the revelation that Ivorian diamonds are still
available on the international market. Moving along, the second link leads
to a news article by Emad Mekay that reports on a recent paper from the U.S.
Government Accountability Office that suggests that the United States should
adopt stronger oversight measures in order to determine the origins of
various diamonds. The third link will lead users to the site that provides
detailed information about the Kimberly Process. The fourth link leads to a
fascinating 51-page report from the Global Witness organization that
provides information about the current shortcomings of the Kimberly Process,
and how its scope of operations might be improved over the short and long
term. The fifth link will take users away to a very engrossing video
introduction to the history of diamonds, proffered by the Natural History
Museum’s Andy Fleet. During this presentation, visitors will learn about the
aesthetic and utility value placed on these gems. Interested diamond
prospectors and rock-hounds will be delighted to learn about the final site,
which is the virtual home of the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
For those not in the know already, this park is the only site in the world
where any one can just come, search, and keep any diamonds they might
uncover. [KMG]


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

Monday, January 15, 2007


Mon., Jan. 15, 2007 - Newton's Apple

Newton's Apple was an educational television program distributed to PBS stations in the United States that ran for fifteen seasons from 1983 to 1998.

Newton’s Apple: 300 Streaming Video Clips
From the site:
“NOW! Discover the fascinating science of the world around us with over 300 video clips. Browse the categories, or enter a question or a keyword in the search box.” Categories include: Animals and Plants, Earth and Space, Health and Medicine, Chemistry and Food, Technology and Invention, and Physics and Sports.

Teacher Guides:
From the site:
“Organized lessons and activities help you plan your science learning activities from acid rain to zoo veterinarians.”

NEWTON'S APPLE is a production of Twin Cities Public Television


Mon., Jan. 15, 2007 - Energy Education is Fun

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, September 26, 2006 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
Energy Education is Fun!

Grade Range: K-8 (The site looks as though it's designed for the younger
set, but there is good info and advice for students of all ages.)

List member Lilah discovered this great web resource for teaching kids about
energy and electricity -- The "Kids Korner" of the Plumas-Sierra Rural
Electric Cooperative. Lilah wrote:

"At this site you'll find a kid-friendly discussion of the various types of
energy and energy sources, the fundamentals of electricity, and a history
of electricity with biographies of people who made important contributions
to its development, an interactive presentation of the transmission and
distribution of electricity, sections on energy efficiency and safety...the
list is practically endless! At the Energy Fun Factory you'll fine a
coloring book with pages that you can print or color online with a java
program, a games section with a word search and online puzzle scramblers, a
meter-reader quiz, a flash quiz show, and a section of simple but fun
experiments to "Complete a Circuit," "Make a Solar Cooker" and more."

Wow! When you get to the site you'll see an introduction. Use the menu at
the top of the screen that includes:

*What's It All About -- Read about the history of energy, energy sources,
and the types of energy -- potential and kinetic.

*Let's Explore Energy -- This is the meat of the site in terms of
"curriculum." Learn about the history of electricity, natural gas,
hydropower, coal, nuclear power, and alternative energy. Includes
biographies about scientists and inventors in the fields, as well as
interesting trivia facts.

*Energy Efficiency -- Learn how to save energy by using the light switch and
appliance calculators!

*Play It Safe -- A good overview of what to do in the event of an energy
emergency such as: electric shock, fire, outdoor energy hazards, and what
to do when you smell gas. This is a great review for the entire family. :)

*Energy fun factory! -- Coloring pages, word searches, games, learn how to
read a meter and do some fun experiments. Build your own anemometer to
measure wind speed!

As you click on each menu an index of that section appears in a menu format
on the left side of your screen. Use that to select the topic you want to

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., Jan. 15, 2007 - Mad Scientist: Wacky Uses

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

Hi! It's Tuesday, September 19, 2006 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
Mad Scientist
Wacky Uses

Grade Range: All (with adult supervision)

This is one of the most fun and fascinating websites I've seen! A big THANK
YOU goes out to list member Penny Johnson for recommending it. :) is the website of Joey Green, a former advertising copywriter
who is renowned for coming up with all kinds of unusual uses for brand-name
products. He has authored over 30 books including the "Mad Scientist
Handbook" series. As his bio on the website says, "This hilarious and
ingenious ideaman opens people's eyes to the potential hiding in every
product, providing laughter and learning."

Joey says, "...I realized there are hundreds of alternative uses for
well-known products kept secret from the American public. I was determined
to unearth this cavalcade of withheld information. So, I quit my job and
spent the next ten years on a quest to uncover the hundreds of strange and
mysterious uses for brand-name products like Jell-O, Vaseline, WD-40,
Maxwell House Coffee, and Coca-Cola... I learned some startling truths. Tang
cleans toilet bowls. Worcestershire Sauce removes tarnish from copper. Jif
Peanut Butter doubles as axle grease. Miracle Whip conditions dry hair.
Efferdent cleans diamonds. Spam works as furniture polish."

Get the idea? We've chosen to feature the "Mad Scientist" section of the
website today because it's filled with Joey's archive of fun science
experiments the whole family will enjoy. Most are conducted with common
household items and/or familiar brand-name products. There are over 45
experiments that include:

*Edible Glass
*Exploding Life Savers
*Flying Rice Krispies
*Fried Marbles
*Human Light Bulb
*Steel Wool Sparkler
*Stink Bombs
*Underwater Candle
- and much, much more!

All of the experiments include directions, explanations of the science
behind it, and bizarre facts and trivia to extend the learning. Adult
supervision is required.

When you are through with the experiments, use the menu on the left of your
screen to explore the rest of the site including:

*Weird Facts - Learn the history and bizarre facts behind Aunt Jemima
pancake mix, Coppertone, Crayola Crayons, Elmer's Glue, Ivory Soap, Morton
Salt, Nestea, Q-Tips, Silly Putty, Turtle Wax, Wonder Bread and more!

*Wacky Uses - Discover little-known uses for common household products
including Alka-Seltzer, Bounce, Cascade, ChapStick, Endust, Jif Peanut
Butter, Miracle Whip, SueBee Honey, Vaseline, Wesson Corn Oil, Ziploc
Storage Bags and more!

*Video - Watch Joey demonstrate some of his amazing discoveries about
brand-name products.

*Contest - Submit your own wacky uses for brand name products and win one of
Joey's books.

*Links - Don't miss the wacky website recommendations that include uses for
duct tape, insect recipes, weird roadside attractions and much, much more.

This website comes with lots of recommendations for parental supervision --
so as always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITES to determine suitability of

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., Jan. 15, 2007 - Celebrating Chemistry / WonderNet / experiMENTALS

From the American Chemical Society:

Celebrating Chemistry
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The materials found on this page were written for children in the 4th - 6th grades... Celebrating Chemistry is indexed by topic, activity title, article title, interactive title and game title.” In English and Spanish.

Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted – site updated. – Phyllis ]
From the site:
“WonderNet is full of science activities that kids can do. Currently WonderNet contains activities covering over 30 different topics. A new topic is posted every other month.”

From the site:
“Bernie Hobbs and Ruben Meerman are the experiMENTALS!
For these two dedicated scientists, no experiment is too big, too crazy or too inexpensive, to show you! The experiMENTALS tackle everything from outer space to dating tricks and the kitchen sink performing simple experiments with bits of paper and glue, balloons, glasses, eggs, and anything else they can find... exploding, demystifying and explaining everyday science along the way.” – from ABC (Australian Broadcasting System)
To watch videos, select episode and choose "change player settings"
to choose your player and connection speed and then “play video”

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Sun., Jan. 14, 2007 - Mastering Three Steps to Interpreting Poetry

Mastering Three Steps to Interpreting Poetry
Shortened URL:


Sun., Jan. 14, 2007 -

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, July 26, 2006 and time for Language Arts at

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

I featured this website, designed for teachers of poetry, about 3
years ago. New upgrades make it worth another look. If you want to
teach your kids poetry -- you must visit this site. It contains
clever and fun ideas for how to teach poetry, how to conduct a
poetry theatre (complete with poetry scripts), and all kinds of fun
poetry activities that the kids can do online and offline.

When you get to the site, you will see some of the featured items
and a menu of poetry options that include:

Poetry Class - Learn how to teach kids different types of poetry
while instilling excitement about it as they learn to write funny
poems -- includes a huge list of themed poetry starters.

Poetry Fun -- Find all sorts of games, rhyme riddles, fill-in-the-
blank poetry starters, and tongue twister races.

Poetry Theater -- Your kids can perform small plays in which the
characters speak in poetry. The scripts are complete and ready to

Don't miss the link to their sister site, (that
we've also featured previously) at That
site is designed especially for kids to explore. You'll find it has
similar activities -- but addresses them from a kid's perspective,
rather than a teacher's.

Today's site also offers poetry-themed books and products for
purchase. You don't have to buy anything to access all of the free
ideas and activities.

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., Jan. 14, 2007 - Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Poetry Month activities are in the section: Ideas for Teachers & Parents

Found on:

Surfing the Net with Kids: Shel Silverstein
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Sun., Jan. 14, 2007 - From Librarians' Internet Index Oct. 19, 2006

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 19, 2006
Read This Online :

Nevermore: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane
The website companion to this 2006-2007 exhibit about Edgar Allan Poe features digitized images of "many of Poe's unique manuscripts and letters, scarce copies of his first editions, rare examples of the original newspaper and magazine issues in which much of his work first appeared, and editions of his most famous poem, 'The Raven.'" From the Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
LII Item:


American Academy of Poets: Shel Silverstein
Brief biography of Shel Silverstein, "composer, an artist, and the author of numerous books of prose and poetry for younger readers, " such as "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "The Giving Tree." Includes two of Silverstein's poems and links to related websites. From the American Academy of Poets.
LII Item:

[NOTE: National Poetry Month Poster Request Form (current year free)
National Poetry Month is April

To purchase posters from previous years

Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Famous Cases: Iva Toguri d’Aquino and "Tokyo Rose"
Background about Iva Toguri d'Aquino, who died in September 2006 and was most identified with "Tokyo Rose," a "fabricated name given by soldiers to a series of American-speaking women who made propaganda broadcasts" in the South Pacific during World War II. Includes a description of her early life (she was born in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA) and of her presidential pardon in 1977. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other famous cases from
- previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]


U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: 300 Million
To spotlight the occasion of the U.S. population reaching 300 million in 2006, "the Census Bureau steps back in time by comparing contemporary life and statistics to those in the time periods in which the nation reached other noteworthy population milestones in 1967 ... and in the year 1915." Includes comparisons of population, education, life expectancy, prices (gasoline, milk, postage stamps, and more), earnings, and other data. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries
Companion website to a 2006-2007 exhibit that presents "some of the most recent dino discoveries in the fields of paleontology, biomechanical engineering, and paleobotany." Features a field guide to dinosaurs, audio and video clips, dinosaur trivia, and essays about topics such as the Liaoning Forest in China, dinosaur biomechanics, and mass extinctions. Includes classroom materials. From the California Academy of Sciences.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other exhibits from previously
posted. - Phyllis ]


Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead
Companion to an exhibit that "explore[s] the ancient Celtic roots of Halloween, the colorful Mexican Day of the Dead, mummification and other death rituals in ancient Egypt, Indonesian cliff burials, and modern American memorials, including those following the 9/11 tragedy." The site includes descriptions of activities and beliefs, exhibit handouts, and links to related sites. From the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other online exhibits at
(not all titles are hyperlinked) Some were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

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