Saturday, January 27, 2007


Sat., Jan. 27, 2007 - From ResourceShelf Nov. 3-9, 2006

Sites found in:
Nov. 3-9, 2006

Webliography: Energy/Environmental Security
All sites listed were last accessed on November 1, 2006


Countries of the World
From the site:
“Each Country Profile provides information on: Geography · Maps · Flag · History · Current ruler · Area · Population · Capital · Largest cities · Languages · Ethnicity/race · Religion · Literacy rate · Economy · Government”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NEW: How Many Countries Are There?

“PDF Pad is a comprehensive online destination where you can download and print the high quality documents you need for work, school and play, free of charge or registration hassles.”
Current offerings:

Graph Paper
Smith Chart
Staff Paper


Zoho Office Suite and Services
From the site:
“Online word processor with collaboration features.
No download, No install, just sign up to create documents.
100% free”
“…users registering with Zoho can now access the following Zoho services - Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, Zoho Planner, Zoho Creator & Zoho Chat - with a single user name (or email ID) and password.”
[See Also: Google Docs & Spreadsheets
- Phyllis ]

Wind Farms: The facts and the fallacies
From the site:
“The purpose of this paper is to assess the merits of the main arguments used to justify opposition to wind farms, namely: the competitiveness and cost of wind energy; its efficiency and reliability; its ability to reduce greenhouse emissions; fire risk and noise pollution; impacts on biodiversity, landscape and heritage values; and effects on property prices. The evidence indicates that almost all of the claims made by anti-wind groups lack substance.”


November 2, 2006 :: 9433 Library Services to Youth
Shortened URL:
Listen to the archived webcast
[NOTE: Other webcasts from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Making of America (MoA)
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Zamzar, a free online file conversion site which supports four categories — document, image, music/audio and video. You upload a file from your hard drive, use the dropdown menu to indicate which format you want it converted to and, when it’s ready, you’ll receive an e-mail with a live link you can click on to download your converted file. The link will be good for 24 hours.

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


Sat., Jan. 27, 2007 - ArtPad

----------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, October 13, 2006


Today's site, from the commercial firm, offers visitors the
opportunity to express their artistic inclinations on this digital canvas .
Gentle Subscribers may enjoy experimenting with this easy to use online

"Express yourself with the ArtPad, where you create art as unique
as you are. ... Let your imagination be your inspiration. The possibilities
are infinite. If you've never painted before, now's your chance. Plus,
there's no messy cleanup! ... Are you a Picasso, Van Gogh, or Rothko? Get
your paint on with thousands of size, color, and opacity combinations.
Mistakes are no problem with ArtPad's undo functionality." - from the

The site's flash application features a "color picker", paintbrush, a
splash effect bucket and text tool, along with an undo. Different levels of
opacity are available, which can produce subtle gradations of hue, while
the sizing options allows small to large brush strokes, splash effects and
text. The "replay painting" feature allows the visitor to sit back and
watch the creative process in action. The finished work can be printed --
with the recommendation to use the landscape layout format -- or e-mailed.

Thanks to Subscriber A.S.H. for this contribution.

Dabble over to the site to unleash the inner artist at:

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


Sat., Jan. 27, 2007 - Block Posters / Bubblesnaps

Block Posters
From the site:
“Create any size wall posters from any size images.
Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide
you would like your poster to be once printed…
You can download the PDF file containing your newly created images and
print each one massively blown up, resulting in a huge pixel poster.”


Here's a comical way to jazz up a photograph.
Add speech or thought bubble


Sat., Jan. 27, 2007 - Learning Electric / TutorViaComputer

From Teacher Librarian, Oct. 2004:
“ [An] excellent source of online tutorials is LearningElectric.Com. The site provides several free QuickTime video tutorials on using Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Front Page, and Access), KidPix Deluxe3, Inspiration, Easy Grade Pro and HTML. The video clips are short. A well-designed index provides access to learning opportunities on the various basic and intermediate features of each piece of software.” [NOTE: Select the software and then the video from the list of titles, and just sit back and watch. The video screens show demo pages, do not click on them.]


TutorViaComputer Free Online Tutorials
From the site:
“Baycon Group provides tutorials on a growing list of computer-related topics. All tutorials are in depth, comprehensive, online, and -- best of all -- absolutely free.”

Friday, January 26, 2007


Fri., Jan. 26, 2007 - How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes

How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes
Click on the Listen icon to hear this interview.
From the site:
“Historian Kyle Ward speaks with Steve Inskeep about his book, History in the Making. It chronicles the ways that U.S. history textbooks change over time in their portrayal of events like the Mexican-American War.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 26, 2007 - History of the Purple Heart

The History of the Purple Heart

See Also:
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The Purple Heart is presented to members of the U.S. military who have sustained injuries or have been killed in conflict with an armed enemy.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 26, 2007 - Sites to See: World Wars I & II

Sites to See: The Best on the Web For Teaching About World Wars I and II.
“The sites below are some of the best on the Web for teaching about World Wars I and II.”
Links last updated 10/11/2006
[NOTE: Some of the sites listed were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 26, 2007 - From PBS Teacher Previews: January 28 - February 3, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: January 28 - February 3, 2007
Middle / High School
Sunday, January 28, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Once they roamed the Earth in millions, numbering hundreds of
species of all shapes and sizes; today, the rhinoceros is one
of the planet's rarest animals. Join "Nature" as it trails
rangers through the savannahs of South Africa, the grasslands
of India and the jungles of Indonesia and visits rhino
fertility experts at an American zoo. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Want to learn more about rhinos? Check out the companion Web
(Available January 26, 2007)


"Crash of Flight 111"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
On September 2, 1998, Swissair Flight 111 plummeted into the
sea off Nova Scotia while en route from New York to Geneva. All
229 people on board were killed. In May of 2003, Canada's
Transportation Safety Board published its final conclusions
from an investigation that took more than four years and cost
$30 million. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Explore "Anatomy of a Jetliner" at the companion Web site; look
under the floorboards, above the ceiling and inside the wings
at a jet's sophisticated internal systems.
[NOTE: See teacher’s guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


American Experience
"The Berlin Airlift"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Monday, January 29, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
In 1948, after the Soviet Union blocked access to West Berlin,
Allied forces responded with an unprecedented humanitarian and
strategic effort. For nearly a year, planes flew in tons of
supplies round the clock, becoming angels of mercy for a
beleaguered city. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about this historic event at the companion Web site.
[NOTE: See teacher’s guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


The Supreme Court
"One Nation Under Law"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
The first television series to fully profile the inner workings
of the court, the series explores the history, impact and drama
of America's highest court. The first episode examines the
creation of the court and follows it through the brink of the
Civil War, paying particular attention to the fourth Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court -- John Marshall -- and to his
successor, Roger Taney. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our discussion guide which encourages high school
students to explore how the court's rulings have had an impact
on a typical teenager's morning, afternoon and evening.
[NOTE: Announcement previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Supreme Court
"A New Kind of Justice"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
10 - 11:00 pm
Episode two explores the issues before the court during the
period after the Civil War, a time of unprecedented economic
growth, when industrialists like Carnegie and Rockefeller were
earning millions. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Use one of our "Classroom Interactives" in your classroom. Have
your students test their knowledge of the history of the
Court's landmark cases by placing critical cases in the
appropriate decade.
[NOTE: Announcement previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Middle School

Roberto Clemente was a legendary baseball player who died in
1972 in a plane crash while attempting to deliver aid to
earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Included in the virtual
exhibit are a timeline, video clip, and lesson plans for middle
school students tied to national standards in language arts,
sports, social studies, music and math.

Copyright 2007 PBS Online.


--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Crash of Flight 111 airs Jan. 30
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 18:52:12 -0500 (EST)

Hello Educators,

What caused the 1998 Swissair plane crash off Nova Scotia that killed
all 229 passengers? Find out on next week's repeat broadcast of NOVA,
"Crash of Flight 111," which details the behind-the-scenes story of
one of the most exhaustive investigations in aviation history. Note:
This program contains information that may be upsetting to students.
Please preview it to determine its appropriateness for your
classroom. (Subjects covered: forensics, physics, flight)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Crash of Flight 111"
Broadcast: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Wireless Black Boxes
With data from flight and cockpit recorders sometimes lost or
irretrievable following a crash, should airlines begin
transmitting such data in real time to ground stations? This
article tackles that question. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Dissection of a Disaster
Read a veteran air-safety reporter's thoughts on the Swissair
Flight 111 investigation. (Grades 9-12)

Making Air Travel Safer
Learn about nine recent crashes that resulted in extensive
inquiries and the safety changes that resulted. (Grades 9-12)

Anatomy of a Jetliner
Look behind the metal of a late-model Boeing 737, the most widely
flown commercial jetliner of all time, and explore a cutaway
detailing the 12 major systems that make it tick.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students learn about the techniques
and reasoning used to determine the cause of the 1998 crash of
Swissair Flight 111. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links and Books.

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 20:13:43 -0500 (EST)
News from American Experience

Monday, January 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

It was the largest humanitarian campaign the world had ever seen.
Western superpowers would come together to feed the city of

On June 24, 1948, the Cold War began in the war-torn, divided
city of Berlin. The Soviets, who controlled all of East Germany
and the eastern half of Berlin, blocked access to the American
and British-controlled West Berlin, choking commerce and starving
the people. The Soviet goal was to expel the Allied forces, who
had long been a thorn in Stalin's side. But Western forces
refused to abandon the city. President Truman proclaimed, "We
stay in Berlin. Period." To do so would mean attempting the
impossible: supplying two million civilians and twenty thousand
Allied soldiers with food and fuel -- entirely from the air.

Tune in Monday 29 at 9 p.m. when AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premieres


Berlin Airlift Map
At the close of World War II, Germany was divided into four
zones: American, British, French and Soviet. Berlin was similarly
divided, but was situated deep within Soviet controlled eastern
Germany, connected only by one highway and rail line to the west.
Explore divided Berlin and see how airlift pilots and commanders
navigated the torn city.

The Chocolate Pilot
As a United States Air Force pilot flying supplies into Berlin,
Gail Halvorsen conjured a special idea for lifting the spirits of
the city's children. He delivered packages of gum and candy by
attaching them to small parachutes, and dropping them from his
C-47. See how his candy deliveries became a public relations
blitz and rallied the support of communities and school children
in the United States.

The Berlin Airlift lasted nearly a year and required a constant
and unprecedented movement of supplies. Should President Truman
have attempted to break the Soviet blockade by force instead of
undertaking the airlift? Cast your vote.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Thurs., Jan. 25, 2007 - Mexican American Voices / Skeptic's Dictionary / Miniature Library of Philosophy

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006

Digital History : Mexican American Voices
Record Id: 654973
Created: 2006-11-01 20:52:32
Categories: culture,liberal

Selections from primary sources illustrate the legacy of Mexican
Americans and their impact on the history and culture of America.

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Skeptic's Dictionary
Record Id: 654968
Created: 2006-11-01 18:32:32
Categories: liberal

Definitions, essays, and resources on the paranormal, supernatural,
urban legends, and pseudoscience.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Value of Knowledge : A Miniature Library of Philosophy
Record Id: 654962
Created: 2006-10-31 09:45:32
Categories: liberal

A Miniature Library of Philosophy provides access to documents that
"trace the development of ideas on the relation between consciousness
and matter through the words of 140 philosophers over 400 years."

[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
Mirror Site: - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Jan. 25, 2007 - From The Scout Report, Nov. 3, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 3, 2006
Volume 12, Number 44
Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives [Macromedia
Flash Player]

It’s hard to get close to General George Washington or peek inside the mind
of President Harry S. Truman, and not just for the obvious reasons.
Fortunately for the web-browsing public, there is this interactive exhibit,
which is designed to complement an in situ exhibit at the National Archives.
Simply titled “Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives”,
the exhibit allows visitors to explore remarkable photographs and primary
documents from the massive collections held by the National Archives.
Currently, visitors can view just over a dozen such documents and
photographs on the site, but there are plans to expand in the near future.
Within the General Washington section, visitors will learn about his concern
with a potential smallpox infection during the Revolutionary War,
accompanied by scanned letters in his own hand and several pieces of visual
ephemera. The site is very well-designed and users will enjoy looking
through the first-hand accounts offered by other personages, including
George H.W. Bush and John Lewis. [KMG]


National Geophysical Data Center [pdf]

To say that the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) brings a wide range
of scientific materials together in one location online would perhaps be a
bit of an understatement. This site brings together over 300 digital and
analog databases, which include those that deal with marine conditions, lake
cores, seismic reflection, and ecosystems. Visitors can feel free to browse
around in this list of databases via the “Data and Information” tab located
on the top of the site’s homepage, or they can also perform a more detailed
search as well. It is worth noting that there are six featured types of
databases on the homepage, which include solar events, geomagnetic data, and
natural hazards. Additionally, a good way to keep abreast of new materials
on the site is by looking at their “News and Features” area, which profiles
data sets of note. [KMG]

[NOTE: Some pages from this site were previously posted.
SEE ALSO: Educational Resources:
- Phyllis ]


Online Journal of School Mathematics

Since its creation in 2002, the Online Journal of School Mathematics (ON-
Math) has strived to offer high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on teaching
mathematical concepts and principles to a wide range of students and their
varying skill levels. With an editorial panel of eight members, ON-Math
considers submissions on a regular basis, and visitors can view those
articles selected for publication on this site. Visitors to the site can
read a brief introduction to the journal, and then begin by browsing the
contents of the current issue, or just moving on to some of the back issues.
There truly are a number of very fine pieces here, including “Transforming
Spreadsheets into Dynamic Interactive Teaching Tools” from the Winter 2003
issue and “Going Around in Circles: Connecting the Representations” from the
Winter 2004-2005 issue. [KMG]
[NOTE: Free preview of this journal only available until June 2007. – Phyllis ]


The Human Factor

Inspired by “…the courage, industry and intelligence required of the
American working man”, two colleagues from the Harvard Business School
(Donald Davenport and Frank Ayres) sent out a call to leading businesses in
order to develop a visual collection that could be used in the classroom.
During the 1930s, they received over 2,100 photographs that documented “the
human factor” embodied in the interactions between worker and machine.
Recently, the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School created this
online exhibition to showcase a selection of these remarkable images.
Visitors should begin by reading the introductory essay; they should then
proceed to the exhibition, which is divided into nine sections. Each section
begins with a short preface, and then continues on to a sampling of images,
which include workers monitoring massive wheels of Swiss cheese in 1933 and
a photograph of women assembling parts for Philco radios in 1926. Each
photograph can be viewed in great detail, and it is worth noting that the
site also contains an exemplary bibliography. [KMG]


William James

Created by Professor Frank Pajares of Emory University, this site serves as
an omnibus of information about the 19th century philosopher William James.
Visitors only need to scroll down the site to examine all of the materials
available here, which include a detailed chronology of James’ life, an essay
on James’ time at Stanford by Albert Bandura, and of course dozens of essays
and transcribed speeches by James himself. Perhaps one of the best features
on the site is the complete text of James’ much-celebrated work “Talks to
Teachers”. Of course, visitors will also find such favorites as “The
Principles of Psychology” and “The Meaning of Truth”. [KMG]

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


Thurs., Jan. 25, 2007 - Natural Arch Formations / The 8 Planets / WeTheTeachers

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

NATURAL ARCH FORMATION, The Natural Arch and Bridge Society,
(submitted by Virginia Malone, consultant, Hondo, TX), help dispel myths
about natural bridges being the result of wind erosion. Scroll down to
"Relevant Processes of Erosion" for information on how these natural
wonders occur including wall collapse, lateral stream piracy, and wave

[SEE ALSO: Natural Arch Information
From the site:
“…answers to common questions about natural arches. It has been structured so that someone with only a casual interest can get simple answers to basic questions, but also so that someone who wants the details can find them through the magic of hyperlinks. For those who are already familiar with the basics, the menu on the left of each page provides quick access to the reference material that is most often used. Those who want to review the basics, and those who just have a question or two, should begin with the list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).”
From: Natural Arch and Bridge Society - Phyllis ]

THE EIGHT PLANETS, Bill Arnett, (suggested by LeMon F. Baker,
Director Math, Science, Business Arkansas Virtual High School ), take
Bill Arnett`s multimedia tour of the Solar System. `The Eight Planets
are a collection of information about our Solar System intended for a
general audience with little technical background. `
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site and URL updated - Phyllis ]

WE THE TEACHERS TOOLS, WeTheTeachers, (submitted by
Virginia Malone, consultant, Hondo, TX), find a free utility for
creating puzzles, a fairly new site set up for teachers by teachers. It
also contains lesson plans in a specific format or you can search file
cabinets with plans in various formats. You can rate lesson plans and
attach comments. You can also join discussion groups, set up your own
profile, add your own lesson plans, and have your own file cabinet. If
you are a new teacher and cannot afford to join national associations,
this is the site for you. Have questions answered by real expert
teachers. On the other hand, if you are nearing the end of your career,
here is a place to share your expertise.

[SEE ALSO: Lesson Plans (search by resource, subject, and/or grade level) - Phyllis]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Thurs., Jan. 25, 2007 - DNA Testing / Earth Impact Data / Foodborne Illness

Sites found in:

DNA Testing: an Introduction for Non-Scientists
With our criminal justice system relying more and more on science most of
us don't understand, this attempt to explain in layman's language and
diagrams how DNA testing works should be useful (though even this may be
a hard slog for people without science backgrounds).

Earth Impact Database
The Planetary and Space Science Centre at the University of New Brunswick
maintains this catalog of all confirmed meteorite or comet impact
structures worldwide. Entries for each impact include images, maps, and
extensive bibliographies of scientific literature. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Foodborne Illness [Centers for Disease Control]
The CDC "estimates that there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000
deaths related to foodborne diseases each year." Its Frequently Asked
Questions page helps people understand the causes, risks, and ways to
protect themselves and their families.
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Wed., Jan. 24, 2007 - Military Unit Groupings

Site found in:

Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2006

Fast Facts: Modern Ground Combat Force Structure
by, Michael Moran, Executive Editor
Shortened URL:
Classic military unit groupings—from ancient phalanx or hoplite formations to modern armored cavalry regiments—differ greatly in their specialization and size, and from country to country. With the United States military in the midst of a major reorganization—transformation, in the Pentagon’s lingo—here is a basic look at how modern ground, naval, and air units break down in terms of size and tasks.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations


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


Wed., Jan. 24, 2007 - U.S. Civil War Online

US Civil War Online
From the site:
“…provide you with information and insight into the conflict that defined this nation.”
Site includes links to resources and a timeline.


Wed., Jan. 24, 2007 - Jim Crow Museum / Astronaut Selection & Training

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #57 from
November 1, 2006

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
[NOTE: From Librarians' Internet Index:
“Take the virtual tour of the museum or browse through
an array of material presented to "promote racial
tolerance by helping people understand the historical
and contemporary expressions of intolerance." Each
cartoon, caricature, object, and image of African
American stereotypes includes historical background
notes. From Ferris State University, Big Rapids,
Michigan.” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Copyright 2001 by Librarians' Internet Index,


Astronaut selection and training.
[NOTE: Home Page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on our website.


Wed., Jan. 24, 2007 - Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History
From the site:
“Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History represents an effort to trace the African American experience and achievements in the United States and elsewhere.”
Sections: Timeline, Editors' Choice, Biographies, Places & Things, Subject Browse,
Source Documents, Multimedia, Image Gallery, Learning Activities, Internet Guide
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Tues., Jan. 23, 2007 - EcoTopia: Ecology & Environment


Ecology Hall of Fame
From the site: [hyperlinked]
“Dedicated to the heroes of the American environmental movement.”

Environmental Movement Timeline
From the site:
“With links for most of the important events in the history of the American environmental movement.”

Ecology and Environment Links


Tues., Jan. 23, 2007 - Last Best Places

Last Best Places
From the site:
“Last Best Places profiles three of the world's singular eco systems, each the best example of its kind, a flashpoint for debate, and an incredible place to visit.”

Last best places: Into the Blue: Great Barrier Reef
From the site:
“The reef is a most unusual wilderness, and not just because it's underwater, or that it's the largest living structure on Earth, or that it's populated by a parade of improbable animals. It's because it's so robust. At a time when many coral reefs have died off or are in danger of it, the Great Barrier Reef thrives. It is one of the world's last best places: an oceanic ecosystem in its glory.”

Last Best Places: Into the Woods: Tongass National Forest
From the site:
“The Tongass is the largest national forest in the United States, an area of islands and coast as big as West Virginia. Most of it is mountains, glaciers and scrub. But in the valleys, there are the precious trees; one-fourth of the world's remaining temperate rain forest grows there.”

Last Best Places: Into the Earth: The Grand Canyon
From the site:
“Proportion, perception and scale are all knocked out of kilter in the Grand Canyon. In 1540, Garcia Lopez de Cardenas and his party of men became the first Europeans to lay eyes on it. Standing on the rim, they estimated the river in the gorge to be about 6 feet wide, and that the rocks below were as big as men. Cardenas sent three fellow explorers down to the river, thinking they'd be back shortly. They returned at the end of the day, exhausted and bewildered, saying that the rocks were bigger than the cathedral of Seville, and that they didn't even get close to the river.”


Tues., Jan. 23, 2007 - Encyclopedia of Earth / Digital Universe

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006

Encyclopedia of Earth
Record Id: 654772
Created: 2006-10-09 12:48:32
Categories: bioag,physci

A wiki-style Encyclopedia of Earth sciences and environmental
information written and edited by "experts in their fields as judged by
their peers and by their track record of distinguished research,
teaching, writing, training, and public outreach..." Articles may be
searched or browsed by author or topic.

[NOTE: from the Digital Universe portal
Also includes: Earth Portal, Energy Portal, and the Arctic Portal - Phyllis ]


Tues., Jan. 23, 2007 -

Site found on:
URLwire - News of Useful, Unique and Educational Web Content
Mon, 18 Sep 2006

Geology, Geography and Earth Science Resources for Students and Teachers at
From announcement:
“Students and teachers looking for help with geology, geography and
earth science lessons can now find a geology dictionary, printable
geologic time scale, printable mineral identification chart, reference
maps and satellite images for 50 US states and 100 counties at”
Complete review at

Monday, January 22, 2007


Mon., Jan. 22, 2007 - Solar Eclipses / Play & Learn (NASA) / Online on Alert

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

SOLAR ECLIPSES: WHY ECLIPSES HAPPEN, BBC, find a succinct guide on
the origin and types of solar eclipses.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]


PLAY & LEARN, NASA, (suggested by Theresa Schwerin, IGES), Play and
Learn is a new category of online resources available in the education
section of This section contains fun and engaging education
supplements. The items can be printed for instructional use, game time,
or just to make learning more fun.
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
From menu on left, select K-4, 5-8, 9-12, Post Secondary or Informal, and then
chose from Features, Contacts, Internet, Learning, or Multimedia Resources- Phyllis ]


Online, On Alert, Edutopia, (suggested by Virginia Malone,
educational consultant), "Heard about the pine-tree-loving Pacific
Northwest tree octopus? Or the great California Velcro shortage of
1993? They must be true -- Web sites confirm both. Welcome to the
pseudoscience (OK, outright lies) of the online world."
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: previously posted. Magazine subscriptions are free.
Link at bottom of page. - Phyllis- ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Mon., Jan. 22, 2007 - NASA Kids' Club / NASA Center for Distance Learning / NASA's Video Project

Kids’ Club
Updates on current events and educational interactive games and activities.

Part of: NASA: Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Through this NASA website, kids will enjoy learning about astronomy through
fun games, articles, and activities. Through online storybooks, users can
learn about ancient sundials and our sun. The website offers matching games,
a short video about Earth's daily cycle, and crossword puzzles. Students can
learn how to make sundials, models of planets, solar oven, and many other
space science-related tools and phenomena. The website furnishes links to
kids' websites for many of NASA's missions, where users can find numerous
additional activities, interesting stories, and fun facts. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2005.


NASA Center for Distance Learning
From the site:
“When you think NASA, you probably think about space exploration. NASA also works with educators to help them teach science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to their students. NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, develops FREE, educational, multimedia programs that enhance grade K-16 curriculums.”

NASA's Video Project
From the site:
“Welcome to NASA's Video Project, an online collection of videos produced by NASA's Center for Distance Learning.”

NASA KSNN - NASA Kids Science News Network
Grades K-2 -
Select series, subject, question, and then “video” (other choice: activities)
Grades 3-5 -
Select series, subject, question, and then “video” (other choices: glossary, activities, resources and quiz)

Noticiencias NASA - (Grades K-5) Noticiencias NASA is a Spanish-language research-, inquiry-, standards-, and teacher-based, technology-focused educational program that uses the Internet, animation, and video to introduce young Latinos to the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
View video online:

NASA SCI Files – (Grades 3-5)
Some Episodes and Guides:
View video online:

NASA CONNECT - (Grades 6-8) Series of Emmy®-award-winning, math-focused programs. Each program supports national standards and has three components that include (1) a 30-minute television broadcast; (2) an educator's guide; and (3) an online activity.
Some Episodes and Guides:
View video online:

NASA's Destination Tomorrow - (Grades 9-18, Adults) Series of 30-minute programs that focus on NASA research. Each exciting program gives the audience an inside look at NASA and demonstrates how research and technology relates to our everyday lives.
View video online:


Mon., Jan. 22, 2007 - Analyze Math / Online Conservtory / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 27, 2006
Volume 12, Number 43

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Analyze Math

Developed by Dr. Abdelkader Dendane, a lecturer at the United Arab Emirates
University, the Analyze Math website is designed to provide curious minds
with access to in-depth tutorials on such topics as logarithmic functions,
systems of linear equations, and calculus. The site also covers materials
from the fields of trigonometry and the sometimes vexing field of
statistics. Utilizing Java applets, the different sections allow for
interactive explorations of these areas of interest, and visitors just need
to scroll down through the homepage to find the subject they are having
difficulty understanding. The site’s layout is fairly self-explanatory, and
with the use of a projection device, materials from this site could be put
to good use in the classroom. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Online Conservatory [Macromedia Flash Player]

Since its earliest days, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has done a splendid
job of reaching out to the public beyond its august surroundings along
Massachusetts Avenue inside of the lovely Symphony Hall. Several years ago,
they teamed up with Northeastern University to create the Online
Conservatory. Each interactive feature is based on a series of concerts
given by the Orchestra, and for each one, visitors can hear excerpts from
the score, and learn about the musical structure and compositional style of
each work. There are a number of interesting pairings here, including one
concert that brought together performances of John Cage’s “The Seasons” and
Benjamin Britten’s masterful “Four Sea Interludes” from his opera, “Peter
Grimes”. After a few visits to this site, visitors may find that they are
comfortable discussing the differences between Stravinsky and Shostakovich.
[NOTE: Includes biographies and historical context. previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter [Quick Time]

Humans have been to the moon numerous times, but the United States is
gearing up to do so again with the creation of the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter (LRO) mission. With a launch date of October 31, 2008, the goal of
the LRO is to obtain “data that will facilitate returning humans safely to
the Moon and enable extended stays.” On this site, visitors can learn all of
the excellent details about the mission. The site includes a timeline of
scheduled events, the particulars about the spacecraft and its instruments,
and a wide range of multimedia files and images. In keeping with NASA’s high
video standards, there are a number of rather remarkable short films here,
including one that shows the LRO orbiting the moon. [KMG]

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



Mon., Jan. 22, 2007 - NASA Resources

NASA Resources
An extensive list of links to NASA sites

From: The Innovative Teaching Newsletteer
Volume 9, Issue 2 - October 2006
presented by
Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Sun., Jan. 21, 2007 - Regional Indicators Website: Social & Economic Indicators

Regional Indicators Website
From the site:
“Social and economic conditions vary from region to region and from rural to urban areas…This website provides indicators related to population characteristics, income and poverty, employment, family and kids, and education. The data come from two major sources: the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)…Click on "About this site" to learn how to use the data on this website or go directly to "Indicators for regions" to view maps and tables or to download data.” Results can be viewed in either map or data table format.


Sun., Jan. 21, 2007 - MSNBC: Made in the U.S.A.

MSNBC: Made in the U.S.A.
Population by state shown graphically on map includes racial breakdown.
Tab at bottom for “Race info”

Click Previous or Next buttons to change decade or
select decade from timeline at bottom of map (1770 to the estimated 2010).
Above the decades menu are tabs for brief explanations of the historical era.


Sun., Jan. 21, 2007 - World Population Honeycomb Map

World Population Honeycomb Map

Map shows relative population, geographic area, and density of countries.

From the “Need Help?” page:
“Each square in the Honeycomb map is a country.
Group, Size, & Color
You can view country details by moving your mouse over the map. Clicking on a country allows you view detailed information and to launch its page at Wikipedia.

From the site: A Brief Explanation
“Population, population density, and geographic area estimates used in this map are taken from the CIA Factbook 2004 ( ), a wonderful public domain source of information.

There are 191 United Nations member states depicted in the map. Also included are Taiwan, Vatican City, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

As we have likely made a great number of typographical errors in entering the information, we encourage you to take this data with more than a grain of salt.” <<<>>>


Sun., Jan. 21, 2007 - International Data Base: Population Pyramids

International Data Base (IDB)
From the site:
“The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized source of demographic and socioeconomic statistics for 228 countries and areas of the world.” Note: Data updated 08-24-2006

One of the data sets:

IDB Population Pyramids
From the site:
“This page allows you to obtain population pyramids (graphs that show the distribution of population by age and sex) for one country. Note: Data updated 08-24-2006.”
Select Dynamic Output for an interesting display.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

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