Saturday, March 24, 2007


Sat., March 24, 2007 - My Free Calendar Maker

My Free Calendar Maker

This site offers a great free calendar service. It lets you generate
calendars by year, week, month, or daily, and print them out for free.


Sat., March 24, 2007 - Click-A-Story (TumbleBooks)

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Hi! It's Wednesday, Jan. 10, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Site:

Age Range: 5-12 (Grade Range: K-7)

MaryAnna discovered this gem -- the website of the San Mateo County Library
in California. When you click on the url, it redirects you to the TumbleBook
Library, an online collection of animated, talking picture books (many by
beloved children's authors) that teach young children the joys of reading.
The SMC library is associated with TumbleBook making access to their website
free for visitors to the library's website. Wait for the redirect (it takes
less than a minute), and a new page opens with a menu of books and games.
Double click on the menu items to open a selection of resources that

*Story Books: This is perfect for pre-readers and beginning readers! Of
course nothing can replace cuddling with your child and reading aloud to him
or her. But for those times when you can't, this website does the trick!
Your child can learn to follow along easily with the clear, highlighted
text. The illustrations are engagingly animated, but not so much so as to
distract the child's attention from the printed words. The read-along books
are listed in alphabetical order by author. Most of the titles are new,
although you can also find classics such as "Old Mother Hubbard." Plot
summaries and grade ranges are given, and some also provide an indication of
how much time they take. (Watch for the words "Read on Your Own Book;" a
small minority of the books in this section do not have audio narration.) At
least one narrator is the book's actual author, and other narrators have
very pleasant and clear speech. See if you can find the one narrated by
Whoopi Goldberg! :)

*Tumble Readables: For your independent readers, several classics are
available online, including "The Adventures of Pinocchio," "Alice in
Wonderland," "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," "Heidi," "The Jungle Book,"
"Little Women," "Peter Pan," "The Wizard of Oz," and more! The larger-print
format of these books makes them very pleasant reading, and there is also
the convenient option of automatic page turns after a set number of seconds.

*Life Learning: These story books teach about health, safety, tolerance, and
more! Don't miss the version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which Granny
teaches Little Red a thing or two about cyber safety. :)

*Audio Books: A short selection of classic children's literature all in
audio book format complete with narration, music, and wonderful
illustrations. You'll find Aesop's Fables, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Black
Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and more.

*Puzzles and Games: These correlate directly with the titles on this website
and are ordered accordingly. Test your vocabulary, retention, spelling, and

*Language Learning: Read along or independently in French, Spanish, Russian,
traditional Chinese characters, and Italian! Some of the foreign-language
stories have audio provided or allow you to read them in one language and
then in another; great for learning new languages! :)

*My Favorites: Keep track of your favorite stories (by means of cookies
saved onto your computer.)

Click on "Index," in the silver bar near the top of the screen, to see a
complete list of titles, including many more advanced read-alones for older

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, 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.


Sat., March 24, 2007 - Sheppard Software: Some free for teachers

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Hi! It's Thursday, November 16, 2006 and time for Social Sciences at


Recommended Website:
Sheppard Software

Age Range: Depends. :) While the site is clearly designed with elementary
through high school students in mind, I didn't see recommended age/grade
ranges posted. For the social sciences section -- I would estimate age 9 and
up (or grades 4-12). However, other sections of this site (animals, for
example) has info and pictures some preschoolers will enjoy. Best Bet: Use
your own discretion based on your child's interests, needs, and abilities.

MaryAnna should get an award for discovering today's website! Between the
two of us, we have tried to explain what you will find here -- but words
simply don't do it justice. I have never seen anything quite like it.
MaryAnna said, that from its name, this might sound like a commercial
website, but that's not what it is at all. It is a comprehensive geography
and social studies resource -- and much more. In fact, as you read this
review you will discover that this website offers free supplemental games
and activities for learning every subject required by national curriculum
standards. According to the designers, the site was created to exercise
players' brains by providing educational games with sound and visual effects
to make learning fun and more memorable, and with many difficulty levels so
that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
Just take a look at all you can learn...

When you get to the website, on the home page you will see an icon menu in
the center screen -- more about that in a minute. You will also see:

*Popular Games (upper left column) -- a list of featured geography games
that site visitors enjoy playing.

*Fact of the Day" (upper right column) -- provides one interesting fact
about a country. Get a new fact each time you refresh the page.

Back to the icon MENU...

Click on any continent or region and a new page opens allowing you to access
lots of interactive games for identifying and locating capitals, countries,
and geographical features. There are several levels of play, so you can
start with "Beginning" and work your way up to "Advanced". As you do the
activities, the names of countries and cities are pronounced out loud (turn
your speakers on) -- and several paragraphs of further reading will be
displayed on the screen for those who wish to learn more. On most of these
pages you will see:

1) Download A Free Blank Map -- Print out a blank map of Asia (for example)
and let students fill in the names of countries on that continent. Students
may enjoy coloring the maps too.

2) Info (left column): Click on the name of a country or state in this
column and it provides a "snapshot" that includes a regional map and
detailed information courtesy of the CIA factbook.

3) Fact of the Day (upper right column): Learn one interesting fact about
the selected continent or region. Get a new fact each time you refresh the

4) Fascinating Facts (lower right column): There are four categories of
basic facts here -- Geography, History, Ecology, and Culture. As you select
a category, you will see - in a nutshell - the most basic facts that you
would need to know about this region. Click on the text of any of the basic
facts, and a new page will open with much more detailed information in a
very clean and readable format. This kind of presentation lends itself very
well to informed exploration; the overview is there, the most crucial points
are clearly delineated, yet considerable detail is also easily accessed as

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!! At the very top of any page, you will notice a MENU
BAR with several other academic subjects:


Click on any one to access interactive games and activities, information and
resources specific to each topic -- all designed in a similar way to the
geography/social sciences section of the site that we reviewed above. We
could literally feature each of these sections in a separate review -- there
is THAT MUCH valuable content!

WANT EVEN MORE? Click on "Free For Teachers" on the menu bar at the bottom
of any page to download registered versions of this company's educational
software programs completely free to teachers, schools, and homeschools.
Software includes:

-World Geography Games
-SAT/GRE Crash Course
-College Admissions Predictor
-Brain Builder: Math Edition (age 4-12)
-License Plate Math: (grades 6+)
-Algebra: One on One (4th grade and up)
-Math Function Mania
-Prime Time Math (grades 7+)

This site is a treasure trove for learning and gets a ClickSchooling Award
for excellence! Bookmark it and return often!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sat., March 24, 2007 - CoffeeCup Educational Software / Dream in Color / Plagiarism Checker

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
January 21, 2007

Sites to Check Out:

Coffee Cup Educational Software
Coffee Cup is offering five applications to schools free of charge.
They include a Web site designer, a calendar, a news feed,
a form builder, and a photo gallery.

Dream in Color
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Site includes an interview with Maya Angelou; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 Poetry lesson plans and resources; and biographies and poems by 9 African-American poets (includes audio of some of the poets reading their poems.) – Phyllis ]

Plagiarism Checker
Are you suspicious about a passage in a student paper? This tool can help you determine whether it originally came from a Web resource.

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher.

Friday, March 23, 2007


Fri., March 23,2 007 - From The Scout Report, Jan. 19. 2007

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
January 19, 2007
Volume 13, Number 2
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:
Shortened URL:

Hearing America: A Century of Music on the Radio [QuickTime]
Shortened URL:

As one of the lyrics by the Brothers Gershwin goes: “They told
Marconi/wireless was a phony.” Of course, the wireless world of the radio
and its galaxy of musical choices has changed from the transmission of mere
Morse code in its early decades to today’s overwhelming choices afforded by
different satellite radio companies. This recent documentary by the American
RadioWorks program explores the history of American radio, and how it has
been the site of many a cultural battle over the past ten decades. This site
allows users to listen to the entire program, and it also includes a number
of nice web features. These include maps that chart the growth of AM and FM
stations from 1922 through 2006 and some engaging essays, such as “Radio
Fights Jim Crow” and “Sex, Race and Rock & Roll”. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other documentaries from
previously posted. For a complete list of documentaries by date:
List by categories: America Health History Justice World
Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

Women Physicians, 1850s-1970s

For many decades, women who sought to become doctors were turned away at
many institutions. This was not the case at the Woman’s Medical College of
Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1850 the school trained thousands of women
physicians who would later go on to teach in a diverse set of countries
across the world. The story of these women and this institution is told in
great detail through a set of primary documents on this website. Created by
the Drexel University College of Medicine, this digital collection provides
access to over 27,000 pages of materials. While visitors are free to use the
search engine to locate specific items, they may do well by beginning their
journey here by looking at one of the five thematic subject areas offered
here. They include “Student Life”, “Missionary Work & Public Health”, and
“Early College Years”. The “Early College Years” is quite a pip, as visitors
can browse the materials by date range or by format, such as diaries,
booklets, and satires. [KMG]


Research Channel [Windows Media Player]

It’s quite a hike to listen to a lecture at Princeton and then take a long
plane ride (or an even longer journey on a cruise ship) over to the
University of Hawaii to hear a talk on globalization in the Pacific Rim.
Never fear, gentle reader, as the Research Channel website is here. The
Research Channel organization has been in existence since 1996, and with
over 70 participating members, they have created this website to provide
access to a prodigious array of talks, conferences, lectures, and so on.
Visitors to the site can go ahead and get their feet wet by just joining
their programming in progress at the “Now Playing” link, or they can look
over some of their 3000 titles currently available for viewing. If all of
this seems a bit overwhelming, one can just take a look at some of their
newer programs, which have included presentations from Texas A&M University
on using general chemistry principles and a talk by the Nigerian ambassador
to the United States on oil production and drug trafficking. Finally,
visitors can also sign up to receive their monthly electronic newsletter,
“Think Forward!” [KMG]
[NOTE: Includes a section on K-12 and Education:
Shortened URL:
Other sections: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Computer Science and Engineering,
Health and Medicine, Sciences, Social Sciences - Phyllis ]


Mark Twain’s Mississippi [RealPlayer]

In a very real way, Samuel Clemens cut his teeth on the Mississippi River as
an apprentice steamboat captain in the late 1850s. Years later he would draw
on these experiences for a number of the works he would write under the
name, “Mark Twain”. This multimedia website created at Northern Illinois
University explores his time in and around Big Muddy through a number of
interactive maps, historic images, and audio content. By clicking on the
“Twain’s Life and Works” section, visitors can read a number of essays
written by Gregg Camfield of the University of the Pacific on such topics as
the economic importance of the river during Twain’s life, as well as other
pieces on related topics. Moving along, visitors can perform detailed
searches across the entire database and also listen to songs from the
period, such as “Steamboat Bill”. [KMG]


Buffalo Bill Historical Center

As a member of the Museums West consortium, the Buffalo Bill Historical
Center is itself comprised of five separate museums, including the Buffalo
Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum. For
those who may not be able to make it to their location in northeastern
Wyoming, there are a number of online features that will provide as a
suitable substitute for the actual experience of being there. Visitors can
feel free to browse the online guide to their research library, and they
will most certainly want to look at some of the online exhibits. Some of
these online exhibits include features on Buffalo Bill himself, and others
(such as those within the Cody Firearms Museum section) feature information
on Winchester collectibles and firearms-related sayings. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.


Fri., March 23, 2007 - Yamaha: Music Pal

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Hi! It's Friday, January 19, 2007 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Yamaha: Music Pal

Yamaha sponsors this terrific website that ANYONE who has an interest in
Wind Instruments will enjoy. It includes factory tours that explain how
various Wind Instruments are manufactured, wonderful advice for beginners on
how to play an instrument, and explicit instructions on how to take care of
an instrument. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes
three sections:

I. Musical Instruments Factory Tour

Choose from 5 different factory tours composed of photographs, illustrations
and text that include:

-Trumpet Factory Tour
-Horn Factory Tour
-Saxophone Factory Tour
-Clarinet Factory Tour
-Flute Factory Tour

Click on any one and a new page opens with a "map" of the manufacturing
process. Click on the word "Start" to take the entire tour from design of an
instrument to assembly and finishing. You can also click on any part of the
manufacturing process and go directly to that section of the tour. Below the
"map" you will see a picture of the instrument. You can click on parts of
the instrument to find out how it is made as well. Below the illustration of
the instrument, you'll see "Q&A." Click on that to learn more about the

II. Advice For Playing Wind Instruments

Friendly animal hosts guide children through learning how to play a trumpet,
flute, trombone, and clarinet. Click on any one, and a new page opens with a
menu that includes instruction in topics such as:

-How to put the instrument together
-How to use the mouthpiece and blow into the instrument.
-How to hold the instrument.
-How to use your fingers on the instrument.
-How to play a song.
-How to take care of the instrument.
-Encouraging advice for beginners.

You can even listen to audio files to hear how the instrument sounds as it
plays a particular song.

III. Caring For Your Instrument

Get detailed instructions with illustrations that explain every part of the
instrument, how to assemble it, and how to clean and maintain it.

If your children have any interest in learning to play a Wind Instrument --
bookmark this site to return often.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, 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.


Fri., March 23, 2007 - Composers Biography Online / Music Dictionary Online

Composers Biography Online
From the site:
“It has been made more useful by providing links to supplementary material from a number of valuable non-Dolmetsch websites.”

Music Dictionary Online
From the site:
“Our selection of specialist terms include words and phrases taken from a large number of related fields including classical and modern dance, art, poetry, drama, cultural philosophy (including aesthetics), education (particularly as it applies to music), music history, physics, the physiology and psychology of sound and music, music technology, musical instrument manufacture, some notable works and important non-composer figures in music.

We have also added many terms associated with world music traditions, jazz, rock, pop and related musical genres.”


Fri., March 23, 2007 - AMEX: The Carter Family / The Ocean's Animals

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: March 25 - 31, 2007

American Experience
The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, March 26, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
Tune in for this bittersweet story of the influential musical
pioneers whose songs and style laid the foundations for
American folk, country and bluegrass music. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Use our online teacher's guide to get ideas on how to use this
film to teach the Great Depression.
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Journey to Planet Earth
The State of the Ocean’s Animals
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Join host Matt Damon as "State of the Ocean's Animals" takes a
hard look at the future of our watery natural world: the
beauty, the incredible animals and the dangers that threaten
them. (CC, Stereo, 1 year from OB)

Download our lesson plan in which students explore the reasons
why ocean animals are becoming threatened and discover steps
people are taking to protect ocean animals.

[NOTE: Other programs from this series previously posted.

See Also:
Country Profiles


Educational Resources

Internet Resources

- Phyllis ]

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

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News from American Experience

In this issue:


Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Before she was June Carter Cash, she was the daughter of one of
Nashville's most famous and popular families -- a family whose
melodies created the roots of American music. The Carter Family's
songs and style remain the most copied in folk and country music
and have influenced artists across all genres. Their songs have
been performed and recorded by America's best known, most popular
musicians: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris,
Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, and Sheryl Crow, among others.

This hour-long documentary by Emmy Award-winning producer Kathy
Conkwright explores the lives of A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter,
starting with their childhood in Poor Valley, Virginia, and
following their story through the early 1940s, when they stopped
playing and recording together. The film features rarely seen
family photographs, memorabilia, and archival footage that
chronicles the life and music of this famous and influential



The Carter Songbook

Listen to contemporary artists perform some of the Carters'
biggest hits.

Three Generations

Explore the contributions to American music from three
generations of Carters.

Carter Family Album

Browse this gallery of photos of the original Carters and their

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Thurs., March 22, 2007 - The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, December 8, 2006 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Take a virtual field trip to the world's only known well-preserved
prehistoric cave drawings! There is much to be discovered at this remarkable
website that ClickSchooling editor, MaryAnna, reviewed...

For example, animals depicted on the walls of the cave astonished
scientists, who had no other record that these species existed at that
particular time in history. The cave will never be open to the public,
because a variation in temperature of even one thousandth of a degree could
cause these paintings to begin to deteriorate. Only a very select group of
scientists and artists are being allowed to enter, slowly and painstakingly
exploring, documenting, and analyzing the paintings, bones, and other
evidence within the cave, much of which they estimate to be about 32,000
years old. The virtual tour of this cave is available in French, English,
and Spanish, so that all of us to whom access is forbidden, can see and
appreciate the wonders that it contains! (The French government is planning
to keep this website updated as new discoveries are made.)

To begin your journey, click the small square at the bottom right of the
page, which says, "Visit the Cave." Once there, you will see a map marked
with small red and green dots. Click any dot to see a picture and
description of what can be found in that part of the cave. Be sure to click
on the small yellow squares on each picture to get a closer look! If you are
unable to access the very first red dot, use the back arrow at the bottom of
the following picture to backtrack to the beginning of the tour. (The little
red prism near each dot is meant to indicate the angle at which each
photograph was taken.)

After you have completed the tour, the little house in the top left corner
of the screen will take you back to the home page, from which the curious
can explore many articles about the discovery, authentication, and
preservation of this amazing cave, the significance of its drawings,
first-hand accounts of privileged visitors (artists, poets, dignitaries,
etc.), and even the legal battles involved in its procurement. :)

And now for a hidden gem: Click on the small gold coin at the bottom left of
the screen to access several more archaeological tours of the wonders of
France, including tours of Gaul and ancient Roman Paris. The most
recently-added virtual tour even has remarkably clear narration in French
Sign Language! (To access that one, you will need to click "Francais,"
select the photo marked "Nouveau," then select "Langue des Signes.")

Mary Anna Cashmore
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.


Thurs., March 22, 2007 - Anatomy Atlases / The Brain / / History of Psychology

Sites found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007

Anatomy Atlases : A Digital Library of Anatomy Information
Record Id: 655883
Created: 2007-01-04 16:51:32
Categories: bioag

The Anatomy Atlases website provides access to a fulltext digital
library of human anatomy information for patients, students and
providers, as well as links to other medical, digital libraries.

The Brain : Teaching Modules
Record Id: 655880
Created: 2007-01-03 16:07:32
Categories: bioag,liberal

Annenberg Media provides free video teaching modules on the brain for
college and high school classrooms and adult learners. The modules vary
from 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be accessed after a brief
registration process. Access is also provided for related resources:

The Mind: Teaching Modules
Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
The World of Abnormal Psychology
The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years

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

Record Id: 655878
Created: 2007-01-02 17:23:32
Categories: liberal

Anthro.Net is a collection of links to anthropology resources available
on the Internet, including archaeology, linguistics, cultural
anthropology, and physical anthropology.

The History of Psychology : Links to Primary Source E-Texts on the Web
Record Id: 655870
Created: 2006-12-29 12:57:32
Categories: liberal

This site provides a collection of links to online versions of the
canonical works of psychology from earliest times to the early twentieth
century. It is divided into general links and the following subject

Ancient Times
The Christian Era
The Renaissance
The Enlightenment
Modern American
Modern British
Modern European


Thurs., March 22, 2007 - Mughal India

-------Forwarded Message-------
It's Thursday, January 4, 2006 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Mughal India
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Age Range: 10 and up, with flexibility (younger children may enjoy some of
the interactive aspects of the site)

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it
encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit
to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum. When you get to
the site, you'll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the
items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an
item to access the contents including:

*Bookcase -- Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed
it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be
sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all
about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click
the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump
to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While
you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a
bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go
back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always
click on the word "Home" at the bottom of the screen to return to the
virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced
by page 11. But that doesn't detract much from the story; just insert the
words "ruling briefly," turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to
plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden
inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about

*Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) -- Coins reveal a lot
about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit
about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this
cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors,
politics, and more! Helpful Hint: click the knob at the bottom of the
drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.

*Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) -- Try your
hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some
of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine
the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each
time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.

*Terrapin (jade turtle) -- Learn about this remarkable treasure and then
take the Terrapin Challenge -- try to identify its species!

*Globe -- Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries
of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual
classroom. Don't miss the information stored in the "file cabinets" or the
"art chest drawer" (located under the terrapin). Check out the date
calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

*DON'T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard
on the table!

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site
to return again.

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, 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.


Thurs., March 22, 2007 - Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, December 14, 2006 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Websites:
The British Museum: Ancient Civilizations
(See Individual Website URLs Below)

Age Range: 9-17 (None was given, but it seems appropriate for those in
grades 4-12.)

This extraordinarily set of websites from the British Museum allows you to
explore three ancient civilizations. MaryAnna discovered these sites and
prepared a review that includes:

Ancient Egypt
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification,
Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

Ancient India
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley.
There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as
an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the
history of India through the ages.

Learn about ancient China:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there
is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese
writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen
opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens
with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or

*Story -- Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by
pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the
section on Buddha, the story begins, "There was once a king named
Suddhodana..." These are well-written and engaging and the
photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment!
Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small
new pop-up windows.

*Explore -- Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of
the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture
and topic you select.

*Challenge -- Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what
you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don't miss it! This is where you can
get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print
out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return
to explore each one as time permits.

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Wed., March 21, 2007 - Webcast: Teaching about the Military in US History

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Foreign Policy Research Institute
Subject: Webcast: Teaching about the Military in US History

"Teaching about the Military in US History" is the
subject of a webcast produced by the Foreign Policy
Research Institute and the Cantigny First Division

The March 24-25 webcast is free and open to the public
but online registration is required in advance for
each of two parts of the webcast. Online
participants will be able to participate in Q&A.

The agenda appears below.


A History Institute for Teachers

March 24-25, 2007

All times listed are Central Daylight Time

To register for Saturday's webcast go to:

Saturday, March 24, 2007
All times listed are Central Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

11: 05 a.m. War and the Military in American History

Walter A. McDougall, Co-chair, FPRI History Institute for Teachers,
and the Alloy Ansin Professor of International Relations,
University of Pennsylvania
Author of Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American
History, 1585-1828 (HarperCollins, 2004)

12:15 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. Teaching about the Military: The Basics

Paul Herbert, Ph.D., Colonel, US Army ( Ret.),
Executive Director, Cantigny First Division Foundation

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Teaching the Classics: What Americans Can Learn
from Herodotus and Thucydides

Paul Rahe, Jay P. Walker Professor of American History,
University of Tulsa

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Understanding the Creation of the U.S. Armed Forces

Peter Maslowski, Professor of History, University of

5:15 p.m. End of Saturday's webcast

To register for Saturday's webcast go to:

To register for Sunday's webcast go to:

Sunday, March 25, 2007
All times listed are Central Daylight Time

8:30 a.m. The Social Dimensions of the U.S. Civil War

Mark Grimsley, Associate Professor of History, Ohio State
Author of The Virginia Campaign: May-June 1864 (University
of Nebraska Press, 2002)

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. WWII and Its Meaning for Americans

David Eisenhower, Co-Chair, FPRI History Institute for
Author of Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945 (Random House, 1986)

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. The U.S. and Unconventional War

Brian McAllister Linn, Professor of History, Texas A & M

12:30 p.m. End of Sunday's webcast

To register for Sunday's webcast go to:

All the lectures above -- PLUS the keynote by Rick Atkinson,
author of In the Company of Soldiers and The Army at Dawn --
will be posted on our website shortly after the event. Go
to .

Chaired by David Eisenhower and Walter A. McDougall, FPRI's
History Institute for Teachers is supported by major funding
from the Annenberg Foundation.


Wed., March 21, 2007 - Digital History Reader: U.S. & Modern European History

Digital History Reader
From the site:
“The Digital History Reader is made up of two components: “United States History,” which provides materials covering important themes and issues in United States history from the colonial era to the present, and “Modern Europe in a Global Context,” which provides materials exploring links between European and world history in the late nineteenth and twentieth century.”

“Modules on American and European history that explore such topics as
slavery, the labor movement, industrialization, women's rights, civil
rights, World War II, and immigration. Each module includes primary
source materials, lesson plans and activities, and resources.”
[NOTE: One of the modules previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Wed., March 21, 2007 - Hazing

Investigative Reports: Hazing: A Deadly Game
A&E, April 4, 4am ET/PT,
From the site:
“This episode of Investigative Reports looks at the serious and sometimes fatal practice of hazing. Hazing: A Deadly Game would be useful for classes on Education, American Culture and Society, Law and Justice, and Ethics. It is appropriate for middle school and high school.”


High School Hazing Page: A Chronology of Selected Incidents,
1905-2006 (2003-2006 under construction)

Hazing Blog – current!
“I've put up a blog with some of the more recent junior high and high school-age hazings.”

Map of Hazing Deaths!106
Shortened URL:


Sports Hazing Incidents
“Online article lists 68 alleged and confirmed
hazing incidents on high school, college, and
professional levels.”

---- Educating to Eliminate Hazing
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Wed., March 21, 2007 - From ResourceShelf, Jan. 12-18, 2007

Sites found in:
January 12-18, 2007


GPO Federal Depository Library Offers First-Ever Digital Collection Of Civil Rights Documents

New from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland (GPO Depository Library):

From the GPO announcement:
As the Nation pauses to remember the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) teams up with the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) and the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law, to provide the American public a website of authentic Civil Rights historical publications.

“GPO is honored to be participating in this project,” said Judith Russell, Superintendent of Documents. “This is an example of GPO’s mission to improve service to the public and assure permanent access to digital collections.”

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library, which is a GPO Federal Depository Library, has been scanning hundreds of historical Civil Rights publications to make this digital collection possible. These documents are provided by USCCR. With a couple strokes of the keyboard, Americans can access Civil Rights documents such as The Civil Rights Act. These documents are accessible at:

Access content by: Title Date Subject Sudoc Numbers.


U.K.: New Database: Records of British emigration to destinations across the globe go online for the first time

Records of British emigration to destinations across the globe go online for the first time

Historical UK ship passenger records available online for the first time

From today everybody will be able to access the first comprehensive database of passenger lists from ships departing the UK on long-distance voyages to destinations including North America, Australia, India and South Africa between 1890 and 1960

This new online resource has been developed by one of the leading UK-based family history websites in association with The National Archives. The passenger record series BT 27 covering 1890 – 1899 will go live from today, followed by the remaining decades between 1900 and 1960 over the next six months.

The database will enable would-be genealogists and family historians alike to view digitized images of the original ship passenger records online, which contain over 1.5 million pages, listing the 30 million passengers who traveled on long-distance journeys from UK ports.
Shortened URL:


Special Collections from FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)

Included in this directory of 1,500 “federally supported teaching and learning resources,” are 4 special collections.

+ Brown v. Board of Education
Shortened URL:
+ Lewis and Clark
Shortened URL:
+ Financial Literacy
Shortened URL:


New Online Exhibit from Chicago’s Newberry Library:
Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country Comes Alive on the Web

From the announcement:

“The much-lauded Newberry Library fall 2006 exhibition, Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: 200 Years of American History, closed its physical doors a year ago but left open a window. Developed in conjunction with the exhibition’s curators and staff from the Newberry Library, the exhibition’s companion Web site is now available online at

“People who were unable to come to Chicago for the exhibition or people who would like to spend more time exploring the subject can visit the world of Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country from their homes or schools,” explained Riva Feshbach, exhibits manager at the Newberry. “It is exciting to be able to provide a way for the public to remain involved with the topic long after the physical exhibition has closed.”

Direct to Online Exhibition Web Site

Source: Newberry Library


The Best and Worst Statements of 2006

With the statement “There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet,” Libya’s Muammar Gadaffi has produced the worst statement globally of 2006, according to StatementBank, an international association of spokespersons that evaluated last year’s statements worldwide.

Italy’s former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi came in second with “I am the Jesus Christ of politics.” ENRON’s former CEO Jeffrey Skilling was also on the list, claiming “Our stockholders and our owners knew exactly what they needed to know.”

Bush wins

President George W. Bush is honored with last year’s best statement with:

“I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.” Barney is the President’s dog. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in response to George W. Bush’s comment that Russia should emulate democracy in Iraq, ranked second with “We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq.”

Source: StatementBank:


A Collection of Web Resources For Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2007
Shortened URL:


The World Almanac Blog Offers “This Day in History” Info
Shortened URL:
That reference classic, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, has launched a blog. One feature that might be of interest to some of you, appears daily, and is titled, “This Day in History.”

Source: The World Almanac


From Docuticker:
Bullying and the Gifted: Victims, Perpetrators, Prevalence, and Effects (PDF; 260 KB)
Source: Gifted Child Quarterly
Shortened URL:
“Gifted eighth graders (N = 432) in 11 U.S. states participated in a retrospective national study that explored the prevalence and effects of being bullied and being a bully during kindergarten through grade 8. No significant differences were found related to size of city, race/ethnicity, and geographical region in terms of either being bullied or being a bully. Sixty-seven percent of all participants had experienced at least 1 of 13 kinds of bullying listed on the survey, more in grade 6 than in other grades, and 11% had experienced repeated bullying. Name-calling and teasing about appearance were the most common kinds of bullying, and the latter was among several kinds of bullying significantly related to emotional impact. In grade 8, 16% were bullies, and 29% had violent thoughts. At all grade levels, a larger percentage of males than females were bullied, were bullied more than 10 times, and were bullies.”

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Tues., March 20, 2007 - Computer Literacy 101

Computer Literacy 101

Topics include: Computer Basics, Working with Windows, Working with Words, Working with Numbers, Working with the Web, Working with Presentations, and Working with Databases
Most topics are available in both English and Spanish.


Tues., March 20, 2007 - Cutting Edge Tools for School Leaders / Using Flickr in the Classroom

Sites found in:
InfoBytes Newsletter
January 18, 2007

Cutting Edge Tools for School Leaders
Shortened URL:
David Jakes describes the five tech tools which have changed the nature of Web publishing.
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasting, Flickr, and and Furl.

Using Flickr in the Classroom
Using Flickr in the Classroom which explains how Flickr provides an excellent way to enhance visual literacy skills.


Tues., March 20, 2007 - What is Web 2.0? / Tagging

What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education [JISC]

Source: Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
“The mission of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is to provide world-class leadership in the innovative use of Information and Communications Technology to support education and research.”


Pew Internet & American Life Project
28% of Online Americans Have Used the Internet to Tag Content
Forget Dewey and His Decimals, Internet Users are Revolutionizing the Way We
Classify Information – and Make Sense of It


Tues., March 20, 2007 - Why Wiki?

Why Wiki?
From the site:
“A Wiki is a website which visitors can modify. Wikipedia, an open encyclopedia, has become a very popular research site in recent years. This online video course will introduce you to the benefits and disadvantages of the new and controversial publication format.”

» Part One - Introduction (28:39)
Start here to get an overview of how Wikis work and how to use Wikipedia. This section includes a guided tour of some articles which have been produced by the Wikipedia community.

» Part Two - Caveats (20:37)
What are the problems with Wikipedia? This section covers topics such as vandalism, content controversies, and coverage biases. The future of Wikipedia is also discussed.

» Part Three - Comparisons (11:46)
How does Wikipedia measure up to other sources? Given Wikipedia's failures, this section emphasizes the need to critically evaluate information from all publication formats.

» Part Four - Other Wikis (20:54)
This section covers Wikipedia's sister projects and other fan sites which use the Wiki software. It ends with a review of how libraries and librarians are using Wikis, and how you can create your own Wiki.

Source: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Monday, March 19, 2007


Mon., March 19, 2007 - Government Websites / Pathfinders

Government Websites

Pathfinders: Health, Nutrition, Jewish Culture, Countries, Presidents, Mythology, and Holocaust.


Mon., March 19, 2007 - Great Web Sites for Kids

ALSC Announces Exceptional Web Sites for Children
Web sites added in 2006 to Great Web Sites for Kids

Great Web Sites for Kids
Select from Subject List or click on the Search icon.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Mon., March 19, 2007 - Rutgers University Libraries: Subject Research Guides

Rutgers University Libraries: Research Resources: Subject Research Guides
Shortened URL:
Most of the subjects listed include links to Internet Resources.


Mon., March 19, 2007 - Free MARC Download Sites / National Archives Research Guide / Detecting the Truth

Sites found in:

Dec. 1-7, 2007

Catalogs that Provide Access to Free Downloadbable MARC RecordsDecember 1, 2006 at 12:35 am · Filed under Libraries and Librarianship, Cataloging and Metadata
Free MARC download sites
A compilation of sites from around the U.S. provided by the South Central Kansas Library System.
Source: South Central Kansas Library System
[NOTE: Scroll past instructions for Kansas Libraries to
“Click on the following links to access tested online catalogs” – Phyllis]


Resource of the Week: December 7, 2006

National Archives Research Guide for Students and Teachers
ARC Guide for Educators and Students

Let’s face it; conducting research via the National Archives website can be confusing and frustrating if this isn’t something you do on a regular basis. The sheer volume of material available online is awesome…and intimidating. Although this guide is aimed at the K-12 community, it most definitely deserves a spot in the bookmark file on your reference desk computer.

“The guide introduces educators and students to the National Archives’ Archival Research Catalog (ARC). Searching in ARC to learn more about National Archives’ historical documents could enrich a classroom activity, a homework assignment, or a research project.”

For complete review:
Shortened URL:


Online Exhibit: Detecting the Truth - Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery
Shortened URL:
From Library and Archives of Canada:
“This website will let you discover why and how people have changed documents, paintings, maps, books, stamps and money throughout history. It will also show you the techniques and tools that experts such as conservators, archivists and librarians at the Library and Archives of Canada use to spot a fake.”


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

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Sun., March 18, 2007 - Fooling with Words

Fooling With Words

[NOTE: Although this site was originally created to accompany the
1999 PBS production, many of the resources included are still useful.
Below is the previous posting from The Scout Report for Social Sciences,
September 21, 1999. – Phyllis ]

This companion site to the Bill Moyers's PBS special "Fooling with
Words" features a preview of the broadcast, brief biographies of the
21 poets featured, selections of their poetry, and video clips of the
poets's readings or interviews. (The video portions require Quicktime
3 or better and/or RealPlayer G2.) Bill Moyers's specials on poets
and poetry over the last decade have been almost single-handedly
responsible for a renaissance in the popular reading of American
poetry, and this site reflects the quality of his attention. The site
also provides lesson plans and resources for teachers and students.
The special was filmed in Northern New Jersey at the 1998 Geraldine
R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest such Festival in North America.

From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-1999.


Sun., March 18, 2007 - Poet Laureate Donald Hall: Online Resources / Resources for National Poetry Month (April)

Poet Laureate Donald Hall: Online Resources
“On June 14, 2006, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Donald Hall to be the Library’s 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. This guide compiles links to resources on Donald Hall throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on Hall’s life or selections of his work.”


Resources for National Poetry Month


Sun., March 18, 2007 - Hummingbirds / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
December 22, 2006
Volume 12, Number 51

The Scout Report on the Web:
This issue:


Living all the way from the rocky coast of Nova Scotia to the forests of
Brazil, hummingbirds can be found in a vast range of climates. Recently, the
National Geographic Magazine created this multimedia portrait of these hardy
creatures and placed it online for the general public. On the homepage,
visitors can read a brief overview essay on the lives of hummingbirds, and
then continue on to over of the site’s six primary sections. These sections
include a photo gallery, an “On Assignment” area which includes field notes
from staff photographer Luis A. Mazariegos, and a “Learn More” area, which
includes links to relevant websites. The real highlight of the site is the
narrated tour by Ernie Franzgrote into the lives of different hummingbirds,
including the violet-capped, the purple-crowned, and the marvelous
spatuetail. [KMG]


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

While many writers have to wait decades, if not centuries, after their death
to receive critical or commercial success, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was
lucky to achieve both during his lifetime. Born in Portland, Maine in 1807,
he was a figure of national prominence by the 1850s, and a much-beloved
professor at Harvard. Recently, the Maine Historical Society created this
fine tribute to the man and his work. The site is divided into seven primary
sections which include an extended biographical essay about his life and
work, information about his family and his homes in Portland and Cambridge.
Of course, any site about Longfellow would be incomplete without a generous
selection of his poems, and this site has that particular detail well
covered. In the Longfellow poems database, visitors can view a sortable list
of his works, which can be arranged by poem title, first line, and
publication date. [KMG]


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


Sun., March 18, 2007 - Brain & Behavior / Serendip / Amoeba Web / Poetry Series

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006

Brain and Behavior
Record Id: 655869
Created: 2006-12-28 12:47:32
Categories: bioag,liberal

Brain and Behavior provides online exhibits, articles and links
relating to neuroscience and psychology.

Serendip Site Map
From the site:
“Serendip sees the web as a tool which can make education a more interactive and exploratory process, by making freely available educational resources at a variety of levels and also, even more importantly, be making it increasingly possible to learn by doing (see Serendip's web principles and credo on education and technology). To encourage understanding and use of the web in this way, Serendip provides annotated lists of links useful for learning/teaching in a variety of areas (see Interactive Physics and Interactive Chemistry).”

Interactive Biology

Interactive Chemistry

Interactive Physics

Interactive General Science

- Phyllis ]

Amoeba Web : Psychology Resources
Record Id: 655866
Created: 2006-12-27 16:49:32
Categories: liberal

AmoebaWeb provides over 2000 links to online psychology resources which
include categories on various branches of psychology, online tests,
research methods, ethical issues, and full-text articles.

Poetry Series : NewsHour Online
Record Id: 655854
Created: 2006-12-22 12:57:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

Transcripts and audios/videos of PBS NewsHour reports on contemporary
poets and poetry. Includes interviews, profiles of living American
poets, poetry readings, and lesson plans and other resources for
Coverage: 1999 to present

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