Saturday, May 12, 2007


Sat., May 12, 2007 - Harlem Renaissance Websites

Harlem Renaissance Websites

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


Sat., May 12, 2007 - Drop Me Off in Harlem

Drop Me Off in Harlem
From the site:
“Drop Me Off in Harlem is a Web-based resource for teachers and students that explores the themes and works that emerged when creative and intellectual voices intersected during the Harlem Renaissance.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Faces of the Renaissance
From the site:
“What happens when creative and intellectual minds, wealthy patrons, and fervent activists live in the same place? Discover how prominent figures in Harlem influenced, challenged, and supported one another in the period between 1917 and 1935. Investigate how their collective and individual voices reflected and shaped what we now call the Harlem Renaissance.
A Place Called Harlem
From the site:
“A Place Called Harlem: an interactive map of prominent cultural, social, and political establishments in Harlem. Roll your mouse over the map to highlight a block and see its name; click to learn more about each place. To see a larger picture, click on 'image detail' for a pop-up view.”

Themes and Variations
From the site:
“The years following World War I and leading up to the Great Depression were ones of racial segregation and economic instability. Yet in the enclave of New York known as Harlem, this period was also marked by a convergence of creative and intellectual minds. Take a closer look at the Harlem Renaissance and discover how and why the arts flourished.”


Sat., May 12, 2007 - Breaking the Silence: Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Breaking the Silence – Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade
From the site:
“Breaking the Silence’ is a UNESCO ASPnet education project… useful resources that teachers can adapt and use creatively across the curriculum, virtual ‘Slave Routes’ that map out places and people connected to the slave trade or its legacy, in different countries across the three regions and ‘Up from Slavery’, an activity for students or young people that charts a journey through from enslavement to emancipation.”


Sat., May 12, 2007 - Slavery and the Making of America

Slavery and the Making of America
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA is a four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship, it looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise. At the same time, by focusing on the remarkable stories of individual slaves, it offers new perspectives on the slave experience and testifies to the active role that Africans and African Americans took in surviving their bondage and shaping their own lives.”

K-12 Learning
From the site:
“The K-12 Learning portion of the SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA Web site was developed in close concert with American History and Social Studies teachers… This section of the site -- with historical fiction for grades 3-12, Lesson Plans for ages 9-18, primary sources, and a Virtual Museum with contributions from museums across the country and exhibits curated by students -- offers resources we hope you will find valuable for your classrooms.”

Friday, May 11, 2007


Fri., May 11, 2007 - A Cliche a Day and How to Rewrite it

A Cliche a Day and How to Rewrite It
Alphabetical List

From the site:
Instructions for searching the list using the “Find” command in Internet Explorer. Once you find the cliché you want, note the date it appeared and go to the Cliche-a-Day weblog ( ) using the appropriate month in the archive list below, then scroll down the left hand side of the page to find the cliché and the rewriting recommendations.
[NOTE: Blog home page ( ) has some additional clichés from May, 2006 and January 2007, that are not included in the alphabetical list. – Phyllis ]


Fri., May 11, 2007 - Visuwords

From the site:
“Visuwords online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

Its a dictionary! Its a thesaurus!
Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
No membership required.


Fri., May 11, 2007 - Mini-Research Strategies and Models: Prevent Plagiarism & Develop Critical Thinking

Mini-Research Strategies and Models
Prevent Plagiarism & Develop Critical Thinking


Fri., May 11, 2007 - From PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 13 - 19, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 13 - 19, 2007

The Desert Speaks
6-8 / 9-12

Log on to the companion Web site to this KUAT-produced series
to learn about the plants, animals, geology, people and history
of desert regions from Arizona and California to the Patagonia
region of Argentina. Plus, download teacher guides that explore
topics such as the survival strategies of desert mammals and
the wonder of butterflies, moths and dragonflies.


Media Infusion
A Great Time to Be a Teacher
3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

This month's expert, Dan McDowell, offers suggestions about how
to use technology in your classroom.
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“At the start of the school year, I shared Wikipedia, the community developed encyclopedia, with my students. I asked how many used Wikipedia to do research. About half raised their hands. When I asked those students if they knew who wrote the articles, only one hand went up. When I hit the edit button and showed them that ANYONE can edit Wikipedia, their mouths literally dropped open. I think the starting point is teaching students to critically examine each online source for point of view.”

American Experience
Alexander Hamilton
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, May 14, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm
One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander
Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws
of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. This episode
tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the
groundwork for the nation's modern economy. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Take our online quiz and test your constitutional smarts.
(Available May 10, 2007)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Secret Files of the Inquisition
The War on Ideas
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
The decadence of a Medici pope in Rome outrages a devout German
priest named Martin Luther. In the face of the Protestant
Reformation, a fanatical monk sets out to exterminate the
heresy. On his path to power, he will create the Roman
Inquisition. (CC, Stereo, HDTV, 1 year)

Learn more about the accused and the inquisitors at the
companion Web site.

Secret Files of the Inquisition
The End of the Inquisition
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
10 - 11:00 pm
The secret files of the Inquisition are locked away for
centuries. A Spanish priest devotes his life to exposing these
brutal records. Napoleon spreads the ideas of the
Enlightenment. He conquers Italy, abolishes the Inquisition and
orders its files sent to Paris. (CC, Stereo, HDTV, 1 year)

Learn more about the Inquisition by exploring our recommended
Web sites and articles.


Destiny (part 1 of 3)
On-Air & Online
Thursday, May 17, 2007
10 - 11:00 pm
This documentary explores many of the myths that surround the
Churchill legend, revealing the complexity of the real man who
was soldier, adventurer, politician, author and arguably the
greatest Englishman of the 20th century. Tonight's episode
follows Churchill from his birth in 1874 to his first fall from
political grace in 1931. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Review Churchill's lifetime events and achievements in our
online interactive timeline of Churchill's life.
[NOTE: Previously broadcast October 2003 –Phyllis ]


Copyright 2007 PBS Online


--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 18:42:03 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

In this issue:

Monday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Who is that powdered-haired man? And how, pray tell, did he get
in your wallet?

No, he wasn't a president (common mistake). And no, you won't
find a monument to him in Washington (although he is on the $10
bill). Yes, he is the one who died in a duel with Aaron Burr (a
fact that was introduced to a new generation of Americans with
one of the first "Got Milk" commercials).

But who exactly was Alexander Hamilton?

Well, for starters, Hamilton created the modern American economy.
He spurred the formation of this nation's two-party political
system. He established the Coast Guard. And wrote the Federalist
Papers, which are referenced by the courts almost as regularly as
the Constitution.

Not bad for a guy who didn't live to see his 50th birthday.

Alexander Hamilton is the subject of new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
documentary, airing Monday, May 14 on PBS.


Hamilton's Wall Street

As a powerful lawyer in post-Revolutionary America, Alexander
Hamilton called New York's Wall Street home. How did our
filmmakers recreate the Wall Street of the 1800s? Find out in
this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Your Constitution IQ

Hamilton laid out arguments in favor of ratifying the U.S.
Constitution that endure today in the Federalist Papers. Show
what you know about the Constitution and the making of our
government in this quiz.

Online Poll

In his time, Hamilton was known not only for his political
prowess, but also for his personal weaknesses. Should a private
indiscretion, like Hamilton's adultery, disqualify a person from
holding public office? Tell us what you think.


In the meantime, explore many of Hamilton's original documents
through the online exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History, in support of this AMERICAN

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Thurs., May 10, 2007 - EdHound Site Sets

EduHound Site Sets
From the site:
“EduHound Site Sets are concise collections of resources focused on specific topics.”

Some of the sets: Authors, Black History, Civics, Geography, Literacy, Reference, Visual Arts, WebQuests, and Women’s History.


Thurs., May 10, 2007 - Thinkfinity (formerly MarcoPolo)

Thinkfinity: Literacy, Education and Technology

From the site:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the creation of Thinkfinity, the Verizon Foundation’s signature digital learning platform designed to improve educational and literacy achievement.

Thinkfinity is built upon the foundation’s flagship education program formerly known as Verizon MarcoPolo, and the foundation’s comprehensive online resource for literacy, the Verizon Literacy Network.

Thinkfinity's classroom-ready lesson plans and other teaching materials make it easy to begin integrating Internet resources into your classroom. You'll find primary source materials, interactive student resources and grade-specific research lists to help you tailor materials to your teaching style and needs.

Thinkfinity provides the highest quality educational resources to teachers and students. Developed by world-renowned organizations who are experts in their fields, these standards-based resources include lessons plans, student materials, reviewed Web resources and interactives.

Thinkfinity Teacher Resources
Search by subject and/or grade level. Limit results for all resources, lesson plans, or omit lesson plans.


Thurs., May 10, 2007 - From The Scout Report, February 23, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 23, 2007
Volume 13, Number 7
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Learning &
Performance Support Laboratory at the University of Georgia has created this
website for mathematics educators. Their primary focus is to build teachers’
mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations, and the
resources presented here reflect this commitment. The primary mathematical
fields covered here include algebra, geometry, number concepts, and data
analysis. Within each of these sections, visitors will find “Recommended
Investigations”, which are classroom-tested activities. These activities are
engaging and well-written, and it is easy to see how they could be
incorporated into a variety of lesson plans. Finally, the site also contains
an interactive math dictionary that covers everything from absolute value to
z-score. [KMG]
[NOTE: Interactive Mathematics Dictionary - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Meteorology Education & Training [Macromedia Flash Player, Real Player,

Designed as part of the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology,
Education and Training (COMET), the Meteorology Education & Training website
provides a wide range of resources designed for budding meteorologists and
those with a general interest in the field. From the homepage, visitors will
find sections such as “Topics”, “Communities”, “Resources, and an “About”
area. Within the “Topics” section, visitors will find information on fields
such as fire weather, coastal weather, basic climate, and space weather.
Visitors can read up on these areas, and in many instances, they can take a
short quiz to test their knowledge. Meteorology educators and students will
enjoy the learning modules contained within the “Resources” area, as they
cover such terrain as convective storm matrices and an introduction to
anticipating hazardous weather and community risk. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Center for Bioethics [pdf]

Housed at the University of Minnesota, the mission of the Center for
Bioethics is “to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues
in health care and the life sciences.” To accomplish this important mission,
they are actively engaged in a number of interdisciplinary research projects
and they also perform a number of community outreach activities. From their
homepage, visitors can learn about some of their activities and recent
announcements and events. After taking a brief look here, visitors will want
to move along to the “Resource Center” section. Here, they will find short
summaries on a variety of bioethics topics, detailed overviews with thorough
bibliographies, as well as an excellent set of resources for teachers who
wish to incorporate bioethics into the classroom.
( ) Finally, visitors should
not miss their “Publications” area, which includes the complete archive of
their own “Bioethics Examiner” and a number of legal overviews of bioethics
issues. [KMG]


Musée Achéménide [Macromedia Flash Player]

Drawing on the expertise of a number of well-regarded institutions, the
online Musée Achéménide will bring users into the world of the ancient
worlds of Persia, Babylonia, and the Egyptian empire. While the graphic
interfaces used throughout the site take some getting used to, there are a
number of lovely features here. In the “Consultation” section, visitors can
browse around through various collections, such as archival drawings and
renderings from the various geographic areas covered here. They can also
view objects from the ancient world and learn about their historical and
cultural importance. Visitors can also move through the sections to create
their own archive, which they can share with friends or colleagues. Finally,
there is a “Help” section that explains how to effectively navigate the
site’s different areas. [KMG] [Select language: English or French]


Microsoft Word Training Modules

With a variety of training modules designed for those in the field of
medical administration and general business environments, these well-thought
out educational materials will be a most welcome find. Created by the staff
members at the Internet4Classrooms site, these modules address such topics
as inserting images in MS Word, creating signs with MS Word, and keyboard
shortcuts. Each of the modules is written with introductory users in mind,
and they include helpful graphics that illustrate different actions and
tools. Additionally, the site also includes a series of “Beyond the Basics”
learning modules that provide guidance on how to use the mail merge function
and how to create hyperlinks within MS Word. [KMG]
[NOTE: On-Line Practice Modules
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Thurs., May 10, 2007 - How to Make a Paper Airplane / Pirates Rule!

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #443 2/22/2007

How to Make a Paper Airplane

In the old days, kids learned to make paper airplanes from their fellow
students or parents. This cool site offers great Flash-animated
instructions on how to make a wide variety of high-tech paper aircraft.
[NOTE: Click on one of the five choices. Space bar toggles play/pause, arrow
keys to display frame-by-frame. – Phyllis ]


Pirates Rule!

Through children's books, Hollywood films, Halloween costumes, and
Folklore, we are taught at a very young age to both love and fear the
daring mystique associated with pirates. This fun site celebrates the
rich, exciting, and dubious history of "Pirate Culture".

The Pirate's Realm website is a virtual treasure trove of information, with
cool facts about Pirate "code", ships, weapons, flags, books, music,
etc. Check out the section on "Famous Pirates", which has biographical
data and stories about pirates such as Black Caesar, Edward England, Anne
Bonny, The Barbarossa Brothers, and other infamous scourges of the seven
seas. Arrggh Matey!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Wed., May 9, 2007 - The Most Beautiful Periodic Table Poster in the World

"The Most Beautiful Periodic Table Poster in the World."
Interactive flash version.

Elements of Inspiration
From: Chemical & Engineering News
October 16, 2006 Volume 84, Number 42 p. 80
“While we're not sure if Mendeleyev would be happy about his esteemed status in LFHCfS, we think he'd be thrilled with what Theodore W. Gray is calling ‘The Most Beautiful Periodic Table Poster in the World.’ Gray, cofounder of Wolfram Research and Popular Science columnist, turned his collection of more than 1,000 element samples into a striking photographic periodic table. ‘Every element has a pretty side, and in this poster I have tried to give each one a chance to show off what makes it unique and beautiful,’ he says.”

An Elemental Fascination
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Our interactive periodic table showcases 93 element samples from the collection of PopSci contributing editor Theodore Gray, who spent four years assembling and photographing them.”


Wed., May 9, 2007 - Government Information Subject Index / Early Treaties with American Indian Nations

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007

Government Information on the Web Subject Index
Record Id: 663663
Created: 2007-02-22 11:13:42
Categories: govpub

Keyword index linking to government information subject pages on the
web. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Early Recognized Treaties with American Indian Nations
Record Id: 663656
Created: 2007-02-21 13:33:42
Categories: culture,govpub,liberal

Fulltexts of early treaties with Native Americans. "These are the
product of seven, early treaty events between a number of American
Indian Nations and the British, and of two United States efforts." They
complement the treaties offered at the Oklahoma State University
Library's site Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties.


Wed., May 9, 2007 - Government Kids' Pages / Mine Safety & Health Admin. Kid's Page

MSHA's Kid's Page of Links
Links to Kids’ Pages from government web sites.

MSHA’s Kid’s Page
Mine Safety and Health Administration's page that was made with kids in mind.


Wed., May 9, 2007 - From ResourceShelf Feb.16-22, 2007

Sites found in:
Feb. 16-22, 2007

New Jersey: Database offers salary, pension info (via Courier News)

From the article:

With more than 2,400 municipalities, agencies, authorities, school districts and other government bodies, there is little wonder that New Jersey spent nearly $23 billion last year to pay its 450,000 public servants.

Their salaries range from the base minimum to more than $500,000. Until today, though, you had no way of finding out quickly and anonymously what a public employee was paid.

As part of the Courier News’ mission to provide public information to residents, the newspaper has posted on its data records Web site,, nearly all employees who draw a paycheck from the government.

Other Databases Available at Data Universe:
+ Property ownership records throughout New Jersey, searchable by name or address.
+ Detailed town-by-town crime statistics since 1996.
+ A database of New Jersey state government employees, searchable by name, salary or department.
+ Campaign contribution records for state races and PACs, searchable by name, zip code or candidate.
+ Public school teacher and administrator salaries and job experience.
+ Links to New Jersey prison inmates, past and present, and the state’s sex offender Internet registery.
+ Links to consumer information sites, such as a database of doctors who have been disciplined, and charity financial information.

New Presidential Timeline Web Site Highlights Pivotal Events in 20th Century American Presidencies
From the announcement:

The new web site,, will officially launch on George Washington’s birthday, Monday, February 19. The Presidential Timeline, filled with digitized artifacts and historical archives from all of the U.S. presidential libraries, has been created through the efforts of the 12 presidential libraries of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Learning Technology Center of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education and the UT Library system.

Source: National Archives

New from NASA: Interactive Exhibit: 45th Anniversary of Americans in Orbit

NASA commemorates the 45th anniversary of Americans in orbit with a special multimedia salute to the original Mercury astronauts and new interviews with Sen. John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Walter Schirra.

On Feb. 20, 1962, an Atlas rocket successfully carried Glenn and the hopes of an entire nation into orbit aboard Friendship 7, a flight that ushered in a new era of space travel that eventually led to Americans walking on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Glenn was soon followed into orbit by colleagues Carpenter, Schirra and Gordon Cooper. Their fellow Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom flew earlier suborbital flights. Deke Slayton was grounded by a medical condition until the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975.

Requires Flash.


Research Paper: Weeding 101 (2nd ed.)
by Lawrence Maxted, (2006)


The most important thing to know about weeding is that it is OK to weed. Weeding (de-accessioning, unacquiring, deselecting, removing, discarding, trashing) library materials is not a crime against humanity. Sometimes it needs to be done in the dark of night but the doing is necessary to the health of every library collection except perhaps those that strive to be universally comprehensive and who are served by unlimited space and budgets. Weeding does not necessarily mean absolutely and permanently depriving a library’s users of the weeded materials. Interlibrary loan, neighboring libraries, and electronic resources all may fill any gap that appears. Instead of harm, weeding can assist users by making room for newer more useful materials and by hopefully making the remaining collection less muddled and more useable.

Source: Proceedings 26th Annual Charleston Conference (2006) via E-LIS

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Tues., May 8, 2007 - VW's Transparent Factory

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, March 9, 2007, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Virtual Tour of VW's Transparent Factory!
[Shortened URL: ]

Age Range: All

Just the idea that an automobile factory could be almost completely
transparent is in itself amazing. In this virtual tour, created by "Car and
Driver" as they actually toured this unique and spotless manufacturing
facility in Germany, you will see some great photos and brief descriptions
of the assembly process -- including the robot assemblers! The tour itself
can be navigated by clicking on the numbers across the top or bottom menus
on the page -- or click the links at the bottom right of the screen.

Be sure to point out to younger students this company's high standard of
cleanliness for its manufacturing plant. (Perhaps they'll be inspired to
take a closer look at their own rooms? :)

At the end of the tour, there is a brief question-and-answer page regarding
the Phaeton, which is the car produced at this factory. Afterwards, car
enthusiasts and prospective buyers will appreciate all of the information
about various vehicles that you can access from the menu in the left column
of this website.

Have fun!

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.


Tues., May 8, 2007 - Clip Art Collections

Clip Art Collections
Site includes links to clip art and photos, icons and buttons, and web backgrounds.


Tues., May 8, 2007 - MicrobeWorld

“Enter the world of microbes, where scientists explain
why the misuse of antibiotics could breed superbugs, or
students can investigate the magnificent effects of bio-
luminescence in the ocean. Students can meet the scientists
or meet the microbes, and listen to science news
podcasts online.”

Resources for Science Educators

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., May 8, 2007 - From Librarians' Internet Index, NEW THIS WEEK, February 22, 2007

--------Forwarded Message--------
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, February 22, 2007
Read This Online :

America's Favorite Architecture
"America's Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation." The poll was conducted in honor of the AIA's 150th anniversary in 2007. Features a list of buildings and photos, starting with the Empire State building, and including the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
LII Item:

---------------------------------------------------------------- Remembered & Reclaimed
This site provides "reference materials to the general public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present." Searchable, or browse encyclopedia articles about people, places, churches, events, and organizations. Directed by an African American history professor at the University of Washington.
LII Item:


The Iwo Jima Flag-Raising in 3-D
Multimedia presentation about Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the second raising of the American flag on the summit of Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Features two types of 3-dimensional views (one requires 3-D glasses), a photo of the first flag-raising, a description of the two flag-raisings, a video, and a slideshow. From The Tampa Tribune.
LII Item:


Jamestown 2007: America's 400th Anniversary
Official site for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, "settled in 1607, [it] was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas." The site features tourist information, an events calendar, a link to educational material, activities and games for children, and descriptions of prior commemorations in 1807, 1857, 1907, and 1957.
LII Item:


Otto Frank File Found at YIVO
This February 2007 press release describes the discovery of documents written by Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank. "The bulk of the file, which consists of personal correspondence and official records, spans dates from April 30, 1941 ... to December 11, 1941" and covers how Otto "tried to get his family out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands." Also includes an Otto Frank timeline and two associated essays. From the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
LII Item:


Introducing Jesse Sullivan, the World's First "Bionic Man"
Fact sheet and related material about the development of a "bionic arm" or "myoelectric arm driven using electrical signals from the muscles of the chest, now activated by the user's own thought-generated nerve impulses." Explains the procedure, which uses nerve-muscle grafts, and the importance of the development. Includes video clips of the arm and links to related articles and websites. From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).
LII Item:


Generation Next: Speak Up, Be Heard
Companion to a 2007 documentary that "travels across the U.S. and speaks with young adults 16-25-year-olds to gauge their beliefs on today's most pressing issues -- such as terrorism, immigration, environment and health care." In addition to transcripts from the documentary, the site contains audio and video clips, background reports, forums, and a timeline highlighting major events, media, music, sports, and technology related to the demographic. From PBS Online NewsHour.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Mon., May 7, 2007 - A Tour of a Cell

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

Hi! It's Friday, February 23, 2007, and time for a Virtual Tour at

Recommended Website:
A Tour of the Cell, National Science Foundation Biology Interactive

Age Range: 11 and up approximately (younger students may enjoy the visual
images of this tour)

"Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple."

Thus begins this brief-but-fascinating exploration. The opening picture is a
large, full-color image of a cell. To begin, click on any of the numbered
parts of the cell as they float past you on the screen. A beautiful,
detailed close-up image of that cell part will appear, along with one or two
paragraphs of information about it. Parts featured include the cell
membrane, DNA, RNA, endoplasmic reticulum, and mitochondria, among others.

Once you have viewed a part of the cell, you will see small numbers below
the photo of that part. These numbers provide a convenient way to navigate
through the site sequentially, if you prefer. If you click "Explore More,"
you will go back to the main page.

Can you imagine how many millions of these tiny cells are inside of your
body at this very moment? Amazing!

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.

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


Mon., May 7, 2007 - The Soundry

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Soundry
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Think Quest organization, provides an exploration of
the properties and perceptions of sound. Gentle Subscribers will discover
an informative presentation which may increase their understanding of the
science of this sensory experience.

"This ... web site explains what sound is and how humans perceive it
through the ear. ... Covering everything from the most basic concepts of
what sound actually is to the specifics of how humans perceive it, The
Soundry aims to promote enthusiasm and knowledge of sound. ... Take an
interactive journey through the human ear to see how the ear collects and
interprets sound. Use the SoundScene applet to organize a scene to help you
understand Auditory Scene Analysis. In the Sound Lab you can see and hear
sounds and their effects." - from the website

The site delves into the the process of how the ear's structure collects
sound and how the brain processes this data. The physics module covers
topics on the "hard science" of sound, including wave properties, speed,
diffraction and the doppler effect, while the applications section explains
technologies such as ultrasound and noise cancellation. The history of
sound, from the acoustic to digital eras, and the development of
sound-related technology are highlighted in the timeline. The interactive
Sound Lab encourages visitors to experiment with harmonics, doppler, and
wave shapes.

Swing over to the site for a stimulating exposition on sound at:

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


Mon., May 7, 2007 - American Literary Classics: A Chapter A Day

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

Hi! It's Wednesday, February 21, 2007 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
American Literary Classics
A Chapter A Day!

Age Range: 9 and up (Some of these classics, such as "The Secret Garden" and
"The Wizard of Oz," can be read aloud to younger children.)

There are several massive collections of books online, most of them more
comprehensive than the one we are featuring today. And the net is full of
lists of recommended reading, many of them quite good. But this website
combines the two: a list of the very best classics together with their
complete texts, all in one place! The beauty of this short list of
carefully-selected titles is that it is easy to browse through and make a
top-notch selection; then, once the title is selected, you don't need to
search for the book; it's right there, ready to read!

One unique feature of this original site is that, as its name implies, the
books are presented in chunks, usually one chapter per page, so that you can
easily schedule one chapter each day if you like. (This is particularly
suited to reading a daily selection aloud to your children!)

Occasionally, when you first click on a title you will see a link to a note;
that note will generally be about the way the book has been divided, or the
reading level, or whether or not the book was actually written by an
American author.

This website was the labor of love of the late Aaron Ezis. Older students
who are curious about him can read several of his editorials by clicking on
"American Literature Classics" at the top of the main page and then
selecting "A Letter From the Editor." AS ALWAYS, parents will want to
preview the editorials, literature, and other items on this site to
determine suitability for their own children.

NOTE: This website is currently being migrated to its new home (which you
can see by clicking "Preview the New Layout" or by clicking on this link ). At the new site, more classic works (including
"Gulliver's Travels") along with short stories have been added, and the
selections can be viewed in alphabetical order by author or by title. They
are adding brief bios and photos of the authors of the books as well. It
doesn't look as though the emphasis of the new site will be on the
chapter-a-day format. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable resource for American
Literature on the Net.

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.


Mon., May 7, 2007 - Holtzbrink Publishers: Teacher's Guides

Holtzbrinck Publishers Teacher’s Guides
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Holtzbrinck Publishers is pleased to offer educators free copies of our teacher's guides. These are available online in Adobe PDF format. Click on any title below to download its Teacher's Guide… If you would like to receive a printed copy of any of these guides, please email your request.”

Includes Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, St. Martin's Press, Picador, and their divisions

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