Saturday, May 19, 2007


Sat., May 19, 2007 - The Artist's Toolkit

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Hi! It's Saturday, March 3, 2007, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Artist's Toolkit
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 6 and up, with parental assistance for the youngest pre-readers

"Explore the tools that artists use -- like line, color, and balance -- to
build works of art."

This site, brought to you by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the
Walker Art Center, is navigated by the menu at the left. Here is what you
will find:

*Explore the Toolkit! There's a lot to learn and do here. Learn about line,
color, space, shape, balance, and movement/rhythm. Click all the subtopics
to watch the concepts come to life in animated demos, locate them in actual
works of art through an interactive exercise (drag the arrows to the correct
parts of the painting), and apply them in a creation of your own!

*See Artists in Action! Hear two real-life artists talk about how they apply
the concepts learned on this site to one of their actual pieces of art!

*Encyclopedia - Here is a quick definition of each of the concepts explored
earlier, followed by plenty of examples for in-depth analysis.

(Psst! Older students, teachers and parents: The little icon at the bottom
left-hand corner of the main page that says, "Arts Connected" leads to a
more in-depth website just for you, with additional artwork, a teacher's
guide, and more!)

Enjoy! :)

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., May 19, 2007 - Virtual Dali

Virtual Dali
Paintings, Photo Gallery, Biography, Links, Wallpapers and Posters.


Sat., May 19, 2007 - Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, March 1, 2007

Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s to 1970s
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, offers an exhibit
highlighting the changes in artistic expression during the post-war period
to 1979. Gentle Subscribers will find an interestingly designed
presentation, exploring the new modalities in art forms which emerged
during that time.

"Beyond Geometry examines a group of related artistic developments
involving the use of radically simplified form and systematic strategies,
which emerged in Europe and the Americas between 1945 and 1979. In the art
world, dominance shifted from Europe to the United States. Coming after the
height of modernism and before the first fully postmodern generation, the
period includes ... the most influential epoch for art since the decade
before World War I, spanning from 1960 to 1975. ... Beyond Geometry
chronicles a growing global consciousness ... [an] intercontinental art
discourse, the foundation of today's international art world." - from the

The site considers topics ranging from Light and Movement to Repetition and
Seriality, focusing on subjects of artistic debate, which arose during the
period. A selection of artworks illustrates the the developments which
occurred, along with information on the most prominent artists of the
period. A useful glossary of relevant terms assists those unfamiliar with
the particular language of the art world, while an always helpful timeline,
places specific works and artists in geographical and temporal contexts.

Glide over to the site for a fascinating exposition on the sometimes
startling transformations in modern art :

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


Sat., May 19, 2007 - Sites from The Scout Report, March 2, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
March 2, 2007
Volume 13, Number 7

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

Brooklyn Museum: Mut Precinct

The entire borough of Brooklyn has never been able to make a collective trip
over to the Mut Precinct in Egypt, but fortunately a number of very talented
individuals working for the Brooklyn Museum have been going that way for
over thirty years. The Temple Precinct of the Goddess Mut (pronounced
“Moot”) has been an important religious site for almost two thousand years,
and on this website, visitors can learn more about the archaeological work
going on there. Visitors can read entries from the “Dig Diary” from the past
few years; the diaries are weekly photo journals that follow the team’s
activities and work in the field. For users who would like to see more
photos of the Mut precinct, they can also look through the site’s photo
project section, which features photos that have been uploaded to the Flickr
website. [KMG]


International Reading Association: Web Resources

Working together with a wide range of partners, the International Reading
Organization has created this fine website that brings together hundreds of
resources related to reading in all its forms and varieties. The materials
and links presented here are divided into four primary sections, including
“Teaching Tools”, “Issues in Literacy”, and “Literacy Community”. The
“Teaching Tools” section contains lesson plans, a number of thematic
booklists, and resources for parents. The booklists are well worth a look,
as they feature lists compiled by children themselves and young adults.
Moving on, the “Issues in Literacy” area includes access to “Reading Today
Daily”, which features stories about reading and instructional issues and a
selection of relevant reports on the state of reading. Finally, the
“Literacy Community” area contains a number of online discussion forums,
information about upcoming events throughout the literacy policy world, and
a categorized collection of external links. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Macaulay Library: Sound & Video Catalog [Real Player]

The Scout Report has never profiled a website that has sections titled “Best
of Courtship” or the “Best of Territory Defense”, but then again, there are
many wonderful surprises contained with the Macaulay Library’s Animal Sound
& Video Catalog. Housed within Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, the
Animal Sound & Video Catalog contains thousands of audio and video
recordings of animals such as the harp seal pup, the golden-fronted
woodpecker, and a variety of turkeys. Visitors are welcome to utilize their
basic and advanced search engine features to look for specific animals, or
they can also browse some of the previously mentioned “Best of” categories.
While just listening to (or watching) these animals is fine enough, visitors
should also consider viewing the free audio visualization tool offered here.
Called “RavenViewer”, the application will allow users to watch audio
spectrograms, control playback speed, and inspect low-frequency sounds.


NOAA Watch: NOAA’s All-Hazard Monitor

When the weather outside is frightful (or even when it isn’t), budding
meteorologists will want to turn to the NOAA’s All-Hazard Monitor website.
Drawing on an impressive array of weather-tracking devices, satellites, and
so on, visitors can monitor a number of types of weather here, including
tropical weather, droughts, volcanoes, earthquakes, and oil spills. Along
with the “Weather Summary” map that is front and center on the homepage,
visitors can also click onto detailed maps of surface weather and the
current drought outlook. The site also features information about weather in
space, rip currents, and harmful algae blooms. One can imagine a number of
educational uses for the map, from displaying the map in a visual
communications class to a basic course on meteorology. [KMG]


Amusing America

In the closing decades of the 19th century, American began to come together
on the grounds of amusement parks, dance halls, and other such places. These
commercial amusements had quite a heyday for a few decades, and this online
exhibit from the San Francisco Public Library pays tribute to that period.
>From a virtual Ferris wheel, visitors can enter the exhibit by clicking on a
number of images, including a smiling clown’s face and a trio of bathing
beauties. Visitors can learn about San Francisco’s famed Sutro Baths, tour
the grounds of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the hustle
and bustle of the Playland. If visitors make some popcorn and pink lemonade
while wandering around the site, it might just make the experience complete.


Infrared Astronomy

Despite the claims of certain science fiction novels and films, humans
cannot see in infrared. As many people know, the primary source of infrared
radiation is heat, and the study of infrared astronomy allows scientists to
detect radiation emitted from objects throughout the universe. This
delightful website (created by NASA and the Infrared Processing and Analysis
Center at the California Institute of Technology) provides a wide range of
material on this fascinating area of scientific study. Visitors can lean
about the discovery of infrared, learn about the technology that is used in
such endeavors, and of course, look over dozens of infrared images and video
clips. Educators will be glad to learn that there are a number of activities
offered here for use in the classroom, including one that will help students
learn how to build a photocell detector. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

====== In The News ====

University of Illinois retires Chief Illiniwek and other institutions
continue dialogue over the use of Native Americans as symbols

Illinois Says Farewell to Chief Illiniwek Mascot [Real Player]
[NOTE: If link doesn’t work, search by story ID: 7455065 – Phyllis ]

Chief Illiniwek needed to disappear
Shortened URL:

Sorrow for the Chief sets in

University fails to unify a campus divided on Chief
Shortened URL:

NCAA Executive Committee Subcommittee on Gender and Diversity Issues Report
on References to American Indians in Intercollegiate Athletics
Shortened URL:

History of the Yale Bulldog, “Handsome Dan”

Mascot Net

Mascots have been an interesting and curious part of collegiate athletics
for well over a century, and their number includes the University of
California at Santa Cruz’s banana slug to Yale’s much-loved Handsome Dan,
who happens to be an English bulldog. Perhaps the most controversial types
of mascots are not animals, but rather those that depict Native Americans.
While some people have defended the use of such mascots on the grounds that
such depictions honor members of various tribes and their traditions, many
groups find them offensive, and in many instances, racist. The issue has
come to the public’s attention in recent weeks, as the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign decided to retire Chief Illiniwek, who had been
a regular feature of athletic contests at the school since 1926. The
controversy has been ongoing around many campuses for the past decade, and
the matter has intensified since 2005, when the NCAA decided that member
institution with “hostile or abusive” mascots would not be allowed to host
postseason athletic activities. As a number of commentators have suggested
in the press, it may now also be time to take a closer look at symbols and
mascots used by professional sports teams, such as Chief Wahoo of the
Cleveland Indians or the Washington Redskins. [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a piece from NPR that features an
interview with one of the students who portrayed Chief Illiniwek in the
early 1990s and his reaction to the recent decision. Moving along, the
second link takes visitors to a piece written by Justin Breen, the sports
editor for the Times of Northwest Indiana that comments on the removal of
Chief Illiniwek. The third link leads to a piece from the Journal Gazette,
based in Mattoon, Illinois, and it covers the dismay that some have felt
over the removal of Chief Illiniwek. The fourth link will take users to a
piece from the student newspaper of the University of Illinois which
comments on the divisions within the school over this subject. The fifth
link leads to a rather lengthy report from the NCAA regarding “references to
American Indians in Intercollegiate Athletics” from August 2005. The sixth
link leads to a detailed history of Handsome Dan, Yale University’s own
beloved bulldog, complete with information on the current animal, who
happens to be the sixteenth bulldog to serve in this capacity. The final
link will be of special interest to anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming
a mascot, as it features information on how to tryout and audition for such
a position, along with a section on crafting a crowd-pleasing routine. [KMG]


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

Friday, May 18, 2007


Fri., May 18, 2007 - World of Teaching: Free PowerPoint Presentations

World of Teaching: Free Powerpoints
From the site [Note British dates and spellings]:
“Free microsoft Power point TM presentations biology chemistry maths English history physics geography spanish powerpoints. Great for KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 and post 16 A level lesson plans, K-12 and more. Use and alter these presentations freely or any power point template used in this presentations site for other teachers. If you have any powerpoints then please consider submitting them for other teachers to download too. It's all about sharing and helping others. Powerpoints and whiteboards are likely to increase in popularity year by year as more and more schools adopt them. It doesn’t replace good teaching, but it does help visualise and concentrate the mind of the children watching the powerpoint.
[NOTE: URL Changed. Previously posted as – Phyllis ]


Fri., May 18, 2007 - Your Gross and Cool Body

Your Gross and Cool Body
Pick a Body Function or a Body System from the drop-down lists
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., May 18, 2007 - Lunar Eclipse

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


Fri., May 18, 2007 - Dred Scott / Panama Canal / Montessori Movement

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 1, 2007
Read This Online :

Dred Scott Sesquicentennial: The Dred Scott Decision 1857-2007, 150 Years
Background information and listing of events commemorating the 150-year anniversary (in 2007) of the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, "which decided the case in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War." Includes a chronology of the case (which began in 1846 when Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit against Irene Emerson for their freedom), details about the trials and courtroom, and links to related sites. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item:
[SEE ALSO: Scroll down to: History of the Case
and select: Learn more about the case here. – Phyllis ]


Make the Dirt Fly!
Illustrated presentation about the building of the Panama Canal by French and American interests. Includes background about the Suez Canal built by the French (joining the Mediterranean and Red Seas, finished in 1869), selection of the canal route, workers and tropical diseases (such yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes), and civil and structural engineering issues. Includes photos, maps, and related documents about this canal first used in 1914. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Centenary of the Montessori Movement
This site from 2007 celebrates the 100th anniversary since Dr. Maria Montessori opened her first school. The site features background and a timeline about Montessori, extracts from Montessori's writings, an introduction to Montessori teaching pedagogy, a collection of photos showing Montessori programs in a variety of countries and settings, and articles about the Montessori teaching method. Also includes material about centenary events. From the Montessori Centenary Steering Committee.
LII Item:


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

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Thurs., May 17, 2007 -
Search acronyms, abbreviations, conversions, expressions, zip codes, and more.
From the site:
“ is the world's largest and most comprehensive directory and search engine for acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms on the Internet.

On a daily basis people are exposed to and baffled by new, ever-growing shorthand terms where occasionally a single term has several meanings and it is the context that determines how to interpret the utterances. In addition, one might need to have a list of acronyms or abbreviations that relates to a specific subject. It might be a student that looks for a list of terms in physiology, a businessman that needs to prepare a lecture on international business or a laboratory that would like to print an abbreviated form of the Periodic Table. answers those needs by supplying an extensive directory and a powerful search engine that provides comprehensive definition results for a specific term, grouped by categories. It also provides the ability to browse a list of terms that relates to a specific subject. holds hundreds of thousands of entries organized by a large variety of categories from computing and the Web to governmental, medicine and business and it is expanding daily.”


Thurs., May 17, 2007 - MetaGlossary

From the site:
“MetaGlossary harvests definitions from the entire web, the world's largest, constantly-updated repository of information. Hence, it surpasses traditional dictionaries, which grow more out of date with each passing day. MetaGlossary is as dynamic as the web, offering the most current information out there on the most contemporary topics.

However, unlike other search engines, MetaGlossary is able to precisely extract the meanings of terms and phrases from the often frustratingly unmanageable mass of information on the web. It provides you with concise, direct explanations for terms and phrases, not just endless links to sift through in search of a comprehensive definition.”


Thurs., May 17, 2007 - The American Presidency

The American Presidency
These sections of the American Presidency include articles from four Grolier encyclopedias, suited to different reading levels.

The American Presidency: The Presidency and Electoral Politics

The American Presidency: Profiles


The American Presidency: Presidential Facts
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Here you can find statistics on each president's life history and the members of their cabinet”

The American Presidency: Historical Web Sites
Shortened URL:

The American Presidency: Presidential Quizzes
From the site:
“Test your knowledge of the American presidents.”


Thurs., May 17, 2007 - Veterans History Project Online / Virtual Stock Market

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 20 - 26, 2007
High School Students and Educators Encouraged to Participate in Veterans History Project
In anticipation of the September premiere of Ken Burns' "The
War," the Library of Congress, PBS and WETA have launched a
nationwide educational outreach program that will give World
War II veterans the opportunity to tell their own stories in
their own words. PBS and the Library of Congress are
encouraging your high school students to take part in this
process by interviewing veterans in your community. More than
100 public television stations nationwide will also participate
by reaching out to veterans for stories to be shared locally
on-air, online and through community events funded by the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Virtual Stock Market
Interactive/Online Activity
6-8 / 9-12

Investigate the workings of the stock market by trading
traditional stocks and using call options in this online
interactive activity.


Copyright 2007 PBS Online

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Wed., May 16, 2007 - Eve Bunting, Omar Castaneda, Arthur Dorros, Chaim Potok, Upton Sinclair

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
February 27, 2007

What’s new at Web English Teacher?

Eve Bunting
Lesson plans for Dandelions, The Wall, more

Omar Castaneda
Lesson ideas for Abuela’s Weave

Arthur Dorros
Lesson ideas for Abuela and Isla

Chaim Potok
Lesson plans for The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, more

Upton Sinclair
Lesson plans for The Jungle


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher.


Wed., May 16, 2007 - Neato Mosquito

PBS’s Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site of the Week

Neato Mosquito: An Elementary Curriculum Guide
Pesky Mosquitoes Portrayed!
This 66 page curriculum guide, suitable for 4th graders, can be useful for understanding mosquito borne disease such as West Nile Virus, malaria, and equine encephalitis.


Wed., May 16, 2007 - Teacher's Guide: Science & Social Studies Thematic Units, Interactive Sites, Lesson Plans

The Teacher’s Guide

Thematic Units
Choose from a list of science and social studies themes

Interactive Sites

Lesson Plans


Wed., May 16, 2007 - Brown v Board of Education

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AASC Feature of the Month: May 2007
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007

May 2007 Feature of the Month
Brown v. Board of Education
Shortened URL: (Scroll down for Feature of the Month)

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

To mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center highlight the Court's landmark ruling and its role in bringing an end to segregation in America.

Included in the update ( ) is a featured photo essay that illustrates the actions taken by members of the NAACP and other prominent African-Americans to integrate America’s public schools. With stunning photos provided by The Library of Congress and the National Archives, the essay documents landmark events such as Kenneth Bancroft-Clark’s famous experiment that suggested that racial prejudice and self-hatred are learned at an early age, the conclusion of the Brown v. Board trial, and the famous standoff at the University of Alabama that followed the Supreme Court’s decision to desegregate schools.

For a more in-depth look at Brown v. Board of Education and the historical context of the trial, be sure not to miss the featured articles. Free subject articles include “Jim Crow Era,” “Plessy v. Ferguson,” “NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund,” as well as an in-depth look at the “Little Rock Nine,” the nine African-American youths that attempted to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Also included is primary source material like court documents for Brown v. Board of Education, as well as its supplemental hearing, plus Plessy v. Ferguson and Sweatt v. Painter. An assortment of biographies is also available for figures like Horace Mann Bond, Vivian Malone Jones, Thurgood Marshall, George Wallace, and other Jim Crow Era notables.

Enjoy and best wishes,

Art Lowe
Assistant Marketing Manager
Oxford University Press

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Tues., May 15, 2007 - Classics for Kids (Music)

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Hi! It's Saturday, February 24, 2007 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

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

ClickSchooling subscriber Tammy Bailey reminded me of this website that we
originally featured in 2004. She wrote, "It is a wonderful music history and
appreciation website with lots of teacher resources. I have used it with my
children and music co-op."

The site has been updated since we last featured it, and is definitely worth
another visit. It offers a terrific education in classical music for kids.

The website was created as a supplement to the "Classics for Kids" radio
program. (You will find information on stations that air the show at the
website, and you can listen to the archived programs as well.) The radio
shows bring great composers to life through music and stories. The website
provides an opportunity to listen to the archived weekly radio shows and
also offers free downloadable activities and lessons that focus on National
Standards for the Arts/Music and Academic Content Standards. The
supplemental materials incorporate various music training philosophies
including Orff, Dalcrose, and Kodaly.

When you get to the site you will see the current week’s featured radio
program in the center of the home page, along with a featured composer, the
radio show index, and tips on practicing for music students.

Parents and Teachers can utilize the menu on the right of the page to get
info about music education and to register to receive updated information
about "Classics for Kids." You can also download articles and an activity
book from this section.

The MAIN MENU is on the left side of the page, from which you can access the
following selections:

*This Week’s Show – Find the featured "Classics for Kids" radio program of
the week.

*Past Shows – Access the archives of past "Classics for Kids" radio

*Hear the Music – Listen to the music of your favorite classical music

*Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.

*Instruments of the Orchestra – Learn about all of the instruments of the
symphony orchestra and hear what they sound like.

*Musical Dictionary – Learn musical terminology and hear samples of music.

*Schedule & Stations - Find a list of radio stations that broadcast Classics
for Kids.

*Events - Get a listing of fun music events for kids in various geographic
areas (although, at the time I visited all events featured were in Ohio).

*Links - Find a terrific list of links to other sites about all aspects of
classical music.

Bookmark this one, you’ll want 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.


Tues., May 15, 2007 - Subject Presentations: Library Science, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, The Arts

Jefferson County Schools, TN
For Grades K-5 and 6-12

Library Science Presentations

Language Arts Presentations

Math Presentations

Science Presentations

Social Studies Presentations

Art Presentations
Performing Arts and Visual Arts


Tues., May 15, 2007 - Sites to See: Math in the Real World

Sites to See
Math in the Real World
"Real" math from some of the coolest sites on the Internet.
Updated 2/23/2007


Tues., May 15, 2007 - That Quiz (Math)

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, February 26, 2007, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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

Age Range: 7 to 18 (From simple addition on up to calculus; younger children
may need help navigating)

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for
you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly
tell you whether your answer is correct. It will keep track of your score,
and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of
questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool
sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy.
You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy;
write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you
did wrong.

This website is also available in Spanish. Just click the icon in the upper
right corner!

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can
log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help
for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of;
individual students don't need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids
won't need to either; everything on this site is accessible without

There really is something at every level here; a whole decade's worth of
randomly-generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking
website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to
select the parameters you'd like to apply. For example, for calculus, you
can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can
identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the
number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also
select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten
problems, or as many as a hundred.

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might
need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up
to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and
the activity works just fine.

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.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Sun., May 13, 2007 - Seat Guru

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, February 26, 2007

Seat Guru

Site last updated 26 Apr 2007

Today's site provides a host of information about the varying conditions of
seats on major airlines from around the globe. Gentle Subscribers planning
a trip involving air travel, or simply curious about the best seats on a
given company's planes, will find the inside details on offer here.

"The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline
information. ... Having realized the vast differences between airline
seats, [frequent flyer Matthew Daimler] was determined to build a
repository of this useful information and share it with other travelers.
... SeatGuru ... has expanded to over 275 airplane seatmaps from over 40
different airlines." - from the website

The site features graphical representations of airline interior seating
layouts, with color-coding to indicate the best and worst seats. Notations
on the less than desirable seat aspects of misaligned windows, cramped
legroom and limited recline are included, along with power point, lavatory,
and exit row locations. Additional details cover plane description, seat
pitch, seat width and in-flight services, while tips on checking in,
baggage, and traveling with infants and pets, are available for specific

Hop over to this useful site for a look at the best and worst plane seats

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


Sun., May 13, 2007 - Digital History

Digital History: Learning Modules
From the site:
“Each of our 24 learning modules, which correspond to the major periods in
American history, includes: A succinct historical overview;
recommended documents, films, and historic images; and
teaching resources including lesson plans, fact checks, and activities.”

Digital History: Resource Guides
From the site:
“We have developed 45 resource guides, each of which includes a succinct
overview of a historical period or topic; links to our comprehensive online
textbook; bibliographies; classroom handouts; timelines; film guides;
primary sources; maps; music; speeches; political cartoons; historic images;
and relevant websites.”

Digital History: For Teachers
From the site:
“Our teaching resources are designed to help instructors at all levels bring the past to life and to help students understand that knowledge of the past is our best guide in making decisions that will determine our future.”

Digital History: eXplorations
From the site:
“Explorations are inquiry-based, interactive modules designed to give students the opportunity to do history: to conduct research, analyze primary sources, and draw their own conclusions.”

This site was updated on 12-May-07.

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


Sun., May 13, 2007 - Oral Histories of U.S. Diplomats

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 10:47:19 -0500
From: Laura Gottesman
Subject: New Library of Congress Online Collection Presents Oral
Histories of U.S. Diplomats: "Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign
Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic
Studies and Training"

A new online collection of interviews with some of the most prominent
diplomats of the 20th century is now available from the Library of
Congress's American Memory Web site:
< >.

"Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training"
< > presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses and private thoughts. These elements are crucial to understanding the full story of the creation of a structure of stable relationships that maintained world peace and protected U.S. interests and values.

Most of the interviews in the collection come from foreign service officers, but there also are some with political appointees and other officials. While some 1920s-, 1930s-, and World War II-era diplomacy is covered, most of the interviews involve post-World War II diplomacy, from the late 1940s to the 1990s.

This collection captures the post-World War II period in vivid terms and intimate detail, documenting the way U.S. diplomacy defended the United States and its interests in a challenging world. The narratives span the major diplomatic crises and issues that faced the United States during the second half of the 20th century and, as new interviews are added, will include developments in the 21st century. The 1,301 transcripts of oral history interviews were donated by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, a private, nonprofit organization.

Laura Gottesman
Digital Reference Team
The Library of Congress


Sun., May 13, 2007 - The Road to Jamestown

The Road to Jamestown
Jamestown, from the British point of view…
From the site:
“In 1606, three ships left the port of London in search of new lands across the Atlantic. The following year, the ships settled on the banks of the James River in Virginia, and more than 100 English men formed the first permanent settlement in the ‘New World.’ and called it ‘Jamestown.’…These pages tell the REAL story of the Smythe family…This year marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.”

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