Friday, June 08, 2007


Fri., June 8, 2007 - Mathematical Interactives

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, March 19, 2007, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Mathematical Interactivities: Puzzles, Games, and Other Online Educational
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 6-17

David Hellam, Information Technology teacher at Kuwait English School, has
made the mathematics interactivities on this website freely available to
teachers and their students.

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the
home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic
squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals,
percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the
time. You'll even find...

*Interactive 100 Square Chart - Select any number and click the color to see
all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to
three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in
multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some
algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in "Making
Measurements"), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and
more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet
your current math needs. Don't miss...

*Escher-like Tessellations and Islamic Patterns - Learn what a tessellation
is in Moslem designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own.
Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs)
and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for
some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying
the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait
have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the
bottom of each page. (Note: The "Links" page in this section lead to errors
or dead links, but don't let that discourage you from trying the other
activities that do work.)

New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return

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.


Fri., June 8, 2007 - Fossils and Meteorites

From the site:
“Studying fossils teaches us about plants and animals of the past, including our human ancestors. Go back in time and discover the stories that fossils can reveal,”

Fossil Folklore
From the site:
“What are fossils? Find out how fossils are formed and discover the truth behind some of the myths that have grown up around them.”

Virtual Wonders
From the site:
“Examine our virtual specimens, from fossilised trilobites to the bizarre Anomalocaris that stalked the seas 540 million years ago.” Contents include: Fossil ammonite, Meteorite fragments, Fossil seashell, Microfossil, and Trilobites.

Meteorite Fragments

From the site:
“The study of meteorites can reveal how the solar system first began, what life is like on other planets and how these planets were formed. Find out how often these messengers from space fall, where they end up and what other secrets they tell us.”


Fri., June 8, 2007 - Fossils

Surfing the Net with Kids: Fossils
Page contains links to 5 annotated sites and 4 honorable mentions.
From the site:
“A fossil is a window into the history of our world, providing clues about plants and animals that lived thousands or millions of years ago. Because fossils are fairly easy to find, many kids and grownups enjoy the sleuthing that amateur paleontology (the study of ancient life) offers.”

The first link listed is:

From the site:
“[A] fossil is the remains or evidence of any creature or plant that once lived on the Earth…find teaching tips and innovative lesson plans, word puzzles and more about fossils and geologic time.”
What Is A Fossil Fossil Collecting How Are Fossils Formed Ammonites Brachiopods Crinoids Megalodon Orthoceras Trilobites Clock of Eras Geologic Time Line Earth Science Lesson Plans Activities For Kids Fossil Lesson Plans Coloring Pages


Fri., June 8, 2007 - Sites From PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 10 - 16, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 10 - 16, 2007

NOVA: Dying to be Thin
From the site:
“Welcome to the companion Web site to "Dying to be Thin," originally broadcast on December 12, 2000. The film examines a disturbing increase in the prevalence of debilitating and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia. Here's what you'll find online:

Watch the Program Here:
If you missed "Dying to be Thin" on television, you can watch it in its entirety here.
or view the transcript:

Also: Ask the Experts, Share Your Story, One Man's Battle, Minority Women: The Untold Story, Body Needs (Hot Science), Help/Resources, Teacher's Guide.


Pale Male
On-Air & Online
Sunday, June 10, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
This program tells the remarkable story of the bold and daring
red-tailed hawk that took up residence in the heart of
Manhattan in the early 1990s. Defying the odds, he mated and
established a family of hawks whose presence remains one of the
modern-day wonders of the Big Apple. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our screensaver and watch Pale Male swoop across your


Jewel of the Earth
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Join host David Attenborough for an exploration of the
remarkable time capsule of ancient life preserved in fossilized
tree resin or amber. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide in which students set sticky traps
to collect organisms and then identify and classify the
organisms they find.
See teaching guide pasted below.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Secrets of the Dead
Killer Flu
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
This program follows scientists, led by Jeffrey Taubenberger,
who have been seeking to learn where the 1918 flu virus came
from and what made it so deadly. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn the details about the culprit behind the killer flu of
1918 and why it may become a new threat. Explore our
interactive "Caught the Flu?" to find out what a virus is and
how viral infections can be so easily spread.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


NOVA scienceNOW

NOVA would love your feedback. Please take our online survery
and answer a few questions about your work as a science
educator and about the series NOVA scienceNOW.
Shortened URL:


America at a Crossroads
Kansas to Kandahar
On-Air & Online
Monday, June 11, 2007
9 - 10:30 pm
This film explores the experiences and emotions of a Chinook
helicopter unit from suburban Kansas City in their one-year
deployment as they first serve in Pakistan -- providing
humanitarian relief following the devastating 2005 earthquake
-- and then as they travel to the war zone in Afghanistan. (CC,
Stereo, DVI, in perpetuity)

Explore the events that shaped the modern middle-east using our
online interactive timeline map.
Shortened URL:


Media Infusion – June 2007
Mathematical Problem Solving: A Journey toward Meaning
K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

Elementary school math teacher Cindy Newton offers up numerous
multimedia resources that will help students go beyond simple
memorization and understand the real-world applications of math.

----- with Andy Carvin
Olivia's Letters
3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

News coverage about a middle school student victimized by
online and offline bullying has prompted a grassroots
solidarity campaign. She's received over 1,400 letters of
support so far and it's serving as a teachable moment that no
school should ignore.
Shortened URL:

What are Teens and Tweens Doing Online?

Anastasia Goldstein, author of "Totally Wired: What Teens and
Tweens are REALLY Doing Online" is taking your questions on the
online habits of tweens and teens.


Teens and Web 2.0 (in English and Spanish)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“It's very likely that the Web your teen is using is very different from the one you've gotten to know over the last decade. In addition to serving up a seemingly bottomless stream of information, today's Web is more participatory, more social and more flexible than ever before. <<>>

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

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Subject: [NOVA] Jewel of the Earth
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 14:13:41 -0400 (EDT)

Next on NOVA: "Jewel of the Earth"

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

Forty million years ago a diverse community of insects living at the
bottom of a tree in a temperate forest chanced into a sticky pool of
pine resin. Then a mere 67 years ago a young boy named David
Attenborough was given the amber stone containing the entombed bugs.
"Jewel of the Earth" explores the remarkable time capsule of ancient
life preserved in this and countless other samples of fossilized tree
resin, or amber. Sir David Attenborough, now grown up and a
celebrated naturalist and TV personality, hosts the program. As he
makes abundantly clear, he is still entranced with the amber specimen
from his youth and the seemingly magical quality of the material to
serve as a crystal-clear window to an age before humans walked the

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:


Bitten By the Bug
What lies behind fossil-bearing amber's fascination? Hear from
one newly minted aficionado.

Amber Time Machine
Trace a bee's journey from its brief life 20 million years ago
down through the ages within fossil resin.


Stories in Amber
View striking photos of long-extinct plants and animals caught
forever in mid-pose.

Amber Around the World
From the Arctic to the tropics, from Mexico to Myanmar, amber is
cosmopolitan, as this clickable map shows.


Amber Slide Show
Subscribe to our video podcast to download a collection of
dazzling images and hear expert George Poinar reveal the secrets
trapped within ancient amber.

Also, Links & Books, the Teacher's Guide, the program transcript,
and more:

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Thurs., June 7, 2007 - Presidential Campaigns: Editorial Cartoons / Oliphant's Anthem

Presidential Campaigns
From the site:
“Editorial cartoons, in particular, represent a vital form of political discourse in our democratic society. In the hands of a master they provide insight into universal features of human nature, and make complex social and political issues comprehensible.”

Part of:

Oliphant's Anthem
From the site:
“Oliphant's Anthem: Pat Oliphant at the Library of Congress commemorates the Library of Congress's recent acquisition of sixty cartoon drawings, sketchbooks, and illustrations by one of America's foremost editorial cartoonists.
SECTIONS: 1. First Decades in America - 2. War and Diplomacy - 3. Presidential Campaigns
4. Richard Nixon - 5. Sketchbooks - 6. Domestic Issues - 7. Recent Works
8. Works in Other Media - 9. Socks Album”


Thurs., June 7, 2007 - Chicago History / Presidential Doodles / Math Class for All

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #447 3/22/07


Visual Encyclopedia of Chicago History

The Chicago History Museum, Northwestern University, and The Newberry
Library present this thorough, definitive resource on the history of the
Windy City. "The Visual Encyclopedia of Chicago History", an online
companion to the 2004 tome by the same name, is a free digital re-creation
of the $60 book which you can access with the simple click of a mouse.

Chicagoans and history buffs alike will enjoy browsing the online
encyclopedia, where they can read about a range of topics including the
Haymarket Riots, Al Capone, as well as excerpts from the Tribune and the
Chicago Times and much more. Visitors can easily search the site
alphabetically by topic, and then take some time browsing the incredibly
detailed "Maps" section.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Presidential Doodles

Believe it or not, U.S. Presidents are just as prone to whimsical doodling
as we civilians are. This cool website, from the creators of Cabinet
Magazine, is an extensively researched account of two hundred years of
"Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles, and Scrawls from the Oval Office".

See the random doodles of George Washington, Richard Nixon, Rutherford B.
Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and other former Commanders-in-Chief, and read the
accompanying analysis by the site's editors. There are other cool features
on the site including an online quiz, an e-card of "presidential doodles",
and biographical info about the authors behind this unique and fascinating

Math Class for All

It may not have been the most exciting class in school, but the subject of
Mathematics plays a significant role in many areas of our lives. This is a
great site for parents, kids, students, as well as anyone else who wants to
sharpen their math skills.

WebMath.Com has endless amounts of information on the various subjects
within the field of Mathematics, but perhaps its most useful section is the
one entitled "Math for Everyone". Visitors will discover both practical
and fun uses for Math, including counting coins, measuring wind chill
factor and lottery odds, calculating interest payments, and doing simple
unit conversions. Math is fun!!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]



Thurs., June 7, 2007 - Cities / Presidential Recording Program / Sci-Tech Today

Sites found in:

Cities Around the World
"over 6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the
American Geographical Society Library." Search, or browse by city or
country, by Views, Architecture, City and Town Life, by People, or by the
100 cities with the most photos.

Presidential Recordings Program [Miller Center of Public Affairs]
Listen here to history as it happened, and/or read transcripts of the
4,000+ hours of conversations held by presidents Roosevelt, Truman,
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sci-Tech Today
Browse sci-tech news by broad topics (Health, Space, Environment,
Innovation, etc.) or search through archived stories going back at least
to 2003.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.


Thurs., June 7, 2007 - From The Scout Report, March 23, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
March 23, 2007
Volume 13, Number 11

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:
Online Resource: Geometry

Along with their substantial instructional resources, the American
Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) has worked to place
valuable mathematical materials online to aid both teachers and students.
This particular site contains links discovered and vetted by George
Alexander, who works on behalf of the AMATYC. Here visitors will find links
to materials that can be used to teach students about the fundamentals of
geometry, including plane motion, polyhedras, symmetry, and tessellations.
In total, there are links to 33 resources here, and suggestions for new
materials are always welcome. [KMG]

---- [Last reviewed in the Scout Report on January 29,

Everyone likes polls, even if they don’t always like the results. There are
a number of ways to keep tabs on recent and informative polls, and is definitely one of the most comprehensive ways to do so
online. From the homepage, users can look over the site’s primary thematic
areas, which include “Elections”, “National Security”, and “In the News”.
Within each thematic area, visitors can look over the results of recent
polls, read the questions asked of participants, and learn about each poll’s
methodology and sample size. The site doesn’t have a search engine, but it
doesn’t take much time to look through the contents of this useful site. The
site has a number of subscription services as well, though it should be
noted that these are not offered for free. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Writing Resource Center: Empire State College [pdf]

Effective learning strategies for becoming a better writer are much
appreciated resources on college campuses, and this site presents a
cornucopia of just this type of material. Created by Empire State college
faculty specifically for adult learners and faculty use, the site provides
access to a very fine annotated resource list. The list contains documents
from The Genesee Valley Center Writing Program and is divided into sections
such as “Grammar & Punctuation”, “ESL Resources”, and “Documenting
Resources”. The site contains over 150 specific resources that range from
worksheets for faculty on how to conduct informal writing activities to a
primer on when to write out numbers and when to use numerals in different
types of documents. [KMG]



Started in 1996, the SocioSite website is a project created by the social
science faculty at the University of Amsterdam. During the past eleven
years, the site has grown extensively, and it serves as a clearinghouse of
important and relevant links to various disciplines within
the social sciences ( ). Contained
within a simple template, visitors can look through
sections dedicated to journals, libraries, news groups, search tools,
institutions, associations, and weblogs. For each link, visitors can read a
brief summary of its contents, and they may also wish to suggest links via
the webform on the site. Visitors who have visited the site before may wish
to go directly to the “What’s New” section for the most recent updates. The
site is rounded out by a “Funny Stuff’ section, which features sociological-
related humor and wordplay. [KMG]
[NOTE: More than 175 subjects listed, links annotated. – Phyllis ]


How The Heart Works

Figuring out how the heart functions in a metaphorical sense can be an
unending and highly metaphysical process (just ask John Donne), so it’s nice
to find a place online where visitors can learn how the heart functions in a
literal sense. This website was created by the National Heart Lung and Blood
Institute, and begins by answering the basic question: “What is the Heart?”
After reading this short and informative piece of writing, visitors can
meander through sections titled “Anatomy”, “Contraction”, “Circulation”,
“Electrical System”, and “Heart Disease”. Each section provides a brief
summary of each topic, complete with graphic illustrations and several
digital animations. It’s a well-constructed and user-friendly introduction
to this important topic, and one that will be of use to those entering one
of the health care professions, or those who are intrigued with various body
systems. [KMG]


City Mayors

Drawing on the expertise of a team of editors who reside in Britain,
Germany, Spain, Mexico, France, and a number of other countries, the City
Mayors organization is an “international network of professionals working to
promote strong cities and good local government.” Their website takes on
all of the important urban issues of the day, including governance,
affordable housing, sustainable development, transportation, and a number of
other pressing issues. On their homepage, visitors will find links to recent
news stories from cities around the world and direct links to thematic
sections such as business, finance, environment, and development. One
section that should not be missed is the “City Rankings” area, which
includes helpful lists of the largest cities in the world by land area,
population and density, along with a list of the most expensive cities in
the world. [KMG]

[NOTE: See Also: State and Local Government on the Net
From the site:
“The State and Local Government Internet directory provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments. Use the drop-down menus on the left to view directory pages for: States: State Government Offices - View all the websites in a given state -- from a state's home page or governor's site to the smallest counties or townships. Topics: The websites of state government constitutional officers, state legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across all states. Local Govt.: Local Government Links by County Government.”
Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

The world of nanotechnology and its related applications is growing quickly,
and there are a number of websites that are dedicated to keeping up with the
developments in the field. This site falls into that very category, as it
contains links to recent news stories about the field, coupled with a
database containing nanotechnology-related links to universities, research
labs and institutes, and associations. Those who might be new to the world
of nanotechnology will want to browse on over to the “Nanomaterials
Introduction” section. Here they will find short pieces on the significance
of the nanoscale, nanomaterial science, and its current (and future)
applications. The site also contains a career center, where interested
persons can look over job opportunities in the industry. [KMG]



Understanding how various concepts and processes in physics can be an
exasperating experience for students beginning to study the field, so
finding sites like this one can be quite a delight. These Java-based applets
were developed at Davidson University by Wolfgang Christian, and they are a
real delight. First-time visitors may wish to read through the introduction
on using these physlets, and then move on to look through the different
sections on the site. In total, there are over 100 physlets here, and they
include those that illustrate (or animate) such processes as linear
momentum, elastic linear collisions, and the movement of sound waves. [KMG]


Business Writer’s Free Library

Writing letters or memos in the world of business is an acquired skill, and
those beginning to learn about this process will appreciate this site, which
was designed by the Authenticity Counseling Company. The helpful resources
offered here are divided into several sections, including “General Resources
and Advice”, “Basic Writing Skills”, and “Basic Composition Skills”. One
other section is worth noting as well, and this is the section titled “Some
Types of Correspondence”. This is perhaps the section most relevant to
business writing practices, as it includes sample memos, meeting minutes,
and procedures for composing effective business emails. Overall, the site is
quite a find, and visitors will enjoy making multiple visits to make the
most out of the material offered here. [KMG]

Basic Accounting Lesson Plans

Are balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements keeping you
up at night? Well, beginning accounting students (or others with an interest
in such matters) will appreciate these basic accounting lesson plans,
provided courtesy of the website. The first section
contains a number of lesson plans (Gr. 7 up) and worksheets that include topics such as
the fundamental concepts of accounting, transaction analysis, accrual
accounting and adjusting entries. Moving on, the site also contains a number
of useful articles on various topics within the field, such as bookkeeping,
ledgers, and profit and loss reports. The site is rounded out by a selection
of helpful accounting textbooks that students may wish to look for as they
continue their journey through the world of accounting. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Wed., June 6, 2007 - Natural Disasters: Animated Guides / Open Access Journals in Education

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

Natural Disasters : Animated Guides
Record Id: 666861
Created: 2007-03-16 10:18:42
Categories: govpub,physci

BBC News animated guides to the world's most devastating phenomena:
volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Open Access Journals in the Field of Education
Record Id: 666856
Created: 2007-03-15 21:56:42
Categories: ejournal,liberal

Directory and links to more than 200 open access electronic journals on
education. Site last updated on May 29, 2007.


Wed., June 6, 2007 - NOAA Celebrates 200 Years of Science and Service

NOAA Celebrates 200 Years of Science, Service, and Stewardship
For Kids and Educators
From the site:
“For the 200th celebration, NOAA has assembled educational resources for kids and educators.

Celebrating a Continued Focus on the Oceans, Coasts, and Skies: Online Resources
From the site:
The materials within this section have been selected to help teachers, students, and parents learn about our ocean, coasts, and skies. The information is organized into three sections to help you Explore, Understand, and Protect our marine and atmospheric environments.

Discover Your World with NOAA: An Activity Book
From the site:
“This activity book includes 43 activities designed to help kids learn about our planet and NOAA's role in exploring, understanding, and protecting Earth. The book can be downloaded in full or as individual activities.”


Wed., June 6, 2007 - COAST: Consortium for Oceanographic Activities for Students and Teachers

Site found in:
17 March 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

(COAST), (suggested by Elizabeth Rogers Joyner, COSEE-SE), "This
material, intended for use by teachers to structuring classroom
activities, is divided into two sections that reflect the different
emphases and requirements of elementary and middle school programs, and
high schools. The elementary and middle school section is developed from
the award winning Operation Pathfinder, Best of the Best, and is an
electronic version of the Resource Guide for Oceanography and Coastal
Processes. The high school section is being developed to reflect the
structure of the COAST Visualization Web Site."

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Wed., June 6, 2007 - Sinking of the Andrea Doria

Secrets of the Dead:
The Sinking of the Andrea Doria
From the site:
“On the last night of a 4,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic, the Andrea Doria luxury liner was broadsided by the 13,000-ton Stockholm in a freak accident that imperiled more than 1,700 passengers and crew.”
Site includes background information, clues and evidence, and links to related resources.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Tues., June 5, 2007 - American Bald Eagle Information

American Bald Eagle Information
From the site:
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a final decision on whether to remove the bald eagle from the federal list of threatened and endangered species no later than June 29, 2007....The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of American, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.”
• Eagle Description
• Eagle Feathers
• Eagle's Eyesight
• Feeding Habits
• Nesting & Young
• Eagle Migration
• Bald Eagle History
• Future of Bald Eagle
• Our National Emblem
• Bald Eagle Sightings
• The Eagle Lady
• Myths and Legends
• Eagle Poems
• Old Eagle Tree
• Old Abe
• Golden Eagle
• Harpy Eagle
• Essence of Eagles
• Eagles of the World
• Eagle Screen Savers
• Eagle Greeting Cards
• Eagle Related Links
• Eagle Facts Sheet
…and more
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 5, 2007 - Teaching Physics? Learning Physics? Studying Physics? Teaching Physics? Learning Physics? Studying Physics?
From the site:
“Whether you are teaching physics or studying physics, is the web site for you. It is designed for students who are studying A-level physics. The material frequently goes beyond what is required in the A-level physics syllabus. There is a mathematical refresher course in the preliminary section which covers basic calculus and the mathematics that students frequently find difficult. Flash animations explain key ideas.”


Tues., June 5, 2007 - Best Practices of Technology Integration (K-12)

Best Practices of Technology Integration in Michigan (K-12)
From the site:
“The lesson plans that you will find here have been written by practicing teachers and have been "kid tested" to work in the classroom. All of these lessons have been aligned with the Michigan Framework Document. We hope you find these lessons helpful. They are examples of how technology can be used as a valuable tool in your classroom. Please feel free to try or adapt any of these lessons in your classroom.”

Subjects: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Fine Arts
Integrated Arts
Language Arts
Social Studies
Special Education
High School also includes Business

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 5, 2007 - From The Scout Report, March 16, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
March 16, 2007
Volume 13, Number 10


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


American Women Through Time

There are many resources that detail the contributions of women in American
history, but this particular site does so in an organized and intelligent
fashion. Created by Ken Middleton, a reference librarian at Middle Tennessee
State University, the site is chronologically organized, and visitors can
read through each area to learn about various online resources that deal
with each historical era. The primary timeline covers the world of Native
Americans all the way up to the year 2001. The site also has a “Other
Timelines” section, which includes links to timelines that tell the stories
of notable women in history and topical ones as well, such as those dealing
with feminism, Jewish women, and women in the military. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


National Association of Biology Teachers: Instructional Materials [ppt,

For several years, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has
created a number of very fine instructional materials designed for use in
the classroom, and even seasoned educators will find new approaches to
teaching bioethics, gene sequences, and other related topics on the site.
The materials are arranged in one simple list, and they include lesson plans
that take on the subject of forensic science and the world of the “hooey
stick”. The “hooey stick” exercise is quite a bit of fun, and along with
being aligned with National Science Education standards, it allows students
to learn about empiricism and logic in science. Overall, there are some very
good resources for educators here, and a few of the resources are so
intriguing that even casual visitors may find themselves making repeat
visits here. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Introduction to Accounting

Accounting can strike fear into the hearts of many, particular around the
ides of April here in the United States. Beginning students of the field and
small business owners will breathe a bit easier after looking over this easy
to use and informative site. As the homepage remarks, this site will help
users learn the basics of accounting and also give them the opportunity to
solve common-place accounting problems. The four primary sections of the
website include “Lessons”, “Problems”, “Solutions”, and “Downloads”. In the
“Lessons” section, visitors can make their way through eight separate
lessons which cover the elements of financial reporting all the way up
through natural resources and depletion. The “Problems” section contains a
basic set of accounting problems keyed to the eight lessons mentioned above,
and the “Solutions” cover all of the problems and their execution in detail.


Infomat: Fashion Industry Business Information

The fashion industry has many facets, and aspiring students who hope to
break into the field may find themselves wondering about such aspects as
marketing, industry trends, and the expansive world of fabrics and textiles.
All of these subjects are covered on the Infomat website, which includes a
“Guides” section, where visitors can learn about accessories, apparel marts,
designer collections, and modeling agencies, among other areas of interest.
Instructors will also appreciate the site’s versatility, as they may be
intrigued by the “News” area, which contains news digests from the areas of
textiles, retail, and apparel. The site is rounded out by a “Community”
area, which features a searchable calendar of events and a “Who’s Who”
section that provides brief biographies of industry leaders like Yves Saint
Laurent and Issey Miyake. [KMG]


London: A Life in Maps

Sometime in the middle of the thirteen century, the monk Matthew Paris
created a diagram using ink and various pigments to illustrate his route
from London to Apulia. In doing so, he created a document which forms part
of the cartographic history of a city that would grow exponentially over the
coming centuries. This document, along with thirty nine others, form part of
the online exhibit, London: A Life in Maps. Created by staff members at the
British Library, visitors can click on an interactive map (rather
appropriately) to locate these various maps which go all the way up to the
21st century. Another fun feature on the site allows users to download a
Google Earth layer that includes a selection of these maps, including one of
Regents Park in 1841 and a plan of the London Docks from 1797. The site is
rounded out by an area where visitors can send electronic cards to friends
and colleagues that incorporate images from these maps. [KMG]


Alaska and Western Canada Collection

The University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections continues to
break new and interesting ground with one of their latest offerings, which
happens to focus in on Alaska and the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory
and British Columbia. With extensive archival holdings in both areas, they
are certainly well poised to do so, and this particular collection includes
visual materials related to the famed Gold Rush of 1898 to 1900, mining
activities, and World War II installations. As with previous collections
from this series, visitors can type keywords into the search engine, or they
can search by category. The Gold Rush section is a real gem, as it includes
225 images in total. They include an illustration of a miner’s working
outfit from 1897, a photograph of a mining town dance from 1900, and a
harrowing photograph of a boat navigating the treacherous Miles Canyon along
the Yukon River. [KMG]


Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women’s
Dresses [Macromedia Flash Player]

This web exhibition from the National Museum of the American Indian pairs
historic dresses with commentary and memories from contemporary Native
American women designers, who work in traditional styles. For example, a
painted Sioux dress from 1890 that depicts warrior scenes is accompanied by
comments from Juanita Growing Thunder. She describes a dress made for the
daughter of her mother's adopted brother, beaded with eagle feathers to
recall his service in Vietnam. The dress "meant that he had gone to war and
had fought. It all ties in with the warrior societies of the past." [DS]
[NOTE: Other pages from Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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

Monday, June 04, 2007


Mon., June 4, 2007 - From FREE Teaching Resources, 20 Mar 2007

Sites found in:
Teaching Resources
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007

New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


Women's History Month -- See more than 30 federal resources
for teaching and learning about women pioneers and writers,
the fight for women's rights, and events and individuals that
shaped the course of women's history in the U.S.


Picturing France, 1830-1900
explores 19th-century painting in France and the culture it
reflects and that produced it. Organized by region, the site
offers a glimpse of the history and cultural life of Paris,
Auvergne, Normandy, Provence, and other areas. More than 50
works are examined. (National Gallery of Art)


Earth and Space Science
provides activities, animations, and lessons on astronomy, the
solar system, and earth's structure, processes, and history.
Topics include earthquakes, faults, tectonic plates, soil
liquefaction, Antarctica, convection currents in water,
continental drift, extremophiles, auroras, subduction, Curie
point, ozone, climate change, earth's magnetic field, and
seasons. (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Exploratorium: The Learning Resource Collection Digital Library - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Global Climate Change
is an introduction to the world of scientific research on
climate change. Learn about physical processes underlying the
earth's climate, data on how the climate is changing and the
role of human activity, and questions and uncertainties that
researchers continue to explore. The site is organized in
four parts: the atmosphere, hydrosphere (oceans and water),
cryosphere (snow and ice), and biosphere (living organisms).
(Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Learning About Fossil Fuels
features lessons on coal, oil, and natural gas. Learn how
coal is formed and used, and about technologies for cleaning
up coal. Find out how oil is squeezed out of the earth and
how natural gas is extracted from the ground and sea.
(Department of Energy)


Milestones in the History of Energy and Its Uses
features a timeline of energy developments and uses since the
1700s. Learn about biomass, coal, electricity, geothermal,
natural gas, nuclear power, oil, solar power, wind turbines,
and transportation. See biographies of individuals who
contributed to energy and science. Read a history of energy
in the U.S. from 1635-2000. (Department of Energy)
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Nature of Science
provides activities and lessons for learning about the
scientific process, science and society, and science as a
career. (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Exploratorium: The Learning Resource Collection Digital Library - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Physical Sciences
presents more than 200 activities, visualizations, and lessons
on electricity and magnetism, energy, heat and thermodynamics,
interactions of matter, light and optics, measurement, motion
and forces, matter (its states, structure, and properties),
and vibrations and waves. (Exploratorium, National Science
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Exploratorium: The Learning Resource Collection Digital Library - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

view an archive of past messages


Mon., June 4, 2007 - Women and Social Movements, 1600-2000

Women and Social Movements 1600-2000
From the site:
“Organized around 72 document projects with 2100 primary documents, the Women and Social Movements website offers new ways for students, teachers, and scholars to study American History.”
“We are in the process of migrating this site to We suggest you click to access that site. This set of web pages will disappear in June or July 2007 and will then re-direct users to the new version.”

Related Links

Archives and Webographies in Women's History

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated.- Phyllis ]


Mon., June 4, 2007 - Houdini (2) / Women's Movement, 1960 to Present

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 22, 2007
Read This Online :

AKA Houdini
This exhibit provides biographical material about Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss), covering his childhood ("He told fans that he was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, but his real birthplace was Budapest, Hungary."), his rise to fame as an escape artist, his interest in psychic fraud, and his death at the age of 52. Features photos, video clips, teaching materials, and games and projects. From the Outagamie County Historical Society, Wisconsin.
LII Item:

Companion website to a documentary about Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss), who has been called "the world's greatest escape artist." Features escape techniques (for ropes, straitjacket, and more), film clips, timeline, a poster gallery, and profiles of people and events. Includes related reading and links (some broken) and a teacher's guide.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Primary Sources in the Women's Movement, 1960 to Present: The "Second Wave" and Beyond
This site provides a forum "that brings together feminist thinkers, scholars and activists, to analyze compelling questions about feminist activism and theories, define new directions for historical research on this period, and provide a new venue for publishing traditional articles." It features links to chronologies, oral histories, images of documents, book reviews, bibliographies, and teaching material. Also includes links to related sites. From Alexander Street Press.
LII Item:

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


Mon., June 4, 2007 - Civil Rights: 1963 March on Washington

African American Studies Center: March Feature of the Month
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007

1963 March on Washington

“This month the feature highlights the 1963 March on Washington
and some of the well-known people who were involved in the
landmark event. Included in the update is a featured photo essay that
captures with striking images the freedom fighting spirit of the Civil Rights
heroes that attended the march, including Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins,
James Farmer, and Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his legendary
"I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during
the rally.”

“For a more in-depth look at the March on Washington, check out Kate
Tuttle’s featured essay, which covers the rally from gestation to
fruition - noting unbelievable details like the fact that funds for
the march were raised primarily through the sale of buttons for 25
cents each. Other articles include a look at the Civil Rights Movement
on the whole, as well as an analysis of Dr. King’s speech, taken
directly from the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature,
one of the most substantial guides available on the world of African
American lit.”

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Sun., June 3, 2007 - History Now: American Cities

--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: New Issue of History Now: American Cities
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007

Issue Eleven, March 2007

The Institute is pleased to present the eleventh issue of HISTORY NOW, a quarterly online journal for history teachers and students, available at

In this issue, our historians focus on the character and history of six American cities: New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, Detroit, and New Orleans. Woven into their unique histories are key elements of our nation’s political, social and economic history. But the stories of these cities do not exhaust the possibilities. It is our belief that students across the country can use the study of their own towns and cities to illuminate important developments in our national past.
Click on the links below for each feature:

Revolutionary Philadelphia
by Ray Raphael

Coming to America: Ellis Island and New York City
by Vincent Cannato

Motor City: The Story of Detroit
by Thomas J. Sugrue

Remembering the Alamo
by Char Miller

San Francisco and the Great Earthquake of 1906
by Robert Cherny

New Orleans and the History of Jazz
by Loren Schoenberg

And don't miss our interactive "Map of Urban Expansion:"


Sun., June 3, 2007 - Vote 2008: The Primaries / You Decide 2008

The Online NewsHour
Vote 2008 – The Primaries

Site includes information on the candidates, states to watch, and lesson plans.

Lesson Plans


You Decide 2008

Eyes on the Issues
Details on the candidates and their platforms.


Sun., June 3, 2007 - OpenCongress

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, March 16, 2007
"brings together official government data with news and blog coverage to
give you the real story behind each bill." Check out the latest votes,
and search or browse Bills, Senators, Representatives, Committees,
Industries, Issues, or Blog (which is available by RSS).

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.


Sun., June 3, 2007 -

Site found in:

Don's Patch #66 from
March 15, 2007

From the site:
“ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation that has no government affiliations of any kind.

Our purpose is educational. We do not express opinions on our research projects, but believe that most people care about their community, their state and their country, have common sense and good judgment and can better exercise their actions if the large volume of data and rhetoric on an issue is reduced to a fairly crafted ProCon presentation.

Our goal is to research issues that we feel are complicated and important and work to present them in a balanced, comprehensive, and straight forward pro-con format.”


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

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