Saturday, September 22, 2007


Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 - Silencing Genomes / Napoleonic Period Collection

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 11, 2007
Volume 13, Number 18
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:

Silencing Genomes [Macromedia Flash Player]

While we may have complete genome sequences for humans and some animals,
scientists are now entering the “post genome” era. The challenges of this
era include determining the physiological functions of the thousands of new
genes “for which little is known beyond their sequences.” The use of RNAi,
along with bioinformatics, can provide scientists with the tools to
determine these functions in living organisms. This interactive and
informative site, created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, allows visitors
to learn about the ways in which RNAi functions. Visitors can make their way
through the seven interactive features here, which include “Inducing RNAi by
Feeding” and “Creating an RNAi Feeding Strain”. Additionally, the site has a
“Resources” area which contains more materials on RNAi (such as interviews
with scientists and such), along with videos of different strains in action.

Napoleonic Period Collection

Napoleon Bonaparte never visited the part of North America that would later
become Washington State, but he probably would have been intrigued by this
online collection created by the good folks at the University of Washington
Libraries Digital Collection project. This latest collection brings together
83 satirical drawings from the Napoleonic period, and there are a number of
real gems amidst this visually arresting collection. As might be expected
they all offer a variety of political commentary on various events during
this period. The site includes information about the Napoleonic Era,
complete with a nice timeline, and a comparison between the French and
English drawings is included in this trove of visual ephemera. Finally, the
site also contains a brief piece on the publishing scene of the late 18th
and early 19th centuries, along with a very nice bibliography of additional
resources. [KMG]


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


Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 - History Now: The Age of Exploration

--------Forwarded Message--------
From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
New Issue of History Now: The Age of Exploration
Date: Wed, 13 June 2007

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

In this issue, our historians focus on the Age of Exploration. From Magellan's earliest exploration of the Western Hemisphere to the English settlement at Jamestown, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, to the struggle between Dutch and British interests for control of New Amsterdam, students and teachers will find a trove of rich materials from this critical but often overlooked period of the nation's history.

Click on the links below for each feature:

Navigating the Age of Exploration
by Ted Widmer

The Columbian Exchange
by Alfred Crosby

Native American Discoveries of Europe
by Daniel Richter

Jamestown and the Founding of English America
by James Horn

Magellan: Missing in Action
by Laurence Bergreen

Conflict and Commerce: The Rise and Fall of New Netherland
by Simon Middleton

And don't miss our interactive feature: "Maps from the Age of Exploration"

[NOTE: Past issues previously posted.
Past issues are archived at:
- Phyllis ]


Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 - The Constitutional Sources Project

The Constitutional Sources Project
From the site:
“The Constitutional Sources Project is creating the only free fully-indexed online library of constitutional sources and providing them for the "We the People" at .

We the Educational Community
“Enter this community if you are a K-12 student, teacher, administrator, provide services or resources to the K-12 educational community, or generally interested in K-12 education. The Constitution and the documents within the collections below can be linked to a Constitutional index specialized for "We the Educational Community."


Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 - PBS: The War - a Ken Burns film

PBS Teachers Newsletter: September 23 - 29, 2007
The War
A Necessary War
On-Air & Online
Sunday, September 23, 2007
8 - 10:30 pm
A new seven-part documentary series directed and produced by
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of
the Second World War from an American perspective by following
the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become
caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.
(CC, Stereo HD, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to hear an interview with Ken
Burns and download the viewer's guide.

The War
When Things Get Tough
On-Air & Online
Monday, September 24, 2007
8 - 10:00 pm
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a
year. Across the country, in cities such as Mobile, Alabama,
and Waterbury, Connecticut, nearly all manufacturing is
converted to the war effort. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to hear an interview with Ken
Burns and download the viewer's guide.

The War
A Deadly Calling
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
8 - 10:00 pm
Despite American victories in the Solomons and New Guinea, the
Japanese empire still stretches 4,000 miles. African Americans,
serving in the segregated armed forces, demand equal rights;
the military reluctantly agrees to some changes. Meanwhile, the
greatest test for the Allies -- the long-delayed invasion of
France -- is now just days away. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to hear an interview with Ken
Burns and download the viewer's guide.

The War
Pride of Our Nation
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
8 - 10:30 pm
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that
the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- a
million-and-a-half Allied troops embark on the invasion of
France. In the Pacific, the enemy seems increasingly determined
to defend to the death every piece of territory they hold. On
August 25, after four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is
liberated. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to hear an interview with Ken
Burns and download the viewer's guide.

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Thurs., Sept. 20, 2007 - BookYards

From the site:
“Our goal is to be "The Library To The World", in which books, education materials, information, and content will be provided freely to anyone who has an internet connection.

Bookyards has a total of 15,120 books, 38,947 external web links, 4,197 news & blogs links, 384 videos and access to hundreds of online libraries (800,000 eBooks) for your reading pleasure.”


Thurs., Sept. 20, 2007 - WOWIO: free ebooks

----------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, May 30, 2007 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website

I spotted today's website, WOWIO, on a homeschool discussion list where a
mom raved about the online book service that allows you to download 5
e-books a day for free. (An e-book is an electronic book that you read on a
computer or electronic mobile device.) The books available at WOWIO include
classics and contemporary titles in all genres, including classic
literature, college textbooks, comic books, popular fiction and non-fiction
titles, and children's books. In fact, the featured book for the month of
May is "The Velveteen Rabbit." Some of the titles I found in the children's
section include:

-A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
-Call of the Wild by Jack London
-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

And there were many books by Beatrix Potter, along with a series of
Build-It-Yourself books with titles such as:

-Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine
-Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself by Carmella Van Vleet
-Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kris Bordessa

How can WOWIO legally offer copyrighted e-books for free? By compensating
the publishers and authors through commercial sponsorships of the e-books.
So, you'll get targeted advertising messages along with your e-book. Beyond
that, WOWIO has a privacy policy that says it does not sell or distribute
user data.

When you register, WOWIO requires a non-anonymous email address to
authenticate your identity (e.g., email accounts from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo,
etc., are not allowed). If your only email account is anonymous, you can
choose another authentication method such as submitting any
government-issued or college-issued ID card, or providing a credit card for
user authentication (an explanation of how this works is available at the
site). Then, when you confirm registration, you must fill out a
questionnaire that includes info about your level of education, work,
income, and personal preferences in leisure activities, travel, food,
hobbies, etc. Remember, this info will be used to include advertisements
targeted to your preferences when you open your e-books.

Once you sign up, use the search button to find books by category, author,
title, ISBN, or keyword. You must have Acrobat Reader to open the e-books.
You can download the latest version from Adobe for free here:

A broadband connection is not technically necessary, but it will make
downloading the books a whole lot easier. For now, WOWIO is only available
to people living in the United States. If you want to learn more, then click
on "Help" on the menu at the website -- that's where you'll find FAQs.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Thurs., Sept. 20, 2007 - USA Literature in Brief / Outline of American Literature

USA Literature in Brief

From the site:
“This publication provides a historical overview of American literature, up to the beginning of the 21st Century, as well as short profiles of the major writers -- fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.

Produced for teachers and students of English and literature and readers with an interest in this subject, this publication, is based on a more extensive overview, the Outline of American Literature.”

Outline of American Literature, revised edition
A chronological overview of American literature divided into 10 chapters


Thurs., Sept. 20, 2007 - Napier's Bones / Math Resources / Jack London / Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 25, 2007
Volume 13, Number 20

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


Digital Classroom Resources: Napier’s Bones [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

The Mathematical Association of America has teamed up the National Science
Foundation to create an online collection of digital classroom resources.
One of their more recent creations is this multimedia feature that teaches
students about Napier’s Bones. Created by Michael Caulfield and Wayne
Anderson of Gannon University, this feature will introduce students to the
work of John Napier, a 16th century mathematician who created a procedure
for multiplication using sticks or bones. In this presentation, visitors
can watch a step-by-step demonstration of this technique and then also enter
any two factors of up to six digits each in order to create their own
animation of this method. It is a nice way to get students thinking about
this rather intriguing way to multiply, and the site also contains several
links to other sites about John Napier and his bones. [KMG]

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mathematics Resources

Good resources for mathematics educators can be difficult to find, but
fortunately Kathy Schrock has brought together a very nice set of links that
will be of interest to those looking for materials on algebra, trigonometry,
probability, and any number of other related fields. The links are
organized alphabetically, and visitors can also use the search engine that
appears in the top right-hand corner of the page. Some of the highlights on
the site include links to Ask Dr. Math, Math Forum, and the National Library
of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics. Visitors may also use
an online form to contact Schrock if they have any questions or comments.

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The World of Jack London [Windows Media Player]

Jack London’s life included trips to the Yukon, a front-row seat at the San
Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and many journeys aboard his beloved sailing
vessel, the Snark. During his short life, London found time to write over a
dozen novels, numerous short stories, and hundreds of articles on socialism
and other weighty matters of his day. Later, he would also become the hero
of another literary “Jack”, who happened to enjoy wandering on the road and
in various subterranean locales. Maintained by Dave Hartzell, this site is
a virtual cornucopia of all things Jack London, including full-text version
of his novels, rare articles penned by London, and copious amounts of
information about his family and his ranch in the Sonoma Valley. Visitors
can also look over a number of scholarly works related to London, including
a complete bibliography of his poetry and the first English-language
translation of Dr. Vil Bykov’s two volume biography of London. Finally,
visitors should not depart the site without taking a look at London’s first
published story, “Two Gold Bricks”, which is also available here. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Celebrated jumping frogs of Calaveras County continue to jump, despite
some disagreements
Winning jump almost a record break

Celebrating, and Quarreling Over, Frogs
Shortened URL:

Frog jumping world is split in twain over money
Shortened URL:

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee

California red-legged frog, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mark Twain and American Humor

In 1865, Mark Twain was a little known journalist working in the boomtown of
San Francisco. He would soon lose his anonymity upon the publication of his
first short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, a tale
that brought together a compulsive gambler and his frog in a literary
endeavor that was equally parts American folklore, satire, and wit. Twain
wouldn’t have been surprised to learn that eighteen years after he passed
away that a group of central Californians would come together to start the
Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, but he might have been
surprised at all the fracas that has surrounded the event as of late. The
dispute, as with many things of this world, revolves around money, and
involves a disagreement between the Angels Camp Boosters (who have organized
the frog-jumping events since the events began in 1928) and the organizers
of the Calaveras County Fair. Despite these factional disputes, the events
went on as planned this past Sunday and the frog “Lisa Can Do” won big at
this fabled event with a triple-jump of 21 feet, 4 ¼ inches.[KMG]

The first link will take users to a piece from the Union-
Democrat about the results of the Calaveras County frog jumping competition,
peppered with a few quotes from the winning frog-handler, Brent Bloom of
Sacramento. The second link leads to a piece from the New York Times about
the monetary dispute that threatened this year’s competition. Moving on, the
third link whisks users away to an article from the Telegraph about both the
competition and the recent controversy surrounding it. The fourth link leads
to the rather fun website dedicated to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping
Frog Jubilee…The fifth link leads to a page that provides some details about the
endangered California red-legged frog, which happens to be the frog featured
in Twain’s short story. Needless to say, this tiny frog is strictly
forbidden from being utilized in competitive frog-jumping. Finally, the last
link leads to a great set of curriculum activities offered by EDSITEment for
teachers who wish to engage students in a discussion about Mark Twain and
American humor. There are a number of nice items here, including the
complete version of Twain’s tale of frogs, gambling, and the Old West. [KMG]

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 - Official Roman Baths in the City of Bath / A Hidden Picasso

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 8, 2007
Volume 13, Number 22

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

The Official Roman Baths Museum Web Site in the City of Bath [Macromedia
Flash Player]

There are baths all over the world, and then there are the very unique baths
in Bath, England. As the official site for these marvelous edifices
proclaims, they are “the best preserved Roman religious spa from the ancient
world.” For first-time visitors, the best place to start is “The site
today”, which is a section that will take visitors around the different
parts of this World Heritage Site. In the “Curator’s Comments” area,
visitors can read comments from Stephen Clews about the ongoing work being
done at the site. The site also includes helpful sections on planning a
visit and the various collections that are available for use by both the
general public and scholars. [KMG]

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


A Hidden Picasso [Macromedia Flash Player]

This short web feature from SFMOMA (the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
shows how art conservators discovered a nightclub scene that 19-year-old
Pablo Picasso had painted over completely, transforming the painting into a
street scene. Conservator Will Shank believes that Picasso may have done
this because the artist thought the street scene would be easier to sell. In
a video at the web site, Shank points out that Picasso returned to the
nightclub theme in later paintings, further justifying his obliterating this
early example. The web feature also includes archival photographs and
drawings by the young artist, and views of Paris in 1900. [DS]

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


Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 - Omniglot: Language Guide / Guide to the Gods / Art of Origami

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 458 6/7/07


Language Guide

Whether you are majoring in Linguistics or just love learning about other
languages, this site is sure to provide you with hours of educational
entertainment. Omniglot, a hybrid name of the Greek word omni ("All") and
the Latin glot ("tongue"), is an online guide to over 150 different
languages, alphabets, and writing systems.

Delve into the site's A-Z index of written languages to find everything
from Abaza (a difficult Caucasian language spoken by roughly 45,000 people
in the Russian autonomous republics of Karachay-Cherkessia) to Zulu (one of
the official languages of South Africa that is spoken by 9 million people
primarily in Zululand). In addition to the extensive index, language
lovers can find information on ancient alphabets and un-deciphered scripts,
get tips on learning new tongues, and check out the Multi-Lingual bookstore.


Guide to the Gods

The rise of Religious Extremism, the recent influx of books on Atheism by
scholars such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, and the ongoing
Presidential Debates have once again put Religion on the forefront of the
our cultural consciousness. This recent increase in public discourse about
Faith is nothing new however, for you need only look to history to see that
Religion has played a powerful, constantly evolving, and unfortunately
quite violent role in nearly all human societies.

Godchecker.Com, undoubtedly one of the holier websites on the Internet,
takes a light-hearted and educational approach to teaching people about the
thousands of deities that have been worshipped by humans over the past
millennia. The site's Mythology Encyclopedia has a wealth of theological
information on almost three thousand "Gods" from the ancient pantheons of
Aztec, African, Australian, Finnish, Greek, Incan, Mayan, Roman, Native
American, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, Norse and many other civilizations. In
addition to all of this historical info, check out some of the cool
features such as "Mythmatics - The Mythology of Numbers", and the God Shop,
where visitors can buy mythic mouse pads, "sacred" clothing, hats, magnets,
and much more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Art of Origami

Origami, as its name literally translates to in Japanese, is the "art of
paper folding". Although technically originated in China, it found its
ultimate home in Japan in the 6th Century when Buddhist Monks brought paper
to the territory. American artist Robert J. Lang has spent more than
thirty years practicing Origami, and is one of the only Westerners ever to
master this unique structural art form.

Mr. Lang is known for his complex and intricate design style, which
combines the traditional Eastern method of "line and form" with the modern
Western approach of mathematical Origami design. Browse through the
gallery of his work, discover the history of Origami, and read about the
artist's role in pioneering Mathematical and Computational Origami. If you
are inspired to do so, you can begin learning this ancient form of
sculpture which so elegantly combines paper, art, math, and science.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]



Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 - Egyptian Antiquities: Journey to the Afterlife

Egyptian Antiquities from the Louvre
Sections include Introduction, Mythology and Video

Journey to the Afterlife - Video
From the site:
“This video provides…the principle themes of Egyptian beliefs.”
Scroll down to the last line to select either the
High Quality version 640x360 screen size (1Mb/s)
or the Medium Quality version (400x225 screen size) (256 Kb/s)

Journey to the Afterlife - High quality 640x360 (1Mb/s)

Journey to the Afterlife - Medium quality 400x225 (256Kb/s)


Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 - Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt:

The Story of King Tut

Ancient Egypt Timeline
Includes pages on the pharaohs, the gods and the pyramids.

Ancient Egypt Online
From the site:
“While it would take volumes to write a comprehensive guide to ancient Egypt, we have attempted to provide here a brief introduction to many of the fascinating aspects of daily life in ancient Egypt. In the following pages you will find information about topics most commonly associated with ancient Egypt.”

EgyptologyOnline: discovering ancient Egypt
From the site:
“Throughout these pages, you can discover a wealth of information about life in Ancient Egypt as we know it, discover the hieroglyphs, and the iconic monuments they adorn, the gods that were worshipped and the pharaohs that worshipped them.”

Ancient Egypt
Includes ancient sites, history, people & kings, religion, mummies, and culture

NOTE: Some of the following sites were previously posted. - Phyllis

NOVA: Mysteries of the Nile
NOVA: Pharaoh’s Obelisk
Explore Ancient Egypt
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Egypt’s Golden Empire
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Ancient History: Egyptians
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Absolute Egyptology
[NOTE: Some page from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

National Geographic Magazine
A search for “Ancient Egypt” brings up over 2000 entries.

National Geographic One-Stop Research: Ancient Egypt
Shortened URL:
Brings up a list of links for Maps, Photos & Art, Articles & Information, Games & Features,
Audio & Video, and Lesson Plans.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Tues., Sept. 18, 2007 - Genocide: The Cases of Rwanda and Sudan

by Alan J. Kuperman
Shortened URL:

Footnotes: The Newsletter of FPRI's
Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education
Vol. 12, No. 15
May 2007

Related Presentation (1.4MB Powerpoint file)
Shortened URL:


Foreign Policy Research Institute


Tues., Sept. 18, 2007 - The U.S. "Tianamen Papers" / Earth Guide

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 31, 2007
Read This Online :


The U.S. "Tiananmen Papers"
Collection of documents from the U.S. government relating to U.S. perceptions of the 1989 political crisis in China. Includes U.S. Embassy in Beijing cables and CIA reports. Part of the National Security Archive at George Washington University Library.
LII Item:

[SEE ALSO: Tiananmen Square, 1989: The Declassified History -


Earth Guide
This interactive site for children answers questions in eight areas related to the earth: the earth in the Milky Way, how the earth is different from other planets, the difference between the sky and space, sunlight, the water and carbon cycles, substances on earth, types of land areas, and the size of oceans. In English and Japanese. From the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Tues., Sept. 18, 2007 - Japanese American National Museum Kids' Page

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, May 24, 2007, and time for Social Studies at

Recommended Site:
Japanese American National Museum,
JANM Kids Bento Box
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 5-17 (There's something here for everyone!)

A Bento Box is a lunch box, and at this website you'll find a virtual Bento
Box that contains a variety of activities and information designed to help
site visitors gain a better understanding and appreciation for Japanese
culture and the Japanese-American experience.

When you get to the site you will see an illustration of a Bento Box. Click
on the drums at the left to learn about Taiko
drumming. Kids can try their hand at virtual Taiko drumming by playing,
"Strike a Beat!" :)

Click on the green mound in the Bento Box to see just how spicy wasabi might
be. (Ok, wasabi doesn't *really* burst into flames, although for some people
it might feel like it does, but the graphic is neat anyway. :)

Click "What's For Lunch?" for a veritable feast of information about the
various kinds of foods that are packed in a typical Bento box. If you enjoy
Japanese food, this section will make your mouth water. At the bottom of
this section is a link to information about how to make Mochi, and
information about the Japanese New Year. (Note: Each of these pages
concludes with featured items which are available for purchase from the
online museum store.)

The frame in the bottom right corner of the Bento box leads to a Kamishibai
theater. Learn a little about this traditional dramatic art form and enjoy a
bitter-sweet story of an enduring interracial friendship between two young
boys at the time of the Japanese internment. Younger children may need
parental guidance.

Click on the letters in the Bento box to access "Miss Breed's Homework
Help." It is a fantastic resource for further learning for upper elementary
grade and older students. Here you can also find out who Miss Breed was and
how far-reaching the consequences of the humanitarian endeavors of one
individual can be. This section contains recommendations for books, videos,
websites, and other resources as well.

For dessert, click on the little silver toy near the top of the lunch box.
Up he pops and anounces that Kokeshi World is coming soon! Bookmark this
site and check back later to find out what that will be. :)

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., Sept. 18, 2007 - Newseum: Past Online Exhibits

Newseum: Past online exhibits
Shortened URL:
Exhibits include: War Stories, Stories of the Century, Holocaust: The Untold Story, The Editorial Cartoons of Joel Pett, The Editorial Cartoons of Ann Telnaes, The Political Cartoons of David Horsey, National Geographic's Women Photographers, Dateline Moon, Polumbaum's Freedom Summer Photos, Berlin Wall, and To Plead Our Own Cause: The 175th Anniversary of the Black Press
[NOTE: Some of these exhibits were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Monday, September 17, 2007


Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 - American Psychological Society: Teaching Resources / Nuclear Energy / NSTA: Teaching Objects

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 1, 2007
Volume 13, Number 21

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


American Psychological Society: Teaching Resources

Teachers of psychology looking for high-quality resources to augment their
students’ classroom experience need look no further than this collection of
online materials. Compiled by the American Psychological Society, the links
are divided into topical sections that include health psychology,
statistics, clinical psychology, research methods, and a dozen other topics.
Visitors to the site will find links that lead to course materials for an
introductory class on physiological psychology and a set of materials on
educational psychology from Miami University. Finally, the site is rounded
out by a very extensive section on statistics, including links to several
online statistics glossaries and calculators. [KMG]


U.S. Department of Energy: Nuclear Energy [pdf]

In recent years, there has been a great deal of talk regarding alternate
energy sources in the United States. While not exactly an “alternate” source
of energy, there has definitely been more interest in nuclear energy and
related technologies as of late. For anyone interested in such matters, the
US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy is definitely worth a
visit. From the homepage, visitors can learn about recent news items
regarding the programs of the Office, take a look at some internship
opportunities, and even make their way to the “Public Information Center.”
This is definitely one of the strongest areas of the site, as visitors have
access to the full-texts of various congressional reports regarding nuclear
energy and a complete glossary of nuclear terms. Most people with a general
interest in this subject will want to read through some of the program fact
sheets, which include “Recycling Spent Nuclear Fuel” and “Building New
Nuclear Plants.” [KMG]


NSTA: Teaching Objects [Macromedia Flash Player]

Learning about science isn’t always easy, and teaching various concepts can
be quite vexing at times, particularly for newer teachers. Stepping in to
provide a bit of assistance, the National Science Teachers Association has
created these helpful science objects that provide a bit of a refresher
course in each area. Created in partnership with organizations like NASA,
NOAA, and the GE Foundation, these interactive features cover Newton’s
First, Second, and Third Laws, the origins of the universe, and the universe
outside our own solar system. Visitors can also search to discover features
that cover coral reef ecosystems, the different kinds of energy, and the
ocean’s affect on weather and climate. [KMG]
[NOTE: May require you to temporarily disable popup-blocker. – Phyllis]

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


Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 - Energy Hog!

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, May 22, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Energy Hog!

Age Range: 5 and up, with accompanying cross-curricular lesson plans
designed for grades 3-8 (in the "Teacher" section)

Thanks to list member Theresa Kempker for recommending today's website. It's
an interactive game for kids that helps them understand the importance of
energy conservation in their home.

Note: You will need to have pop-ups enabled to access some parts of this

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy
inspectors. They will help you explore all of the "rooms" in a virtual house
to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to
defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official "Energy Hog
Buster" certification! You can navigate by the "Navigation" control in the
upper right corner or by clicking "Floorplan" or "Training Games" just below
the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen
(it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep
track of your progress. The games include:

*Fridge Frenzy - Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old
fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open
too long wastes energy.

*Bulb Hunter - Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the
bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.

*Whack a Hog - Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the
hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive! :)

*Wacky Windows - Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint:
Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun
frequently. It's helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not

*Attic Attack - Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the
energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game,
and it's the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

There is also a bonus game; follow the link below the main games to reach
"Hog and Seek." Undo the energy hog's mischief by following him around
turning off lights and other devices, installing energy-saving appliances,
closing doors, turning down thermostats, and so on. This is fast-paced and
fun. You will want to play it a few times to try to improve your score. :)

And there's more!

*Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt - with an adult, answer ten of the twelve
questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more
energy efficient.

*Check out the .pdf Energy Hog Busting Handbook for pointers to share with
your parents!

*Click "Who is Hog" to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn't
want to meet in your home.

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.


Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 - Dancing and Dance Bands / Pagebull: A visual search engine

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #71 from June 3, 2007

Dancing and Dance Bands

Pagebull: A visual Internet search engine.
From the site:
“What makes Pagebull different from other search engines?
Pagebull's sophisticated search process gives you actual screenshots of the search results. Most search engines simply list the site. You have to click on them to find that the site is not quite what you wanted. With Pagebull, you can see the front page, allowing you to sort out the most helpful pages for you. And Pagebull helps you to avoid harmful content, so you can surf the Internet more secure.”


Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 - BookSearchx3 / Encyclopedia of Life / Green Car Congress / Quintura Search Engine / More Search Engines

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, June 1, 2007

BookSearchx3 - Search Inside Books with Amazon, Google & MSN Live
Results from each search engine are displayed side by side, which makes
it possible to compare the databases and results.


Encyclopedia of Life
Watch this space. The intent is to make this "an online reference source
and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and
known on this planet, as well as all those later discovered and
described." So far, only demonstration pages are available, but the hope
is that authenticated species pages will begin to be available by mid


Green Car Congress
News about "energy, technology, issues and policy for sustainable
mobility." Click on Topics to browse by categories like biodiesel,
fleets, plug-in hybrids, carbon capture and storage, emissions, etc. The
Resources page links to organizations, government agencies, websites, and


Quintura Search Engine
A visual search tool. Your search term starts out in the middle of a
cloud of related terms, with links on the right. Simply mousing over a
related term shifts the search results. This could be particularly
effective in getting students past the first ten results, and helping
them understand differing perspectives on their topics.

[NOTE: previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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



A search engine. “The basic promise is to bring search results by meaning match - similar to the human brain's cognitive skills - rather than by the mere occurrence (or popularity) of search terms.”


“IBoogie combines metasearch and clustering to deliver and organize search results from multiple sources into structured content.”



INSTANT SEARCH - Just like all those other search engines... only better.
LIVE GUIDED SEARCH - Instant search not cutting it? One click hooks you up with a live ChaCha Guide. A real person that will ask you questions, understand exactly what you want, and send you results that are dead-on.

[NOTE: On you know you are connecting to a librarian. ChaCha’s Live Guided Search doesn’t say who their guides are: “Real, live people who are experts at finding the information you need.” BTW, have you seen the QandANJ commercial? Phyllis ]

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Sun., Sept. 16, 2007 - Teacher Tap / TeacherFiles

Teacher Tap
From the site:
“The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities.”
SEE ALSO: Internet Resources for Teaching and Learning
From the site:
“In this section, you'll find quality Internet resources related to the topics of Educational Resources, Content-Rich Websites, Collaborative Projects, and Cool Student, Educator, and Library Websites.”

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

From the site:
“educational resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. Our pages are full of resources, ideas, clipart, activities and lesson plans. All the resources available here are absolutely free.”

Free School Clipart

Educational Internet Links


Sun., Sept. 16, 2007 - Kids Know It Educational Network

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Free Educational Songs from the
Kids Know It Educational Network

Age Range: Everyone in the family will enjoy these songs!

This website gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! It provides a
terrific way to enhance learning through audio and visual technology! There
is so much here to engage learners of all ages. We chose to feature the
"Juke Box" section that contains all kinds of songs to help learn science
and other subjects. When you click on the url, scroll down the landing page
and you will see a yellow "juke box." In the jukebox, select the subject
that is of interest to you including:

Concepts (Clocks, Opposites, Rainbows)
Foreign Language
Language Arts
Life Skills

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Scroll down a little to see the
list of songs available for that subject. For example, if you click on
"Biology" you can choose songs that explain how "A Cow Makes Milk," "How Do
Seeds Travel," "What Are The Parts of a Flower," and "Why Do Leaves Change
Their Colors," among other titles. Click on the song that interests you and
a new page opens. Wait a sec for the song to load -- and enjoy! Don't miss
the calypso beat of "My Body" that explains what your internal organs do!

Many of the songs here are also available on the artists' websites; a link
is often provided during song play so that you can go see what else is
available by this artist for online listening or purchase.

You can also click the words "Play random songs" to let the juke box provide
a steady background of educational songs, freeing everyone up to work on an
art project or get some exercise while listening.

We would be remiss if we didn't direct you back to Home Page at so you can really see what this site has
to offer. Check out the featured websites in the center of the page, and
explore the menu on the left to discover EDUCATIONAL MOVIES -- complete with
a quiz at the end, with a new video added each month! You'll also find
educational funnies (a new one added each week), interactive educational
games, and more.

Explore it all! Have fun! :

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

P.S. Please don't keep ClickSchooling a secret! If you like this review,
you may pass it along (in its entirety, including this part) and invite
others to join our free ClickSchooling list by visiting: . Thanks!

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.


Sun., Sept. 16, 2007 - Thinkfinity


Lesson Plan Index
Shortened URL:

April 2007
Thinkfinity Still the 'Best Site for Free Lessons'
For the second year in a row, readers of Edutopia rated Verizon Thinkfinity (formerly MarcoPolo), the best site to download free lessons and materials in the magazine's annual readers' survey.

From the site:
“Message from the Foundation President

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…We are fortunate that our Content and Literacy Partners in this endeavor are the premier organizations in seven K-12 academic subjects and in literacy instruction,…”<<>>


Sun., Sept. 16, 2007 - Awesome Stories - Free Membership Offer

Sites found in:
September Highlights at Awesome Stories
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007

September 2007 Awesome Stories Newsletter
Scroll down for September Highlights

From the site: To sign up for free memberships, scroll down to Fall Reading:
Fall Reading
“We are extending our free individual memberships to give students, library patrons and members of the general public unrestricted access to the site into the fall and through the rest of this year. Follow the link to select an individual membership password.

Free group memberships are always available for educators, schools and libraries.
Click here
to request an academic membership.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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