Saturday, October 13, 2007


Sat., Oct. 13, 2007 - Vent Haven Museum / 80 Years of Robots in Hollywood / Lady Bird Johnson (2) / History of Plastics

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, July 19, 2007
Read This Online :


Vent Haven Museum
The website for this ventriloquism museum features photos and audio and video clips highlighting some of the figures, images, and other memorabilia in the museum's collections. Also includes a "Figure of the Month" with images and trivia, a link to details about the annual museum-hosted ventriloquism convention, and related material.
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80 Years of Robots in Hollywood
This article highlights films that have featured robots, starting with Fritz Lang's 1927 "Metropolis," and including "The Stepford Wives," "Star Wars," "Alien," "Blade Runner," and others. It also provides links to three other articles related to the 2007 film "Transformers." From Time Magazine.
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Lady Bird Johnson
Companion to a 2001 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary exploring different chapters in the life of Lady Bird Johnson, who died on July 11, 2007. Includes "transcripts of the film, background essays, key speeches and diary entries and detailed timelines." Important events in her life include Lyndon Johnson's 10-week courtship of Lady Bird and her nationwide beautification campaign. Also includes audio of a July 2007 reflection about her life and legacy.
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Lady Bird Johnson Final Tribute
Website created to celebrate the life and legacy of former First Lady Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson, who died in July 2007. Features a biography that includes a discussion of how "she inspired the passage of the Beautification Act of 1965 ... which cemented environmentalism as a top priority in the United States," link to an image gallery, and quotes by and about her. From the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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The History of Plastics
Overview of the development of artificial plastics. Includes discussion of natural polymers from tropical trees and the vulcanization of rubber, semi-synthetics (such as celluloid), thermosetting plastics (such as Bakelite), amino plastics (such as melamine), thermoplastics, and high-tech plastics. Also includes images of selected plastic items and a short timeline. From the British Plastics Federation (BPF), a trade association.
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Sat., Oct. 13, 2007 - American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies of All Time

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Site of the Day for Friday, July 6, 2007

American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies of All Time

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

Today's site offers what some might consider the definitive or at least
highly authoritative, compilation of the best 100 American movies. Gentle
Subscribers, who revel in controversial lists, may enjoy this particular
ranking of films for the ones which made the cut and the ones inexplicably

"You've come to the right place to find official information and downloads
for AFI's 100 Years . . .100 Movies series. Ten years after the very first
list in the series -- the 100 greatest American films of all time -- AFI's
experts have taken another look and movie lovers have been waiting for the
result. Now, the new top 100 movies list has been revealed." - from the

The site provides the new list of the Top 100 Movies of All Time which was
released earlier this year, an update from the 10 year old previous
ranking. Discover what tops the list as the best ever movie. A downloadable
file of the complete list is available, while the site offers a Flash tour
of the current Top 100 Movies. Always of interest are the trivia snippets
surrounding such endeavors which may be found in the "Facts about Top 100"
section, including the films on the former list which didn't make the grade
this time.

Hustle over to the site for a look at the 100 best American movies list at:

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Sat., Oct. 13, 2007 - Girls Go Tech

PBS’s Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site

Girls Go Tech

Today's Techie Girls!
Math, science and technology play an important part in our lives and the lives of today's girls. Visit this fun site to practice writing secret messages, making mandalas, thinking and brain pathways, and creating digital music. Games require Flash.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 13, 2007 - AMEX: Technology (Telephone, TV, NY Underground, Inventions)

AMEX: Technology

The Telephone

Technology Timeline: 1750 - 1990

Special Feature: Forgotten Inventors

Big Dreams, Small Screen

New York Underground

[NOTE: Some of these sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Friday, October 12, 2007


Fri., Oct. 12, 2007 - Human Body Teaching Theme

Sites found in:
Weekly Tips For Teachers #367: Human Body Issue
Tue, 17 Jul 2007

To view this week’s Teacher Tips newsletter, go to:

Human Body Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.

Annotated links to 6 sites.


Fri., Oct. 12, 2007 - Body Smart

Site found in:

The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #462 7/5/2007

Body Smart

The human body is a marvelous creation of interconnected systems, truly one
of Nature's most impressive achievements. Increase your anatomical I.Q. at
GetBodySmart.Com, an online resource that examines the intricacies of human
anatomy and physiology.

Click on one of the current topics and you'll find interactive,
Flash-animated guides to the "Skeletal", "Nervous", "Cardiovascular",
"Muscular", "Circulatory", "Urinary", and "Respiratory" systems of the
body. Students, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the way
the body works will enjoy this unique look at our biological architecture.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Oct. 12, 2007 - The Mysterious Human Heart / National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sites found in:
Thirteen Ed Online Bulletin -- October 2007
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007


October 15, 9PM on Thirteen/WNET;
THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART examines the heart as a muscle — pumping almost 100,000 times a day and delivering oxygen to every cell in the human body. It tells the story of the normal heart through the histories of three people with coping with end-stage heart failure.
October 15, 10PM
THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART looks at the physiological electrical mechanisms that keep a heart beating regularly and efficiently — and what happens when this most essential rhythm of life goes awry.

Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin has produced a fascinating new series, THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART, which provides an in-depth look at the structure and workings of this essential organ. On October 12th, lesson plans will be available for grades 9-12 science and health classes. Each lesson plan is designed for use with video segments from the show and will promote active scientific exploration. Students will learn about the processes and standards of scientific inquiry, design and conduct scientific investigations, and communicate and defend scientific arguments.

THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART Discussion Guide is a useful tool for adults and students interested in learning more about the heart and the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease. In addition to program information, it includes essays for parents and for women as well as questions that will foster thought and discussion. To receive a free copy, e-mail us at Please put HEART GUIDE on the subject line.


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Could your teen be experiencing dating abuse? Unfortunately, partner abuse is beginning earlier than many of us may have thought. One in five teens who have been in a relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.

Liz Claiborne Inc. has been raising awareness of the issue of teen dating abuse through its Love is Not Abuse campaign. Their website provides information on the warning signs, as well as a teen dating abuse curriculum, free of charge.

Handbooks on how teens can talk to other teens about the issue, and on how parents can address the topic with teens, are available from The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at If you know a teen who needs help, or you want to speak with an expert on the subject, log on to, or call the Helpline at 866-331-9474.


Fri., Oct. 12, 2007 - From: PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 14 - 21, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 14 - 21, 2007

The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, October 14, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Once on the edge of extinction, grizzlies have made a
remarkable recovery. But this fierce predator is no longer
content foraging in the back country. Today, bears are
everywhere. This film tells the story of a great conservation
success story - the rescue of the once all-but-extinguished
grizzly population of Yellowstone - and how that success has
spawned a complex web of new social and environmental problems
for our most beloved national park and the people who live near
it. (CC, Stereo)

Explore an interactive anatomy of a glacier
[NOTE: Previously posted. Originally broadcast Nov. 2004. - Phyllis ]

The Mysterious Human Heart
Endlessly Beating
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, October 15, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
This in-depth, comprehensive television series from
award-winning filmmaker David Grubin examines the heart: how it
works, what can go wrong with it and how we treat it. The first
hour examines the heart as a muscle -- pumping almost 100,000
times a day, pushing six liters of blood in a ceaseless circuit
to deliver oxygen to every cell in the human body. (CC, Stereo,
1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to take a tour of the human
heart and find a healthy heart guide.

The Mysterious Human Heart
The Spark of Life
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, October 15, 2007
10 - 11:00 pm
This episode looks at the physiological electrical mechanisms
that keep a heart beating regularly and efficiently -- and what
happens when this most essential rhythm of life goes awry. The
program takes viewers from New York to Brazil and into the
lives of patients who suffer similar symptoms that actually
signal different disorders. The range of treatment options --
if not cures -- is startling. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to take a tour of the human
heart and find a healthy heart guide.


The Ghost in Your Genes
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
In a provocative report from the frontiers of biology, NOVA
explores new findings that call into question the long-held
belief that all inherited traits are passed on by our genes.
The fast-growing field of epigenetics investigates hidden
influences that could affect not only our health today but that
of our descendants far into the future. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to ask geneticist Randy Jirtle
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Sputnik Launches 50 Years of Space Race
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12

When the Soviet Union launched a basketball-sized satellite
into space October 4, 1957, it shocked the world and set off a
space race.
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Copyright 2007 PBS Online


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Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:23:56 EST
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Ghost in Your Genes airs Oct. 16

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Ghost in Your Genes," NOVA reveals the
clues that have led scientists to believe that something else besides
genes may determine who and how we are. The program explores what's
known as the epigenome, a network of chemical switches that plays a
role in our biological fates. (Subjects covered: life science,
Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Ghost in Your Genes"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Epigenetic Therapy
Learn what epigenetics is, how it may cause disease, why
epigenetic changes accumulate with age, and more in this
interview with Dr. Jean-Pierre Issa. (Grades 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about epigenetics for geneticist Randy Jirtle.
(Questions due by Wednesday, October 17; selected responses will
be posted on Monday, October 22.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Tale of Two Mice
Hear in this audio slide show how the epigenome can make
identical-twin mice appear so different. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Gene Switches
Find out in this slide show how fruit fly genes get expressed
during development. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students model how scientists use
microarrays to determine levels of gene expression, and then
choose treatments based on what they learn. (Grades 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Thurs., Oct. 11, 2007 - Maths Dictionary for Kids 2007

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Hi! It's Monday, July 16, 2007 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Maths Dictionary for Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated for 2007- Phyllis ]

Age Range: 7-14 (approximately)

ClickSchooling list member Annette Hall recommended today's website that
provides a Math Dictionary for kids. There's a definition, explanation, and
illustrated example of every math term from "Abacus to Zero."

When you get to the site you'll see that terms are sorted in alphabetical
order. So, if you want to know about acute triangles (for example), simply
click on the letter "Aa" of the Math Dictionary. A list of math terms
beginning with the letter "A" will pop up. Then search the list for "acute
triangle" and click on it. A definition pops up on the screen with an
illustrated example, and info on other types of triangles as well.

The explanations are simple and the illustrations are colorful and
eye-catching -- making it very appealing to kids of all ages. This is a
terrific resource to use to introduce new terminology or refresh your memory
about math terms you may have forgotten.

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., Oct. 11, 2007 - Rare Book Room / Ancient Gold Center / Indigenous Australia (2) / Chemical of the Week: Fireworks

Sites found in:
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Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, June 28, 2007
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Rare Book Room
This "educational site [is] intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world." Includes digitized facsimiles of "some of the great books in science, including books by Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Kepler, Einstein, [and] Darwin"; most of the Shakespeare Quartos; musical scores by Beethoven and Mozart; the 1455 Gutenberg Bible held by the Library of Congress; and many more. Searchable, or browsable by topic, author, or library.
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Ancient Gold Center Discovered on the Nile
June 2007 article about the discovery of "evidence of large-scale gold extraction in the ancient Nubian kingdom of Kush [that] has been found along the Nile River. ... The discovery is part of a race to save as many antiquities as possible before a dam inundates a hundred-mile (160-kilometer) stretch of the Nile in northern Sudan." Includes photos and links to related material. From National Geographic News.
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Indigenous Australia
"This site explores Indigenous Australia through storytelling, cultures and histories. ... You can also use this site to find out about the Indigenous Australia exhibition at the Australian Museum." Features timelines, audio and video clips of stories from the cultures of indigenous Australians, a virtual tour of the museum exhibit (may not work in all browsers), and essays about cultural heritage, spirituality, family, land, and social justice. From the Australian Museum.
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[NOTE: The page on Stories of the Dreaming was previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Australian Indigenous People: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inhabitants of Australia
Extensive collection of links to websites related to indigenous populations in Australia. Topics include biographies, art and artists, writers, community leaders, music, politicians, athletes, culture, history, language, reconciliation, land rights, sacred sites, and more. From the P.L. Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College, Western Australia.
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Chemical of the Week: Fireworks
This explanation of the chemistry of fireworks discusses the compounds that produce specific colors of fireworks, the production and ignition of fireworks, the reactions (oxidations and reductions) that cause the explosions, fireworks safety, and the origins of gunpowder. From a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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[NOTE: See Also: a list of the current Chemical of the Week titles Phyllis ]

Librarians' Internet Index
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Thurs., Oct. 11, 2007 - Chemistry Experiments, Simulations, Tutorials, and Animations

Chemistry Experiment Simulations, Tutorials and Conceptual Computer Animations for Introduction to College Chemistry (aka General Chemistry)
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From the site:
“Some of the animations are designed to be used by chemistry instructors in presentations. These do not have directions or other information. Other animations are designed for students to use on their own or in group-work. Some of the animations and simulations have guided-inquiry tutorials to accompany them.”


Thurs., Oct. 11, 2007 - Resources for Chemistry Educators

Resources for Chemistry Educators
“A selective, annotated collection of the best Web links for Chemistry teachers and course developers”
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Wed., Oct. 10, 2007 - All About Butterflies / The Latest Fashion

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #455 5/17/07

All About Butterflies

Few creatures in nature, if any, capture our hearts and inspire our dreams
the way that butterflies do. Lepidopterology, the technical term for the
study of these wondrous winged insects, is an apt name for a website that
serves as a scientific portal dedicated entirely to the beautiful butterfly.

Take your time fluttering around this fun site, which contains enough
butterfly-related information to satisfy even the most die-hard of
enthusiasts. Highlights include and "e-Museum" with real photos and
sketches of specimen, a detailed virtual Almanac of the Lepidoptera, and a
section of poetry and quotations that pay tribute to this "flying flower".


The Latest Fashion

Fashion has never been accused of being important or necessary, but it is
terribly guilty of purveying an addictive mix of beauty, glamour, whimsy,
and genuine creativity. If you like to stay in the "know", or have recently
been bitten by the fashion bug, then you will definitely want to bookmark
this stylish website.

The Hint Fashion Magazine site provides an insider's peek into the beauty
in front, and the business behind, this superficial but hugely profitable
industry. Fashionistas can get updates on the latest news and gossip in
the "Jetsetera" section, see profiles of the hottest new models, and read
articles on the many designers, photographers, hairstylists, make-up
artists, and "personalities" making fashionable waves today.


Wed., Oct. 10, 2007 - CIA Turns 60

Site found in:

The World Almanac E-Newsletter
Volume 07, Number 07 — July 2007

Select: Special Feature: The CIA Turns 60


Wed., Oct. 10, 2007 - Alex's Paper Airplanes

Alex's Paper Airplanes

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


Wed., Oct. 10, 2007 - Construction of the Great Pyramids / House Greydragon: Medieval Lore / Paper Airplanes

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #73 from July 1, 2007


Behind the Scenes:
The Surprising Truth Behind the Construction of the Great Pyramids


Library of House Greydragon: Medieval lore.


Paper Airplanes,,,00.html


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Tues., Oct. 9, 2007 - Imaging the French Revolution / Science as Storytelling / xyAlgebra / World Monuments Watch

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
July 13, 2007
Volume 13, Number 27

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


Imaging the French Revolution [Macromedia Flash Player]

Any good historian knows that to create a multifaceted and thorough portrait
of any historical event or process it is important to draw on a multitude of
primary and secondary sources. For example, if one merely relied on Edmund
Burke’s “Reflections on the French Revolution”, he or she would certainly
craft a rather one-sided portrait of this monumental event in world history.
For more diverse opinions, this project, created by the Center for History &
New Media at George Mason University and the Department of History at UCLA,
takes on the popular images of the French Revolution. Visitors to the site
can read essays by various scholars that analyze differing depictions of the
Revolutionary crowd. There are some real gems here, and visitors can also
view the actual images themselves, which are contained on the site in the
“Images” area. Additionally, the site contains an archived discussion area,
which contains comments on the power of images, the relationship between
text and images, and appropriately enough, the advantages and disadvantages
of online collaboration. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page ( ) previously posted.
Site updated - Phyllis ]


Science as Storytelling [pdf]

Science has many compelling and fascinating stories, and thinking about
teaching science through the use of narratives can be a rewarding idea for
educators. This particular classroom exercise was peer-reviewed by
participants at the 2007 “Preparing Teachers to Teach Earth Science
Workshop” at Carleton College, and was authored by B.R. Bickmore and D.A.
Grandy of Brigham Young University. The exercise is designed to help
students gain a more sophisticated conception of the nature of science as
well as to help students “become more able to critically and insightfully
address science-religion conflict.” The site contains further teaching notes
and tips, learning goals, and the actual essay that is used in this
particular exercise. [KMG]



For students in college-level math courses, revisiting algebra can be a
challenge, and learning for it the first time can prove to be tricky as
well. This website, created by Professor John Miller of the City College of
the City University of New York (CUNY) contains a very helpful tutorial
application that can help students master different aspects of algebra. This
application features explanations of 320 different aspects of algebra, step-
by-step sample problems, and even hints to help students along their way.
Visitors will also appreciate the fact that the website contains several
demos and a set of resources for instructors. [KMG]


World Monuments Watch [Macromedia Flash Player]

Whether from civil unrest or environmental degradation, many of the world’s
great cultural and historical landmarks remain threatened. Fortunately,
there are groups like the World Monument Watch who keep close tabs on the
state of these important resources. Recently, the group released their list
of the 100 most endangered sites for 2008, and for people with an interest
in cultural heritage management and related topics, this site will certainly
merit several visits. On the site, visitors can traipse on through an
interactive map of the world to learn about each site. For each site,
visitors will find a photograph of the landmark, a short essay on the
history of each landmark, and some explanation of the reasons for its
inclusion on the list. [KMG]


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


Tues., Oct. 9, 2007 - EquMath

From the site:
“EquMath is resource for math lessons from Algebra to Differential Equations!
It's a study site for high school, college students and other learners…

Browse more than 3,700 Math pages filled with short and easy-to-understand explanations.
Choose one of the following subject areas: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Matrix Algebra, or Mathematical Tables.

You can also find topics ranging from simplifying fractions to the cubic formula, from the quadratic equation to Fourier series, from the sine function to systems of differential equations.”


Tues., Oct. 9, 2007 - Math with Many Uses

PBS’s Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site

Math with Many Uses!

This handy web site shows how topics such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics intersect with chemistry, forestry, robotics, electronics, and various fields of engineering. Next time your students wonder, "When will I ever use this Math in real life," you can send them to this site.


Tues., Oct. 9, 2007 - Interactive Mathematics / Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era / GeoBirds

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
July 6, 2007
Volume 13, Number 26

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


Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles

Created by Alexander Bogomolny, this site is a clearinghouse of fun and
engaging mathematics exercises, puzzles, and other such activities that
teachers can utilize in their classrooms. Of course, students might happen
across the site and they might become math converts along the way. First-
time visitors might wish to read Bogomolny’s “manifesto” for the site, and
then they can dive right into the material offered here. The offerings are
divided into a number of sections, including “Visual Illusions”, “Algebra”,
and “Probability”. One particularly nice feature of the site is that many of
the exercises and activities here are accompanied by helpful Java applets
that include charts, graphs, and other such dynamic elements. Finally,
visitors shouldn’t leave without visiting the “Mathematical Droodles”
section as it’s both engaging and thought-provoking. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era [QuickTime, iTunes]

The memories of 1967’s “Summer of Love” may have faded from the minds of
some, but for those who were there it will be hard to forget the music or
the spirit of those times. The Whitney Museum in New York has not forgotten
this brief, yet productive, period in American contemporary art and popular
culture. To explore this period from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, they
have brought together a wide ranging selection of paintings, photographs,
sculptures, important posters, and other ephemeral items from that period.
While the show will not leave New York, the Whitney has created this nice
selection of materials from the galleries and placed them online here.
Visitors can listen to a podcast about the show, click on digitized versions
of some of the artworks, and also view a timeline of some of the period’s
notable “happenings”. [KMG]


GeoBirds [Macromedia Flash Player]

There are in fact many, many sites about ornithology, but few have as much
of a user-friendly and lively appearance as Geobirds. Billed as “your online
birding community”, the site contains sections like “What bird was that?”,
“Share”, and “Learn”. In the “What bird was that?” area, visitors are taken
into the colorful “BirdBrain” interface, which allows them the opportunity
to navigate around the United States to begin determining which type of bird
they may have spotted. It’s quite a bit of fun, and the interface is easy to
use. In the “Share” section, visitors can let fellow users know what they
have seen recently by adding their bird-watching data to this interactive
map of North America. The site is rounded out by the “Learn” section, which
includes an online field guide (complete with photographs and full
descriptions) that allows users to learn about everything from the Albert’s
Towhee to the Zone-tailed hawk. [KMG]


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

Monday, October 08, 2007


Mon., Oct. 8, 2007 - Animation World Magazine

Site found in:



Animation World Magazine
Offers profiles, reviews, tutorials, a student corner, calendar of
events, job listings, a searchable archive, a variety of columns ("Fresh
from the Festivals," "Career Coach," "3D for Beginners," "Anime Reviews,"
etc.), and more.


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


Mon., Oct. 8, 2007 - NY Draft Riots, 1863 / Grandma Moses / Degas

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, July 12, 2007
Read This Online :

NY Draft Riots
This illustrated presentation recounts the events of the New York City Draft Riots of July 1863, violent reactions to U.S. Civil War draft legislation and related political and social tensions. Includes maps showing the locations of events in Manhattan. From the New Media Lab, City University of New York (CUNY).
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Anna Mary Robertson ("Grandma") Moses
Biography and details about the work of self-taught artist Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860-1961), whose work was "discovered" in 1938. Includes images of selected paintings, listings of exhibitions, a brief timeline, and related material. From Galerie St. Etienne, the New York gallery that "mounted Grandma Moses's first one-woman exhibition in 1940 and represented her for the remainder of her life."
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Online exhibit exploring the life and work of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Some of the topics covered include Degas' artistic style, subjects of his art (including laundresses, ballet, and women bathing), and art collected by Degas. Provides a glossary and selected bibliography. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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Mon., Oct. 8, 2007 - Civil Rights Movement

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AASC Feature of the Month: October 2007
Feature of the Month Email

Spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement
[Scroll down for free subject articles, biographies, and primary source documents]

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

The Oxford African American Studies Center’s Feature of the Month has been updated!

This month, the editors of the African American Studies Center share highlights of the Civil Rights Movement.

Paul Finkelman, a distinguished Professor at the University of Tulsa College and Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of African American History sets, sets the stage with a contextual account of life in the U.S. leading up to the Civil Rights Movement with this month’s Featured Essay. The featured essay also provides an overview of the numerous ways blacks in the United States were deprived of equal rights.

VIEW FEATURED ESSAY:,uzu5,5j,1cdm,5seg,eh6y,gfib

To compliment Finkelman’s featured essay, this month’s Photo Essay illustrates the tumultuous time. The essay includes photos and discussions on events and people such as the Little Rock Nine, the “Freedom Ride,” and of course, the 1963 March on Washington.

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To help guide readers who want to learn more about the history, significance, and lasting impact of the Civil Rights Movement, this month’s feature includes free subject articles ( ) taken from the African American Studies Center on topics such as Civil Rights Congress, Segregation, Civil Rights Legislation, Civil Rights Cases, and more. Free biographies are also available for individuals like Malcom X, Huey Newton, and Fannie Lou Hamer. And, because of the scale of this month’s particular feature, the African Studies Center has made available more than 15 primary source documents and commentaries from the middle of the 20th century.


Art Lowe
Assistant Marketing Manager
Reference Division
Oxford University Press


Mon., Oct. 8, 2007 - Biography Channel Classroom Website: Pancho Villa, Christopher Columbus, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month

--------Forwarded Message--------
Introducing Biography Channel Classroom
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007

Announcing the new Biography Channel Classroom Website!
Featuring new interactive teacher resources, Biography study guides,
special web exhibits, and Biography Channel Classroom calendar.

Biography of the MonthAnnouncing a new educational offering from The Biography Channel
Classroom: Biography of the Month Teachers Guide: Pancho Villa
Each month, The Biography Channel Classroom will highlight animportant figure from history, politics, or the arts with a specialteacher's guide. These guides will include background information,discussion questions, vocabulary words, extended activities, and booksand web links related to the featured Biography.

Special Feature, Biography: Christopher Columbus
Looking for classroom resources related to Columbus Day, or for newcontent on the history of explorers and exploration? The BiographyChannel has created an interactive new web exhibition dedicated to thelife and history of Christopher Columbus. This exciting new mini-siteoffers streaming video clips, background information, teacher's tips,and links for more information on Columbus and his voyages.

Special Feature: Hispanic Heritage
Each year from September 15th through October 15th, schools andfamilies celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to remember and acknowledgethe contributions of Latino and Hispanic individuals from throughoutworld history. Cervantes, Kahlo, Picasso, Villa, Dali, and many otherartists, writers, leaders, athletes, and scientists are explored on aspecial mini-site created for Hispanic Heritage Month. During thismonth and throughout the year, this site is a great resource forexploring important personalities and influential leaders, as well ascurrent programs and educational opportunities for your students. Thissite also includes video clips, interactive games, a photo gallery,links, and updated information related to Hispanic Heritage.

Dear Educators,

We would like to bring to your attention an exciting new website from
The Biography Channel. On this special site, located at we feature teacher's guides,
interactive exhibits, streaming video clips, tools for using Biography
in the classroom, and background information on significant leaders,
movers and shakers, and personalities from throughout world history.
Search this site for information about important historic figures and
leading change-makers from the contemporary world. This regularly
updated site also offers highlights of upcoming educational
programming on The Biography Channel.

Check this site for relevant content on holidays, featured classroom
themes such as Black History Month
( ) and Hispanic
Heritage, ( ) and for a
wide range of Biographies to connect with your courses. You will find
that the content on this site links with a wide range of courses, from
history and literature, to civics, politics, the arts, to science and
technology and current events…

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Sun., Oct. 7, 2007 - Classic Short Stories / Public Domain Photos

Sites found in:

Classic Short Stories
This sizable collection of classics includes Poe, Orwell, Twain, Balzac,
O.Henry, Melville, H.G. Wells, deMaupassant, and more.

Public Domain Photos
Two neat things about the US government: they shoot lots of photos on
just about every topic you can imagine, and all of them are in the public

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


Sun., Oct. 7, 2007 - Mildred Wirt Benson (Carolyn Keene) Archive / Civil War Letters Archive at Baylor

Sites found in:
ResearchBuzz #403 -- June 28, 2007

** New Online Mildred Wirt Benson (Carolyn Keene) Archive
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Shortened URL:
When I first saw the press release about the new Mildred Wirt Benson archive, I had one reaction. "The Secret of the Old Clock." The first Nancy Drew novel. Man, I must have read that book twenty times when I was a kid.

Mildred Wirt Benson wrote the first Nancy Drew novel in 1930 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, and wrote nearly two dozen of the series. Benson donated her personal papers to the University of Iowa Women's archives, starting in 1992 until her death in 2002. These papers, plus other materials, make up the new Mildred Wirt Benson collection available at .

From the front page you can browse all the items in the collection or view a timeline, but I recommend looking at the sample categories at the bottom of the page, including biographical information, photographs, and short stories. (Read the autobiographical sketch if you get a chance. I have great respect for people who can write fiction to start with -- but to write so much of it so quickly! -- you'd think she was Georges Simenon.

If you read any of the Nancy Drew books as a kid, the cover gallery will take you back, as it contains sixty covers from not only the Drew series but a variety of other youth series as well. Included here are covers from the "Dan Carter" "Dot and Dash" and "Honey Bunch" series. The second and third pages of covers have more Nancy Drew covers. A lot of these look familiar! When you click on the cover you'll also get the opportunity to look at the other parts of the book -- table of contents, endpapers, flyleaf, title page -- everything but the actual content.

Fascinating to get a glimpse into one of the first writers behind Nancy Drew. Very interesting stuff!


** Small Civil War Letters Archive at Baylor
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Shortened URL:
Baylor University has announced ( ) that a small archive of Civil War letters has been digitized and is now available at the Baylor University Library Digital Collections site.
The collection consists of thirty-two letters, mostly between a soldier and his sweetheart.

The letters have been both digitized and transcribed; from the front page of the collection you can browse the letters in chronological order. The next-to-last item is the burial receipt for John Coleman, who wrote most of the letters (he died in 1880) and the last item -- a really nice touch -- is a chronological transcription of all the letters, presented in a PDF file.

Click on a letter and you'll get a good-sized picture; a lot of them are tough to read however (especially the ones written on blue paper.) On the left nav you'll have the option to view the document description (the letter itself), the page description, or the page and text. Choose the page and text option; you'll get a good copy of the letter to browse but also a transcription in a popup window. The transcriptions aren't perfect, but they're very good.

John Coleman is an interesting man. Melancholy, frustrated, worried about his girlfriend and family, occasionally bored, he mixes home and war news equally. His girlfriend writes back patiently, their letters often missing each other. The good transcriptions and the focus on two people make this a fascinating read. Well done Baylor.

ResearchBuzz is copyright 2007 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with permission of ResearchBuzz ( ).


Sun., Oct. 7, 2007 - Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
From the site:
“Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943) was an English author, illustrator, and conservationist, best known for her children's books featuring Peter Rabbit and other animal characters. The first draft of "The Story of Peter Rabbit" was based on a letter she wrote to a little boy sick in bed, the son of a favorite governess that had cared for Potter in her childhood.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions).


Sun., Oct. 7, 2007 - Joan Bauer / Patricia Reilly Giff / Pam Munoz Ryan / Word Spy

Sites found in:

The newsletter of Web English Teacher
July 9, 2007

What’s new at Web English Teacher?

Joan Bauer
Lesson plans for Backwater, Hope was Here, Rules of the Road, and Squashed. (What other titles by Joan Bauer would you like to see on this page?)

Patricia Reilly Giff
Lesson plans for All the Way Home, Lily’s Crossing, Maggie’s Door, Nory Ryan’s Song, and Pictures of Hollis Woods. (What other titles by Ms. Giff would you like to see on this page?)

Pam Muñoz Ryan
Lesson plans for Esperanza Rising. (What other titles by Ms. Ryan would you like to see on this page?)

Site to Check Out

Word Spy
From the site: “This Web site is devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new
words and phrases. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new terms
that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web
sites, and other recorded sources.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

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