Saturday, November 10, 2007


Sat., Nov. 10, 2007 - Gapminder: Global Development

From the site:
“This website, powered by Trendalyzer, enables you to explore the changing world from your own computer. Moving graphics show how the development of all countries by the indicators you choose.”


Sat., Nov. 10, 2007 - AMEX: The Presidents

The Presidents
Explore the life and careers of all the American Presidents
From the site:
“The Presidents Web site builds on the enormous collection of research materials developed for the award-winning broadcasts. The site includes a summary page for each chief executive, provides Featured Presidents, an in-depth look at the presidents in the broadcast series line-up, and includes resources such as links to presidential sites, a detailed bibliography and a comprehensive collection of primary sources. Of special note is an expanded Teacher's Guide for each of the featured presidents, which provides instructional activities and suggestions for using the programs in the classroom.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Nov. 10, 2007 - BookTV on C-SPAN2 / How the World Really Shapes Up / Lit2Go / TechPresident

Sites found in:

Book TV on C-SPAN2
C-SPAN2 offers extensive programming on the best nonfiction every
weekend, including extended author interviews and even more extended
examinations of chosen authors' entire body of work. You can watch
selected programs from past weeks here, and search for previous
episodes which are available for purchase. Also available: program
schedules for the coming week.
[NOTE: See Archives:
Shortened URL:
Shortened URL:
- Phyllis ]


How the World Really Shapes Up - The Daily Mail
Shortened URL:
What the world would look like if we viewed it not by the size of each
country's land mass but by the size of each country's alcohol
consumption, wealth, HIV prevalence, etc. Another proof of how
visualization helps people understand raw data.


Lit2Go:MP3 Stories and Poems (Free)
Courtesy of Florida's Educational Clearinghouse. Browse the collection by
author or title. Each passage comes with an abstract, citation, playing
time, word count, and, in some cases, a suggested reading strategy.


TechPresident: How the candidates are using the web and how the web is
using them
An intriguing blog, plus links to the latest polls, and data on the
number of YouTube views and MySpace and Facebook friends for each
candidate. Click on techPresident Politickr, which "combines the official
blog posts, news feeds, photo streams, and video posts from 2008
presidential candidates (plus some unannounced wild cards and third-party
sites) and presents them side by side to help you keep up with the


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


Sat., Nov. 10, 2007 - Paper Cuts / American Friends of Lafayette / Richard Wright, Black Boy

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, August 23, 2007
Read This Online :


Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books
This blog is "about books and other forms of printed matter, written by Dwight Garner, senior editor of The [New York Times] Book Review. Look here for book news and opinion, interviews with writers, regular raids on the Book Review's archives, and other special features." Includes posts on topics such as the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" in 2007 and playlists of songs from writers. From The New York Times.
LII Item:


American Friends of Lafayette
This group "is an historical and patriotic society dedicated to the memory of Major General Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and to the study of his life and times in America and France." The site features a timelime about Lafayette from his birth in 1757 to the present (Lafayette became the sixth honorary citizen of Virginia in 2006), 27 reason why we should honor Lafayette, and links to related sites.
LII Item:


Richard Wright, Black Boy
Companion to a documentary about Richard Wright, the "influential and infamous writer who changed the face of American literature." Features a chronology of Wright's life from his birth in 1908 to a sharecropper and teacher in Mississippi, the publication of "Native Son" in 1940 and "Black Boy" in 1945, and his death in 1960. Also includes a selected bibliography. From Independent Television Service (ITVS).
LII Item:

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

Friday, November 09, 2007


Fri., Nov. 9, 2007 - Where Do Drugs Get Their Names? / Dewey Decimal Classification / America's Most Endangered Places

Sites found in:
Aug. 10-16, 2007

Fast Facts: Where Do Drugs Get Their Names?

The always informative World Almanac Blog
( )
Shortened URL:
provides a post about drug naming conventions in the U.S.

From the post:

According to The Merck Manuals, ( ) “When a drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration … it is given a generic (official) name and a trade (proprietary or brand) name. The trade name identifies it as the exclusive property of a particular company.”
The United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council is responsible for selecting a drug’s generic name and approving the drug’s trade name, as proposed by the pharmaceutical company. Click below for insight into drug naming schemes, and a list of names currently under consideration (anyone for a little lebrilizumab?).

The post includes links to:
+ United States Adopted Names Council

+ FDA Approved Drug Products (Drugs@FDA)

Source: The World Almanac Blog


Intro to Dewey Decimal Classification (22 pages; PDF)

The Dewey Decimal Classification Vocabulary (9 pages; PDF)

New Features in Dewey (20 pages; PDF)


America’s Most Endangered Places 2007 (U.S.)
Shortened URL:

Each year since 1998, the National Trust for Historic Preservation ( has released a list of 11 historic sites across the country that are in danger of being lost forever. Inclusion on the list does not guarantee a site’s survival, but it does generate publicity for the locations and in many cases leads to increased conservation efforts.


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Fri., Nov. 9, 2007 - All About Zoos (Teaching Heart - K-4)

All About Zoos


Teaching Heart (K-4)


Fri., Nov. 9, 2007 - Sites to See: The Web's Best Zoo Sites

Sites to See: The Web's Best Zoo Sites
From the site:
“Although going to a real zoo is ideal, that kind of real field trip might not be an option for many students. If that's the case in your classroom, why not supplement your animal study with a virtual zoo visit? Check out the list below to discover the cool tools on the Web for teaching and learning about zoos.”


Fri., Nov. 9, 2007 - PBS: NATURE: Cheetah Orphans / NOVA: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial / Miss Navajo

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 11-17, 2007

The Cheetah Orphans
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, November 11, 2007
When the mother of two cheetah cubs is killed, a veteran
filmmaker becomes their new parent, beginning a two-year
emotional rollercoaster as he prepares them to return to the
wild. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
8 - 10:00 pm
In Dover, PA, in 2004, the local school board ordered science
teachers to read to their high school biology students a
statement that suggested there is an alternative to Darwin's
theory of evolution called Intelligent Design. The science
teachers refused to comply with the order; alarmed parents
filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of
violating the separation of church and state. Suddenly, the
small town of Dover was torn apart by controversy, pitting
neighbor against neighbor. NOVA captures the emotional conflict
in interviews with the townspeople, scientists and lawyers who
participated in the historic six-week trial. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1
[NOTE: See Teaching Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Independent Lens
Miss Navajo
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
For more than 50 years, the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant
has given its contestants opportunities to showcase not just
their beauty, but their skills in dance, music and sheep
slaughtering. Following contestants in their quest for the
crown and featuring personal stories of recent winners, "Miss
Navajo" is a celebration of womanhood. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Copyright 2007 PBS Online


Original Message:
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 13:05:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial airs Nov. 13

Hello Educators,

In next week's two-hour airing of "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design
on Trial," NOVA explores the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School
District trial, which considered whether intelligent design is
science and whether it should be taught alongside evolution in a
public school science classroom. (Subjects covered: life science,
evolution, genetics, social studies, U.S. history)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 13, 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.)

Watch the Program
Watch the entire program online after the program airs.
(Quicktime or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Senior Executive Producer's Story
Read excerpts from an interview and watch a short video with
Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell explaining why NOVA
decided to tackle the controversial issue debated in Kitzmiller
v. Dover. (Grades 9-12)

In Defense of Intelligent Design
Find out in this interview why Phillip Johnson, known as the
father of intelligent design, feels that evidence for evolution
is insubstantial, why he believes that intelligent design is a
testable science, and what his thoughts are about the Dover case.
(Grades 9-12)

In Defense of Evolution
Discover in this interview with biology professor and author
Kenneth Miller what evolution is and why it is so controversial,
what Miller sees as the flaws in the intelligent-design argument,
and why he believes the controversy will continue. (Grades 9-12)

Board vs. Teachers
View the statement that the Dover school board ordered science
teachers to read in their biology classes, followed by the
teachers' response. (Grades 9-12)

The Judge Speaks
Hear Judge John Jones read some of his key findings from the
Dover trial in this audio interactive. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Defining Science
Listen to audio clips of seven scientists, philosophers, and
educators as they reflect on the nature of science. (Flash
plug-in required; text version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Darwin's Predictions
Explore in this interactive slide show some of Darwin's
pioneering conjectures -- including natural selection and descent
from a common ancestor -- and learn how they have been verified
or greatly substantiated over time. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Fossil Evidence
See in this interactive five examples of fossil evidence for
transitional forms that bridge the evolutionary gap between two
completely different types of animal. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Join the Discussion
Share your thoughts about the NOVA program at this PBS
discussion board.

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students evaluate a variety of data
for the common ancestry of humans and chimpanzees, and consider
their level of confidence in their conclusions as they review
each piece of data. (Grades 9-12)

Briefing Packet for Educators
Learn about the key issues in the evolution versus intelligent
design debate in this downloadable PDF.

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links and Books.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007 - Library of Congress: America from the Great Depression to WW II, 1939-1945 Color Photographs / 1935-1945 Black & White Photos

America from the Great Depression to WWII, 1939-1945: Color Photographs
From the site:
“The color photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection include scenes of rural and small-town life, migrant labor, and the effects of the Great Depression. A significant number of the color photographs concern the mobilization effort for World War II and portray aircraft manufacturing, military training, and the nation's railroads. The 1,600 color photographs produced by the FSA and OWI photographers are less well known and far less extensive than the 164,000 black-and-white photographs in the collection.”

America from the Great Depression to WWII, 1935-1945: Black & White Photographs
From the site:
“The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. In its latter years, the project documented America's mobilization for World War II. The collection includes about 164,000 black-and-white negatives; this release provides access to over 160,000 of these images. The FSA-OWI photographers also produced about 1600 color photographs. Two illustrated lists of frequently requested images from the FSA-OWI Collection, "'Migrant Mother' Photographs" and "Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination", are also available from the Prints and Photographs Reading Room.”


Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Program (Japanese Internment)

Time of Remembrance Program
Site includes interviews, videos, links and lessons.
From the site:
About the Time of Remembrance Program
“The Time of Remembrance Program was created in 1983 by the late Mary Tsukamoto, Elk Grove educator and lifelong civil rights activist. In 1942, Mary, her husband Al, and daughter Marielle were forced to leave their home with whatever possessions they could carry and relocate to an internment camp in Jerome, Arizona. It was not until 1945 that Mary and her family returned to California, hoping to pick up the pieces of their lives in an atmosphere that was still charged with racial prejudices against Japanese-Americans. With much determination and courage, she pursued a career in teaching and became one of California's first Japanese-American teachers.”

Interview Archives - First-Hand Accounts of the Internment Experience
From the site (includes photos and video clips):
“Note: The following interviews were recorded in the spring and summer of 2006…Students and teachers across the state and nation can learn about the internment experience through first-hand accounts.”


Thurs., NOv. 8, 2007 - PowerPoint Palooza: AP American History, AP European History, Global Studies

PowerPoint Palooza
Subjects include: A.P. American History, A. P. European History, Global Studies, Early European Civilization, and others.
From the site:
“Over 180 PowerPoints! These presentations range in size from a dozen or so slides each to over 145 slides.
Several PPTs contain large sound/music files. Therefore, they may take a while to load. Be patient!
To teachers--Save them, modify them, use them in your classroom as you wish, BUT please do NOT run the PPTs from the internet. Download them and save them on your own hard drive. Just keep me as the original source.”


Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007 - From The Scout Report, August 24, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 24, 2007
Volume 14, Number 32

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


Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives

Getting ahead in the field of biology is important to young scholars, and
staying on top of the material is important to their teachers. The Annenberg
Media group has created this thirteen part video course for educators, and
recently they placed the complete set of videos online here. The programs
include interviews with expert scientists, detailed animations that provide
a micro-level view of biological processes and techniques, and a number of
learning activities. Visitors can take in each program at their leisure and
they can also avail themselves of the link to the interactive website
designed in tandem with the video series. Here, they are welcome to look
over in-class activities, annotated animations, and case studies that will
illuminate the materials introduced in the series. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other videos from previously
posted. - Phyllis ]


The Universe in the Classroom [pdf]

>From dark matter to the transit of Venus, "The University in the Classroom"
has all the astronomical bases covered for educators. This electronic
educational newsletter is published by The Astronomical Society of the
Pacific and has been published since 1984. Each issue is designed to help
teachers learn more about astronomy themselves, and then they can bring this
new knowledge into their classroom. On the newsletter's homepage, visitors
can read the current issue, subscribe to receive updates, and also browse
through the archives, which stretch back to late 1984. Within each issue,
visitors can read an in-depth exploration of a certain astronomical subject,
complete with classroom activities and links to other related resources.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously
posted. – Phyllis ]


Native Words, Native Warriors [Macromedia Flash Player]

Throughout World War I and World War II, American Indians were asked to join
the United States armed forces. They served in many different campaigns, and
in many different capacities, but perhaps one of the best known groups of
American Indians were the "Code Talkers". The "Code Talkers" were asked to
develop a way of transmitting secret messages using their own native
languages, and they were tremendously successful. This beautifully designed
and multi-layered site developed by the National Museum of the American
Indian presents the voices of the "Code Talkers", along with other voices,
all of which are combined seamlessly with historic images, graphics, and
songs. Visitors will learn about the "Code Talkers" experiences in the
military, their reintegration into society upon their return from war, and
subsequent recognition by both the French and United States governments.


Marine Biological Laboratory [pdf]

In 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) was started in Woods Hole,
and since then it has served as a place for world-class biologists and
ecologists to gather and work together. Their ambitions are very broad and
admirable, and visitors should start by reading through the introduction in
the "About MBL" section before looking around further. Most visitors will
then want to go to the "Education" area. Here they will find such resources
as a marine organism database, a number of full-text classic works on marine
organisms, and several image databases. Moving on, visitors might also want
to look at the "Research" area, which contains materials on their
laboratories, research opportunities at the MBL, and an overview of their
current research projects. [KMG]


Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase [pdf]
Shortened URL:

When a young United States finalized the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, they in
some ways literally didn't know what they were getting. Certainly a number
of surveyors, explorers, and Native Americans had traversed different
segments of this vast territory, but it had by no means been completely
explored and documented. Recently, the American Memory Project at the
Library of Congress created this rather delightful online collection that
tells the historical and cultural story of the European explorations of
these lands. The collection contains 119 items such as a Native American map
of the Upper Missouri from 1801 and the "Accurate Map of North America" by
Emmanuel Bowen from 1767. First-time visitors should make a point of reading
the 118-page explanatory essay offered here. It covers such topics as the
cartographic setting of the Purchase and Louisiana's tenure as a Spanish
colony. [KMG]


Selections from The Curriculum Library's Historical Collection

If you have ever sat up at night wondering, "Where is the C in CAKE and
COD?" you will need to wonder no more after you turn the digital pages of
"Dolly's ABC" from 1854. Along with "Dolly's ABC", this delightful
collection from the Curriculum Library's Historical Collection at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers up nineteen complete children's
books of historical importance. This collection contains very short picture
books, along with several other instructional manuals for teachers, such as
"Teaching Boys and Girls How to Study", by Peter Jeremiah Zimmers. For
students with a passion for the history of education, this site will be
quite a find, and it will merit several return visits. [KMG]



Started in 1997, Archipelago offers up a farrago of poetry, fiction, photo
collages, and other such artistic endeavors once (sometimes twice) a year.
It's a delight to learn about, and interested parties will appreciate
looking over their most recent offerings. Of course, they won't want to stop
at the latest material, as they can also delve into their online archive. To
give curious parties a sense of Archipelago's contents, they have recently
featured Frank McGuinness' piece "Andy Warhol Says A Mass", the poems of
Katherine E. Young, and the transcript of a talk on Thomas Jefferson and
intellectual property rights given by Jeffrey H. Matsuura. Visitors wishing
to take a copy of Archipelago away from their computer screen can also click
on a PDF version that is more than appropriate for printing out and taking
to their favorite coffeehouse or literary salon. [KMG]


StarDate Online [Real Player]

As the longest-running science feature in the United States, StarDate has
covered everything from the Big Dipper to super novas. The program serves as
the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald
Observatory, and is broadcast in both Spanish and English. Visitors can
listen to their latest radio program, and there is so much more to take in
on this fine site. Amateur astronomers will want to look at their daily
"Stargazing Tip" which is featured on the homepage, and then can look at the
"Featured Image". After that, it's definitely worthwhile to look more
closely into the "Stargazing" section. This section includes weekly tips, a
stargazing almanac, a beginner's guide, and tips for viewing the planets and
meteors. Finally, educators will want to look at the "Teachers" section, as
it features lesson plans and classroom activities. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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


Thurs., Nov. 8, 2007 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Nov. 2007

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Nov. 2007, Pg. 3

Al Filreis: Modern American Poetry
The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s
Literature of the Holocaust


Career One Stop

Center for American Women and Politics

Congress for Kids

Critter Guide

CyberSchoolBus Annenberg Political Fact Check

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Mathematics Tutorials

WayBack: U.S. History for Kids (PBS)
SEE ALSO: 8 More WayBacks

The Virtual Cell

- Phyllis Anker

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Wed., Nov. 7, 2007 - The Naked Scientists

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Naked Scientists

Today's site, from a high-flying group of Cambridge University scientists,
seeks to demonstrate the "cool" factor in science. Gentle Subscribers will
discover some of the remarkable and fascinating aspects of science,
compelling for both adults and older children.

"The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers
... who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down
to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public. ... They have
... put together this website to allow the radio show, lectures, and much
more to be accessible world-wide. According to Dr. Smith, the basic goal of
the Naked Scientists 'is to help people enjoy science as much as we do and,
at the same time, to have fun.'" - from the website

The site offers sections with startling articles and experiments, along
with brief reports of the latest science news and a legion of questions
submitted by visitors. With more than a hundred articles on a range of
topics, from turning turning wheat and potatoes into plastics, to why
plants make caffeine, the articles section can also be browsed by specific
science. The Kitchen Science Experiments section leads visitors to some
eye-opening answers, exploring "how to pick up a jar of rice without
touching the jar, and what it has to do with holes in the road" and "how
fat would you have to be to stop a bullet". Visitors can even test
themselves on a true or false science quiz, which gives instantaneous
feedback to curious questions with engaging answers.

Soar over to the site for riveting science with all the dull bits left out

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


Wed., Nov. 7, 2007 - What's That Stuff?

What's That Stuff?
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“You might ask yourself... What's That Stuff?
Ever wondered about what's really in hair coloring, Silly Putty, Cheese Wiz, artificial snow, or self-tanners? C&EN presents a collection of articles that gives you a look at the chemistry behind a wide variety of everyday products.”
From: Chemical & Engineering News


Wed., Nov. 7, 2007 - The Inner Life of the Cell / Cells Alive!

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, August 14, 2007 and time for Science at

Recommended Websites:

XVIVO: Scientific Animation

Age Range: 14 and up (note: designed for college level biology

List member Nancy Hogan suggested this website that offers an
incredible 8-minute video-animation titled "The Inner Life of the
Cell" that was designed "to transport Harvard Biology students into a
three-dimensional journey through the microscopic world of a cell."
It moves beyond textbooks and "vividly illustrates the mechanisms
that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond
to an external stimulus. This animation explores the different
cellular environments in which these communications take place."

While it is fascinating to watch, unless you have some knowledge of
cell structure and function it may be difficult to understand what
you are seeing -- as no explanation is provided, just musical
accompaniment. If this triggers interest, then use the following
website to develop a foundation to better understand this video...

Cells Alive!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 12 and up (younger children may enjoy various aspects of
this site)

Cells Alive was previously featured on ClickSchooling in 2002. The
site has been updated and is really worth visiting multiple times. It
uses animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, and
interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and
functions of cells. The categories include:

Cell Biology -- all about the structure of plant, animal, and
bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and
meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and

Microbiology -- get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites
from E.coli to strep to HIV - and take the quiz on microbes.

Immunology -- don't miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of
allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the
immune system.

Microscopy -- get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging
and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping
microscope images.

Under "Interactive" on the menu, you can examine cell models, view an
animation of the cell cycle, watch the Cell Cams that let you see in
real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to
double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

This is a "must see" site for anyone studying the sciences in grades
7 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too --
parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the
most interest to their kids. You will want to bookmark this site and
return often.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., Nov. 7, 2007 - DNA From the Beginning

DNA From The Beginning
From the site:
“DNA from the Beginning is organized around key concepts. The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, and links. An animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Tues., Nov. 6, 2007 - Women's Suffrage Broadsides

Women's Suffrage Broadsides
Shortened URL:

How to Vote for Woman Suffrage Amendment, Election Day, November 6, 1917.

Plain Facts for the Working Man, circa 1910
Author: New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association

Votes for Women! The Woman's Reason

Women in the Home, 1915.


Tues., Nov. 6, 2007 - Votes for Women

By Popular Demand: "Votes for Women"
Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
These thirty-eight pictures include individual portraits,
photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists,
an anti-suffrage display, and cartoons. The images,
which complement a collection of text documents, are
both searchable and browsable. From the American
Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
Subjects: Women -- Suffrage -- United States
Created by slr
Copyright 2002 by Librarians' Index to the Internet,
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

[NOTE: See Also:
One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview - Phyllis ]


Tues., Nov. 6, 2007 - Timeline and Speeches from "A History of the American Suffragist Movement"

Timeline from
A History of the American Suffragist Movement

Sojourner Truth's Speech to the Akron Convention, 1851
The Declaration of Sentiments from the Seneca Falls Convention, 1848

from A History of the American Suffragist Movement


Tues., Nov. 6, 2007 - Reaching Out: The Evolution of Communication

Reaching Out: The Evolution of Communication
From the site:
“Our site is an educational web site that takes visitors on a journey of discovery through the fascinating world of communication. It is about the development of verbal and non-verbal communication through human history, covering prehistoric cave drawings and hieroglyphics; the more sophisticated semaphore, telegraph, telephone, radio, and television; and today's advanced computer and satellite based systems. It shows how developments in the field of communication have affected our lives and how they have continuously been changing the world in which we live.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Monday, November 05, 2007


Mon., Nov. 5, 2007 - TryScience

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

Hi! It's Tuesday, August 21, 2007 and time for Science at

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

Age Range: All (Grade Range: K-12, although the site looks like it
was designed with elementary/middle school in mind.) provides online and offline science activities that
the whole family will enjoy! Over 400 science centers worldwide have
pooled their resources and invite you to investigate, discover, and
try science yourself. They're hopeful that you will enjoy these
science activities so much, that you will want to visit a science
center near you.

When you get to the site you will see two illustrated menus. The one
on the left offers:

*Experiments - There are over 40 science experiments archived
covering earth science, biological sciences, mathematics, physical
sciences, space science, technology and engineering, chemistry,
social sciences, medicine and health, and more. Project titles
include Amazing Robots, DNA Detective, Mummy Magic, Musical Coat
Hangars, Seafood Surgery and more.

*Field Trips - This is a goldmine. You can take virtual field trips
to 11 different science centers and museums worldwide and explore
their virtual exhibits that include all kinds of interactive
displays. What fun!

*Adventures - This section offers a couple of interactive online
games that explore engineering and the science of sports.

The menu on the right includes:

*Now In Focus - Join "Citizens for Planet Earth" or just explore this
section featuring "Journey To Planet Earth" that includes ideas for
field adventures the whole family can participate in to instill
environmental awareness and global stewardship.

*Live Cams: What a treat for everyone in the family! See live views
from webcams at science and technology centers worldwide including:
The Taronga Zoo, The Hudson River, Penguins at the Montreal Biodome,
Ant Cam at the Museum at Bristol, and the Butterfly Cam at North
Carolina Museum of Life and Science.

*Curious About - Explore a variety of interesting topics through
short polls, quizzes and activities, plus related news links.

Want more? Click on "Parents" on the menu bar at the top of the
screen for info and tips on learning about science. You can click on
the "Family Guide to Science" and download listings for science
centers and museums, nature centers and botanical gardens, zoos,
aquariums, local parks, and science organizations and schools in your
area. You can also order a hard copy of the guide for free. There is
also a "Teachers" section with info on integrating a science
curriculum in the classroom. gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence. Bookmark
it, as there is no way to see it all in one visit. :)

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., Nov. 5, 2007 - Sites found in The Scout Report August 17, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 17, 2007
Volume 14, Number 31
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


International Space Station: An Interactive Reference Guide [Macromedia
Flash Player]

NASA can really put together a website, and the dramatic visual and audio
introduction to their online interactive guide to the world of the
International Space Station (ISS) is worth sitting back and watching in its
entirety. After the introduction, visitors can listen to Commander Mike
Fincke talk about the various scientific endeavors that are part of the
Station's mission. The rest of the materials on the site are divided into
three sections: "How the Crew Lives", "How it Works", and "ISS 360 Tour".
While all of the sections are equally interesting, the "How the Crew Lives"
is quite a treat, as visitors can watch videos demonstrating how the crew
eats, sleeps, and exercises. Of course, visitors with a penchant for
engineering technology should definitely not miss the "How it Works" area,
which contains explanations of how the ISS is operated and supported.
Finally, the site also contains a music video which blends together what
sounds like early 1990s-techno music with in-flight scenes of space
scientists at work and play. [KMG]

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


An Evolutionary Text Book-Evolving by Student Activities

Working on a new calculus textbook can be a daunting project, and it is
something that Håkan Lennerstad knows a bit about. He happens to be a
faculty member at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and he
recently created this paper (along with two of his students, Maria
Salomonsson and David Erman) that describes how he was able to develop new
ways of learning calculus while working collaboratively with his students.
This paper was released in June 2007, and in the article he talks about the
process involved with creating this textbook and how he worked effectively
with his students. It's a rather interesting piece, and one that fellow
mathematics educators will want to look over and pass along to other
colleagues. [KMG]


Life of a Vertebrate Fossil [Macromedia Flash Player]

Unless you have a very large research grant, it can be difficult to find
fossil bones. Fortunately, this very fine online learning module from the
Smithsonian's Natural History Museum can help both young and old to learn
about locating fossil bones, among other things. Through this multimedia
feature created by the History Museum's department of paleobiology, visitors
will learn what paleontologists do in each stage in the life of a vertebrate
fossil. With the assistance of short video clips, interactive diagrams, and
photographs, visitors will learn about how fossils are prepared for
examination and how scientists unravel the stories of these paleontological
finds. Finally, visitors will also learn how fossils are stored and
preserved. [KMG]


Knocking [Real Player, Windows Media Player]

The Independent Lens series has taken on a number of controversial subjects,
but this recent documentary about the world of Jehovah's Witnesses is quite
an eye-opener. While some people can be dismissive of this faith, this
documentary provides a nuanced and rather fascinating look at both those who
practice this faith and their involvement in a record number of important
Supreme Court cases. Visitors might do well to start by looking over the
"Myths and Realities" section, which provides answers to questions such as
"Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in drinking and dancing" and so on.
Clicking on the "Jehovah's Witnesses" section of the site brings visitors to
materials on their role in Supreme Court cases of note, their beliefs
surrounding blood and blood transfusions, and their community structure.
Additionally, visitors can view select clips from the program and also read
interviews with two of the Jehovah's Witnesses featured in the film. [KMG]


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


Mon., Nov. 5, 2007 - International Space Station

The International Space Station
From the site:
“The International Space Station (ISS) is a low-flying research facility jointly operated by the space agencies of the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and eleven European countries. It was assembled piece by piece in space, starting with a Russian module put into orbit in November, 1998. The first crew arrived two years later. Over fifty missions will be required to assemble the entire thing. Completion is scheduled for 2010.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., Nov. 5, 2007 - Art:21 / NASA: Shuttle Missions / MAPS: Presidential Elections 1789-2000, Congressional Districts

Sites found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007

Art:21 : Art in the Twenty-first Century
Record Id: 672282
Created: 2007-08-21 11:34:31
Categories: arts

Companion website to the PBS television series on American contemporary
art and artists offers 200 video clips, biographies, interviews, and
over 1,000 images.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NASA : Shuttle Missions
Record Id: 671672
Created: 2007-08-20 13:03:59
Categories: govpub,physci

Summaries of NASA space shuttle missions from 1981 to date.

[NOTE: For STS 120 – set to land Nov. 7
- Phyllis ]

Printable Maps : Presidential Elections 1789 - 2000
Record Id: 671669
Created: 2007-08-17 14:21:42
Categories: govpub,maps

Maps of "electoral votes won, by political party, for the fifty-four
Presidential elections from George Washington in 1789 to George W. Bush
in 2000."

Printable Maps : Congressional Districts
Record Id: 671668
Created: 2007-08-17 13:58:09
Categories: govpub,maps

Page-size PDF maps illustrating each congressional district of the
United States. Browse by state.
[NOTE: Earlier edition previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Sun., Nov. 4, 3007 - PBS: The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation

The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation
Gr. 9-12
From the site:
“It was a time when a generation rebelled and lost its innocence. From the Vietnam War to the struggle for racial equality to the birth of a counter-culture explosion, the 1960s was a decade of change, experimentation and hope that transformed an entire nation. THE SIXTIES: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED A GENERATION traces the events of one of the most turbulent and influential periods of political and cultural change in the 20th century and the powerful impact forced on an entire generation. There is disagreement even today over the failures and accomplishments that were born from the 1960s, but one thing is certain there has never been a time quite like it. THE SIXTIES: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED A GENERATION highlights the tumultuous and exhilarating moments of a decade that continues to have a profound impact on our society today from American foreign policy to the birth of the environmental and gay rights and women's liberation movements.”

Find out more about the revolutions, pop culture and politics of the Sixties.


Sun., Nov. 4, 2007 - History Buff

History Buff
From the site:
“Welcome to, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary souce material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Nov. 4, 2007 - Alaska's Gold

Alaska’s Gold
From the site:
“Welcome to Alaska's Gold!

“The discovery of gold brought adventurers, dreamers and schemers to Alaska. It's a great story! In fact, it's a lot of great stories.

“But the stories aren't completely written yet. They are hidden in the bits and pieces of history that have managed to survive for over 100 years: things like diaries, newspapers, maps, photographs, government documents and things people used in their everyday lives. We call these primary source materials.

“Alaska's Gold has two parts: Alaska's Gold Themes and Alaska's Gold Lode. Alaska's Gold Themes includes primary source materials enhanced with questions, suggested activities and a teacher's resources packet. Alaska's Gold Lode includes a larger selection of documents related to the project themes.”


Sun., Nov. 4, 2007 - WestWeb

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, August 16, 2007 and time for History at

Recommended Website:
Direct Link:
[NOTE: Previously posted.
CAUTION: Be sure to check links to other sites. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 9-18+ (There are so many websites archived here that it
would be hard to pin-point an age range. Most of the material I saw
was geared toward middle school through college. However, a few multi-
media sites would probably have interest for younger students as

This website is devoted to exploring the history of the wild and not-
so-wild American West (in the U.S. and Canada). Organized by topic,
it was created and is maintained by the Department of History,
College of Staten Island, The City University of New York. Access to
this website is like having your own western reference desk. As often
happens with this kind of website a number of the links are no longer
working. It can be a little frustrating to navigate, but there are
enough live links that are real treasures to offset any
disappointment. Plan to have some time to explore when you visit.

When you get to the site, you'll see a menu of western-themed topics.
Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of links to
websites that explore the topic. Some lead to eye-popping, multi-
media, history extravaganza's and others offer a more subdued
approach with primary texts or secondary texts, for example. Some of
the subjects covered include:

-Native Peoples of the American West
-The Frontier
-Settlement & Expansion of the West
-Immigration and Ethnicity in the West
-Asians in the American West
-African-Americans in the West
-Spanish Borderlands
-Agriculture, Mariculture, and the Fur Trade
-Western Military History
-Political and Legal History of the West
-Water in the West
-and much more!

Bookmark this site to return often - you can't possible see it all in
one visit.

Note: I explored many links here, but did not see them ALL. Parents,
as always, should preview the sites to determine suitability for
their own children.

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.

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