Saturday, November 17, 2007


Sat., Nov. 17, 2007 - NSDL Science Literacy Maps

NSDL Science Literacy Maps
Helping teachers connect concepts, standards, and NSDL resources
From the site:
“What are Science Literacy Maps?
NSDL created Science Literacy Maps as a tool for teachers and students to find NSDL resources that relate to specific science and math concepts. These maps illustrate connections between concepts as well as how concepts build upon one another across grade levels.”


Sat., Nov. 17, 2007 - Graphic Organizers

Site found in:
Weekly Teacher Tips #369: Graphic Organizers Issue
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007

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

Graphic Organizer Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, however some content is restricted to paid members.


Sat., Nov. 17, 2007 - Learn Videography

Learn Videography, Video Editing and Lighting
From the site:
“A large part of our mission is to provide you with the information you need to improve your skills in video production. And after 20 years of publishing, we have a lot to offer. This is the place to start for videography training…Let the learning begin!”
Site includes pages on Techniques, Tips on Getting Started, and Glossary

Videomaker Magazine
Includes full text articles from current and back issues.
Some articles:

Director's Chair: Maintaining Continuity
Dr. Robert Nulph
June 2007
“Even in blockbuster movies, continuity errors happen, and eagle-eyed viewers love to find the mistakes.”

Director's Chair: Secrets of Storytelling
Dr. Robert Nulph
October 2006


Sat., Nov. 17, 2007 - Guides and Tutorials

Guides and Tutorials
Free Technology Guides, Tutorials, and How-To’s

Friday, November 16, 2007


Fri., Nov. 16, 2007 - Exploring Africa

Exploring Africa!

From the site:
“The Exploring Africa! curriculum is divided into Units, Modules, and Learning Activities. Each unit covers a major topic or theme in the study of Africa. Each unit is divided into thematic, disciplinary, regional, or country modules.
“Each module plan in our curriculum follows a carefully prepared format. This format has been developed in accordance with standard lesson and module plans in middle and high school social studies.”


Fri., Nov. 16, 2007 - Egypt Untold / Faces of the Dropout Epidemic / Mapping the United States

Sites found in:
Cable in the Classroom Magazine - October 2007


Egypt Untold
With the help of Discovery Channel’s web feature Egypt Untold, students can get an overview of Egyptian civilization in an organized and timely manner through an interactive timeline, a quiz, streaming video clips, and additional related features. The timeline chronicles Egyptian history from rulers Cheops to Caesar, including images and descriptions of the culture and times. A streaming video library gives students an exclusive glimpse into the excavations of several tombs and gravesites, including a tour of the largest gravesite in the Valley of the Golden Mummies, where many mummies are actually covered in gold. Students wondering if they have what it takes to be an Egyptian leader can take the Are You Pharaoh Material? quiz, which offers detailed explanations for every answer, including information about Egypt’s most memorable rulers, their actions, and their responsibilities. The website also features links to a number of other Egypt-themed Discovery pages, including slide shows, video clips, and expert commentary about Rameses, Tutankhamen, and Nefertiti.

Follow a timeline of Ancient Egypt

Explore the world of Rameses the Great. (Interactive)

The Valley of the Kings (Interactive Tour)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Faces of the Dropout Epidemic
As the U.S. high school dropout rate climbs, students need to be fully informed
about the consequences of leaving school. With the help of MTV’s
new documentary The Dropout Chronicles, educators can help at-risk students
understand that although school may be difficult, it is vital to their
future to have a high school diploma. The documentary paints a portrait
of the lives of three students who are faced with the decision of dropping
out, with only one graduating in the end. Students can watch clips of the
program at the Dropout Chronicles website to see how peer pressure, family,
and other factors affect young people’s choices. Students can also visit
the thinkMTV: Education website for tips on being successful in school, including
ways to study and how to improve the school they attend. They can click on Don’t Give
Up for alarming statistics about dropouts, as well as positive action steps to
help at-risk students. The Boost site, from the Ad Council and the U.S.
Army, also features resources, including sites for homework help, encouragement from other
young people through e-mails and video clips, and advice for parents with
a struggling teen.
The Dropout Chronicles Website:
thinkMTV: Education:


Mapping the United States
Memorizing a list of states and capitals may elicit more groans than excitement from students, but they might find it easier to learn about the many regions of the U.S. through the fun facts, stats, and more at The History Channel’s interactive website The States. Several features make U.S. geography interesting and engaging, including an interactive map that allows users to click on any state and open a mini-site that contains much more than basic facts, such as the capital, motto, or state bird. Each site also features an image gallery, lists of fun facts, and streaming video clips about the state’s history, points of interest, and even celebrities discussing what they think is great about their home state. By combining history and culture with first-person perspectives, learning U.S. geography may seem a little less daunting. After learning about all the states, students can then play a map game that asks them to place each state on a blank map, and, at the highest level of difficulty, name each state’s capital. The States:


Fri., Nov. 16, 2007 - WGBH Media Library and Archives Launches OpenVault

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Eric Ward - URLwire
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 05:50:16 -0700

WGBH Media Library and Archives Launches OpenVault - New Educational

Muhammad Ali discussing his refusal to fight in Vietnam; African
American students arriving at school during Boston's court-ordered de-
segregation; Bill T. Jones performing a monologue and solo dance;
Robert McNamara reading from a letter sent by Nikita Khrushchev to
President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis - that's just a
taste of the resources available on Open Vault.

Launched by the WGBH Media Library and Archives (MLA), the Open Vault
( Web site offers access to select video
clips and interview transcripts drawn from WGBH's award-winning
programming created between 1968 and 1993. Designed to encourage
educators and scholars in higher education to incorporate these
materials into classroom curricula and outside study, Open Vault
includes over 500 streaming video clips and more than 1,000 interviews
drawn from: New Television Workshop, an experimental video art series
that supported the creation and broadcast of experimental works by
artists from 1974 to 1993; Say Brother (now Basic Black), an African
American public affairs series with programs from 1968 to 1982; and
Ten O'Clock News, a Boston-based nightly news program including
stories on the African American community and busing from 1974

Users can search by keyword or browse by topic (Arts; Business;
Education; Humanities; Massachusetts; Science and Technology; Social
Science) and view data alphabetically by person and by series. Advance
search allows for narrowing keyword searches within a single series
and/or subject. Resource management tools allow educators (after
logging in) to annotate and tag records, create topical lists and send
information to students for further study or classroom discussion.

Professors who have used Open Vault in the classroom found that the
short duration (one to six minutes) of the clips are well-suited for
class discussion as they are focused on one event and can be replayed
for in-depth analysis. Video provides a familiar landscape for today's
media-savvy undergraduates while allowing professors to model how
video and television can be used as important historical artifacts.
Professors cited more dynamic and insightful discussions that occurred
in their classes when these primary source materials were used and
observed that students who used video clips from Open Vault developed
more insightful papers for their assignments.

One early site reviewer commented, "As a professor teaching Humanities
courses the very first items to attract my attention were the video
clips of Robert McNamara on Khrushchev's letters to President Kennedy
during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Muhammad Ali on his opposition to the
Vietnam War and Mamie Till Mobley on her life after the murder of her
son. I teach each of these subjects in some depth and was delighted to
be able to direct my student's attention to this site and these
important details. It is one thing to talk about these subjects. It is
quite another to enable students to hear and see for themselves."

Each record includes a video description, and when applicable, program
and series descriptions. Full transcripts and complete longer format
interviews are available for purchase for selected entries. For those
unsure where to start, "Top Picks" on the Open Vault homepage help get
their discovery started, and once in a relevant record, further
recommendations appear under the header "People Who Liked This Also
Liked." Additional records will be added as licensing rights and
funding are obtained.

Support for the Open Vault project was made possible through a
generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The
IMLS Open Vault project was managed by Media Library Director, Karen
Cariani with archivists Karen Colbron and Helen Brady.

Eric Ward


Fri., Nov. 16, 2007 - Sites found in PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 18-24, 2007

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 18-24, 2007

PBS Launches Collaboration with AASL

PBS and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a
division of the American Library Association (ALA), are
collaborating to support school library media and technology
integration specialists in their work. PBS Teachers site
visitors now have direct access to select articles from AASL's
flagship publication, Knowledge Quest, while Knowledge Quest
readers will be able to find information on PBS links and
resources that further enrich the content in the current
Knowledge Quest publication. Published bimonthly September
through June, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering
substantive information to assist building-level library media
specialists, supervisors and library educators. Articles
address the integration of theory and practice in school
librarianship and new developments in education, learning
theory and relevant disciplines.


Listen and Learn: New Education Lectures Available on the WGBH Forum Network

A host of new lectures are now available on the WGBH Forum
Network, a free online resource that offers audio and video
streaming lectures from leading authorities. The WGBH Forum
Network offers an extensive on-demand audio and video library
of scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and
community leaders discussing numerous topics relevant to
educators and their students.


The Beauty of Ugly
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, November 18, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
From hagfish to naked mole rats, warthogs to proboscis monkeys
to the ugliest bug in Oklahoma, "Nature" explores how and why
ugly can be beautiful -- even when it isn't pretty. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)


Master of the Killer Ants
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
In the Mandaras Mountains of northern Cameroon lives the Mofu
-- an ancient tribe that shares its homes and crops with
insects in a mutual balance of survival. But this year, a
terrible drought has hit the region, and the termites, usually
the Mofu's precious ally, have left the fields and invaded the
huts and granaries. To fight back, the Mofu shaman calls for
Jaglavak, a ferocious army ant with the body of a dragon. This
program is shot in an intimate style that takes viewers into
the traditional mindset of the Mofu shaman and the villagers
who depend on him. Then, with high-tech macro shooting
techniques, the film goes underground and gives viewers a
terrifying close-up look at a termite's fortress and the war
that rages between termites and Jaglavak. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Athens: The Dawn of Democracy
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, November 19, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm
Bettany Hughes explores the contradictions of the "Golden Age"
of ancient Athens, where democracy emerged nearly 2,500 years
ago. Far from an environment of peace and tranquility,
democratic Athens was a bloody, tumultuous place of both
brilliant ideas and a repressive regime. No two years went by
that Athenians didn't vote to go to war. Eventually the empire
withered, to be crushed finally by Alexander the Great. It
would be another 2,000 years before society was once again able
to tolerate the idea of democracy -- rule by the people. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)


On Our Watch
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
The world said "never again!" after the Holocaust, yet
Cambodia, Srebrenica and Rwanda would follow. "Frontline" asks
why the genocide in Darfur was allowed to unfold. It has been
meticulously chronicled, mapped by satellite, endlessly debated
at the UN and allowed to proceed unabated for four years. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Copyright 2007 PBS Online


--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Master of the Killer Ants airs Nov. 20
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 16:46:20 -0500 (EST)

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Master of the Killer Ants," NOVA reveals
the spiritual rituals of the African Mofu people as they go through
their harvest cycle, and follows the efforts of the tribe to bring
the ant they call jaglavak to their village to rid a home of
termites. (Subjects covered: life science, entomology)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Master of the Killer Ants"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 20, 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.)

Jaglavak, Prince of Insects
Find out more about the beliefs and traditions of the Mofu people
and their relationship with the red ant, jaglavak. (Grades 9-12)

Being Queen
Read about the role, challenges, and lifespan of the queen in
such social colonies as ants and bees. (Grades 9-12)

Bugs You Can Eat
View in this slide show a number of edible bugs and from grubs to
termites, read about what it was like to taste them from two
people who did, and find recipes for mealworm spaghetti and
grasshopper tacos. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Amazing Ants Game
See eight different types of ants and match them to their habits
and abilities in this interactive game. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Learn more about Cameroon, review different types of species
interactions, evaluate the role of insects in the lives of the
Mofu tribe, and more with these viewing ideas. (Grades 6-8)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links and Books.

* * * * * * * *

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Wed., Nov. 14, 2007 - ADMIN: Short break for the NJASL Conference

Blog Readers,

I'll be in Long Branch for a couple of days at the NJASL Annual Conference.
Hope to see some of you there.

Postings will probably resume on Friday.

- Phyllis

Phyllis Anker


Wed., Nov. 14, 2007 - "Science Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular Culture

"Science Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular culture
From the site:
“The complex and abstract nature of Science makes the subject difficult to understand. But complexity is not the only barrier to our understanding Science. The subject is made much more difficult by the presence of numerous misleading "Science Myths" which circulate in the popular culture, which are handed down from parents to children, and which have become so common and widespread that they appear widely in science textbooks and are taught as facts in grade school.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. See below- Phyllis ]

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, February 25, 2003 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Science Misconceptions

This website contains no science experiments and no bells and whistles, but the
content is worth reading. It debunks myths about science, and reveals some
prevailing science misconceptions that are propagated in K-6 textbooks.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of article titles. Scroll to the
titled "Misconceptions" and choose an article of interest -- then click on
it to read it. Some of the misconception articles include:

-Scientists Use the Scientific Method
-Gravity in Space is Zero
-For Every Action There is An Equal & Opposite Reaction
-Ben Franklin's Kite Was Struck By Lightning
-Clouds, Fog, and Shower -Room Mist Are Made of Water Vapor
-There Are Seven Colors in the Rainbow
-and many more.

You may be surprised to discover that long-held beliefs are not true. The site
demonstrates what Dr. Richard Feynman, Nobel physicist, said, "That's the way
all the books were: they said things that were useless, mixed up, ambiguous,
confusing, and partially incorrect. How anybody can learn science from these
books, I don't know, because it's not science."

This site will make you think twice. :-)

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2003, 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. 14, 2007 - CHEMystery

From the site:
“We have created CHEMystery, a virtual chemistry textbook, to provide an interactive guide for high school chemistry students. In addition, CHEMystery allows you to further expand your chemistry knowledge by letting you interact with other Internet resources on the World Wide Web.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Nov. 14, 2007 - Read Print / eSkeletons Project / Science Channel's list of 100 Greatest Discoveries

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #77 from
September 1, 2007


Read Print
Online books, ebooks, virtual books, whatever you call 'em,
they don't cost anything.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The eSkeletons Project
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Science Channel's big 100 list of greatest discoveries.
Shortened URL:


Archives for this ezine are available online here:


Wed., Nov. 14, 2007 - Sites found in The Scout Report, August 31, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 31, 2007
Volume 14, Number 33

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


Math Science Center [pdf]

Developed by Peter C. Esser and John W. Pluemer of the Math and Science
Center at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, this site brings together a
veritable cornucopia of resources related to learning about applied math,
occupational math, elementary algebra, technical science, and the
fundamentals of chemistry. First-time visitors will want to start by looking
at the "Resources" section. Here they will find online tables and scientific
calculators, sets of tips such as "Fractions: The Basics" and "Using the
Place Value System", and some rather fine tutorials that cover health
occupations and culinary mathematics. Moving on, the "Topics" area provides
access to the various resources on the site organized into subtopics such as
"Finance", "Geometry", and "Statistics". [KMG]


X or Y-Does it Make A Difference? [pdf]

BioEd Online has providing helpful resources for biology teachers for years,
and they have recently placed this "ready-to-go" lesson online for use by
educators. The basic objective of this particular resource is to have
students learn to describe the functional differences of X and Y-
chromosomes. To make this possible, the lesson includes four articles,
worksheets, and several discussion questions. Instructors can also download
a complete lesson plan, along with extensive notes. Finally, the site also
includes information about the National Science Standards covered within
this unit, along with an estimate of how long this unit will take to
complete. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from posted. - Phyllis ]


eHistory at OSU

eHistory has been around in one form or another since 1995, when it was
created by the budding historian Scott Laidig. These days, eHistory is
operated and maintained by The Ohio State University’s history department.
Dedicated to all things historical, the site contains primary sources and
documents, original book reviews, digitized books, maps, and multimedia
features. These multimedia features are uniformly quite good, and they cover
topics such as the internment of Japanese-Americans in the United States
during World War II and responses to immigration over the past 125 years.
Historians will want to look through the "Primary Sources" area at length,
as it contains letters and diaries from the Civil War, along with the oft-
cited "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of
the Union and Confederate Armies" in all of its 128-volume glory. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Legal Portraits Online
Shortened URL:

The Harvard Law School Library has quite an impressive collection of legal
art and visual materials, and as of late, they have been working to digitize
these works and place them online for the web-browsing public. The
collection includes images of jurists, political figures, legal thinkers,
and lawyers that date from the Middle Ages all the way up to the late
twentieth century. As the website notes, the collection is quite strong in
its coverage of eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American
lawyers, including such luminaries as Jeremy Bentham and John Marshall.
Visitors can search the collection at their leisure, and they can also look
at the online exhibition titled "The Legal Portrait Project Online", if they
wish to do so. [KMG]


Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th

This exhibition from the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery traces the importance
of Portugal in the 16th and 17th Centuries, a time period often called the
Age of Discovery. Explorers from Portugal traversed the globe, bringing back
news of exotic people, animals, foods, and spices to Europe. The web
exhibition highlights Portuguese voyages to Africa, Brazil, China, and
Japan, and around the Indian Ocean. By simply following a few links, it is
possible to view the exhibition in Google Earth, free software that will
plot the routes of the Portuguese explorers, along with a chronology, as
well as display the informative captions prepared for the exhibition. Images
are also included, such as a salt container, heliotrope spoon, and an ivory
casket or box, all from Sri Lanka, the source of cinnamon to the thriving
spice trade that Vasco da Gama found when he sailed his four ships into the
Indian Ocean in late 1497. [DS]

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Tues., Nov. 13, 2007 - FTC: Reporter Resources

Site found in:
Aug. 10-16, 2007


FTC: Reporter Resources

The Office of Public Affairs has assembled some useful links to information on the FTC website that will be of interest to reporters.

Topics include:
* Privacy
* Identity Theft
* Do Not Call
* Credit
* Oil and Gas
* Data Security for Business
* Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
* Real Estate Competition
* Healthcare Competition
* Spyware and Malware
* Phishing
* Funeral Rule
* Energy Labeling Issues
* Travel Fraud
* Military Identity Theft Resources
* Jewelry Guides
* Textile, Wool, Fur, Apparel and Leather Matters

Source: Federal Trade Commission

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


Tues., Nov. 13, 2007 - Citation Maker (Secondary: MLA & APA, Elementary: MLA)

Oregon School Library Information System Citation Maker
From the site:
“Information included on the OSLIS website is in the public domain and therefore may be copied, reproduced, or adapted to meet local needs, provided that the information is distributed free of cost and not for profit, and that OSLIS is cited as the source of such information.”
MLA Citations - Secondary
APA Citations
MLA Citations - Elementary

[NOTE: Previously posted. URL and site updated. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Nov. 13, 2007 - DOC Cop

From the site:
“DOC Cop is a plagiarism detection tool that creates reports displaying the correlation and matches between documents or a document and the web… Entirely web based, no installation necessary.”

DOC Cop Delivers Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools
From the site:
DOC Cop Delivers Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools
By David Nagel

“A new service has been launched to help instructors in both higher education and K-12 institutions detect plagiarized work submitted by students. The service, DOC Cop, is an entirely Web-based tool that provides free and automated assistance in locating "source material" (ahem) used in assignments submitted to teachers.” <<>>


Tues., Nov. 13, 2007 - Academic Plagiarism / The Mannahatta Project

Sites found in:

Academic Plagiarism
Many students lack a clear concept of what plagiarism is, and why it
matters, so this site will be useful for both teachers and librarians
trying to train them in academic honesty. It not only illustrates various
forms of plagiarism, but in each instance shows how to use the
misappropriated material responsibly.


The Mannahatta Project
This is fascinating: scientists are using historical and biological
evidence to try to "reconstruct the ecology of Manhattan when Henry
Hudson first sailed by in 1609." Find out how they do it and what they've
learned so far here.


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

Monday, November 12, 2007


Mon., Nov. 12, 2007 - Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe

From: The Gilder Lehrman Institute
Tue, 07 Aug 2007

"To Enlist the Sympathies both of England and America"
Shortened URL:

Featured Document: a letter written by novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe to England's Prince Albert, appealing to the sympathetic hearts of the British people and their Queen for an end to slavery.
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Nov. 12, 2007 - "MOP TOP" the Hip Hop Scientist

“MOP TOP” the “HIP HOP” Scientist
Biographies celebrating African-Americans in the Sciences

Interactive Lab
From the site:
“The “Hip Hop” Science Shop is an interactive multimedia Science Lab
where we will learn about some very important people.”




Mon., Nov. 12, 2007 - Little Rock Nine

Little Rock Nine
From the site:
“Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision supporting school integration, the Little Rock, Arkansas School Board agreed to integrate by the 1957/1958 school year. However, on September 4, 1957, when nine black high-school students showed up at Little Rock's all-white Central High School they were greeted by the Arkansas National Guard, deployed by Governor Orval Faubus to support continued segregation. You can learn the rest of the story at the following sites.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 Annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., Nov. 12, 2007 - The Negro Leagues

---------Forwarded Message--------
AASC Feature of the Month: November 2007
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007

November 2007 Feature of the Month
The Negro Leagues

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

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

This fall, with the excitement of Major League Baseball's World Series looming in the autumn air, is a perfect time to remember the Negro Leagues.

Though black players could be found on some baseball teams in the late nineteenth century, they were largely excluded from the sport and so found other ways to play the game. The first officially recorded game was "the championship of colored baseball" between the Brooklyn Uniques and the Philadelphia Excelsiors in 1867. When Octavius Catto's Philadelphia Pythians applied for membership to the NABBP a year later, the justification for refusing their application was that "if colored clubs were admitted there would be in all probability some division of feeling, whereas, by excluding them no injury could result to anyone." By 1889 there were no more black players in the now-white professional leagues. Refusing to be exiled from the most American of sports, African American businessmen (and, in a few cases, women) and black players created the Negro Leagues, which thrilled fans for decades before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947.

This month’s feature includes a Featured Essay, ( ), written by President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School, which provides a concise history of the Negro Leagues, focusing specifically on the socio-economic context of post-Civil War America. In addition to the Featured Essay, a Photo Essay ( ) visually chronicles the development of early integrated teams, as well as great Negro League powerhouses, like the Chicago American Giants, and key individuals, like Octavius V. Catto and Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play professional baseball.

To provide more information about the Negro Leagues, this month’s feature also includes a number of free subject articles taken from the African American Studies Center on topics like “Baseball in America” and “Sports and African Americans.” In addition, 14 free biographies about individuals who were associated with and/or contributed to the impact of the Negro Leagues. Lists and tables that chart the Negro League teams and the earlier all-black baseball teams are also included.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Sun., Nov. 11, 2007 - KidsBank

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, August 20, 2007 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

This website, sponsored by Sovereign Bank, explains the fundamentals
of money and banking to children. It demystifies money and banking
and teaches good savings habits so that children will have the
confidence to spend and save their money wisely.

When you get to the site, you can choose to see the website through
one of two versions. Before you make a selection, click
on "introduction and download pages" just below the illustrations.
There you can learn what this site has to offer and the best way to
navigate the main sections that include:

*The Story - The five-chapter story begins on the homepage, where
children join the KidsBank characters on a tour of Money, Savings,
Interest, Checking, and Electronic Banking. Begin your journey with
Penny to follow a logical progression through the topics. While the
story is written with young children in mind, older kids should look
for the click-able icon, known as "The Professor," who provides more
detailed information. For example, interest is discussed in simple
terms in the story, but the Professor explains the difference between
simple and compound interest.

*Calculators - Use 2 interactive calculators to see how time,
contributions, and interest rates impact a child's savings. The first
is The Holiday Savings Calculator that shows how much money a child
can save by a specific date, based on principal and weekly savings.
The second, a Car Calculator, shows a child how much he/she can save
over a certain number of years, based on principal, interest, and
weekly savings.

*Game Room - Try your hand at 10 multiple choice quizzes based on
information about money and savings learned in the story. Try the
simple Story Quizzes for youngsters, or the more challenging
Professor's Quiz for older students.

*Links- Find Internet Sites about money and other topics of interest
to children and parents.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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Sun., Nov. 11, 2007 - From: Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, August 30, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 30, 2007
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Wellcome Images
This site provides "free, unlimited access to two thousand years of mankind and medicine in pictures made available through Creative Commons Licence" from the collection of the Wellcome Library, U.K. The searchable and browsable collection of thousands of high-quality images includes anatomical images, rare books and manuscripts, posters, photos, and more. Also includes galleries on war, witchcraft, wellness, and other subjects. Prints are available for a fee.
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This site provides definitions of over 20,000 business-related terms. Users may search by letter or topic such as accounting, currency trading, investing and speculating, advertising, and securities and futures trading. The site features a term-of-the-day and over 115,000 links between related terms. From an Internet design company that specializes in finance.
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NIMH: Suicide Prevention
Compilation of background and news about suicide prevention topics, including statistics, recommendations to the media for reporting on suicide, documents on nationals efforts concerning suicide prevention, and booklets on topics such as depression and suicide in older adults and antidepressant medications for children and adults. Also includes information for researchers and links to related resources. From the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Diana Remembered
"Ten years after her death [on August 31, 1997] Diana, the Princess of Wales, remains as fascinating today as when she was the most photographed woman in the world. People looks back in snapshots at the mom, fashionista, humanitarian and icon." See annotated photos of Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry now, her style, her hats, famous images, and of Diana doing charity work. From People magazine.
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Working Heroes: Men and Women Who Shaped America's Labor Movement
Brief biographies of U.S. labor leaders. Individuals include César Chávez ("folk hero and symbol of hope who organized a union of farmworkers"), Eugene Debs ("apostle of industrial unionism"), George Meany ("builder of the modern AFL-CIO"), and Frances Perkins ("committed labor secretary and first woman in a presidential cabinet position"). From the AFL-CIO.
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Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
Companion to a 2002 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program about the legacy of Muhammad, "the merchant, husband, father, statesman and warrior whom [Muslims] consider the final prophet." Includes a timeline, material about the Hajj ("the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslims is urged to perform once in a lifetime"), and video clips on topics such as women and Muslims in America. Also includes a transcript and links to related sites.
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Sun., Nov. 11, 1007 - From: Wed, 15 Aug 2007

Sites found in:
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


America's Career Resource Network
provides career development guidelines and resources to help
students identify career directions and related education
programs. A "career decision-making tool" walks students
through a 6-step cycle for making decisions about careers and
education programs. (America's Career Resource Network,
Department of Education)
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Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery
tells the story of Camp Chase, one of the largest prisoner-of-
war camps for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Located on the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the
camp -- now a cemetery for Confederate soldiers -- played a
key role in the evolution of federal policy on marking
Confederate graves. (National Park Service, Teaching with
Historic Places)
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Independence Hall: International Symbol of Freedom
recounts the history of the building in Philadelphia where the
Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of
Independence and where, a decade later, delegates to the
"Philadelphia Convention" formulated the Constitution: the
Pennsylvania State House. The Pennsylvania Assembly, which
had been meeting in homes and taverns, moved into the building
in September 1735. It was considered the most ambitious
public building in the colonies. (National Park Service,
Teaching with Historic Places)
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examines computer science research efforts to create
information systems of the future: virtual one-on-one
instruction for students of all ages, robots to amplify
physical abilities and software agents to carry out our
specialized thought processes, a web of systems to coordinate
our response to natural and man-made disasters, and more.
(National Science Foundation)
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looks at the work of engineers: using fundamental science to
develop new devices and systems to solve societal problems.
Learn how engineers are helping improve health, national
security, and the economy. (National Science Foundation)
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Science of Healthy Behaviors
introduces middle school students to the scientific study of
behavior. Lessons focus on defining "behavior," what
influences it, surveys, and behavioral specialists in health
care settings. In role-playing activities as behavioral
therapists, students investigate the influences and
consequences of behaviors. They also learn how science
provides evidence that can be used to understand and treat
human disease. (National Institutes of Health)
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Science of Mental Illness
provides six lessons that help students understand what mental
illnesses are. PET images show changes in the brain and how
treatment can change activity levels and restore functioning.
Case studies and other activities explore differences among
illnesses, risk factors, and treatment plan goals. Students
develop a brochure to inform people about mental illness.
(National Institutes of Health)
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USGS Publications
offers 40 online booklets on geology-related topics: acid
rain, birth of mountains, building stones of our nation's
capital, changing continents, collecting rocks, deserts,
earth's interior, earthquakes, fossils, gemstones, geologic
history of Cape Cod, geologic time, glaciers, gold, the Ice
Age, San Andreas fault, and volcanoes. (U.S. Geological
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[NOTE: Some of these publications were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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Sun., Nov. 11, 2007 - Conflict Resolution (4)

Out on a Limb
From the site:
“Out on a Limb has nothing to do with trees. Nope! It’s an interactive guide that teaches children strategies for getting along with others. It is designed to teach youth how to better manage conflicts and challenges they face on a daily basis. Out on a Limb is designed for third graders, but can be used with second and fourth graders as well. Students learn about communication skills, how to listen to others, and how individuals perceive things differently. If you’re looking for an effective prompt to get students talking about feelings and how to handle them, this is it! (Also available in Spanish.)”

[NOTE: From: Just for Kids
Other curricula previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Conflict Resolution in Education
From the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management
From the site:
“conflict management programs can teach life skills, "win-win" negotiation strategies, mediation skills, and violence prevention strategies. They are implemented in elementary, middle and high schools to help students, teachers, administrators and parents resolve conflicts effectively.”

K-12 Conflict Resolution in Education


Making Peer Mediation a Part of Campus Life
From the site:
“Teen skirmishes over rumors, perceived put-downs, and he-said-she-said arguments might seem inconsequential to adults, but to kids they can be major distractions. Mediation by peers can clear up misunderstandings quickly and improve school climate.”


Conflict Resolution Education
A Guide to Implementing Programs in
Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, and
Community and Juvenile Justice Settings
Shortened URL:
A 144-page document from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. (NOTE: Dated Oct.1996)

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