Saturday, January 19, 2008


Sat., Jan. 19, 2008 - Johnnie's Math Page

Johnnie’s Math Page

From the site:
“Links to Interactive Math Tools and Activities for Students and Teachers from Kindergarten through Middle School.”

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


Sat., Jan. 19, 2008 - The X + Y Files

The X + Y Files
Math articles and activities, first published in Symmetry +, a publication of the Mathematical Association.

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


Sat., Jan. 19, 2008 - Craft Elf

Craft Elf
From the site:
“Craft Elf provides all of our craft instructions, patterns and information free of charge!”


Sat., Jan. 19, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, September 28, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
September 28, 2007
Volume 14, Number 37

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


Bouncing Balls and Geometric Series [Real Player, Windows Media Player]
Shortened URL:

The introduction to this intriguing exercise and article begins "If a ball
bounces an infinite number of times, it must take an infinite amount of time
to finish bouncing!" This piece appeared in The Journal of Online
Mathematics and Its Applications in May 2007, and it was authored by Robert
Styer and Morgan Besson of Villanova University. This particular article and
its accompanying teaching module "explore the time and distance of a
bouncing ball and leads to a study of the geometric series." Along with the
actual article, this site also includes a video clip and several interactive
Flash mathlets. It's a fun way to get students thinking about geometric
series, and mathematics educators will definitely want to tell colleagues
about the site as well. [KMG]

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


Teaching Resources in Structural Geology

To some, the terms folds, faults, and shear zones might suggest a type of
elaborate and cutting-edge style of origami. Those in the know will think
immediately of the field of structural geology, and this site is a fine
resource for information within that area of geology. Rob Butler, Martin
Casey, Geoff Lloyd, and Andrew McCaig, all of whom work in the School of
Earth Sciences at the University of Leeds, created these teaching resources.
Visitors can start their journey through the site by clicking on the "Basic
Principles" section, which contains a nice overview of the patterns of rock
organization and how geologists understand the history of rock patterns. The
other sections of the site provide basic overviews of shear zones, fault
patterns, minor structures, and strain. The site is rounded out by a few
virtual field trips, which will be quite helpful for those who can't make it
to the Himalayas or the fabled Western Gneiss region of Norway. [KMG]


Art Education 2.0

Craig Roland created this site for fellow travelers and art educators in
order to help colleagues find out how to use new technologies in their
classrooms. First-time visitors will need to start out by signing up for a
free account, and after that they are most welcome to participate in forums,
groups, blogs, RSS feeds, and photo and video sharing. Some of the groups
include "Art Partners", "Students of Art Education 2.0", and "First Year Art
Teachers". The forums are quite useful, and recently they have included
discussions on summer research opportunities, arts censuses, and the use of
streaming video in the classroom. For art educators, this site is quite a
find, and others who are interested in art and technology more generally
will also find it useful. [KMG]


The Carlyle Letters Online

The nineteenth century satirist, historian, and general man of letters
Thomas Carlyle is perhaps best known for his works on the French Revolution
and his insightful study of heroes and hero-worship. He also happened to
write many thousands of letters, along with his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle. In
1999, Duke University Press began to think about creating an online database
of these letters, and the project recently went online. Currently, the
archive contains over 10,000 letters, and visitors can browse these
documents by date, recipient, or subject. Additionally, visitors can also
sign up to receive email updates when new letters are released to the site,
and they can perform advanced searches through the archive if they so
desire. [KMG]


American RadioWorks: An Imperfect Revolution [Real Player]

For those who experienced federally-mandated school desegregation in the
1970s and 1980s, it was something many of them will never forget. American
RadioWorks recently took on this very compelling era in American history by
sending Kate Ellis and Catherine Winter to Louisville and Charlotte to talk
with people about their experiences with school desegregation. They returned
with many hours of recordings, and visitors can take in the substantial
fruits of their labors on this site. Visitors can listen to the complete
radio program here, read a transcript, and also offer their own
recollections with this process as well. For those who might be pressed for
time, they can also click on photographs of interviewees to take in their
individual memories of this period. Educators might find that this program
could be used in the classroom as an additional multimedia activity to start
discussion about a wide range of topics. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other documentaries from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Kansas State University Herbarium

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State University is well-known for
their various agricultural outreach programs, and their Herbarium is a
fascinating place for botanists and the general public. For those who can't
make a trip out to Kansas, they also have a nice website. Visitors to the
site can start by looking over the "Information" section, which includes
information on the history of the Herbarium, along with offering up a nice
answer to the question, "What is an herbarium?" Moving on, visitors can also
query their online database of plant species from Kansas and learn about
their forthcoming Central Great Plains Network. The site is rounded out with
a list of contact information and other noteworthy links. [KMG]


Basic Immunology

Some individuals might blanch at the idea of a "basic" immunology overview,
but Professor Vladimir V. Klimov provides just such a resource on this site.
As the homepage notes, the site is designed to assist undergraduate students
learning about the basics of immunology through essays, images, animations,
quizzes, case histories, and external links. Visitors can begin by looking
over the "Table of Contents" area, which includes seven complete chapters of
information. These chapters include "The Immune Responses", "Effector
Activity", and "Functional Organization of the Immune System". While some of
the materials on the site require a paid subscription, there's enough free
material here to get students on their way to learning more about this field
of study. [KMG]


Campaign 2008: Issue Coverage Tracker
Shortened URL:

It's already a bit difficult to keep tabs on all of the many presidential
candidates for the 2008 race, but the Washington Post has created this very
nice issue coverage tracker to help out in this area. Visitors to the site
can review press coverage and opinion writing on the various candidates and
the major issues here, and they can also add this entire feature to their
website or MySpace page, if they are so inclined. The issue tracker draws on
a wide set of website sources across the political spectrum, including news
services, interest groups, bloggers, unions, and activists. It's a fine
resource, and one that could be used to generate discussion in political
science and civic courses across American classrooms. [KMG]
[NOTE: May require free registration.- Phyllis ]


Silent Era

The early years of silent film made international stars of people such as
Tom Mix, Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, and countless others. Directors
sensed new opportunities, and they also flourished in this environment for
three decades. This rather fun and interesting site pays homage to this era
in cinema, along with providing valuable information on where to find silent
films on a variety of media formats. Visitors can learn about upcoming
silent film events, browse a series of short biographies of various silent
era film stars, and view a list of "Lost Films" as well. Overall, it's quite
a nice site, and film buffs of all stripes will want to keep tabs on
developments through this collection of materials. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Craft in America [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]

Craft in America is the web site component of a multi-year, multi-faceted
project to showcase the work of American artists working in clay, wood,
metal, glass and fiber. In addition to the web site, the project includes a
PBS documentary, aired earlier this spring, and now available on DVD; a
traveling exhibition; a book; and a set of resources for educators. The
exhibition will go to 8 cities by 2009: Little Rock AK, Portland OR, San
Diego CA, Houston TX, Bloomfield Hills MI, Oklahoma City OK, and Brockton
MA. The web site serves as a clearinghouse for information about all the
other components of the project, but also provides a great deal of material
in its own right. There is virtual exhibition with 130 examples selected
from the traveling show. Educator guides grouped around 3 broad themes -
Memory, Landscape and Community - are available for download. And there is
extensive information about the artists, from images of their work to
portraits of them, as well as videos of artists at work, such as ceramic
artist Matthew Metz talking about his career while throwing a pot, a group
of glass artists executing a Dale Chihuly design at the Museum of Glass in
Washington, or Pat Courtney Gold describing the imagery on her baskets. [DS]


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

Friday, January 18, 2008


Fri., Jan. 18, 2008 - National Postal Museum

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, September 28, 2007 and time for a Virtual Field
Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Postal Museum
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The National Postal Museum website is sponsored by the Smithsonian
Institution, and offers not only a series of fascinating online
exhibits - but educational videos, curriculum guides, and activities
to enhance learning. When you get to the website you will see the
current features. Use the menu on the left of the screen to navigate
the site. Areas of this virtual museum that you don't want to miss

*Exhibits - Place your cursor over this menu item and a drop-down
list appears. Click "Online Exhibits" to view the virtual exhibits
that are not available for view in the museum. There is an exhibit
about postal workers, the artistry of stamp making, history through
stamps, and even a look at how to trace fads in pop culture through
postage stamps.

*Educators - Place your cursor over this item to access the
FREE "Curriculum Guides" that are available. They include
downloadable pdf files and links to other sites that offer a variety
of activity suggestions for exploring history, art, and social
sciences through postage.

*Stamp Colleting - Get tips on how to start a stamp collection.

*Activity Zone - A collection of fun online games, puzzles, word
searches, coloring books, quizzes and more all themed around the
postal industry.

There is lots to do and see here. Bookmark it, so you can return to
explore it all. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Fri., Jan. 18, 2008 - The Innovative Teaching Newsletter: Native Americans

Site found in:
From: Walter
Sun, 30 Sep 2007 00:15:06 +0000
Subject: [Innovative-Teaching] ITN September 2007: Native Americans

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 1 - September 2007
Topic: Native Americans

This month's topic is Native Americans. Consider the possibilities
for your students.....
[Scroll down for list of links]

Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter is free to educators everywhere.
Copyright 2007 Newsletter Archive (by topic)

Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit group on the web, go to:
[NOTE: Other issues of ITN Newsletter previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 18, 2008 - Presidents' Day / Native American Resources

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

68 Resources for President’s Day

36 Resources for Native Americans


Fri., Jan. 18, 2008 - From: PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 20 - 26, 2008

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 20 - 26, 2008

Election 2008 Resources

Explore the electoral process with an up-close look at the players and the primaries. How
much do you know about the candidates and where they stand?
* Ask Your Lawmaker:
* NewsHour Vote 2008 Primary Election Map:
* Election 2008 Vote by Issue Quiz:


The Complete Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey
On-Air & Online
Sunday, January 20, 2008
9 - 10:30 pm
In Jane Austen's gentle parody of gothic fiction, Felicity
Jones plays romance addict Catherine Morland. Invited to a
medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid
fantasies, she forms a close friendship with the younger son on
the estate, Henry Tilney, but their budding romance is
mysteriously cut short. (CC, Stereo)

Pioneers of Television
Game Shows
6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
This episode traces one of broadcasting's strongest genres -
from its beginnings in radio through its heyday in the late
60s. Bob Barker talks about his earliest work and Merv Griffin
details his creation of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy."
Clips for this episode are wide-ranging and include Phyllis
Diller's very first TV appearance - as a painfully shy
contestant on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life." (CC, Stereo,


American Experience
The Lobotomist
On-Air & Online
Monday, January 21, 2008
The lobotomy was hailed as a groundbreaking medical procedure.
Championed by a young and ambitious neurologist named Walter J.
Freeman, what began as an operation of last resort was soon
being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with
devastating results. Only a decade after his rise to fame,
Freeman was decried as a moral monster and the lobotomy as one
of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. (CC, Stereo)
[NOTE: From the site: return on January 22, 2008 to watch the full program online.]


Growing Up Online
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In "Growing Up Online," FRONTLINE peers inside the world of
this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their
parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new
digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion
of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are
grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with:
from cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame" to the specter
of online sexual predators. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Slavery and the Making of America
Seeds of Destruction
On-Air & Online
Friday, January 25, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
The series' third hour looks at the period from 1800 through
the start of the Civil War, during which slavery saw an
enormous expansion and entered its final decades. As the nation
expanded west, the question of slavery became the overriding
political issue of the time. These years saw an increasingly
militant abolitionist movement and a widening rift between the
Nort--which had largely outlawed slavery but continued to reap
the vast economic benefits of the system--and the South, now
home to millions of enslaved black men, women and children.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

----- with Andy Carvin
Web 2.0 and Education: Hot or Not?
3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

Why do a growing number of educators like Web 2.0 in the first
place? And what don’t we like about Web 2.0, and is there
anything we can do about it?
Shortened URL:

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008 - New Orleans: A Perilous Future

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Orleans: A Perilous Future

Today's site, from National Geographic, reports on the current conditions
and long-term prospects of New Orleans two years since Katrina. Gentle
Subscribers will find a penetrating perspective on the city accompanied by
National Geographic's always spectacular photographs.

"With seas rising, storms getting stronger, and ground subsiding, another
disaster like Katrina seems inevitable. Yet some residents would rather run
that risk than leave the place they call home. Hurricane Katrina, the
costliest natural disaster in United States history, was also a warning
shot. Right after the tragedy, many people expressed a defiant resolve to
rebuild the city. But among engineers and experts, that resolve is giving
way to a growing awareness that another such disaster is inevitable, and
nothing short of a massive and endless national commitment can prevent it."
- from the website

The presentation examines the state of New Orleans in terms of its history,
with a riveting account of the development of its flood protection system,
its vulnerability to further serious weather events and the long term
viability of the city as a whole. An interactive graphic allows visitors to
zoom in on areas of the city where the levees are displaying symptoms of
concern to engineering experts, with vivid images highlighting each of ten
trouble spots. Additional features focus on whether the repairs to new
Orleans' flood defenses are satisfactory, and include a photo gallery of
remarkable images of the city with brief notations, as well as the field
notes of the writer and photographer. Videos of a "second line parade", and
aerial footage of problem areas of the bayou are also available.

Travel to the site for a compelling look at New Orleans at:

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


Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008 - Double Hit on the Treasure Coast: Interactive Feature: Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne

Double Hit on the Treasure Coast
Interactive Feature: Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne hit the Treasure Coast of Florida in 2004.


Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008 - Jason Project: Operation: Monster Storm

Operation: Monster Storms

From the site:
“Free online for the 2007-08 school year. Operation: Monster Storms is a free online curriculum focusing on the science of weather, and it's available as well in print with VHS and DVD materials.
Operation: Monster Storms teaches students how powerful storms form and how advanced technology is used to better understand and forecast weather.
The five- to nine-week core science unit for weather is designed for 5th through 8th grade classrooms, with the flexibility for teachers to adapt to higher or lower grades.”
From: The Jason Project, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society


Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008 - From Teachers' Domain: Most Popular Resources of 2007 / Most Popular Lesson Plans of 2007

Sites found in:
WGBH/Teachers' Domain News - January 2008
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008

[Free registration required]

Most Popular Resources of 2007:

Single-Celled Organisms Video
How Cells Divide: Mitosis vs. Meiosis - Interactive
Rock Cycle Animation - Interactive
Periodic Table of the Elements - Interactive
Earth in Motion: Seasons - Interactive
Photosynthesis Video

Most Popular Lesson Plans of 2007:

Plant Life Cycles
Plate Tectonics
The Needs of Living Things
Producers, Consumers, Decomposers
The Periodic Table of the Elements

WGBH - Educational Productions
One Guest Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02135

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Wed., Jan. 16, 2008 - Chinese New Year - Feb. 7, 2008 (2)

Chinese New Year
From the site:
“The Chinese Year of the Rat begins on February 7, 2008. Chinese New Year is a fifteen day holiday celebrated with lots of food, family reunions and visits with friends. "Gung Hay Fat Choy" means "congratulations" in Chinese, and is a traditional greeting of best wishes for a prosperous and good new year.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Chinese New Year
Shortened URL:
Site provides information on the traditions,
symbols, and food of the holiday, and features a
video describing its history and significance.


Wed., Jan. 16, 2008 - Journalism Resources

Journalism Resources
October 2007 V5N10 Awareness Watch Newsletter

A freely available 50 page .pdf document (1.33MB)

The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month features Journalism Resources. This is a comprehensive listing of selected journalism resources from all over the global Internet.

Subject Tracer Information Blog: Journalism Resources


Wed., Jan. 16, 2008 - Survey for Female High School Students (ages 15-17)

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: WGBH
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 20:56:40 +0000
Subject: Special Offer from WGBH

Dear Educator:

Working with college-bound high school girls? Encourage them to tell
us about their favorite subjects and they'll get a chance to win $250!

American Institutes for Research (AIR), in association with Boston's
PBS station WGBH, is conducting a short survey to gather information
about the attitudes of girls toward and understanding of certain
careers. By participating, students will have a chance to share
valuable insight that will provide the first step in evaluating the
effectiveness of a program designed to help young women explore new
and exciting career options. All responses are anonymous and will be
kept private.

Below is an invitation to participate. Please pass this language along
to your female students ages 15-17. Feel free to deliver it
electronically or to print and distribute. The survey will only be
available until February 29, 2008.

If you would like more information, please contact Debbie at or 978-371-8335.

AIR is an independent, not for profit organization which specializes
in educational research. If you would like more information on AIR,
please visit their website at

Thanks for your help!

[For Female Students]:

Thinking about college? Tell us about your favorite subjects for the
chance to win $250!!

American Institutes for Research (AIR), in association with WGBH, is
conducting a short survey. As a sign of our appreciation for
completing the survey, your name will be entered into a raffle. The
first 500 respondents will be eligible for prizes ranging from

Completing the survey will give you a chance to share your experiences
as a high school student. The purpose of the survey is to gather
girls' feedback about their attitudes toward and understanding of
certain careers. Your valuable insight will be the first step in
evaluating the effectiveness of a program designed to help young women
like yourself explore new and exciting career options.

The survey will only take approximately 15 minutes of your time. All
responses are anonymous and will be kept private. AIR wants to study
your career interests and NOT you or how you answer the questions.

Your valuable insight is important to us, so please act quickly! The
survey will only be available until February 29, 2008.

To access the survey, please click on the following link or visit:

If any of your female friends are also interested in completing the
survey, please share the link above. Or, if you would like more
information, please contact Debbie at or

AIR is an independent, not for profit organization which specializes
in educational research. If you would like more information on AIR,
please visit our website at


WGBH - Educational Productions
One Guest Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02135


Wed., Jan. 16, 2008 - FRONTLINE Planner, Jan. 2008: Growing Up Online / The Medicated Child

Sites found in:


Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 9 P.M. (check local listings)

Watch a Preview:

In Growing Up Online, FRONTLINE peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with: from cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame" to the specter of online sexual predators.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Look for lesson plans, additional resources and a quiz for parents to learn, "What Kind of Cyber Guide Are You?" Coming in late January to the FRONTLINE Teacher Center:

Original Airdate January 7, 2008

Watch it Online:

In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. In "The Medicated Child," producer Marcela Gaviria confronts psychiatrists, researchers and government regulators about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.

This parent's guide, written by child psychiatrist Joshua Sparrow, provides background on the issues associated with treating a child with psychiatric medications. The information provided can be a resource for parents, school guidance counselors, psychologists, pediatricians, social workers, special education professionals, classroom teachers and others involved in diagnosing and treating children with behavioral and emotional problems.

Now Available:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Tues., Jan. 15, 2008 - Disposable Planet? / Shelf of Fiction / Beautiful Temples / Science of Sleep

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #474 9/27/07
Disposable Planet?

This prescient, online series by the BBC addresses the dangerous impact
that man-made industry has had on human beings and our precious
planet. Originally released in six parts back in 2002, "Disposable
Planet?" emphasizes the urgent need for modern society to move toward
thoughtful, sustainable development.

At a time when the Environment, Climate Change, and other ecological issues
are at the center of our public discourse, this website is a valuable
resource for people who want to learn more about sustainable
development. Browse through the site's sections on "Population", "Food",
"Cities", "Waste", "Tourism", and "Energy", watch a powerful slideshow that
captures the very real impact of human industry on the Earth, and find
links to more current websites that are working hard to protect the
environment that sustains all of us.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Harvard Classics: The Shelf of Fiction

As one of the most famous colleges in the world, Harvard University has
many unique and impressive assets, graduates, attributes, and
accomplishments. Literary buffs in particular will appreciate the
"Five-Foot Shelf of Books" (50 Volumes) and the "Shelf of Fiction" (20
Volumes), a Harvard highlight that is considered to be one of the most
thorough literary collections around.

Bartleby.Com's online version of The Harvard Classics and the Shelf of
Fiction, like the original set, includes the work of nearly every major
philosopher, poet, historical subject, religion, and literary figure from
Cicero to Victor Hugo to Edgar Allen Poe. All are welcome to browse the
website, which boasts "a reading course unparalleled in comprehensiveness
and authority."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Beautiful Temples

Most Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist temples are beautiful buildings, but that
doesn't mean that they're all created equal. Neatorama.Com presents the
"10 Most Amazing Temples in the World", a list of stunning structures
including Bhutan's "Tiger's Nest Monastery", the "Temple of Heaven" in
Beijing, and eight other awe-inspiring temples.
Shortened URL:


The Science of Sleep

Most of choose to do much more every day than just drink water, eat, and
sleep, but without fulfilling these basic requirements we cannot
survive. Drinking and eating are pretty straightforward habits, however
sleeping, which we do for approximately one-third of our lives, is a
biologically restorative process that can be complex, peaceful, creative,
frightening, and all too often restless.

This interesting feature, courtesy of HowStuffWorks.Com, explains nearly
everything you every wanted to know about the wonderfully mysterious state
of sleep. Visitors can read about the different stages of rest, common
disorders, the evolution of sleep, the abstract world of dreams, and get
tips and habits for improving individual sleep.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]



Tues., Jan. 15, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, Sept. 27, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, September 27, 2007

Read This Online :

Hispanic Heritage
"National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 every year. This page includes recommended reading lists, reference resources and related websites, chosen by our librarians." Includes a list of Hispanic mysteries, recommended fiction in Spanish and English, recommended titles for children, reading lists from other libraries, and selected Internet resources in English and Spanish. From the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Library.
LII Item:


José Clemente Orozco: The Epic of American Civilization
Details about the mural "The Epic of American Civilization" painted by José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. The mural is "a complex and compelling narrative that covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society." Features images of the mural, a downloadable brochure, and audio commentaries. From the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): International Activities
"More than one-third of all consumer products under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) jurisdiction are imported; however, two-thirds of recent recalls involve imports." This site provides material for foreign manufacturers about CPSC standards for regulated products (such as toys), a handbook for manufacturing safer consumer products (in English and Chinese), cooperative agreements with foreign counterparts, and details about dealings and agreements between the CPSC and its Chinese counterpart.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Cell Phone Driving Laws
"States are examining the correlation between cell phone use while driving and crashes. ... [M]ultiple states have identified an emerging highway safety trend of cell phone use by novice drivers and have thus restricted use." Features a table describing restrictions for cell phone use for novice and other drivers. From the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit association that represents state and territorial highway safety offices.
LII Item:


Encyclopedia of Mime: Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)
Background about French-born Marcel Mangel, better known as Marcel Marceau, "universally considered the world's greatest contemporary mime artist." Features a biography, details about stage performances (his character Bip, style pantomimes, and mimodrames), lists of appearances and awards, a bibliography of books about Marceau, material about his paintings and drawings, a link to an radio interview, and more. From the World of Mime Theatre, a site that promotes mime as a specialized theatrical art.
LII Item:


Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Biography of painter and sculptor Frederic Remington, whose art "defined the American West during his lifetime and played a major role in creating the popular image of the West that persists today. ... Although closely identified with the American West, Remington actually spent much of his life in the East." Accompanied by images and bibliographies for adults and children. From the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Monroeville Walking Tours
Illustrated walking tour of Monroeville, Alabama, setting for Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," and location where Truman Capote visited. Places on the tour include monuments to legendary lawyer Atticus Finch and writer Truman Capote, and the Monroeville courthouse, which served as a model for the famed courtroom scene from Harper Lee's book. From the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.
LII Item:

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


Tues., Jan. 15, 2008 - Wired for Books

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, September 26, 2007 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
Wired For Books
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
See links below...

ClickSchooler MaryAnna suggested this website sponsored by Ohio University
that provides unabridged, dramatic audiobooks online. We have featured the
"Kids Corner" of this site previously that featured audio books and a
narrated slideshow of Beatrix Potter books, such as "Peter Rabbit."
However, they have added several audiobooks to the website in the children's
section, and there are offerings in the section for older students and
adults that make this worth another visit.

First of all visit the "Kids Corner"

Age Range: 3-10 (approximately)

Here you can listen to beloved children's books by Beatrix Potter in
numerous languages. You will also find some new audio stories including:

*Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
*Grimm's Fairy Tales
*Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

You can even listen to a Radio interview with Mister Rogers!

Next, check out the MP3 Page

Age Range: 11 and Up (approximately)

What you will find on this page is an archive of radio interviews with
various authors of books - most written for the general adult book market.
(Note: I did not listen to these interviews, and cannot comment on the
content. Therefore, parents [as always] should preview the material to
determine suitability for your own children.)

Scroll about 3/4 way down the page until you come to "The Fall of the House
of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. Continue to scroll down and you will see "The
Poems of Walt Whitman." Below that you will see some of the same selections
that were in the "Kids Corner," and below that, a variety of plays by
William Shakespeare including, "The Merchant of Venice," "Much Ado About
Nothing," and "MacBeth." Click on any one to access the audio file and
listen online.

This site provides a convenient way to hear wonderful children's stories as
well as classic literature for older students. Enjoy!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Tues., Jan. 15, 2008 - Ambigrams

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Hi! It's Wednesday, September 19, 2007 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website: Inversions

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12)

At today's website you can explore the fascinating world of "ambigrams" also
known as "inversions." What's an ambigram? Well, as ClickSchooling member
MaryAnna explains, it's a "cool, artistic new twist on wordplay!" Her
enthusiasm for ambigrams peaked my curiosity and I discovered that ambigrams
are words that can be read in more than one way -- that is, right side up,
upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored. Confused? For further
explanation (along with helpful illustrations) parents can read the FAQs at
the official website here:

NOTE: I did not review any page except the FAQs at Therefore,
parents (as always) should preview the site to determine suitability of
content for their own children.

Once you have the idea, then visit today's featured website where you'll find classroom activities
for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website,
these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative
thinking. When you get to the website, you'll see a menu that includes:

*Classroom Activities -- Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games
including printable handouts and teacher notes.

*Classroom Galleries -- See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to
improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

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.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Mon., Jan. 14, 2008 - Ancient Maya

The Ancient Maya
From the site:
“The Maya of central America reached remarkable intellectual and artistic heights during the Classic period of their great civilization, between around AD 250 and 900. They built huge temples and pyramids, inscribed stone monuments, made major advances in mathematics and astronomy, and developed complex hieroglyphic scripts.”

[NOTE: Home Page - previously posted.
Includes pages on Ancient Egypt, Petra, the Incas, East Africa, and more. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 14, 2008 - Belize: A Virtual Tour of the Mayan Ruins / Mayan Kids

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, September 7, 2007 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

I have included two terrific websites to explore the Mayan ruins and culture
that will appeal to a range of ages...

Recommended Websites:

Belize: A Virtual Tour
Shortened URL:
Home Page:

Age Range: About 10 and up

Take a virtual tour of the Mayan ruins in the country of Belize. This
website offers a chronological tour through the Mayan sites beginning with a
brief history of the Mayan civilization, and an overview of Mayan
archaeology in Belize. During this 15-25 minute tour, you will learn about
the history and significance of the specific ruins through photographs, site
maps, and interesting text.

When you get to the site, simply click on the "next stop" buttons to take
the complete tour. When you are finished, you might want to explore the rest
of the site that includes a virtual field trip of the country of Belize.
Younger students will especially enjoy this next site...

Mayan Kids

Age Range: 5 and up

This is a terrific website all about the Mayan civilization that extended
throughout central America. Through fascinating facts, photos,
illustrations and trivia tidbits, this site engages virtual visitors to this
ancient world. When you get to the site click "enter." A new page opens. Use
the icon menu at the top of the screen to explore:

People -- From eating "bug tacos" to doing math with a base-20 number
system, the Mayans were innovative and captivating.

Places -- Explore the rain forest, pyramids, and ruins that were home to the
Mayans throughout Central America.

Beliefs -- Learn about Mayan beliefs and ceremonies, gods and goddesses, and
the Wizard of the Fatal Laugh.

Games -- Try your hand at Mayan-themed word puzzles and match games.

Have fun!

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., Jan. 14, 2008 - eMuseum: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Cultures, History, Information, Prehistory

EMuseum at Minnesota State University
Select from the menu bar:
Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Cultures, History, Information, Prehistory

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 14, 2008 - Sites to See: Geography

Sites to See:
From the site:
“Geography Web sites offer teachers and students minds-on -- and often hands-on --opportunities to study Earth's characteristics and inhabitants, and learn how they affect one another. The sites below offer a world of geographical resources and information for the classroom, including fact sheets, maps, lesson plans, interactive games and activities, quizzes, and a variety of visual and audio resources. Included: A baker's dozen of the best geography sites on the Web!

“Looking for information on a particular place or country? Online Geography sites are just the place to start. These sites offer a wealth of information and resources about many countries and places that can be incorporated into the classroom curriculum. Teachers can find lesson plans and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom and students can find help with homework as well as online activities to help them learn more about the world or brush up on their mapping skills.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Sun., Jan. 13, 2008 - Bound by Law? / Science House / Music Genres / Medieveal Scientific Instruments / Early Films of NYC / Northwest Passage

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007

Tales from the Public Domain : Bound by Law?
Record Id: 672600
Created: 2007-09-19 16:53:05
Categories: liberal

Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain offers this
78-page comic book on concepts of fair use and copyright law. Several
download formats.

The Science House
Record Id: 672596
Created: 2007-09-19 12:42:15
Categories: bioag,physci

Materials for K-12 science teachers: suggested lab activities,
professional development directories, online science news and teaching

[NOTE: Previously posted. See Also: - Phyllis ]

BBC Music : Learning : Genres
Record Id: 672593
Created: 2007-09-19 10:23:19
Categories: arts,liberal

Guides to music genres, offering histories and styles, essential
artists, articles, and discography. Genres include: blues, soul, reggae,
folk, country, classical, jazz, pop, rock, dance, urban, easy listening,
world, and experimental music.

Epact : Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Record Id: 672588
Created: 2007-09-18 11:25:54
Categories: liberal,physci

Catalog of 520 historic scientific instruments from European museums,
with images, explanatory articles, glossary, and bibliography.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Life of a City : Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
Record Id: 672572
Created: 2007-09-17 19:07:33
Categories: govpub,liberal

Forty-five early films from New York, with recordings of street scenes,
daily life, workers, parades, and panoramas.
New York City Films is a part of the Library of Congress's American
Memory Project.

America at the Turn of the Century

New York City at the Turn of the Century

Of Maps and Men : In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage
Shortened URL:

Record Id: 672568
Created: 2007-09-17 12:28:02
Categories: maps

Exhibition on historical attempts to locate the Northwest Passage, with
texts, maps, and images.

·Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of the Northwest Passage - an online version of the exhibition curated by John Delaney in the Milberg Gallery during April 2004 - September 2004



Sun., Jan. 13, 2008 - Blues Journey / Artsedge: Look: Listen: Learn

Blues Journey
From the site:
“…trace the blues from its early beginnings in southern American fields to its global impact on music today.
“Learning the history of the blues coincides with learning about African slavery, the Great Migration, and racial discrimination and prejudice. Use Blues Journey as a jumping off point for discussing the African-American experience in the early 20th century.”

Blues Journey – Flash Presentation

[NOTE: Other pages from Artsedge: Look·Listen·Learn
- previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Jan. 13, 2008 - Violins

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Hi! It's Friday, September 21, 2007 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Virtual Tour of a Violin Factory & More!

Recommended Website:
Primo Violins

At this website you can take a simple virtual tour of a violin factory
through pictures and text. See the entire process from selecting the wood
for the body of the violin, to making bows.

For a more educational look at violin making, you can explore this website:

Violin Makers Shop Tour

It delivers a factory tour through pictures and text (use the menu on the
left to access each part of the tour). This site was developed by students
in a classroom. There are all kinds of links to additional information
within the text of the tour. Unfortunately, many of the links are no longer
working. Regardless, there is still plenty of good material available.

For in-depth information on how violins are designed and made (and how to
purchase a violin), visit the website of violin maker, David Gusset at . The photographs here are
beautiful. It looks like he is developing a complete virtual tour of the
violin-making process, but it's still under construction.

If you want to introduce your children to the violin, check out the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra website for kids. You can learn all about violins and
listen to music samples here:
[NOTE: Home page
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Finally, if this ClickSchooling review inspires your children to want to
learn to play violin, check out the free lessons available from Mr. Fiddle

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.


Sun., Jan. 13, 2008 - Origins of Hip Hop

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Subject: AASC Feature of the Month: January 2008 - Origins of Hip Hop
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008

January 2008 Feature of the Month
Origins of Hip Hop

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

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

This month the feature highlights the people and musical styles that influenced the development of hip hop.

CHECK 1, 2
In the music they played and created, early rap DJs and MCs, who started by throwing parties in the Bronx, were part of a long line of music and oratorical traditions that profoundly affected the development of hip hop. The richness of African American and other influential cultures, the mix of vocal techniques and storytelling traditions from those cultures, and the fluidity and ease with which early rap artists moved among musical styles all combined to launch a new form of expression for young men and women in New York City in the 1970s, which became hip hop as we know it today.

A Feature Essay,, written by field scholar Raymond Codrington, PhD, discusses hip hop’s chronology and deep cultural routes, citing religion, oral history, and the American economy as primary influences. For information about particular players involved in the evolution of rhyming and “playing the dozens” (an older form of “battling) to the world of hip hop we know today, browse the Photo Essay,, which notes figures such as James Brown, Iceberg Slim, Richard Pryor, and George Clinton as primary influences.

To provide more information about the development of hip hop, this month’s feature also includes a number of free subject articles taken from the African American Studies Center on topics like “Break Dancing, “Disco,” and “Funk.” Also included are links to free biographies for twenty of hip hop's key figures.

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