Friday, January 25, 2008


Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 - Inventor's Handbook

Inventor's Handbook
From the site:
This handbook was created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding United States patents. We hope that this handbook will provide some helpful information on the patenting and commercialization processes.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 - Patent Lens

Patent Lens
From the site:
“Search the full-text of more than 8 million patent documents from US, Europe, Australia and WIPO, including their status and counterparts in up to 60 countries. You can also search protein and DNA sequences in US patents.”
No fee charged for the use of Patent Lens.


Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 - Cybersafety

From the site:
“Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of the Internet and all information and communication technology devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, and webcams. CTAP Region IV has crafted several resources for download at the right including a classroom poster on Cybersafety funded by AT&T Education, a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the poster, and other workshop handouts. Click on the buttons below for carefully selected and annotated resources in each of the six CyberSafety areas.”


Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 - PBS: Jane Austen: Mansfield Park / NATURE: Parrots / NOVA: Secrets of the Parthenon

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 27 - February 2, 2008

The Complete Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
On-Air & Online
Sunday, January 27, 2008
9 - 10:30 pm
Jane Austen's most complex plot stars Billie Piper as Fanny
Price, who goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield
Park. Fanny navigates a labyrinth of intrigues and affairs
among the occupants of the house, while her cousin Edmund
Bertram remains her stalwart confidant. Gillian Anderson hosts.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Parrots in the Land of Oz
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Parrots are everywhere in Australia. Big and small, rare and
bizarre, colorful and intelligent, they are the most
conspicuous and exotic birds on this amazing island continent.
Their colors, behaviors and habitats are all described in depth
by the scientists studying them and by the Australians who live
among them in this delightful high-definition film from down
under. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Secrets of the Parthenon
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
With unprecedented access, NOVA presents the inside story of
the Parthenon's official restoration. Thanks to the Greek
government's $89 million restoration program, scholars are
finally probing the enigmas of its planning and construction.
With unprecedented access, NOVA presents the inside story of
the official restoration. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------:

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:34:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Secrets of the Parthenon airing Jan. 29

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Secrets of the Parthenon," NOVA explores
the ambitious restoration of the Parthenon and reveals a number of
surprising secrets that help explain how the ancient Greeks
constructed this unique architectural icon. (Subjects covered: social
studies, world history, technology/engineering)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Secrets of the Parthenon"
Broadcast: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
(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 broadcast date.
(Quicktime or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Glorious Temple
Learn more about the architecture, symbolism, and inspiration
behind the classical Athenian Parthenon in this interview with
art history professor Jeffrey Hurwit. (Grades 9-12)

Restoring the Ruin
See in this slideshow how architects, historians, and masons are
reassembling the Parthenon, at times relying on ancient tools and
techniques to aid in their effort. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Scenes From a Quarry
Follow a marble block's journey from quarry to Parthenon in these
scenes excerpted from From Pentelicon to the Parthenon by
Acropolis Restoration Project director and architect Manolis
Korres. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The Parthenon's Many Lives
View in this interactive time line the different uses and
alterations of the Parthenon including Byzantine church, Ottoman
mosque, and war battleground. (Flash plug-in required; printable
version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Students use a viewing guide while watching a program about the
reconstruction of the Parthenon and discuss answers to questions
related to the monument after watching. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008 - Copyright and Fair Use Overview and Resources

Copyright and Fair Use Overview and Resources
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. Sites updated. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008 - Picasso

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, September 29, 2007 and time for Art at

Recommended Website

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately) The site was designed for grades
8-12, although younger students may enjoy looking at the artwork.

This website offers an electronic field trip to explore some of the
early paintings of Pablo Picasso whose artwork had a profound impact on
20th-century art. Discover Picasso's early influences as an artist
(circa 1862-1906) through an interactive painting and an online

Parts of this website reference a 20-minute video that was produced by
Verizon as a result of a museum exhibit devoted to the artist's life
between the ages of 11 and 25. I couldn't find any information on where
you can view the video or purchase it. However, most of the activities
can be done without the video - simply by using this website and the
links to other Picasso websites referenced here.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

*For Educators -- You'll find suggestions for classroom activities that
include math, social studies, language arts, and art.

*An Interactive Look At "Lady With A Fan" - click on different parts of
this portrait to learn the story behind the painting and gain insight
to Picasso's techniques.

*Picasso's Paintings -- Explore 5 of Picasso's paintings complete with
curator commentary.

*Picasso Timeline -- Learn about the events in world history that took
place during Picasso's life as a boy and young man.

This website has a very simple design that serves as an introduction to
Picasso's art. Additional links and references can turn this into an in-
depth study, for those who are so inclined. As always, parents should
preview any sites that are recommended or linked to from this website -
as I have not reviewed them. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008 - HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War

HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War
From the site:
“…a collection of material related to the (primarily military) history of the Second World War”


Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008 - Sites found in Don's Patch #79 October 1, 2007

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #79 from October 1, 2007

The Fashion Encyclopedia
Search alphabetically or by The Ancient World, Early Cultures, or by time periods in the European Culture or the Modern World

Encyclopedia of Myths
Education, arts and resources of Africa.

Well-developed and informative site about the
Native Americans.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

An amazing resource of history and design, 100 Years
of Illustration.
Paul Giambarba

Women's History Resource Site
From the site:
“This site provides materials concerning historical women and issues concerning women throughout history.”

Women Come to the Front
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Ashes and Snow
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Archives for this ezine
are available online here:

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Wed., Jan. 23, 2008 - Online Stopwatch

Online Stopwatch
From the site:
“Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point -- and there's never one around!
Well... Now there is! Online Stopwatch!
A Simple, Fast Flash Online Stopwatch and Online Countdown timer always available when you need it.”


Wed., Jan. 23, 2008 - CuePrompter - The Online Teleprompter - The Online Teleprompter
From the site:
“Free teleprompter/autocue service
CuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.Check the system requirements and give it a try. Bookmark this site and come again when ever you need teleprompter services. Free for any use (both commercial and non-commercial).”


Wed., Jan. 23, 2008 - Sites Taken From EdInfo, October 2, 2007

Sites found in:
Tue, 02 Oct 2007

New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


is a resource for scholarship in the history of photography.
Search for photos by title, date, description, photographer,
country, and others. Discover the chronology of developments
in photography, beginning with announcement on January 7,
1839, at the French Academy of Science in Paris that Louis-
Jacques-Mande Daguerre had invented the daguerreotype.
(Institute of Museum and Library Services)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History
explores the everyday lives of people who lived thousands of
years ago in the area now called Iraq. Learn about the
"cradle of civilization" through lessons and artifacts
organized around 14 themes: archaeology, prehistory, the first
farmers, the first cities, daily life, religion, the role of
women, the invention of writing, literature, law and
government, mathematics and measurement, science and
technology, art and architecture, and warfare and empire.
(University of Chicago, Institute of Museum and Library
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Donner Party
provides a transcript, map, and essays for a TV program that
tells the harrowing tale of what tragically became one of the
most famous of wagon trains. The Donner party set out from
Springfield, Illinois, for California in the spring of 1846.
In July, following the advice of a guide book, they split off
from the main body of the wagon train to take an untried
shortcut. Read excerpts from the diary of a Donner party
survivor. (WGBH, National Endowment for the Humanities)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Children's Literature: Digitized Print Materials
provides 50 digitized texts of rare books: The Arabian Nights,
A Child's Garden of Verses, Ballad of the Lost Hare, A
Christmas Carol, Humpty Dumpty, The Grasshopper Stories,
Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The
Rocket Book, The Secret Garden, Stories from Hans Andersen,
The Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of
Oz, and others. (Library of Congress)


Language Resource Centers
is a gateway to 15 centers that support foreign language
instruction. Led by nationally and internationally recognized
language professionals, the centers create language-learning
materials, offer professional development workshops, and
conduct research. Some centers concentrate on specific
language areas; others focus on foreign languages in general.
(Department of Education)


Statistics Online Computational Resource
provides online aids for probability and statistics education,
technology-based instruction, and statistical computing. It
includes interactive graphs and calculators for showing
distributions, computer-generated analogs of experiments and
popular games, web tools for statistical data analysis,
simulations of real-life processes, modeling tools, a wiki,
technology-based continuing statistics education, and more.
(UCLA, Multiple Agencies)


Planetary Photojournal
is a photo album of the universe. See images of the planets.
Look through the Hubble telescope at nebulae far beyond our
galaxy. Watch a video of the Mars rovers, or catch up on news
about space surveillance technology. Use the solar system
simulator to view celestial bodies from various perspectives:
from above or below, from an orbiting spacecraft, or from
another planet. (National Aeronautics and Space
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior
provides simulations, videos, and lessons on the
pharmacokinetics of alcohol, the biological and behavioral
effects of alcohol, youth and alcohol, the consequences of
alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Lessons focus on body type and
a person's response to alcohol, factors that influence alcohol
use and abuse, calculation of blood alcohol concentrations,
and more. Discover how different doses affect the activity of
mice. Experience a simulation of driving while intoxicated.
(National Institutes of Health)
[NOTE: Other supplements from
previously posted.- Phyllis ]


view an archive of past messages?


Wed., Jan. 23, 2008 - English Literataure Topics (from BBC)

English Literature Topics
Site includes: Prose Fiction, Short Stories, Drama, Pre-1914 Poetry, Post-1914 Poetry,

[NOTE: Other subjects previously posted. From BBC - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Tues., Jan. 22, 2008 - Philosophy Research Base / / UNESCO Water Portal

Sites found in:

Philosophy Research Base
Search (using the Yahoo! search on the navigation bar, not the Amazon
search) or browse through a variety of philosophy topics. Some are
primarily of interest to philosophy students, but the site will also
interest students who want philosophical and ethical perspectives on hot
button issues like Animal Rights, Politics of Hunger, Gender,
Global Warming, etc. You can also browse for specific philosophers, and
philosophy departments, journals, and organizations.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ] Games, Puzzles, Pastimes and Family Leisure
Minds stretched here, with codebreakers, jigsaw puzzles, Trivia games,
wordsearch puzzles, sudoko, kids games (including an online Mr.
Potatohead), and more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

UNESCO Water Portal
Water scarcity is becoming a critical issue for the world. Search or
browse for research and organizations addressing a wide variety of
issues: water quality and contamination, extreme water events,
desertification, salinization, irrigation, recycling, land use, etc. You
can also browse by geographical area and by organization.


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


Tues., Jan. 22, 2008 - National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Web

Although the physical building is expected to open on the Mall in Washington, DC in 2015, there is a Museum on the Web
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Museum on the Web
From Home Page - Select “View Larger” for thread cloud

Exhibitions and Programs
Select “View Larger” for thread cloud

Links to sites
Select “View Larger” for thread cloud

For Educators
Page includes resources, activities and a timeline.
Select “View Larger” for thread cloud


Tues., Jan. 22, 2008 - Rome Reborn 1.0

Rome Reborn 1.0

“Rome Reborn 1.0" shows almost the entire city within the 13-mile-long Aurelian Walls as it appeared in A.D. 320. At that time Rome was the multicultural capital of the western world and had reached the peak of its development with an estimated population of one million.

"Rome Reborn 1.0" is a true 3D model that runs in real time. Users can navigate through the model with complete freedom, moving up, down, left and right at will. They can enter important public buildings such as the Roman Senate House, the Colosseum, or the Temple of Venus and Rome, the ancient city’s largest place of worship.


Tues., Jan. 22, 2008 - Aerial Archaeology in Northern France

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Aerial Archaeology in Northern France

Today's site, from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, offers
an exhibit on how aerial photography has contributed to the archaeological
discoveries of the latter part of the twentieth century. Gentle Subscribers
will find information on key figures in the development of this area of
archaeological research, along with a remarkable collection of photos which
suggest the ancient structures which may lie beneath the surface of modern
Europe's agricultural land.

"This web site is intended to be as clear an introduction to aerial
archaeology as possible. We will present its principles, possibilities, and
objectives, what is needed to do it, and issues that it raises. ... This
site discusses very varied agricultural landscapes ... Thus, this site is
primarily a collection of images of the many ways that the past has left
its trace, of the memory of the land observed from low altitude." - from
the website

The site explains the academic branch of aerial archaeology as discovering
remnants of the past as hinted at from the perspective of the landscape as
seen from the air. The historical background of this process is extensively
chronicled and accompanied by a striking selection of images taken by the
pioneering figures in the discipline. Additional sections explore the
technical process of aerial archaeology, its planes and equipment, while
the Clues on the Ground section explains how signs in the landscape are
interpreted. The final section, Discoveries, reveals the important
archaeological finds, from the streets of a Roman settlement to a neolithic
campsite, which have been uncovered through these aerial explorations and

Dig over to the site for a fascinating look at aerial archaeology at:


See if you can identify sites in the “Fly with Roger!” interactive:
or select FLY WITH ROGER from the home page.

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

Monday, January 21, 2008


Mon., Jan. 21, 2008 - Ultimate

From the site:
“the Ultimate Rollercoaster site, the definitive destination online for roller coasters, theme parks and thrill rides.”

Roller Coaster History

[NOTE: Some advertising. – Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 21, 2008 - WolfQuest

From the site:
“WolfQuest, an innovative new project that brings the immersive, compelling drama and action of video games to informal science learning while creating a model for nationwide distribution. Designed for players age nine to adult, WolfQuest will teach wolf behavior and ecology through its exciting gameplay and intense social interactions.”


Mon., Jan. 21, 2008 - Space Place

Space Place
Includes animations, projects, games, and amazing facts about Earth, space and technology.
For the Teacher’s Corner, click on the Little Red School House in the bottom left-hand corner.
or go to:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. English and Spanish - Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 21, 2008 - 2008 Olympic Games - Beijing

The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
One World, One Dream - Aug. 08-24 2008

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Olympic Movement

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Sun., Jan. 20, 2008 - Scientific Method

Scientific Method
Can be used without registration – just click “Continue” and enter any
first and last name.
Site includes a Tutorial and an Experiment.

Contents of Tutorial: Introduction, Define the Problem, Collect Information,
Formulate a Hypothesis, Test the Hypothesis and Draw a Conclusion.


Sun., Jan. 20, 2008 - Science Museum Online Stuff

Science Museum Online Stuff
From the site:
“We've re-designed our website to make it prettier and easier to use. We went live with the new site on 26th March 2007.
“Within Online Stuff, you can explore some of our web content, arranged by subject, including stories of the Wright brothers' First Flight and a look at some strange, yet beautiful, mathematical surface models. You can also browse a selection of objects from Museum collections, have a play on some of our fun games, and keep up-to-date with the latest news from the world of science.”
[NOTE: Some online exhibitions from Science Museum previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Jan. 20, 2008 - From: Resource Shelf, Sept. 21 - 27, 2007

Sites found in:

September 21-27, 2007


Transcripts of Federal Court Proceedings Nationwide To Be Available Online
From the announcement:

The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the Judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. Under the new policy, transcripts created by court reporters or transcribers will be available for inspection and copying in a clerk of court’s office and for download from PACER 90 days after they are delivered to the clerk. Individuals will be able to view, download, or print a copy of a transcript from PACER for eight cents per page.

During the initial 90-day period, transcripts will be available at the clerk’s office for inspection only, or may be purchased from the court reporter or transcriber.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Dr. Péter Jacsó’s (faculty at the University of Hawaii has posted two new reviews on “Péter’s Digital Reference Shelf” for September, 2007.

1) McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th edition
[NOTE: ]
Cost: Free
Tested: August 20-24, 2007
He writes:
This most current of the few comprehensive science and technology dictionaries with a rather hefty price tag in book format is brought to us free in digital format by Our delight with the dictionary, however, is spoiled by a serious glitch in the software that hides many definitions available in the dictionary.

Publisher: National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Cost: Free (both at NCPTSD and CSA)
Tested: 1–7, September, 2007

Summary of Review:
PILOTS is an important open access indexing/abstracting database of journal articles, books, book chapters, doctoral dissertations, reports and pamphlets related to various stress disorders. In spite of its name and sponsorship, it is not restricted to issues related only to veterans and military matters, neither to posttraumatic stress. It also covers serious acute stress disorders (ASD) in all ways of life from all the angles, from medical, psychological and sociological to legal and economical. It is a genuinely multidisciplinary indexing/abstracting database with an increasing number of links to the full–text documents, including many (but not all of the) open access ones from the broad spectrum of journals it covers. The new host of the database is CSA which makes it open access to the public and brings along the pro features of the Illumina platform.


The 400 Richest Americans (2007)
Shortened URL:
Sort by Rank Name Net Worth Age Residence Source


Resource of the Week: World-Wide Governance Indicators 1996-2006

To begin, select an indicator and then a region from the drop-down menus on the lefthand side, followed by the selection of countries of interest (up to 20 at a time). This will generate a chart reporting the percentile rank for the selected countries and indicator for 2006 and 1998.

From the site:
What is Governance?
Governance consists of the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is exercised. This includes the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced; the capacity of the government to effectively formulate and implement sound policies; and the respect of citizens and the state for the institutions that govern economic and social interactions among them.

For complete review:
Shortened URL:


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


Sun., Jan. 20, 2008 - Oceanography: A Historical Perspective

Site found in:
29 September 2007 “Earth Science Sites of the Week”

What is the greatest depth to which any human has ever reached in a
submersible vessel? SERC, (suggested by Cheryl Dodes). On January 23,
1960, the bathyscaph (a manned submersible vessel) Trieste reached the
greatest oceanic depth known to exist on our planet. Jacques Piccard and
Lieutenant Don Walsh of the United States Navy piloted the Trieste to
the sea floor in the deepest part of the Marianas Trench, known as the
Challenger Deep. Here is Jacques Piccard’s description of what he saw on
this dive to the deepest part of the sea. "The bottom appeared light and
clear, a waste of snuff-colored ooze. We were landing on a nice, flat
bottom of firm diatomaceous ooze. Indifferent to the nearly 200,000 tons
of pressure clamped on her metal sphere, the Trieste balanced herself
delicately on the few pounds of guide rope that lay on the bottom,
making token claim, in the name of science and humanity, to the ultimate
depths in all our oceans - the Challenger Deep. "The depth gauge read
6,300 fathoms - 37,800 feet.”
Oceanography: A Historical Perspective


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University

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