Saturday, February 16, 2008


Sat., Feb. 16, 2008 - Good Character Resources
From the site:
“If you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start. But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start. This content-rich website is loaded with free resources to help you do the job!”

Includes: High School Teaching Guides, Middle School Teaching Guides,
Elementary School Teaching Guides, and Character in Sports

Web Resources for Teachers
From the site:
“These carefully selected web pages contain very useful material to assist your efforts in educating for character. There is a lot in this list that you can use as the basis for class discussions, writing assignments and student activities. We have not attempted to sort them according to the virtues they teach because they all teach many virtues.”


Sat., Feb. 16, 2008 - Inventions of Thomas Edison

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Inventions of Thomas Edison

[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted.
SEE ALSO: Modern Black Inventors
Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from, now part of The New York Times Company,
offers a presentation on Thomas Alva Edison, possibly America's best known
inventor. Gentle Subscribers may find some surprising details about
Edison's work and how his inventions owed more to sheer hard work and
management skills than to inspired genius.

"Thomas Edison's greatest challenge was the development of a practical
incandescent, electric light. Contrary to popular belief, he didn't
"invent" the lightbulb, but rather he improved upon a 50-year-old idea." -
from the website

The presentation features a biography and summary timeline, beginning with
Edison's birth in 1847 to his death in 1931. Included in the exhibit are
sections dealing with his most significant inventions, among the most
famous of which were two types of phonographs, a film projector and the
motion picture camera. A list of his more than one thousand patents is also
available, along with information on the "muckers", the teams of bright
young workers who were instrumental in transforming Edison's ideas to
marketable products. In addition, the material considers the significance
of Edison's accomplishments and takes a look at some of his failures as

Stride over to the site for an informative exhibit on Thomas Edison and his
work at:

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


Sat., Feb. 16, 2008 - Invention at Play

Invention at Play
From the site:
“Invention at Play is a highly interactive, engaging and surprising traveling exhibit that focuses on the similarities between the way children and adults play and the creative processes used by innovators in science and technology. It departs from traditional representations of inventors as extraordinary geniuses who are “not like us” to celebrate the creative skills and processes that are familiar and accessible to all people. Visitors of all ages will experience various playful habits of mind that underlie invention.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Feb. 16, 2008 - INFOMINE Email Alert Service, 25 Oct 2007

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007

Invention Dimension
Record Id: 673259
Created: 2007-10-24 23:17:18
Categories: busecon

Profiles of inventors and their inventions and a handbook for aspiring
inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as links to related resources.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Dino Directory
Record Id: 673254
Created: 2007-10-23 22:11:50
Categories: bioag

"This is a guide to 325 of the most well-described dinosaurs, including
1,294 images." Browse dinosaurs by name, timeline, country, or body
shape. [NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Record Id: 673253
Created: 2007-10-23 21:21:36
Categories: bioag

Taxonomic dinosaur database, paleontological illustrations, news of
recent discoveries, and other information about dinosaurs.
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. – Phyllis ]

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas : A Visual Record
Record Id: 673251
Created: 2007-10-23 01:17:16
Categories: culture,liberal

Illustrations, prints, and early photographs related to African history,
the slave trade, slavery, and related topics. Browse by category or
search. [NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Ryhiner Map Collection
Record Id: 673245
Created: 2007-10-22 00:38:13
Categories: maps

Archive of the Ryhiner map collection presents 16,000 digital maps from
the 16th through 18th centuries. Collection includes maps from around
the world (Europe particularly well-represented), castle plans,
topographical views, and thematic maps.

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities
Record Id: 673243
Created: 2007-10-21 11:56:32
Categories: arts,bioag,busecon,liberal,physci

Our Content Commons contains small "knowledge chunks" we call modules
that connect into courses. Thanks to an open license, anyone can take
our materials, adapt them to meet their needs, and contribute them back
to the Commons. And everyone is invited to participate!
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gallery of Mathematics
Record Id: 673242
Created: 2007-10-19 00:41:28
Categories: physci

Math gallery with images of fractals, dynamic system simulations,
hyperspace structures, and patterns.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

NYPL Digital Gallery : Africana and Black History
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 673239
Created: 2007-10-18 12:35:56
Categories: culture,liberal

Images, books, and documents illustrating 400 years of African American
history; Africa before the slave trade, slavery, the abolitionist
movement, black communities and churches, biographies, and the 20th

NYPL Digital Gallery : Theatre Productions and Players, 1920s-1957 : Vandamm Studio Photographs
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 673238
Created: 2007-10-18 11:18:39
Categories: arts

Thousands of images documenting thirty years of theatre productions and
performers in New York.

NYPL Digital Gallery : Uniforms and Regimental Regalia : The Vinkhuijzen Collection of Military Costume Illustration
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 673237
Created: 2007-10-18 01:53:01
Categories: liberal

"Nearly 20,000 prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book and
magazine illustrations of military costume as well as military medals,
regalia, insignia, coats of arms, and regimental flags, from most times
and places except the United States."


[NOTE: See Also: All Collection Guides (some previously posted)
From the site: “NYPL Digital Gallery presents groups of images in these Collection Guides for browsing based on collection provenance, bibliographic unit, department, format, and/or topic. Additional images and new presentations will appear regularly.” - Phyllis]


Friday, February 15, 2008


Fri., Feb. 15, 2008 - SPELL IT!

Site found in:
October 19-25, 2007

Spell It!—the Scripps National Spelling Bee study site created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster, is now available for viewing online at The site focuses on the official list of about 700 study words for 2008, each categorized by language of origin, and each linked to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. But that’s not all! There are loads of additional “challenge” words, fascinating facts, and entertaining exercises—all designed to provide spellers of all ages with a winning edge.

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


Fri., Feb. 15, 2008 - Wikiquote's List of Misquotations

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, October 19, 2007

Wikiquote's List of Misquotations
[NOTE: Other page from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from Wikiquote, offers a satisfying selection of favorite
quotations of the kind that just miss being the correct version. Gentle
Subscribers may enjoy a browse through this list of quotes and may even
encounter a few surprises.

"This page consists of things that many people think are correct quotes but
are actually incorrect. This does not include quotes that were actually
blunders by the people that said them." - from the website

Among the many misquotes cited are such late twentieth century Hollywood
favorites as "Beam me up, Scotty" and "Do you feel lucky, punk?" The site
explains the factual background of the quotes and briefly delves into how
popular culture altered the originals. From the wrongly attributed to Marie
Antoinette's "Let them eat cake" to the inaccurate Biblical reference
"Money is the root of all evil", the list contains some familiar but faulty
quotes. The collection concludes with a linked list of famous figures, such
as Winston Churchill and and William Shakespeare, who said all the best
things, but who are frequently misquoted.

Stroll over to the web page for an engaging look at some famous misquotes

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


Fri., Feb. 15, 2008 - Cell Biology Animations

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== October 31, 2003 ===
======== Volume 2, Number 21 ======

Cell Biology Animation [Macromedia Flash Player]

If you can tear your eyes away from the mesmerizing graphics on the main
page, you'll find a very detailed and comprehensive cell biology tutorial
created by graphic artist/biologist John Kyrk. Kyrk's animations demonstrate
all major aspects of cell biology: amino acid structure, DNA replication,
transcription and translation, cellular cycles (Krebs, glycolysis, mitosis),
photosynthesis, and so on. The tutorial's beautiful graphics and cool
animations should make studying cell biology relatively painless for any
student. [RS]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2003.


Fri., Feb. 15, 2008 - PBS: NOVA: Vesuvius / NATURE: Arctic Bears / NOVA: Ape Genius / AMEX: Kit Carson

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 17 - 23, 2008
Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius: World's Deadliest Volcanoes
Interactive/Online Activity
6-8 / 9-12

Examine how volcanic eruptions are measured using an eruption
magnitude scale called the Volcanis Explosivity Index and
practice rating a volcanic eruption in this online interactive


Arctic Bears
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, February 17, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Polar bears, the descendents of grizzlies, long-ago evolved to
live and hunt on the frozen ice of the Arctic, but now are
living on borrowed time as their habitat changes and food
sources become scarce. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Ape Genius
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
The great apes -- which include chimps, orangutans, gorillas
and bonobos -- seem to have rich emotional lives similar to our
own. But just how smart are these animals? A new generation of
investigators is revealing the secret mental lives of great
apes; our evolutionary next of kin are turning out to be far
smarter than most experts ever imagined. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


American Experience
Kit Carson
On Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, February 18, 2008
9 - 10:30 pm
His exploits on the American frontier inspired dozens of dime
novels, but the stories told in these wildly popular books
belie the complexities of the real Kit Carson, whose life
embodies the contradictions that are the story of the American
West. Combining archival materials of the period with
re-creations, this program brings Kit Carson, the legendary
trapper, scout and soldier, to vivid life. (CC, Stereo, HD)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
Copyright 2008 PBS Online

---------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] Ape Genius airing February 19, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Ape Genius," NOVA explores evidence for
intelligence and culture among our primate cousins and ponders the
question about what differences exist between humans and other apes.
(Subjects covered: life science, animals)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Ape Genius"
Broadcast: Tuesday, February 19, 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 required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

What Makes Us Human
Find out about unique human talents such as "reading" someone
else's mind, having the ability to control impulses, and
possessing the foundations for teaching that separate us from our
great ape cousins. (Grades 9-12)

The Ape That Teaches
Learn in this interview with cognitive scientist Rebecca Saxe
about humans' ability to transmit information, ideas, and
innovations among each other and across generations, as well as
how this ability differentiates us from the other great apes.
(Grades 9-12)

Kanzi the Bonobo
Listen to and view in this five-part audio slide show on
primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's work with Kanzi the bonobo,
and discover Kanzi's abilities to understand language, convey
thoughts and feelings, play games, and more. Total running time:
6 minutes 15 seconds. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8,

Our Family Tree
Compare and contrast humans' social grouping, temperament, diet,
and more with the four other great apes, and hear what each one
sounds like. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Video Extras
Watch experiments that human researchers tested with chimps and a
bonobo in these two short outtakes. (Quicktime or Windows Media
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Students use a viewing guide while watching a program about the
science of ape intelligence and after watching discuss answers to
questions related to similarities and differences between
intelligence in apes and in humans. (Grades 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.



Kit Carson

Introduction (Biography)

The Westernizer
What kind of person would you have been in the American West?
Take this personality quiz to see what you have in common with some famous Western folks.
Choose the answer to each question that describes you best. When you're done, click the submit button to see your results.

Program Transcript
The full program transcript will be posted after broadcast.

Watch Preview (:30 sec)

Watch the Program
Bookmark this page and return in February 2008 after broadcast to watch the full program online.

Learn More – Website Links and Books

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008 - Indigenous Geography

Indigenous Geography
From the site:
“Indigenous Geography is a cross-cultural exploration of indigenous communities throughout the Americas. The educational materials that follow are designed to provide teachers with a ready resource for discussing this Website and issues of cultural diversity. Communities present their perspectives on themes universal to humanity. Two sets of lessons accompany each community profile—one for grades 4-8 and one for grades 9-12.”


Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008 - Geography at the Movies / Geography Links (British Site)

Geography at the Movies
From the site:
GATM .. collates short movies for geography teachers to use for free!

Geography Links


Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008 - Lyndsey's Mania: Geography & Math Quizzes

Lyndsey's Mania
Site includes games as well as geography and math quizzes.

Previously posted. Site found in:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences
======== August 23, 2002 ===
======== Volume 1, Number 16 ======

Test Your Geography Knowledge

Provided by Web site creator Lyndsey Mania and, the Test
Your Geography Knowledge interactive quiz gives students a fun way to learn
geography. Users choose a region of the world; click on the state, country,
ocean, or other feature requested; and are told whether they’re right or
wrong and their total score. A simple yet effective learning tool for kids.

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2002.


Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008 - Everyday Life / GCFLearnFree / Panoramas

Sites found in:
Larry Ferlazzo's Website November Newsletter


Everyday Life
From the site:
“The Everyday Life project uses interactive, situation-based lessons to teach functional literacy skills. This new approach to learning allows learners to apply their basic literacy skills to real-world situations so they can gain the confidence and skills to be successful.”
Select from drop-down menus for Basic Math and Computer Training

Both sites available in Spanish.

From Larry Ferlazzo:
You have to register for it, but it only takes seconds. If you have trouble getting the cursor to write in the boxes, just use the tab key to move down. That seemed to do the trick. Posted on


ViewAt (Wonderful Panoramas)
It offers extraordinary panoramic photographs from around the world, and lets you use a special application that shows a 360 degree view. These images are great for any Geography class, and are especially good opportunities for English Language Learners to describe them verbally and in writing. Some of the photos might even be from their native countries, which makes it doubling appealing. I’ve placed the link on my Geography page under Sites That Cover Many Areas ( .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Wed., Feb. 13, 2008 - Nuclear Information / U.S. Military History (4) / 12,000 Year War Timeline

Sites found in:
Oct. 12-18, 2007


Nuclear Information (via Los Alamos Library)


Fast Facts: American Wars

Wars and Conflicts of the United States Navy (via Naval Historical Center)

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2007 (via Congressional Research Service and Air War College)

American Military History (Center for Military History)

12,000 Year Timeline (via Air War College)

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


Wed., Feb. 13, 2008 - Young Blood: Children of War

Young Blood: Children of War
Young Blood: Children of War aims to explain the current situation of child soldiers in the world today. This site breaks its information down into the following categories: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions. There are also country dossiers that provide information about child soldiers in 20 countries.

NOTE: 2007 ThinkQuest International First Place High School Winner


Wed., Feb. 13, 2008 - George Washington / American Presidents / Life After People

The History Channel's George Washington mini-site
located online at

SEE ALSO: American Presidents
[NOTE: Sometimes this connects and sometimes it doesn’t. Keep trying. – Phyllis ]
From the site:
“Find out everything you wanted to know about our nation’s 42 presidents, from Washington to George W Bush. With biography, images, video, and timeline for each leader.”

History Channel Special Presentation: Life After People
Sunday, February 7th at 8 PM/7c
Life After People
From the site:
“What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest?”


Wed., Feb. 13, 2008 - African American Biographies

---------Forwarded Message--------
AASC Feature of the Month Email Alert: February 2008 -
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008

February 2008 Feature of the Month
This month the feature highlights the African American National Biography, the largest collection of African American biographies ever published.

Shortened URL:
Combining images and text, In-House Editors Ryan Abrecht and Anthony Aiello have composed a Photo Essay that discusses several key people whose lives represent the many facets of black history and culture in America. Some of the individuals include Ira Aldridge, the most highly-esteemed African American actor of the nineteenth century, bicycling sensation Major Taylor, the first black international superstar athlete, and Alberta Hunter, one of the great, yet often overlooked, blues and jazz performers of the twentieth century.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Tues., Feb. 12, 2008 - African American Lives 2 Multimedia Pack

Thirteen Ed Online Bulletin -- FEBRUARY
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008

To see this email on the web, go to


This month, Ed Online presents two all-new lesson plans to accompany the groundbreaking series AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. In "Gift to the Future," students will learn how to preserve important historical documents and artifacts while creating their own relics for future generations. "Freedom to Fight" will encourage students to explore the challenges and triumphs African Americans faced during the Civil War and the reverberating effects of their enlistment on future generations. Each of these lesson plans enhances the themes and ideas presented in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE For high school language arts and social studies classes, we now have an engaging AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 Multimedia Package. The package includes a guide and DVD; the guide is interactive, with information on how to build a family tree, character profiles of the twelve individuals featured in the series, and a list of informative resources. The DVD highlights poignant moments from the series. To request the multimedia package, please email us at: Subject line: African American Lives Multimedia Package. Please include your name, institution, course(s) the materials will be used in, and your mailing address. Supplies are limited.


Tues., Feb. 12, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, October 19, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 19, 2007
Volume 14, Number 40


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


My [pdf]

The world of personal and business finance is an interesting one, and the
U.S. Financial Literary and Education Commission has created this excellent
site to educate the American public about these matters. The site brings
together important information from twenty federal agencies and it covers
everything from 401k investments to just balancing a checkbook. Visitors to
the homepage will find a list of topics that include "Credit", "Paying For
Education", and "Retirement Planning". Also included on the homepage is a
"Tools & Resources" area, which will bring users up to date on financial
education grants and a few calculators that can help with planning a budget
for college or purchasing a home. Many of the materials on the site are also
available in Spanish, and visitors may also wish to sign up to receive
updates when new material is added. [KMG] /
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


ActionBioscience: Identifying Angiosperms [pdf]

Resources for teaching botany and taxonomy can be difficult to locate
online, so locating this nice teaching activity and guide was quite a find.
The resource is offered as part of the ActionBioscience website, and it was
written by Pamela Soltis. The guide begins by discussing the importance of
angiosperms, and the site also includes an in-depth interview with Soltis.
Moving on to the activity, the lesson uses visual literacy to reinforce
understanding of the Linnaean classification system. It is designed for use
at the college level, and the guide also includes a host of links to related
sites that will be useful for educators and their botanically-minded
students. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


University College Writing Workshop: Writing Handouts [pdf]

Whether it's an interrogative pronoun or just a dangling modifier, the
University of Toronto's Writing Center can provide visitors with dozens of
helpful writing tips. While certain services are only made available to
current students, these writing handouts can be used by anyone with the
desire to improve their writing. The handouts cover topics like organizing
an essay, the effective and correct use of quotations, and the use of
articles. Each section includes specific advice and guidance, and even the
most effective writers may learn something new from these guides.
Composition instructors may also wish to recommend this site to their
students if they are looking for additional high-quality writing resources.


How Does This Button Work? [pdf, Quick Time]
Shortened URL:

Just about everyone has wondered: "How does this button work?" They may not
have been thinking of the world of dynamic geometry, but Chris Sangwin of
the University of Birmingham has been thinking about just this subject. He
recently contributed an interactive learning resource to the Journal of
Online Mathematics and its Applications, and his work will no doubt command
the attention of mathematics educators. Along with providing details about
this nuance of dynamic geometry, the article contains several interactive
applets and two short video clips. The article also contains contact
information for Sangwin, so users can contact him with any queries. [KMG]


Amusement Park Physics

It's one thing to learn about physics in a lab, but it can be quite another
thing to make a pilgrimage to an amusement park to take in the laws of
physics. Users will have to supply their own corn dogs and popcorn, but this
rather nice educational resource from Annenberg Media will be quite useful
for budding physicists and their teachers. The resource allows users to
design their own roller coaster, and along the way they will learn a thing
or two about the laws of gravity, pendulums, and kinetic energy. Along with
explanatory essays, this resource contains interactive graphics and a
glossary of terms. Sit back and enjoy the virtual roller coaster ride, as
this site provides a rather novel way of introducing students to physics.
[KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


USGS CoreCast [iTunes]

Just about everyone seems to be creating a podcast these days, and a number
of government agencies have entered the fray as of late. The United States
Geological Survey recently decided to hang out their own podcast shingle,
and the results of their labors can be explored here. The site states that
their "CoreCast" is "natural science from the inside out", which seems like
an appropriate label. The podcasts range in length from two to fifteen
minutes, and they cover topics such as polar bear research, sex-changing
fish, and climate change. One podcast that shouldn't be overlooked is "This
Episode of CoreCast is Highly Questionable". In a mere three minutes, host
Scott Horvath responds to a number of questions in an engaging fashion.
After listening to an episode or two, visitors will probably want to sign up
to receive email updates about new episodes. [KMG]


Reporters Without Borders [pdf, Macromedia Flash Player]

Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders was started in 1985 and it
continues to fight "for press freedom on a daily basis." Their work has
found them defending journalists who have been imprisoned and also working
to improve the safety of journalists in war zones. From their homepage,
visitors can explore sections that include "Regular Reports", "Our
Campaigns", and "Investigation Reports". Within the "Regular Reports" area,
visitors can avail themselves of their annual Press Freedom Index rankings
and related documents. Moving back to the homepage, visitors will find a
host of news reports from countries around the world, along with a listing
of upcoming events. Finally, visitors can also sign up to receive updates
via a RSS feed and they can also even peek in on the Reporters Without
Borders office on Second Life. [KMG]


Atomic Platters: Cold War Music [Real Player]

Along with ushering in a new age of global unrest and high anxiety, the
emergence of the atomic bomb had a curious and not totally unpredictable
effect on the world of popular (and not-so-popular) music. This site brings
together these various subgenres of "atomic" music in a way that's rather
fun, intriguing, and at times, a bit scary. Visitors can look through such
subgenres as "Atomic", "Cold War", "Flying Saucer", and so on. While most of
the songs are not available in their full form, visitors can read all of the
lyrics and interpretive essays. Of course, visitors can find plenty of audio
joy at the "CONELRAD Audio Archives" area. Herein are contained such gems as
the positively odd "The Complacent Americans" and the equally lovable
novelty album "The Goldwaters Sing Folk Songs to Bug the Liberals". [KMG]


Decade Volcanoes [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:
In the 1990s, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of
the Earth's Interior started the Decade Volcano Project. As part of their
work, they designated sixteen volcanoes particularly worthy of study
"because of their explosive histories and close proximity to human
populations." The group recently teamed up with National Geographic to
create a guide to these volcanoes via this interactive map. Navigating
through the map, visitors can learn about Mount Rainier, Colima, Galeras,
Santorini, and other prominent volcanoes. For each volcano, there's a brief
sketch that gives the date of its last eruption, its elevation, nearby
population centers, and a photograph. Additionally, visitors can learn more
by clicking on the sections titled "Did You Know?" and "Eruption
Interactive". [KMG]


Index on Censorship

The basic human right of human expression is tremendously important, and
this is not lost on the good and dedicated people at the magazine "Index on
Censorship". Founded in 1972, the magazine has published opinion pieces,
analysis, and reporting by Vaclav Havel, Nadine Gordimer, Noam Chomsky, and
Umberto Eco. Along with their actual magazine, they also keep many of their
feature pieces online here. Visitors are encouraged to read pieces on
censorship in Britain, the rights of journalists, and the suppression of
certain political-minded weblogs. Given the breadth of material offered
here, it's easy to see how this site could also be used in a journalism
classroom. [KMG]


2010 Census [pdf]

Short forms, long forms, Alaska Native, and so on. Anyway you look at it,
the United States Census is a complicated and fascinating event. It happens
ever yen years (as dictated by the U.S. Constitution), and it is a process
that is evaluated almost constantly. Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau
created the 2010 Census site in order to inform the general public about the
next census. Visitors to the page will be delighted to learn that they can
read about census updates and statistical modifications on the homepage. The
site also contains links to previous data from previous censuses, and a fun
"Did You Know?" section. Interested parties can also look at the current
U.S. population, learn about part-time job opportunities with the Census
Bureau, and look over a FAQ area. [KMG]


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


Tues., Feb. 12, 2008 - AfriClassical

From the site:
“a nonprofit educational venture promoting awareness of African Heritage in Classical Music.”
From the Webmaster: “a website on 52 Black Classical Composers & Musicians. Over 100 audio samples are provided.”


Tues., Feb. 12, 2008 -

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

From: Eric Ward - "URLwire - News of Useful, Unique and Educational Web Content"
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 09:24:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [URLwire] Noted Jazz Author Ted Gioia Launches With 3,000Pages of Unique Jazz Content

Noted Jazz Author Ted Gioia Launches With 3,000 Pages of
Unique Jazz Content.
URL: recently announced the launch of its website at
-- a comprehensive jazz portal with thousands of pages of reviews,
interviews, features, discographies and photos. A team of more than
thirty writers, photographers and artists has been working for almost
two years in preparation for this launch. Under the direction of Ted
Gioia, author of The History of Jazz and West Coast Jazz, this team
has prepared more than 1,000 new reviews, a comprehensive jazz
encyclopedia, and other exciting content of interest to the global
jazz community.

Key features of the site include:

* The largest collection of track reviews - focusing on individual
songs, not entire CDs - available anywhere. This unique resource
provides in-depth assessment, rankings and recording details for a
comprehensive range of tracks, covering the full history of the music
from its New Orleans origins to the present day.

* New reviews published every day. All reviews come with links for
purchase or downloading.

* The Jazz Blog, updated daily and covering the latest and
greatest happenings in the jazz world.

* Interviews with leading figures in the jazz world, including Billy
Taylor, Manfred Eicher, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Stefon Harris and

* Visual Jazz galleries featuring the work of the greatest jazz
photographers and artists, including Ray Avery, Herb Snitzer, Michael
Symonds, Jos Knaepen and Suzanne Cerny.

* The Dozens: a regular column in which selects twelve must-
have tracks built around a theme. Recent 'Dozens' include "Twelve
Essential Brad Mehldau Performances"; "Twelve Great Moments in Modern
Jazz Drumming"; "Twelve Essential John Coltrane Performances": and
"Twelve Great Tracks from ECM's First Decade."

* Lewis Porter's Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians with more than 1,400
entries on currently active jazz performers.

* The Song of the Day and A Jazz Classic Re-visited - published five
days a week -- with direct links for downloading. This resource is
the perfect way to keep up-to-date with the best in current jazz, as
well as timeless classics from the music's past.

* Also, offers its visitors access to its bulletins boards,
its directory of jazz products and services, and the ability to set up
their own web page at All these services are absolutely

Monday, February 11, 2008


Mon., Feb. 11, 2008 - Pooktre Tree Shapers

Pooktre Tree Shapers
From the site:
“In 1986 Peter had the idea of growing a chair. Nine years later Peter & Becky became partners. Pooktre was born. Together they have mastered the art they call Pooktre, which is the shaping of trees as they grow in predetermined designs. Some are intended for harvest to be high quality indoor furniture and others will remain living art.”


The art of training trees into shapes is an ancient one. The bonsai miniaturized trees have been a Chinese and Japanese art form for centuries. .


Mon., Feb. 11, 2008 - Trees are Terrific

[NOTE: See other pages previously posted. - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, October 16, 2007 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Trees Are Terrific

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

ClickSchooling list member Fran Wisniewski recommended this website that
your elementary grade children are sure to enjoy. The University of Illinois
Extension developed this interactive site that provides a multi-media
tutorial in the life cycle of trees and much more.

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers and then click on the arrows
to watch and listen as your guide, an animated acorn named Pierre, explains:

*The usefulness of trees
*The parts of a tree
*How leaves make food for trees - a scientific look at different kinds of
leaves and their functions. (Includes fun leaf-rubbing activity.)
*How the seasons affect trees.
*The shapes of trees.
*Care and conservation of trees.

This is a great introduction to tree botany and appreciation of nature. If
you enjoy it, your children may also enjoy another video on the site called
"The Secret Life of Trees" that you can view here:

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., Feb. 11, 2008 - Frogs (4)

Life Cycle of a Frog: Frog Metamorphosis

2008 - The Year of the Frog
From the site:
“The main goal of this campaign is to generate public awareness and understanding of the amphibian extinction crisis.”

Amphibians as indicators
From the site:
“Amphibians as indicators of environmental health and their contribution to humanity”



Mon., Feb. 11, 2008 - 2008 Summer Reading

2008 New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Program

Kids: Catch the Reading Bug

Kids : Bug Related Websites
[NOTE: Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Teens: Metamorphosis

Teen Related Websites

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Sun., Feb. 10, 2008 - Clip Art / Maps

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, October 20, 2007 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Clipart, ETC
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately, although younger students may enjoy
using this for projects with a little help from mom or dad)

ClickSchooler MaryAnna suggested this website that provides 34,000 pieces of
FREE clipart designed specifically for use by students and teachers courtesy
of Florida's Eduational Technology Clearinghouse. When you get to the site
simply read the introduction and then search the databse or use the site map
to find the clipart you need. You'll find free clipart for all of these

-Business & Industry
-Communication & Media
-Community & Neighborhood
-Countries & Regions
-Flags & Emblems
-Household Objects/Activities
-Landscapes & Scenery
-Sports & Recreation

When you are through exploring the clipart, you may be interested in
checking out "Maps, ETC" that offers over 5,000 maps of continents,
countries, and regions of the world from a variety of time periods. The
direct link is:

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., Feb. 10, 2008 - Cholera Epidemic / Napoleon to Moscow and back / Mariana Trench

Sites found in:
20 October 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

HISTORIC MAPS, various sources, (suggested by Virginia Malone) If you like maps be sure to use Snow's map of Broad Street and the cholera epidemic. see
This is a real classic.


Napoleon's "trip" to Moscow
This map is most intriguing. The
line width shows the size of the army and its latitude and longitude as
it moved and parts of the army that took side trips. The mustard line
is the movement toward Moscow and the black the return trip, its width
clearly shows not too many returned from this once huge army of men.
The dates and temperatures are also included.
River crossings on the return trip show substantial losses at each


EXPLORE THE MARIANA TRENCH, (suggested by Bonnie
Keller, Cosby High School Chesterfield County, VA), "On this site, you
will find information on the main characteristics of the Mariana Trench,
its exploration, and its ecosystem. The Biology
< > section of
the site covers the fish and various (organisms and microorganisms) of
the deep, what makes these creatures unique, and the fascinating ways in
which they live and survive. The Oceanography
< >section
explores the data pertaining to the Mariana Trench and other deep sea
formations. The Exploration
< >
section relates some of the events pertaining to the first survey of the
MT, and the history of deep sea exploration.


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Sun., Feb. 10, 2008 - Virtual Congress / Jackie Robinson / Medicatin Guide / Cool Quiz - Trivia

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 477 10/18/07


Virtual Congress

With the unpopular war in Iraq and an upcoming presidential election, there
is an increasingly politicized climate in this country. Congress.Org is a
nonpartisan site that allows citizens to keep track of important votes,
bills, and current events from both the House of Representatives and the

This website is a useful online tool that members of the public can use to
keep track of what elected members of congress are doing (or not
doing). Citizens can browse through sections about "Officials",
"Legislation", "Issues and Actions", and "Election", and use the site to
write to their local, state, and federal representatives.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Here's to you Mr. Robinson

Although he is best known as the first African-American to play in the
Major Leagues, there was much more to Jackie Robinson than his considerable
talent on the baseball diamond. JackieRobinson.Com celebrates all aspects
of his extraordinary life on and off the field, notable achievements,
memorable quotes, photos, statistics, etc.

In addition to breaking baseball's racial barrier, and being one of the
greatest players in the history of the game, Mr. Robinson was also a
community leader, civil rights advocate, and a businessman. Fans can read
about the life of this inspiring athlete, get "Fast Facts", and learn about
the legacy Jackie left behind in the form of Awards, Scholarships, and much


Medication Guide

Chances are that aspirin, Prozac, and Gingko Biloba is a completely safe
concoction, but we can never be too careful when it comes to our
health. Anyone who takes medication regularly will want to bookmark this
informative site, which makes it easy to check interactions of herbs,
over-the-counter medicine, prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements.

With a virtual database of over 5,000 drugs and herbal remedies, is a one-stop reference center about the mixing of medicines
and potential interactions. The non-commercial website has a ton of
consumer resources and features, including a "Drug Library", recent health
news and research, and important information about conditions, medications,
and treatment options.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Cool Quiz

Trivia buffs will love the mind-bending world of "Cool Quiz", which proudly
describes itself as "The World's Largest Trivia Site". The website has a
seemingly endless supply of useless info, trivia, weird facts, puzzles, and
quizzes to keep you guessing for hours on end.

There are loads of entertaining features on CoolQuiz.Com including a "Fact
of the Day", topical quizzes, crosswords, jokes, games, and countless other
wonderful distractions. Visitors will also find answers to some of life's
most pressing questions, like "What is Woody Allen's real name?" and "What
is a booger made of?"



Sun., Feb. 10, 2008 - Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy
From the site:
“Human anatomy is the study of the human body. The word "anatomy" derives from Greek words meaning "to cut up" because early scientists studied anatomy through dissections. On the Internet, however, no knives are needed. Simply sit back, and click.”
List includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)

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