Saturday, May 10, 2008


Sat., May 10, 2008 - Teacher Workshops: Math, Literacy, Science / Earth in the Universe / Earth System, Structure, and Processes

Sites found in:
Tue, 04 Dec 2007

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


Teacher Workshops: Math
offers presentations and handouts from workshop sessions on
teaching algebra, algorithms, computation, data collection,
cooperative learning, decimals and fractions, density,
geometry, integers, linear equations, multiplication and
division, nature and mathematics, polynomials, problem solving
in a primary classroom, vocabulary in math, word problems in
elementary math, and more. (Department of Education)


Teacher Workshops: Literacy
provides presentations and handouts from workshop sessions on
teaching reading, comprehension, vocabulary and writing in
every classroom, struggling adolescent readers, narrative
writing, expository compositions, persuasive writing, reading
and writing in math and science, reading and writing for
limited English proficient students, literature and the arts,
and more. (Department of Education)


Earth in the Universe
presents lessons, video clips, and interactive resources for
learning about the origin and evolution of the universe, the
composition of the universe, earth in the solar system, the
physical composition of the solar system, conditions necessary
for planetary life, satellites and space research, and solar
energy. (Teachers' Domain, Multiple Agencies)


Earth System, Structure, and Processes
provides videos and interactives for learning about
biogeochemical cycles, earth's changes and history, earth's
surface and internal processes, energy, natural resources, the
rock cycle, and soil structure and formation. Find lessons on
wind power, earthquakes, environmental change, plate
tectonics, recycling and composting, the scientific process,
seasons, and volcanoes. (Teachers' Domain, Multiple Agencies)


Teacher Workshops: Science
offers presentations and handouts from workshop sessions on
teaching analogical reasoning, electricity (history), motion
and forces, oceans, particle nature of matter, phenotypes v.
genotypes (genetics module), periodic table, scientific
process, science of CSI, solids and liquids (and gases),
thinking like a scientist, and more. (Department of


view an archive of past messages


Sat., May 10, 2008 - The Cryosphere

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Cryosphere

Today's site, from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, provides an
excellent presentation on Earth's icy regions, from data collected in the
field or by satellite. Gentle Subscribers, digging in or digging out from
the recent continent-wide storms, will discover an authoritative source of
information about all things frozen.

"Learn about snow, ice, and the cold regions of Earth ... The Cryosphere
... The portions of the Earth's surface where water is in a solid form,
usually as snow or ice. This includes sea ice, freshwater ice, snow,
glaciers and frozen ground (permafrost). The word cryoshere comes from the
Greek word "kryos" meaning frost or icy cold." - from the website

The site's snow section features material on blizzards, flakes and
crystals, avalanches, and lake-effect snow, skiing and snowboarding, along
with a surprisingly riveting article on the history of snow removal, "Have
Snow Shovel, Will Travel". Further highlights include a nicely done FAQ, a
gallery of striking photos and some engaging trivia. Additional sections of
the presentation delve into glaciers, sea ice, arctic climatology and
antarctic megadunes, and the current state of the cryosphere. A
comprehensive glossary is also available in English and Russian to clarify
the scientific terminology of this discipline.

Slide over to the site for an estimable exhibit on the cryosphere at:

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


Sat., May 10, 2008 - Largest Known Star

Largest Known Star
If you see only the Earth wait few seconds for the other images


Sat., May 10, 2008 - Down to Earth Astronomy / Algebra & Trigonometry / Physics Question of the Week

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 30, 2007
Volume 13, Number 46

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

Down to Earth Astronomy [pdf]

Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides
access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which
live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the
grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities
for the Hubble Space Telescope, so it makes sense that they would have some
rather nice materials. While the site has a number of useful areas, perhaps
the strongest element of the site is the "Amazing Space" section. Here,
visitors can learn about the inner workings of telescopes, read their in-
house publication "The Star Witness", and take in sights of black holes,
comets, galaxies, and gravity at work. Educators should not overlook the
"Teaching Tools" area of the site, as they will want to look through their
classroom activities, graphic organizers, and reading guides. [KMG]
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted - Phyllis ]


Algebra & Trigonometry

>From polynomials to rational expressions, the world of algebra can be a
befuddling place. Of course, trigonometry presents certain challenges as
well, what with its sine graphs and inverse functions. Students and teachers
of these subjects need fear no longer, as this site offers a guide for
smooth sailing through all of these thorny matters. These mathematics
resources were designed to complement a textbook authored by Robert Blitzer,
and they include a number of interactive quizzes and tests. The materials
on the site cover topics like exponents, matrices, and conic sections. Some
of the materials are meant to be used as stand-alone educational materials,
although visitors should note that some require the actual textbook. [KMG]


Physics Question of the Week
Shortened URL:

There's a simple invitation on this site, and it's worth thinking about:
"Ask your friends about these questions, discuss them, try to come to a
conclusion, and see what you can learn about physics." These fun and
compelling physics questions are offered up by the University of Maryland's
Department of Physics, and all told, there are about 300 questions available
on the site. Visitors can scroll through the questions chronologically, or
they can also look through a topically organized list as well. As the
questions involve experimental physics, the answers to each problem are
complemented in many instances with photographs and short videos. Finally,
many of the questions are also available in Chinese, courtesy of
translations from Professor Fu-Kwun Hwang. [KMG]


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

Friday, May 09, 2008


Fri., May 9, 2008 - The PLATES Project

Site found in:
1 December 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week


THE PLATES PROJECT, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, (submitted by Virginia Malone, consultant, Hondo, TX), scroll down to the movies to download PowerPoint animation slide shows for plate movement. I like “Texas Though Time” the best, but I might be a bit biased. There are other slide shows. The good thing about having this on PowerPoint is you can easily stop and view each slide or use the slides independently. “The PLATES Project is a program of research into plate tectonic and geologic reconstructions. It is supported by a consortium of oil companies.
[NOTE: Some are very large files. – Phyllis ]


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Fri., May 9, 2008 -
From the site:
“This site is devoted to the answering of all your questions you might have about seashells, beachcombing, cleaning seashells, preserving sealife, identifying your seashells, and more.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., May 9, 2008 - Rivers and Coasts

Rivers and Coasts

From the site:
“The site provides interactive maps, diagrams, photographs and fact files which can be used to further children’s geographical and enquiry skills as they explore the physical features of Rivers and Coasts, the impact they have on human life and the environmental issues surrounding them.”


Fri., May 9, 2008 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 11-17, 2008

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 11-17, 2008

PBS Teachers Launches PBS VOTE 2008 For Educators and Students
The site provides links to feeds for election-related podcasts
from public television and radio stations and producers as well
as an array of social media tools educators can use to engage
students in the election process.


Prince of the Alps
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, May 11, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
High in the Austrian Alps, a female red deer, a leader in her
herd, gives birth to a calf. Her status makes him a prince
among the other calves. But hunters, skiers, hikers and pet
dogs, as well as a harsh and icy winter, threaten their
survival. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


A Walk to Beautiful
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
The story of three Ethiopian women, rejected and ostracized
after injuries suffered in childbirth, and their journey to a
special hospital in Addis Ababa, where they find solace and
hope. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below – Phyllis ]


American Experience
FDR: The Center of the World/Fear Itself
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Monday, May 12, 2008
"The Center of the World": Franklin D. Roosevelt's family
background, education, his first run for office and his
courtship and troubled marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt. "Fear
Itself": FDR's bout with polio; Eleanor's developing political
skill; and FDR's ascent to the White House. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Secrets of the Dead
Sinking Atlantis
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Drawing from archaeological records, new revelations about
Minoan language and religion and shocking new geological
discoveries, archeologist Sandy MacGillivray connects fact with
fiction and reveals the truth behind the reign and fall of the
great Minoan civilization. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Media Infusion
Digital Storytelling
Secondary school educator Joe Fatheree looks at digital
storytelling as a means to create independent learners, promote
collaboration, improve research and writing skills, and educate
the whole child.

Copyright 2008 PBS Online


Original Message:
Date: Thu, 08 May 2008 16:02:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] "A Walk to Beautiful" airs May 13, 2008

Hello Educators,

NOVA follows three Ethiopian women on their journey to find a cure
for injuries they sustained during childbirth that have left them
incontinent and shunned by their families and the communities in
which they live. (Subjects covered: health science, anatomy and
physiology, public health)

Note: This program offers a dramatic look at the lives of women in
Ethiopia, with stories told in their own voices. The program contains
sensitive material about teen pregnancy, stillbirths, incontinence,
and sexual coercion that -- while integral to this powerful story --
may be upsetting for some students. Please preview the program to
determine its appropriateness for your students.

In the coming weeks:

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "A Walk to Beautiful"
Broadcast: Tuesday, May 13, 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 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Read producer Mary Olive Smith's personal account of how the
documentary film came about, and the hardships, emotions, and
fulfillment that came with the experience. (Grades 9-12)

Second Chances
Find out in this interview with Catherine Hamlin, co-founder of
Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, what a fistula is, how it is
treated, what life is like for women who live with fistula, and
what the challenges and rewards have been during Hamlin's
lifelong dedication to treating this condition. (Grades 9-12)

Two Worlds
Take this interactive quiz to test your knowledge on the
disparities in maternal health for women in rich and poor
countries. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 9-12)

Anatomy of Childbirth
View diagrams of the three stages of normal labor and delivery
and learn about potential problems that can arise -- as well as
treatments used to respond to them -- in this interactive
activity. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 9-12)

Discussion Guide
This discussion guide provides a framework for engaging students
in a discussion of the issues surrounding obstetric fistula.

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links and Books.


--------Forwarded Message--------
From: American Experience on PBS
Date: Fri, 09 May 2008 15:55:22 -0400


On TV Monday: FDR
Mondays, May 12 and 19, at 9pm on PBS (check your local listings)

Radio broadcasts beamed his voice into living rooms around the country; his picture hung on the wall. His wife was the most admired woman in the country. FDR goes beyond the familiar words and images to offer an incisive, often startling portrait of one of the most extraordinary personalities ever elected to the presidency. One of the nation's most popular presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms -- more than anyone before or since -- and led the country through two great crises of this century: the Great Depression and World War II.


Miss the broadcast on PBS? You can watch FDR, in its entirety, as well as full biographies of Presidents Truman, Johnson, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush on our web site. Later this month, films about Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter will also be available online.


Online. On TV. On the Go.

Is FDR's New Deal a good example of how federal government should intervene in times of economic crisis? Was Truman right to use the atom bomb to end World War II? Should George H.W. Bush have commanded troops to continue on to Baghdad during the first Gulf War? What do you think?

Log on to THE PRESIDENTS Online and connect today's issues with past 20th century presidents. Then, register for free to participate in the online discussion, and read comments from fellow viewers.

Beginning later this month and until Inauguration Day 2009, download six Presidents programs free of charge for use in your classroom. The downloadable programs will include: FDR, TRUMAN, LBJ, NIXON, JIMMY CARTER, and REAGAN.


Ranging from Franklin Roosevelt's role in expanding the role of the federal government during the New Deal to George H.W. Bush's role in the final days of the Cold War; from the full-contact leadership style of Lyndon Johnson to the grand thematic leadership of Ronald Reagan, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's award-winning presidential biographies explore not just big personalities, but big ideas. The guides below provide discussion topics and lesson plans for each film.

Research New Deal programs, read Franklin Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor speech, and explore oral histories.

Investigate containment, the atomic bomb decision, women in the workforce, and early civil rights legislation.

Learn about Congressional leadership, Vietnam policy, and programs of the Great Society.

Investigate Watergate, other presidential scandals, and Nixon's policies towards China.

Explore the political rise of the South, presidential campaigns and elections, energy policy, inflation and unemployment, peace and war in the Middle East, the Iranian hostage crisis, and the role of ex-presidents.

Is government the solution to our problems, or is government itself the problem? Examine the philosophy of a popular but contradictory leader.

Look at the nature of modern political campaigns, American involvement in the Persian Gulf, international diplomacy, leadership and popular opinion, and more.


Fri., May 9, 2008 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, May 2008, Pg. 3

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, May 2008, Pg. 3

Animal Bytes

Biodiversity 911 on the Web

Edward Lear Home Page

Encyclopedia of Life


Forces of Change

FRONTLINE: A Class Divided

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Kenny Felder's Math and Physics Help Home Page

Leonardo's Studio
The Mind of Leonardo

Women in the Ancient World

- Phyllis Anker

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Wed., May 7, 2008 - How Chocolate Works

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 00:10:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] How Chocolate Works

How Chocolate Works

Chocolate is a favorite for kids and adults alike. Chocolate bars, chocolate fudge, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate milk, chocolate cereal, hot chocolate, chocolate sauce... There is something special about this substance -- so special that the average person in the United States eats 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of chocolate every year! Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from? This edition of HowStuffWorks helps you understand exactly what you're eating.
Refdesk Home Page:


Wed., May 7, 2008 - Connexions / List Universe /

Sites found in:

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities
"a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge
chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports,
etc." Currently houses 4800+ modules covering arts, business, humanities,
math, sci-tech, and social sciences.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


List Universe
"the greatest resource online for top 10 lists and more!" on virtually
any subject you can think of, not to mention some fairly bizarre topics
that wouldn't occur to most of us. I always recommend lists to librarians
as a great starting point for discussions, exhibits, and events, and even
as a community service (see "Top 10 Post-Thanksgiving Recipes").

----- - Your Guide to Good Journalism
If you lack the time to read multiple news sources, or don't trust any of
them, check out NewsTrust, whose reviewers "evaluate each article against
core journalistic principles such as fairness, evidence, sourcing and
context." Readers can submit stories for review, or submit their own

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


Wed., May 7, 2008 - Adventures of the American Mind

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, November 29, 2007 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Adventure of the American Mind: Online Education Program

Age Range: Maybe 8-17 (In the FAQs at this site, the answer to "what grade
level" are these lessons intended, gets this answer: "Lessons vary in their
complexity and difficulty. While we will provide guidance for you as to the
difficulty of our lessons, we urge you to browse through our catalog to find
lessons that fit well with your students.")

This website from the Library of Congress provides state-of-the-art,
multi-media technology to help educators engage students with FREE history
lessons covering a diverse range of topics such as:

-Benjamin Franklin
-Culture of Old Salem
-Music of the Civil War
-Lewis and Clark
-Pioneer Women
-Presidents of Mount Rushmore
-Thomas Edison
-Trail of Tears
-Wright Brothers
-and much more!

Every topic includes lesson plans, lessons, tutorials, quizzes, tracking
ability, activities and extension ideas. Be sure to turn on your speakers
when you visit the site to get the full impact of this multi-media
educational extravaganza. While it was designed with classroom teachers in
mind, it's a treasure trove for those who enjoy hands-on, interactive,
online educational explorations.

When you get to the site, simply read the welcome message and the
information on "Getting Started." It is extremely helpful in understanding
how to navigate the site for the more effective and easy use.

If you'd like to just browse the lesson catalog before registering go here:

Bookmark this site - you'll want to return often.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., May 7, 2008 - Do Mandrakes Really Scream? / The Big Read / International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, November 29, 2007
Read This Online :


Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter
Website accompanying a 2007 exhibition about medicine and magical lore in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series of books. Articles and images of historical books and drawings explore alchemy, historical figures (such as Nicholas Flamel, a scholar and scribe who died in 1417), unicorns, mandrakes, potion-making, and related themes from the series. From the National Library of Medicine.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other exhibitions ( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]


National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read
This is "an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. ... [It] brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment." Features details about the application process for program grants, and study guides for books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Joy Luck Club." From the NEA, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and Arts Midwest.
LII Item:


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, recalls the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others ... [in] 1949." This site provides links to resources on topics such as forms of slavery, the slave route, and forced and child labor. From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, United Nations (UN).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from this library previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Tues., May 6, 2008 - Math Maven's Mysteries

Math Maven's Mysteries
From the site:
“Calling all math detectives! Mysteries are popping all over town, and our chief sleuth needs your help to crack each case.”


Tues., May 6, 2008 - Mr. Martini's Classroom (Math)

Recommended Website:
Mr. Martini's Classroom

ClickSchooler MaryAnna recommended this site. She wrote:

"My dear son, ever on the lookout for webpages that he can use to avoid
having to do his math for the day on paper :) found this one. Wow! He can
actually do the long division step by step, digit by digit, and check his
work on the page directly! Scrolling the mouse over the check mark shows the
correct solution."

This site really does offer interactive practice for not only long division,
but long addition, subtraction and multiplication as well. You get to set
the number of digits you want to use, and then simply type in the solutions
in each step of the equation - along with the final answer, as each new
problem is generated.

While the interactive, long equation pages are a neat feature of this site,
you'll discover that the focus (on the main page) is on interactive math
flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Click on
any one to begin, set the specifications you want to use, and random cards
will be generated. Simply type in the answer. If your answer is correct, the
flash card will change color. If it doesn't change color then simply click
on BACKSPACE to erase the answer and try again.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN, it is EXTREMELY HELPFUL to read the "How To Use This Page"
directions that you will find near the bottom of the menu on the left side
of your screen.

You will also find an addition table, times table, quizzes, and interactive
practice pages for fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents, radicals,
square roots, negative numbers and more.

Bookmark this page for easy access to it as a fun online learning resource
for elementary math.

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., May 6, 2008 - Encarta's Dictionary

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dictionary (Bookshelf)
Shortened URL:

Today's site, from MSN Encarta, offers a dictionary with possibly the best
audio pronunciation facilities online, from the original database of
Microsoft's 1990's Bookshelf software. Gentle Subscribers, who have used
Bookshelf on either a Mac or Intel machine and have lamented its passing
into the software boneyard, may be delighted to find the dictionary
component alive and well and ready to go as part of the Encarta site.

What separates this particular dictionary from the rest of the pack is its
superb audio database. Anyone in need of a definitive pronunciation to
settle an argument need look no further than the quietly authoritative
tones of this Dictionary speaker and his standard North American accent,
comprehensible and acceptable from Newfoundland, in Canada to Baja,
California. Useful words like angst, chiaroscuro, and palimpsest, which may
be tricky to pronounce even by native English speakers, are readily
available from the easy-to-use audio feature. Definitions are clear and
accompanied by a brief reference to a word's origins. The site also
includes a small group of Words of the Day and lexical articles.

Dash over to the site for an excellent dictionary deserving a bookmark in
every language reference folder at:
Shortened URL:

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


Tues., May 6, 2008 - Sites found in ResourceShelf November 23-29, 2007

Sites found in:

November 23-29, 2007


When a Rose Isn’t ‘Arose’ Isn’t Arroz: A Student Guide to Footnoting for Informational Clarity and Scholarly Discourse

This short article is a guide for authors, student editors, and research assistants to the major types of footnotes and how to prepare them. First, I introduce the three basic types of text requiring footnote citations – those containing (a) references, (b) facts, and (c) ideas. Footnotes for references are designed to allow your readers to retrace your research and to decide for themselves whether your line of analysis is correct. Footnotes for facts are designed to provide your reader with additional background information about anything you have mentioned that may not be familiar to your readers, including potentially obscure people, places, objects, events. Footnotes for ideas are designed to place your arguments, ideas, and analyses in the broader intellectual context of those scholars who have already considered your subject, and often offers glimpses down the side avenues of discourse that cannot be pursued in the article itself. The article concludes with some guidelines for undertaking research in ways that make it easier to prepare scholarly footnotes efficiently and correctly.

Several options available for retrieval of full text (PDF; 676 KB).

Source: International Journal of Legal Information (via SSRN)


Food Safety FIRST

Welcome to Food Safety FIRST, an online education program designed to help you and your students gain food safety knowledge, safe food handling practices, and critical thinking skills.

With Food Safety FIRST You Can:

Develop meaningful student projects that meet National Science Standards
Try new ways to practice inquiry-based teaching and learning
Get teaching ideas and engaging support materials like videos, PowerPoint presentations, and activity sheets
Gain laboratory skills for you and your students
Communicate about teaching food safety with peers around the world
Receive university-based professional development
Help prevent foodborne illness
Source: University of Massachusetts Extension Service

See also: Development and Evaluation of an Online, Inquiry-Based Food Safety Education Program for Secondary Teachers and Their Students (Journal of Food Science Education)
Shortened URL:


Learn Some Basic U.S. Government Internet Research Skills Using Flash Tutorials from Releases Government Research Video Tutorials

The tutorials are Flash files. HTML versions are also available.

Overview: Finding Government Information and Services

Learn how to find government information and services on the Internet, starting at

Get It Done Online with Government
Instead of standing in line, complete your government tasks online. You’ll be amazed what you can do online.

Shop Government Auctions and Sales
Shop for real estate, cars, gifts, and other items available from government auctions or stores.

Find Government Benefits and Grants
Find government money available through benefits, grants, loans, and financial aid.

Subscribe to E-mail Updates
Sign up to receive an e-mail whenever your favorite pages are updated with government information.

View Frequently Asked Government Questions (FAQs)
Find quick answers to the questions the public most commonly asks the government.

Especially for Visitors to the United States
Learn more about the U.S., do business with the U.S., or come to the U.S. for work, study, or travel.

Search Government Using USA Search
Learn how to use USA Search to find the government information and services you need.

Locate In-Person Government Services Near You
Find contact information if you need to visit a government office or program.


Webcast: The Nuts and Bolts of Historical Fiction

Recorded at the Library of Congress on October 24, 2007. The program runs 66 minutes. RealVideo.

The construction of historical fiction requires the attributes of good story telling plus some important additional components. Novelist David L. Robbins discussed the building blocks of historical novels.

Source: LC

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

Monday, May 05, 2008


Mon., May 5, 2008 - Antacrtica

Surfnetkids: Antarctica
From the site:
“Antarctica is a cold, dry, icy, mountainous continent that surrounds the South Pole. Although few animals can survive the extreme conditions in the interior of the continent, the surrounding seas are home to penguins, seals, whales, and many kinds of flying birds. Because of a 1959 international treaty to use Antarctica mainly for scientific research, we are learning much about our planet's past and future from the scientists and teachers that work there.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Mon., May 5, 2008 - LibrarySpot

From the site:
“, a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information. Sites featured on are hand-selected and reviewed by our editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., May 5, 2008 - MapQuest Gas Prices

MapQuest Gas Prices: Find the Lowest Gas Prices Near You

This site provides information on gas prices at more than 100,000 stations around the country, as well as the location of stations offering diesel and alternative fuels, gas saving tips and more. Finding gas stations online is one of the many place searches that users can perform with MapQuest's renowned and comprehensive Points of Interest database, which contains more than 15 million places. Utilizing pricing data from Oil Pricing Information Service (OPIS), a leading provider of petroleum spot, rack and retail news and pricing information, which is updated up to seven times per day, the site allows users to easily find fuel stations, get maps and directions and check gas prices all in one place.

RefDesk Home Page:


Mon., May 5, 2008 - Consumer Reports Crash Test Videos

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Consumer Reports Crash Test Videos
Shortened URL:

Today's site, from Consumer Reports, presents the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety's eye-opening videos of specific make and model vehicles
undergoing frontal offset crash testing. Even though some Gentle
Subscribers may find these no-punches-pulled videos somewhat disturbing,
they are a crucial element in determining vehicle safety.

"Performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests is
one factor in Consumer Reports' recommendations for new and used vehicles.
Other criteria are CR testing and reliability ratings, plus government
safety test results." - from the website

The most visceral element of this presentation is the visitor's ability to
select his own vehicle -- make, model and year -- and then watch it ram
into the concrete barrier at 40 miles an hour. To drive the images home,
the videos are repeated in slow motion close ups, so that the air bag
deployment, the front end crumpled like a toy and the dummy's head smashing
into the door frame (in some vehicles) are clearly revealed. A commentator
explains the specific damage undergone by each vehicle and driver. Some of
the vehicles in the database also include equally gripping side crash video

Wheel over to the site for some riveting video clips of vehicle crash tests
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