Friday, May 23, 2008


Fri., May 23, 2008 - Agropolis Museum: History of Food and Agriculture

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, December 13, 2007

History of Food and Agriculture -- Agropolis Museum
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Agropolis Museum in Montpellier, France, presents a
noteworthy exhibit on the development of agriculture during human history.
Gentle Subscribers will find an interesting overview of farming from
pre-agricultural times to the modern "agro-industrial" era

"From his origin, man struggled endlessly to get food. But the forms of
this quest have greatly changed. This exhibition of Agropolis-Museum wants
to show the most significant facts of the agro-food development ... divided
into three periods." - from the website

This French presentation, translated into English, provides a useful
timeline, noting an initial span of more than ten million years. Classified
as the pre-agricultural era, hunting, fishing and gathering provided basic
sustenance; cooked food and the invention of fire-proof dishes in which to
cook it mark the high points of this period. The second section,
"Agricultural Times", covers a ten thousand year period, during which food
production passed from hunter-gatherers to farmers. Among the highlights of
this period are the development of villages and towns, the invention of
tools to increase food production and a global movement of food species. A
final section briefly explores the modern concept of "agro-business" and
how it has changed the world.

Stride to the site for an informative survey of the development of
agriculture at:

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Fri., May 23, 2008 - Teaching in Changing Times: Diverse Classrooms Challenge New Teachers' Skills

Site found in:
Public Agenda Alert -- May 21, 2008
* Teaching in Changing Times:
Diverse Classrooms Challenge New Teachers' Skills
* Teaching in Changing Times:
Diverse Classrooms Challenge New Teachers' Skills

The third and final installment of our "Lessons Learned"
reports on new teachers finds two specific areas in which
teacher training may be lacking: preparedness for
the diversity of the contemporary American classroom
and teaching students with special needs.

Most new teachers (76 percent) said teaching an
ethnically diverse student body was covered in their
training, but only 39 percent said that training helps
them "a lot" in the classroom. In terms of effectiveness,
that puts this near the bottom of the list of subjects
the new teachers had studied. The survey covered 12
areas of teacher training ranging from direct instruction
to their study of history, philosophy and policy debates
in public education. No other factor examined in the
Public Agenda research showed nearly as great a gap
between how many received training in a given area
and new teachers’ assessments of its effectiveness.

Many new teachers also reported inadequacies in training
they received for teaching children with special needs.
Most new teachers (82 percent) say their training had
indeed covered this, but far fewer (47 percent) say their
training helped them "a lot."

This is a particularly important area, the report notes,
because nearly every new teacher reported having at least
some children with special needs in their classroom. Only
5 percent reported having no students with special needs.

To download the report, visit:

Lessons Learned is produced by Public Agenda and the National
Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality.


Fri., May 23, 3008 - The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth

Original Message:
From: Classroom
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 09:00:45 -0500
Subject: This Week's Educational Programming Update

From: HISTORY Education Department

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth
Tuesday, May 27th at 2PM/1c

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth
Shortened URL:

For 12 days in 1865, John Wilkes Booth was the subject of
one of the biggest manhunts in history, ten thousand federal troops,
detectives and police frantically chased Booth and his co-conspirators
responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The
Hunt for John Wilkes Booth retraces the story of this dramatic chase
as it unfolded over ten days, culminating in a fiery showdown between
Booth and federal authorities. In this two hour special presentation,
viewers go along on the hunt for Booth from the balcony in Ford's
Theatre across the 11th Street Bridge, through the Maryland
countryside, across the Potomac River, and finally, to the location
where Booth was gunned down inside a burning tobacco barn in northern

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth explores the history of
several locations along Booth's 60-mile rout through the use of expert
interviews with historians, period diary entries and evocative
photographs. This program is an insightful window into the tense
post-Civil War era, revealing the ways Booth's conspiracy exemplified
the tumultuous national mood. This is an excellent program for course
units and lectures on the aftermath of the Civil War, and would be a
great starting point for discussing the causes and consequences of
Lincoln's assassination.

Site includes Booth Biography, The Conspiracy, Lincoln's Assassination, Lincoln's Funeral Train, Booth Videos, and Booth Interactive Map/Timeline.

From: The American Civil War website.


Fri., May 23, 2008 - Sites From PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 25-31, 2008

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 25-31, 2008

The First Measured Century
From the site:
“The First Measured Century project presents a unique look at American History, using data to show us where we've been and where we might be going.”

Fascinating Trends of the Twentieth Century
From the site:
“Select the Chapters at Left for Fascinating Trends of the Twentieth Century
"The First Measured Century" is a fast paced narrative with unique graphics. It's history as you've never seen it, measured. And dramatic.”

From the site:
“This timeline provides a big picture view of historically significant people, events and data from ‘The First Measured Century.’ Select the links for more information, video, photos and data.”

Teacher’s Guide
From the site:
“This Teacher's Guide provides lessons, activities and resources that will help teachers integrate social science data, concepts of measurement, social consequences of measurement, and the history of America as told by the numbers from the The First Measured Century.”


American Experience
Truman: Part One
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Two-part biography of President Harry S Truman. This first part
recounts his early failures and his success as an army captain,
which led to his vice presidency. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See notice from AMEX pasted below. – Phyllis ]

American Experience
Truman: Part Two
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Monday, May 26, 2008
Two-part biography of President Harry S Truman. This second
part charts his unlikely rise to the presidency and his
leadership during some of the major crises of the century. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)


Secrets of the Dead
Herculaneum Uncovered
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Just a few miles from fabled Pompeii is Herculaneum, another
city buried and frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
in A.D. 79. Today, geo-archeologists are chipping away at the
soft rock, revealing that this city, unlike Pompeii, was not
suffocated by falling ash. Rather, it was engulfed by
blistering pyroclastic flows that instantly caused muscles to
contract, skin to vaporize and heads to explode. (CC, Stereo)
Investigating Herculaneum


Prince Among Slaves
On-Air & Online
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This special tells the forgotten true story of an African
prince who was enslaved in Mississippi for 40 years before
finally achieving freedom and becoming one of the most famous
men in America. Mos Def narrates. (CC, Stereo, HD)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Original Message:
From: American Experience on PBS
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 14:33:36 -0400



On TV Sunday and Monday: TRUMAN
Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, 2008 at 9pm (check local listings)

He was a farmer, a haberdasher gone bankrupt, an unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held office, he was the least prepared. Yet Harry S. Truman would have to end the war with Germany and Japan, decide whether to use the most terrible weapon ever devised, confront the Soviet Union, and wage war in Korea.

Can't wait for May 25, or miss the broadcast? You can watch TRUMAN, in its entirety, as well as full biographies of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald 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.


In this week's podcast: step into Harry Truman's shoes in spring 1945, as he was thrust into the role of president after FDR's death.

Online. On TV. On the Go.

Was Truman right to use the atom bomb to end World War II? Is FDR's New Deal a good example of how the federal government should intervene in times of economic crisis? 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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Tues., May 20, 2008 - Calligraphic World of Mi Fu / Excelling in Excel

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 485 12/13/07


The Calligraphic World of Mi Fu

One of the great calligraphers in the Chinese Sung Dynasty, Mi Fu was known
for his unique style of applying large dots of ink with a flat
paintbrush. This online exhibit, entitled "The Calligraphic World of
MiFu's Art", gives historians, calligraphers, and curious visitors insight
into the signature visual style of this legendary Chinese artist.

Browse through the beautiful website to learn more about the early life,
artistic development, struggles, and stunning work of this extraordinary
11th Century artist. Look through examples of MiFu's work, then check out
the more biographical sections of the site including "The Itinerant
Official" and the wonderfully eccentric "The Mi Boat".


Excelling at Excel

Microsoft Excel is the most common spreadsheet application out there today,
and probably the most effective as well depending on who you ask. However,
despite its popularity, most people that work with Excel do not have the
skills or knowledge to access the full potential of this powerful program.

Developed by Professor Sharon Garrison of the University of Arizona as part
of StudyFinance.Com , this site serves as a useful Excel tutorial for those
who want to master the many features and analytical tools inherent in the
program. The tutorial feature is divided into eight different sections
that cover a range of topics including instructions on "Working With
Formulas", "Entering and Editing Data", "Formatting the Worksheet", and
"Creating a Chart".


Tues., May 20, 2008 - Dickinson Electronic Archives

Dickinson Electronic Archives
From the site:
“Welcome to the Dickinson Electronic Archives (DEA), a website devoted to the study of Emily Dickinson, her writing practices, writings directly influencing her work, and critical and creative writings generated by her work.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., May 20, 2008 - Sites to See: Charles Dickens

Sites to See: Charles Dickens

From the site:
“Do you dread teaching the work of Charles Dickens? Do your students groan at the mere mention of his name? Explore some of the student-friendly Dickens Web sites we found and hear from some of the teachers and Dickens fans who created them.”


Tues., May 20, 2008 - Jane Austen's World / JFK Video: The Dallas Tapes / Charles Dickens & "A Christmas Carol" / Social Explorer

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, December 13, 2007
Read This Online :

Jane Austen's World
Collection of links to material related to early 19th-century novelist Jane Austen and her life and times. Includes links to full text of her novels, material about film adaptations, culture and fashion of the Regency Era, and academic articles. Also includes links to blogs. From an enthusiast.
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JFK Video: The Dallas Tapes
This website is "a project to share historic video that aired on Channel 4 [in Dallas] after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The video includes exclusive television coverage -- most from the KRLD-TV/KDFW Collection at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza." Includes video of Kennedy's arrival in Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's breakfast speech in Fort Worth, Lee Harvey Oswald's death on November 24, and more.
LII Item:


The Man Who Invented Christmas: Charles Dickens & "A Christmas Carol"
This exhibit features illustrations from various editions of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," which "was officially published on December 19, 1843, and by Christmas Eve, five days later, it had already sold six thousand copies, at three shillings and sixpence each." Includes images of other Christmas-related publications from Dickens. From the University of South Carolina University Libraries, Rare Books and Special Collections.
LII Item:


Social Explorer
This site "provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1940 to 2000," by featuring "thousands of maps and hundreds of reports with thousands of variables." Includes interactive census maps (showing population, age, race, occupation, and other factors) and related reports. Additional features are available for a fee.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Mon., May 19, 2008 - Fossil Mysteries / Geologic Timeline

Fossil Mysteries
From the site:
“From dinosaurs to mastodons, discover the rich fossil history of our region. In this major exhibition, created by the Museum, ponder a mystery, examine the strong fossil evidence from the Museum's collection, and use scientific tools to discover answers.”

Geologic Timeline
“This geologic timeline extends from the Hadean Eon through the Holocene Epoch.”

Educational Resources


Mon., May 19, 2008 - The Ozone Resource Page

The Ozone Resource Page
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Ozone is crucial for life on Earth. Depending on where ozone resides, it can protect or harm life. NASA studies ozone to better understand its relation to air quality and climate.”


Mon., May 19, 2008 - Silicon Zoo

Silicon Zoo -
From the site:
“This popular gallery features images of cartoon characters and other doodling placed onto computer chips by their designers.

[NOTE: Other pages previously posted from
Molecular Expressions: Exploring the World of Optics and Microscopy – Phyllis ]


Mon., May 19, 2008 - Innovation Orbit

Innovation Orbit
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“An interactive timeline of scientists linked through conversations across centuries”

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Sun., May 18, 2008 - JCM Natural History Photography

JCM Natural History Photography
Photographs of amphibians, reptiles, insects and more.


Sun., May 18,2 008 - Humane Society: Youth (K-6) and Teen (7-12)

Humane Society: Youth (Gr. K-6)
Humane Teen (Gr. 7-12)
From the site:
“Mission: Humane is a nationwide group of young people working to help animals where they need it most. You can be part of it, too! Do the projects below and get fun rewards for taking action.”

Responsible Pet Care – Gr. K-6

Source: The Humane Society of the United States


Sun., May 18, 2008 - Endangered Species

Endangered Species
From the site:
“Since the Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973, many species have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, the humpback whale, and the American bison. Sometimes, however, despite enormous investments of time and money, efforts to save a species are not successful. Trying to understand all the forces involved in the natural world is never an easy task. Here are some resources to start the learning process.”
Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Sun., May 18, 2008 - PBS: NOVA: Lord of the Ants / Secrets of the Dead: Hunt for Nazi Scientists

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 18-24, 2008

Lord of the Ants
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A portrait of scientist E.O. Wilson. While studying ants,
Wilson struggled to comprehend the evolutionary forces that led
workers to forage and soldiers to fight; in doing so, he became
the architect of a controversial new discipline: sociobiology.
His appreciation of the natural world has been a driving force
for his worldwide conservation efforts. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Secrets of the Dead
The Hunt for Nazi Scientists
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This episode explores the silent race between the Allies to
capture Germany's top scientists during the waning days of
World War II. As Hitler's technologically superior empire
crumbled and the Allies marched to victory, each side sent out
secret missions with the sole purpose of tracking down and
securing the cream of Germany's scientific crop and capturing
their secrets. (CC, Stereo)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

---------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] "Lord of the Ants" airs May 20, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Lord of the Ants," NOVA profiles Edward O.
Wilson, a pioneering biologist whose study of ants led to the advent
of sociobiology, a discipline that seeks to explain the social
behavior of all species through genetics and natural selection.
(Subjects covered: life science, entomology, ecology)

In the coming weeks:

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Lord of the Ants"
Broadcast: Tuesday, May 20, 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)

A Conversation With E.O. Wilson
Find out in this interview with Wilson about the study of
biophilia, a concept Wilson defines as humans' innate tendency to
focus on living -- as opposed to inanimate -- things, and see how
it relates to the natural world. (Grades 9-12)

The Boy Naturalist
Read in this excerpt from Wilson's autobiography about how his
boyhood explorations in the Alabama woods and his fondness of
snakes led to his career as a naturalist. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Man of Ideas
Learn about some of Wilson's most significant contributions in
these brief descriptions of 12 of his books. (Flash plug-in
required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students compare ant characteristics
and conduct their own local species inventory. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links and Books.

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