Saturday, June 07, 2008


Sat., June 7, 2008 - Higgs Boson

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Higgs Boson
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Exploratorium, presents a segment from its exhibit
on CERN, the European Consortium for Nuclear Research. Gentle Subscribers
will discover an informative summary of the latest theories in particle
physics, nicely explained for the nonscientist.

"When you get on the scale in the morning, you may be hoping that it
registers a smaller number than the day before -- you may be hoping that
you've lost weight. It's the quantity of mass in you, plus the force of
gravity, that determines your weight. But what determines your mass? ...
That's one of the most-asked, most-hotly pursued questions in physics
today." - from the website

The web page features clarifying analogies, accompanied by cartoon
illustrations, to explain the scientific theory of the Higgs Mechanism. In
what may be startling news to some, anti-matter has moved from the realm of
science fiction to actual fact, and is now being produced at CERN "at a
rate of more than 10 million particles per second", in the Large Electron
Positron Collider. Additional external links provide up-to-date material on
the completion of the upgrade to CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the
current work being undertaken there and a noteworthy gallery of some
striking photographs.

Careen over to the site for an overview of some very upmarket physics at:

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


Sat., June 7, 2008 - How Stocks and the Stock Market Works

How stocks and the Stock Market work.
From the site:
“The stock market appears in the news every day…Obviously, stocks and the stock market are important, but you may find that you know very little about them. What is a stock? What is a stock market? Why do we need a stock market? Where does the stock come from to begin with, and why do people want to buy and sell it? If you have questions like these, then this article will open your eyes to a whole new world!”


Sat., June 7, 2008 - Flag Day

Sites found in:'s- Tips for Teachers Issue #412
Teacher Tip Newsletter

Flag Day Teacher Resources: Teaching Tips #412
Flag Day Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.

The History Of Flag Day
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Guide to American Flags


Sat., June 7, 2008 - Teens & Social Media / Get Smart About Credit / Our Flag / Physics Interactives

Sites found in:
Dec. 21, 2007 – Jan. 3, 2008


From DocuTicker:
Teens and Social Media
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project
Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.

Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area - posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.

+ Full Report (PDF: 462 KB)


Get Smart About Credit Web Site Launched by American Bankers Association Education Foundation
“The American Bankers Association Education Foundation today launched a new Web site to complement its ongoing Get Smart About Credit program. The new offers consumers a one-stop shop for the resources and tools necessary to effectively manage their use of credit…
“Interactive games, such as Financial Football, Smart Money Quiz Show and Stagecoach Island, a multi-player, online role-playing game that teaches young adults about credit management, all can be found on the new site ( ). Beyond all the online tools for understanding and managing credit, the “Get Smart About Credit” Web site also has an events calendar and a news section, which will be updated regularly in order to keep visitors informed about the latest financial education efforts of bankers, credit card issuers and the ABAEF.

Students and Young Adults
From the site:
“Are you a student or young adult looking for information on credit cards? Get the help you need from the programs below.”


Our Flag

New Document from the US Congress via GPO: Our Flag (U.S.A)
56 pages; PDF.
History, how to display the flag, and more.

Source: Joint Committee on Printing (via GPO) (109th Congress, 2nd Session S.Doc. 109-18)


Physics provides more than 40 online interactives
Physics provides more than 40 online interactives that demonstrate concepts in mechanics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics. Watch simulations of a pendulum, suspension bridge, charged particle in a magnetic chamber, hourglass, Archimedes’ Principle of Buoyancy, electrical fields, gears, light-matter interactions, Newton’s Cradle, pulleys, springs, water flow when a dam collapses, and more (National Science Foundation via FREE)

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Friday, June 06, 2008


Fri., June 6, 2008 - Animal Diversity Web

Site found in:
Scout Report for Science & Engineering
Volume 3, Number 17
May 10, 2000

Animal Diversity Web
The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology provides the searchable
Animal Diversity Web database, with species accounts (images and text) of
some of the world's mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, sharks, bony
fishes, mollusks, arthropods and echinoderms. The database is searchable
by common or scientific name. For each species account, information
includes scientific and common name, classification (Phylum through
Genus), and color photographs (many beauties). Some accounts supply
additional information, such as geographic range, physical
characteristics, natural history (food habits, reproduction, behavior,
conservation, and habitat), other comments, and references. Although the
list of species is by no means complete, these simple but effective
accounts are interesting to read and will be helpful as supplemental
resources in a biological diversity/ ecology course. [LXP]

From The Scout Report for Science & Engineering, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2000.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., June 6, 2008 - Living on the Brink

Living on the Brink
Like a window into another world, "Living on the Brink," deeply explores the devastating loss of species. Using an interactive learning format, live video, games, interviews, and more the site reveals the story in a format and style that allows students to see the real world.

This website is designed along the lines of a colorful online magazine with the objective of increasing the awareness of the alarming and rising problem of endangered animals around the world.”

ThinkQuest 2007 First Place Winner
Age 12 and Under


Fri., June 6, 2008 - The Brain Connection

Site found in:
The NSDL Scout Report for Life Sciences
January 25, 2002

The Brain Connection [Flash, Shockwave]
The Scientific Learning Corporation maintains the Brain Connection,
a Web site "dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality information
about how the brain works and how people learn." This extensive site
has descriptions, pictures, animations, puzzles, quizzes and much more
on nearly every aspect of the human brain. Everyone from kids to adults
will find hours of interesting and fun exploration at this
well-constructed Web site. [JAB]
[NOTE: Previously posted – Phyllis]

From The NSDL Scout Report for Life Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2002.


Fri., June 6, 2008 - PBS: NOVA: Newton's Dark Secrets / Churchill

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 8-14, 2008
Newton's Dark Secrets
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Often hailed as both the first modern scientist and the last of
the ancient magicians, Isaac Newton reduced nature’s chaos to a
single set of mathematical laws. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
June 13, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
The first segment recounts Churchill's early life -- his
aristocratic birth, his search for glory on the battlefield,
his rise up the political ladder and his fall from it. By his
55th birthday in 1931, Churchill had fought in five wars,
contested 14 elections and raised a family of five children.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Wed., June 4, 2008 - Homework Hub

Homework Hub

Homework hub is where students can get help and direction in completing various assignments from doing research, improving skills, and organizing their work. Site includes study aids, test preparation guides, and term paper guides and resources.
Source: Refdesk:


Wed., June 4, 2008 - ConnectEng: New Pages / Free Classic AudioBooks

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
December 29, 2007


What’s new at Web English Teacher?

Mitch Albom
Lesson plans for Tuesdays with Morrie.

T. A. Barron
Lesson plans for The Hero’s Trail

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Lesson plans for Peter and the Starcatchers

Gail Carson Levine
Lesson plans for Ella Enchanted, Dave at Night, more

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Lesson plans for The Egypt Game, more.

Rosemary Wells
Lesson plans for McDuff, Yoko's World of Kindness


Site to Check Out:

Free Classic AudioBooks
This site has MP3 and M4B files of books that are out of copyright, a great resource for struggling readers! Most titles are for secondary students, including Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Picture of Dorian Gray, and Romeo and Juliet (the only Shakespeare title so far). Check back often for new titles.

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher. Permission to forward it is granted as long as this copyright notice is included.


Wed., June 4, 2008 - Seed Science Magazine

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Today's site offers an online version of the hard copy subscription,
science-oriented Seedmagazine. Gentle Subscribers may find more than
sufficient interesting content in this edition to make it a regular stop on
their web explorations.

" aims to provide our readers with the most relevant,
insightful and entertaining original science content on the web. Updated 6
days a week, our site includes everything from breaking news and in-depth
features to columns and reviews, including articles from Seed Magazine." -
from the website

The site presents a range of science articles and commentaries of interest
to the well-informed layperson. Featuring a Focus section of original
essays, the online edition of the magazine includes videos, podcasts and
slideshows, while the Zeitgeist section contains daily science news
updates. Among the highlights from recent Zeitgeist entries are links to
the stunning Photographs of the Year chosen by the editors of Astronomy
Picture of the Day. For those needing a bit of science assistance,
downloadable crib sheets on topics ranging from plate tectonics to string
theory are available in both GIF and PDF formats.

Slide over to the site for a nicely done science magazine at:

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


Wed., June 4, 2008 - Time & Life Pictures

Time & Life Pictures
From the site:

“Time & Life Pictures is an unparalleled collection of striking imagery, documenting past and present events in politics, culture, celebrities and the arts. The collection includes some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Andreas Feininger, John Dominis, Nina Leen and Gjon Mili, whose photographs have adorned the pages of Time, Life and other Time Inc. publications.

“When you search the collection, you enter a rich pictorial history of both the obscure and iconic moments of the 20th century, where you will find Alfred Eisenstaedt's sailor kissing nurse in Times Square, Margaret Bourke-White's Chrysler Building gargoyle and Gjon Mili's picture of Pablo Picasso "painting" with light, to name a few. The online collection comprises over 425,000 digital files, representing millions of original prints and negatives archived by the Time Inc. Picture Collection.”

Also browseable by category: News, Sports, or Entertainment

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Tues., June 3, 2008 - The Universe Adventure

The Universe Adventure
From the site:
“The Universe Adventure will introduce you to Cosmology and the study of the structure, history, and fate of the universe.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“The Universe Adventure provides a variety of supplementary resources to bring cosmology into the classroom! Below you will find activities, worksheets, and quizzes.”



Tues., June 3, 2008 - Children of World War 2 (1939-1945)

Site found in:
****************************** Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for December 4, 2003
Children of World War 2 (1939-1945)
This site from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
provides a glimpse of what life was like for British
children during World War II. It features annotated images
of a replica of a typical home, a rationing activity, and
evacuees' letters. It also includes resources such as
posters, photographs, letters, documents, an audio clip of
an air raid siren, and materials for teachers.
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain...
Created by sf
Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet,
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 3, 2008 - Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross
From the site:
“Many people believe that General George Washington visited seamstress Betsy Ross in June, 1776 to ask her to sew a stars-and-stripes flag that would become the first official flag of the new country. The story continues that Ross convinced Washington to use five-pointed stars, instead of the six-pointed stars that he favored. Historians, however, don't believe any of this, and explain that the Betsy Ross myth began one-hundred years after the Revolutionary War.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Tues., June 3, 2008 - Early Americas / Mercury / Gold Rush and Alaska Purchase Photos / Alaska's Gold / Chemistry Collective

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007

Exploring the Early Americas
Record Id: 674017
Created: 2007-12-14 14:24:50
Categories: govpub,liberal,maps

"Exploring the Early Americas features selections from the more than
3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make
up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress."
This online portion of the exhibition contains three sections:
pre-contact America, explorations and encounters and aftermath, as well
as interactive sections on pre-Columbian artifacts, the Waldseemüller
maps of 1507 and 1516, and buccaneers.

Keep Your Paws Off Mercury : An Educational Video about Mercury (on DVD)
Record Id: 674015
Created: 2007-12-13 11:17:22
Categories: govpub

Brief video that:
---teaches students and school staff about the hidden dangers of mercury

--shows students where mercury can be found in schools and what to do if
they see it

Video is available on the web.

Download poster (.pdf):
Order free video and poster: - Phyllis ]

Gold Rush Centennial Photographs, 1893-1916 : A Catalog of Selected Gold Rush Views at the Alaska State Library
Alaska Purchase Centennial Collection : A Historical Survey in Pictures
Record Id: 674011
Created: 2007-12-11 17:08:10
Categories: govpub,liberal

Selection of digitized photographs from the Alaska State Library.
Prints of the photographs may be ordered from the Alaska State Library.

Permission & Order Forms for Alaska's Digital Archives Photos in PDF or DOC
Low resolution can be downloaded free with permission
High resolution prints can be ordered for a fee

Alaska's Gold
Record Id: 674008
Created: 2007-12-11 16:35:05
Categories: govpub,liberal

Alaska's Gold tells the story, illustrated with primary source
materials, of the discovery of gold and the Klondike gold rush in
Primary source materials are presented by the Alaska State Library to
assist teachers in using primary source materials in classrooms.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Chemistry Collective
Record Id: 674004
Created: 2007-12-11 13:15:21
Categories: physci

Chemistry resources for high school and undergraduate students and
instructors. Features teaching activities, problems, virtual lab
simulations and authoring tools, tutorials, and an online stoichiometry

Monday, June 02, 2008


Mon., June 2, 2008 - Florilegium Urbanum

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

Florilegium Urbanum
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Although not seasonal in the typical sense, today's site, from scholar,
author and museum librarian Stephen Alsford, provides a connection to an
historical tradition, more mythologized than real, which exerts a
compelling influence over holiday festivities. Gentle Subscribers, who are
history buffs or simply curious about medieval urban society, will discover
an excellent collection of primary source materials and extensive
commentary on urban life in the middle ages.

"The aim of Florilegium Urbanum is to provide a considered selection of
primary source texts illustrative of various aspects of medieval urban
life, and to present those texts in modern English. The texts have been
translated from the original Latin or Anglo-Norman French, or converted
from Middle English; the language of the original is indicated in the
header for each document. My underlying purpose is not simply to put online
a set of primary documents, however, but to provide a richer understanding
of medieval English towns and townspeople by presenting extracts from
medieval records in a framework of commentary and explanation ..." - from
the website

The presentation focuses on the development and life in medieval English
towns after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Divided into various themes,
each section begins with an introduction, followed by primary source
documents. The exhibit considers the social life of towns, including its
social institutions and religious attitudes in the Community section, while
Economy delves into commercial activities and the role of the guilds.
Additional sections cover the political elements, including law and order,
with Lifecycle highlighting the individual with a consideration of the aged
and the provisions made for them. Notable in this presentation is the
inclusion of a comprehensive Index, and a useful glossary has also been

Amble to the site for a comprehensive collection of essays and medieval
primary source documents at:

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


Mon., June 2, 2008 - Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange, Ireland

[NOTE: I’m a bit late in posting this. File it away until Dec. 2008. – Phyllis ]

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Newgrange, Ireland

With the winter solstice but a few days away on December 22, today's site
offers information on the extraordinary Megalithic Passage Tomb at
Newgrange. Some Gentle Subscribers may want to avail themselves of the
opportunity to witness the illumination of the Tomb by the winter solstice
sunrise as it happens, while others may be content to explore the site at
their leisure.

"The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. ...[and]
covers an area of over one acre. ... A shaft of sunlight shines through the
roof box over the entrance [at sunrise of the Winter Solstice] and
penetrates the passage to light up the chamber. ... For the first time
ever, the 2007 Winter Solstice illumination at Newgrange will be available
live on the internet and by free to air satellite broadcast." - from the

The site focuses on one of the several megalithic structures of the County
of Meath, Ireland -- Newgrange, the only one which was designed to capture
the sunrise of the Winter Solstice. Dramatic photographs of the mound
itself, including spectacular aerial views, as well as images of previous
illuminations are available. Articles about the Tomb reveal a number of
fascinating details, including the fact that until the late 1960's, the
relationship between the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange and the
Winter solstice was unknown.

Cycle over to the site for a noteworthy exhibit on this famous Irish
Megalithic structure and the winter solstice at:

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


Mon., June 2, 2008 - Atlantis, the Lost Continent (3)

“Atlantis” Eruption Twice As Big as Previously Believed, Study Suggests,
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“A volcanic eruption that may have inspired the myth of Atlantis was up to twice as large as previously believed, according to an international team of scientists.”

The Lost Continent: Atlantis
From the site:
“The idea of a lost, but highly advanced civilization has captured the interest of people for centuries. Perhaps the most compelling of these tales is the story of Atlantis. The story appears again and again in books, television shows and movies. Where did the story originate and is any of it true? The story of the lost continent of Atlantis starts in 355 B.C. with the Greek philosopher Plato.”

Encyclopedia Mythica: Atlantis: The Myth,
From the site:
“The story of the Isle of Atlantis first occurs in Plato's two dialogues the "Timaeus" and the "Critias."
[NOTE: Encyclopedia Mythica ( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., June 2, 2008 - Atlantis, the Lost Continent (3)

“Atlantis” Eruption Twice As Big as Previously Believed, Study Suggests,
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“A volcanic eruption that may have inspired the myth of Atlantis was up to twice as large as previously believed, according to an international team of scientists.”

The Lost Continent: Atlantis
From the site:
“The idea of a lost, but highly advanced civilization has captured the interest of people for centuries. Perhaps the most compelling of these tales is the story of Atlantis. The story appears again and again in books, television shows and movies. Where did the story originate and is any of it true? The story of the lost continent of Atlantis starts in 355 B.C. with the Greek philosopher Plato.”

Encyclopedia Mythica: Atlantis: The Myth,
From the site:
“The story of the Isle of Atlantis first occurs in Plato's two dialogues the "Timaeus" and the "Critias."
[NOTE: Encyclopedia Mythica ( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., June 2, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, December 20, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, December 20, 2007
Read This Online :

Calendars Through the Ages: Calendars From the Sky
This online exhibit "explore[s] the fascinating history of the human endeavor to organize our lives in accordance with the sun and stars." Includes a timeline of calendar facts, and discussions about calendars in use (such as Chinese, Islamic, and Jewish) and not in use (French Revolutionary, Mayan, and Roman), the change from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, and more. Sponsored by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement and public and private supporters.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Celebrate Anne of Green Gables: 100 Years, 2008
Website for the 2008 celebration in Prince Edward Island, Canada, of the "100th anniversary of the publication of 'Anne of Green Gables,' Lucy Maud Montgomery's first and most famous novel" and "Canada's best-selling novel of all time." Features details about celebration events, a vacation planner with links to related sites, and background about Montgomery.
LII Item:


U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides information about "the most significant product actions of the last 60 days, based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk. The recalls on the list are mainly Class I [reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to product will cause serious adverse health consequences]." Products include food, drugs, and medical devices. Users may sign up for alerts to stay current.
LII Item:


Lost Bird of Wounded Knee
Companion to a television documentary about Lost Bird, a Lakota infant rescued after the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. "Lost Bird -- Zintka, as her adopted mother called her -- ended up the daughter of a very socially and historically prominent white couple." Includes an illustrated summary of Lost Bird's life, interview transcripts, and the full documentary. Also includes a teacher's guide. From South Dakota Public Television.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Watch video online:
Click on “Play Media” for the 26-min. video - Phyllis ]


Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, the Quivira Collection
Companion to an exhibition of "maps, books and illustrations, dated 1544 through 1802, of the west coast of North America." View annotated map images (some with audio clips) on topics such as early explorers, California as an island, secret Russian exploration in the Pacific, Captain James Cook's voyages to the north Pacific, and overland to the Pacific in the late 1700s. From the Sonoma County (California) Museum and a California winery.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Sun., June 1, 2008 - National Geographic News

National Geographic News

Sites includes Daily News, Video of the Day, Photo of the Day, Animal News, Ancient World,
Environment News, Cultures News, Space/Tech News, and Weird News.

[NOTE: Some pages from National Geographic News previously posted.


Sun., June 1, 2008 - Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Ed. / Career Guide for Industries 2008-09 Ed. / 2008 U.S. Statistical Abstract

Sites found in:

December 14-20, 2007


Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 Edition
From the site:
“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.”
[NOTE: Earlier editions previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Career Guide to Industries (CGI), 2008-09 Edition
“The Career Guide to Industries is a companion to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides information on careers from an occupational perspective.”


The 2008 Statistical Abstract: The National Data Book
What is the Statistical Abstract?

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2007 & 2008


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sun., June 1, 2008 - More or Less / Human Development Report / Teaching Mathematical Thinking Through Origami / Sustainability / ATF

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
December 21, 2007
Volume 13, Number 49
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


More or Less [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]

The "More or Less" program created by the BBC and the Open University was
"born of the sense that numbers were the principal language of public
argument." As statistics and data are everywhere from the newspaper to the
grocery aisle, their statement makes a great deal of sense. This program
asks everything from “What is economics?” to the various aspects of
probability in everyday life. First-time visitors will want to start by
looking over the "Essential Guides" area, these guides cover averages,
economics, probability, and statistics through the use of straight-forward
examples and illustrative devices. Moving on, the "Behind the Numbers" area
takes on the notion of chance, media statistics, and the use of tables.
Overall, the site is a great place for those who might be generally curious
about statistics and related matters. [KMG]


Human Development Report 2007/2008 [pdf]

Released biennially by the United Nations Development Programme, the Human
Development Report offers informed commentary and analysis of issues that
affect humans across the world. In past years, the report has dealt with
civil wars, starvation, economic growth, gender inequality, and a wide range
of pressing matters. Released at the end of November 2007, this edition of
the Human Development Report takes on the development impact of climate
change "that could bring unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction,
nutrition, health and education." The 399-page report offers a portrait of
the challenges presented by widespread climate changes by looking at growth
in certain parts of the world, growing carbon footprints, and how developing
and developed nations might mitigate some of these changes. [KMG]


Teaching Mathematical Thinking Through Origami

Many people find doing origami relaxing, and others find it can be even a
fine group activity to while away many pleasant hours. This particular
website offers up some ways to use origami to teach mathematical thinking.
Created by Daniel Meyer, Jeanine Meyer, and Aviva Meyer, this site includes
a background essay on this art, a set of teaching strategies for
incorporating origami into the classroom, and some sample models. The
“Teaching Strategies” area is a good place to look after reading the
background essay, and users should also make use of the "Origami Sources"
area, as it features external links to other origami sites. [KMG]


Sustainability: American Public Media [Real Player]

Sustainability has become a popular buzzword in the past few years, yet it
can be a puzzling term to some who encounter it. In the words of this
American Public Media site, "it’s about meeting the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs." They have decided to contribute to the ongoing public conversation
about sustainability by using this site to showcase stories produced by
their radio programs, which include Marketplace, Speaking of Faith, and
Weekend America. Visitors can dive right in via the "Stories in the Radio"
section, where they will find pieces on electric cars, climate treaty
agreements, and fuel economy standards. Moving on, visitors can also read
their weblog and take in special reports on "greening" Las Vegas and the
nature of the consumer society. It’s a fascinating site, and one that can be
used to spark new conversations among friends, colleagues, and students.


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [pdf]

While people may have seen individuals with a jacket that reads "ATF Agent",
they may have only a vague understanding of what the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) does. As a law enforcement agency
within the United States Department of Justice, the ATF is "dedicated to
preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation." On
the homepage, users can read about their latest work and activities through
a variety of press releases divided into sections such as "Violent Crimes"
and "Gangs". The site also has a "Field Divisions" area, where users can
learn about the activities of the field offices from Maine to Los Angeles.
Criminologists and others may want to visit the "Publications" area for some
of their latest findings. Here, visitors can look over reports such as
annual accountability reports and newsletters. [KMG]


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


Sun., June 1, 2008 - The Fragile Fringe: Coastal Wetlandds / Climate Change Townhall / Alphabetized Earth Science Animations

Sites found in:
15 December 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

COASTAL WETLANDS STUDY, (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science
Information and Education Office, USGS), Use these materials in
developing a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands. The site includes
background information, suggested activities, glossary, references, and
reading list. Activities can be demonstrated by the teacher or performed
by students. Emphasis is on Gulf Coast wetlands.
The Fragile Fringe
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


CLIMATE CHANGE TOWNHALL, AAAS, (suggested by Don Duggan Haas), The
American Association for the Advancement of Science has put together a
website with links to many of their resources on climate change and
teaching climate change. The link goes to the page for the Town Hall
meeting on Climate Change that took place in February. You'll find
Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change An Abbreviated
Guide for Teaching Climate Change, from Project 2061 at AAAS on that
page as well as video from the meeting. There are other resources found
by following the links on the left side of the page.


Alphabetized Earth Science Animations (AESA)
various sources, browse an alphabetized list of earth science
animations (AESA) for almost 400 earth science concepts.
Shortened URL:

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University

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