Saturday, June 28, 2008


Sat., June 28, 2008 - Visual Geography

Visual Geography
From the site:
“…a new site dedicated to those studying and teaching about the world.”


Sat., June 28, 2008 - Norman Rockwell

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Hi! It's Saturday, February 2, 2002 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, the beloved American illustrator known for Saturday Evening
Post covers that depicted average Americans at work and play was born on
February 3, 1894. This is the official website of the artist, authorized by
his family.

When you get to the site you can read his biography, check out the fast
facts about him, read some quotes and quips that provide remarkable insight
into the man, and then explore the incredible online gallery of his work.

The Gallery of paintings are themed around topics such as:

-American Life

Click on any theme and a new page opens displaying thumbnails of the
master's artwork. Click on any one to enlarge the view and enjoy the detail.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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.


Sat., June 28, 2008 - Anxiety Disorders

Site found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #492 1/31/08

Anxiety Disorders

While they are often not openly talked about, Anxiety disorders are the
most common form of mental illness in the United States, affecting
approximately 40 million adults nationwide. The Anxiety Disorders
Association of America (ADAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
preventing, treating, and curing these painful and often crippling disorders.

Check out the official website of the ADAA to learn the facts about anxiety
in America, and the many different types of mental and emotional illnesses
that fall under the category of "Anxiety and Panic Disorders". The site
also boasts a ton of helpful info for patients and family members including
"Self Tests", tools for finding therapists, support groups, and other
resources, as well as information on the latest "Clinical Trials".


Sat., June 28, 2008 - From The Scout Report, February 1, 2008

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
February 1, 2008
Volume 14, Number 4
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Rock Cycle Animations [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Many people might know about the life cycle of a rock, but it can be a
process that is hard to understand without a handy visual aid. Just such a
series of aids can be found right here, courtesy of Mark Francek of Central
Michigan University. These rock cycle animations display some of the most
common rock-forming processes, including the crystallization of magma to
form igneous rock, rock erosion to create sediment, and several others.
That's not all, as visitors can also examine a comprehensive Flash animation
which contains three separate movies, each of which looks at the formation
of igneous rocks in environments that include a deep magma chamber and rocks
forming from a pyroclastic flow. The site is rounded out by an interactive
igneous rocks classification chart, arranged by texture and chemical
composition. [KMG]
[NOTE: Index of animations previously posted: - Phyllis ]


Physics Education Technology [Macromedia Flash Player]

Funded by grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the
National Science Foundation, the Physics Education Technology (PhET) site
features many well-designed and engaging physics and chemistry simulations
for use in the classroom. Currently, the site offers fifteen simulations,
which cover projectile motion, salts & solubility, wave interference, and
other related areas. Visitors can run the simulations from their computer,
or they can also elect to download them individually. The simulations are
all interactive, full of color, and very engaging. Of course, they have also
provided a "Teachers Ideas & Activities" area. Here visitor can browse
through activities created by educators across the country which are based
on these simulations. Visitor can look over the activities by type or grade
level, and they can also submit their own activities for inclusion. The site
is rounded out by a list of FAQ's and a troubleshooting section. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Essentials of Geology [Macromedia Flash Player]

>From subduction to the world of hot spot volcanoes, this online resource for
students and teachers of geology will please users with its fun and useful
animations, crossword puzzles, and well-written articles. The site was
designed to complement a textbook created by W.W. Norton, but many of the
materials can be used as stand-alone exercises. Visitors will want to begin
by looking through the visually enticing animations, which cover the Earth's
magnetic field, the spread of the sea floor, and the formation of ocean
crust. All told, there are over sixty animations, and teachers may wish to
recommend them to students. Additionally, visitors should note that they
can also browse through the materials offered on the site by clicking on the
chapter listings located near the top of the screen. It's hard to pass up a
crossword puzzle, and visitors may find themselves spending more time there
than at any other part of the site. [KMG]


Visual Arts Data Service

Online visual arts collections can be used to enhance an art history
lecture, give students a refresher on various types of architecture, and for
community history projects. The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) offers up
just those types of collections, and it's one that users will definitely
want to bookmark for future reference. The VADS is based at the Farnham
Campus of The University College for the Creative Arts and currently they
have over 100,000 images available for use. First-time users may wish to get
their feet wet by clicking on the "Search" tab on the left-hand side of the
homepage. From this page, they can take a look at the "Image of the Day",
browse through popular searches, and also browse the materials offered by
theme. Clicking on the "Collections" section gives visitors a sense of the
broad coverage offered on the site, as they will find links to digital
archives of Romanesque sculpture, war posters, a massive photo archive of
East London, and a diverse set of textile collections. Finally, the site
also has a list of case studies and a guide to good practice for those who
might be working on digital projects in art education. [KMG]


National Education Writers Association

Founded in 1947, the National Education Writers Association (EWA) was
created in order to improve education reporting to the public. Currently the
EWA has over 1000 members, and their number includes those who work in a
variety of media, including broadcast news and print publications. Visitors
to their homepage can take a look at their new weblog, "Education Reform",
which reports on what various political candidates are saying about
education on the campaign trail. Also, they should browse through the
"Reporter Stories" area. Here they can find news articles which cover topics
such as school voucher debates, urban school system reform, and developments
within higher education. Moving on, the "Resource Center" includes high-
quality online materials on all aspects of education, including funding and
access, curriculum, school funding, and violence in schools. [KMG]


University of Michigan Collections

The University of Michigan has been developing online digital collections
for well over a decade, and their image collections cover everything from
architecture to zoology. On this site, visitors can browse through the
various collections at their leisure. They are arranged alphabetically, and
first-time users would do well just to look over the "Art/Art History"
section. Here they will find art images that can be used in the college
classroom, tremendous holdings from their textiles collections, and a
special section dedicated to Egyptian amulets. Also included here are
collections from the University of Michigan's Herbarium Fungus Image
Database and field notes. Not every site can say they have "something for
everyone", but just about anyone with an interest in the visual arts,
science, or the humanities in general will find something to pique their
interest. [KMG]


National Institute of Mental Health: Publications [pdf]

For people who are living with a mental health condition, it can be most
helpful to have access to high-quality and authoritative information. The
National Institute of Mental Health provides such information on the
publications area of their website, and visitors can make their way through
fact sheets, booklets, and Spanish-language versions of these documents
here. First-time users may wish to begin by looking at the drop-down tab
which covers everything from autism to social anxiety disorder. The fact
sheets are quite good, and they include titles such as "Suicide in the U.S.:
Statistics and Prevention" and "Depression: A Treatable Illness". Moving on,
the "Booklets" area includes "Eating Disorders", "Depression", and ten other
offerings. Finally, the right-hand side of the site includes news about
recent research findings from the Institute. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Friday, June 27, 2008


Fri., June 27, 2008 - Awareness Watch Newsletter: Feb. 2008: Finding Experts / Finding People Resources & Sites

---------Forwarded Message--------
Awareness Watch Newsletter V6N2 February 2008 Announcement

It gives me great pleasure to announce my February 2008 V6N2 Awareness
Watch Newsletter. It is a freely available 52 page .pdf document
(1.34MB) from the below URL. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this
month features Resources for Finding Experts by Using the Internet.
These resources and sites bring you the latest information and
happenings in the area of Finding Expert Resources by using the Internet

February 2008 V6N2 Awareness Watch Newsletter
Shortened URL:

Awareness Watch Newsletter Blog and Archives

Also my February 2008 Zillman Column is now available and is titled
Finding People Resources and Sites. This February 2008 column is a
comprehensive list of resources and sites to find people using the
Internet including associated and related online sites and sources. If
you are looking to find people by using the Internet this is the
resource to keep next to your computer! Download this excellent 19 page
free .pdf (581KB) column today and start your cyber journey into finding
people resources available over the Internet.

February 2008 Zillman Column - Finding People Resources and Sites
Shortened URL:
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Zillman Column Archives


Fri., June 27, 2008 - Desert Tortoise Natural Area

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Hi! It's Friday, January 25, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website: Desert Tortoise Natural Area

Take a virtual field trip to see the Desert Tortoise Natural Area (DTNA) in
Kern County, California. Explore the environment of the Desert Tortoise that
lives in this Mojave desert biome.

When you get to the website simply scroll down the page to follow the "Main
Loop" virtual trail. Read the informative text and see the illustrative
photographs. You can also take side trips along the "Plant Loop" and "Animal
Loop" virtual trails to learn about the flora and fauna that thrive in this
desert habitat home.

When you complete the virtual tour, click on "Tortoise" on the main menu bar
to access information about the life cycle of the Desert Tortoise and read
some interesting facts and trivia about these remarkable creatures. Don't
miss the "Commonly Asked Question" section - it's loaded with great
information that even explains the difference between turtles and tortoises.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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.



Fri., June 27, 2008 - Polar Bears / Sea World Info Books / Wildopedia

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, January 11, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
SeaWorld: Polar Bears
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Previously posted. Also previously posted: - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 5-13 (aspects of this site will appeal to all ages)

ClickSchooling list member Alyssa recommended today's website that we
featured in the year 2000! The site is well worth another visit...

Seaworld, in San Diego, California has a remarkable exhibit all about the
Arctic. One of the highlights is the Polar Bear exhibit - where visitors can
view the massive white bears swimming and playing in their huge and very
cold "pool". Seaworld maintains this website where you can see wonderful
photos of Polar Bears and learn all about their behavior, dietary needs,
reproductive cycle, adaptations for the aquatic environment, and much more.
This site is kid-friendly and includes references for further study - for
those who just can't get enough of these magnificent creatures.

After you learn all about Polar Bears you might want to go to the Wild
Arctic Fun Guide page of this site by clicking on this link:

You will be rewarded with comprehensive information about the Arctic region
of the world, along with mazes, puzzles, word searches, and a number of
hands-on science activities too! To extend the learning, parents/teachers
can print out the Arctic Animals teacher's guides designed for grades K-3
and 4-8.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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.


Fri., June 27, 2008 - From PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 29-July 5: AMEX, NATURE, NOVA, NOVA ScienceNOW, and more

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 29-July 5, 2008

American Experience
Murder at Harvard
Gr. 9-12

Research changes in the geography of Boston since the
Parkman-Webster murder trial. Explore our ability to
investigate accuracy of historical events by searching
well-known paintings, films or stories for inaccurate
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Timeline: A Brief Timeline of Western Medical History

Primary Sources

Teacher’s Guide
From the site:
“Murder at Harvard offers insights into American history topics including legal history (in particular, the standard for determining a defendant's guilt), pre-Civil War medical history and education, Massachusetts history, immigration, conflicts between social classes, the rise of detective fiction, evaluating historical evidence, and the difficulties of understanding what happened in the past.”



The Vanishing Lions
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, June 29, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
As Africa's largest predator, the lion should have nothing to
fear. But in fact, the king of the savannah is facing an
uncertain future. The number of lions is fewer than 30,000.
Lion experts, farmers and Masai herdsmen try to figure out why.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Online content for The Vanishing Lions was originally posted April 2006.
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On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
NOVA explores the science and spectacular art of those who play
with fire for our visual delight. Not surprisingly, there is
more than meets the eye to creating the sequence of vivid
colors and impressive effects that light up the night sky every
Fourth of July. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. See guide pasted below. - Phyllis ]


On-Air & Online
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
9 - 10:00 pm
The implications of personal genetic profiles; using computers
to authenticate art; carbon sequestration; and a profile of
Harvard professor Pardis Sabeti, a researcher on the genetics
of malaria. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


The Return of the Cuyahoga
People and the Environment: Improving the Quality of Life
Offline Activity/Project
Consider the harm human beings have done to the environment,
either intentionally or unwittingly, and chart your daily home
activities for one week to record potentially harmful
practices. Select a way you can become an advocate for the
local environment. Premiered April 18, 2008.


History Detectives
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, June 30, 2008
9 - 10:00 pm
America's top gumshoes are back for a sixth season to prove
once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might
be anything but ordinary. In the season premiere: the diary of
a WWII pilot; an 1856 book purported to be the memoirs of a New
York woman married to a Mormon elder; an 1853 Napoleon said to
be shot by Annie Oakley. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Wide Angle
Heart of Darfur
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
9 - 10:00 pm
"Wide Angle" season premiere presents an account of what the
U.N. Secretary-General has called "the largest humanitarian
crisis in the world." Aaron Brown hosts. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Shortened URL:

Online NewsHour EXTRA
Supreme Court Rules Terror Suspects Can Challenge Detention
6-8 / 9-12

The Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration, saying
detainees held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba have
the constitutional right to challenge their imprisonment in
U.S. federal courts.
Shortened URL:


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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[NOVA] "Fireworks!"
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008

Next week NOVA airs a repeat broadcast of "Fireworks!"

Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m.
(Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)

Fireworks are danger held, like a sparkler, at arm's length: close
enough to be beautiful, powerful, and alluring, yet far enough away
to be safe. This explosive NOVA presents the colorful history of
pyrotechnics and reveals the chemical secrets that put the bang in
the rocket and the fizz in the Roman candle. "Fireworks!" introduces
a gallery of firework creators and pyromaniacs, and reveals how
hi-tech firing systems are transforming public displays into a
dazzling, split-second science.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

Name That Shell
Watch video clips of fireworks bursting in air and find out how
well you know your chrysanthemums from your peonies, your roman
candles from your palm trees.

Anatomy of a Firework
Where you see brilliant light and vivid color, a pyrotechnician
sees a successful lift charge, black powder mix, time-delay fuse,
bursting charge, and other essential ingredients.

Pyrotechnically Speaking
Dr. John Conkling, adjunct professor of chemistry at Washington
College and former executive director of the American
Pyrotechnics Association, describes what it is about fireworks
that gets him, well, all fired up.

On Fire (Hot Science)
This virtual laboratory lets you explore the basics of
combustion, including how a fire ignites, what a flame is made
of, and how burning molecules rearrange themselves.

Also, Resources, the Teacher's Guide, the program transcript,
and more:

--------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] NOVA scienceNOW air July 2, 2008
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008

Hello Educators,

On Wednesday, tune in at 9 p.m. for a brand new broadcast of NOVA
scienceNOW that explores genetic tests that can help predict your
chances of developing diseases like diabetes and cancer, looks at how
computer scientists are learning how to tell fake art from the real
deal, shows how artificial "trees" could someday help remove excess
carbon from the atmosphere, and introduces Pardis Sabeti, a
geneticist by day and musician by night. (Subjects covered: Earth
science, health science, life science, technology/engineering)

All NOVA scienceNOW episodes are available for online viewing after
the broadcast date.

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents NOVA scienceNOW: Episode 2
Broadcast: Wednesday, July 2, 2008
(NOVA scienceNOW airs on PBS at 9 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.)

Personal DNA Testing

Four Tests
Read four hypothetical scenarios of what DNA testing -- including
prenatal testing, gene sequencing, SNP testing, and genome
sequencing -- can reveal, then vote on whether you would choose to
undergo the test and see how others have voted. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 9-12)

Kitchen DNA
Extract your own DNA using this recipe that includes a buffer
solution, drinking glasses, a paper clip, and some spit.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about how heritable diseases are detected, how
genetic tests work, and more to geneticist Rudy Tanzi. (Questions
due by Thursday, July 3; selected responses will be posted on
Tuesday, July 8.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Art Authentication

Catching a Copy
Test your own ability to tell a forged van Gogh from the real
deal, hear in this audio interactive how a team of computer
scientists created a computer program to detect fake paintings,
and see how the program goes about doing just that. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about the digital analysis of paintings to
computer scientist Eric Postma of Holland's Maastricht
University. (Questions due by Thursday, July 3; selected
responses will be posted on Tuesday, July 8.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Capturing Carbon

Where Do We Put It?
Explore some of the most promising options for storing the carbon
dioxide that threatens to overheat the Earth. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions on carbon capture and storage to geophysicist
Klaus Lackner from Columbia University. (Questions due by
Thursday, July 3; selected responses will be posted on Tuesday,
July 8.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Pardis Sabeti

The Musical Geneticist
Find out more about Pardis Sabeti's life, learn about her work on
tracking the evolution of the human genome, and hear some of her
original music. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Pardis Sabeti of the Broad Institute answers viewer questions
about her life, music, and scientific research. (Questions due by
Thursday, July 3; selected responses will be posted on Tuesday,
July 8.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Thurs., June 26, 2008 - Hello-World

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, January 5, 2008 and time for Foreign Languages at

Recommended Website:

ClickSchooling list member Annette Hall recommended that has
free online games, songs and activities for children in English, French,
Spanish, German, Russian, and Indonesian. When you get to the site you will
see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens
with a menu that allows you to learn:

-The Alphabet
-The Calendar
-The Family
-Common Descriptions
-and much more!

Plus, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to
reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a
great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained,
so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out. If you
ever have a problem - look at the "English" version for assistance. :)

There is a free "Teachers' Grade Book" available that provides ideas for
instruction, but you must register and then wait up to 7 days or so for
approval and a password. I didn't take the time to do that and therefore
can't comment on the content. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Thurs., June 26, 2008 - Virtual Etymology Dictionary

Site found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 489 1/10/2008

Virtual Etymology Dictionary

Philologists, lexicographers, and amateur wordsmiths will want to bookmark
the "Online Etymology Dictionary". Not to be confused with a traditional
definition, an etymology is an explanation of the original meaning,
pronunciation, and "true sense" of a word, dating back thousands of years.

Browse alphabetically through this unique online dictionary to discover the
linguistic origins of some of your favorite words. Each entry includes the
Year, Original Spelling, Language, Location, as well as a brief description
of how the word has evolved over time to its current status in the English

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., June 26, 2008 - KidsWWwrite

KIdsWWwrite: The e-zine for young authors and readers
From the site:
“KIdsWWwrite publishes writing by young authors and offers you a chance to share it with the world.”

Issue #70 (June 2008)

Submit your writing
Stories and poetry by Ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13-16

Submit book reviews


Thurs., June 26, 2008 - Are Struggling Students Helped at the Expense of High Achievers?

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Public Agenda Alert -- June 19, 2008
* Are Struggling Students Helped at the Expense of High Achievers?
* Are Struggling Students Helped at the Expense of High Achievers?

The lowest-performing American students have
made big achievement gains over the last eight years,
but the performance of the top students has been
"languid," according to a new study by the Thomas
B. Fordham Institute. The study argues this is a
pattern associated with testing and school accountability
systems, including No Child Left Behind.

A survey included as part of the Fordham study
(and conducted by former Public Agenda staffers
Steve Farkas and Ann Duffett) finds most teachers
say struggling students are the priority in their school, with
81 percent saying these pupils are more likely
to get one-on-one attention. "In a time of fierce
international competition, can we afford to let
the strongest languish?" asked Fordham president
Chester Finn.

Public Agenda's own survey research suggests that
parents aren't as concerned about advanced learning
as they are about "the basics." In fact, while educators
and business leaders worry about the U.S. losing its
educational edge, our 2006 Reality Check survey found
most parents think their child's education is already
pretty advanced. Six in 10 say their child is getting a better
education than they did, and that the material their
child is learning is harder than what they learned (65 percent).

A similar dynamic may be at work on parental attitudes
about math and science education specifically. Our
"Important But Not For Me" report suggests that most
parents know advanced math and science education can
pay off economically, but are fairly complacent about
what their children learn. While nine in 10 parents
in the Kansas City area say it is “absolutely essential”
that students learn basic reading, writing and math
skills, only 23 percent of parents and 26 percent of
students believe it is essential to understand higher
level material like calculus and physics.

Overall, our Reality Check surveys also showed continued strong
support for standards and testing, although concern
about low standards in schools has fallen. In our research,
parents see funding (39 percent) and lack of respect for
teachers (34 percent) as bigger problems than low standards
(15 percent).

Find out more about the Fordham report:

Get our Reality Check report:
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Get our "Important, But Not for Me" report:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Wed., June 25, 2008 - Hoover's Free Content / Hoover's Index / Israeli-Arab Negotiations / Finding People

Sites found in:
Jan. 11-17, 2008


More Free Content From Hoover’s!
Shortened URL:
This page provides an overview of the new free content and new page design that Hoover’s is offering at no charge. New features include job openings, new navigation, and more. The material is found on pages Hoover’s calls “factsheets.”

Search by either the company name or the Stock Ticker symbol:
Example: MSFT

Source: Hoover’s


The Hoover’s Index
Shortened URL:

Hoover’s, Inc. announced the latest edition of The Hoover’s Index, a free, proprietary monthly index of the leading public and private companies, non-profits, and associations which represent the brand leaders, up-and-comers and “buzz” creators driving the U.S. and international economies.


From Docuticker:
Congressional Research Service: Israeli-Arab Negotiations: Background, Conflicts, and U.S. Policy
Israeli-Arab Negotiations: Background, Conflicts, and U.S. Policy (PDF; 310 KB)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

After the first Gulf war, in 1991, a new peace process consisting of bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon achieved mixed results. Milestones included the Israeli-Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Declaration of Principles (DOP) of September 13, 1993, providing for Palestinian empowerment and some territorial control, the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty of October 26, 1994, and the Interim Self-Rule in the West Bank or Oslo II accord of September 28, 1995, which led to the formation of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to govern the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, Israeli-Syrian negotiations were intermittent and difficult, and postponed indefinitely in 2000. Negotiations with Lebanon also were unsuccessful, leading Israel to withdraw unilaterally from south Lebanon on May 24, 2000. President Clinton held a summit with Israeli and Palestinian leaders at Camp David on final status issues that July, but they did not produce an accord. A Palestinian uprising or intifadah began in September. On February 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister of Israel, and rejected steps taken at Camp David and afterwards.

On April 30, 2003, the United States, the U.N., European Union, and Russia (known as the “Quartet”) presented a “Road Map” to Palestinian statehood. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians have implemented it. Israel unilaterally disengaged (withdrew) from the Gaza Strip and four small settlements in the West Bank in August 2005. On January 9, 2005, Mahmud Abbas was elected to succeed Yasir Arafat as President of the PA. The victory of Hamas, which Israel and the United States consider a terrorist group, in the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections complicated prospects for peace because the United States, Israel, and the Quartet would not deal with a Hamas-led government until it disavowed violence, recognized Israel, and accepted prior Israeli-Palestinian accords. The June 2007 Hamas military takeover of the Gaza Strip and President Abbas’s dissolution of the Hamas-led government resulted in resumed international contacts with the PA. On November 27, President Bush convened an international conference in Annapolis, MD, and read a Joint Understanding reached by Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in which they agreed to simultaneously resume bilateral negotiations on core issues and implement the Road Map.

Congress is interested in issues related to Middle East peace because of its oversight role in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, its support for Israel, and keen constituent interest. It is especially concerned about U.S. financial and other commitments to the parties, and the 110th Congress is engaged in these matters. Congress also has endorsed Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, although U.S. Administrations have consistently maintained that the fate of the city is the subject of final status negotiations. This CRS report will be updated as developments warrant.


Resource of the Week: Finding People (via The Virtual Chase)
Shortened URL:
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

This was a “by request” Resource of the Week. And it is a good suggestion. Something everyone seems to want/need to do at some point is track down a person or certain types of people. There are proprietary databases that make this relatively simple, but these are not cheap, and most people do not have access to the best of them.

So I was going to pull together a list of sites…until I rummaged around in my bookmark list and realized that this had already been done — by an acknowledged expert, who is also a good friend of ResourceShelf. Genie Tyburski’s Virtual Chase website ( ) is, without a doubt, up there among the creme de la creme of Internet resources.


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Wed., June 25, 2008 - Celebrity Caricature / Entrepreneurship Education Resources

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008

Celebrity Caricature : Selections from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Record Id: 674776
Created: 2008-01-29 23:41:54
Categories: arts,govpub

A small gallery and exhibition of mid-20th century celebrity


Educators Corner : Entrepreneurship Education Resources
Record Id: 674772
Created: 2008-01-29 21:42:14
Categories: busecon

Videos, texts, presentations, podcasts, conference listings and other
educational resources for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship trainers.


Wed., June 25, 2008 - Jerry Jazz Musician / Harlem Renaissance

Jerry Jazz Musician
From the site:
“...A website devoted to jazz and American civilization...”

Historic Harlem Tour
From the site:
“Jerry Jazz Musician presents a variety of key Harlem figures and institutions, their addresses, and sights and sounds from its historic and creative past.

“Although it only encompasses about six square miles, the New York City neighborhood of Harlem has played a central role in the development of American culture. Originally rural farmland, then an affluent suburb, since 1911 Harlem has been predominantly an African American community. Its residents have had a disproportionately large impact on all aspects of American culture, leaving their mark on literature, art, comedy, dance, theater, music, sports, religion and politics.

“The 1920’s would be a golden age -- now celebrated as the Harlem Renaissance -- and although the Depression took its toll, a new generation of African American artists and thinkers would also leave their mark in the decade of the 1930’s.”


Wed., June 25, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, January 25, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 25, 2008
Volume 14, Number 3

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


In the Name of Entrepreneurship? The Logic and Effects of Special
Regulatory Treatment for Small Business [pdf]

Released in December 2007, this 368-page report from the RAND Corporation
looks at the ways that regulation and the legal system can discourage or
encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. Susan Gates, director of the Kauffman-
RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy remarked, "Unfortunately,
some regulations place a disproportionate burden on small businesses. At the
same time, exemptions and other special regulatory treatment for small
businesses to ease this burden don't always work." The report contains a
number of interesting findings, including an observation that there is no
evidence that state health-insurance mandates designed to expand access to
health insurance for small businesses have actually increased their ability
to offer benefits or reduced their insurance premiums. Overall, it's a work
that will be of great interest to policy makers, economists, and others who
might be concerned with the future economic prospects of small businesses.


Student Voices [pdf]

Started in 1999 by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the
University of Pennsylvania, Student Voices is designed "to improve the
dialogue of democracy among our nation's young people and encourage their
civic engagement." Through this website, educators and young people can take
advantage of resources designed especially for both groups. In the "Teachers
Resources" area, visitors can download curriculum and lesson plans, learn
about group project ideas, and take a look at videos produced by students
across the United States. The "Student Resources" area contains links to
high-quality sites that provide a basic overview of the federal government,
state government, senators, and the president. Everyone who visits the site
should chime in with a response to the "Speak Out" area, which asks visitors
to comment on important questions of the day. Finally, visitors can also
find out who their local and federal officials are as well as peruse the
glossary, which covers everything from accountability to zoning. [KMG]


Interactives: 3D Shapes [Macromedia Flash Player]

How much liquid can that glass hold? What are the dimensions of that package
that's heading off to a friend overseas? Answers to both of those questions
(and many more) can be found in this lovely interactive feature on 3D shapes
created by experts at the Annenberg Media group. Visitors to this site will
learn about three-dimensional geometric shapes by examining a number of
objects through a number of interactive exercises and games. The materials
are divided into four sections, which include "3D Shapes", "Surface Area &
Volume", and "Platonic Solids". The "Platonic Solids" area is quite a bit of
fun, as visitors will get the opportunity to print out foldable shapes such
as a tetrahedron. A short fifteen question quiz that tests the materials
covered by these various activities rounds out the site. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Chemistry PowerPoint Lessons and Instructional Materials [pdf, ppt]

Before becoming an author, Jeremy Schneider was a chemistry teacher. Over
the past several years he has placed a number of helpful instructional
resources here on his site. These particular resources cover atomic
structure, quantum mechanics, atomic size, bonding, and several dozen
additional topics. Visitors can browse through these resources at their
leisure and each topic area includes a brief description of what is covered
in each set of materials. Specifically, the resources include labs,
assignments, worksheets, and handouts. Many of the resources draw on
examples from the "Fundamentals of Chemistry" textbook, but the site
suggests that page references from other textbooks can be substituted. [KMG]


Internet for Geographers

There is plenty of information about geography online, but separating the
wheat from the chaff can be time-consuming and difficult. This helpful
online tutorial written by librarians John Blunden-Ellis and Pete Maggs
leads users through this process, and along the way users will also learn
about evaluating the contents of sites. The entire tutorial should take
users about an hour to complete and they can start with the "Tour" section.
Here they will take a guided tour through geography sites that feature maps,
bibliographic databases of note, and learning and teaching resources. Moving
on, the "Discover" section lets users learn about different Internet search
tools and offers a set of helpful tips on search strategies. Finally, the
site also includes a glossary of terms and a place where users can offer
feedback on the tutorial. [KMG]

[NOTE: Other tutorials from - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


LaFayette: Citizen of Two Worlds [pdf]

In 1824, General Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de
LaFayette, made his return to the United States. He had given much to the
United States during the Revolutionary War, serving as a general and a
diplomat. Cornell University recently decided to celebrate the 250th
anniversary of his birth by creating an exhibition drawn from its extensive
Lafayette collection. Offered in both French and English, this complementary
online exhibit offers up primary documents that address Lafayette's
contributions to both the United States and France during periods of
significant cultural and political transformation. The exhibit contains nine
sections that offer digitized copies of his military plans, depictions in
the popular press, and a copy of his remarks from when he visited the tomb
of George Washington at Mt. Vernon. It's quite an inspired site, and one
that persons with an interest in American history and international
relations will want to recommend to friends and others. [KMG]


Parliament and the British Slave Trade, 1600-1807 [Macromedia Flash

On March 25, 1807, Britain's Parliament passed an act which abolished the
British slave trade. There was a great deal of public discussion and debate
about the act, and this very nice online exhibit from the Parliamentary
Archives explores some of the issues through primary documents and other
records. The site is divided into six sections, which include "History",
"Your Voice", "Explore", "Timeline", "Learning", and "Glossary". The
"History" section is a great place to start, as it provides background on
Britain's slave trade, the wider world of the international slave trade, and
the economics behind slavery. Visitors must make a stop at the "Explore"
area, where they will find poems by enslaved Africans and abolition
supporters, along with various dramatizations of the slavery debate, and
interactive explorations of objects related to the slave trade.
Additionally, the "Learning" section contains an interactive studio for
teachers who wish to create their own educational resources and a number of
lesson plans and activities. [KMG]


Ragtime [Real Player]

Ragtime is a uniquely American musical idiom and it is generally
distinguished by its three or four contrasting sections or strains, each one
being 16 or 32 measures in length. Played by itinerant pianists who made
their way across the South and Midwest, the music first began to be formally
published in the mid-1890s, and it soon made its way to Europe and other
parts of the world. The Library of Congress recently created this fun and
interesting site which pays homage to this art form through essays, musical
selections, and digitized sheet music. Visitors can browse through the
offerings at their leisure, though they may wish to start their journey by
reading one of the four explanatory essays which cover topics such as "The
History of Ragtime" and "The 'Classic' Rag". Moving on, visitors can also
read biographies of artists like Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb and also
listen to noted ragtime performer Bob Milne. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
Shortened URL:

The North American settlements at Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe were all
founded within a three-year time period, and this online exhibition from the
National Museum of American History takes a closer look at some of the
Native and European artifacts that have survived from that compelling moment
in history. The exhibition was created through a partnership that involved
the Virginia Historical Society, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and a
number of other institutions. The materials are gathered into nine separate
sections which cover labor systems, spiritual life, trade, and the expansion
of these fledgling colonies. Visitors can start by reading short
introductions about each colony and then delve into other areas which
include digitized images of everything from early farm implements to
treaties. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Tues., June 24, 2008 - WebMD: Dealing with Emergencies

WebMD: Dealing with Emergencies
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Review this topic before you need it. Then, when you are faced with an emergency or injury, you will know where to turn. Your confidence in dealing with both major and minor emergencies will be”


Tues., June 24, 2008 - Cost of Smoking

Cost of Smoking
Online calculator analyzes the financial impact
of smoking based on the number of cigarettes
smoked, the cost of a pack, and the timespan of
a week, month, or year.


Tues., June 24, 2008 - Open Heart

Open Heart
From the site:
“Through hands-on activities, you’ll learn how the heart works, how the heart gets into trouble, what can be done to rescue it, and what you can do to keep your heart healthy. Click on any of the icons above to being a unique and fascinating interactive experience learning about one of the body’s most durable and amazing organs.”


Tues., June 24, 2008 - NOVA: Electric Heart

NOVA: Electric Heart
Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "Electric Heart," originally broadcast on December 21, 1999. The program tells the story of a handful of brilliant, obsessed surgeons and researchers who have pursued the target of a practical artificial heart for decades. Here's what you'll find online:

Map of the Human Heart
Put your finger on the pulse of how the human heart works with an automatically changing color graphic of a heart in cross-section.

Amazing Heart Facts
Did you know that, on any given day, your heart beats roughly 100,000 times and your blood travels about 12,000 miles as it circulates throughout your body? Find more dazzling details here.

The Artificial Human
Merely a good idea for a TV show a quarter century ago, the $6 Million Man - or woman - could practically exist today, with everything from hips of steel to laboratory-grown skin regularly replacing what nature originally provided. Meet our fake friend.

Pioneering Surgeon: O. H. Frazier
O. H. Frazier has done more heart transplants than anyone else alive, well over 700. He also stands at the forefront of researchers striving to create a viable total artificial heart. Here he talks about his work, his thoughts, and his hopes.

Operation: Heart Transplant (Hot Science)
Don your surgical mask and try your hand as a heart-transplant surgeon -- metaphorically speaking -- in this simplified online procedure.



Monday, June 23, 2008


Mon., June 23, 2008 - BookBox

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

Hi! It's Wednesday, January 30, 2008 and time for Language Arts at



Recommended Website:

Age Range: 3-10 (approximately)

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children's fairy tales
and stories that you can download and listen to for FREE in a variety of
languages! In addition, you can download and print the text of the stories,
coloring pages themed around the stories, and play interactive puzzles and
games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the
commercial sale of digital books at the site.

The "for purchase" digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media
to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children.
The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling
(SLS) that not only enhance children's basic literacy, but also facilitate
their proficiency in foreign languages. You can preview one digital book,
"Symbiosis," by clicking on "Home" on the menu bar.

Again, the MP3 and PDF files, along with the interactive games are FREE.

When you get to the site you'll see a menu of 13 stories. Select a story and
choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than
others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you
want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once
you've listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed
around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts
and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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., June 23, 2008 - Digital Book Talk

PBS’s Blythe Bennett’s Recommended Site
Preview, Read & Relax!

Preview books just like you do with the movies! Why settle for reading previews, when you can watch them, just like a movie trailer. Browse through over 45 book selections on this cool digital site!

Digital Book Talk
From the site:
“Welcome to the UCF Undergraduate Research Showcase Award Winning site.
The conceptual design is based on research into what motivates reluctant and striving readers to select, read, and complete books.”


Mon., June 23, 2008 - Summer Reading and Learning for Children

Summer Reading and Learning for Children:
Recommended Reading for Children and Their Families
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“One key to children's reading success is making their reading experience entertaining, relaxing, and enjoyable. Allow children to choose their own reading materials and be aware of what their reading interests are. Help them find books that pique their interests. Below are information about and links to many reading lists that identify high-quality titles and serve many different audiences and purposes.”


Mon., June 23, 2008 - Burns Goes Interactive / U.S. Elections Process / Books & Authors / Lifelong Literacy: Explore New Worlds Booklist

Sites found in:

January 25-31, 2008


Burns goes interactive

The Scottish Government has celebrated Burns Night with the launch of an interactive guide to the work of its national poet

It has worked with The Leith Agency, Whitespace Design Agency and Gate Films to create the online guide, which takes users through different sections of the Burns story, painting the poet in a contemporary light.

The site includes samples of Burns’ poetry, unusual facts and recipes.

Culture minister Linda Fabiani said: “Robert Burns is much loved and hugely relevant in a modern Scotland and celebrated all around the world.


The U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center offers…
a good list of links about the U.S. elections process.


Books & Authors
Despite the rise of recommendation engines on every online bookstore site, readers’ advisory services still persist as a basic function of public library reference operations. Since 1991, Gale has published its What Do I Read Next? series in print; since 1997, it has offered a web-based subscription service of the same name. Now, under the management of a new owner, Cengage Learning (, Gale has replaced the former online service with the launch of a major revision called Books & Authors. The service distinguishes itself from competitors primarily with its integration of author information from other Gale reference publications. An open web version of the service offers curtailed content to anyone and links to libraries that offer the full service.


Lifelong Literacy: Explore New Worlds Booklist
Books can open windows to new worlds and doors to adventure. As part of its Lifelong Literacy Campaign, which encourages children and young adults to become engaged in reading, the Library of Congress presents a sampling of suggested books that will spark imagination and transport readers to new and exciting places. Look for them at your public library or in your local bookstore.


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
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Sunday, June 22, 2008


Sun., June 22, 2008 - Visual Calculus

PBS: Blythe Bennett’s Recommended Site

Visual Calculus
Tackle Calculus !

Tackle technology and learn how computers can be used to teach calculus. The site includes tutorials, interactive modules, modules containing quizzes and drill problems.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., June 22, 2008 - Just Free Books

From the site:
“JustFreeBooks search the content of more than 450 web sites, including, and With JustFreeBooks you can find public domain texts, open books, free audio books, ad-supported books and more.”


Sun., June 22, 2008 - Free Online Math Calculator, Converter / Most Literate US Cities / Sesame St. Archive / Theatre Resources from ArtsLynx

Sites found in:
January 5-12 Neat New Stuff

Free Online Math Calculator, Converter
Calculators for virtually any math function or conversion - standard
deviation, root mean square, matrix addition, acceleration converter,
etc. Most are accompanied by tutorials explaining the function.


Most Literate U.S. Cities
Though the quality of a city's library was not a direct measure, it's
noteworthy that virtually all these cities have spectacularly good
libraries. Is that cause or effect, do you suppose?


Sesame Street Video Archive
Not complete, but a good, searchable start [or click on a character icon]for those who want to view a
favorite sketch or song once more.


Theatre Resources from Artslynx
Loads of resources here on every topic you can think of and some that
might not have occurred to you, including children's theatre, costume
design, "fight direction and stage combat," make up, props, and lots
more. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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


Sun., June 22, 2008 - Jon Scieszka added to NJ Center for the Book Program, Oct. 22, 2008

Great News! Jon Scieszka added to the afternoon program
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008, the New Jersey Center for the Book will present Showcasing Information Literacies: New Dimensions 2008, at the Newark Public Library. Jon Scieszka, recently appointed by the Librarian of Congress as the Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be speaking at 2:45. Following his keynote address, you are invited to stay for a gala closing reception.

The event is for teachers, librarians, principals, school superintendents, and parents. Teachers and school library media specialists will receive 5 Professional Development hours for the full day. Reminder: Submit your nomination for the Second Miss Rumphius Award which will be presented on Oct. 22.

Complete program and registration form is available on the NJ Center for the Book website
Online Registration:

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