Saturday, July 26, 2008


Sat., July 26, 2008 - Technology Integration Resources

Sites to See: Technology Integration Resources
From the site:
“Educators increasingly are looking for help in putting classroom technology to its best use. Many of them are turning to the Internet for that help. A wise choice! A growing number of Web sites offer knowledgeable and useful ideas, suggestions, lesson plans, activities, and resources for integrating technology into the curriculum, and using it to increase student learning. Whether you're a newbie or a technology guru, you'll learn something new at the featured sites below. Included: More than a dozen Web sites to help educators increase and improve technology integration.”

“Increasingly computers are being used to support learning in the classroom. Used effectively, computers can change the way we think and learn. But along with the technology, come issues such as how to best integrate it into the curriculum, Internet safety, access for all, and keeping up with the newest equipment. The following sites will give you some ideas and resources for using the technology efficiently in your classroom.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Updated 02/25/2008 - Phyllis ]


Sat., July 26, 2008 - Sports Media

Sports Media
From the site:
“Sports Media wants to unite and inspire people who are interested in Sports and Physical Education. We provide a quality platform where athletes, coaches, teachers, students and instructors are able to exchange their bright ideas about PE and Sports. But we do not exclude non-professionals!

“All people can learn from this great database of knowledge, and adjust their own private sporting techniques. Moreover, we ignore traditional hierarchies, and let people talk to people in a simple sporty way. You can even submit your own PE experiences to help others!

“Sports Media is also the virtual meeting point for all organizations, associations and teams who are involved in Sports and PE. As a member of the World-Wide Internet PE & Sports Organization we guarantee a speakers corner for everyone, everywhere. Sports Media is your virtual place to stretch your muscles and find a new challenge.

“And that's not all. We bring you lesson plans, coaching tips and sports from all around the world.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., July 26, 2008 - Whale Net / Athletic Superstitions

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 497 3/7/2008

Whale Net

Welcome to "Whale Net", an interactive educational website that focuses on
whales and other marine research. Sponsored by Wheelock College of Boston,
Massachusetts and supported by The National Science Foundation, the site is
a wonderful resource for those who want to learn more about the world's
largest mammals.

The "Whale Net" site is divided into three separate categories (Students,
Teachers, and Public), so visitors can easily navigate their corresponding
section. This educational website is filled with cool features including
"Ask a Scientist", a "Guide to Whales and Marine Mammals", adoption
programs, teacher's resources, and much more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Athletic Superstitions

Anyone who has watched baseball players go through their "rituals" knows
that athletes are an intrinsically superstitious bunch. This fun piece
lists the "10 Most Bizarre Athlete Superstitions", including a hockey
player with an odd pre-game ritual, a slap-happy NFL player, and several
bizarre ball players.


Sat., July 26, 2008 - U.S. Olympic Committee -Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China, August 8th

United States Olympic Committee
Lists U.S. sports and athletes
Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China, August 8th
From the site:
“The U.S. Olympic Committee is the coordinating body for all Olympic-related athletic activity in the United States. The vision of the USOC is to enable America's athletes to realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

The USOC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams.”

Friday, July 25, 2008


Fri., July 25, 2008 - Wheatmania

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, February 21, 2008 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Wheatmania: Educational Materials
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 4-17 (Lessons for Grades PreK-12, archived at the featured site
and the secondary site mentioned below.)

ClickSchooler Melanie from Nebraska recommended this website, sponsored by
the Kansas Wheat Commission, that provides all kinds of free downloadable
lessons and activities for learning about wheat and other agricultural
products! While the featured website about wheat has lessons for grades
PreK-5, the site features a link to the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in
the Classroom that provides lessons for grades K-12.

So, let's start with the featured site. When you arrive on the landing page
you'll see a menu of Educational Materials that include:

*Fields of Gold: Preschool Education Packet - A pdf file that opens to a
36-page teaching guide that includes lessons on proper hand-washing, how to
grow wheat, all kinds of tasty recipes that use wheat, fun things that can
be made with wheat products such as play dough and more.

*Exploring Kansas Crops: Educator's Guide for 3rd-5th Grades - When you
click on this item, it takes you to the Kansas Foundation for Educators
website where you can download materials for:

1) Exploring Kansas Farm Animals for 1st-2nd Grades
2) Exploring Kansas Crops for 3rd-4th Grades (with applications for grades

But that's not all! From the "Teacher's Resources" button on the menu bar at
the top of the page you can click on "Teacher Approved Lessons" to get to
this JACKPOT site:

Kansas Foundation For Agriculture in the Classroom: Lesson Plans

Here, you will find an amazing assortment of lesson plans with activities
for Grades K-12 on the following topics:

-General Agriculture
-Water and Soil
-and more!

In addition to the lesson plans and activities available at these sites,
take some time to explore the menus. You'll find interactive games to
reinforce learning, fun fact sheets, contests, and other free teacher
resources as well.

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., July 25, 2008 - FlightAware: Flight Tracker

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, February 18, 2008

FlightAware Flight Tracker

Today's site offers a convenient spot from which to keep tabs on the status
of commercial airline flights in the U.S. and even major airlines in
Canada, despite the disclaimer of the unreliability of Canadian data.
Gentle Subscribers will find an easy-to-use interface providing speedy

"FlightAware is a free flight tracker that will change what you think about
live flight tracking and aviation information. ... FlightAware offers live
flight data, airport information, weather maps and charts, as well as
aviation news to nearly two million users a month. ... FlightAware's
proprietary flight arrival time algorithms combined with FlightAware's
powerful, intuitive, responsive, and reliable web-based interface yield the
most capable and useful flight tracking application and service." - from
the website

This airline tracking site offers an exhaustive selection of material. A
small box on the left of the opening page allows visitors to input the
flight number, to either bring up the specific flight directly or a list of
flights to choose from. When the flight number is unknown, the codes for
the originating and destination airports can be entered to retrieve
information on all the flights meeting those parameters for the previous 24
hours. Airport codes for across the continent are also available. If
pop-ups have been unblocked for the site in the visitor's browser, clicking
on the small map of a selected flight will bring up an enlarged version
showing the specific flight path followed by a particular flight number.
Not to be missed for the sheer wow factor is the map image displaying the
planes, with their flights numbers, in a specific region, either in the
area (in green) or approaching the airport as a destination (in blue).
Featuring a constantly updating map, this inclusion is particularly
noteworthy with respect to small regional airports.

Swoop over to the site for an outstanding resource for tracking airline
flights at:

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


Fri., July 25, 2008 - Paper Modelz

Paper Modelz
Free resource of Anime, Games, Robot, Vehicles and Building Paper models or Paper craft downloads


Fri., July 25, 2008 - Enterprising Women / Dr. Edwin H. Land / Alternative Energy: Human Power / Deep Space Network / Counter Recruitment

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, February 14, 2008
Read This Online :


Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business
Companion to an exhibit that "brings to life the stories of some 40 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business." Use the timeline to view background about women such as Lydia Pinkham, Madam C.J. Walker, Martha Stewart, and Oprah Winfrey. Also includes mentorship stories, games, and classroom material. Organized by the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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Dr. Edwin H. Land (1909-1991)
Biography of scientist Edwin H. Land, who "was distinguished for his inventions and contributions in the fields of polarized light, photography and colour vision," and who developed the Polaroid instant camera and founded the Polaroid Corporation. Illustrated biography sections discuss Land's early life and his theories and achievements. From the "Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society," reprinted on the website of the Rowland Institute at Harvard, which was founded by Land.
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Alternative Energy (AE): Human Power
Links to recent news about human energy sources. "Human kinetic energy can be transferred in a number of ways. Human energy is most commonly used to propel bicycles, but can also be used to generate electricity and power hand-crank tools. ... The articles on this page are about human kinetic energy and its many uses." Also includes links to related sites, many about human powered vehicles. From a site about alternative energy sources.
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Deep Space Network (DSN)
The NASA DSN "is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe." Its site features descriptions of its science and technology, and illustrated history for this project that celebrated its 50th anniversary in February 2008 by beaming the Beatles song "Across the Universe." From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
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Mennonite Central Committee: Counter Recruitment
Collection of links to information and resources about activities to prevent military recruitment. Topics include non-governmental organizations, government military recruitment material, and stories on military recruitment and counter recruitment. The 2006 conference materials features video clips. Also includes links to resources on conscientious objection. From the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
LII Item:

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

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Thurs., July 24, 2008 - Asia: Continent of Contrasts

Asia: Continent of Contrasts – Teacher Resources
Geographic Lens on Asia Video Series
Shortened URL:

Geography Action!'s video series Geographic Lens on Asia
launches on the Web! These free, bite-size videos feature
National Geographic video, photos, and maps to illustrate basic
geography concepts. Useful both in classrooms and workshops,
they are brimming with dynamic footage and practical information.

Titles: Defining Geography
People and Places
Spatial and Ecological Perspectives
National Standards and Geographic Skills
Geographic Questions

From the site:
“Join Dr. Michal LeVasseur, PhD Geographer and Director of the Geography Action! Asia Institute, for a dynamic explanation of the basics of geography and a journey through Asia.”
Page includes lesson plans.


Thurs., July 24, 2008 - Public Speaking

Sites found in:
The March 6, 2008 issue of Classroom Tools & Tips
located at:

From the site:
" It is the vice of our public speaking that it has not abandonment. Somewhere, not only every orator but every man should let out all the length of all the reins; should find or make a frank and hearty expression of what force and meaning is in him." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Allyn & Bacon's Public Speaking Website
Contains six modules about the process of public speaking -- Assess, Analyze, Research, Organize, Deliver and Discern.

Strategies to Succeed in Public Speaking
Includes goals, success requirements, preparations, resources, and related information.

American Rhetoric
An impressive index of thousands of famous speeches.

Advanced Public Speaking Institute
Choose from 20 categories and over 100 articles to help with public speaking.

Public Speaking Skills from Mind Tools
Learn to speak and present clearly and effectively. Improve your speaking skills with this Mind Tools guide to speaking effectively in public.

Study Guides and Strategies: Public speaking
Features techniques and strategies for speaking in public and presenting presentations.

[NOTE: Some of these sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 24, 2008 - Curriculum Units (Various Subjects)

Curriculum Units (various subjects)
Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 24, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index, NEW THIS WEEK, February 7, 2008

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, February 7, 2008
Read This Online :


Blackwell History of Education Museum
Website for this Illinois museum "promoting interest in the history of American education." Features material about one-room schoolhouses, education artifacts (such as slates and magic lanterns), and early reading books (hornbooks and battledores). Also includes journal articles and a link to a historical collection of antique audio-visual equipment dating back to the early 1800s. From Northern Illinois University.
LII Item:


The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, 1873
Material about the trial of Susan B. Anthony for having illegally voted in New York in 1872. Features a brief biography, some of Anthony's writings and a speech about her right to vote, a trial record, her petition to Congress about her conviction, information about the 19th Amendment, suffrage cartoons, and related material. Includes a short bibliography. From a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas (UMKC) School of Law.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Other trials from also previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Studies in Scarlet: Marriage & Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
Images of hundreds of documents involving legal proceedings about divorce, domestic violence, homosexuality, abortion, adultery, and related topics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjects include Oscar Wilde and Henry Ward Beecher. Search, or browse by subject, name, or genre. From the Harvard Law School Library.
LII Item:
From the site:
“These trials are especially rich sources for the study of the history of women in early modern society.”


Memory for Justice
Collection of documents about former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, including a narrative biography, chronology, bibliography, photo essay, database of speeches, tributes, and more. From the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which (among other projects) collects and curates Mandela's personal archive.
LII Item:


Mandela: An Audio History
Website for a "five-part radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings, the voice of [anti-apartheid leader] Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him." In addition to audio and transcripts of the series, the site features interview biographies, an audio timeline, and suggestions from educators for using the program in a classroom. From Radio Diaries, a nonprofit radio production company.
LII Item:


A Computer Is Born
Special report about the creation of ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which was unveiled in February 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania. Topics include the roots of ENIAC during World War II (with the need to predict the trajectory of shells), the use of vacuum tube devices in calculating, and how programming was largely done by women. Includes sound clips and a related report on the politics invention. From CNET.
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Exploring the Nanoworld
"Nano means one billionth. Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanometer scale -- the scale of atoms and molecules. ... The objective of this website is to introduce you to the tools that let us 'see' atoms, [and] manipulate them." Includes video, lesson plans, and lab manuals on topics such as what is the nanoscale and exploring the nano world with Lego bricks. From the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


How Do You Fix an Undersea Cable?
Audio and text of a January 2007 article about making electrical repairs on the ocean floor. Describes the steps of how the repair takes place: discover location of damage (based on reported phone or Internet service outages or sending light pulses), send a cable repair ship that uses a robot or grapnel to pull the loose ends to the ship, repair by splicing, and lower cable back to the seabed. From Slate.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Wed., July 23, 3008 - Pea Soup: The Story of Mendel

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, March 4, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Pea Soup: The Story of Mendel

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel,
who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in
flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel's biography. Then,
learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the "Interactive Pea Experiment" and breed your own virtual hybrid
pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great
springboard to further learning and exploration.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., July 23, 2008 - Carboniferous Forest Discovered

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

Site of the Day for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Carboniferous Forest Discovered

Today's site, from the eminent Smithsonian Institute, trumpets the
discovery of a 300 million year old fossil forest in Illinois. Gentle
Subscribers will unearth images and information about this remarkable find
in the eastern part of the state.

"[Scientists] discovered the remains of one of the world's oldest tropical
rainforests, preserved in the ceiling of a coal mine 250 feet below the
surface. ... The rainforest extends over more than four square miles as the
roof of two adjacent underground coal mines in eastern Illinois. This may
be the largest single-time-period fossil forest found in the fossil
record." - from the website

The web page provides an overview of this spectacular paleobotanical
discovery which is allowing researchers to explore and examine a huge
wealth of fossilized plant material from the Paleozoic era. The article
notes some of the details about the fossil forest, including a brief
explanation of how it was preserved and the types of plant life which have
been found within it, along with some striking photos of this underground,
prehistoric forest. Visitors are encouraged to further explore this amazing
find by following the link to the Illinois State Geological survey site,
where more detailed material and images can be found.

Burrow over to the web page for information about this notable prehistoric
botanical discovery at:

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


Wed., July 23, 2008 - Consumers Action 2008 Handbook

Sites found in:
Feb. 22-28, 2008

U.S.: Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Action 2008 Handbook
This is a .pdf of the entire 176 page Consumer Action Handbook, including the consumer topics, the directory listings, the sample complaint letter, and the index.

For your convenience we have also created the sectional .pdfs below, which you can use to reduce download time.

Order free hardcopy:

Source: FCIC

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


Wed., July 23, 2008 - Ocean Motion / NASA Careers Microsite / Sonoran Desert / "Pretty Good" by Charles Osgood

Sites found in:
March 1, 2008 Earth Science Sites of the Week


OCEANMOTION, Ocean Motion and NASA, (suggested by M Sara Tweedie),
this website documents humankind's experiences, observations and
investigations of ocean surface currents. In addition to the information
resources posted on the website, there are also investigations that lead
students to explore patterns and relationships through data products
(color-coded images, time series graphs and data tables). These
investigations are done through an interactive browser interface that
provides access to a wealth of data.


CAREERS MICROSITE, NASA, (suggested by John Ristvey, Principal
Consultant, Manager, McREL E/PO), One purpose of this careers site is to
explain many types of careers that go into supporting the work of any NASA
mission. The site contains pertinent information about the variety of career
options available to today's students. Seven of these career clusters are
represented among the people who work on the Dawn mission.


Science Information and Education, USGS), This 28-minute online film shows
how scientists work to better understand native desert plants and animals
such as desert tortoises, saguaro cacti, and Gila monsters. Much of the
program was shot in and around Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.


Pretty Good, by Charles Osgood, CBS NEWS, (suggested by Chad Wiekierak)

There was once a pretty good student,
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher,
Who always let pretty good pass.
He wasn't terrific at reading;
He wasn't a whiz-bang at math;
But for him education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn't find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well,
And he did have some trouble with writing,
And nobody had taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine;
Five and five needn't always be 10,
A pretty good answer was nine.
The pretty good student was happy
With the standards that were in effect,
And nobody thought it was sappy
If his answers were not quite correct.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school,

And the student was not an exception;
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was right there in a pretty good town.
And nobody there ever noticed
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student, in fact, was
A part of a pretty good mob.
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life can be tough,
And he soon had a sneaky suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state
Which had pretty good aspirations
And prayed for a pretty good fate.
There once was a pretty good nation,
Pretty proud of the greatness it had,
But which learned much too late,
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Tues., July 22, 2008 - ide@s

Searchable by grade, subject, and type of resource. Although developed by the University of Wisconsin for use by Wisconsin teachers, it is useful to any PreK-16 teacher.

From the site:
“Selected PK-16 educators from Wisconsin work in teams to identify, evaluate, catalog, and align to the state education standards resources that are already on the internet such as lesson plans and reference materials. These resources are then made available from the ide@s search engine. Now, you don't have to look through dozens of online listings to find the resource you need. The ide@s search engine allows you to tell it specifically what you need to find then it searches the database for you. You can read teacher reviews of the resources and see exactly which state standards they address. ide@s saves you time while focusing instruction and technology on Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards. Plus, you know you're getting a quality resource that other Wisconsin educators have recommended.”


Tues., July 22, 2008 - MIT Highlights for High School

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School
From the site:
“Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare
materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers.”
Includes AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP Physics.

Introductory MIT Courses
Computers and Electronics
Foreign Languages
Media, Music and The Arts
Physical Education
Social Sciences
Writing and Literature

High School Courses Developed by MIT Students
From the site:
“MIT students develop and teach many courses for high school students. Here is a small sample from MIT's Educational Studies Program (ESP)”


Tues., July 22, 2008 - Homework Help Sites

Sites found in:
[TechGuru] My SreeTips Newsletter, February 2008
Sites for homework help on the web:

Sree Advice: Homework Help
From the site:
“It seems more and more parents are being asked to help with homework each night - and some are finding they are unable to help out as well as they should. That's where the Internet can come in. Web help has been around for years, but has become a lot more sophisticated recently.”
POSTED: 5:43 am EST January 17, 2008
UPDATED: 5:22 pm EST January 21, 2008
A free homework portal for various ages.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Lots of free resources
Full of math help, as the name implies
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A free site founded by two Florida high school students
A free site that's been around for more than 10 years.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., July 22, 2008 - Critical Thinking Web / Virtual Body / Le Plan de Rome / Textile Exchange / The Education of Young People

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 29, 2008
Volume 14, Number 8

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


Critical Thinking Web

Teaching critical thinking can be difficult, and it is nice to know that
Professors Joe Lau and Jonathan Chan at the University of Hong Kong have
created this site to help both teachers and students in this endeavor.
Working with a grant from the government of Hong Kong's University Grants
Committee, the two have created this website to provide access to over 100
free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, and
creativity. The homepage includes a brief introduction to critical thinking
and access to the main modules, which are divided into thematic areas such
as values and morality, strategic thinking, and basic logic. Visitors can
also view the Chinese version of this site, download class exercises, and
even take on "the hardest logic puzzle in the world." [KMG]


The Virtual Body [Macromedia Flash Player]

Unless one is a medical resident, it can be quite difficult to get a close-
up look at a skeleton, a brain, or even the inner workings of the digestive
tract. Students of the medical sciences and others need worry no more, as
this very fine interactive exhibit offers up dynamic images and cross-
sections of these parts of the anatomy and many more to boot. The site
contains four sections, including "Brain", "Skeleton", "Heart", and
"Digestive Tract". In the "Heart" area, visitors can learn about the
individual parts of the heart, view an animated heart, and also take a
narrated tour of the heart that will "keep your heart beating." Moving on,
the "Skeleton" section features the "Bones Narrated" tour, which will take
visitors on a guided tour of the skeleton and its functions. For those who
like to keep things interactive, there is also the "Build a Skeleton"
feature that will test their knowledge of the human skeleton. Additionally,
the "Digestive Tract" area includes a test of organ organization and a trip
through the duodenum and other parts of the digestive system. It's worth
noting that the entire site is also available in Spanish. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Le Plan de Rome [pdf]

During his life, Paul Bigot was a professor at the famed Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and he was also the winner of the Grand
Prize of Rome. Among his many achievements was the construction of large
plaster model of Rome during the rule of the emperor Constantine. Over the
past several years, an interdisciplinary team of scholars has worked to
create a virtual reconstruction of the model for this website. On the site,
visitors can learn about the work that they have done so far, and they can
also learn about how to visit the actual model which resides at the
Universite de Caen. Of course, for those who can make it to Caen, there's
the "Tour" section on this site. Here visitors can take a virtual tour of
Bigot's scale model of the city as it appeared in the 4th century. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Textile Exchange

>From crochet machines to the uses of acrylic yarn, the Textile Exchange
website has rather fine comprehensive coverage across the nooks and crannies
of the textile industry. Visitors to the homepage will find a search engine
and a very thorough products directory which includes topical headings like
"Textile Products", "Fibers, Yarns & Threads", and "Textile Chemicals".
After looking over a few of these areas, visitors will definitely want to
peruse the "Knowledge Center". Here they can learn more about fiber and
textile history, and the types of weaves. One section that should not be
missed is the "Textile Personalities" area. For those individuals who've
been pining to learn about giants of the textile industry such as John
Mercer, John Kay (who patented the flying shuttle), and Richard Roberts,
this area will be quite the eye-opener. [KMG]


Concerned about the education of young people, the Common Core
organization releases the results of a recent survey

Teens losing touch with historical references
Shortened URL:

History Surveys Stumps U.S. Teens [Free registration may be required]
Shortened URL:

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Bill Moyers Journal: Interview with Susan Jacoby

Digital History
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

19th Century Textbooks
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Debates over what young people should be taught in schools have raged on
since the time of ancient Greece. From the rise of compulsory elementary
education to the creation of the elective system at Harvard in the 19th
century, some critics have maintained that such changes have had a rather
deleterious effect on young minds. A recently released survey from the
Common Core organization adds fire to the already raging conflagration
surrounding such matters. The survey asked 1,200 17-year olds to answer 33
multiple-choice questions about history and literature. The results were not
terribly promising, as about a quarter of the teenagers surveyed could not
correctly identify Adolf Hitler as Germany's chancellor during World War II.
Other findings noted that one-quarter of the respondents thought that
Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World sometime after 1750. Leaders of
the Common Core group also argue that the No Child Left Behind law has
effectively created a desolate landscape throughout America's public school
curriculum, and they suggest that young people would benefit from a more
comprehensive liberal arts and science education. In the introduction to
their final report on the survey, the authors noted, "The nation's education
system has become obsessed with testing and basic skills because of the
requirements of federal law, and that is not healthy." [KMG]

The first link will lead users to a piece by Greg Toppo of USA Today that
offers a bit of background on this thorny issue, complete with an
interesting quiz and a section for comments. The second link will take
readers to a news article from this Tuesday's New York Times which discusses
the findings of this survey conducted by the Common Core organization.
Moving on, the third link leads to the online version of The New Dictionary
of Cultural Literacy which includes 6,900 entries. As the site notes, this
work "forms the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate
American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy." The fourth
link will whisk users away to an interesting interview with Susan Jacoby,
who has recently written a book that examines the current "overarching
crisis of memory and knowledge." The fifth link leads to the very fine
Digital History site, which contains hundreds of resources for history
teachers and students that are both well developed and engaging. Those
persons looking for a bit of the "old-time" education will appreciate the
sixth and final site. Here, visitors can look over 140 19th century
schoolbooks digitized by the staff at the University of Pittsburgh's Digital
Research Library. [KMG]


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

Monday, July 21, 2008


Mon., July 21, 2008 - Star-Spangled Banner

Star-Spangled Banner
From the site:
"Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light / What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? / Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, / O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?" These lyrics, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, became the opening words to our National Anthem by Congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. Learn what they mean, and how they came to be written at this week's Star-Spangled Banner picks.”
Page has 9 links related sites (5 annotated and 4 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., July 21, 2008 - Imperial Washington

Imperial Washington - January 2007
From the site:
“Explore the trappings of life in Congress, the pressure to raise campaign dollars and Washington's powerful world of lobbying.”

[NOTE: Other documentaries from
previously posted. For a complete list of documentaries by date or
by categories: America Health History Justice World - Phyllis ]


Mon., July 21, 2008 - Running for Office / WomenWatch

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 6, 2008
Read This Online :


Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, & the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman
"The political cartoons in this exhibit, drawn by renowned cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman, illustrate the campaign process from the candidate's decision to run for office to the ultimate outcome of the election." Also features descriptions of Berryman's recurring characters (such as the Democratic Donkey, Republican Elephant, and teddy bear), printable downloads of the cartoons, and desktop background images. Companion to a 2008 physical exhibit at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.
LII Item:


This site "is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system." Features news and links to sites and reports on topics such as gender mainstreaming, statistics and indicators, education and training, health, violence against women, rural women, HIV/AIDS, and more. From the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE).
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Mon., July 21, 2008 - PBS: Great American Authors / NATURE: Grizzly Bears / ScienceNOW: Leeches, Search for E.T., Stem Cells, Marine Bioluminescence

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: July 20-26, 2008

Concepts Across the Curriculum
Great American Authors
Offline Activity/Project
Gr.6-8 / 9-12

Explore activities that highlight the careers and writing
styles of American authors Ralph Ellison, Katherine Anne
Porter, Maurice Sendak and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Explore their
literature and review timelines of their lives.


The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, July 20, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Once on the edge of extinction, grizzlies have made a
remarkable recovery. But this fierce predator is no longer
content to forage in the back country. Today, bears are
everywhere. And everyone has something to say about it. The
return of the grizzly is a conservation success story that
comes with a price. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Watch the full episode online!
Shortened URL:


On-Air & Online
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
9 - 10:00 pm
A new view of leeches; SETI -- the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence; stem cells; and a profile of Edie Widder, a
specialist in marine bioluminescence. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Original Message:
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:01:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] NOVA scienceNOW air July 23, 2008

Hello Educators,

On Wednesday, tune in at 9 p.m. for a brand-new broadcast of NOVA
scienceNOW that explores the world of leeches, considers the search
for intelligent alien life, examines a breakthrough in stem-cell
research, and goes deep-sea diving with marine biologist Edith
Widder. (Subjects covered: Earth science, health science, life
science, space science)

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

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents NOVA scienceNOW
Broadcast: Wednesday, July 23, 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.)


Hunt for the Giant Leech
Explore in this slideshow what the giant Amazonian leech looks
like, where it lives, and how big it grows. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about leeches to Mark Siddall, curator at the
American Museum of Natural History. (Questions due by Thursday,
July 24; selected responses will be posted on Tuesday, July 29.)
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The Search for ET

Do Aliens Exist in the Milky Way?
Read up on the arguments in this interactive poll, then cast your
own vote. (Flash plug-in required. Available July 22.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Drake Equation
Manipulate the variables in this equation to calculate how many
intelligent, communicating civilizations might be in our galaxy.
(Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in your questions about intelligent alien life to Seth
Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute. (Questions due
by Thursday, July 24; selected responses will be posted on
Tuesday, July 29.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Stem Cells Breakthrough

Stem Cells Poll
Cast your vote on whether embryonic stem cells should be created
through cloning. (Grades 9-12)

Related Science News
Read recent stories on stem cell research. (Grades 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about stem cell research for George Daley of
Harvard Medical School. (Questions due by Thursday, July 24;
selected responses will be posted on Tuesday, July 29.) (Grades

Profile: Edith Widder

Glowing in the Dark
Take a look at nine images of ocean creatures that use
biolumescence to lure and fool prey, mate, and more. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send your questions about to bioluminescence specialist Edie
Widder of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. (Questions
due by Thursday, July 24; selected responses will be posted on
Tuesday, July 29.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Explore Teacher's Guides
Find classroom materials to bring NOVA scienceNOW's cutting-edge
science topics to life for your students. Search Teacher's Guides by
subject, segment title, or date for current and past materials.

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Sun., July 20, 200 - Farm Teaching Theme

Farm 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.

Web Sites About Farming
Shortened URL:
Annotated links to 38 sites about farming.


Sun., July 20, 2008 - All About Jazz / Let's Go Outside

Sites found in:
Feb. 29 – March 6, 2008

All About Jazz
All About Jazz has added its 15,000th musician profile to its database, making it a leading resource for jazz musicians on the web.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Let’s Go Outside!
New Web Site from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Let’s Go Outside!
…ideas for parents, care takers, educators, families, etc. on how to help children connect with nature…

News Release
Shortened URL:


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

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Sun., July 20, 2008 - Atoms Family / New Medicine / Living Latin / Bird Central / Backyard Jungle

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #495 2/21/08

The Atoms Family

Made possible by the Museum of Science in Miami, this website teaches us
about "the world of the very small", including atoms, molecules and other
tiny particles of matter. Using the characters of the TV Show "The Adams
Family", the site functions as a fun learning tool for middle school and
high-school science students.

Meet the "Atoms Family" by visiting each monster's individual area,
including The Mummy's Tomb, Dracula's Library, Frankenstein's Lightning
Library, etc. More teacher than terror, each monster has a host of
educational games on subjects such as electricity, light, energy
conservation, kinetic and potential energy, atoms, molecules, and much more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

New Medicine

Every day more American nurses and doctors are beginning to embrace the
fact that good health care is the result of a balance of Eastern and
Western treatment plans. The companion website to the PBS program by the
same name, "The New Medicine" explores this hopeful movement that is
happening in hospitals around the United States.

Check out "The New Medicine" website and you will find yourself on a
fascinating journey into the subtle yet powerful connection between the
Human Mind, Body and Spirit. The site is stacked with useful features,
including a personal "Health Planner", a historical timeline of Integrative
Medicine, and an indexed guide of "Health Interests" filled with related
tips, stories, and ideas.


Living Latin

Although Latin is technically considered to be a "dead language", its
powerful influence lives on in the words and expressions found in most of
the world's languages (as well as Scientific, Legal, and Academic
circles). DailyWritingTips.Com presents this detailed list of common Latin
words, expressions, and phrases to help you learn more about this ancient
Roman language. Carpe Diem!
Shortened URL:


Bird Central

This website is a fun place on the Internet that enthusiastically
"celebrates the study and enjoyment of birds". Birdcentral.Net is filled
to the brim with photographs and information about the natural history of
birds from the continental United States.

Students, Teachers, and Bird lovers can check out this cool site, which is
dedicated to "learning science through the study of birds". Educational
features include a glossary, lesson plans for grades 5-12, pictorial
essays, and detailed information on the over six hundred species of birds
in the lower 48 states of America.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Backyard Jungle!

"Backyard Jungle" is a completely free, kid-friendly website that enables
users around the world to load photos, drawings, and descriptions about the
natural surroundings where they live. Kids and parents can visit this
PBS-created site to virtually map their "backyard", manage their personal
profile, and share discoveries with other users in the "Jungle".

The Backyard Jungle is filled with Science Games, Environmental Education,
and many other cool features and "discoveries" for kids. Children,
parents, and teachers can explore the "Backyards" of other members, which
are organized around three types of specific information individuals have
directly uploaded to the website.


Sun., July 20, 2008 - Lyrics Mode / Language Guide / Teacher Book Wizard

Sites found in:
Larry Ferlazzo's Website Update -- March, 2008


From the site:
“ is a comprehensive online music resource which is providing text lyrics for music compositions. At the current moment has more than 650,000 lyrics for more than 25,000 artists and this amount grows day-by-day.”


Language Guide
From the site:
Pictorial Vocabulary Guides
“ offers free sound integrated resources for learning languages. Place your cursor over an image and hear the word associated with it pronounced. Because of its visual interface, the Pictorial Vocabulary Guides can be used by anyone in the world, regardless of their native language.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Teacher Book Wizard
Teacher Book Wizard is an amazing free tool from Scholastic. It provides teachers with the book search tools you have wished for. Search the 50,000 book data base (from all different publishers, not just Scholastic) with several searching options. Search options include: leveled reading (grade level, Lexie Framework, guided reading, or DRA), a quick search when you know what you are looking for, Book Alike to find similar books at the reading level you need. Customize by reading and interest level, subject, genre, and more. The Teacher Book Wizard has quizzes and other resources to use with the books you find. Teachers and librarians can also find booktalks, author info, and download free lesson plans related to specific books.
Take the Teacher Book Wizard Tour.

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