Saturday, August 16, 2008


Sat., Aug. 16, 2008 - Green Dreams (Biofuel)

Green Dreams (Biofeuls)
From the site:
“Making fuel from crops could be good for the
planet—after a breakthrough or two”

Interactive: Compare Biofuels
Shortened URL:
“Growth Industry: See how emerging biofuels compare and hear about the benefits and potential costs of alternative fuels.”


Sat., Aug. 16, 2008 - Plug Me In! Futuristic Hybrid Cars

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Plug Me In! -- Futuristic Hybrid Cars

Today's ebullient site, from those enthusiastic folks at the Why Files,
offers an exhibit exploring everyone's favorite new automotive technology
-- hybrid cars. Gentle Subscribers will discover a presentation which
explores the upside of these new vehicles, while noting any of their

"Between the near-record price of crude oil and the warnings about the end
of the petroleum age, it's a great time to be hawking hybrid cars. ...
Today's hybrid cars are real gas sippers. But plug-in hybrids will have
much longer all-electric range, use much less energy, and open the door to
greater use of solar and wind power!" - from the website

The exhibit's introductory section highlights the main difference between
today's hybrid cars and what is expected to be the defining aspect of
future hybrids. Explaining the capabilities of battery driven vehicles, the
article focuses on the striking fact that electric motors are more
efficient than gasoline engines, thus reducing operating costs. A helpful
array of clarifying diagrams and tables displays the nuts and bolts of
hybrid plug-ins. Revealing how auto manufacturers have done an about-face
on electric cars, some of the challenges of their manufacturing process are
briefly explored. A concluding section speculates on some of the
advantageous spin-offs which may arise from a widespread use of plug-in

Wheel over to the site for a noteworthy exhibit on what may become the car
of the future at:

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


Sat., Aug. 16, 2008 - Office of Defects Investigation / Kelly Tires

Sites found in:

Volume 10, Issue 4
April, 2008

Office of Defects Investigation (ODI),
If you're thinking of buying a used car, you might want to check out the
Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a division of the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On this site, you can file a
complaint, search complaints, search defect investigations and safety
recalls, read service bulletins and more. To search a recall, just enter the
year make and model of your car. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Kelly Tires
Kelly Tires offers a
"closer look at how tires function, so you can be confident in your tire
purchase." The lesson is presented in four categories -- terminology, basic
training, safe passage and staying in shape. Basic Training teaches you to
"read your tire," which means find all the important information contained
on the side (sidewall) of your tire. This includes tire type, width,
construction, wheel diameter, load index, speed rating and more. Click on
"Safe Passage" and you can download the entire Kelly's Complete Tire Safety
Guide. "Staying in Shape" describes what you should do and what your auto
professional should do to keep your tires in the best working order.

Provided by Hara Cohen from the Commack Public Library.


Sat., Aug. 16, 2008 - Sites found in ResourceShelf, Mar. 27-Apr. 3, 2008

Sites found in:
Mar. 27-Apr. 3, 2008


Free -- Adobe opens shop on Web-based Photoshop Express

Adobe Systems opened up Photoshop Express on Thursday, its long-anticipated Web-based image editor aimed at the millions of consumers that want a simple way to touch up, share, and store photos.

Photoshop Express, available for free with 2 gigabytes of storage at, is a significant departure from Adobe’s desktop software business and a big bet that it can make money offering Web services directly to consumers.

The application, which needs Flash Player 9 to run, pushes the limits of browser-based applications and will likely ratchet up the competition on the dozens of free and online photo-editing products available now (see our full review of Photoshop Express
[ ] and gallery of screen shots [ ] of the application).

Source: CNET


Rocketinfo Launches New Version of News Search Engine
A online news search pioneer releases some new technology.

From the announcement: goes further, working with news seekers to bring them what they are looking for by creating easy to configure, user-defined feeds from a database of over 60,000 sources, and growing… introduces the Topic Discovery Engine, which expands a contextual search to include blog posts, photos, video clips and research data, besides an abundance of updated and historical news. The Topic Discovery Engine examines all 60,000 news sources; it collects, analyzes and categorizes news stories; and then updates category pages, topic pages and related RSS feeds. Topic pages, a new feature at, highlight popular news topics by displaying related news stories, blog posts, photos and noteworthy quotes.

Source: News Release


Lists & Rankings: Brands With the Biggest Impact (2008)

What brands do people select as having the biggest impact in various situations?

Apple and Google top several of the lists.

All of the rankings can be accessed here.

[NOTE: Earlier ranking previously posted. - Phyllis ]


FROM: Docuticker
Student Speech Rights in the Digital Age
Source: Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

The dramatic increase in the number of student speech cases involving the digital media begs for a closer examination of the scope of school officials’ authority to censor the expression of minors as well as the scope of juvenile speech rights generally. Permitting schools to restrict student speech in the digital media would necessarily interfere with the free speech rights juveniles enjoy when they are outside the schoolhouse gates. Those scholars who support censorship to protect children do not contend that children fall entirely outside of the First Amendment, but they have argued that they are entitled to lesser or reduced rights. Some point to the line of Court decisions upholding efforts to protect minors from sexually explicit expression as evidence that minors have limited speech rights. Others contend that the theoretical justifications for the First Amendment — the promotion of self-government, the search for truth in the marketplace of ideas, and the fostering of autonomy and self-fulfillment — apply with limited force to minors and warrant reduced protection. Various members of the Court have suggested that the need to defer to school officials outweighs student speech rights due to the need to support parental decision-making, the in loco parentis doctrine, the inherent differences between children and adults, and the so-called special characteristics of the school environment.

This Article takes a close look at all of the various justifications for limiting juvenile speech rights and concludes that none of them supports granting schools broad authority to limiting student speech in the digital media, even with respect to violent or harassing expression. Furthermore, this Article argues the tests that most courts and commentators have applied to determine whether student speech falls within a school’s authority to act grant schools far too much authority to restrict juvenile speech rights in general. Even the application of Tinker’s material disruption test is troubling because that standard was never designed to deal with digital expression. The Article concludes the primary approach that schools should take to most digital speech is not to punish or restrict such expression, but instead to educate their students about how to use digital media responsibly.

+ Full Paper (PDF; 420 KB)


NOAA Debuts “Nautical Charts” As New Elementary Multimedia Educational Tool

NOAA's National Ocean Service
is launching today a new multimedia elementary educational program, Nautical Charts, at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association in Boston.

Designed in cooperation with NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey for students at the third through fifth grade level, the media rich activity teaches young people about charting and navigation. Nautical Charts is available online at

The activity uses animation to teach chart symbols, safe boating, and why nautical charts are important. Students have access to movies, sounds, pictures, and links to other resources. This activity uses the same characters and methodology employed in a similar multimedia tool, Sea Floor Mapping, launched last year online at

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Say Hello to Green File, Free from EBSCO;

From the web site:

GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. GreenFILE’s initial release will include A&I for more than 600 titles, including comprehensive coverage “from to volume 1, issue 1 to present” for Bioscience (back to 1964), Conservation Biology (back to 1987), Journal of Ecology (back to 1913) and Journal of Environmental Planning & Management (back to 1948). The total number of records is approximately 295,000, and full text is provided for more than 4,600 records from open access titles.
Note: Be sure to set a bookmark for This link takes you directly to the GreenFILE

Source: EBSCO (via Suber’s OA News)

See Also: More Free Databases from EBSCO

(LISTA) Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

(TRC)Teacher Reference Center
Teacher Reference Center (TRC)
This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.


AOL Autos Launches Largest Site for U.S. Used Car Listings
From the announcement:

AOL Autos,, today announced an open marketplace for used cars, providing car buyers with access to more than 2.5 million vehicles for sale in the United States and a new set of search and filter tools to more easily find a car that fits their needs.

The AOL Autos used car marketplace features a new intuitive search function that enables users to search for used, certified pre-owned, and private-seller listed cars using natural language queries (e.g., black Honda Civic). Users can filter results based on make, model, price, body style and more, resulting in more relevant listings.

In the coming months, additional enhancements to the site will include Spanish language listings, video listings and more posting services for sellers.

Source: News Release


Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Friday, August 15, 2008


Fri., Aug. 15, 2008 - Stevesie News

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

[URLwire] Cornell Undergrad Launches - Intelligent News Search Engine
Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 3:21 PM
To: "URLwire - News of Useful, Unique and Educational Web Content"

Cornell Undergrad Launches - Intelligent News Search

Tired of drudging through headline after headline to stay informed?
Stevesie News makes it easy to stay up-to-date with the world.
Created by Cornell Undergraduate student Steve Spagnola, Stevesie
finds live news from hundreds of sources across the web. Next, an
artificial brain comprehends the most recent headlines to decide
what's important and how different news stories relate to one

Stevesie's artificial brain mimics how our brains store and retrieve
memories, constructing an associative network of news and keyword
relations. The result of all this complicated-sounding work is a great
way to experience the news.

How Stevesie Works
Stevesie effectively presents the news through buzzwords, pictures,
and related topics, not just the headlines. Command your news
experience with the instant search feature; just start typing to see
what's going on in the world. Surf through the news by related topics
to see the trends unfold.

Stevesie also presents a superior variety of headlines for each topic
by not just concentrating on breaking stories.

Said Spagnola, "Stevesie News is based on a new form of artificial
intelligence that models biological behavior in our brains. I
personally wrote everything during my spare time at an internship in
Silicon Valley this summer. I hope folks enjoy Stevesie and look
forward to feedback for how to improve it.

Permanent URL:


Fri., Aug. 15, 2008 - Education Podcast Network

Education Podcast Network
From the site:
“The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Aug. 15, 2008 - Science Cartoons

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, March 28, 2008

Science Cartoons

Today's site features the whimsical world of science cartoonist Sidney
Harris. Gentle Subscribers, even without a science degree, may find his
piquant sense of humor entertaining and amusing.

"For years, the cartoons of S. Harris have added humor to innumerable
magazines, books, newsletters, ads and web sites." - from the website

This collection includes cartoons in more than twenty-five categories, from
astronomy to sociology. No scientific discipline is immune to Harris's keen
wit as he pokes fun at the search for extraterrestrial life in deep space
and the chemical wizards busy turning petroleum into food products and vice
versa. Science, however, is not the only target of Harris's barbs. The
arts, too, come in for some subtle prodding, as Harris throws darts at
literature, law and government.

Slip over to the site for a diverting browse through the witty world of
Sidney Harris at:

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


Fri., Aug. 15, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Wisdom of the Wild / NOVA: scienceNOW / Illicit: The Dark Trade

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: August 17-23, 2008

Nature: Wisdom of the Wild
On-Air & Online Sunday , August 17, 2008, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

This episode illustrates some of the surprising ways in which animals help teach, heal and strengthen people in body, mind and spirit. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Shortened URL:

On-Air & Online Wednesday , August 20, 2008, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates whether a "doomsday asteroid" the size of the Rose Bowl will hit the earth in 2036, and explores what the consequences could be -- and what steps NASA could take to avoid this catastrophe. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below – Phyllis ]


On-Air & Online Wednesday , August 20, 2008, 9 - 10:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts segments about epigenetics; a story about a sculpture on the CIA campus; a discovery about T-Rex by housewife-turned-scientist Mary Schweitzer; and a profile of Arlie Petters, who holds a joint appointment in math and physics at Duke University. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Illicit: The Dark Trade
On-Air & Online Thursday , August 21, 2008, 10 - 11:00 pm
Grade Range: 9-12

Based on the best-seller Illicit by Moises Naim, this film tracks the manufacture and sale of goods ranging from fake purses and DVDs to counterfeit pharmaceuticals that can have a devastating impact on human beings, showing how the even most innocuous trades are connected in a global epidemic generating $3 trillion per year and unimagined human suffering. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Copyright 2008 PBS Online.


[NOTE: These NOVA scienceNOW shows are rebroadcasts. Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NOVA Presents NOVA scienceNOW
Rebroadcast: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
(NOVA scienceNOW airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local
listings as broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be
used up to one year after it is recorded off the air.)

On Wednesday, tune-in at 8 p.m. for two repeat episodes of NOVA

The first hour considers the threat of an asteroid named Apophis
hitting Earth, reports on scientists' efforts to add to the Periodic
Table of the Elements, explores the biology of obesity, and takes a
look at one innovative engineer who is a roboticist by day and
fiction writer by night. (Subjects covered: chemistry, health
science, space science)

The second hour, starting at 9 p.m., takes a look at epigenetics,
examines preserved soft tissue in dinosaur fossils, explores the
coded structure, Kryptos, and interviews a world-class mathematician
and cosmologist from a rural village in Belize. (Subjects covered:
life science, mathematics, paleontology, physics,


The Asteroid That Hit L.A.
Try out three "what if" scenarios with our catastrophe
calculator and discover the likelihood and potential effects of
any of three sizes of asteroids impacting Earth. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Hunting Meteorites
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson on a trip to the Mojave Desert as he
talks with meteorite hunter Rob Matson to learn all about
meteorites. Running time: 3 minutes 42 seconds. (QuickTime,
RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8,

Ask the Expert
NASA's Don Yeomans answers viewer questions about Apophis and
the asteroid threat in general. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Island of Stability

An Elemental Quiz
Test your knowledge of some chemistry basics in this
eight-question quiz. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Heavy-element guru Ken Moody answers viewer questions about the
search for new elements to add to the periodic table. (Grades


Keeping the Weight Off
Learn about the role of genetics in obesity, why it is harder to
keep weight off than to lose it, the role the hormone leptin may
play in keeping lost weight off, and more in this interview with
Dr. Michael Rosenbaum of Columbia University. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Researcher Jeffrey Friedman answers viewer questions about
leptin, obesity, and weight-loss research. (Grades 9-12)

Profile: Karl Iagnemma

On the Nature of Being Karl Iagnemma
Read about what draws this young MIT researcher to both
engineering and fiction writing, and find out how he balances
his life among science, writing, and family. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Karl Iagnemma answers viewer questions about his life and work.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12).

Also Teacher's Guides, Links and Books, program transcripts, and more.

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "NOVA scienceNOW"
Rebroadcast: Wednesday, August 20, 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.)

T. Rex Blood?

Inside the Bones
See in this slide show what Mary Schweitzer's team found within
the primordial remains of everything from a mammoth to a
Triceratops. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Paleontologist Mary Schweitzer answers viewer questions about
the preservation of soft tissues in ancient fossils and its
implications for researchers. (Grades 9-12)


A Tale of Two Mice
Hear in this audo slide show how the epigenome can make
identical-twin mice appear so different.
(Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades
6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Randy Jirtle, a geneticist in the Department of Radiation
Oncology at Duke, answers viewer questions about epigenetics and
how our lifestyles might affect the health of our children and
even grandchildren. (Grades 9-12)


Cryptography 101
Learn different ways to make a message secret. (Flash Plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Send a Secret Message
Use the NOVA encoder to send a secret message to a friend.
(Flash Plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Artist James Sanborn, the mastermind behind the
still-partly-unsolved Kryptos puzzle, answers questions about
making--and breaking--codes. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Arlie Petters

Seeing the Big Picture
Learn more about Arlie Petters' personal journey and how it has
given him perspective on both the deep cosmos and the divide
between rich and poor countries. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Arlie Petters answers viewer questions about his life and work.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Also Teacher's Guides, Links and Books, program transcripts, and more.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Thurs., Aug. 14, 2008 - 101 Best Genealogy Web Sites for 2008

101 Best Genealogy Web Sites for 2008
[NOTE: The 2007 list was previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 14, 2008 - EduHound Sites Sets

EduHound Site Sets

From the site:
“EduHound Site Sets are collections of topic-based online education resources.”


Thurs., Aug. 14, 2008 - Best Information on the Net

Best Information on the Net

Links to:
Resources by Major
Hot Paper Topics
Alphabetical Index
Student Resources
Faculty Resources
Online Reference Resources
Current Events
Resources for Librarians

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 14, 2008 - Best Websites for Students Exploring Jobs & Careers / Best Websites for Lerning and Teaching Geography

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

From the newsletter:
“The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers”
Shortened URL:

“The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography”
Shortened URL:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Wed., Aug. 13, 2008 - The Biology Project

The Biology Project
From the site:
“Welcome to The Biology Project, an interactive online resource for learning biology developed at The University of Arizona. The Biology Project is fun, richly illustrated, and tested on 1000s of students.”

Lesson Plans and Activities by Middle & High School Teachers in our General Biology Program for Science Teachers

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Aug. 13, 2008 - The Biology Place

Site found in:
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:55 PM
Subject: newsletter #64

The Biology Place
“From Pearson Prentice Hall educational publishers, this new web portal
gives high school and college students free access to a multitude of
biology resources and tutorials that work with all textbooks. There are
three interactive sections: BioCoach, LabBench and Glossary. The
BioCoach allows students to "visualize and apply their understanding of
biological concepts. During these practice activities, students
manipulate graphs, complete biological puzzles, and answer questions."
The LabBench provides students with pre- and post-lab reviews.
Animations and interactive questions connect laboratory procedures to
biological principles. Designed for advanced students, these activities
correspond to the AP Lab Manual and include sections on key concepts,
experiment design, analysis of results, as well as a lab quiz. The
Glossary is a comprehensive, online, easily accessible listing of
definitions of the key biological concepts and terms introductory
students are likely to encounter.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Aug. 13, 2008 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Shortened URL:
>From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, this site provides resources for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Events that might cause PTSD include rape, physical abuse, an airplane or car crash, war or others. For most people, PTSD starts about three months after the event. However, sometimes signs of PTSD show up years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.

Source: Refdesk [site-of-the-day]:


Wed., Aug. 13, 2008 - The Charlie Rose Science Series

The Charlie Rose Science Series
Watch all hour-long episodes on streaming video
From the site:
“The Charlie Rose Science Series is an exploration of the advances being made in scientific research, their contribution to our understanding of the world around us, and how these breakthroughs may be applied to improving human health.

“Over the course of the series, twelve episodes aired on Charlie Rose featuring distinguished scientists and guests. Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate and President of Rockefeller University, joined Charlie Rose as co-host of the series.

“As the world leader in biomedical research and development, we are committed to increasing public understanding of science and science education.

“Pfizer is proud to sponsor The Charlie Rose Science Series.”

The Brain
The Human Genome
Stem Cells
Heart Disease
Global Health
Human Sexuality
Disease of the Brain
The Promise of Science

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Tues., Aug. 12, 2008 - NOVA: What's Up with the Weather? / Global Warming: Early Warning Signs / Global Warming: Causes and Effects

NOVA: What's up with the Weather?
From the site:
“The overwhelming majority of scientists agree: earth's temperature has risen during the past century. But is it due to man's use of fossil fuel energy? And if so, how can we prevent the catastrophic results that some scientists predict if global warming continues?” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Global Warming: Early Warning Signs
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Global Warming: Causes and Effects


Tues., Aug. 12, 2008 - EPA: Climate Change Kids Page / Global Warming Movie

The EPA Climate Change Kids Page
(Climate Change & Earth Process Animations)

Global Warming Movie


Tues., Aug. 12, 2008 - History of Global Warming / Hot World, Cold Comfort: The Politics of Climate Change

History of Global Warming

From: Hot World, Cold Comfort – The Politics of Climate Change

Climate Change — International Perspectives
The Climate Change Debate
History of Global Warming
The Clear Skies Initiative
Environmental Resource Map
Climate Change FAQs and Resources
Environment and Community
California's Emissions Law
Auto Emissions and the Environment

Link to Watch the Streaming Video (22:26)

Complete Transcript


Tues., Aug. 12, 2008 - JetStream: the National Weather Service Online Weather School


From the site:
“Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety.

“The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornados, tropical storms, cyclones and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are "Learning Lessons" which can be used to enhance the educational experience.”

Monday, August 11, 2008


Mon., Aug. 11, 2008 - Unit Converter

Unit Converter
Convert almost any unit of measurement to another.


Mon., Aug. 11, 2008 - MathMovesU

From the site:
“Raytheon's MathMovesU is an innovative program designed to engage middle school students with math at an age when their interest in the subject typically declines. Raytheon believes that tomorrow's engineers and technologists need to be excited by and interested in math today.

At, middle school students can enter a "virtual world" of math and engage with games, polls, flash cards, word problems, and factoids all centered on their passions: music, sports, and fashion… The MathMovesUniversity section of the site features a glossary of math terms and a large number of hands-on worksheets for students looking for additional help and support.”

May have to register. Then select a character, grade level, and indicate girl or boy. Click save


Mon., Aug. 11, 2008 - Tidepool Math / Kids' Pages (MMS U.S. Dept. of the Interior)

[NOTE: See Also: Kids’ Pages, Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, March 31, 2008 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MMS Pacific OCS Region: Tidepool Math

Age Range: 5-17

ClickSchooler MaryAnna discovered this website that offers FREE math lessons
and activities for grades K-12 that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math
Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

K-8 - This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become
familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting,
estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the intertidal
environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

High School - This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and
exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased
awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in intertidal habitats. It
helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and
targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and
means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use
simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises
refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided
for free on the website as well.

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals
and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with
scientific information and cool facts on the back - similar to what you'd
find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own - a trip to
the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to
enhance the learning.

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., Aug. 11, 2008 - Sites from Don's Patch, #91, April 1, 2008

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #91, April 1, 2008 from


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Bibliomania: Short Stories
[NOTE: Study Guides previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Dave's Short Course in Trigonometry
[NOTE: Previously posted.
See Also: Home Page
Scroll down to: Mathematics web pages

Some of the web pages:

History of Mathematics

Chronological List of Mathematicians

Dave's Humor in Mathematics
- Phyllis ]


Latitude: The Art and Science of Fifteenth-Century Navigation
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


An interesting clock


[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The American Orphan Trains.


World English
English languages activities, exercises and tests.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Illuminated Middle Ages
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Sun., Aug. 10, 2008 - Evaluating the Research Process

Sites found in:
InfoBytes Rubrics for Research Projects and What's New for Summer

March 25, 2008 Evaluating the Research Process

Rubrics to Evaluate Student Research Process Tasks

Research Process Rubric – Elementary
Research Process Rubric – Middle School
Shortened URL:
UW-Stout online instructor Karen Franker has developed two ready-to-use rubrics for students and their instructors to effectively assess the major steps of the research process --planning, gathering, organizing, citing and presenting information.

Research Process Rubric - High School and Community College
Joyce Valenza's research process rubric assesses 6 performance areas.

21st Century Literacies
AT&T and UCLA have developed a Website with individual lessons focusing on aspects of essential research skills including questioning, identifying/collecting, evaluating, sensemaking, reflecting/refining, using information and assessing the final product.

21st Century Information Fluency
The staff members at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, including UW-Stout online instructor Dennis O’Connor, have developed free tools, games, and tutorials to help students effectively locate, use and evaluate digital information. Try the excellent “Getting Started” page for “mini lessons” on such topics as “Thinking Outside the Search Box.”


Sun., Aug. 10, 2008 - The Credibles (Can we trust what we read on the net?)

The Credibles
From Thinkquest:
“Information on the internet is of varying quality, ranging from the trustworthy to the outright false. Our site guides readers in assessing the credibility of information they encounter on the internet. Issues such as the legitimacy of online information, censorship, and the use of the internet to spread sensational stories, are explored.”
“can we trust what we read on the net?”

Source: Thinkquest 2007
2nd Place - age 19 and Under


Sun., Aug. 10, 2008 - Sites to See: Online Literacy

Sites to See: Online Literacy (Hoax Sites)
From the site:
“More than three dozen pseudo-sites to use for media literacy lessons throughout the year.

According to a 1997 statistical summary of public Web usage, in 1993, the approximately 1.3 million computer users with an Internet connection could visit a grand total of 130 Web sites. Most of those sites were developed and maintained by universities and government agencies.

Slightly more than ten years later, online visitors can choose from hundreds of millions of Web pages -- at sites created by experts, pseudo-experts, enthusiasts, fanatics, and the just plain ignorant. Today's Web surfers are presented with choices that early denizens of the Internet barely dreamed of.

For many educators, however, that dream has become a nightmare. With so many exemplary resources -- and so much artfully packaged trash…” <<>>

[NOTE: Previously posted. Sites updated 03/23/2007 - Phyllis ]


Sun., Aug. 10, 2008 - Best Tools for Visualization / ilike2learn / Read the Words

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, March 21, 2008


The Best Tools for Visualization - ReadWriteWeb
Shortened URL:
I believe that the future for reference services is not so much finding information for people but helping them understand it, and visualization is one of the best ways of making complex information intelligible. There's a nice set of tools to try out here.


So, how much do you know about geography? Try to locate some of these countries and states on the maps and find out.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Read The Words
a free online service that will allow you to upload English, French or Spanish text, in Word or PDF or HTML, and have it read aloud to you, or made available as a download for your MP3 player.
[NOTE: Free registration is required. – Phyllis ]


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