Saturday, September 27, 2008


Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 - Map of Lewis & Clark's Journey

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute

Map of Lewis and Clark's Journey across the Western Part of America
Shortened URL:

From the site:

“On May 14, 1804, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and a group of more than forty explorers set out from Camp River Dubois at the mouth of the Missouri River to begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean. Their primary task was to survey the new lands west of the Mississippi River, but they also searched for a water route straight through to the Pacific, which they reached in November 1805… See a map of Lewis and Clark’s journey across the western part of America and learn more about the journey on our featured document page.”


Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 - Google Earth

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Google Earth 4.3: Software of the Month

One of the whizbang programs from Google in recent years has been Google
Earth, a downloadable application designated a "geographic browser". A
reasonably speedy computer, a broadband connection and Windows XP are among
the fairly specific requirements for the recently released version, 4.3
beta, of the application.

With a download of just over 7 MB and a slick and easy installation, so
slick that the program installs itself automatically in C:\ Program Files,
Google Earth offers the user some truly "wow" moments. From the dizzying
zoom to street level to a shift in focus to the other side of the globe,
this application provides amazing views, along with information and route
planning around the world. The images used are not in real time, being
between one and three years old. They are, however, regularly updated and
users can subscribe to a free newsletter "The Sightseer" which notes the
most recent image additions.

One of the most useful aspects of the program is its helpful driving
virtually any location is simply fun. The Places panel allows users to drag
a location from the search bar to a permanent spot, while the Layers panel
provides a range of points of interest in the Community Showcase section,
whether they be coffee shops or golf courses, banks or movie theaters.
Among the highlights of this latest version of Google Earth are realistic
photos of structures from a host of urban areas, and an interesting
sunlight effect which reveals the sun from dawn to dusk in a specific

It is not often that a computer program is both useful and entertaining;
generally it's one or the other -- a serious spreadsheet or a diverting
shoot 'em up -- but Google Earth achieves both, making it a great addition
to any "late model" computer with the necessary hardware.

Zoom over to the site for additional specifics on requirements,
screenshots, tutorials and the download link at:

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


Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 - Worldmapper

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, May 13, 2008

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, a collaborative project involving the Universities of
Sheffield and Michigan, offers a revealing exhibit to display visual
representations of critical global factors. Gentle Subscribers will
discover remarkable images of the earth adjusted for particular aspects.

"The world as you've never seen it before ... Worldmapper is a collection
of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the
subject of interest. There are now nearly 600 maps. ... The maps and data
files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few
others to include at least 99.95% of the world's population. ... The maps
presented on this website are equal area cartograms, otherwise known as
density-equalising maps. The cartogram re-sizes each territory according to
the variable being mapped." - from the website

The site features maps which redraw the earth with reference to specific
subjects, including wealth, education, housing, food, health, and
resources, among more than two dozen topics, and do so over a number of
years. Clicking on the Map Categories tab brings up the Basic section of
the exhibit, where the initial map shows the familiar earth, with
continents sized according to land mass. The next map, which plots the size
of countries according to population, displays a map with wildly distorted
continents to vividly reflect their populations, not their geographic
boundaries. Many of the maps are available in PDF format for printing as
posters. Brief commentaries are provided to clarify many of the cartograms.

Sail over to the site for a remarkable view of the world at:

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


Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 - U.S. Government Agency Webpages for Kids / FedStats / MapStats for Kids

Kids' Pages
From the site:
“Agency webpages for kids in elementary through high school. The webpages include fun facts, games, project ideas, and career information.”


From the site:
“Celebrating 10 years of making statistics from more than 100 agencies available to citizens everywhere.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"MapStats for Kids"
From the site:
“This site provides visitors with a fun way to explore statistical concepts and geography. "MapStats for Kids", using a series of games and web applications, introduces visitors to the rich sets of data Federal agencies make available through FedStats.”

Friday, September 26, 2008


Fri., Sept. 26, 2008 - WonderHowTo

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, May 9, 2008

Wonder How-To

Today's site offers a veritable bazaar of short film clips on how to do
practically anything, from the weird to the worthwhile. Gentle Subscribers
who find visual directions the most effect means to master a new skill, may
find this site both entertaining and instructive.

" is a community-fueled, search engine and directory for
Free How-To Video. ... we are focused on one clear organizing principle:
sourcing truly great, Free How-To Video ...we provide the largest, most
contemporary, and most diverse resource ... we ... add thousands of
revelatory videos each week ... Our sincere goal is to forward the nascent
revolution in free and generous video information." - from the website

From the essential technique of how to draw a circle outside a dot without
lifting the pen, to putting strings on a violin, to the indispensable life
skill of making linguine with clams, this site offers more than 30
categories of topics, with hundreds of sub-categories of how-to videos.
General subjects include a bountiful selection of topics, such as Fitness,
Gambling, Fine Arts, Food, Games, Sports, Outdoor Recreation and Pets.The
site is searchable, or for those feeling more random in their pursuit of
information, can be enjoyably browsed. Among the highlights are the Gems of
"Overlooked Great Videos", the "Recently Added", and the Hot section of the
current "Most Popular"; not to be overlooked is the amusing "Clip of the

Amble over to the site for an eclectic mix of how-to videos at:

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


Fri., Sept. 26, 2008 - OpenRoad TV

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, May 9, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:

I received an email from OpenRoad.TV, "The Traveler's Video Guide to the
American West." They suggested that their free, educational online videos
would be very useful for ClickScholars - especially those looking for real
time and virtual field trip ideas. I agree.

OpenRoad.TV was founded by television personality, Doug McConnell, who has
been the host of a San Francisco-based television program called "Bay Area
Backroads" for the past 15 years. Doug and his camera crew travel to
interesting places in the Western U.S. and film engaging stories that
educate viewers and inspire them to take a road trip too. McConnell is now
putting all of the best video content from "Bay Area Backroads" up on
OpenRoad.TV for free, organized geographically as well as by interest

When you get to the site, look for 2 menus in the center of the screen:

*EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS - Access the videos from specific-interest
categories such as:

Road Trips
...and more!

*EXPLORE THE TERRITORY - Access the videos based on geographic region in the
western U.S. such as:

...and other areas!

Click on any menu item to find links to the respective stories. You can
watch the video (be sure to turn on your speakers) and read the video
transcript. Some of the really amazing places archived here include:

-Alaska's Glacier Bay
-California's Gold Country
-Safari West African Adventure
-Lassen Volcanic National Park
-Yosemite National Park

There are over 180 travel videos live on the site now, with more going up
every week. Not only that, you can post your own stories along with video or
photos! For example, check out:

Gold Country Field Trip - The poster wrote, "I was lucky enough to be
selected as one of the drivers for my 4th grader's class trip to Gold
Country last year, and it was really something. I had never been to Gold
Country before, so while this was a learning experience for my son, I
learned a lot as well." If you decide to post one of your travel adventures
- please let ClickSchooling know! :)

This is a terrific website to take many virtual field trips - and to use as
a real-time travel guide if you plan on visiting the western U.S.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Fri., Sept. 26, 2008 - Saluting America's Veterans / 25 Years After "A Nation at Risk"

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 15, 2008
Read This Online :


Saluting America's Veterans
This site provides remembrances by veterans and their families about American war experiences. Includes material about World War I, World War II, and wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Some stories include photos. From American Profile, a weekly magazine carried in smaller newspapers across the country.
LII Item:


25 Years After "A Nation at Risk"
This April 2008 report, "A Nation Accountable," follows up on a 1983 "national report, 'A Nation At Risk' [which]. ... described stark realities like a significant number of functionally illiterate high schoolers, plummeting student performance, and international competitors." The 2008 report examines changes in curriculum content, standards and expectations, teacher quality, and related topics. Includes statistic charts and graphs. From the U.S. Department of Education.
LII Item:


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


Fri., Sept. 26, 2008 - PBS: Poetry Everywhere / NATURE: Dogs / Slavery and the Making of America

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: September 28-October 4, 2008

WGBH: Teachers' Domain
Poetry Everywhere: Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard," by Billy Collins
Lesson Plan
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12

Examine a poem to explore its basic theme - an exploration of
mother love - and use of language to evoke emotions. Discover
how the poet uses comparison, humor and irony to keep the
message of love from lapsing into a cliché.
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Dogs That Changed the World: The Rise of the Dog
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, September 28, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs
claim the wolf as their ancestor. But how did the wolf become
the domesticated dog, and how did the hundreds of breeds we
know today come to be so different? Using DNA analysis and
other research, scientists have now pieced together the puzzle
of canine evolution, creating a fascinating picture of how dogs
became an indispensable part of our own history. Part One of
Two. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Slavery and The Making of America
The Downward Spiral
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Friday, October 3, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
This groundbreaking series chronicles the institution of
American slavery from its origins in 1619. The first hour
covers the period from 1619 through 1739 and spotlights the
origins of slavery in America, focusing on Dutch New Amsterdam
(later New York City). Morgan Freeman narrates. (CC, Stereo, 1
[NOTE: Previously posted. Premiered February 9 and 16, 2005. - Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008 - Hypermedia Berlin

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Site of the Day, for Thursday, May 1, 2008

Hypermedia Berlin

Today's site, from the University of California at Los Angeles, originally
conceived and developed by those high flying folks at the Stanford
Humanities Lab, presents a historical perspective of one of the most
fascinating cities in Europe. Gentle Subscribers will discover a remarkable
urban exhibit which depicts the tumultuous history over the centuries of
what the city of Berlin has witnessed .

"Hypermedia Berlin is an interactive, web-based research platform and
collaborative authoring environment for mapping the cultural,
architectural, and urban history of a city space." - from the website

This Flash presentation uses a variety of elements to convey the turbulent
life of Berlin, from its earliest days in the thirteenth century to those
of the twenty-first. The main gallery map offers a variety of elements
simply by clicking on designated points. In the earliest history of the
city these tend to be primarily architectural but as the timeline
approaches the mid eighteenth century, historical figures become available
from the upper right side menu. As time moves towards the modern era more
sinister aspects are revealed, as designated by the circular pop-up
symbols, among which are photographs of notices of the chilling
prohibitions put in place during the 1930's. A notable example of how the
exhibit documents Berlin's history is through the iconic Brandenburg Gate,
revealing more than two centuries of radical change.

Stroll over to the exhibit to view this media-rich map of Berlin's dynamic
and powerful history at:

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


Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008 - Indigenous Australia

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Hi! It's Thursday, May 8, 2008 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Indigenous Australia

Age Range: 8 and up (Parents, as always, should preview material to
determine suitability of content.)

This is a terrific, interactive website that explores the history of
Australia through its indigenous cultures and their rich tradition of

When you get to the site you'll see a welcome message and a menu that

*About Indigenous Australia - Get information on Australia's cultural
heritage along with a timeline from pre-1500 through 2000.

*For Students - Find out how to navigate this website and check out the
factsheets with links to additional multi-media resources.

*Indigenous Australia Virtual Tour - Take a virtual tour of the Australian
Museum's galleries that feature artifacts of indigenous people. (There is
also a gallery devoted to Chinese dinosaurs!)

*Stories of the Dreaming - THIS IS THE BEST PART! Click on this and a new
page opens with a brief explanation of what you will find. Then, click on
"Story List" to open a menu featuring 20 folktales from the cultures of
Indigenous Australians. The stories are available in text, audio, and video
formats! As explained at the site, these stories and legends have been
handed down in the oral tradition since the beginning of time, since the


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008 - Highlight on Hispanic Heritage Month: Special Website on Mexico

From: Classroom
Highlight on Hispanic Heritage Month: Special Website on Mexico
“Are you looking for background information and activities for HispanicHeritage Month? History™ has created a special interactive site onthe history of Mexico with colorful images, an illustrated timeline,and online games. Students will learn about the diversity of thelandscape, the location of each Mexican state, and key milestones inMexican history. Log on to to visit this site!”


Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008 - Sites found in ResourceShelf May 2-8, 2008

Sites found in:
May 2-8, 2008


EIA Launches Plain Language Series to Explain Energy Topics

Energy in Brief
From the review:
Each Energy in Brief concisely answers a question of importance to the public. The goal is not to be exhaustive but to clearly cover the main points. The Briefs are designed to be visually-engaging web pages that are also printer-friendly.

Read the full review:
Shortened URL:


LC’s Federal Research Division Releases Updated Country Profile of Algeria


Web Tool Puts Wildlife Diseases on the Map

From the review:
Updated daily, the map displays pushpins marking stories of wildlife diseases such as West Nile virus, avian influenza, chronic wasting disease, and monkeypox. Users can browse the latest reports of nearly 50 diseases and other health conditions, such as pesticide and lead poisoning, by geographic location. Filters make it easy to focus on different disease types, affected species, countries, and dates.

Read full review:
Shortened URL:


Timelines: U.S. House of Representatives
Shortened URL:
From the site and timeline:

This interactive timeline features some of the significant institutional and legislative milestones important to both House practice and procedure, as well as U.S. history itself.

Source: Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives


Chemical Cuisine: A Guide to Food Additives (PDF; 3.2 MB)

From Press Release

Source: DocuTicker


Collected Learning Units

From the site:

Collected Learning Units in Mathematics
provides more than 200 instructional units in arithmetic, algebra, calculus, data analysis, fractions, geometry, number theory, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, probability, statistics, and trigonometry. The units were developed by teachers attending summer institutes sponsored by the National Security Agency.

Source: FREE/National Security Agency
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States (PDF; 1.2 MB)
Source: Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF)

From press release
Shortened URL:
Across the United States, where a child is born and raised can make a shockingly large difference to their chances of getting and staying healthy and then surviving to adulthood

From: DocuTicker


Acronym Dictionary
Let's be honest (LBH) - easy (EZ) is better. Get your message across quickly. The AIM acronym dictionary has the most common abbreviations that you (U) might come across while IMing with your friends. Good luck (GL) and have a nice day (HAND).
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


NBC launches ’social education’ site iCue

From a Beta News post:
NBC News’ educational arm NBC
Shortened URL:

Learn has launched iCue: part social network, part news source for students age 13 and up, built upon NBC’s vast video news archive…The “21st Century Classroom” is a major interest for NBC news, which in 2007 launched Archives on Demand –current and historic digital videos teachers can use for instructional purposes — which are available through a partnership with HotChalk, a library of teacher-contributed lesson plans and digital content for instructional usage, and Alloy Media’s ChannelOne, the 12-minute daily TV show, which has been available since 1989 to nearly 6 million middle- and high-school students in 8,000 schools.

Source: BetaNews

Gary Price
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The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Wed., Sept. 24, 2008 - Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civil Engagement

Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement.
A Curriculum Guide and Web Resources

From the site:
"Access, Analyze and Act" - a new curriculum designed to promote civic engagement and 21st century skills through the use of social media. The curriculum includes lesson plans and activities, an interactive political personality quiz for middle and high school students and three professional development videos for educators.”

Source: PBS Teachers Vote 2008


Wed., Sept. 24, 2008 - The Teacher's Guide to Intellectual Property and Creative Rights Education

The Teacher’s Guide to Intellectual Property and Creative Rights Education

From the site:
“The Creative Rights Education initiative was developed to create awareness of intellectual property rights, to foster a better understanding of the rights connected with creative content, and ultimately, to instill in students a personal respect for creative rights in a way that changes their behaviors and perceptions about digitally delivered content.

“This program, sponsored by Microsoft, offers a comprehensive set of cross-curricular classroom activities designed for grades 8-10 (but easily adaptable for use in grades 6-12) and organized into thematic units…”


Wed., Sept. 24, 2008 - Values, Quotations, Free Posters: Random Acts of Kindness for the Classroom

From the site:
“Values. No matter where we live, we live by values. And because they are worth more when we pass them on, the foundation for a better life chose these values to share. Explore each one here.”

From the site:
Quotes. Whether they were heroes, poets, scholars, or leaders, the brightest minds in human history have thought and written about values and their meanings. Search our quotation database by author, value, or specific word.

Free Posters
From the site:
“Resource center. The foundation for a better life offers free posters for educators in schools, hospitals, & non-profit organizations. Please submit your request using the form to the right, and thanks for helping to pass it on.”

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
For the Classroom


Wed., Sept. 24, 2008 - Respectfully Quoted / ThinkExist

Respectfully Quoted
A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service
From the site:
“The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate. In fulfilling decades of requests from Members of Congress for citation of quotations, the Library of Congress compiled the most frequently asked questions of the legislature for the edification of every citizen.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

****** Quotations
From the site:
“Search Now! More than 300,000 quotations by over 20,000 Authors.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Tues., Sept. 23, 2008 - Interview with Alice Walker

In Depth: Alice Walker
Shortened URL:
Video of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker discussing literature.
Watch program online.


Tues., Sept. 23, 2008 - KnightCite


From the site:
“KnightCite is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College. This service simplifies the often tedious task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style by formatting the given data on a source into a reliable citation, eliminating the need to memorize minute details of style for multiple kinds of sources. The service is provided free of charge by the college, and is available to members both within and outside of the Calvin community. There is no advertising on the site, and those who choose to register on the site will have the option of saving all of their citations and even multiple bibliographies to their account.”


Tues., Sept. 23, 2008 - Exploring Poets & Poetry / Making Connections Through Poetry / National Writing Project

Sites found in:
Connect-Eng, May 11, 2008
The newsletter of Web English Teacher


What's new at Web English Teacher?

Ken Mochizuki
Teacher guides for Baseball Saved Us and other books

William Miller
Teacher guides for Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree and other books for
young readers.


Exploring Poets and Poetry
Shortened URL:

Students construct a personal anthology of poetry (not their own). This 6-week unit is designed for 9th graders. It includes vocabulary, assessments, pacing guide, models, a graphic organizer for analyzing poetry, and a couple of activities. Access requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or compatible application.

See Also:


Making Connections through Poetry

Students use historical documents to create found poems. Site includes explanations and links to primary documents and images.


National Writing Project

The National Writing Project is an outstanding program for teachers. The link above leads to resources for teaching all kinds of writing. This is only one part of this outstanding Website, recently redesigned. If you haven’t visited recently, drop in and get re-acquainted!


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2008, Web English Teacher.


Tues., Sept. 23, 2008 - Sites found in ResourceShelf April 18-24, 2008

Sites found in:
April 18-24, 2008


LC’s Federal Research Division Releases Updated Country Profile of Germany

Library of Congress: Country Studies
Country Profiles
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Web Resource: Jewish Heritage Resources

From the introduction:
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.


Knowing Poe

From the site:
Knowing Poe introduces us to the life, works, and writing techniques of Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about point of view in “The Cask of Amontillado.” See Poe’s edits in subsequent versions of “The Lake.” Discover how he used code in “The Gold Bug” and others.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fuel Economy

“It’s a remarkably decent mix of educational and practical content. So even if you’re getting around on foot, bicycle or public transit, you’ll definitely want to have a look around here.”

Complete review:
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated - Phyllis ]


Psst! It’s no secret: copying is plagiarism

“It is extremely easy for students to make the mistake of cutting and pasting from the Internet,” said Catharine O’Connell, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Defiance College. “In the old days, when one had to type in text from a source, there wasn’t as much temptation, and it would have been very difficult to use large sections of a source without realizing it. Now, it is so easy to cut and paste that students can end up using large sections of someone else’s work almost before they know it… we believe it is important to have the conversation about plagiarism right at the beginning of a student’s career.”


New Science Tracer Bullet from LC: Science Education
From the Tracer Bullet intro:

Science matters. Almost no one disagrees. Agreement on how science is taught, the curriculum designed, the method used, and the measure of literacy achieved is quite another matter. Almost everyone has an opinion or suggestion. This compilation provides references and resources that highlight methods, curricula, standards, and strategies that promote learning in the nation’s elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Many of the books and resources list activities and projects designed to engage and capture the imagination of the K-12 student. Some provide incentives and novel ideas for science teachers, methods of integrating standards into the classroom, or new ways of making connections between mathematics and science, looking at physics, or exploring the environment. Other materials seek to inspire and enthuseres both teacher and student, to encourage further study and/or careers in the sciences, or to advance science literacy through the school into the community.

Source: Library of Congress
[NOTE: Includes Selected Internet Resources – Phyllis ]


Witnessing history first-hand: a new online edition of 19th century newspapers and periodicals

From the British Library News Release:
Free engravings to give away to every reader, satirical stories about the Royal Family and advice on whether it is correct for a recently widowed husband to marry his sister-in-law: these aren’t press features from today’s newsstands but from papers 150 years ago. All of this material becomes freely accessible as the British Library, Birkbeck College, King’s College London and Olive Software launch a complete digital edition of six 19th Century newspapers and periodicals on 13 May. Selected for their rich variety and originality, the titles offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th century life, and will resonate with students, researchers and the general public interested in subjects ranging from history, theology and politics through to art and feminism.

The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is a unique digital resource, which gives the user an informative, accessible and authentic experience of 19th century newspapers. The collection illustrates the phenomenal growth and transformation of the press in the 19th century and brings to life a society and century in flux.


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The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Monday, September 22, 2008


Mon., Sept. 22, 2008 - Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records

Site includes some videos and some content from the book: Human Body, Amazing Feats, Natural World, Science & Tech, Arts & Media, Modern Society, Travel & Transportation, and Sports & Games. The 2009 edition went on sale Sept. 17, 2008.


Mon., Sept. 22, 2008 - In Character

Recommended Site by PBS: Blythe Bennett

In Character

From Blythe Bennett:
Link to learn about fascinating characters in film, books, and popular culture. Book characters include Harriet the Spy, Hester Prynne, Elmer Gantry, Willy Loman, and Jim from Huck Finn. Hera audio clips online or download podcasts of prior shows.

From the site:
Over the past few months, NPR's In Character series has explored famous American fictional characters — who they are, how they've inspired us. At, audiences have been encouraged to respond to NPR's stories and to write essays about their own favorite characters.


Mon., Sept. 22, 2008 - The Medieval Bestiary

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day, for Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Medieval Bestiary

Today's site, from software developer and medieval scholar David Badke in
Victoria, British Columbia, offers a noteworthy presentation on animals,
both real and mythical, which captured the imagination of people in the
Middle Ages. Gentle Subscribers will discover an excellently produced and
rich resource which takes its name from the medieval books which contained
illustrations and information about real and fabled beasts.

"This web site deals with any and all aspects of the general topic "animals
in the Middle Ages", though there is an emphasis on the manuscript
tradition, particularly of the bestiaries, and mostly in western Europe.
The subject is vast, so this a large site, with well over 3000 pages, and
perhaps the best way to explore it is to just wander around." - from the

The site features an encyclopedia section with articles on subjects
relevant to the primary focus of animals of the medieval period, as well as
a collection of articles from various named contributors. The Digital Text
Library provides a useful resource for material from out of print
publications, while the Manuscript section acts as a scholarly reference
for medieval texts. The highlight of the presentation is the Beasts
section, with animals listed alphabetically by common name as well as by a
cross referenced index. Profusely illustrated and brimming with
information, this gallery of beasts includes material on general
attributes, chronologically annotated source references and images.

Soar over to the site for a fascinating look at animals which loomed in the
medieval mind at:

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


Mon., Sept. 22, 2008 - International Clown Hall of Fame Museum / Mary Wollstonecraft / Theoi Greek Mythology / Mythical Realm / Myths & Hearoes

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #93, May 1, 2008 from


The International Clown Hall of Fame Museum
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mary Wollstonecraft: A 'Speculative and Dissenting Spirit'
Shortened URL:


Exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Lady Gryphon's Mythical Realm


In search of myths and heroes
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Archives for this ezine
are available online here:

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Sun., Sept. 21, 2008 - Mekong Lifeways

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, April 25, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Mekong Lifeways

Age Range: 11-16 (The whole family can enjoy looking at the photos; further
down in this review is a link to another page on this site which includes a
few coloring pages also.)

This set of online photo albums provides a virtual tour of traditional
lifestyles of people in the Mekong Delta region of Viet Nam.

The sister site, , describes a
trip taken along the entire length of the Mekong River (not just Viet Nam).
This is also where you'll find the coloring pages.

One tricky characteristic of today's featured site is that the navigation
controls change location from page to page. Here is a quick summary so that
you will be able to get through the site without difficulty:

*** On the first page, the introduction runs down the right-hand column, and
you need to select a city from the six photos in the central column. Then,
on each city's main page, you need to scroll down to read the introduction
at the bottom of the large center/right column, then select a photo archive
from the left-hand column. Once inside each photo archive, you need to read
the information at the bottom center of the page, then navigate using the
thumbnails across the *top* of the screen. Don't worry, it's easier then it
sounds. :) ***

Each photo comes with a short caption; together this montage gives you a
little taste for the variety that exists here, and a bit of an idea of what
makes each of these six cities special.

Challenge for older students: Try to practice your speed reading on the
highly detailed descriptions that appear when you position your mouse over
each photograph. (If you missed the description, don't worry. Select a
different photo and then return back right away to the one you were trying
to read. :)

I was a little disappointed that this website did not include a map, but
here's another website with an interactive satellite map of the entire
Mekong Delta through Viet Nam up to the Cambodian border: . Mouse over each dot on the map to see
photos of these locations. See if you can find the one that appears on this
map and also was mentioned in today's virtual field trip. (You may have to
go back and forth between the two websites a few times and read them
carefully :)


MaryAnna Cashmore
& Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Sun., Sept. 21, 2008 - Kamikazee Stories / Kamikazee Diaries / U.N. Data

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 8, 2008
Read This Online :


"Wings of Defeat": Kamikaze Stories, Told in Person
2008 article and audio of a radio program about surviving kamikaze pilots ("the Japanese warriors trained to crash their planes into Allied targets in World War II") and a documentary about them "called 'Wings of Defeat,' which examines the frantic, desperate nationalism that engulfed Japan toward the end of the war. The film makes clear that the kamikaze corpsmen weren't volunteers." Includes video clips and links to related stories. From National Public Radio (NPR).
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Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers
Excerpt from a book with diaries from World War II Japanese kamikaze pilots. Describes how "toward the end of World War II, when an American invasion of Japan's homeland seemed imminent ... a navy vice admiral, invented the tokkotai ('Special Attack Force') operation" for which kamikaze were necessary. "Of the approximately four thousand tokkotai pilots, about three thousand were so-called boy pilots. ... Roughly one thousand were 'student soldiers.'" From the University of Chicago Press.
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This website "brings [United Nations] UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point ... Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system." Search across all databases, or use advanced search to select specific sources, years, and regions of the world. Includes a glossary. From the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
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Sun., Sept. 21, 2008 - The Merchants of Cool / Ian Fleming Centenary, 1908-2008 / Asian-Pacific American History & Culture

Sites found in:

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Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 24, 2008
Read This Online :

The Merchants of Cool
Website companion to a PBS Frontline program about "the merchants of cool: creators and sellers of popular culture who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic in America." Features a look at the work of cool hunters (researchers specializing in youth culture), teen opinions of the program, themes of the report, interviews, and holdings of media giants. Includes the full program, classroom guide, and related material about cool hunting.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Ian Fleming Centenary, 1908-2008
"2008 marks the centenary of the birth of the writer, Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. To mark Ian Fleming's extraordinary and lasting contribution to British culture and to celebrate his life, various events are planned throughout the year." This site provides a brief biography of this author of the James Bond novels and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," audio of Fleming speaking about basic ingredients of thriller writing, bibliography and details about centennial events.
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Asian Pacific American History and Culture
Compilation of Smithsonian Institution resources on Asian American history and culture, covering topics such as ancestor worship and Chinese-American teenagers, Japanese Americans during World War II, and Hawaiian luaus. From Encyclopedia Smithsonian.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


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Sun., Sept. 21, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, May 9, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 9, 2008
Volume 14, Number 18
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


The Trial of Sacco & Vanzetti

In 1927, Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for
the armed robbery of two pay-clerks in South Braintree, Massachusetts in
1920. Their case became a cause celebre across the world, as many felt that
their trial was prejudiced by the prevailing anti-immigrant and anti-
anarchist sentiment of the time. This collection of documents related to
their trial is offered as part of the "Famous Trials" site created by
Professor Douglas Linder at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School
of Law. Visitors to the site can view a chronology of events, maps,
biographies of the trial participants, and statements from the sentencing
phase of the trial. Additionally, visitors can also read letters written
from Sacco and Vanzetti during their incarceration and also look over a
selection of images from their trial. The site is rounded out by a thorough
bibliography and a short collection of additional websites. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other trials from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936

During August 1936, Adolf Hitler's Nazi government played host to the Summer
Olympics and many international observers and commentators wondered whether
the United States might elect to boycott the Games entirely. They did not,
and the triumphs of runner extraordinaire Jesse Owens were a highlight of
those rather dark times in Germany. This engaging online exhibit on the
Summer Games of 1936 was created by the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum to complement a recent in situ exhibit at their headquarters in
Washington, D.C. Visitors can make their way through sections that include
"Germany", "Sports", "Boycott", "To Berlin", and "The Aftermath". Each
section contains brief essays on each subject, nicely complemented by period
photographs, digitized documents, and other items of historical importance.
Visitors should not miss the "Boycott" section, as it contains first-hand
recollections from various athletes on the situation in Berlin, including
the perspective of Jesse Owens. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Leonardo da Vinci's Geometric Sketches
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How do you solve a problem like solids, mathematically speaking? Well, you
could use this rather fascinating resource provided by the Convergence
magazine. Offered as an educational resource by the Mathematical Association
of America (MAA), this particular resource brings together the work of the
Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli (c.1445-1509) and the geometric sketches of
Leonardo Da Vinci. Both men were interested in geometry, and this piece
offers up a number of plate facsimiles of illustrations created by Da Vinci.
Here visitors will find an introduction to this educational resource, along
with illustrations of cubes, octahedrons, and cylinders. The accompanying
article was written by Frank J. Swetz, and it is easy to see how these
materials could be incorporated into a classroom discussion about the
history of mathematics. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Exploratorium: Microscope Imaging Station

In the summer of 2004, the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco unveiled
their very ambitious and interesting microscope facility. Over the past few
years they've spent a considerable amount of time and money on this project,
and they've also created this fine website to offer those far away from the
Bay area some access to this project. First-time visitors will want to click
on the "Features" area to get started. Here they can look at the cells of
sea urchins, blood, zebrafish, and frogs. Each feature has images of the
cells, along with complete background material on the work that is being
done through the use of these high-powered images. The "Gallery" is a great
place to stop next, as it contains dozens of high-resolution images and
movies created with research-grade microscopes. Here visitors can learn
about cell motility, development, and immune response through looking over
this extensive gallery that covers the gamut of different cellular
activities. Finally, the site also contains an "Activities" area that
includes classroom activities, printable flipbooks, and desktop wallpaper.
[KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Old Sturbridge Village: Collections

Located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village is a living
museum which seeks to offer a portrait of rural life in New England from the
1790s to the 1830s. Their collection of archival materials contains over
60,000 artifacts made or used by rural New Englanders. A healthy selection
of these items are available for viewing on this site, and visitors with a
penchant for material culture, folkways, and American rural history will be
find much to keep themselves occupied here. First-time visitors to the site
may wish to read the brief overview offered here and then click on through
to the "Online Collections" tab. Here visitors can perform searches across
the entire collection or just view one of the 14 thematic collections
offered in this area. These collections include "Ceramics and Glass", "Fine
Art", "Foodways", and "Native American". The "Foodways" section is quite a
find, as visitors can look over a nice selection of sauce pans, kettles, and
a rather elaborate step stove. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Marine Mammal Commission [pdf]

Established in 1972 under Title II of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of
1972, the Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) is primarily concerned with "the
protection and conservation of marine mammals." Visitors to the site can
learn more about the MMC's work, read pending and recent pieces of
legislation related to the protection of marine mammals, and also look over
testimony proffered to Congress by members of the MMC. Most visitors will
want to look over the "Species" section as it contains information on those
particular mammals that are currently covered under the Protection Act.
Researchers and policy analysts will most likely want to look at the
"Reports" area as well. Here they will find annual reports, workshop
reports, and timely publication like February 2008's "The Biological
Viability of the Most Endangered Marine Mammals and the Cost-effectiveness
of Protection Programs". [KMG]


After 66 years, the University of Washington will confer honorary
degrees upon Japanese Americans whose studies were interrupted by time in
internment camps

For WWII internees, UW degrees come after 66-year wait
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Man who helped inspire ceremony may not attend
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Japanese American Exhibit and Access Project

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project [Real Player, Quick Time]

U.S. Office of War Information: Japanese Relocation

Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

Ryo Kumasaka is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of
Washington in a few days, but he's not sure whether or not he'll show up to
receive it. Kumasaka's situation is a bit different than most students
today, as his studies were interrupted by a decision by the United States
government to move thousands of Japanese Americans to internment camps
several months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A number of people moved
to these camps happened to be students at the University of Washington, and
after the war was over, some were able to return to finish their degrees and
some were not. Several faculty members at the University of Washington have
been working to make the degrees a reality, including Gail Nomura, who
recently commented, "We don't want this story to be forgotten. Civil
liberties are a special thing. Only when we lose them do we realize how
important it is to protect and defend them all." While a number of
Kumasaka's former classmates will be at the commencement ceremony on May
18th in Seattle, he remains a bit ambivalent about the honor, "I can take it
or leave it. It doesn't matter one way or the other. It's too late for that
to have any effect on my life." [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a news article from this Monday's
Seattle Times about the upcoming honorary degree ceremony at the University
of Washington. The second link leads to another article from the Seattle
Times about Kumasaka, complete with an audio clip of him talking about his
experiences on the way to the internment camp. Moving on, the third link
leads to the Japanese American Exhibit and Access Project at the University
of Washington Libraries. Here visitors can view images from the camps, read
oral histories of the students who were moved to the camps, and also look
over a number of historical documents from the period. The fourth link takes
users to the Densho Digital Archives site, which provides access to many
hours of interviews with Japanese Americans who spent time in the internment
camps and a wide range of related educational resources. The fifth link
leads to a film created by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1943 that
attempts to offer a justification for the relocation of thousands of
Japanese Americans into the internment campus. Finally, the last link will
take users to a moving exhibit of photographs taken by Ansel Adams at the
internment camp in Manzanar, California in 1943 offered by the American
Memory project at the Library of Congress. [KMG]


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