Saturday, October 04, 2008


Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 - World's Most Creative Buildings

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, April 25, 2008

World's Most Creative Buildings

Today's site, from those folks with a taste for the bizarre at Oddee, zeros
in on a judicious selection of structures lauded with the "Most Creative"
title. Gentle Subscribers may find themselves in accord with that term as
they view some of the amazing buildings featured on the website.

"A blog on the oddities of our world ..." - from the website

A number of buildings in this selection fall somewhere in the category of
simply off-the-wall, such as the Basket Building in Newark, Ohio, head
office of, not unexpectedly, a basket-making company, but some are truly
way, way out there. Located in Prague, in the Czech Republic, the Dancing
House, as it is called by the city's residents, flaunts an M.C. Escher-like
quality, as does the Crooked House in Sopot, Poland. Among the buildings in
this group which are striking for their sheer whimsy are the Kansas City
Library and the Piano House in An Hui Province, China.

Skip over to the site for a great collection of some of the most
unconventional buildings from around the globe at:

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


Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 - America's Favorite Architecture

America’s Favorite Architecture
From the site:
“the top 150 architecture projects selected by the American public”

[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 - Restore America: A Salute to Preservation

Restore America: A Salute to Preservation:
Frederick C. Robie House, Mark Twain House, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Restoring America’s Treasures:

Tenement Museum
Shortened URL:

Built in 1863, the tenement building at 97 Orchard
Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side was home
to nearly 7,000 working-class immigrants for more
than seven decades. Over a century and a half later,
the building serves as a museum that offers a
glimpse into living conditions in turn-of-the century
New York. The museum, founded in 1988, features
six restored apartments which can be explored
further through a virtual tour on the museum’s
website. The site also features educational
activities, historical information, and lesson plans.

The Mark Twain House & Museum,
Shortened URL:
Also featured is Mark Twain’s 19-room Victorian
mansion in Hartford, Conn. Commissioned by Twain
in 1873, the home reflects the progressive themes
and sensibilities of Twain’s writing, as it features
some of the newest technological advances available
in the late 19th century. The Mark Twain
House & Museum website also features a virtual
tour, images, and activities for students.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust: Robie House
Shortened URL:

A third classic is the Robie House in Chicago, Ill.,
which is currently undergoing
restoration. Designed by architect Frank
Lloyd Wright in 1908, the Prairie-style building
introduced a revolution in American architecture
with its groundbreaking layouts and design. The
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s website allows
students to explore the home’s features and
learn about the efforts necessary to keep these
American treasures around for years to come.

List of all preservation sites,1783,HGTV_3877_47,00.html
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Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 - America's Eleven Most Endangered Places / Civil Rights Suite: Exploring the History of the Chinese American Fight for Equality

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 29, 2008
Read This Online :


America's Eleven Most Endangered Archive
"Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation's greatest treasures." Site features a FAQ and an archive listing places by threat, year listed, state, and other factors. Entries provide descriptions and update on endangered status for places such as California's state parks and the Michigan Avenue Streetwall in Chicago.
Shortened URL:
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Civil Rights Suite: Exploring the History of the Chinese American Fight for Equality
Collection of sites featuring materials that "examine the historical impact of the Chinese American fight for equality on our society." Topics include the Chinese of California, "Remembering 1882" (when "Congress passed the nation's first major immigration legislation -- a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States"), and Chinese American actions to defend American citizenship and challenge discriminatory laws. From the Chinese American Society of America.
LII Item:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Friday, October 03, 2008


Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 - USA QuickFacts from the Census Bureau

USA QuickFacts

State and County QuickFacts

From the site:
“Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography. QuickFacts tables are summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various Census Bureau programs. Profiles are available for the nation, states, counties, and large cities.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 - Native American Cultures

Native American Cultures

“…explore ancient and modern-day Native American cultures of New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. While engaged in this project students will gain a better appreciation of the richness and variety of Native American cultures.”

Prehistoric Pueblos in Southwestern New Mexico
Utah Canyon Rock Art in Southeastern Utah
Oral History of the Skagit River

Native American Resources
Shortened URL:
Scroll down for a list of annotated links


Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 - Music Education at DataDragon

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

Hi! It's Saturday, May 17, 2008 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Music Education at DataDragon
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 6 and up (with parental help)

This website offers a free introduction to instruments of the orchestra and
to reading music notation. Young children will enjoy seeing pictures of
musical instruments and hearing how they sound. Older children may enjoy
learning how to read music through the step-by-step lessons provided.
(Non-readers will need assistance.)

This site is not a multi-media wonder. In fact, it looks like it may have
been around since the beginning of the net. HOWEVER, there is content here
that is worth the slight inconveniences and lack of aesthetics.

When you get to the site, you'll see a menu in the middle of the screen that

*Learn and Hear About Different Instruments - Click on the title and a new
page opens. Either look for the menu of choices in this section that is in
small print, near the bottom of your screen, or click on the blue-green
arrow that will take you to the next page, and each of the following pages,
where you can learn about Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion
instruments - and hear how they sound. (You must click on the instrument to
hear it played.)

*Learn To Read Music - As in the section above, you will use the arrow or
the menu to explore all of the basic instruction in time signatures, notes,
rests, counting, and musical symbols.

You might as well avoid the section called "Musical Genres" because the
majority of the links to outside sources do not work. :(

You will also find "This Day in Music History" that offers some brief
information about what happened in the music world on any given calendar

PARENTS - please note that throughout this site there are links to other
sites - and I cannot vouch for the content you may find there. AS ALWAYS,
preview this site to determine suitability of content for your own child.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 - Sites found in PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 5-11, 2008

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 5-11, 2008

October Media Infusion: Meeting the Needs of Adolescent Learners with Media and Technology

October is Month of the Young Adolescent, initiated by the National Middle School Association, this international collaborative effort of education, health, and youth-oriented organizations celebrates the skills and accomplishments of 10 to 15-year-olds while focusing on the unique needs of this age group. This month's Media Infusion blogger, Rebecca Lawson, discusses how students must be led to use critical and higher order thinking skills through the use of technology and media.
PBS Teachers invites educators to visit Media Infusion ( ) in October and ask questions, comment on suggestions or offer some of their own.


A Live Interactive NASA Webcast for Students

Your students now have an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the universe, take a live look at NASA's LCROSS mission to search for water on the Moon and submit questions directly to America's top astronomers. Producers of the award-winning new primetime PBS documentary "The Journey to Palomar and distinguished American astronomers will discuss the super-human efforts of American astronomer George Ellery Hale and his colleagues to build the biggest telescopes of the 20th century and give an exclusive preview of the next generation of giant American telescopes being built today. To participate in the Webcast, Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. EST, visit; click on NASA Webcast.


Concepts Across the Curriculum
Music in Every Classroom
Offline Activity/Project
Gr. 3-5 / 6-8
Explore the world of music through activities that focus on
musical beat, rhythm, mood and emotions. Investigate the
science of guitars, learn musical notation and enjoy
multicultural music and popular songs from three generations.


The Living Edens
Yellowstone: Native American Myths
Lesson Plan
Gr. 3-5 / 6-8

Examine Native American myths, summarize the myths in classroom
discussion and write a myth.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Dogs That Changed the World: Dogs by Design
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, October 5, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks
they were bred for; there are still jobs today for herders,
hunters and guard dogs. But as we multiply and transform the
many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we
also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us. How
can we learn to cope with the hard-wired instincts of our pets,
and what roles can they play in a world their ancestors would
hardly recognize? Part Two of Two. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Arctic Dinosaurs
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
How is it that dinosaurs managed to survive and even thrive in
the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? This is one of
today's most intriguing, little-known enigmas in paleontology.
Now, a unique field expedition, covered exclusively by NOVA,
sets out for Alaska's North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new
fossil clues. Season Premiere. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teacher’s guide pasted below. – Phyllis]


American Experience
The Presidents: Jimmy Carter
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
"Jimmy Carter" traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy
from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it
examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the
context of the turbulent 1970s and explores the role religion
played in his career. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Up the Yangtze
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
10 - 11:30 pm
Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is
altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the
fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic
locales will be submerged, and two million people will lose
their homes and livelihoods. "Up the Yangtze" explores lives
transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a
hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle. An
Official Selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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[NOVA Teachers] Arctic Dinosaurs airs October 7, 2008
Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Hello Educators,

Join NOVA next week for its first new season broadcast, "Polar
Dinosaurs," a program that follows two high-stakes expeditions and
the paleontologists who push the limits of science to unearth 70
million-year-old fossils buried in the vast Alaskan tundra.
(Subjects covered: paleontology, Earth science, geology)

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Arctic Dinosaurs"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
(NOVA 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.)

Watch Online
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date. (QuickTime
or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Find out from the program producer what it was like to shoot a film
in northern Alaska's remote and forbidding terrain. (Grades 6-8,

Teacher's Guide
Use these viewing ideas to investigate how animals adapt to polar
climates, learn more about how dinosaurs might have survived in the
extreme cold, and develop Wikipedia pages for polar dinosaurs.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview, TV Program Description, and Links & Books.

* * * * * * * *

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008 - Salvador Dali Museum

Site found in:

======== The Scout Report ==
======== October 4, 2002 ====
======== Volume 8, Number 39 ======

Official Salvador Dali Museum Web Site

Dedicated to the man who once remarked that "The difference between me and
the surrealists is that I am Surrealism," the Salvador Dali Museum site
contains a host of visual and written material on the artist and his storied
life. The site contains such practical information as the hours of the
museum, membership material, and a calendar of upcoming events such as
lectures on Dali, recitals, and other performances at the Museum. However,
the heart of the site is a visual introduction to the work of Dali, titled
The Collection, which offers an overview of his different artistic periods
and a biographical sketch. The paintings featured online include "Eggs on a
Plate without a Plate" and "The Disintegration of the Persistence of
Memory." This site will be a must-see for Dali enthusiasts or those with a
penchant for Surrealism. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.


Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008 - Visual Resources Online

Site found in:

May 9-15, 2008


Visual resources online: Digital images of primary materials on public web sites
by Anne Blecksmith, Getty Research Institute
Shortened URL:
Digital images of primary materials on public Web sites.
From the site:
“This article describes selected online digital collections created by institutions across the greater United States. Rich in images for study, teaching, and other media projects, these digital collections were notable for their open-access, coverage, organization, quality of images and metadata, and ease-of-use.
Although the collections mentioned in this article may include digital images of primary materials in the public domain or allow images to be reproduced for classroom use and private study without prior permission, most require that the owning repository be properly credited.”

Source: C&RL News

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


Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008 - ArtLex Art Dictionary / 78 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

Art Dictionary for artists, collectors, students and educators
in art production, criticism, history, aesthetics, and education
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


78 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

From the site:
"These pages demonstrate some visual phenomena, and “optical”
or “visual illusions”. The latter is more appropriate because
most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the
optics of the eye…I view these phenomena as bringing out
particular good adaptations to standard viewing situations. These
adaptations are "hard-wired" into our brains, thus under some artificial
manipulations they cause inappropriate interpretations of the visual

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated.- Phyllis ]


Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008 - Superheroes: Fashion & Fantasy / How LSD Rocked the World / Making the Modern World

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 22, 2008
Read This Online :


Superheros: Fashion and Fantasy
Companion to a 2008 exhibit about costumes worn by cartoon superheros and associated fashions. Features images and essays on topics such as the graphic body (in which "the 'S' emblem inscribed on Superman's chest and cape functions as a simplified statement of his identity"), the patriotic body, and the armored body. Click on the comic book pages at the top of each essay to view images. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Trip of a Lifetime: How LSD Rocked the World
LSD is "the psychedelic drug that inspired Hendrix and The Beatles - and shaped the music, art and literature of a generation. As the world bids farewell to [Albert Hoffman, dead at 102] the bicycling Swiss chemist who created LSD ... [this article] explores his mind-altering legacy." This illustrated May 2008 article describes LSD's influence on movies, music, literature, and design. Also includes video clips. From the British newspaper The Independent.
Shortened URL:
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Making the Modern World
This site "brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives." Includes a timeline, background about dozens of icons of invention in technology and medicine and dozens of "everyday" inventions. Also include learning modules on topics such as DNA, textile production, and stress management. From the Science Museum, U.K.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Wed., Oct. 1, 2008 - Sites to See: The Web's Best Zoo Sites

Sites to See: Zoos
From the site:
The Web's Best Zoo Sites
“Although going to a real zoo is ideal, that kind of real field trip might not be an option for many students. If that's the case in your classroom, why not supplement your animal study with a virtual zoo visit? Check out the list below to discover the cool tools on the Web for teaching and learning about zoos.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Links updated 05/02/2008. – Phyllis ]


Wed., Oct. 1, 2008 - Smithsonian National Zoo - Animal Cams

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

Hi! It's Friday, May 16, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian National Zoo: Animal Cams
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Take a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park where
you can see many animal exhibits streamed live through webcams! When you
get to the site you'll see a menu of WEB CAM exhibits on the left side of
your screen that include:

Amazon River Fish
Black-footed Ferret
Fishing Cat
Panda Bear
...and many more!

Click on any one and a new page opens. You may have to scroll down the page
slightly to find the screen where you can watch the live footage. Sometimes
you can see the animals quite clearly, and other times they are out of
camera range. Remember that the Smithsonian National Zoo is on Eastern
Standard Time - so if you visit after sundown and before sunrise Eastern
time, you may see nothing but a dark screen.

In addition to viewing the web cams, you'll find "Fact Sheets" and "Photo
Galleries" that you can explore to learn more about the animals featured on
these web cams.

Bookmark this site so you can return often!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Wed., Oct. 1, 2008 - Center for Innovation in Science & Learning

The Center for Innovation in Science Learning (CISL)

From the site:

“The Center for Innovation in Science Learning (CISL) at The Franklin Institute is a premier center for science learning research, program development, and educational services. Founded in 1995, CISL has sustained cumulative research and programs in four areas of national focus in science education: teacher development, educational technology, gender and family learning, and youth leadership. In keeping with the mission of The Franklin Institute, the core philosophy of all Center for Innovation programs is the commitment to inquiry learning in science.

[NOTE: Other pages from The Franklin Institute previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Oct. 1, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, May 16, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 16, 2008
Volume 14, Number 19

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


Smithsonian: Science and Technology [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Browsing through the Encyclopedia Smithsonian can be a bit like spending
time with a friend: You'll rediscover some familiar stories, and you'll
probably learn something new at the same time. This particular part of the
Encyclopedia Smithsonian covers science and technology and visitors can
learn about Arctic wildlife, major "firsts" in aviation history, and bird
biology. The materials are drawn from different parts of the Institution,
including the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation and
the National Air & Space Museum. Visitors can also scan the left-hand side
of the page for alphabetically organized resources from aeronautics to
zoology. Overall, the site is a great way to access a few of the tremendous
resources offered by the Institution, and it may just inspire a deeper
search through some of their additional online offerings. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


American Institute of Physics: Education [pdf]

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has a substantial outreach mission,
and this site provides a cornucopia of educational materials and resources
designed for physics undergraduate majors, instructors, and those thinking
about a career in physics. Near the top of the page visitors will find the
"Students" section, which includes information on graduate programs in the
physical sciences, along with information about the national honor society
for physics students. Below that section, the "Educators" area includes
resources for physics teachers such as interactive modules and learning
worksheets. Near the bottom of the page the "Academic Resources" area
contains reports on employment trends for physicists and links to job
websites in the realm of physics and related fields. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


History Net

The Weider History Group publishes a wide range of military history
magazines, including "America's Civil War" and "Civil War Times". They've
also been generous enough to create this website, which offers a wide range
of articles from their different publications. First-time visitors to the
homepage may want to start out by taking a shot at the "Daily Quiz", which
offers up a range of questions on everything from steamship battles to
military operations in the South Pacific. Next, visitors may wish to click
on over to the "Features" area, which includes articles culled from the
magazines on Marine POW's, the Battle of New Orleans, as well as noted
gunfighter Ben Thompson and his brother Billy. Moving on, visitors can also
take part in the online forums where they can ask questions about battle
tactics, the history of ground warfare, and the USS Ironsides. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


NASA: Everest Expedition [Real Player]

Astronaut Scott Parazynski has spent a great deal of time in space, but is
most recent expedition took him to Mount Everest, and NASA helped him
document the experience for posterity. Parazynski set forth for Nepal in
March 2008, and during his journey he learned a great deal about the
parallels of mountain climbing and space exploration. Along the right-hand
side of the page, visitors will find a biography, along with information
about Parazynski's previous space missions and a detailed interview. Further
down the page, visitors will find a map of his route to the summit and
images from his trip. Additionally, visitors can read the weblog from the
trip and also listen to a podcast. [KMG]


John Day Fossil Beds National Monument [Macromedia Flash Player]

Millions of years ago, central Oregon was a hotbed of volcanic activity.
Curious geologists and others can learn about the John Day Fossil Beds
National Monument on this most excellent Flash-enabled online tour. After
"flying" in overhead to the site, visitors can learn about the 40 million
year history of the site that would later become the John Day Fossil Beds.
The next area of the site is titled "The Present Unlocks the Past" and it
includes an exploration of the evolution of the horse in prehistoric Oregon,
along with offering access into the daily life of a working paleontologist.
In the interactive feature "Whose skull is whose?", visitors will get the
change to compare the skulls of ancient animals with those of their modern
analogs. After that, visitors can get a better sense of the current state of
affairs in the fossil beds by looking over a thirteen-image slideshow of
this gorgeous section of Oregon. [KMG]


Baldwin Library of Children's Literature, Digital Collection

The Baldwin Library Digital Collection at the University of Florida includes
over 2500 fully digitized children's books, published in the United States
and Great Britain between 1850 and 1900 (selected from more than more than
100,000 in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, dating
from the mid-1600s through 2007). Although baby-boomers may be disappointed
in not finding their childhood favorites, it is nonetheless amazing to page
through an illustrated edition of Little Red Riding Hood, published in 1895
by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Browsing through the list of recently added items
also reveals the digital version of "Bill an' me": sum ov our adventers
in de "Midway Plaisance", a souvenir book documenting two boys'
adventures at the World's Columbian Exposition, the World's Fair held in
Chicago in 1893. Books in the collection reflect the mores of the times in
which they were published; for example, although the protagonists seem on
the youthful side to 21st century eyes, “Bill an me's” adventures include the
drinking of alcoholic beverages. [DS]


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

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Tues., Sept. 30, 2008 - Peace Corps Challenge (Gr. 4-12)

Site found on

Peace Corps Challenge - Peace Corps - Grades 4 to 12
“This site helps students make the global connections that we are all human and must help each other.”

Entire review and suggestions on using this site “In the Classroom”:



Tues., Sept. 30, 2008 - Teen Sexual Health

Teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases

From the site:

“Answers to your questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 30, 2008 - The Cool Spot

The Cool Spot
From the site:
“The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old…to give young teens a clearer picture about alcohol use among their peers,...[to] help kids learn skills to resist pressure to drink and to give them reasons not to drink.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 30, 2008 - Violence Prevention

Sites found in:
The May 15, 2008 issue of Classroom Tools & Tips is located at:

From the site:


National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
A Federal resource for professionals, parents and youth working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Stop Bullying Now!
Practical research-based strategies to reduce bullying in schools.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Kidscape: Dealing with Bullies
Helping to prevent bullying and child abuse.

NEA: National Bullying Awareness Campaign (NBAC)
It's goal is to reduce, and eventually eradicate, bullying in America's public schools.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Maine Project Against Bullying
A survey of bullying behavior among Maine third graders.

STOP cyberbullying
Information about cyberbullying, how it works, and how to deal with cyberbullies.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Monday, September 29, 2008


Mon., Sept. 29, 2008 - Hurstwic (The VIkings)

From the site:
“to educate the public on topics related to the Viking Age”

Site includes:
Daily Living in the Viking Age
Martial Arts, Shipbuilding, and other Manufacturing in the Viking Age
Language, Literature, and the Arts in the Viking Age
Myths and Religion in the Viking Age

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Sept. 29, 2008 - Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
"Learn the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and numbering with these
online lessons."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Sept. 29, 2008 - Parthenon

From the site:
“Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years, the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens, known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Travel there with me, on a virtual field trip.”

Page includes links to 9 sites, (5 annotated and 4 honorable mentions).


Mon., Sept. 29, 2008 - Antiquities in Rome / Perseus Digital Library / Journey North / Psychology / U.S. Census Bureau History / Surviving

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 2, 2008
Volume 14, Number 17

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


The Speculum Romanae Magnifcientiae Digital Collection

Antonio Lafreri was a master printmaker and publisher in sixteenth century
Italy, and his Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae offers a number of engravings
of Rome and Roman antiquities. The University of Chicago Library happens to
have a copy of this work which they have recently digitized and placed
online here for the general public. It's a remarkable collection, and all
told visitors can look through 994 prints which depict major monuments and
antiquities in Rome. After reading a brief introduction to the work,
visitors should click on over to the "Itineraries". Here they will find
mini-exhibitions designed by scholars that will allow them to travel through
the collection based on a theme, location, collection, or artist. Among
their number are a tour of the Belvedere Cortile (an outdoor garden space)
and the Castel Sant'Angelo, which is one of the largest buildings in Rome.
The site concludes with a collection of related links and information about
the technical processes used to create the site. [KMG]


Perseus Digital Library

Planning for the Perseus Digital Library began in 1985, and they have made a
series of ambitious changes, additions, and transformations over the past
several decades. The Library is best known for their coverage of the
history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world. They recently
unveiled this new website, and it is well worth a look. Along the top of the
homepage, visitors will find sections such as "Collections", "Art & Arch",
and "Publications". In the "Collections" area visitors will find thousands
of primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome,
along with a number of resources on early modern English literature and life
in the 19th century United States. The "Art & Arch" area contains an
impressive library of art objects that includes over 1500 vases, 1400
sculptures, and approximately 500 coins. Additionally, the "Publications"
area includes work that discusses the process of creating the Perseus
collection and its related databases. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


JourneyNorth: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration [pdf]

Not many websites bring together whooping cranes, gray whales, and bald
eagles, but this educational resource from Annenberg Media manages to do
just that. The site is designed to help students learn more about the global
study of wildlife migration and seasonal change by drawing on their own
observations. On the homepage, visitors can click on a diverse set of
animals to learn more about their migratory patterns. Moving on down the
site, visitors can also contribute their own recent sightings and take a
look at data that's been submitted by other users. The "Maps" section is a
great way to get a visual overview of the most recent sightings and there's
a great area for teachers that includes
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Introduction to Psychology

Psychology is a vast and complex area of inquiry, and students entering the
field may be confounded by the number of subfields within the discipline.
Professor Russell A. Dewey of Georgia Southern University has created this
fine online introductory textbook that covers everything from states of
consciousness to social psychology. The online text includes sixteen
chapters, and each chapter contains a number of parts that break each topic
into smaller subtopics. The text is well-written and it draws on a number of
examples and well-known experiments that will keep readers engaged. The site
is rounded out by the inclusion of Professor Dewey's contact information and
links to additional resources. [KMG]


U.S. Census Bureau: History [pdf]

While the U.S. Census Bureau has only been in existence since 1903, the
first population census was taken in 1790, per the requirements stated in
the United States Constitution. This rather engaging website traces the
history of the census through statistics, historic photographs, and other
documents. On the homepage, visitors can browse through the "This Month in
Census History" feature and learn some quick facts in the "Did You Know?"
section. Moving along, the "Census-Then & Now" area should not be missed.
Here visitors can learn about past directors of the census (such as Thomas
Jefferson), read up on relevant legislation, and even look over biographies
of notable census alumni. Next up is the "Geography & Mapping" section which
contains an overview of how the Census maps data, coupled with a few famous
maps from censuses past. One item that shouldn't be missed is the "Centers
of Population" map, which shows the mean center of the population of the
United States following each census. The site is rounded out by a "Through
The Decades" feature, which brings visitors up to speed with the various
changes made for each census. [KMG]


Surviving: The Body of Evidence [Macromedia Flash Player]

Billed as a "journey of self-discovery", this very fine online exhibit from
the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
takes visitors on an interactive tour through the world of evolution. Along
the way, visitors will encounter well-known scientists and revolutionary
thinkers as they discuss their breakthrough theories. The exhibit doesn't
skimp on the particulars of evolution either, as visitors can learn why
"your sister had trouble giving birth", or "why your back may ache". All of
this is discussed and presented in sections that include "We Keep Evolving",
"Our Place in the Natural World", "We Are Not Perfect", and "Finding Our
Human Ancestors". The site is erudite, well-thought out, and suitable for
all ages. Additional resources on the site include links to other relevant
websites, including the University of California Berkeley's Evolutionary
website and articles on evolution from Scientific American. [KMG]


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

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Sun., Sept. 28, 2008 - Science Explorations: Galapagos, Insects, Space, Giant Squid, Bats

Science Explorations
From the site:
“Dig deep into top science topics with online activities and expert input from the American Museum of Natural History”
The topics are:
Animals, Adaptation, and the Galapagos Islands: Discover with Darwin
Classify Insects: Zoom in on True Bugs
Journey Into Space: Gravity, Orbits and Collisions
Investigate the Giant Squid: Mysterious Cephalopod of the Sea
Soar With Bats: Night Fliers of the Skies
[NOTE: Some activities previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Sept. 28, 2008 - Endangered Species: Bats / Nanking Massacre / The Rubiaiyat of Omar Khayyam / Posters as Portraiture / Souther Poverty Law Cent

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 23, 2008
Volume 14, Number 20

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


The Endangered Species Program: Introduction to Bats

Bats tend to get a bad rap, in no small part due to their bizarre depictions
in everything from cartoons to horror movies. They are, of course,
tremendously helpful to humans as they consume tremendous numbers of insects
and they also have remarkable echolocation abilities. This introduction to
the real life and world of bats was created by the Fish and Wildlife Service
and it dispels a number of myths and misconceptions, along with providing
high-quality information about bat biology, hibernation and migration, and
the reasons for their decline. From the homepage, visitors can click on the
"Common Myths and Misconceptions" area and then learn a bit more about the
endangered bat species which reside in the United States. After that,
visitors can click on through to the "Bat Biology" area which features some
more facts about these mammals. One can imagine that this site would fit in
perfectly with a biology or zoology course, and it might even spur a new
interest among young and old. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Nanking Massacre Project

In December 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Nanking in China and
what transpired over the following six weeks became known as the Nanking
Massacre. Many people have offered their accounts of what happened during
this period, and this particular collection from the Yale Divinity School
Library offers the perspectives recorded by a number of Westerners who
remained in Nanking after the Japanese invasion. For the most part, these
Westerners were businessmen and missionaries and their letters and
photographs are available on this site. Visitors can click on their names as
they wish or also look through the "Documents" list to peruse each document
at their leisure. Additionally, the site also includes several dozen
photographs which document everything from refugee camps to military
parades. [KMG]

[SEE ALSO: The Nanking Atrocities -
Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Written by the Persian mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyam in the 12th
century, the Rubaiyat consists of approximately 1000 quatrains. The Rubaiyat
has been translated into over 70 different languages to become the most
widely known poem in the world and both the beautiful poetry and the
underlying philosophy of the Rubaiyat are responsible for its widespread and
enduring popularity. Without question, one of the most famous verses from
this collection is "Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough/a flask of
wine, a book of verse-and thou". This site is dedicated to exploring all
aspects of this famous collection of writings, and visitors to the site can
read a number of translations of this work and also learn more about
Khayyam, Fitzgerald, and others who have been involved with the Rubaiyat.
Visitors can also learn more about the celebrations which will take place in
2009 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Fitzgerald's
masterful translation of this beautiful work. [KMG]


National Portrait Gallery: Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture

Since their creation, posters have been used to promote everything from
toothpaste to teen idols, and along the way many critics have asked
questions about how these devices depict their subjects. The National
Portrait Gallery has created this exhibit with just that purpose, and they
are also interested in looking at the poster as a form of popular
portraiture. The exhibit explores a number of themes, chief among them
"Broadsheets & Show Posters", "The Poster Craze", and "Export of American
Culture". Each of these themes is accompanied by a selection of images from
the exhibit, along with a brief narrative introduction. Visitors will
definitely want to check out the audio slideshow of the exhibit, which is
narrated by curator Wendy Wick Reaves. Also, visitors can read her thoughts
on the exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery's weblog, "Face to Face".


Southern Poverty Law Center: Intelligence Project [pdf]

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been monitoring the activities of hate
groups and extremist activities since 1981. Today, their Intelligence
Project continues to track over 800 hate groups across the United States.
First-time visitors to the site can look over the "Top Hatewatch Headlines",
which offer brief synopses of current activities within the various groups.
>From there, visitors will want to visit the "Intelligence Report" section.
Here, they will find the current issue of this magazine, which frequently
includes guest editorials, interviews with former hate group members and
leaders, and information about how the Center is combating these different
groups and their activities. Additionally, the site also includes an
interactive map of active hate groups in the United States. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


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


Sun., Sept. 28, 2008 - Country Profile: Iran / For Educators: NASA Science Resources

Sites found in:

May 9-15, 2008


LC’s Federal Research Division Releases Updated Country Profile of Iran
May 16th, 2008
Direct to FRD’s 20 page, PDF file.

See Also: Links to All FRD Country Profiles
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


For Educators: New Compilation of NASA Science Resources from FREE
NASA Science looks at NASA’s past, present, and future missions. It includes interactive tables and searches for earth, heliophysics, planetary, and astrophysics missions; information about dark matter and dark energy, planets around other stars, climate change, Mars, and space weather; science questions for NASA science missions; a “citizen scientist” page of resources to help citizens engage in scientific investigation; and expanded “For Educators” and “For Kids” pages. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Source: U.S. Dept. of Education


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Sun., Sept. 28, 2008 - World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2008 / Space Links / NASA's 50 Years: Interactive Timeline

World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2008
The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10 as an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

Pages for: Teacher Guides, Students, Activities, and more.

Links to Space Information
“From these sites, you can obtain information to educate the public or students during World Space Week.”


Interactive timeline documenting NASA's 50 year evolution.

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