Saturday, November 22, 2008


Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 - The Shakespeare Mystery

The Shakespeare Mystery – Who, in fact, was he?
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 - Tracing the Rise of Manga's Popularity

Tracing the Rise of Manga's Popularity
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Although manga (pronounced MAHN-gah or MANG-ah) may seem like a fairly new art form, humorous and satirical illustrations trace back to 12th-century Japan. Although now understood to mean "comics originating from Japan," manga is literally translated as "whimsical pictorial." <<>>


Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 - Mrs.

Site found on

Mrs. - Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC - Grades 0 to 9

“You almost want to toast marshmallows on the open fire as you cyber-curl under Mrs. P’s feet by the fireplace. No need to bring a book; she has quite a selection. This interactive site will thrill your eager readers for hours. Actress Kathy Kinney tells delightful intro stories and expertly reads the books. Best viewed on a high speed Internet connection, it’s a breeze to navigate. On the homepage, click on the various items around the warm room to find intriguing, sometimes outlandish, stories about Mrs. P. Extend the learning by clicking on the book on the stand to find a loaded dictionary. Play the Title game as an amusing way to listen to one-liners about the stories at this site. And… the reason we all want to stay in Mrs. P’s library is the book stacks themselves. Click on the stack to find a healthy assortment of stories to listen and view. When you choose a book, click on ‘options’ to turn on or off ‘show the words.’ Each book is rated for age-appropriateness.” <<>>

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


Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 - New Pages on Web English Teacher / 100 Best Resources and Guides for ESL Teachers

Sites found in:
Connect-Eng, July 7, 2008
The newsletter of Web English Teacher


What’s new at Web English Teacher?

Mitsumasa Anno
Lesson plans for Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar and other books.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lesson resources and ideas for the epic.

Pat Hutchins
Lesson plans for Rosie’s Walk and other books.

Watty Piper
Lesson plans for The Little Engine That Could.

Richard II
Lesson ideas for the play.

Lesson ideas for Candide.

Bernard Waber
Lesson plans for Ira Sleeps Over and other books


Site to Check Out:

100 Best Resources and Guides for ESL Teachers
Shortened URL:

As the title suggests, this is a link to a list that ESL teachers may find helpful. It's organized into categories such as "Lesson Plans," "Specifically for Teaching Adults," "Videos and Podcasts," etc.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008


Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 - Copy Wrongs: Teachers Looking Online for Material, Be Warned

Copy Wrongs: Teachers Looking Online for Material, Be Warned
Know what you can -- and can't -- download for the classroom.
by Star Lawrence

Published in the April 2008 issue of Edutopia magazine


Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 - Blog Safe: Avoid Common Web-Publishing Pitfalls

Blog Safe: Avoid Common Web-Publishing Pitfalls
Here's what you need to know before posting anything online.
by Maya Payne Smart

From the article:
“Any online publication, even a single user comment, can expose educators to legal liability or put their careers in jeopardy.”

This article originally published on 11/19/2008, on


Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 - History Research Competition for Middle & Secondary Students

History Research Competition for Middle & Secondary Students Launches at National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

ABC-CLIO to Award More Than $60,000 in Cash & Prizes to Teams Researching Top 10 People, Events, Places Shaping History

All participants will have FREE access to all eight of the ABC-CLIO online databases for 90 days during the competition.

One of the competition requirements states that teams must include at least one citation from an ABC-CLIO database per each of the ten selections that comprise an entry.

The competition opens November 14, 2008 and ends March 30, 2009.

Details at:
Press Release:


Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 23-29, 2008

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 23-29, 2008

The Rape of Europa
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, November 24, 2008
9 - 11:00 pm
Explore how Europe's art treasures survived the systematic
theft and deliberate destruction perpetrated by Germany's Third
Reich during World War II. For 12 years, the Nazis looted and
destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history, but heroic
young art historians and curators from America and Europe
fought to rescue and return millions of lost, hidden and stolen
treasures. Joan Allen narrates. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


The Wolf That Changed America
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, November 23, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
The encounter between one man and one wolf led to the
establishment of the national park system and the Boy Scouts.
In this vivid retelling of the story, the confrontation between
Ernest Thompson Seton and the wolf Lobo comes alive, and
viewers discover how, together, one man and one wolf set in
motion a change in American hearts and minds that is still
unfolding. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Ocean Animal Emergency
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
San Francisco veterinarian Dr. Frances Gulland is committed to
saving sick marine mammals, but she's also desperately trying
to figure out what's killing them. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Independent Lens
The Atom Smashers
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
10:30 - 11:30 pm
"The Atom Smashers" examines 15 months at Fermilab as it scours
the subatomic world for the Higgs boson particle. Will it be
found? Will the United States continue to lead the world in
science? Or will it slip behind and watch as the greatest minds
in physics drift across the Atlantic, closing a great chapter
in American scientific progress? (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


In Search of Myths and Heroes
Jason & the Golden Fleece
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Friday, November 28, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
The Greeks have given the world its greatest body of myths,
including the myth of Jason, an epic tale of the hero's quest
and the ancestor of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Jason is
presented with a "mission impossible": to sail into the unknown
to find the Golden Fleece. He is saved by the priestess Medea
and her magical arts, but her love comes at a high price. A
fairy tale? Or was there a real voyage? . (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] "Ocean Animal Emergency" airs November 25, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's broadcast of "Ocean Animal Emergency" NOVA takes you
into California's Marine Mammal Center emergency room to tell the
inspirational, heartwarming--and sometimes heartbreaking--story of a
team of wildlife veterinarians and volunteers who work to save sick
and injured ocean animals. (Subjects covered: life science, animals,
ecology, oceanography)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

NOVA presents "Ocean Animal Emergency"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 25, 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
In this article producer Doug Hamilton's reflects on how our views
regarding animal protection are shaped by our backgrounds and where
we live. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students first research five types of
marine mammals, then plot tracking data on a map to determine which
of the five species the tracked information represents. (Grades 6-8)

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

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Wed., Nov. 19, 2008 - On This Day: Today's Highlights in History

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, January 27, 2005

On This Day: Today's Highlights in History
[NOTE: Previously posted. NY Times requires free registration - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the New York Times Learning Network, offers an
interesting historical diversion, culled from the pages of its newspaper
archives. Gentle Subscribers will find an informative and nicely presented
window on the past.

"[V]isitors can ... take a look back at a historic New York Times front
page, current and historic birthdays and historic editorial cartoons in the
On This Day section." - from the website

This single web page provides the top story for this day in history from
the New York Times front page, along with a list of historical events which
also took place. For example, notable occurrences for today's date include
the birth of Mozart (1756) and the liberation of Auschwitz (1945). An
enlarged image of the front page and a transcript of the article are linked
to the highlighted event. The always popular "who's celebrating a birthday"
feature includes well-known figures, past and present, from a variety of

Amble over to the site for brief guide to what happened in history on this
date at:

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


Wed., Nov. 19, 2008 - Today in History

Site found on

Today In History - Cowles - Grades 6 to 12

“A very good site for the history buff or those struggling to understand historical events. The story links have real depth and are well written for easy comprehension. Pictures make the history come alive and support the information given. There are links to particular events of the day, a daily quiz, and a picture of the day.” <<>>

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


Wed., Nov. 19, 2008 - The History of the Liberty Bell

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

Site of the Day for Thursday, July 3, 2008

The History of the Liberty Bell

Today's site, from the U.S. National Science Foundation, offers an
exhibit on one of the most famous symbols of American independence --
the Liberty Bell. Gentle Subscribers, who will be staying close to
home this Independence Day, may find a virtual trip to this historic
artefact an interesting excursion.

"It may surprise many U.S. citizens today that the famous Liberty
Bell itself was 'almost' British. American colonies, not yet
industrialized, often sought British expertise for needed work." -
from the website

The site provides information on the casting of the Bell, the initial
problems which plagued its installation back in 1753, and the fact
that the Bell cracked on the very first stroke of its clapper.
Additional sections detail its recasting, the message on the Bell,
and its travels across America. For trivia buffs, the Liberty Bell
Facts section notes the different metals of which it is composed, its
width, weight and original cost, and for those of a musical
inclination, the strike note of the Bell. Other categories include
material on moving the Bell and the role that technology is playing
to preserve it.

March over to the site to tour a stirring exhibition on this enduring
icon of America at:

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


Wed., Nov. 19, 2008 - John Adams

John Adams
From the site:
“John Adams (October 30, 1735 -- July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States, and America's first Vice President under George Washington. Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an early voice for separation from Great Britain.”

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 - The 2009 New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest


Information about the program, including submission guidelines and general information, may be found at the Playwrights Theatre website at:

Plays are accepted in the following Divisions:

Elementary (Grades 4-6)
Junior High (Grades 7-9)
High School (Grades 10-12)
Spanish Language (Grades 10-12)
Rewrites (Grades 10-12)

The 2009 New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest
Play Submission Guidelines

Entries must be postmarked no later than January 16, 2009.

Further information and playwriting tips can be found at the New Jersey Young Playwrights blog at

Questions? Contact:
James V. DeVivo
Director of Education
Playwrights Theatre
Developing the Dramatic Imagination...

33 Green Village Rd
PO Box 1295
Madison, NJ 07940

973. 514. 1787 x 14
973. 514. 2060 fax


Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 -

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

Site of the Day for Tuesday, July 1, 2008
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site offers virtually all the content of that venerable print
publication, The Economist. Gentle Subscribers will find most of the
articles of the print edition of the magazine are available for free at the
website, along with some additional features.

"[The Economist] first published in September 1843 to take part in a
'severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an
unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress'. ... is
the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current
affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news,
world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as
overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country
special reports." - from the website

This premiere news journal, with a focus on financial matters, has
maintained an outstanding reputation for the sterling quality, not only of
its analysis, but of its prose. Describing its position as being in favor
of free markets and free trade, The Economist online, in addition to the
content of the print edition, includes a number of notable columnists,
updated news stories throughout the week, and a knowledgeable cities guide.
The Country Briefings category highlights extensive information, from
forecasts to currency updates, on more than 50 countries, while the
Diversions section offers sports, crosswords and quizzes, along with
Infrequently Asked Questions.

Dash over to the site for one of the finest weekly news publications at:

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


Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 - The Water Cycle

Site found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== May 13, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 10 ======

The Water Cycle [Macromedia Flash Player]

This Macromedia Flash Player enhanced website, developed by the EPA, The
website is divided into four sections: rain, water storage, vapor, and
clouds. In the Rain section, students can discover the forms of
precipitation and why it occurs. Through the short, interactive module,
individuals can learn about the development of aquifers, transpiration, and
condensation. This is a great website for young students to grasp the
connections between different forms of water. [RME]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2005.


Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, July 4, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
July 4, 2008
Volume 14, Number 26

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


National Park Service, Nature & Science: Teacher Resources [pdf]

The National Park Service has developed this exemplary set of educational
resources which draws on their greatest assets, namely national parks from
Maine to Utah. The materials are specifically designed for teaching geology,
but it's easy to see how these items could be incorporated into general
science classes. The main area on their homepage features over a dozen
teacher guides and park programs that feature detailed geology lessons that
draw on the landscapes of Yosemite National Park and the dynamic volcanoes
of Hawaii. On the right side of the page, visitors can scan through the
"Highlights" area to learn more about online park images, park maps, and
even peruse a calendar of upcoming educator workshops. The site is rounded
out by the "Geology Books and Media" area, which features information about
technical reports, textbooks, and geology-themed children's books. [KMG]


English Composition: Writing for an Audience

How does one write a great essay? Is it possible to come up with an original
voice? These two questions and many more are discussed in this 26-part
series on English composition. Offered as part of the Annenberg Media
website, this video series "introduces basic principles and strategies for
communicating in writing to a variety of audiences and improving general
composition skills." Over the course of this series, interested parties will
hear from a wide range of writing professionals. Each episode is 30 minutes
long and the program titles include "Finding Something To Say", "Reading as
a Writer", and "Peer Feedback". The material is quite varied, as users will
find segments with Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh arguing about the
definition of "welfare" and writers from the television program "MAD TV"
talking about the experience of collaborative writing. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page: previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thomas Jefferson's Library [Macromedia Flash Player]

On June 10th, 1815 Thomas Jefferson made a remark that would surprise no
one, "I cannot live without books." During his long life, Jefferson
collected thousands of books, and even though his collection was pared down
due to a fire in his home in 1770, he quickly regrouped and began adding to
his collection. In 1815, Congress purchased his library for $23,950. This
digital collection from the Library of Congress pays homage to this
tremendous collection by offering visitors several interactive features
about Jefferson's books, an object list, and an event calendar of related
lectures and talks on the collection. Visitors may wish to begin by
exploring the "Themes" area, which divides some of Jefferson's books into
categories like "Memory", "Reason", and "Imagination". Each section contains
selected images from works like a 18th century Builder's Dictionary
consulted by Jefferson and a collection of Machiavelli's political works
published in 1768. For a more thorough examination, the "Interactives" area
provides access to a number of full-text versions of some of these books.


Dance Teacher Magazine

Adherents and devotees of the terpsichorean arts don't have nearly enough
quality online resources, but fortunately Dance Teacher magazine has a fine
website. The site digests a wide array of materials from the print version
of their publication, along with web-only features. The site is quite easy
to navigate, and most of the primary materials are contained with the
sections "Teaching", "Style", "Health", and "Business". The "Teaching" area
contains tips on engaging reluctant dancers, eliminating boredom in mixed-
level classes, and on organizing the dance classroom. Moving on, the
"Business" area covers some of the ins and outs of managing a dance-related
business with pieces titled "Is Sharing Your Studio Right For You?" and
"Investing Intelligently". Further down the homepage, the "Style" area
contains pieces like "Stress-Free Costume Ordering" and "Enhance Your Tutu
Expertise". On the left-hand side of the page, visitors can look at their
online features such as "Teaching the Salsa!" and a frequently updated pop
quiz on the world of dance. Finally, visitors shouldn't leave the site
without checking in on the "Editor's Blog". [KMG]


====== In The News ====

Diploma Mills Continue To Be an Area of Concern for the Federal

Diploma Mill Concerns Extend Beyond Fraud [Free registration may be
Shortened URL:

Bill to crack down on diploma mills stalls

Brainstorm: Diploma Mills

Psst. Wanna Buy a Ph.D.?

Institution Accreditation

Avoid Fake-Degree Burns By Researching Academic Credentials

The unsavory world of diploma mills is a complex one, and a number of
government agencies have attempted to regulate their activities with varying
degrees of success. The Internet has aided operators of these educational
"institutions" who frequently offer advanced degrees for little, or more
often, no coursework. This past Sunday the New York Times reported on the
case of Dixie and Steven K. Randock Sr. from the town of Colbert,
Washington. The Randocks have been accused of operating more than 120
fictitious universities, and the federal government's concern goes beyond
the mere matter of a phony degree. Law-enforcement officials fear that the
growth of such diploma mills offers terrorists the potential to obtain bogus
degrees in order to obtain visas in the United States. At the state level,
about 20 states have passed laws to prohibit the trade in phony diplomas,
but the U.S. Congress seems to be moving a bit more slowly on the issue.

The first link will take visitors to a New York Times article from this
Sunday about the world of diploma mills. The second link leads to a piece
from Dan Walters of The Modesto Bee which talks about a bill in California
that would effectively crack down on diploma mills. Moving on, the third
link leads to a timely piece of commentary from former university president
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg on diploma mills, which appeared in the Chronicle
of Higher Education this week. The fourth link leads to another special
report from the Chronicle of Higher Education by Thomas Bartlett and Scott
Smallwood, which investigates the profusion of dubious doctorates in the
education sector. The fifth link will lead visitors to the U.S. Department
of Education's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and
Programs, which can help those wondering about the authenticity of an
institution. Lastly, a link to the Federal Trade Commission's page on how
to avoid "fake-degree burns" is offered for additional information and
assistance. [KMG]


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

Monday, November 17, 2008


Mon., Nov. 17, 2008 - Dream Interpreter

Dream Interpreter
Shortened URL:

“Listing gives explanations and interpretations for
common dreams, with questions students can
ask themselves about the dream to unlock
personal meaning.”


Mon., Nov. 17, 2008 - Edheads


From the site:
“Edheads is a non-profit organization, which creates unique, educational web experiences that are free to teachers, students and parents.”
“Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards.”

Featured Activities:
Crash Scene
Virtual Hip Replacement
Virtual Knee Surgery
The Odd Machine (Compound Machines)
Simple Machines

[NOTE: Some activities from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]


Mon., Nov. 17, 2008 - Exploratorium: Memory

Exploratorium: Memory

From the site:
The Memory exhibition at the Exploratorium is now over. The exhibition ran from May 22, 1998 to January 10, 1999.
The Memory web site will remain online indefinitely.

Site includes Features:
Sheep Brain Dissection: The Anatomy of Memory
A Memory Artist
Remembering Nagasaki

Also on the site: Online Exhibits, Articles & Lectures

[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Nov. 17, 2008 - Einstein

The History Channel: Special 2 hr. Presentation:
Monday, November 17th at 9pm/8c
Rebroadcast: Tuesday, November 18th at 1am


Website includes video clips, a biography, and Einstein: Fact or Fiction

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Sun., Nov. 16, 2008 - Free Printable Calendars and other forms, lists, etc. is an easy to use website, to view or print out calendars by month or year, and in various sizes. Site also includes many more free printables.


Sun., Nov. 16, 2008 - Free Reference Guides to Microsoft, Mac, Adobe, and other programs

Quick reference guides (FREE) to Microsoft, Mac, Adobe, and other
software programs.


Sun., Nov. 16, 2008 - ScienceHack - Free science videos screened by scientists


From the site:
“ScienceHack is a search engine for science videos. Search for science experiments, science projects, science movies and science news. Every science video on ScienceHack is screened by a scientist to verify its accuracy and quality.”


Sun., Nov. 16, 2008 - Zoomii - Online bookstore


From the site:
Why Zoomii?
“Because I love bookstores. Spending afternoons wandering the shelves. Happening across great books I didn't even know existed. But it's an experience I never found online. Online bookstores are wonderful. They've got amazing prices, huge selections, and they're open all the time. If you know exactly what you want, they're perfect. But somehow I kept coming back to the bookstore just to browse. Zoomii is my attempt to bring online as much of the real bookstore experience as possible.”

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