Saturday, December 20, 2008


Fri., Dec. 19, 2008 - Department of Energy: Students & Kids, More Kids Pages

Department of Energy Students and Kids

Site includes Energy Glossaries, Dictionaries, and Science Terms

More Kids Pages

Friday, December 19, 2008


Fri., Dec. 19, 2008 - Privacy Resources

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008

Privacy Resources
Record Id: 679426
Created: 2008-07-31 09:58:17
Categories: govpub

Links to governmental and non-governmental resources for protecting your
and your children's privacy. Covers identity theft, internet, financial
records, medical information and more.


Fri., Dec. 19, 2008 - U.N. Statistical Division

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008
United Nations Statistical Division
Record Id: 679428
Created: 2008-08-06 12:59:54
Categories: govpub

International and country-by-country statistics. Includes economic,
demographic, social, environment, energy, and other statistics.


Fri., Dec. 19, 2008 - PBS: How Art Made the World / Allen Ginsberg: Poetry & Politics / Christmas in Yellowstone / NOVA: Is There Life on Mars?

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: December 21, 2008-January 3, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

How Art Made the World
The Art of Persuasion
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Friday, December 26, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
The art of visual storytelling is examined from 20,000-year-old
aboriginal paintings to today's films and television. Part
three of five. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


How Art Made the World
Once Upon a Time
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Friday, January 02, 2009
9:00 - 10:00 PM
The fourth episode sheds light on how film, the most powerful
storytelling medium ever created, exploits techniques invented
by artists in the ancient world. The program examines the
evolution of storytelling through visual images and sound, from
Australian aboriginal paintings dating back tens of thousands
of years to such monuments as Trajan's Column in ancient Rome
right up to the present. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


American Masters
Allen Ginsberg: Poetry and Politics
Lesson Plan
Gr. 9-12

Understand relationships between literature, culture and
society. Explore the effects of author's style and literary
techniques on the quality of a work and the influence of the
entertainment industry in shaping views.
Shortened URL:


Christmas in Yellowstone
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, December 21, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a
holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the
town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking
landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and
bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their
most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the
footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels
with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of
discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to
the grand sweep of Yellowstone's Hayden Valley, this is a
Christmas like no other. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Is There Life on Mars?
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
More than four years after they landed on Mars, NASA's twin
robot explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, have lasted 16 times
longer and driven 20 times farther than expected. Since May 25,
2008, they've had new company on the Red Planet: NASA's Phoenix
probe, which dramatically "tasted" water ice on the planet in
July. NOVA "Is There Life on Mars?" showcases the latest
scientific results from the rovers and Phoenix, which are
poised to reveal provocative new clues in the tantalizing
search for water and life on the Red Planet. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008 - Photo Essay: Martin Luther King in His Own Words

Photo Essay: Martin Luther King in His Own Words

This collection pairs ten photos of King with excerpts from his writing. Each could provide a starting place for a classroom discussion of King's carefully chosen words.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

See Also: Time Archive Collection: Martin Luther King, Jr.,21428,c_mlk,00.shtml

From: Time's Archive Collection
Categories include: Arts & Entertainment, Current Events, Education, Health &
Medicine, History, People, Social Issues. and Sport
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008 - Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day
Biography, timeline, quotes, and more
From the site:
This federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday in January. In 2009, the holiday falls on Jan. 19.


Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008 - Remember Segregation

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, January 21, 2008

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in America

Remember Segregation
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

In keeping with America's remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
today's site, from DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. (Seattle),
offers an evocative presentation on the realities of life in many states
fifty years ago. Many Gentle Subscribers may be shocked by the
matter-of-fact tone and words of the opening web pages.

"Chances are what you have just read disturbed you or made you feel more
than a little uncomfortable. ... But not more than 50 years ago, unsettling
words like those were the norm. And racism was more than just condoned, but
an everyday reality. Segregated schools, buses, lunch counters, and even
drinking fountains were disturbingly commonplace, often enforceable by law.
... We find segregation offensive today. That is due in no small part to
the leadership, teachings and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." -
from the website

The site features essential timelines of the salient years of the civil
rights movement, along biographical information about Dr. King. No exhibit
on segregation and Dr. King would be complete without an audio segment
highlighting parts of his most famous speeches in his own inimitable
cadences; thus brief excerpts from "I Have a Dream " and "I've Been to the
Mountaintop" have been included, along with downloadable PDF files of the
speeches. A stirring photo gallery and links to additional resources have
also been provided.

March to the site for a moving exhibit on segregation at:

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


Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008 - A Collection of Materials About Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Site found in:

January 18-24, 2008


A Collection of Materials About Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Some sites in this list were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Wed., Dec. 17, 2008 - Addict-o-matic


From the site:
“After you search, you can personalize your results dashboard by moving around the source boxes. When you're done, bookmark the page and keep coming back to your personalized results dashboard for that search.”

“Our newsfix pages provide the latest headlines on topics such as entertainment, politics, shopping, sports and more. You get all the feeds from the best sources in each category. And like your search results dashboard, you can personalize the layout of the headline boxes, delete ones you don't like and bookmark your personalized page.”


Wed., Dec. 17, 2008 - Information Literacy Resources Directory

Information Literacy Resources Directory
From the site:
“The Information Literacy Section of the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) has created this database to record information literacy materials…Librarians, educators and information professionals are invited to participate.”


Wed., Dec. 17, 2008 - Using Art to Define the Renaissance

Using Art to Define the Renaissance
A unit in World Cultures, Art, and/or World History

“This unit, ideal for classes in Art, World Cultures, or World History, can also be used in conjunction with the study of Renaissance literature… This unit will take students through a process in which they will not only experience masterpieces from the Renaissance, but will also learn to analyze art, draw conclusions, and, at the advanced level, apply lessons from the art to their own lives. In doing so, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics that define the Renaissance.”

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


Wed., Dec. 17, 2008 - Sites found in Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, July 31, 2008

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, July 31, 2008
Read This Online :


Newsfilm Online (NFO)
"Hours of [British] television news and cinema newsreels, taken from the huge collection of the ITN/Reuters archive ... available online in high quality format for teaching, learning and research." Video clips cover 1920s to the present and are searchable or browsable by decade or by topic such as conflicts, disasters, lifestyle, science and technology, sports, and weather. Includes links to related sites. From the British Universities Film & Video Council.
LII Item:


Walk This Way
Companion to an exhibit that "places shoes -- from ancient Egyptian and Nubian sandals to new acquisitions representing the best in contemporary design -- throughout the MFA's galleries to illustrate their relationship to other works of art." Take a virtual tour of the exhibit and see over two dozen "pumps, clogs, wedges, [and] boots" along with annotations and links to related works of art. From the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Click on “Tour” – Phyllis ]


Chronology of Data Breaches
"The data breaches noted ... [on this list] have been reported because the personal information compromised includes data elements useful to identity thieves, such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, and driver's license numbers." The list of mostly computer-related breaches goes back to 2005 and is updated frequently. Also includes links to related sites. From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Example: Oct. 31, 2008 – U.S. Department of State:
“Passport applicants in the D.C. area were notified of a breach in a database that allowed a ring of thieves to obtain confidential information so they could fraudulently use credit cards stolen from the mail. The compromised included information Social Security numbers, physical descriptions, names and places of birth of the applicants' parents.” – Phyllis ]


A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff
Annotated list of "general interest sites that give quality instruction on all sorts of fun and useful projects. Including, sometimes, how to build a deck or bake a cake." Includes links to sites such as Instructables, eHow, and From ReadWriteWeb, a blog that provides Web technology news, reviews, and analysis.
LII Item:


NASA Eclipse Web Site
Describes forthcoming and past solar and lunar eclipses. Features charts, maps, and the "Five Millennium Catalog of Lunar Eclipses," which provides historical information as well as eclipse predictions into the 30th century. Includes material such as a live webcast of the August 1, 2008, total eclipse of the sun. Also includes material about planetary transits across the sun and links to related sites. From the Planetary Systems Branch, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
LII Item:


SEMS, Sun, Earth, Moon Systems: Eclipses, Transits and Phases
This site features webcasts of solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits, including for the August 1, 2008, total solar eclipse over China. Also includes information and a blog about an expedition to view and film the eclipse in China, background about solar and lunar eclipses and moon phases, and material about webcasting. From the University of South Dakota Department of Computer Science.
LII Item:


Solar Eclipse: Stories From the Path of Totality
Webcasts and other material about solar eclipses since 1998, including August 1, 2008 (China), March 29, 2006 (Turkey), and June 10, 2002 (U.S.). Includes essays on why eclipses happen, how to view an eclipse, a world map of future solar eclipses (2017 is the next one viewable in the U.S.), and other features. From the Exploratorium.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 - Goody Parsons Witchcraft Case

The Goody Parsons Witchcraft Case - Historic Northhampton - Grades 8 to 12

Site found on

“Complete with copies of historic documents detailing court testimony, timelines, family trees, and paintings of the participants, this site is fascinating for those with an interest in the New England witchcraft frenzy of the 17th century. It tells the story of Mary Parsons and her family and their differences with neighbors that dissolved into slander and witchcraft accusations. This site is well-developed and laid out, divided into the story, the participants, the slander and witchcraft trials, and maps showing where the participants came from in England and settled in America.” <<>>

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


Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 - Ten Common Myths About Women in the Civil War and How to Dispel Them

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

Foreign Policy Research Institute
Over 50 Years of Ideas in Service to Our Nation

The Newsletter of FPRI's Wachman Center

by Jane E. Schultz

Vol. 13, No. 15
July 2008
Shortened URL:

Copyright Foreign Policy Research Institute


Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 - History Now, December 2008: Abraham Lincoln

---------Forwarded Message--------
New Issue of History Now: Abraham Lincoln

Issue 18, December, 2008: Abraham Lincoln in His Time and Ours

As we look forward to the bicentennial of President Lincoln's birthday in 2009, History Now ( is fortunate to have four leading Lincoln scholars contribute their thoughts on the man who preserved the Union and took the first critical steps toward ending slavery in the United States. Taken together, these essays offer us a new lens through which to view the man, his political philosophy, his deeds, and his legacy.

In addition, this issue provides a wealth of primary and secondary sources in books and on the Web, useful suggestions on how to best use Lincoln primary sources in the classroom, and lesson plans at all grade levels from master teachers from across the country. Make sure to look at our interactive feature, which features video clips of these Lincoln scholars as they address the Lincoln Symposium held in November 2008 at Columbia University.

In This Issue: From the Editor

From the Teacher’s Desk
Lesson Plans for high school, middle school and elementary school classrooms

Book Reviews
Beyond the textbook: Teachers review and discuss American history books for classroom use

Interactive History
Lincoln in His Time and Ours: Video from the Symposium at Columbia University

The Historians’ Perspective (Essays)

Why Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy
by Sean Wilentz

Allies for Emancipation? Black Abolitionists and Abraham Lincoln
by Manisha Sinha

Natural Rights, Citizenship Rights, State Rights, and Black Rights: Another Look at Lincoln and Race
by James Oakes

Lincoln's Religion
by Richard Carwardine


Past issues


Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report August 1, 2008

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
August 1, 2008
Volume 14, Number 30

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


The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science

Phrases like "biodiversity climate" and "ecosystems" are becoming ubiquitous
on evening television broadcasts, yet some may still be unfamiliar with
these terms and concepts. Fortunately, there is "The Habitable Planet"
website, which was designed by Annenberg Media for teachers and adult
learners who wish to learn more about current events in environmental
science. The content on the site is divided into thirteen areas, which
include oceans, water resources, energy challenges, and agriculture. Within
each section, visitors can make their way through separate sections within
the online textbook, and also view content that includes interactive labs,
graphics, video clips, and specialized glossaries. Returning to the site's
homepage, visitors will also note that they can view the content by type,
which makes it a bit easier if they are looking for a specific video clip or
visual feature. [KMG]


Derivative Matching Game [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Once again, the Mathematical Association of America has struck instructional
gold with this latest gem from their online collection of resources for
mathematics educators. Created by Barbara Margolius, this derivative
matching game presents users with a game board showing graphs of functions
on cards. Essentially, the goal of the game is to match the functions with
their derivatives. Visitors can begin by reading an overview of the game,
along with some brief instructions, and then they should dive right in. The
game can also be customized to match functions with just first derivatives
or both first and second derivatives. Mathematics educators will have a lot
of fun with this one, and even the mathematically uncertain can be drawn
into the fold with this easy to use resource. [KMG]

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


Evangelists of Empire? Missionaries in Colonial History [pdf]

The role of missionaries in the process of colonization has intrigued
historians and others for decades, and this compilation of scholarly works
on this subject is quite a find. This set of papers was published by the
eScholarship Research Centre at The University of Melbourne in July 2008,
and it contains fifteen works that look at "current concepts of gender, race
and colonial governance." Drawing on a range of methodological and
theoretical approaches, the works are divided into thematic sections such as
"Consolidating the Missionary Project" and "A Global Mission". Within these
sections, visitors will find papers that include "Imperial Critics: Moravian
Missionaries in the British Colonial World" and "Missions, Colonialism and
the Politics of Agency". For persons with an interest in these types of
historical explorations, this site will prove quite indispensable. [KMG]


The Hague Justice Portal [pdf]

Initiated by The Hague Academic Coalition and launched by Her Royal Highness
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in 2006, The Hague Justice Portal
serves as the online presence of the Hague organizations and their work on
issues related to international peace, justice, and security. On the
homepage, visitors can get acquainted with their work by perusing the "News"
area and also looking over the list of legal events which appears along the
right-hand side of the page. The "International Justice Forum" section
contains a series of interactive forums designed to facilitate discussion on
topics related to international law, and it will be particularly helpful to
legal scholars and journalists. Additionally, legal scholars will want to
take a look at the current issues of the Hague Justice Journal, which
contains articles on sovereignty, victim participation in the legal process,
and other related matters. Visitors should also note that many of the
materials on the site are available in French and Dutch. [KMG]


Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits

Shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, Union veterans formed the
Grand Army of the Republic, or the G.A.R. Through the Reconstruction era and
the Gilded Age, the G.A.R. was a powerful organization that lobbied the
federal government for federal and state Soldiers Homes for invalids,
advocated for the creation of Memorial Day, and also provided support for
soldier reunions. This digital collection created by the University of
Washington Libraries peers into the faces of some of these veterans by
offering up this photograph album originally created by the Stevens Post #1
of the G.A.R., based in Seattle. The album contains over 100 portraits, and
visitors can browse through them at their leisure. Visitors can zoom in and
out on each photograph and they can also use a number of other tools to get
the best view of each photograph for their own purposes. Also, while many of
the photographs have complete provenance information, some do not, and
visitors are welcome to write in with any insights they might have. [KMG]


Mullahs, Money, and Militias: How Iran Exerts Its Influence in the
Middle East [pdf]

Funded by Congress, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) works to
prevent and resolve violent international conflicts and promote post-
conflict stability and development. Part of their mission also involves
providing high-quality research reports and fact sheets addressing current
and ongoing political situations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and
Asia. In June 2008, USIP Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin researched and wrote
this report that details how Iran extends its sphere of influence across the
Middle East. In this report, readers will learn that this includes
developing and maintaining ties with Shiite clerics and providing financial
aid for humanitarian and political causes. Additionally, visitors can listen
to an audio recording of a public event held at the USIP headquarters
featuring Slavin and three discussants who also work in this area. [KMG]


The Nuclear Vault: 40th Anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty [pdf]

Signed into law on July 1, 1968, the historic Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty (NPT) was a major step towards creating a world that had the
potential to be a bit safer from the threat of nuclear annihilation. This
particular collection of documents related to the NPT was brought together
through the diligence of staff members at the National Security Archive's
Nuclear Documentation Project and released to the public in July 2008. The
site starts off with a narrative essay which describes the backdrop to the
signing of the NPT in 1968, along with offering a bit of additional context
about the international political climate at the time. The site's real gems
are the 34 documents which include State Department cables, internal
planning documents, and other items that reveal the nature of the political
machinations involved with this process. [KMG]


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

Monday, December 15, 2008


Mon., Dec. 15, 2008 - Global Distribution of Poverty

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

Site of the Day for Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Global Distribution of Poverty

Today's site, from Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network, provides a collection of authoritative material dealing with the world's least fortunate. Gentle Subscribers will find a valuable source of information on global poverty, with an emphasis on visual exhibits.

"The Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live." - from the website

With a significant amount of material available for download, the site presents a range of information dealing with poverty worldwide. Using graphical tools, the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center reveals the infant mortality rate for various regions of the world. Additional information, such as population density, can be displayed by highlighting different dataset layers. The Map Gallery features individual countries, as well as data on food insecurity and child malnutrition, among other subjects, while the "Atlas of Poverty" contains high resolution maps designed to foster a better understanding of poverty by suggesting patterns related to its causes. For both direct and indirect estimation techniques on the data collection methods, substantial documentation is provided.

Journey to the site for a noteworthy resource on world poverty at:

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


Mon., Dec. 15, 2008 - Sites to See: Photos on the Web

Sites to See: Free Photos on the Web
From the site:
“Looking for copyright-friendly images for presentations and student work? Want hard-to-find historical images or photos from a country halfway across the world? Check out these Web sites filled with images you can use today.”
Originally published 09/07/2005
Links last updated 05/23/2008
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Dec. 15, 2008 - Edward Lear

Edward Lear - Marco Graziosi - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Enjoy Nonsense as only Edward Lear, the mid-1800s artist and poet, mastered it. This site highlights his Book of Nonsense and many others of his nonsense limericks and poetry.” <<>>

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


Mon., Dec. 15, 2008 - Center for Gaming Research / World Public Opinion / NASA: Space Image Library / Children's Picture Book Database

Sites found in:

July 25-31, 2008


Center for Gaming Research

The Center for Gaming Research is a world-class hub for the scholarly analysis of gambling and gaming issues.

Located within Special Collections at UNLV’s state-of-the-art Lied Library, its main resource is the Gaming Collection.

Many unique primary resources can be found only within the Collection. The Gaming Collection is the repository of record for the commercial casino industry; we preserve and make accessible company documents, state publications, and other important resources.

OK, so it’s not surprising this is located at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. But think about it for a minute. Do you really want to go to Google and type in “casino” or “gambling” if you’re looking to do research? The breadth and depth of information here is staggering. Especially cool are the three specific pathfinders:

The academic users guide ( ) is tailored for all researchers, from high school students to established professors.
The media/industry guide ( ) is designed to help those in the news media and casino industry find the information they need. The Center handles hundreds of queries a year, so if you are looking for something, there’s a good chance it’s here.
The just curious guide ( ) is a broader introduction for anyone who’s interested in gaming research or who’s just stumbled on this page while looking for Rat Pack photos or information about casino games.


The website provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. While the studies of the network figure prominently, the website draws together data from a wide variety of sources from around the world. We have found that data from all reliable sources are important contributions and that as more studies are integrated into analyses, world public opinion comes into increasing focus.

Want to find out what vox populi in India and Pakistan think about the Kashmir situation? Curious about how people around the world regard the energy crisis? Interested in what Russians and Americans have to say about space weapons? This is your fishing hole. Browse by region or topic, or use the keyword search box.


NASA opens up space image library

July 25th, 2008
From the article:

NASA is to make its huge collection of historic photographs, film and video available to the public for the first time.

A partnership with the non-profit Internet Archive will see 21 major NASA imagery collections merged into a single searchable online resource. The NASA Images website is expected to go live this week.

The launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content, with enhanced search and viewing capabilities and new user features.


Miami [OH] University’s Children’s Picture Book Database

Kids’ book database passes million hits
July 31st, 2008
From the article:
Shortened URL:

After years of expanding education, Miami [OH] University’s Children’s Picture Book Database has expanded as well, receiving more than 1 million hits.

Valerie Ubbes, director of the project, said she created the database in 1995 to expand education for children in preschool through third grade.

“The picture books equal life,” Ubbes said. “It’s all about expanding health into wellness.”

The database, which holds more than 5,000 children’s picture book abstracts, has partnered with Miami University Libraries, making it more accessible to all 50 states and foreign countries, Ubbes said.

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sunday, December 14, 2008


Sun., Dec. 14, 2008 - 10 x 10 (Headlines)

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, July 28, 2008

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, by Jonathan Harris and the Italian communication research center, Fabrica, offers a fascinating look at the world by capturing the most significant events making headlines each hour. Gentle Subscribers may find this exhibit presents a unique, global perspective.

"10x10 ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life." - from the website

The site, which is completely automated, relies on Really Simple Syndication or RSS feeds from the international editions of Reuters, the BBC and the New York Times, analyzed every hour and matched with an appropriate image. Presented in a simple display format of a square containing 100 images set beside a word key, each clickable image brings up the current headlines associated with each square, with connections to the related news stories. An additional feature includes a "History" link beneath the graphical display, which brings up the top words and pictures going back to 2004.

Sweep over to the site for a striking presentation on headline-making events from around the globe at:

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


Sun., Dec. 14, 2008 - Topics: An Online Magazine for Learners of English / New Year's Customs Worldwide

Topics: An Online Magazine for Learners of English

In this online magazine "learners of English as a second language express their
ideas and opinions on topics of interest to them." It features accounts of
international foods, festivals, dances, superstitions, proverbs, and more. Also
includes a description of class projects from around the world.
From Librarians' Internet Index
Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Internet Index,

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


New Year’s Customs Worldwide - TOPICS Online Magazine - Grades 4 to 8

Site found on

“Happy New Year! Come to this site to learn more about New Year's celebrations from around the world. One country believes that if you sleep on New Year's Eve - your eyebrows will turn white! Can you figure out which one?”<<>>

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


Sun., Dec. 14, 2008 - Interesting Things for ESL Students / New Year's in America

Interesting Things for ESL Students
Full of "word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs,"
American English pronunciation exercises, and more to help
individuals learn English. Some lists are designed for
Japanese speakers.

From Librarians' Internet Index
Copyright 2002 by Librarians' Internet Index,

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


New Year's in America - Jerilyn Watson - Grades 3 to 6

Site found on

“This online quiz focuses on New Year's traditions in America, but tests knowledge of grammar and word choice. The quiz has about forty questions (all related to New Year's and grammar). This is a great activity for ESL and ELL students or elementary students practicing grammar skills.”

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


Sun., Dec. 14, 2008 - New Year Traditions

New Year Traditions - Australian Media Pty. Ltd. - Grades 4 to 6

Site found on

“Learn about New Year's celebrations around the world. Click on the name of a country to read a brief synopsis of its customs and traditions. Includes links to New Year's-inspired recipes, poetry, and songs. Some of the songs provide lyrics only, while others have sound.”<<>>

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

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