Saturday, January 10, 2009


Sat., Jan. 10, 2009 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Hi! It's Friday, August 8, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
La Torre di Pisa
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: All (Younger children and non-readers will need assistance
from mom or dad.)

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the famous "Leaning
Tower of Pisa" located in Italy.

Built in 1173 as a bell tower for a cathedral, it began its
unintentional incline during construction. There have been ongoing
efforts over the centuries to shore up the tower and save it from
toppling over. At this website you can explore every aspect of it -
in English or Italian!

When you get to the site, you'll see a brief introduction. Below it
you'll see three items that are also accessible by using the menu on
the left side of the screen that includes:

*Tower's History - You can read all about the history of the tower,
the phases of construction, the architect, the decorative art that
adorns it, and an explanation of why it leans.

*QTVR Tower - Take a Quick Time Virtual Reality tour of the tower and
the city of Pisa.

*Photo and Events - This opens to another menu where you can access:

A) Tower's Gallery - An online photographic archive of the tower.

B) Poster - Read a 14-part history of the tower's construction and
attempts to conserve it stretching back over more than eight

This is a fascinating tour and archaeological account of one of the
world's most famous landmarks.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Sat., Jan. 10, 2009 - Best Careers 2009: Librarian

Best Careers 2009: Librarian
Shortened URL:

From: Best Careers 2009

Source: US News and World Report


Sat., Jan. 10, 2009 - Top Events USA

Top Events USA
From the site:
“Welcome to the Top Events USA selection of the top events and festivals across America.

“Check out our lists of the top 20 events across the USA, the top 10 events and festivals for each of the United States or discover our lists of the best annual events and festivals by category.”


Sat., Jan. 10, 2009 - BizToolKit / What the Web Looks Like to the Color Blind / Criminal / ERIC Web Site Expands Coverage

Sites found in:
August 1-7, 2008


Resource of the Week: Hill Library’s BizToolKit
The BizToolkit is a collection of the best free Web sites on various business research topics.

Sign up for Web Site of the Week
From the site:
“Each week, the Hill Library brings you the "Web Site of the Week," featuring the best business-related Web sites. These online resources are designed to help you conduct better research, make informed decisions, and better run your business.”

Entire review:
Shortened URL:


What the Web Looks Like to the Color Blind

Colorblind Web Page Filter
see how any site appears to people with different types of the condition.

PeopleFinders, a 20-year-old company based in Sacramento, introduced, a free service…The site, which is supported by ads, lets people search by name through criminal archives of all 50 states and 3,500 counties in the United States.”


ERIC Web Site Undergoes Redesign, Expands Coverage
ERIC is online with an updated design to their website along with more journal coverage…A new section, “For Librarians”, consolidates information of interest to the library community into a single location.”

Entire review:
Shortened URL:


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

Friday, January 09, 2009


Fri., Jan. 9, 2009 - Sites from The Scout Report, August 8, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 8, 2008
Volume 14, Number 31

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


American Museum of Natural History: Division of Anthropology [pdf]

The online collection of the American Museum of Natural History's Department
of Anthropology contains over 160,000 objects that have been digitized with
the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The ethnographic
collections of North America, Mexico & Central America, South America,
Africa, Asia, and the Pacific are all represented here and by clicking on
the "Collections Database" visitors can gain access to these images. In
addition to high quality photos and detailed descriptions of the objects, a
link to the original catalogue pages from the museum is also included. The
website also includes a "Collection Highlights" area, which is divided into
eight different categories, including four which deal with expeditions that
took place from 1897 to 1915. The excellent "Exhibition History" section
spans from 1990 to the present day, and it shows images of the artifacts
that were in each of the fifteen exhibitions. [KMG]
[NOTE: Many other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wisc-Online: Online Learning Object Repository [Macromedia Flash Player]

Drawing on a wide range of subject expertise, the Wisconsin Online Resource
Center (Wisc-Online) is a digital library of web-based learning resources
known as "learning objects". "Learning objects" are essentially self-
contained small chunks of learning that can be embedded in a learning
activity, lesson, unit or course. The site includes over 2170 of these
objects, and new objects are being developed continuously. Visitors will
need to complete a short registration form before they are allowed to access
all of the materials on the site, but they can certainly get a sense of what
the site includes by checking out the "New Learning Objects" area. Here they
will find everything from animated presentations showing how the pH level of
a cleaning solution is controlled to an interactive activity on industrial
automation. Also, visitors are also encouraged to sign up to receive their
RSS feed. [KMG]


Nature Online Video Streaming Archive [Macromedia Flash Player]

Moray eels and honeybees aren't usually found in the same habitats, but they
sure seem to blend well on Nature's online video archive. Designed to
complement selected articles and letters from their print magazine, these
videos feature analysis and commentary from Nature editors and selected
scientists. This archive contains over two dozen video features that report
on the honeybee genome, smoking and lung cancer genes, and the evolution of
language. It's easy to see how educators might use these videos in the
classroom, and even those who are just a bit curious about these topics
might find themselves drawn into a certain topic. Overall, the site is a
real delight, and it's one that visitors will want to recommend to friends
and associates. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health [Macromedia Flash
Player, pdf]

What is our responsibility to the well-being of others around the planet?
This is one of the many pressing questions asked by this uniformly fine
digital exhibit and interactive collection created by staff members at the
National Library of Medicine. First-time visitors will want to click on over
to the exhibit proper for starters. Here they will find the "Health for All"
exhibit which takes users on a multimedia tour that explores how various
stakeholders such as scientists, government officials, and others are
working on issues like community health, disease prevention, and food
security. Moving back to the site's homepage, visitors can take advantage of
the "Online Activities & Resources" area which features lesson plans for
educators and an interactive introduction to global health. The "Guest
Column" area features interviews and discussions with community members who
are working on global health issues, including Nobel Prize-winner Dr.
Bernard Lown and Dr. Jack Geiger, who is one of the founders of Physicians
for Social Responsibility. Finally, the "Get Involved" area gives visitors
the chance to add their own perspective on such topics as disaster response
strategies and access to antiretroviral drugs. [KMG]


Exploring Race [Macromedia Flash Player]

A number of community leaders, politicians, and commentators have called for
a national dialogue about race in the United States. The Chicago Tribune has
started to address the subject through this website, which provides access
to investigative articles, online forums, and videos. On the site's main
page, visitors can read articles that look at the effectiveness of racial
profiling, the portrayal of African Americans in the media, race-based
organizations, and white privilege. Visitors are encouraged to submit their
own comments on the articles as well. Along the top of the site, users will
notice five symbols that correspond to the sections "Questions",
"Etiquette", "Compass", "Eyewitness", and "Revelations". Here visitors can
submit some of their questions on race and racial issues, take a glance at
the "prejudice compass", and submit their own ideas for essays on how race
has impacted their life. [KMG]


British Museum: Power and Taboo: Sacred Objects from the Pacific
Shortened URL:

"Gods inside, gods outside/Gods above, gods below" is the first few lines of
a chant from the Society Islands in the Polynesian islands. It also offers a
bit of insight into the inhabitants of that particular corner of the world,
as does this very well thought out online exhibit created by the British
Museum. Offered as part of their Online Tours series, the exhibit contains
27 items culled from their extensive collection of items related to the
various traditions of Pacific Islanders. Most of the items were collected
between 1760 and 1860 by the earliest European missionaries and explorers.
Each item can be viewed in great detail, and they are accompanied by a brief
essay which explores both the importance of each item, along with a
discussion of how it was collected. Visitors will not want to miss the
rather eerie Kou wood bowl and the 'u'u club used by Marquesan warriors.


Seven decades after the Hindenburg disaster, zeppelins are experiencing
a minor renaissance

Zeppelins Take Flight Again [Windows Media Player, iTunes]

In Germany, a City's Famed Industry Now Helps Keep It Afloat [Free
registration may be required]

Return of the Zeppelin
Shortened URL:

Dark Autumn: The 1916 German Zeppelin Offensive

Zeppelin NT [Macromedia Flash Player]

First World War: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

NPR: Remembering the Hindenburg in Verse [Real Player]

1937 was not a good year for zeppelins. That year, the Hindenburg caught
fire while attempting to dock at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New
Jersey and was destroyed in less than two minutes. Public confidence in
these unusually shaped flying machines was effectively shattered, and it
seemed as if they would remain a rather curious side diversion in aviation
history. Yet, interest in these rigid airships has grown significantly in
recent years, and the Airship Ventures Company in California recently
announced that they would be offering aerial sightseeing tours of San
Francisco in the near future. Of course, the zeppelin business remains
relatively small, but there are a number of companies (including Germany's
ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik) that see great potential for future growth.
Zeppelins have been used in a variety of commercial endeavors lately,
including one that found work in the DeBeers diamond company, where it was
deployed in diamond exploration before it met an untimely end at the hands
of a dust devil while it was parked on the ground. It will probably be
sometime before trans-Atlantic zeppelin flights become a reality, but for
those willing to pay $300 for a half hour flight aboard such a titan of the
sky, it would seem that that is merely a pittance for such a privilege.

The first link will lead interested parties to a piece from New Hampshire
Public Radio that discusses the reemergence of zeppelins. Also, the feature
includes comments from Airship Ventures' CEO, Alexandra Hall. Moving on, the
second link will take visitors to an article from this Monday's New York
Times on the zeppelin industry in Friedrichschafen, Germany. The third link
leads to an excellent piece of reporting from the Daily Mail's own
Christopher Hudson on the history of these flying machines. The fourth link
will whisk users away to a section of "The War Times Journal" site, which
investigates the 1916 German Zeppelin offensive over London and environs.
The fifth link leads to the homepage of the Zeppelin NT Company, where
zeppelins and zeppelin-related accessories are made. The sixth link leads to
a short biography of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the man responsible for
inventing and popularizing the zeppelin at the turn of the nineteenth
century. Finally, the last link leads to a National Public Radio feature
that includes a bit of verse about the ill-fated Hindenburg written by Joe
Pacheco who saw the explosion of that particular zeppelin on May 6, 1937.

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


Fri., Jan. 9, 2009 - Honey Bees

Honey Bees

From the site:
“Honey bees are hardworking, useful insects that pollinate nearly one-third of all the food we eat, and make our life sweeter with the honey they produce. In a single day, a single hive can pollinate four million flowers, and make up to two pounds of honey. But scientists are confused by an international bee crises, with bees disappearing from their colonies in record numbers in a trend first noticed in 2006.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Fri., Jan. 9, 2009 - Lincoln Bicentennial / "Lincoln in American Memory" Readers (Free) / Slideshows and more

Gilder Lehrman Institute Newsletter
Fri, Jan 9, 2009

From the newsletter:
“The year of Lincoln has begun. The Institute will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth throughout 2009 with special podcasts, featured documents, online exhibitions, and more. Click on the link below to see what's available on the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln page:”

“To celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial, the Library of America has created five "Lincoln in American Memory" paperback readers featuring excerpts of essays, speeches, poems, plays, fiction, and nonfiction about Abraham Lincoln. For more information and to order your free copies, visit:
“Perfect for Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Reading/Discussion Groups at schools, museums, libraries, historical societies, and bookstores! You can order as many copies of each Lincoln in American Memory Reader as you want FREE!”

Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates
Slideshow – scroll down – click “Begin”
Click next to advance. Most slides have a link to a related transcript.

Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery
From the site:
“This exhibition presents a variety of original documents and images highlighting the story of the abolition of slavery between 1787 and 1865 in England and America.”
Slideshow – scroll down – click “Begin”
Click next to advance.


Fri., Jan. 9, 2009 - PBS: NATURE: The Dragon Chronicles / The Story of India (Parts 3 & 4)

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 11-17, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

The Dragon Chronicles
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, January 11, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Reptile expert Romulus Whitaker sets off to find out if dragon
stories are based on real animals and if any are still to be
found. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
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The Story of India
Spice Routes and Silk Roads
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, January 11, 2009
8:00 - 9:00 PM
Discover the lost site of Rome's greatest trading port in India
and visit the fabulous ancient city of Madurai, with its giant
temple and its gold and silk bazaars that were a delight for
visiting Greek traders -- and still are today. Take the Silk
Road from the deserts of Turkmenistan through the Khyber Pass
into Pakistan to unveil the forgotten Indian empire of the
Kushans, who opened up the Silk Road and built a lost Wonder of
the World in the caravan city of Peshawar. Part 3. (CC, Stereo,
HD, 1 year)

The Story of India
Ages of Gold
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, January 12, 2009
10 - 11:00 pm
Reaching the time of the Fall of Rome in the West, Michael Wood
seeks out the amazing achievements of India's golden age from
300 to 1000 AD. Viewers learn how India discovered zero,
calculated the circumference of the earth and wrote the world's
first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits the
giant temple of Tanjore, meets the current "Senior Prince" and
watches traditional bronze casters, working as their ancestors
did 1,000 years ago. Part 4. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Thurs., Jan. 8, 2009 - Cybrarian (Gr. 3-8)

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Hi! It's Wednesday, August 6, 2008 and time for Language Arts at


Recommended Website:

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8)

ClickSchool member Fran Wisniewski suggested this AMAZING website designed by a librarian to supply kid-friendly sites covering a variety of curriculum oriented subjects. Essentially, it's a database of links to children's websites on language arts, math, art, music, science, and more!

When you get to the site look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

*I LOVE TO READ! - Great for enhancing any Language Arts curriculum - you'll find links to websites that feature children's award-winning authors and illustrators, online stories, picture books, and more.

*NEWS & MAGAZINES - Visit a virtual library of children's magazines that includes everything from Time Magazine for Kids to Zoobooks. Kids can also get the news from ABC, CNN, PBS and even the "Newseum" - an interactive museum of news.

*REFERENCE - Access all kinds of resource materials including online encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and answers to your questions at this virtual library reference desk.

Once you are through exploring the amazing resources for Language Arts - check out what else is available for other subjects such as:

*ART - Find websites on art history, drawing and painting, paper art, and art games.

*MATH - Get a directory of sites that teach general math concepts, provide math games and activities, and math tools.

*SCIENCE - You'll find links to terrific science websites on topics such as aviation, dinosaurs, famous scientists, a microbe zoo, and much more.

*SOCIAL STUDIES - This extensive list of sites will provide you will all the curriculum you need for years of history, geography, and cultural studies.

*MUSIC - Explore sites that feature famous composers from Bach to Vivaldi.

*NEAT LINKS - Discover fun science sites, mazes, coloring pages and games.

*MUSEUMS - Take a virtual field trip to an online museum including the
Smithsonian and The Louvre.

While ClickSchooling has featured many of the sites listed in the "cybrary" - there are many that we have not previously featured. Bookmark this archive of terrific sites and use it as your personal online reference library whenever you need kid-friendly information on any subject or topic of interest.

This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Thurs., Jan. 8, 2009 - 100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard of

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of
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From the site:
“…the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks & databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. In this list, we’ve compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more.”


Thurs., Jan. 8, 2009 - 99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web

99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web

From the site:
“To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure.”


Thurs., Jan. 8, 2009 - Kigose: School Search Engine for Teachers, Kids, and Teens

Kigose: School Search Engine

Kigose: Educational Directory for Teachers and Educators

Kigose: Educational Directory for Kids and Teenagers

From the site:
“Kigose is basically a search engine for students and teachers and is helpful for classroom use when finding educational resources. This search engine is filtered carefully and only includes educational websites in the search result. Its mission is to be an educational search engine which is simple to use yet giving relevant results.”

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 - Creative Park: Paper Craft

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ClickSchooling Recommended Website:
Creative Park: Paper Craft

Ages: 9 and up (Note: Students will need to be able to read and understand directions and have coordinated manual dexterity to complete some of these projects on their own. Younger children could certainly "assist" mom or dad with folding, cutting, and decorating some of these projects. :)

ClickSchooling subscriber Elaine recommended this website where you can download free instructions on how to make everything from simple toys to intricate crafts out of paper! There's a surprise educational element too - so read on...

When you get to the site you'll see some featured items in the center of your screen. Scroll below that to see a menu of the kinds of things you can make from paper such as:

Science and Nature
Seasonal and Holiday Items
Click on any topic and a new page opens with a comprehensive menu of all of the paper craft items you can make in that category. Choose an item, click on it, and a new page opens with a link to a picture and the downloadable instructions.

Not only that - but in some categories, such as "Animals" and "Science" - each item includes interesting scientific information. What a great way to blend art and education into the fun of paper crafting!

Once you've explored what you can make with paper - check out the rest of the menu on the right side of the screen. Click on "Studio Tour" to see how paper crafters design new items. Then, click on "Science Museum" to see terrific online exhibits about insects, the universe, and dinosaurs.

This site is updated regularly with all-new paper crafts, so bookmark it to return often.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 - Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

“Beginning in 1917, and continuing to the present day, the Pulitzer Prize is awarded in 21 different areas of journalism and photography, including published books and music. This site allows you to search or browse each year's winners using the timeline at the top of each page.”
Source: Refdesk:


Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 - Dallas Wind Symphony: John Phillip Sousa

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Hi! It's Saturday, August 2, 2008 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Dallas Wind Symphony: John Phillip Sousa
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

ClickScholar MaryAnna Cashmore discovered this website, sponsored by the
Dallas Wind Symphony, that features all of the works of John Phillips Sousa
- most famous for his 136 marches, particularly, "Stars and Stripes
Forever," the official march of the United States of America. If you're not
certain you know the music, MaryAnna reminds us that, "It's that famous
song. You know, 'Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be
somebody's mo-o-other...'" :)

When you get to the site, you'll see a You Tube screen - and if you click on
it, you can watch a video of President George W. Bush conducting the U.S.
Marine Band playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" at a White House
correspondents' dinner. It's a real winner... don't miss it!

Sousa was a man of many talents. Scroll down the page (below the You Tube
video) and you can download for free - two novels that Sousa wrote and an
operetta. You can also read descendent-approved biographical information
and primary source accounts of Sousa's life and work.

Below that, look for the "Complete Works of Sousa" and click on it to see a
comprehensive listing of Sousa's work along with sound clips from many of
his original recordings with his actual band.

As MaryAnna commented, "The music alone is really worth the visit."


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved
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Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 - Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.

TeachersFirst Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. (Grades 0 to 12)

From the site:
“ These resources from the TeachersFirst database provide lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr.”

These resources contain annotated links to 29 sites. (Some previously posted.)
Here are three of the 29 sites:


The March on Washington and Its Impact Lesson - PBS Newshour - Grades 6 to 12
Shortened URL:

Site found on

“This lesson, from the web site for the PBS Newshour, offers both a set of structuring questions about integration and racism and a set of resources that documents Dr. King and the struggle for equal rights in America. The lesson includes links to important documents (some PDF files, others require Flash), extension activities, thinking questions, audio and video footage, and correlations to National Standards in history, civics, culture, and more.”<<>

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


Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History - A Detailed Resource - Louisiana State Univ. - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

“As good as any book --this site includes a lot of text. Within the text is a large number of links to other useful sites. The beginning is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. then the rest is about Black History Month.” <<>>

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


Martin Luther King, Jr.- American Civil Rights Leader - Lucidcafe: Library - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Other biographies from previously posted. –Phyllis]

Site found on

“This thorough website provides a wealth of information about Martin Luther King, Jr. The site includes research information about the Civil-Rights leader, related websites, and several video clips.” <<>>

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


Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Tues., Jan. 6, 2008 - Lincoln's 200th Birthday Coincides with Obama Inauguration

Lincoln's 200th birthday coincides with Obama inauguration - The Earth Times - Grades 6 to 12,lincolns-200th-birthday-coincides-with-obama-inauguration--feature.html
Shortened URL:

Site found on

“This website is essentially a news article highlighting the inauguration of Barack Obama (the first African-American president in U.S. history) and the celebration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. This article compares the two American heroes. The theme of Obama's inauguration is Lincoln and how the two men are similar. Both took office during critical times in U.S. history, both faced huge challenges, both are from the state of Illinois, and both are known for their inspirational speeches.”

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


Tues., Jan. 6, 2008 - A Nation Celebrates: Learning Leadership: Citizenship, Service, Knowledge

Site found in:
Nortel LearniT January 2009 eNewsletter

“A Nation Celebrates
The excitement and interest in the recent elections leads to a fun and tech-filled look at the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. Check out these great lessons and activities which put the power of the digital electorate to work in your classroom.”

Learning Leadership: Citizenship, Service, Knowledge


Tues., Jan. 6, 2008 - Inauguration Fashion

Online NewsHour: Inaugural Fashion - PBS - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

Are you looking for a new way to get your students attention in history class? This site is perfect for those students who view fashion as the only thing worth their attention! The site focuses on the gowns that the first ladies wore to the inaugural ceremony (from a variety of time periods). The significance of the gowns is discussed.

For commentary and speculation on what Mrs. Obama and the Obama children will wear, see this article from Women’s Wear Daily –
Shortened URL:

What Should Obama Wear?
Shortened URL:

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


Tues., Jan. 6, 2008 - I Do Solemnly Swear... - Presidential Inaugurations

I Do Solemnly Swear...Presidential Inaugurations - The Library of Congress - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

The Library of Congress has created this excellent resource that features over 400 images and 2,000 digital files related to the inaugurations of George Washington through George W. Bush (in 2001). There are video clips, references, diary entries, letters, and more.<<>>

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

Monday, January 05, 2009


Mon., Jan. 5, 2008 - Teaching American History Grants

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

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:55 PM
Subject: Apply Now for a Teaching American History Grant

Over the past five years, the US Department of Education has awarded more than $100 million each year through the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program to improve K-12 American history instruction in the nation's schools. Grant opportunities for 2009 are now available.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute, with more than ninety-five successful TAH grant partnerships, has an excellent track record of providing teachers with outstanding professional development. To receive a grant, school districts must partner with a history organization. The Gilder Lehrman Institute will partner with your school district to customize a grant application tailored to your needs.

Please contact the Institute by January 30th, 2009, if you are interested in applying for a TAH grant. Send an email to, or call 646-366-9666 and ask for Sarah Morgan or Victoria Lain.
For more information about GLI-sponsored TAH grants, click here:


Mon., Jan. 5, 2008 - Learn About Congress: Interactive Learning Modules

Learn About Congress: Interactive Learning Modules
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“The central mission of The Center on Congress is to help improve the public's understanding of Congress and to improve civic engagement, especially among our young people, as a way to strengthen our basic institutions of government.

“The Center is non-partisan and its goal is purely educational — to explain the work and role of Congress. Information on Congress is presented in a variety of ways, including newspaper op-eds, radio commentaries, website articles and brochures, teaching materials, conferences, books, television spots, and videos and interactive learning programs for students.

“Developed for students as well as the general public, these interactive learning activities are designed to give you a fresh perspective on how the United States Congress works, your role in the process, and peoples' perceptions about Congress. To open the modules, click the graphic.”


Mon., Jan. 5, 2008 - Ghost Towns

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Hi! It's Friday, August 1, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic "ghost towns" presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon's doors creak when the wind blows - this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam's favorite drink - a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called "real" ghost towns) can be tricky - so it's nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you'll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on "Virtual Museum." A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via video or photo gallery.

When you've finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you'll find all of the information and resources you need including:

*How to Locate A Ghost Town
*How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
*Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
*How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
*And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West - and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
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Mon., Jan. 5, 2009 - British Monarchy: Edward VIII

New page added to History on the Net:
British Monarchy: Edward VIII
Mouse over to the far left of the screen for links to more information and timelines on the British Monarchy.

[SEE ALSO: A-Z of History: previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Sun., Jan. 4, 2009 - Zona Land: Education in Physics and Mathematics

Zona Land
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:

“In Zona Land you will find educational and entertaining items pertaining to physics, to the mathematical sciences, and to mathematics in general.”

Physics Department: Mechanics, Waves, Light



Sun., Jan. 4, 2009 - The Elements

The Elements
From the site:
“Click any element to see hundreds of pictures, stories and facts”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Jan. 4, 2009 - NOAA's Aquarius / NOAA's Undersea Research Center

NOAA’S Aquarius: World’s Only Undersea Research Station
From the site:
Aquarius is the world’s only operating undersea research laboratory…[The undersea habitat] allows scientists to live and work underwater 24/7 during one to two week missions.”<<>>
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NOAA’s Undersea Research Center
From the site:
“NOAA's Undersea Research Program: Description
Oceanography is a diverse science including research in biological, chemical, geological, and physical sciences. Undersea researchers are oceanographers who explore, make direct observations, and conduct experiments using scuba and advanced diving techniques, remotely operated or autonomous robots, human occupied submersibles, and underwater observatories.”

Coral Reef Information

Coral Reef and Marine Biology Links

Lesson Plans


Sun., Jan. 4, 2009 - Amazon's Windowshop

Windowshop at
New books (with descriptions) listed every Tuesday

From a review of Windowshop:
Shortened URL:

“…scroll through a wall of content which includes both best-sellers and new releases in Books, Music, Video, and Games categories. After you zoom in on an item, a preview will play. For an album, that preview is just a snippet of a song; for an audiobook, it's a snippet of the narrator reading the content; for video content like movies, TV shows, and games, you'll see a video clip displayed instead. [Books offer both a text and audio description.]

“The content is sorted into different scrollable columns with column labels at the top describing the items below. There are columns with both the best-sellers and new items for each category, but there are also Editor's Picks and "Best-Selling of All Time" categories, too. As new content is added to the site every Tuesday, the older content is moved to the right, which keeps the product list in chronological order.” <<>>

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