Saturday, February 14, 2009


Sat., Feb. 14, 2009 - Optics For Kids

Optics For Kids
From the site:
“Learn some fun and interesting things about OPTICS here. Optics is the science of LIGHT, and one of the most important fields of PHYSICS.”
Contents: Light, Lenses, Lasers, Careers, Resources for Teachers and Parents


Sat., Feb. 14, 2009 - Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels
From the site:
“Lower costs, however, are not the only benefits to alternative fuels. They also produce fewer emissions (better for the environment) and can usually be produced in the United States (increasing our self-reliance).”
Page includes links to 9 sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Sat., Feb. 14, 2009 - Constitutional Rights Foundation

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.”

Site includes pages for teachers and students (elementary, middle and high school)

Free Lessons Index ( )
Bill of Rights in Action America's Economic Crisis Presidents Day School Violence Terrorism Iraq Brown v. Board Immigration Election Constitution Impeachment


Sat., Feb. 14, 2009 - CDC Release: 1918 Pandemic Flu Storybook / 2008 World Population / Country Profile: Afghanistan / AskKids Relaunched

Sites found in:
August 22-29, 2008


Press Release:
CDC Releases 1918 Pandemic Flu Storybook

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today an online storybook containing narratives from survivors, families, and friends about one of the largest scourges ever on human kind – the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed millions of people around the world. The storybook provides valuable insight for public health officials preparing for the possibility of another pandemic sometime in our future.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. The internet storybook contains about 50 stories from individuals from 24 states around the country as well as photos and narrative videos from the storytellers.

Direct to site:


2008 World Population Data Sheet

The Population Reference Bureau’s 2008 World Population Data Sheet and its summary report offer detailed information about country, regional, and global population patterns.


Updated Country Profile from Federal Research Division @ LC
Country Profile: Afghanistan,

------ Relaunched

A new look and a number of new features are now available. Worth a look and something to share with students, parents, and educators.

Search Engine Watch Blog has an in-depth look.


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

Friday, February 13, 2009


Fri., Feb. 13, 2009 - NOVA: Monitor: Lincoln's Secret Weapon

Monitor - Lincoln’s Secret Weapon - Nova - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on

“The PBS Nova site about the Civil War ironclad the Monitor offers some unexpected treats. Students can see whether they can run the steam engine without blowing it up, and the curious can take a simulated 360 degree tour of various parts of the ship. This site includes several lesson plans (most linked to standards), and more.” <<>>

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


Fri., Feb. 13, 2009 - Black History: Remembering Struggle, Sacrifice and Service

Black History: Remembering Struggle, Sacrifice and Service
From the site:
“Throughout U.S. History, African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of this country. is now revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million photos and documents found nowhere else on the internet. Connect your own history by adding your own stories, photos, and documents.”


Fri., Feb. 13, 2009 - Celebrate African American History Month

From: Library of Congress

Celebrate African American History Month
2009 Theme: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to become a backbone American society. The website includes information about programs at the various institutions, information on exhibits and links to resources for teachers.


Fri., Feb. 13, 2009 - PBS: Oliver Twist / NATURE: Why We Love Cats and Dogs / AMEX: The Lobotomist

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 15-21, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Masterpiece Classic
Oliver Twist
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, February 15, 2009 – Part I, Sunday, February 22, 2009 – Part II
9 - 10:30 pm
A young orphan is branded a rebel for wanting more gruel,
leading to a phantasmagoria of adventures in early 19th-century
London. William Miller stars as Oliver Twist in Charles
Dickens' much-loved story, with Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) as
Fagin the cutpurse king, Adam Arnold as the Artful Dodger and a
galaxy of other great actors creating the seedy, sentimental
and colorful world that can only be called Dickensian. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)
Site includes synopsis and characters.


Why We Love Cats and Dogs
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, February 15, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Ask anyone and they immediately know -- they're either a dog
person or a cat person. What is this all about? This film
launches an in-depth investigation into the great divide
between dogs and cats and just what draws people to these two
polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers
and devoted owners all weigh in. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


American Experience
The Lobotomist
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, February 16, 2009
9 - 10:00pm
The lobotomy, which began as an operation of last resort, was
soon being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with
devastating results. This program tells the gripping tale of
medical intervention gone awry.(CC, Stereo, HD, 5.1, 1 year)
[NOTE: See contents pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2008 PBS Online


From: American Experience
The Lobotomist on American Experience
Monday, February 16, 2009 at 9 pm on PBS

Patients’ Stories

Bedlam 1946

Timeline: Treatments for Mental Illness

Learn More: Websites listed


Thursday, February 12, 2009


Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009 - Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Harriet Beech Stowe Center - Grades 9 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This informative site explores the life and works of Harriet Beecher Stowe - whose political and literary influences spurred the abolitionist movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War. You have to dig a bit, but there are some interesting gems here that would add a spark to a class discussion on causes of the Civil War, or depth to a literary unit on Mark Twain. There are lesson plans (see Teacher and Student Resources).” <<>>

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


Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009 - Shoomp (Literature)

Shmoop Literature (beta) - Ellen Siminoff, et. al. - Grades 9 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst

“Move over, Sparknotes! Shmoop provides students (and teachers) with so much more than summaries and character lists. This is a great site with a unique voice. Written by Ph.D. and Masters students at top universities (such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.), the book resources include such things as Booker's 7 plot analyses, "What's Up with the Title?" and directed links to pictures, movies, and other material on the web(some for a fee). They have a very good page on plagiarism, and this is a growing site. There are also History and Poetry sections to this site.

“While actually signing up (which is free) gives you the ability to "clip" files and keep them in a folder, you can access the majority of the information without signing up. Registration does require an email address. Rather than using personal email accounts consider creating a teacher Gmail account…” <<>>

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


Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009 - Sites to See: Reading

Sites to See: Reading

From the site:
“Fostering a love of reading while developing children's reading skills can be a challenge for primary teachers and parents. Nothing can ever take the place of curling up with a good book. But online reading sites offer plenty of resources for motivating children and cultivating reading skills. Many teachers use book series to engage young readers and these sites offer resources and information on children's books and authors as well as book reviews that discuss themes and characters. Research-based teaching techniques, lesson plans and other information on teaching children to read are available for teachers. Teachers, students and parents will find numerous literacy tools and activities to encourage reading for all students.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated 08/02/2008 - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009 - Physclips / Atlas of Early Printing / Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence / Latin American Network Information Center

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 29, 2008
Volume 14, Number 34

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


Physclips [Macromedia Flash Player]

It's certainly not impossible to learn about Newton's laws, momentum and
other key principles of physics without multimedia learning activities, but
it's a bit more fun to have such resources on hand. With funding from The
Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Professor Joe Wolfe of The
University of New South Wales has created this rather remarkable set of
physics teaching resources. Visitors can make their way through these
"physclips" by clicking on sections that include "Centre of Mass", "Circular
Motion", "Gravity", and eight others. Each section includes learning modules
with video clips that demonstrate different principles, along with links to
other relevant background materials. The organization of the entire site is
quite impressive, and visitors can also download each video clip for use in
their own classroom. [KMG]


The Atlas of Early Printing [Macromedia Flash Player]

There are not many events as important in the history of Western
civilization as the invention and widespread adoption of printing
techniques. This site from The University of Iowa Libraries will enchant
even those who haven't thought about Gutenberg and his ilk since their
Western Civ class in junior high. The Atlas of Early Printing is designed
primarily to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in
Europe and visitors can use the interactive map to learn more about this
process. The interactive map of Europe allows users to turn on and off
different layers on the map that document the spread of printing, paper
mills, fairs, and trade routes in order to get a better sense of how this
technology gradually spread. Visitors can also click on each map element to
learn a bit more, and in the case of each city, visitors can learn about the
first recorded work printed there. Overall, this resource will be invaluable
to educators, and even those with a passing interest in this area of human
endeavor may find themselves making numerous return visits to the site.


Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence [pdf]

Created as part of an interdisciplinary international effort to take a
critical look at the phenomenon of mass violence, the Online Encyclopedia of
Mass Violence is supported by a number of organizations, including The
Center for International Research and Studies and The Foundation for the
Memory of the Shoah. The primary purpose of the Encyclopedia Project is "to
create a regularly updated electronic database focusing on massacres and
genocides of the 20th century." First-time visitors can use the interactive
map of the world on the homepage to begin their exploration of the site.
Within each region of the world (and by extension, each individual country),
visitors can read chronological indexes, case studies, and take a look at
scholarly reviews of works related to each region or country's genocides or
massacres. Visitors should not miss the "Latest contributions" area, which
includes the latest works from the Project. Recently featured items here
have included an evaluation of The Boxer Uprising and the Burundi Killings
of 1972. Overall, it's a very ambitious project, and one that scholars and
members of the general public will want to check up on from time to time.


Latin American Network Information Center

Started in 1992 and affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin
American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, the Latin American
Network Information Center (LANIC) is designed to "facilitate access to
Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America." Their site was
redesigned in the spring of 2008, and currently their various directories
contain over 12,000 unique URLs for use by the general public. These links
can be browsed by subject headings or by country, and visitors can look into
more discrete topical headings like "food", "political science", and "social
work". Along with these high-quality links, visitors can then click on over
to their "Digital Initiatives" area. Here they will find digital collections
that cover documents from the New Mexican Revolution and the full-text Fidel
Castro Speech database. Visitors will also appreciate that many of the
site's resources are available in Spanish and Portuguese. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Wed., Feb. 11, 2009 - Presentation ETC / Presentation Resources on the Web

Presentations ETC
Free presentation resources for students & teachers!

Presentation Resources on the Web

Includes links to sites for:
Audio Sources
Clip Art Sources
Font Sources
Photo Sources
Video Sources
Presentation Help
PowerPoint Help


Wed., Feb. 11, 2009 - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Official site for the Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Includes an online submission form with necessary documents, deadlines, eligibility, and general student aid information for college students. Related site:
Source: Refdesk Home Page:


Wed., Feb. 11, 2009 - Black Europeans / Center for Food Safety: Irradiation / Science in Islam

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 28, 2008
Read This Online :


Black Europeans
Series of features on black Europeans, including Alexander Pushkin, Alexandre Dumas, George Polgreen Bridgetower, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and John Archer. Individual sections include essays, images, and sound samples. Also provides and introduction about black Europeans, noting that in recent years there has been "a new drive to explore and understand the hidden or ignored contribution of people of African descent to the mainstream of European culture and society." From the British Library.
LII Item:


Center for Food Safety: Irradiation
This policy document expresses concerns with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation "to weaken labeling of irradiated foods." Provides an overview of food irradiation, and addresses concerns with irradiation destroying the vitamin content of foods and with food irradiation as a solution to foodborne illness outbreaks. From the Center for Food Safety, "a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization."
LII Item:
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Science in Islam
"This exhibition brings together a number of objects of Islamic origin that provide insight into some of the achievements of Islamic science." Scientific areas addressed include astronomy (celestial globe and astrolabe), trade and travel (compass and qibla indicator, used for finding the direction of Mecca), and mathematics and geometry (algebra and quadrant). From the Museum of History of Science, Oxford, England.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., Feb. 11, 2009 - Bureau of Labor Statistics: African American History Month

BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics): African American History Month
From the site:
“Presented here are BLS data that provide an economic snapshot of African Americans in the United States today.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Tues., Feb. 10, 2009 - Engineering Pathway: K-12 Community

K-12 Community
From the site:
“Engineering Pathway brings you quality K-12 teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science/information technology and engineering technology. Shape the future. Dream. Design. Do.
“Our search engine allows you to search hundreds of quality lessons and activities by grade level, educational standards and other criteria, helping you find just the right lesson or activity for your class or outreach project. Just click Advanced Search: K-12 Search.”

Source: Engineering Pathway


Tues., Feb. 10, 2009 - Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar

Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on

“This site, The Secret in the Cellar, offers a "webcomic" based on a TRUE story. This story mixes some history, science, forensics, and more to create an authentic mystery for students to read and solve. The mystery involves the discovery of a 17th Century body. Who is he or she? How did he or she die? Use photos, graphics, and online activities to unravel this history mystery! Analyze artifacts, examine the skeleton, and determine the cause of death.

Be sure to turn off your pop-up blocker to experience all the features.” <<>>

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


Tues., Feb. 10, 2009 - Fathoming Our Past: The Historical Context of the National Marine Sanctuaries

Fathoming Our Past

Fathoming Our Past, the Historical Contexts of the National Marine Sanctuaries
( 9.7MB) was originally published in 1996 in response to the Secretary of Interior's recommendation that federal agencies that manage public lands develop a document that defines the history of their management areas. It is used to help interpret the known archaeological resources and to predict the likelihood of new archaeological resources at the various sanctuaries and monument. Second edition: 2007.

From the Introduction:
“Archaeological sites are sealed time capsules that provide
windows to the past, allowing us to glimpse the lives of earlier peoples and
wonder how they lived, worked, played, and died.

“Our waters, likewise, preserve important evidence of our ancestors’ past. The
river and ocean floors preserve remnants of sites where people lived and of
the vessels with which they conducted trade and fought wars. Ships, boats,
wharves, lighthouses, prehistoric sites, and a myriad of other maritime
treasures lie covered by water, sand, and time.”


Tues., Feb. 10, 2009 - Data in the Classroom: El Nino, Sea Level, Water Quality

Data in the Classroom

From the site:
“The NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project is developing curriculum for grades 5-8 designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.”

Investigate Earth processes using real data:

Investigating El Nino Using Real Data

Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data

Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality

Monday, February 09, 2009


Mon., Feb. 9, 2009 - Math Sites to Count On

Math Sites to Count On

From the site:
“Dozens of math-related Internet sites that will add to your lessons and multiply your effectiveness, including sites for teachers of K-3, 4-6, and 7-12; games for math whizzes; and more.”


Mon., Feb. 9, 2009 - Schwab MoneyWise / My Bread: NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

Schwab MoneyWise - Charles Schwab - Grades 9 to 12

Site found on

This is a nice informational site for students, teachers, and parents. Learn about budgeting, saving, and investing. Use the calculators to determine interest, savings, and more. This site has polls, tips, articles of interest, and a link for teachers. At the teachers' link, you will find lesson ideas, true stories of teachers "in the trenches," and other links. There are also downloadable PDF files of teaching guides and student activities.

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


My Bread: NEFE High School Financial Planning Program - National Endowment for Financial Education - Grades 8 to 12

Site found on

If you are teaching students about the economy, budgeting, debt, or other topics of "money" - don't miss this site! Highlights include seven units of study (Financial Planning, Budgeting, Investing, Good Debt and Bad Debt, and others). You can easily download entire units (PDF files). There are also articles and interactives. The interactives are incredibly useful (although they are called Games).<<>>

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


Mon., Feb. 9, 2009 - Sense and Dollars / Kid's Finance

Sense and Dollars - Maryland Public Television - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

Plan your dream job, pretend to live on your own, pay bills, and decide what the "important" extras are at this site. There are links to interactives that help you learn to save, spend, and earn money! Students learn about money and economics as they practice living in the "real world." There is a Teachers' Guide, although it is tricky to find. Click on the GO button and then the Info link. Here you will find a link to a Teachers' Guide and Parents' Guide. The guides provide statistics about students (and adults) knowledge of money, standards, lesson ideas, tutorials, technology tips, and links for more information. You MUST turn off any pop-up blockers to fully access this site!

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


Kid's Finance - - Grades 1 to 6

Site found on

This simple site offers a basic introduction to money and financing for younger students. The site has two main "characters" Penny and Bill. There is biographical information about various "bills" of money, a matching game, and puzzles. There are printable pages, reference information, and other useful tools. There is a link to purchase a coinciding book; the site is FREE and usable without the book.

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


Mon., Feb. 9, 2009 - Planet Orange / Young Investor

Welcome to Planet Orange - ING Direct - Grades 4 to 8
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

This site is truly a MUST-SEE for anyone teaching economics and finance. In today’s world, everyone could use a better understanding of this complex topic. Some of the highlights of the site include interactives explaining countless topics of "money," links for teachers with 20+ lesson plans, classroom ideas, links for parents, and more.

To begin your adventure, choose your student guide, Cedric or Amy. They will take you on a tour of the four continents on Planet Orange: Republic of Saving, Moneyland, Investor Islands, and South Spending. Each continent includes interactives, information, and an online quiz.

Teachers, be sure to visit the Teacher Resource Center. The center includes lesson plans, printable pages, "Certificate of Achievement" to print for students, answer keys, curriculum matrix, and more. Using the Teacher Resource Center requires registering with the website. Registration is FREE but does require some demographic information and an email address. Students DO NOT need to register to use the student portion of the site. <<>>

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


Young Investor - Columbia Management - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

If you are looking for a new way to teach your student about money and the economy...check out this gem! This site has articles and interactives for students of all ages (preK-grade 12). Some of the younger grades have only one or two activities, while upper elementary through high school has a great number of both articles and interactives. Topic examples include Budgeting, Sharing Your Money With Others, Understanding the Stock Market, and MANY others. There are links for teachers, parents, and students.

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

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Sun., Feb. 8, 2009 - Flattening the Classroom

Sites found in:
Tech Tips Newsletter
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008
Editor: Karen Franker

Flattening the Classroom
Shortened URL:

Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom
Shortened URL:
In this Slide share presentation, Vicki Davis describes and illustrates the seven essential principles for an effective flat classroom.

Flattening the World: How to Harness Web 2.0 Tools To Engage Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom
Shortened URL:
Doug Balsa’s Slide share presentation shows how educators can get started in creating a truly global classroom.

The Five Phases of Flattening a Classroom
Shortened URL:
Vicki Davis describes the tools and student competencies needed fo r each phase of evolving into a collaborative and global “classroom without walls”.

Flatten Your Classroom and Embrace 21st Century Learning (Slide Share presentation)
Julie Lindsay’s conference presentation provides an overview of how the flat classroom concept supports 21st century learning skills.

Flat Classroom Project Student Awards
Award-winning examples of student videos created as part of the Flat Classroom Project.


Sun., Feb. 8, 2009 - Plagiarism Court

Plagiarism Court - Fairfield University - Grades 9 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL and site updated- Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst

“Fairfield University’s introduction to “avoiding plagiarism” will also prove useful to secondary students who may be doing their first research involving documentation of sources. This resource is particularly useful in that it stresses the various “shades” of source notation and the requirements for each. Add this one to your collection of term paper writing aids.”

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


Sun., Feb. 8, 2009 - 2009 Inauguration Photo

2009 Inauguration Photo - SUPER HI-DEF
Shortened URL:

Zoom in ('double-click' an area) and watch it focus.
This picture was taken with a robotic Canon camera with 1,474 megapixel.
(295 times the standard 5 megapixel camera)
It pulled together over 200 individual shots.


Sun., Feb. 8, 2009 - Valentine's Day (2)

Sites found in:'s- Tips for Teachers Newsletter Issue #394
Valentine's Day Teacher Resources
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Valentine's Day Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.


How Valentine's Day Works

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