Saturday, February 28, 2009


Sat., Feb. 28, 2009 - WebMuseum: Artist Index, Theme Index

WebMuseum Artist Index

WebMuseum Theme Index

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Feb. 28, 2009 - The Picture Collection, New York Public Library

The Picture Collection

From the site:
“The Picture Collection Online presents more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Picture Files Illustrating the 1950's:

Picture Files Illustrating the 1960's:


Sat., Feb. 28, 2009 - The 100 Best TV Shows of ALL-TIME

The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME,28804,1651341_1659188,00.html
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“"First, I apologize. I know I left some of your favorite shows off this list. How do I know that? Because I left some of my favorite shows off this list. The happy and unfortunate fact is that there are far more than 100 great shows, and more created every year. Lists are incredibly important: they are how we define what matters to us, what we want entertainment and art to do, what we expect of our culture." —TIME TV critic James Poniewozik


Sat., Feb. 28, 2009 - 50 Greatest Arts Videos on YouTube / Mouse Print / Map of the Day / Photos That Changed the World / What the Survey Didn't Say

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, Sept. 5, 2008


The 50 Greatest Arts Videos on YouTube
The Guardian calls our attention to some wonderful videos from across the arts, freely available on YouTube. Among the selections: Nureyev's pas de deux with Margot Fonteyn, Billie Holiday singing 'Strange Fruit', Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie performing 'Hot House,' Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul TV Special, Nirvana rehearsing in a garage, Jack Kerouac reading from On the Road, Nabokov discussing Lolita, Marlene Dietrich's screen test, Maria Callas in Zeffirelli's Tosca, Bernstein conducting West Side Story, Stravinksy conducting the Firebird Lullaby Suite - and lots more just as fascinating.


Mouse Print: Exposing the Strings and Catches Buried in the Fine Print
This service from Consumer World explains the meanings in the fine print most of us don't bother to read. Searchable and browsable by product categories.


National Geographic Map of the Day
A painless way to pick up a little knowledge of both geography and history. For each date, there's a map and a brief explanation of the geography and the event - the establishment of the Oregon Territory, Apollo 11's moon landing, the beginning of work on the Panama Canal, etc.


Photos that Changed the World
The proof of the power of these images to move people is that you'll probably recognize most of them - the napalmed girl, the Oklahoma City firefighter carrying the dead child, the man in front of the tanks in Tiannenman Square, the Kent State shootings, and more.


What the Survey Didn't Say - BBC News
This BBC series of lessons sets out to explain and correct common misconceptions about mathematical concepts. This is lesson 1, on common flaws in surveys and polls (and the reporting of them). Lesson 2, on purported counting and measurement, <>; Lesson 3, on percentages, <>; Lesson 4, on averages, <>; Lesson 5, on causation, <>


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Friday, February 27, 2009


Fri., Feb. 27, 2009 - St. Patrick's Day

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 13, 2008
Read This Online :


St. Patrick's Day
"Explore some of the places and legends associated with Saint Patrick and find out about the life of Ireland's patron saint." Also includes a list of "essential Irish phrases" for a night out at a pub, and traditional Irish recipes for items such as Irish stew, Irish coffee, and champ (mashed potatoes). From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item:


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Websites You Can Trust!
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Fri., Feb. 27, 2009 - St. Patrick's Day

Site found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 499 3/20/2008

Saint Patrick

Despite what you may have seen on the local news this week, there is far
more to St. Patrick's Day than just pints of green beer and drunken
revelry. Welcome to St-Patricks-Day.Com, a jolly website that is
"dedicated to Irish & Irish at Heart all around the World"

Visitors to the site will uncover a wealth of information including the
history of Saint Patrick, as well as sections on Irish "Roots", "Music",
and "Dancing". After you've learned a little more about this wonderful
holiday, prepare for next years festivities by checking out the site's
worldwide listing of Irish Pubs and Associations, Saint Patrick's Day
Parades, Fun Runs, Festivals, and much more!


Fri., Feb. 27, 2009 - St. Patrick's Day Fast Facts

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Fast Facts: Beyond the Blarney

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

Today's site, from National Geographic News, provides informative material
on the festivities of St. Patrick's Day in the U.S. Gentle Subscribers will
find enjoyable trivia and sturdy facts about this traditional Irish

"On St. Patrick's Day, ... some revelers will raise a pint of stout and
wish their companions "Slainte !"[accent omitted] -- the Irish word,
pronounced SLAN-cha, for "health." - from the website

The articles delves into some of the more interesting tidbits of
information surrounding St. Patrick's Day and the Irish in general.
Discover why it has traditionally been considered unlucky to wear too much
green in Ireland itself and how St. Patrick came to be associated with
ridding Ireland of "snakes", when in fact these reptiles have never been
native to the island. Additional trivia highlight American celebrations of
St. Patrick's Day, particularly in New York and Chicago, and some
heartening news about that quintessential Irish beverage -- Guinness stout.

Roll over to the site for a look at the customs which surround this
occasion at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

A.M. Holm
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Fri., Feb. 27, 2009 - Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): 2009

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): 2009
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. President Truman attended the parade in 1948. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995, and the president issues a proclamation each year.” <<>>

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Thurs., Feb. 26, 2009 - Robert F. Kennedy: Champion of Social Justice

Speak Up, Speak Out: Robert F. Kennedy: Champion of Social Justice

From the site:
“We are pleased and honored to provide you with lessons and resource materials designed to help instill in students the concept of social justice and the principles of a just society that are the cornerstones of Robert F. Kennedy's legacy.”

“Lesson plans suitable for 4th, 8th and 11th grade classes link his social justice agenda to New York state standards in social studies and English language arts, offering a unique opportunity to blend the ideas, concepts, themes and skills of the standards with Kennedy's social justice history.”


Thurs., Feb. 26, 2009 - J.M. Barrie / Joseph Bruchae / Billy Collins / Norman Juster / Free Reading Motivational Posters / Wanderlust

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
September 7, 2008

What's new at Web English Teacher?

J. M. Barrie
Lesson plans and teaching resources for Peter Pan

Joseph Bruchac
Lesson plans for The First Strawberries, The Journal of Jesse Smoke, Code
Talkers, and more.

Billy Collins
Links to poems, lesson plans.

Norton Juster
Lesson ideas for The Phantom Tollbooth


Free Reading Motivation Posters and Booklet
From the site:
“To encourage students to do more reading, Townsend Press is pleased to offer to teachers (middle school and above) and program coordinators a free set of reading motivation posters and a booklet titled 60 Good Books to Read.
To get the posters and booklet, e-mail your request to our customer service at Tell us how and where you intend to use these motivational materials, and we will send them to you at no charge.”

Online interactive maps of journeys both fictional and real. Teaching Around the World in 80 Days or Murder on the Orient Express? This site has a good prereading activity. Also present: The Northwest Passage, Christopher Columbus (1492), Captain Cook and the Endeavour, and the Silk

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2008, Web English Teacher.


Thurs., Feb. 26, 2009 - Me Read? No Way! A Practical Guide to Improving Boys' Literacy Skills

Me read? No way! A Practical Guide to Improving Boys' Literacy Skills

This guide was prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Education as part of an initiative to support student success in literacy. In particular, it focuses on boys' literacy.

It offers a rich source of practices and strategies that are being used in successful literacy programs for boys around the world and that educators can draw on to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment for both boys and girls.


Thurs., Feb. 26, 2009 - Democracy in Brief / Digging for Answers / Entrepreneurship / Improving Adolescent Literacy

Sites found in:
[EDInfo] Teaching Resources
Date: Sep 9, 2008

Democracy in Brief
gives a concise account of the intellectual origins, history,
and basic values of democratic systems of government. The
book examines topics such as rights and responsibilities of
citizens, free and fair elections, the rule of law, the role
of a written constitution, separation of powers, a free media,
the role of parties and interest groups, military-civilian
relations, and democratic culture. (Department of State)


Digging for Answers
offers interactive quizzes that draw interesting historical
facts from the Smithsonian's collections. Topics include
dogs, horses, insects, stars, famous women, clothes, food,
brain teasers, and more. (Smithsonian Institution)
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Principles of Entrepreneurship
describes the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, which is vital
for stimulating economic growth and employment opportunities.
Learn about the essentials for building and running a
business, from the planning stages to marketing a product.
(Department of State)
Shortened URL:


Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention
provides five recommendations to improve literacy among
adolescents in the upper elementary, middle, and high school
grades. The guide is designed for teachers and personnel who
work directly with students. It presents strategies that have
the strongest research support and are appropriate for use
with adolescents. (Department of Education)


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Wed., Feb. 25, 2009 - Life in the Palaeozoic

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Life in the Palaeozoic

Today's site, from Britain's famous Open University, offers a course of study, prepared by Dr. Peter Sheldon, to the interested general public around the world -- part geological science, part fascinating look at life on earth 542 million years ago. Gentle Subscribers, feeling somewhat nostalgic about their own school days at this time of year, may find this academic presentation both interesting and worthwhile.

"This unit is modified from the Open University Level 1 course S193; Fossils and the History of Life. ... The Palaeozoic Era was a very important time in the history of life. Using evidence from fossils, we start by looking at the Cambrian explosion, when many forms of animal life first appeared about 545 million years ago. Then we move on to study creatures living in the Ordovician seas, including the extinct trilobites. Next, we'll investigate the invasion of land by plants and invertebrates that occurred in the Silurian Period, and look at life in Silurian seas. You'll also learn about the Devonian Period, when vertebrates first moved onto land." - from the website

The presentation offers an excellent introduction to the Palaeozoic era, through six topics dealing with the most salient features of this time period. Included in the course are relevant text and materials, such as excerpts from Douglas Palmer's "Atlas of the Prehistoric World", with its generous selection of outstanding images. Delivered in a straightforward style, the material is well illustrated with striking photos of fossils from the period. Questions for participants to consider are arranged throughout the course but the answers are directly available.

Swing over to the site for an academic primer on earth's Palaeozoic era at:

A.M. Holm
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Wed., Feb. 25, 2009 - Immunobiology Interactive / The Canary Project

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
September 5, 2008
Volume 14, Number 35

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


Immunobiology Interactive [Macromedia Flash Player]

No one ever said immunobiology was easy, but this handy collection of Flash-
animated features from the design company Blink does make a number of
processes and concepts a bit easier to understand. What is perhaps most
impressive about the site is the ability it gives visitors to tweak certain
viewing preferences, sound settings, and even the size of the actual
animated feature. Narrated by a pleasant sounding voice, the animated
features cover such topics as phagocytosis, rolling adhesion, and gene
recombination. It is worth noting that visitors also have the option to fast
forward and rewind to segments that interest them, and they can also print
out screenshots from each feature. Also, users of the site can change the
display format of each feature as they see fit. [KMG]


The Canary Project [Macromedia Flash Player]

More groups and organizations are thinking about creative and thoughtful
ways to raise awareness about global warming, and The Canary Project is one
such group. Through their use of visual media, events, and artwork the
Project aims to visualize global warming in compelling ways, investigate
questions about current ecological crises, and also cultivate media
attention. Visitors can learn more about their work via their website, and
they will want to start by looking over the "Photos" area of the site. Here
they can look at photographs of disrupted ecosystems like the barrier reefs
off the coast of Belize and evidence of the rising sea level as it manifests
itself around Venice and Bangladesh. Afterwards, visitors can move along to
their "Projects" area. This area offers a diverse range of documents on
their public art projects, their supported works and collaboration, and
their outreach efforts, which include school visits and television spots.
The site is rounded out by a section where visitors can learn about their
past and current exhibitions. [KMG]


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


Wed., Feb. 25, 2009 - U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." This famous sentence is known as the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at the following sites.

Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)
[NOTE: Some of the sites listed were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Feb. 25, 2009 - U.S. Constitution / Energy Education Resources (6) / Green Room (Environmental Issues)

Sites found in:
Thu, Sep 11, 2008
INFOMINE Email Alert Service

Guide to Law Online : United States Constitution
Record Id: 681186
Created: 2008-09-09 13:15:51
Categories: govpub

Law Library of Congress guide to web resources on the United States
Constitution. Includes links to: Constitution text and commentaries;
Constitution Day resources; historical texts (Articles of Confederation,
Federalist Papers, etc.); U.S. Supreme Court decisions; and legal

[NOTE: Last Updated: 02/10/2009 – Phyllis ]

DTE Energy Education Resources
Record Id: 681185
Created: 2008-09-05 13:20:58

From the site:
“The world is changing at a very rapid pace...and so is the energy industry. New technology and the constantly increasing demand for energy are driving changes in how we produce, distribute and use electricity and natural gas. We are dedicated to educating the community about these issues, about the importance of protecting our natural resources, and about electric and gas safety.”

Touchstone energy Kids Zone
Record Id: 681183
Created: 2008-09-05 12:44:10
Site includes: Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Fun and Games

Teacher Zone:

Energy Saving Resources for Kids
Record Id: 681181
Created: 2008-09-05 11:38:34
From the site:
“We'd like to point you to some information on energy, how it works and how to use it wisely.”

Kids Stuff: Energy and Natural Resources
Record Id: 681180
Created: 2008-09-05 11:28:48

From the site:
This subsection of the Kids Stuff module covers energy and natural resources for kids and teens. It includes information on natural resources, how people affect their environment, and how to save energy.”

Solar Energy International
Record Id: 681178
Created: 2008-09-04 15:47:30
Categories: physci

All About Energy Resources
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 681177
Created: 2008-09-04 15:20:36
Categories: physci

From the site:
“These resources, both on the Web and in the library, tell about both renewable and nonrenewable energy resources.”
[NOTE: This bibliography includes web sites and books.]

Green Room
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 681173
Created: 2008-09-04 11:58:51
Categories: bioag,govpub,liberal,physci

BBC News feature page concerning environmental issues such as global
warming and water scarcity. Includes articles, commentary, viewpoints,
and links to other websites and resources covering environmental

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 - Noise-Induced Hearing Loss / Headphones and Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Describes the causes and symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Also
reviews current research, the nature of hearing, and who is susceptible to
NIHL. In English and Spanish. From the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item:

Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Every day we experience sound in our environment such as the television, radio, washing machine, automobiles, buses, and trucks. But when an individual is exposed to harmful sounds--sounds that are too loud or loud sounds over a long time--sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss.”


Headphones and Hearing Loss

Audio of a January 2006 radio program in which a doctor from the Massachusetts
Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School talks about hearing loss from
listening to loud music. Topics addressed include the use of headphones by
portable audio device owners and the use of earplugs by rock concertgoers. From
WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate.
LII Item:

Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 - Medpedia


From the site:
“The Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public…”

“As Medpedia grows over the next few years, it will become a repository of up-to-date unbiased medical information, contributed and maintained by health experts around the world, and freely available to everyone. The information in this clearinghouse will be easy to discover and navigate…”

“In association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School and other leading global health organizations, Medpedia will be a commons for the gathering of the information and people critical to health care.”


Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 - Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out

Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out

…explores bone, muscle, and skin. Through seven lessons, students learn how the musculoskeletal and skin systems work, how cells contribute to each system, how the structure of bone relates to its function, how body systems (such as muscle and bone) interact, and how behaviors (such as exercise) and the environment (such as sunlight) influence body systems. Students develop lifestyle recommendations for maintaining healthy body systems.


Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 - March is Good Nutrition Month

March is Teaching Good Nutrition Month

Discovering Healthy Eating
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“March may be National Nutrition Month, but healthy eating should be practiced all year long. Teach your students about the importance and benefits of a balanced nutritious diet using the thematic units and resources below.”

Monday, February 23, 2009


Mon., Feb. 23, 2009 - The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Site found in:
August 29-Sept. 4, 2008


The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
Shortened URL:
“Our annual ranking of the most powerful women in the world measures “power” as a composite of public profile–calculated using press mentions–and financial heft. The economic component of the ranking considers job title and past career accomplishments, as well as the amount of money the woman controls.”

Source: Forbes


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Mon., Feb. 23, 2009 - Distinguished Women of Past and Present / Why Women Should Vote

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site being updated. - Phyllis ]

We're currently updating the site. Not only will it look better, it will have many new features including better searching. Keep checking back!

This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers.


Why Women Should Vote
Additional information:


Mon., Feb. 23, 2009 - Women's History Month (Links)

Women’s History Month
From the site:
“Women's History Month traces its beginnings to the first International Women's Day, held on March 8, 1911 in Copenhagen, spearheaded by Clara Zetkin, a German political leader. In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of the event in schools across the states, Congress passed a resolution making Women's History Week a national American holiday. It was just six years later, 1987, when Congress legally expanded the celebration to a whole month.”

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


Mon., Feb. 23, 2009 - Women's History Month: March 2009

Women’s History Month: March 2009
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“National Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.” <<>>

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Sun., Feb. 22, 2009 - ICT Literacy Maps

ICT Literacy Maps
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“In collaboration with several content area organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed a series of ICT Literacy Maps illustrating the intersection between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy and core academic subjects including English, mathematics, science and social studies (civics/government, geography, economics, history). The maps enable educators to gain concrete examples of how ICT Literacy can be integrated into core subjects, while making the teaching and learning of core subjects more relevant to the demands of the 21st century.”

Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills


Sun., Feb. 22, 2009 - Sputnik at 50: Looking Back at the Space Race

Sputnik at 50: Looking Back at the Space Race

From the site:
“On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched into orbit a beeping metal ball that grabbed the world's attention. Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite, heightened Cold War tensions, shocking the United States into the space race and sparking a revolution in American science education.”

Did Sputnik Have a Fiery or Fractured End?
1957 Was the Year of the Icons
Sputnik's Designers Didn't Fathom Its Impact
Sputnik, Space Race Mirror a Personal Journey
Revisiting America's Fear of Sputnik
Sputnik in Space and Song
Space Race Permeated Pop Culture
Sputnik Left Legacy for U.S. Science Education
Remembering Sputnik
'Sputnik: The Shock of the Century'
Khrushchev, Schorr Look Back on Sputnik
Sputnik I, the First Satellite to Orbit Earth, Turns 50

Source: National Public Radio


Sun., Feb. 22, 2009 - 100 Most Often Misspelled Words

100 Most Often Misspelled Words
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Here are the 100 words most often misspelled ('misspell' is one of them) as presented by Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%.
Source: Refdesk:


Sun., Feb. 22, 2009 - Science Animations: Movies and Interactive Tutorial Links

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, June 20-July 4, 2008

Science Animations: Movies and Interactive Tutorial Links
A great way of understanding scientific theories and phenomena, including plant
life cycles, plate tectonics, bacterial growth, severe weather, how lasers
works, and much, much more.
NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]

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