Friday, May 15, 2009


Fri., May 15, 2009 - Television News Archive

Television News Archive
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news.
Source: Refdesk


Fri., May 15, 2009 - Seventh Grade English

Seventh Grade
Stuff for Middle School Language Arts Teachers

Includes links to related topics, such as:

Novels (Study Guide Questions and more)

75 Ways to Share a Book


Fri., May 15, 2009 - IceCube Neutrino Observatory

IceCube Neutrino Observatory

“When completed (in 2011), the IceCube Neutrino Detector at the South Pole will serve as a deep-space telescope, enabling scientists to see distant cosmic events by detecting the neutrinos they generate. This site offers great images, movies, educator and community activities, and more. (To see Webcasts of people who work on the IceCube project, check out the Exploratorium's Ice Stories project at

Source: Exploratorium


Fri., May 15, 2009 - PBS: NATURE: Victoria Falls / AMEX: The Kennedys

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 17-23, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Victoria Falls
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, May 17, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world; this
awesome force of nature divides two natural worlds -- the
tranquil meandering river above the cascade and the raging
abyss of the gorge below. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


The Kennedys: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, May 18, 2009
9 pm - 12 midnight
The Kennedy story is unlike any other: a saga of ambition,
wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy. From patriarch
Joseph Kennedy's rise on Wall Street and frustrations in
politics, John Kennedy's march to the White House and Robert
Kennedy's near-certain presidential victory, preempted only by
his tragic death, the family legacy continues to influence
politics. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Thurs., May 14, 2009 - Contemporary Women Authors

Contemporary Women Authors
Shortened URL:

Links to reviews, excerpts, and essays on Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Amy Tan, and Arundhati Roy.

[NOTE: This list of 10 links is the first of 8 pages of links. Not all are for these authors. Scroll down below the Google Ads at the bottom for the links to the 8 pages. (Reduce text size to see entire screen). – Phyllis]

Source: Luminarium


Thurs., May 14, 2009 - National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure

National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure

“This site immerses the user into the dynamic world of maps and introduces kids to the essentials of mapping and geospatial representation through engaging (and fun!) games.”

Source: Exploratorium


Thurs., May 14, 2009 - Virtual Tours of Historic England

Virtual Tours of England

From the site:
“Here are some Quicktime VR's of some of the many historic sights in Britain.

Once the images have loaded drag them with your mouse to view the entire panorama. The images require the free Quicktime player.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., May 14, 2009 - Lufthansa Virtual Pilot

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, October 16, 2008 and time for Social Sciences at


Recommended Website:
Lufthansa: Virtual Pilot

ClickSchooling subscriber Kathye Shuman of North Carolina recommended this
website that provides a fun, online game to test your knowledge of European

When you get to the site you'll see an introduction that explains how the
game is played. Essentially, you become a virtual pilot of a Lufthansa jet.
You are provided with the name of a European city and a map. In 8 seconds,
you must determine where that city is located on the map and click on the
correct destination to land your plane. The closer you click to the correct
location, the higher your score.

There are 3 rounds to the game, and each is more challenging. Once you
complete the game you can see your score. You can also click on a button to
play the game again. Each game contains new locations with a few

Note: You are given the option to enter your name and email address to see
how you rank in comparison to others who have played the game. I suspect
that you may receive advertising from Lufthansa if you provide your correct
email address. Entering a bogus name and email address will render the
desired results without subjecting yourself to spam.

This is a fun way to test your knowledge of European geography. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Wed., May 13, 2009 - FDR Fireside Chats / LOC Baseball / Business Subject Guide to Internet Resources / Learning Page / LOC Webcasts / MP3 Health Risk

Sites found in:
October 10-16, 2008

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Fireside Chats (March 4, 1933)

Beginning March 4th, 1933, and running through March 1st, 1945 FDR’s fireside chats were a staple in American Homes. The news of the day, brought to you directly from the commander in chief himself. These are those broadcasts.

Source: Internet Archive (Old Time Radio collection)


Baseball in the Library of Congress: A Selected List of Sites
From the site:
“The sites listed below all include, to various degrees, graphic or textual materials relating to baseball. These links are all found on Library of Congress Web pages…”


Business Subject Guides to Internet Resources

Links to freely available Internet resources on business and economics topics arranged by subject.
Valuable to everyone. They are also accessible by title.


The Learning Page…especially for teachers

The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.

This site is currently undergoing a facelift. Check out a preview of the new version.


Webcasts from the Library of Congress

A privileged few of us are able to take first-hand advantage of LC’s rich and varied schedule of events, performances, panel discussions, etc. But everyone can pick and choose from among the many, many webcasts available online here. Browse by general topic (biography/history, culture/performing arts, education, government, poetry/literature, religion, science/technology), choose from among the current top ten (listed at the upper right), or check out what was recently added — such as playwright and screenwriter Mark Stein discussing How the States Got Their Shapes. You’ll even find webcasts and podcasts from the 2008 National Book Festival.


Scientists warn of health risks from exposure to noise from personal music players
Shortened URL:

“Listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage, according to an opinion of the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) released today. The scientific opinion shows that 5-10% of personal music player listeners risk permanent hearing loss, if they listen to a personal music player for more than one hour per day each week at high volume settings for at least 5 years.”

Full Document (PDF; 518 KB)
Shortened URL:
Lay version (for general public)

Source: docuticker

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


Wed., May 13, 2009 - Topic: Health

EduHound's Classroom Tools & Tips
October 16, 2008 Issue
From the site:

Topic :: HEALTH

Taking Notes on Global Health
Students chart facts about global health.
This online health science learning site is designed to help educators communicate important health concepts to children K-6.

Timely topics that relate directly to health and quality of life. The section for each age group provides different, appropriate information.

PE Central: Health Lessons
A large number of Health lesson ideas for you to use in your Health education program.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages
Help kids make the connection between the environment and their health.

edHelper: Health Theme Units
Directory of Health lesson plans on topics including: Alcohol, Circulatory System, Digestive System, Disabilities, Drugs, Hygiene, Nutrition, The Five Senses, and more!

National Center for Health Education: Growing Healthy
Features planned, sequential curriculum and activities that provide a sound framework for a comprehensive health education program.


Wed., May 13, 2009 - Solve My Math

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, October 13, 2008 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 11-18 (6th grade and beyond)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended that offers free math
lessons and homework help delivered through a gallery of math formulas,
online calculators, games, and quizzes to reinforce the learning of math
concepts. Nancy wrote, "The site is especially helpful for students of
Algebra and beyond. Equations and formulas needed to succeed in these areas
are readily available along with easy to follow examples and explanations."

When you get to the site you'll see an icon menu of the three main sections
that include:

* Math Formulas - This "math facts gallery" contains hundreds of formulas
and theories to help students understand math concepts "without having to
read long demonstrations and explanations." It provides basic formulas and
facts for Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, and Trigonometry.

* Math Calculators - Access a variety of math calculators to quickly find
the answer to all your math problems and exercises with an emphasis on
algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and geometry.

* Math Games - Enjoy an entertaining selection of math and logic games,
quizzes, timed tests, and even an online version of Rubik's Cube.

As Nancy wrote, "These sections are very user friendly and that helps more
than you can imagine!"

SolveMyMath is essentially a comprehensive reference library that will help
students studying middle school and high school math.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Wed., May 13, 2009 - Walking With the Beasts

Walking with Beasts - BBC Worldwide Limited - Grades 3 to 12

Site found on

“What determines whether a fossil will be created for others to find? This site offers information that fits into your science curriculum at multiple levels, depending on whether students work on their own or as a teacher-centered activity. Use these activities to explore factors in the creation and the finding of fossils. For example, in "Burying Bodies," choose the location in the picture where the animal is found and watch biological and natural events determine whether a fossil will be created. Watch the flash animation and read the written narration as well. Other activities include "Making Fossils," "Skeleton Jigsaws," "Footprints," and "Camouflage." Other links of fantastic information that students often ask questions about can be found within the site.”

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Tues., May 12, 2009 - MythWeb

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, October 15, 2008 and time for Language Arts at


Recommended Website:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 9 and up (younger children may enjoy aspects of this site with
adult help)

ClickSchooler Nancy Hogan recommended this website that offers a fun, free
way to learn about Greek mythology! Learn about the gods, creatures, and
heroes from ancient Greece that equip your kids to understand vocabulary and
references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of
communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at
the website:

* In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to
* The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is
named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
* A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the
heavens on his shoulders.

You'll find many more examples in the "Teachers" section of the website that
you can access from the home/landing page. (It also includes free
suggestions for activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in
creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.)

When you get to the site you'll see a main menu that includes:

* Gods - Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging
text and colorful graphics.

* Heroes - Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules,
Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus - in English or Latin! Print them
out to read offline too!

* Today - Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.

* Encyclopedia - Get definitions and descriptions of various characters,
places, and events in Greek mythology.

You'll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information
about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek
Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this
educational site. The vast majority of the content is absolutely free.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Tues., May 12, 2009 - Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg
From the site:
“Through his wacky cartoons which depict the most elaborate and ridiculous devices to accomplish the most mundane tasks, RUBE GOLDBERG'S "INVENTIONS" have become synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve minimal results. His ingenious drawings follow their own impeccable logic, demonstrating that the unnecessary can also be the mother of invention - often with hilarious results.” <<>>


Tues., May 12, 2009 - Disk Drive Data Sanitization

Source: Don's Patch #103, October 15, 2008

"I'd like to give my old computer away but there's too
much personal data on the hard drive." If this
description fits you, here's a solution for you.

Secure Erase

Tutorial on Disk Drive Data Sanitization

From the site:
“When a computer is lost or disposed of, active and discarded data typically remains stored on its hard disk drive. Even if users “delete” all their files, they can be recovered from “recycling” folders or by special utility programs such as Norton Unerase.”

“If data is not erased beyond recovery, data on disk drives that leave the physical control of owners can and often does fall into the hands of others. Data can be recovered with little effort, from discarded, warranty repaired, or resold disk drives. Many reports have been written on data recovered from discarded disk drives.2,3 Each year hundreds of thousands of hard disk drives are retired. Some of these hard disk drives find their way back into the market and their data can be recovered unless it is erased securely.” <<>>


Tues., May 12, 2009 - Expert Village / A Simple Book Repair Manual

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, October 17, 2008

Expert Village
"offers the largest choice [135,000+] of professionally produced and researched videos, to answer your everyday questions." Search or browse by categories. Note that when you've found one set of results, the navigation bar allows you to restrict results further: by newest, most rated, or most viewed; and by tags, e.g., knitting + tips, circular knitting, patterns, how to knit, etc.


A Simple Book Repair Manual
Choose a chapter and learn how to tip in a page, clean the book, repair a spine, fix a torn page, etc. - or figure out whether the book is repairable at all. There's also a chapter on the basic book repair tools.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2008.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Mon., May 11, 2009 - Nibipedia

Nibipedia - Nibi Software Group - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

“Watch, Learn, Research, Teach. Got your attention? View the statement, "Together We Learn" to understand the underlying purpose. This free beta site uses video that starts with many of the wonderful TED talks videos. “Nibs” provide the opportunity to view the best videos out there that are worthy of a learning adventure. Playlist subjects include architecture, the brain, business, chemistry, civics, computers and the web, cool stuff, design, education, Egypt, math, music, physics, sociology, sustainability, and several others.

“As the site grows, others will have the opportunity to add videos to the growing timeline. At this point, there is only a select group of educators adding content (see the main page of any topic for more information). See the purpose of creating a smarter way to learn. Videos are "nibbed" (linked) to content on Wikipedia, as well as to equally worthy video that increases our knowledge and makes the experience smarter! The community is tightly controlled so only appropriate videos and resources are included.” <<>>

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


Mon., May 11, 2009 - The Wampanoag: People of the First Light

The Wampanoag: People of the First Light

From the site:
“a website to help educators present the history of Wampanoag people with accuracy and respect. We recognize that an appropriate understanding of Wampanoag culture, history and heritage must come from the voices of Wampanoag people. For too long, the history of Native Americans has been either misrepresented or excluded from textbooks, storybooks and mainstream American history. The resources on this site include in-depth dialogue about critical issues in Wampanoag history, activities, suggested readings and examples from the Museum's collections.”


Mon., May 11, 2009 - John Brown's Address at his Trial

Address of John Brown to the Virginia Court
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“At eight o'clock on Sunday evening, October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a party of twenty-one men into the town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, where they captured the lone night watchman and cut the town's telegraph lines. Encountering no resistance, Brown's men seized the federal arsenal, an armory, and a rifle works. Brown then sent out several detachments to round up hostages and liberate slaves.

“His plan soon went awry. As news of the raid spread, angry townspeople and local militia companies cut off Brown's escape routes and trapped his men in the armory. Two days later, U.S. Marines commanded by Colonel Robert E. Lee arrived. Brown and his men took refuge in a fire engine house. Lee's marines stormed the engine house and rammed down its doors. Five of Brown's party escaped, ten were killed, and seven, including Brown himself, were taken prisoner. A week later, Brown was put on trial in a Virginia court, even though his attack had occurred on federal property. He was found guilty of treason, conspiracy, and murder, and was sentenced to die on the gallows. The trial's high point came at the very end when Brown was allowed to make a five-minute speech, in which he defended his actions as righteous and just, convincing many Northerners that this grizzled man of fifty-nine was not an extremist but a martyr to the cause of freedom. Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859 and his body buried on his family farm at North Elba, New York.”

Here is his address to the court <<>>


Mon., May 11, 2009 - Immigration Explorer (NY Times)

Immigration Explorer - NY Times - Grades 3 to 12
Shortened URL:

Site found on

“This site offers an interactive map that displays the population and ethnicity of the counties of the United States. Readers can select various ethnic groups and find out where they settled. A drop down menu has lists of immigrant groups. The color coded map of the U.S. displays settlement locations for specified groups. Separate countries available include many Asian and European countries. African countries are not listed separately, unfortunately. Another feature allows students to move the timeline marker to show immigration in different years. The timeline includes the 1880s through the 2000s.” <<>>

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

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