Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Tues., July 28, 2009 - American Association of School Librarians: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

The Top 25 Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/kogg99

The Landmark Websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. They are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning.
Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/lsu549


Tues., July 28, 2009 - Boston Tea Party

History of the Boston Tea Party

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., July 28, 2009 - Open Source Shakespeare: An Experiment in Literary Technology

Open Source Shakespeare: An Experiment in Literary Technology

From the site:
“Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works…The general public can use the site without paying money, or even registering for the site at all. Further, anyone is free to download and use any part of Open Source Shakespeare. The sole restriction is that it cannot be used in a commercial site.”

In addition to the complete works, the site includes a concordance, character list, keyword search and more


Tues., July 28, 2009 - Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress

From: Library of Congress

Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress

Learn More about the Library's Musical Instrument Collections
Did you know that the Library has a large collection of musical instruments? Learn more about this collection which includes several Stradivarius violins, a huge collection of flutes and a collection of Thai musical instruments. Of special interest is a comparison of five of the violins in the collection. Those interested in how scientists insure that their experiments are done in controlled situations will be fascinated by the materials discussing how the performer developed the controlled conditions to make sure that the violins were played in the same manner in similar conditions. Musicians and those interested in sound will enjoy hearing how five different violins handle the same musical piece and hearing the difference in tone and sound between the different violins.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Sun., July 26, 2009 - eBusinessCard


From the site:
Set up a free professional eBusinessCard Email Signature in seconds (choose from 3 formats).
Use in all your email messages, WORD documents, even PDF documents!
Include your thumbnail photo and/or company logo and all your contact info, your website, and links to your Social Networking profile (such as LinkedIn or Facebook).


Sun., July 26, 2009 - Teaching with Primary Sources

From: Library of Congress
Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Newsletter is now the TPS Quarterly

The Spring 2009 issue of the TPS Newsletter

The Spring 2009 issue of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Newsletter is now available at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/newsletter/. This issue focuses on the theme of technology integration, exploring how teachers can use technology to bring primary sources into their classrooms to enhance learning. Previous issues on the themes of literacy integration, promoting critical thinking and differentiated instruction are also available in both html and pdf versions through the newsletter’s archive. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/quarterly/archive.html

NOTE: The Summer 2009 Issue's Theme: Supporting Inquiry LearningThis issue explores how teachers can use primary sources to guide students through the inquiry process and create an active learning environment. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/quarterly/index.html


Sun., July 26, 2009 - Stewardess Uniform Collection

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Site of the Day for Friday, November 14, 2008

Stewardess Uniform Collection

Today's site presents a virtual museum of flight attendant uniforms from airlines
around the world, diligently collected over several decades by flight purser Cliff
Muskiet . Gentle Subscribers may enjoy a certain fantasy nostalgia as they view the
highly stylized outfits worn by stewardesses over the years.

"This website is about me and my stewardess uniform collection. Ever since my early
childhood, I have been interested and fascinated by the world of aviation. I used
to collect everything that wore an airline name or logo, such as posters, postcards,
stickers, timetables, safety cards and airplane models. Sometime in 1980
I was given my first uniform by one of my mother's friends. .... At the moment my
collection contains more than 700 different uniforms from various airlines
worldwide." - from the website

From airlines no longer in existence, like Pan Am, to current day upstarts such as
easyJet, this collection of uniforms provides an engaging look at fashion trends
gliding hand in hand with corporate brands. In addition to the uniforms themselves,
the collection contains the various accoutrements so beloved by designers -- ties,
pins, scarves, hats and insignia. Arranged alphabetically by airline, the exhibit
is positioned with the earliest uniforms first for each company. Although a few
items from the 1950's have been included, the lion's share of the collection dates
from the 1960's to the present day.

Fly over to the site for a look at past and present flight attendant costumes at:


A.M. Holm
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Sun., July 26, 2009 - Sites from The Scout Report November 14, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 14, 2008
Volume 14, Number 45
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/
This issue: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2008/scout-081114.php


Latino Settlement in the New Century [pdf]

The Pew Hispanic Center offers timely commentary and research on a wide
range of issues related to the Hispanic population within the United States.
Over the past few years, they have put out working papers on immigration,
economic forecasts, employment, and pending legislation. This report by
their senior research associate Richard Fry was released in October 2008 and
it offers a detailed demographic portrait of the growing Hispanic community
in the United States. Throughout its 35-pages, visitors will find detailed
statistical information on the transformation of the Hispanic population
over the past decade, along with material on which counties are experiencing
the greatest statistical increase in the number of Hispanics. Finally, the
report is greatly enhanced by its use of tables, graphs, and county-level
maps of the US. [KMG]


The Online Corpus of Old English Poetry

It's never too late to learn Old English poetry, and this site is just the
place to delve into this fascinating subject. Created by Murray McGillivray
at the University of Calgary, the site presents a wide range of Old English
poems and poetic lines in a very simplified and easy to use fashion. The
purpose of this project is "to make useable and reliable texts of Old
English poems available in convenient form for students and scholars."
Visitors can click on the "Old English Poetry" section to review a list of
all the poems by title. Also, visitors can view a list of the poems by
original manuscript, and they can also learn about the project's history as
well. [KMG]


BioEd Online: Symposium for Space Life Science [Real Player]

BioEd Online continues with its fine tradition of crafting high quality
science education materials with this clutch of materials related to life
science in space. This series is sponsored in part by the National Space
Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and the resources here include slide
sets and streaming video presentations designed for classroom use. One of
the key presentations deals with sleep and human performance and it looks
into questions such as "How much sleep do people need?" and "Why do
adolescents want to stay up late at night and sleep away half the day?" and
that's not all, as the site also contains presentations on the effects of
radiation and maintaining muscle mass in space. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from http://www.bioedonline.org/ previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Royal Society: Podcasts

The Royal Society, based in the United Kingdom, is not only 350 years old,
but is also not about the royal family. Rather, The Royal Society is all
about science--influencing science policy and debating scientific issues,
with other scientists and the public. Their website is loaded with
resources, such as their "News" section which has articles on science,
education, industry and the environment culled from the major daily
newspapers. Click on the "Library and Archives" section to be catapulted
into a virtual room of resources such as the "Science Policy Collection",
"Digital Journal Archive", "Biographical Information on Fellows", and
"Picture Library". The Library events podcasts are easy-to-listen-to and
wide-ranging, though many are about the history of science, and include
video and audio podcasts. Podcasts about scientific failure, apothecaries,
and the taming of electricity are just some of the titles available from the
past two years of library events. Visitors shouldn't miss using the unique
search feature called "Select an Audience" at the bottom of any page of the
site that allows them to choose what information is viewed based on who they
are, i.e. teacher, student, policymaker, researcher, media, scientist, or
fellow. Such a feature really helps to make a large website, such as this,
much more accessible and easy to navigate. [KMG]


First World War

Almost all of the remaining veterans of World War One have passed on, but
the "Great War" remains a subject of considerable interest for the general
public and historians alike. This intriguing site created by the Guardian
newspaper in Britain features slideshows, articles, and a set of external
links to additional websites of note. First-time visitors may wish to click
on the "Series" section to read the four part set of articles that delves
into topics such as "The western front" and "The road to war". The site also
does a nice job of weaving in modern commentary and editorials on the
current state of European affairs and armed conflicts both throughout the
Continent and in other regions of the world. Additionally, the site also
contains video clips of veterans talking about their time in the trenches
and historians commenting on the legacy of this tremendous conflict. [KMG]


Tipatshimuna-Innu stories from the land [Macromedia Flash Player]

The Canadian Heritage Information Network, along with Virtual Museum Canada,
has created an excellent online exhibit about the Innu people of Labrador
and eastern Quebec, focusing on their activities before the settlement of
the Europeans. On the homepage visitors will be asked to select a language,
English or French, then they will be able to navigate throughout the online
exhibit. To get an overview of the Innu people, click on "Introduction" in
the menu at the top of the page. For a unique look at two typical journeys
by two different families, click on "Travel" in the menu. From there,
visitors can choose the journey they want to follow, by either clicking on
the map itself, or choosing from the menu at the side of the map. Each
journey is composed of episodes that describe what is going on in that leg
of the journey. Visitors shouldn't miss listening to the short recordings
of some members of the tribe describe various materials, tools, and
activities in their native language, Innu-aimun. The underlined words in
the text are those that have the audio feature, as well as a more
comprehensive written description of the object or concept and footnotes are
also provided for unfamiliar words. Short films are included in some of the
episodes that were taken in the 1920's to '40s. By clicking on "Exhibit
Gallery" visitors can view a plethora of Innu objects from various museum
collections, and each object is accompanied by text, photos of the objects
being used, and audio clips. The "Collections" tab on the menu will lead to
the site's search engine. Finally, the "People and Places" tab on the menu
provides a look at the artwork of Innus, the stories of Innu youth, the
biographies of the elders of the community, and information on the
"Communities and Institutions" of the Innu. Some of the information
available on each of the communities includes their website address,
statistical information, and general information. [KMG]


Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-1937 [Macromedia Flash Player]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's online exhibition: Joan Miro: Painting and
Anti-Painting 1927-1937 is a great-looking website. Miro's work can be
viewed in several different ways. Click on "Chronology" at the bottom of
the page, and you'll see a timeline with paintings, collages, assemblages
from the exhibit, as well as ones not in the exhibit. Roll over a work and
you'll get the title, click on the work and you'll get a description of it,
and be able to zoom in on the image of the work. With the high quality
close-up you can see the brush strokes on the canvas. By clicking on
"Series," at the bottom of the page, you can see his works divided up by
series, and by rolling over the works you can see the series titles, such as
"Paintings Based on Collages", "Constructions and Objects", and "Small
Paintings on Masonite and Copper". Visitors shouldn't miss looking at the
collages, and the paintings based on them, side-by-side in "Paintings Based
on Collages". Another approach to categorizing Miro's works is by "Relative
Size." Laid out much like a timeline, but neither in date order or
ascending (or descending) size, the visitor can click on each work to read
its description. Finally, at the bottom left of the page, you'll find
"Filter", where you can choose within Methods, Supports, Mediums, and
Materials, the filters you want for the content of the site. For instance,
you can choose to see only "collages", done on "masonite" using "tempera"
and "printed paper". After you choose the filters, click again on "Series",
"Chronology", "Relative Size", or "Index", and see only those works that fit
the criteria of the filters you selected. [KMG]

Voices on Antisemitism [iTunes]

Created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the "Voices on
Antisemitism" podcast series provides a "broad range of perspectives about
antisemitism and hatred today." With funding from the Oliver and Elizabeth
Stanton Foundation, this series contains over 50 conversations with
Holocaust survivors, judges from South Africa, and German scholar Matthias
Küntzel. Visitors can browse through the podcasts, subscribe to the RSS
feed, and even offer comments on each program. Along the right hand side of
the homepage, visitors can view a collection of "Related Links", which
include articles from the Holocaust Encyclopedia and detailed subject
bibliographies. Additionally, there are guidelines for educators who wish to
discuss the Holocaust in their classrooms. [KMG]


The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries

This exhibition from the Art Institute of Chicago showcases the Museum's
impressive tapestry collection, primarily acquired by donation from
Chicago's wealthy merchants and industrialists, who purchased European
artifacts in volume during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The
website is divided into several sections, including "Tapestries in Context",
with information on the uses and major periods and styles of tapestry
production, from the Golden Age (most of the 16th century) through the
Industrial Revolution. There is a tapestry technology section, "Tapestry
Design and Weaving", that explains the collaborative nature of tapestries,
from artist's design, to cartoon, to actual weaving. The website also
includes digital images of about 15 selected works, such as A Falconer
with Two Ladies and a Foot Soldier
, c. 1500, a Golden Age tapestry in
the millefleur style. [DS]


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