Thursday, December 17, 2009


Thurs., Dec. 17, 2009 - Sites to See: Online Literacy

Sites to See: Online Literacy

[NOTE: Previously posted. List of sites updated. - Phyllis ]

From the site:

“More than three dozen pseudo-sites to use for media literacy lessons throughout the year.

According to a 1997 statistical summary of public Web usage, in 1993, the approximately 1.3 million computer users with an Internet connection could visit a grand total of 130 Web sites. Most of those sites were developed and maintained by universities and government agencies.

Slightly more than ten years later, online visitors can choose from hundreds of millions of Web pages -- at sites created by experts, pseudo-experts, enthusiasts, fanatics, and the just plain ignorant. Today's Web surfers are presented with choices that early denizens of the Internet barely dreamed of.

For many educators, however, that dream has become a nightmare. With so many exemplary resources -- and so much artfully packaged trash -- available from the First Page of the Internet to the End of the Internet -- how do you know which is which? More importantly, how do you teach your students to tell the difference?

The sites below might help.” <<>>


Thurs., Dec. 17, 2009 - Sites to See: Online Writing Tools

Sites to See: Online Writing Tools

From the site:

“Watch student writing come alive with free online writing tools. Publish student writing online, participate in collaborative writing, or develop interactive fiction. Tools can be used either by students in grades 7-12 or by K-12 teachers. Included: A dozen Web sites with online or downloadable tools for improving student and teacher writing.”

Page Updated 08/31/2009


Thurs., Dec. 17, 2009 - The Story of Raoul Wallenberg

The Story of Raoul Wallenberg

From the University of Michigan:

“In February 1935, Wallenberg completed his B.A. in architecture. He graduated with honors and won the American Institute of Architects silver medal, given to the student with the highest scholastic standing.” <<>>


Thurs., Dec. 17, 2009 - Walloons and Wallets: The Story of Wall Street

Walloons and Wallets: The Story of Wall Street

From: Library of Congress, Wise Guide, March 2009


Thurs., Dec. 17, 2009 - Phyllis's Favorites from the CJRLC Blog – December 2009 – January 2010

Phyllis's Favorites from the CJRLC Blog – December 2009 – January 2010

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Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians

Chemical Elements

Connected Earth: How Communication Shapes the World

Exploring the Nanoworld

FindSounds: Search the Web for Sounds

France in America

Go Ask Alice!

The HistoryMakers

The Legislative Process: How Our Laws Are Made

NetLingo List of Internet Acronyms & Text Message Jargon

Shakespeare's Monologues

The Yale Book of Quotations and other quotation websites

- Phyllis Anker

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Wed., Dec. 16, 2009 - 100 Years Ago: "Santa Claus' Aeroplane"

100 Years Ago: "Santa Claus' Aeroplane," San Francisco Call, Dec. 18, 1909

In December 1909, the San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA) told the fanciful story of Santa Claus' challenges adopting the newest transportation technology. Explaining that since the discovery of the North Pole, the reindeer have run away, Mr. Claus tells his wife, "[Orville and Wilbur Wright] have sent me an aeroplane in which I can deliver my presents to all the children in the land in the fastest time I have ever made."... Read more about it!

Source: Library of Congress


Wed., Dec. 16, 2009 - Interactive Investigator

Site Found in:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== November 26, 2003 ===

Interactive Investigator

Interactive Investigator, available through Virtual Museum Canada, is a
website "for anyone with an interest in the different scientific methods
used to solve crimes." Users will find a database of forensic science,
containing short but informative essays on forensic entomology, toxicology,
alcohol analysis, and various other forensic science topics. A simple
timeline reviews key dates in the development of forensics, starting with
the creation of the Paris Institute for Forensic Science in 1868. But the
main feature (and the most fun) is an interactive game, in which players
collect and analyze crime scene clues to solve a murder case. Interactive
Investigator is also available in French. [RS]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2003.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Dec. 16, 2009 - Google Map Tips

Recommended by a reader:

Google Map Tips

Shortened URL:


Wed., Dec. 16, 2009 - The Globalist / National Obituary Archive / World of Change

Site found in:

NEAT NEW STUFF, June 12, 2009

The Globalist

The site aims to provide "a daily account of the key issues before the global community." It includes a new feature article each day, a Book of the Week, a Quote of the Day, Fact of the Day, and Link of the Day (all of which seem to be related to the currently featured article). Past articles are browsable by countries and regions, and by globalization topics such as children, development, markets, religion, technology, etc.


National Obituary Archive -

With more than 55 million individual entries on file, this may indeed be, as it claims, the world's largest repository of obituaries and death records. It didn't find the two obits I looked for, but you may have better luck

[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


World of Change

"Inspired by our 10th anniversary, the Earth Observatory has pulled together a special series of NASA satellite images documenting how our world — forests, oceans, human landscapes, even the Sun — has changed during the previous decade."

[NOTE: Last updated: December 16, 2009 ]


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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Tues., Dec. 15, 2009 - Chevron Toy Cars

Chevron Toy Cars

From the site:

“The site features free online games, and various ways to explore the humor and fun of the toy cars including biographies and multiple views of the cars, coloring and sticker pages, jigsaw puzzles and connect the dots games, screensavers, desktop themes, musical tunes and more.”

“There is also educational content covering subjects ranging from famous people and history to animals and science. Educational games help expand the visitors' general knowledge and language skills. A number of the TV commercials can also be viewed online. Site visitors can sign up to receive an educational newsletter (The Tribune), as well as a general newsletter that is sent any time there is new news about the toy cars.”

Learn Section
Categories include:
Arts & Culture (100)
Cars (20)
Famous People (28)
Food & Recipes (101)
Fun & Games (188)
History (77)
Holidays & Seasons (87)
Odds & Ends (53)
Smart Ideas (23)
Sports (159)
Wondrous World (190)


Tues., Dec. 15, 2009 - Temperate Oceans / Tropical Oceans

Temperate Oceans - MBGnet - Grades 4 to 1

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This colorful and informative site provides information about oceans. Specific topics include "How the Ocean Refreshes Itself," "Ocean Animals," "Food from the Ocean," and several others. Many of the topics include interactive presentations. There is also a link to find more "Ocean Links."

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


Tropical Oceans - MBGnet - Grades 4 to 10

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This site highlights the beautiful tropical oceans in the world. The focus is on coral reefs, ocean animals, and additional ocean links. Learn about the location of coral reefs, threats to coral reefs, and more. Take your students on an underwater adventure with this simple, yet informative website.

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


Tues., Dec. 15, 2009 - Trig Spinner

Trig spinner - Greg Lieberman - Grades 10 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Use Trig spinner to learn the most important angles in the sine, cosine, and tangent functions. Download for Mac or PC. This application works much like flashcards for review. Click "Learn" for a quick view and "What is Trig?" to understand the basic premise of trigonometry. Identify the hypotenuse, adjacent, and opposite in order to use these as ratios to identify the sine, cosine, and tangent. Choose sets in 3, 6, 12, or 24. Change setting such as hints on or off, degrees or radians, and marathon sessions. Problem sets are shown in random. Use the information given to arrive at an answer. Click on your answer. Red X's appear when an incorrect answer has been chosen and a green O when chosen correctly.

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


Tues., Dec. 15, 2009 - From The Scout Report, December 19, 2008

Sites found in:


The Scout Report
December 19, 2008
Volume 14, Number 50

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


MIT OpenCourseWare: Introduction to Geology [pdf]
Shortened URL:

If you are having difficulty remembering the details of the Earth's
geological structure or the nature of major minerals and rock types, you can
consult this excellent introductory course offered as part of MIT's
OpenCourseWare initiative. The materials are drawn from Professor Lindy
Elkins-Tanton's Spring 2008 "Introduction to Geology" course, and they
include a syllabus, a course calendar, readings, lecture notes, and
assignments. The course is designed for undergraduates, though anyone can
benefit from examining the materials. Visitors can make their way through
lecture notes that cover metamorphic rocks, rock deformation, earthquakes,
and the formation of continents. The site also contains some great handouts
which cover time scales, New England geology, and oxygen isotopes. Finally,
visitors can also send feedback about the course. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass
[Macromedia Flash Player]

Talk about eye candy, this site has got it in spades! A retrospective of
35+ years of work of Lino Tagliapietra, an Italian glass artist, is
showcased in a beautifully designed, easy to use website that is part of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum online exhibitions. The homepage has a
short introduction to the artist, who had an usual career trajectory as he
started working in glass factories in Murano, Italy as a child and then
eventually became a designer and craftsman for the glass industry.
Tagliapietra finally ended up an independent artist and a teacher at the
Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. To view his works, the visitor
has several options. The default method is the slideshow, which can be
stopped just by clicking on the pause symbol in the right hand corner of the
slideshow screen. To select a piece to view, simply roll over it to see a
slightly larger image, and if intrigued, click on the thumbnail to see the
piece in all its glory. To read a few details about the piece, such as date
and technique used, just roll the mouse anywhere over the image and the
details will drop down. If visitors wish to navigate within the lineup of
thumbnails, they can just click on the "+" or "-" at the bottom of the
slideshow screen. Visitors should not miss slide 14 (numbers appear in the
top left of the slide when the image is rolled over), which is of the work
entitled Endeavor, 1998-2003. This piece is an installation of 35 multi-
colored "boats," suspended from the ceiling, and hovering above the floor.
Another can't-miss-piece is the elegant and spare Dinosaur (slide 24) from
2007, which is made of colorless glass and has an asymmetry to it that is
almost unsettling. Slides 22 and 23 are reminiscent of architectural
blueprints rendered in color, or what it must feel like to be a mouse in a
sunlit church, filled with simple stained-glass windows. [KMG]


Exploring the Environment: Modules & Activities [pdf]

The "Classroom of the Future" and "Exploring the Environment" are a
collaboration between NASA and Jesuit Wheeling University, and they are
responsible for this fine website that offers teachers unique ways to teach
students about weather systems. The activities are for grades 5-12, and
each activity indicates the applicable grade level, though most lean toward
the upper grades. The homepage has a jigsaw puzzle graphic with pieces
interlocking that compromise the topics, their grade ranges, whether they
are an activity or lesson, and whether they are "Basic", "Comprehensive" or
"Advanced". The two "Activities" available "Strangers in Paradise" and
"Mars Landing" are located on the homepage at the top of the jigsaw puzzle
graphic. Both are for grades 7-12, and each emphasizes working with digital
images, such as enhancing, saving, manipulating, etc. Detailed instructions
are provided, along with a bit of humor in each scenario. Each of the
lessons involves a situation that students must solve. Some of the lessons
include "Florida Everglades", "Water Quality", and "Tropical Poison". There
is also a "Glossary" provided in a link at the bottom of the page, specific
to each lesson. [KMG]
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian

Over half a century since his death, Edward S. Curtis's photographs of
Native Americans remain tremendously popular, and in some quarters, quite
controversial. One of his most notable projects was his limited edition
volume, "The North American Indian". Produced with the financial assistance
of J.P. Morgan, this limited edition publication contained over 2000
photogravure plates and narrative descriptions. Curtis's intent was to
document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and
manners." The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress has done a
tremendous job of digitizing this massive volume, and they have placed it
online here for the general public. Visitors can search the volume by
keyword, or browse its contents by subject, American Indian tribe, or
geographic location. The site is rounded out by a special essay presentation
titled "Edward S. Curtis in Context" which gives visitors a nice profile of
Curtis, his legacy, and his contributions to ethnography. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Two on W.H. Auden
The Auden Society
Poets: W.H. Auden

After his death in 1973, W.H. Auden was feted in many quarters, and his
reputation as one of the most important poets of the 20th century remains
secure. The first link will take users to the homepage of the W.H. Auden
Society, which works to preserve his legacy and to inform curious readers
about his work in general. The helpful materials on this site are contained
with seven sections, which include "Books", "Poems", "Recordings", and
"News". The "Books" area contains a complete list of Auden's works, along
with his plays and libretti. "News" contains information about news stories
recently done on Auden, and the "Criticism" area contains a rather thorough
listing of introductory studies on Auden, biographies, and concordances. The
second link leads to brief, yet delightful collection of Auden's works
offered by the Academy of American Poets. The site starts off with a brief
biography of Auden, and continues on with the text of eleven poems by the
master himself. The real treat is that visitors can also listen to Auden
read three of his own works, such as "First Things First" and "On the
Circuit". [KMG]


Teaching Tolerance Magazine

The Teaching Tolerance magazine, which is put out by the Southern Poverty
Law Center to accompany its free Teaching Tolerance educational program, is
available online via the website dedicated to the Teaching Tolerance
program. The magazine is loaded with wonderful information and creative ways
to teach tolerance. Visitors should click "Go" next to the great article
entitled "I Didn't Know There Were Cities in Africa!" which is on right side
of the page. At the end of the article is a resource list of all the
materials mentioned in the article. To search issues of the magazine by
grade level, tolerance topic, and academic subject, simply click on any of
the links to articles on the right side of the page, or the "Perspectives",
"Grant Spotlight", or "Teaching Tools" links on the left side of the page.
These will take the visitor to the aforementioned search function, which
will appear in the lower left corner of the page. Clicking on "Advanced
Find", right below the search function, allows the visitor to also choose
the type of content, including classroom activity, lesson plan, parent guide
and magazine article, for which they are searching. If the thoughtful
content and depth with which the Southern Poverty Law Center supports their
Teaching Tolerance program isn't enough to convince visitors that it's a
superb program, check out this quote from their "About Us" section:
"Scientific surveys demonstrate that our programs help students learn
respect for differences and bolster teacher practice." [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis]


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

Monday, December 14, 2009


Mon., Dec. 14, 2009 - Produce for Kids

Produce for Kids - Shuman Produce Inc. - Grades 0 to 7

Site found on TeachersFirst:

"Produce for Kids" provides information and activities to promote healthy eating habits for children. There are online games like Curious George Juggling Produce which includes counting and healthy eating concepts. There are also a variety of kid-friendly recipes to try! There are links for Kids, Grown-Ups, and Teachers. The Teachers link includes lesson plans, activities, printables, and more. The “Kids” link includes about 10 interactives all related to good nutrition (and even some basic math skills). Many of the lesson plans and interactives are from and may be better suited in low to mid-elementary grades.

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


Mon., Dec. 14, 2009 - History of December Holidays

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

Hi! It's Thursday, December 18, 2008 and time for History at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Websites:
Age Range: Varies

The History of Christmas offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas
from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture.
Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around
the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations

The History of Hanukkah
Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights
called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting
the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are
a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa
At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and
overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that
celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 -
January 1. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The History of the Christmas Tree
This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas Tree. Use
the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing

The History of Christmas Carols Christmas Songs
This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When
you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs.
Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song,
along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try
this website: )

The History of the Dreidel
The dreidel is a traditional Hanukah toy. At this website you can get an
overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology,
philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread
This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to
modern times - with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and "Hansel & Gretel." It
also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for
use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical
information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links
did not work when I visited, but the text provides plenty of information
without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

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.


Mon., Dec. 14, 2009 - The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

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

Site of the Day for Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Today's site, from musician Douglas D. Anderson, offers a noteworthy reference for
Christmas music. Gentle Subscribers will discover a useful resource with lyrics and
often sheet music for a comprehensive collection of Christmas carols.

"Christmas carols and hymns are one aspect of the holiday season that never fail to
lift the spirits - and require no baking, no tree stands, and no extension cords.
While there is a body of well-known Christmas songs that are perennial favorites,
there are many more which have slipped into obscurity. ... The purpose of this site
is to preserve the rich history of Christmas carols and hymns which might otherwise
be lost. The ultimate goal is to have the largest collection of Christmas lyrics
and music ever published in the English language." - from the website

The site contains more than 2700 hymns and carols, along with an extensive
collection of Christmas related poetry and prose. Each entry includes additional
information on the carol. The site is searchable and browsable, with many of the
carols in midi format, while the listings for "gif" and "jpeg" are generally images
of sheet music. Because of copyright considerations, sheet music published later
than 1923 is unavailable. However, since so many carols have been played and sung
for more than a hundred years, a significant number of carols do have sheet music,
dating from the 1800's that is freely accessible. An excellent FAQ answers a number
of queries about printing the sheet music, the formats used at the site and sources
of the music.

Hum over to the site for an excellent resource for traditional music for Christmas

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Mon., Dec. 14, 2009 - Flip Camcorders / National Contact Center / Free Route Planner from TomTom

Sites found in:

December 12-18, 2008


7 Things You Should Know About Flip Camcorders

Flip video devices are small, inexpensive, digital camcorders. For about the price of a low-end digital camera, the Flip offers up to an hour of video from an easy-to-use, self-contained device. Because of its simplicity and affordability, the Flip allows virtually anyone to be a producer of video content. For educators, these small camcorders facilitate visual learning, which is frequently more engaging than other kinds of instruction and can transcend language barriers. A video artifact can be a highly effective tool for assessment, and the Flip camcorders offer easy access to this medium.

+ Full Document (PDF; 137 KB)


Resource of the Week — Federal Citizen Information Center: National Contact Center
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

The Federal Citizen Information Center is part of the U.S. General Services Administration, which is basically the federal government’s centralized procurement agency and landlord — and also the agency behind

[NOTE: Full review:
Shortened URL: - Phyllis]


Route Planner

GPS vendor TomTom announced that it has launched an online mapping solution to compete with MapQuest and Google Maps. Dubbed TomTom Route Planner, the free service provides door-to-door route planning options to any address in the U.S. or Canada… The service is currently in beta and available now to all users.


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Sunday, December 13, 2009


Sun., Dec. 13, 2009 - Sheppard Software: Math

Sheppard Software Math - Sheppard Software - Grades 0 to 12

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This math site is a MUST SEE for teachers of all grade levels. Much of this site is designed for K-8 teachers, but there are a few activities for the high school grades. Although the site is mainly a drill and practice, it offers such an array of topics and levels that there is something for everyone here (and it is terrific for differentiating lessons in the classroom). Sample topics include roman numerals, Algebra II, pre-algebra, measurement, absolute value, early childhood math, telling time, money, place value, fractions, decimals, mixed operations, and more! And did we mention, each topic include rich, colorful interactives for students to practice skills! Most topics also include options to specify content (for example, choosing to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).

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


Sun., Dec. 13, 2009 - (Annenberg) - Annenberg - Grades 3 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

“Never stop learning” with this wonderful, high quality, and easy to use site. View videos, documents, and photos about people around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Search through a wide range of places or causes. View a range of topics from health, animal rights, spiritualism, and education. Explore a variety of global issues to bring cultures and issues into perspective. View videos in HD. Download and embed videos for reuse. Remixing videos is against the acceptable use policy of the site. Read descriptions which provide the necessary background information and view links of related content and materials. This site is a must see! Selected videos can be used with younger elementary classes, depending on the curriculum connections.

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


Sun., Dec. 13, 2009 - Sites to See: General Literature

Sites to See

General Literature

General literature sites offer a variety of online reading material from the classics to short stories, from poems to picture books, as well as book reviews, discussion guides, book talks, and resources about authors and illustrators. Included: A dozen sites to indulge your passion for reading. <<>>


Sun., Dec. 13, 2009 - Alaska at 50 (2) / Paper Snowflakes

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, December 18, 2008
Read This Online :


Alaska 50: Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission

Official state government website for the 2009 celebration of "Alaska's 50th anniversary of admission as the 49th state of the United States of America." Features history of Alaska statehood, historical photos, a listing of events starting in early January 2009, details about commemorative items (such as a stamp and "The Great Land" Alaska quarter), press releases and news, and other material about the anniversary. From the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission.


LII Item:


Alaska Statehood: Golden Anniversary

The Anchorage Daily News "commemorates the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood with a series of photos and articles drawn from [its] archives of material published in 1958, a series leading up to the official date of admission, Jan. 3, 1959." Includes options to discuss topics and to read and share stories, photos, and videos.


LII Item:


Paper Snowflakes

Illustrated, set-by-step instructions for making six-pointed paper snowflakes. Also includes links to instruction for making five-pointed and six-pointed paper stars and Moravian Pennsylvania German woven stars. From a company that sells paper craft supplies.


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