Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Wed., Dec. 23, 2009 - Jollo (Translation Site)

Jollo - - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

This new translation tool allows students and teachers to type a word or phrase to be translated to/from 41 languages. The site shows the words and says it has audio translation, though our reviewers were not able to make it work. It also shows the translation as done by a variety of other sites on the internet including Google Translate, World Lingo, and Yahoo's Babelfish. It's very fast. There's a section where students can see common phrases and translations recently requested.

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


Wed., Dec. 23, 2009 - Star Search

Star Search - Josh Goldblum - Grades 3 to 1

Site found on

“Identify constellations throughout the seasons. Choose a season and then your constellation. The night sky appears, and you can find the specific stars in that constellation. Once you find the alpha star, more information about the constellation appears. You can also click to print.”

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


Wed., Dec. 23, 2009 - AMEX: The Battle of the Bulge

From: American Experience on PBS

Date Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM
Subject: News From American Experience

AMEX: The Battle of the Bulge

This December marks the 65th anniversary of the single largest and bloodiest battle in American history: World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. Discover the stories of soldiers and nurses on the front lines, learn about the events leading up to the offensive, and see how the Allies were caught off-guard on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Battle of the Bulge website.


Wed., Dec. 23, 2009 - PBS: Wilson & Ditch / NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew / NOVA: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor / The Human Spark / Your Life Your Money

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: December 27, 2009 - January 9, 2010

A New Web-Only PBS Kids! Social Studies Series

WILSON AND DITCH: DIGGING AMERICA is a new PBS Kids! web-only social studies series on American Culture, History and Geography by The Jim Henson Company. To learn more about the series, meet the characters and preview the site, visit:


What Darwin Never Knew
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
8 - 10:00 pm

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's famous
On the Origin of Species, NOVA reveals answers to the riddles
that Darwin couldn't explain. Stunning breakthroughs in a new
science -- nicknamed "evo devo" -- are linking the enigma of
origins to another of nature's great mysteries: the development
of an embryo. To explore this exciting new idea, NOVA takes
viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic,
from the Cambrian explosion of animal forms half a billion
years ago to the research labs of today. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1


Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm

NOVA joins an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor
to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona.
In the dramatic 1941 sinking of the storied battleship, 1,177
crew members perished -- the greatest loss of life in United
States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that the
Arizona was brought down by fire from Japanese aircraft. But
NOVA makes an important discovery that raises new questions
about the Arizona's final hours.. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


The Human Spark
Becoming Us
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm

In this three-part series, host Alan Alda searches for the
origin and nature of uniquely human abilities -- the "human
spark." The first part considers where and when the "human
spark" first ignited? In the caves of France, where
30,000-year-old paintings adorn the walls? Or at a much earlier
time -- and on another continent? (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Your Life, Your Money
On-Air & Online
With real-life stories of young people finding their way
through a variety of economic challenges, this program delivers
basic financial advice in a simple and comprehensible manner.
"Scrubs" star Donald Faison hosts. (CC, Stereo)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Tues., Dec. 22, 2009 - Ideas Wisconsin

Ideas Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin System - Grades 0 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This excellent site has hundreds of lesson plan ideas, interactive tools, videos, and more. All are organized according to grade level and subject, including ESL/ELL. Although some focus on Wisconsin history and sites, most are useful to all teachers. Besides the lesson plans, there is a news section which offers guided activities with select news events. Teachers can email the site if they'd like to see the archive of news plan offerings. All lesson plans follow WI standards. An interesting place to begin looking at the site is under "New" where teachers can see the most recently added plans. Search by grade, subject, or keyword. Some lessons are simple ideas while others are very detailed and include lots of information.”

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


Tues., Dec. 22, 2009 - Think Math!

Think Math! - Harcourt school publishers - Grades 0 to 7

Site found on

“Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, to name a few.) Use one or more of the e-lab activities for each subject as well as interactive tutorials explaining the topic. Use the glossary in the upper left corner to understand the meaning of the terms being used. Don’t miss the “Teacher Resources” link with great Adobe PDF resources.”

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


Tues., Dec. 22, 2009 - Chemtutor

Chemtutor - The National Science Foundation - Grades 9 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Use Chemtutor for help with the fundamentals of Chemistry. Although this site appears “plain vanilla,” there is a lot of information and helpful explanations. Click on problematic areas of understanding for help with many of the most difficult to understand concepts. Read the text based information to help with a specific content difficulty and choose from a vast array of concepts. Learn how to study Chemistry by clicking on "Heuristics" which offer some great tips to surviving the first year of chemistry”

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


Tues., Dec. 22, 2009 - Ten Stories That Shaped 2009 (LIS News) / The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading (Christuian Science Monitor)

Library Link of the Day for 2009-12-21

Ten Stories That Shaped 2009 [LISNews]

Library Link of the Day for 2009-12-22
The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading [The Christian Science Monitor]
Shortened URL:


Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 - Luminarium: Anthology of Medieval English Literature (1350-1485)

Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485)

From the site:

Geoffrey Chaucer
John Gower
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
William Langland and Piers Plowman
Julian of Norwich
Margery Kempe
Thomas Malory
John Lydgate
Thomas Hoccleve
Paston Letters
Medieval Plays
Middle English Lyrics
Essays and Articles
Additional Medieval Sources

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


Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 - Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

From the site:

“The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. Each individual section is still large - an organizational goal here is to avoid incessant "clicking" to get between pages and to information.

Selected Sources

This is the main entry to the resources here. It consists of an links to an organized "index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes." For teachers who wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting point.

Full Text Sources

Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to type.

Saints' Lives

Devoted to Ancient, Medieval and Byzantine hagiographical sources.”

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


Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 - ORB On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies

The On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies

ORB: The On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies - ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 - Art Historians' Guide to the Movies

Art Historians' Guide to the Movies

From ipl2 (the merged Internet Public Library and the Librarian’s Internet Index)


"A guide to famous works of art and architecture found in movies "intended to be a source for teachers of art history who are considering showing clips or entire films." The citations are organized in rough chronological order within categories such as Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque. Titles include brief comments describing the pieces of art and a link to the Internet Movie Database. Created and maintained by an art history professor."

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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