Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Tues., Dec. 29, 2009 - Explorers



Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/ye4ykcm

Scroll down for 23 annotated links.


Tues., Dec. 29, 2009 - Infusing 21st Century Skills into the English class

Infusing 21st Century Skills into English Class!

Designed in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English


Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/5qh5dp

From the site:

“This 21st Century Skills Map is the result of hundreds of
hours of research, development and feedback from educators
and business leaders across the nation. The Partnership
has issued this map for the core subject of English.”

[NOTE: Other maps from http://21stcenturyskills.org/ previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Tues., Dec. 29, 2009 - Robert Burns

Robert Burns


From the site:

“Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759. He died in Dumfries at the early age of 37. Yet in that short time he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend.

This site is based on material by or relating to 'Scotland's Bard' which is held by the National Library of Scotland (except where otherwise stated).

Special features are pages giving highlights of the Library's significant resources – whether original letters or poems (see Manuscripts page) or important books (see Books page).”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Dec. 29, 2009 - Hamlet (Facebook edition - Parody) / Edgar Allan Poe: Free Teacher's Guide / Use PowerPoint for Note-Taking

Sites found in:

The newsletter of Web English Teacher


Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

What if the story of Hamlet were played out on a social networking site like
Facebook? A parody.


Teacher's Guide (Edgar Allan Poe)

Do you teach Edgar Allan Poe? Don't miss this 58-page guide from the
National Park Service. It offers biography, historical background, and
classroom activities. Suggestion: copy the file to your desktop; just print
the pages you want to use.)


Use PowerPoint for Note-Taking? Oh, yes...

This blog explains how to use a slide presentation tool like PowerPoint for
note-taking. Students record notes digitally instead of using note cards.
When they are ready, they use the Slide Sorter feature to organize
information into an outline. This idea will work with every grade level old
enough to outline. (Kevin Jarrett, author of this blog, is an elementary
school technology specialist. I subscribe to his blog and highly recommend
[NOTE: From the site: Feel free to download, use/revise/reuse, share, etc. as you wish.” – Phyllis ]


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2009, Web English Teacher.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Mon., Dec. 28, 2009 - FedMoney.org


Your FREE Guide to All U. S. Government Grants and Loans Benefiting Students!
From the site:

“FedMoney.org is the most comprehensive FREE full-text online resource on all U.S. government grants and student financial aid programs. Here you will find detailed and up-to-date information about (1) who can apply, (2) how to apply, (3) full contact info, and much more... for over 130 government grants and loans (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education.”


Mon., Dec. 28, 2009 - History of New Year's Resolutions / Global Good Luck Traditions

The History of New Years Resolutions

Includes: Global Good Luck Traditions

“With New Year's upon us, here's a look at some of the good luck rituals from around the world. They are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the coming year.”


Mon., Dec. 28, 2009 - Popular New Year's Resolutions

Popular New Year's Resolutions



Mon., Dec. 28, 2009 - 2009 and the Decade in Review

2009 and Decade in Review


Top stories of the decade and 'Best of 2009' selections from a variety of Internet web sites and resources.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Sun., Dec. 27, 2009 - Gun Safety

Sites found in:

December 19-25, 2008


Gun Safety

From the site:

“One-third of all families in America that have children also have guns, and more than 40 percent of them don't keep their guns locked up. Children younger than eight can't tell the difference between a real gun and a toy, and 3-year-olds are strong enough to pull the trigger on a real gun. Children and teens commit more than half of all unintentional shootings.”

Date last updated: 31 July 2009


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Sun., Dec. 27, 2009 - Exploratorium's Seeing: Online Exhibits

Exploratorium’s Seeing: Online Exhibit


From the site:
“On this site you can find…a selection of online EXHIBITS
illustrating visual phenomena.”

Exploratorium Online Exhibits
Available in English, Spanish, French and Italian

From the site:
“Exhibits adapted for the internet. Explore these and see if you can
figure out what they tell us about how we see.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Dec. 27, 2009 - Pew Social and Demographic Trends

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, June 19-July 3, 2009

Pew Social and Demographic Trends

Pew combines original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis in order to understand the "behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure." Search, or browse through topics, charts, and reports. The datasets drawn from may also be downloaded here. Several of the recent reports deal with how Americans have changed in response to the economic downturn.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.


Sun., Dec. 27, 2009 - American Verse Project / Crap Detection / Rebuilding America / Teen Growth

Sites found in:

NEAT NEW STUFF, July 10, 2009


American Verse Project

This is an ongoing University of Michigan project to create an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. So far, 170 volumes have been digitized. It allows basic, boolean, proximity, and author/title searching.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Crap Detection 101

Howard Rheingold has some excellent advice here on how to tell valid information from the crap masquerading as information on the internet - in fact, it's very similar to the advice librarians have been offering to their overly credulous students for years.-----


Rebuilding America: Special Report - Popular Mechanics

This special issue examines ways to fix America's infrastructure - bridges, roads, dams, rail, drinking water, waste disposal, etc. - which has received an overall D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card for America's Infrastructure, 2009 . You can check the condition of your state's infrastructure in the ASCE report.


Teen Growth, the teen resource for advice, health information...

A site provided by doctors and educators to help teens understand and deal with their changing bodies and emotions, and problems with health, friends, sports, danger, school, family and sex.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.

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