Thursday, February 11, 2010


Thurs., Feb. 11, 2010 - Free Online Teacher Tools

Free Online Teacher Tools  by Bernie Poole

“A few favorite online teacher tools -- including RubiStar, BlogMeister, Survey Builder, and Web Collaborator.”

Updated 04/21/2009


Thurs., Feb. 11, 2010 - Wind Chill

Wind Chill

Site includes calculator and chart.

From the site:

“Wind Chill is the term used to describe the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting from the combined effect of low temperature and wind.” <<>>


Thurs., Feb. 11, 2010 - CRSTE CyberConference 2010

The Capital Region Society for Technology in Education
The CRSTE CyberConference 2010: Register for FREE by Saturday, February 20th

From the site:

“The CRSTE CyberConference 2010 is our first online event free to educators promoting the exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration across the CRSTE region and beyond. Each evening from between February 21 – March 5, 2010. Plan to attend any and all sessions of interest to you. Can't make a specific presentation? They will be archived online for your future perusal!

“CRSTE creates synergy across the national capital region for advocacy, infrastructure, policy, practice, professional development and strategies that promote the infusion of instructional technology across the curriculum in public and private PreK-12 education and higher education.

“All sessions in the CyberConference are free and open to all educators. There is a seat limit of 200 people per session.”

Source: Innovative Teaching


Thurs., Feb. 11, 2010 - Black History Month (EDSITEment)

Site found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 14-20, 2010

February EDSITEment Links

February’s Black History Month is the perfect time to investigate the tremendous contributions that African Americans have made to the history and cultural development of the United States. EDSITEment's resources include lessons on Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, NAACP, Zora Neale Hurston,  Lorraine Hansberry and A Raisin in the Sun, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Barrack Obama.

[NOTE: SEE ALSO: Monthly Feature Archive

Other pages from  previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Wed., Feb. 10, 2010 - PBS: Frontline: News Wars

Frontline: News War

"In a four-hour special, News War, Frontline examines the political, cultural, legal, and economic forces challenging the news media today and how the press has reacted in turn. Through interviews with key figures in print, broadcast and electronic media over the past four decades -- and with unequaled, behind-the-scenes access to some of today's most important news organizations, Frontline traces the recent history of American journalism, from the Nixon administration's attacks on the media to the post-Watergate popularity of the press, to the new challenges presented by the war on terror and other global forces now changing -- and challenging -- the role of the press in our society."
Source: Refdesk:


Wed., Feb. 10, 2010 - Google News Timeline

Google News Timeline - Google - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

When we were young and our parents wanted to know what was happening in the world, they either read the newspaper (morning or afternoon) or watched the evening news on one of three networks. Maybe they subscribed to a weekly newsmagazine if they were really serious about it. Today, news is a 24/7/365 operation and the number of sources for news has exploded. Many younger students may not realize that the snippets of "news" that show up on their email provider's home page do not represent the full range of news stories worth following, or that the various 24 hour new channels each have their own bias. So how does one keep up? Many use Google's news aggregator and click on stories of interest there. The Google News Timeline organizes this information in a searchable, time-indexed format. Pick a date or a date range, and see the major news stories displayed in columns and get a bigger picture view of how stories change over time.”

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


Wed., Feb. 10, 2010 - African-American Sheet Music and Musical Theatre, 1865-1920

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
“[M]usic of this period further documents the emergence of African-American performers and musical troupes, first in blackface minstrelsy, and later at the beginnings of the African-American musical stage in the late 1890s.” <<>>

Timeline: The Development of an African-American Musical Theatre 1865-1910

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


Wed., Feb. 10, 2010 - Snowflakes / Designer Snowflakes / Snow Crystals / A Snowflake Primer

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

Hi! It's Tuesday, January 13, 2008 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
NewScientist: Snowflakes

Gather the kids 'round the computer screen and head over to
this website where you can explore a gallery of snowflake
photos that "were taken by Kenneth Libbrecht of CalTech, using
a specially-designed snowflake photomicroscope. They show real
snow crystals that fell to earth in northern Ontario, Alaska,
Vermont, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and the Sierra Nevada
mountains of California."

Not only can you see some truly amazing images (from the
simplest snowflake form to the most complex), the captions
next to the pictures explain the science behind how these
snowflakes were formed by Mother Nature.

When you get to the site you'll see the first image in the
series. Just click on the "next" button to view all 13 pages.

NOTE: When you're through exploring the snowflake gallery,
you can click on the "NewScientist" logo at the top of the
screen. That will take you to the homepage of This is the companion website to "New
Scientist Magazine" that was first published in 1956. The
site serves as an archive of thousands of free articles on
scientific research and development. WARNING: I did NOT review
any content except the Snowflake Gallery - so parents AS
ALWAYS should review the site to determine suitability of

Designer snowflakes

If viewing today's snowflake gallery stimulates the family's
interest in the science of snowflakes, then check out a
previous ClickSchooling review that leads to a Cal Tech
website all about the science of snow crystals. You'll find
interesting and fun activities that examine every aspect of
snow crystals and snowflakes here:
Snow Crystals
A Snowflake Primer
   ... The basic facts about snowflakes and snow crystals ...

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Tues., Feb. 9, 2010 - Primary Games

Fun site for teachers, parents, and kids featuring free educational games, coloring pages, interactive e-books, holiday activities, musical postcards, crafts, worksheets, and more.

Source: Cool Site of the Day


Tues., Feb. 9, 2010 - iPlay Math Games

iPlay Math Games - IPMG Publishing - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade level and skills. A wide variety of math skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percents, algebra and long division, measurement, graphing and exponents, problem solving, geometry, probability, logic and reasoning, numeration, counting and patterns.

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


Tues., Feb. 9, 2010 - Math Open Reference

Math Open Reference - John Page - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Math Open Reference is designed to teach High School geometry and functions. The site is organized into modules by geometric topic with specific lessons for each concept. The main topics include Plane Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Solid Geometry, and Tools (Math/Scientific Calculator, General Function Explorer, Graphical Linear Function Explorer, Graphical Quadratic Function Explorer, and Graphical Cubic Function Explorer). Each module includes interactive elements that allow you to experiment with the topic concept. The interactive activities make abstract concepts more concrete.

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


Tues., Feb. 9, 2010 -

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

Hi! It's Monday, January 12, 2009 and time for Math at

Recommended Website:

ClickScholar MaryAnna suggested this website that provides
free math instruction videos on specific math topics along
with free math worksheets that accompany the videos. Plus,
this site has free video lessons of entire math textbooks.
You must register to use the site - it's free.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. When you arrive,
click on the video screen to the right and watch the
introduction presented by the site founder, a math teacher
with 30 years experience. He explains how to navigate the site
for best use.

Then, notice the featured math topic in the center of the
screen. Below it is a display of icons with pictures of
various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of
them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen to
the right.

Below that video screen, you will see an icon that says, "Math
Help." Each time you watch a video, that icon will appear
below the screen. Click on it to access free, printable
worksheets that relate to the math topic in the video.

To select a math topic of interest, use the menu on the left
of the screen. It offers two selections in a tabbed index that
include "Topics" and "Textbooks."

Click on "Topics" to choose lessons of interest that include:

*Basic Mathematics - fractions, mixed numbers, decimals,
ratios, percent, etc.

*Algebra - positive and negative numbers, linear equations,
functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots
and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and

*Trigonometry - functions, triangles, radian measure,
identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.

*Calculus - limits, derivatives, integration, applications,
and more.

Simply click on the topic of choice and a selection of videos
by various instructors appears in the center of the screen.
Click on any one, and the video is loaded to the video screen.
Don't forget to look for the free worksheet that accompanies
the video by clicking on the "Math Help" icon.

Click on "Textbooks" to access math textbook video lessons.
All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials!
Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of
contents appears. Click on the topic of choice and a
selection of videos by various instructors appears in the
center of the screen. Click on any one, and the video is
loaded to the video screen. The textbook titles include:

*Basic Mathematics
*Elementary Algebra
*Intermediate Algebra
*College Algebra
*Applied Calculus

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help
with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum
delivered on video.

Note: For those who prefer to avoid the registration
requirement at the site, you can access some of the videos
(for high school and college) without registration on their
You Tube channel here:


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Monday, February 08, 2010


Mon., Feb. 8, 2010 - BugMeNot (Anonymous Registration)

Anonymous Surfing with
Avoid Annoying Registration with BugMeNot
By Wendy Boswell, Guide

“If you're as tired as I am of sites forcing you to go through registration just to view their content, than BugMeNot is for you. It's easy to use and makes life much simpler, not to mention it's a good guard of your online privacy and enables you to surf anonymously. Here's how it works (from the BugMeNot Tutorial -  ):

•Make a note of the website address you are trying to access.
•Enter the address from step 1 into the box and press the "Get Logins" button
•You should now be presented with at least one username and password. Make a note of them.
•Go back to the site you were originally trying to access in step 1 and proceed to login with the username and password you noted in the previous step.

The biggest appeal of BugMeNot is not only the fact that you're bypassing a possible breach of privacy; you're avoiding spam, which is a huge problem once you start filling out a couple of these online registration forms with your real information.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Feb. 8, 2010 - The Great Lakes

Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
The Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario - form the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth.


Educational Resources

For Kids

How the Great Lakes Were Formed
Find out how the Ice Age gave North America the Great Lakes


Mon., Feb. 8, 2010 - Biomimicry Institute / / NIST and the World Trade Center

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, September 11, 2009

Biomimicry Institute
The Institute believes we could benefit by using as a model biological solutions that animals have come up with for some of the same practical problems we confront, like heating and cooling, optimizing strength, getting water in an arid environment, etc. Particularly interesting features are the case studies and the media section's "In the News."

The government's official site for the most current flu information - prevention, vaccines, guidance for schools, current outbreaks, etc. Also see Flu Wiki


NIST and the World Trade Center
Perhaps a good way to commemorate September 11 is put to rest some of the rumors swirling around the collapse of the twin towers. Read what scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have proven about how it happened.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
by Marylaine Block
Copyright 1999.


Mon., Feb. 8, 2010 - The Food Chain (food production - NY Times)

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

Site of the Day for Monday, January 12, 2009

The Food Chain

Today's site, from the New York Times, offers a year-long series of articles
delving into global food production. Gentle Subscribers will find an informative
collection of essays examining the upheaval occurring in the world's food supply.

"Articles in this series are examining the growing demands on, and changes in, the
world's production of food." - from the website

Beginning in January 2008 with a look at the controversy of using land formerly
under cultivation for food crops being switched to feed the biofuel market, the
latest essay reports on how falling prices for American crops are moving more
rapidly downward than the cost involved in growing those crops. Additional articles
note the trend to promote the potato as a viable and nutritious alternative to more
expensive grains, the plight of southern catfish farmers, and the efforts to create
drought resistant crops. Also available at the site are a number of multimedia
features, including videos and slideshows.

March over to the site to sample some of the articles exploring the most important
market of all at:

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

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Sun., Feb. 7, 2010 - Asia for Educators

Asia for Educators
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Lesson Ideas and On-Line Resources for the Elementary Classroom (China)

From the site:
Asia for Educators (AFE) is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels.”

The site is a perfect marriage of content and pedagogy…
If you have never been to this site
and you teach world history, literature, or cultures, it is
an absolute MUST that you explore  it. Your students will profit
immensely from much of the material you will find there.
Source: Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Sun., Feb. 7, 2010 - Voices of Civil Rights

Voices of Civil Rights

From the site:
“AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all. We invite you to explore this site, a tribute to those who were a part of the civil rights experience and to the continuing quest for equality.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Feb. 7, 2010 - Dr. Grammar

Dr Grammar - University of Northern Iowa (James HiDuke and Tom Peterson) - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Dr. Grammar Rx provides writers of various abilities with guidance on grammar, formatting, word origin and much more. Although this site is rather “plain vanilla” it is very useful. This extremely large writing resource details common writing errors and links to other sites for topics like style, formatting, ESL/ELL issues, etc…

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


Sun., Feb. 7, 2010 - Online Basic Skills Games

Online Basic Skill Games - Jefferson County - Grades 0 to 8

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don’t typically review “hotlists” this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12.

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

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