Thursday, March 11, 2010


Thurs., March 11, 2010 - CyberBee


From the site:
“CyberBee has been providing rich Internet resources to educators for over 13 years”

Curriculum Links

CyberBee's Web Picks

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


Thurs., March 11, 2010 - Music Sites / Educational Links / Sites to Learn About Street Gangs

Sites found in:
Larry Ferlazzo’s Website Newsletter
February, 2009

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites
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The Best Collections Of Educational Links
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The Best Sites To Learn About Street Gangs
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Thurs., March 11, 2010 - PBS: Webinar: Engaging Students with Experiential Science / NATURE: What Females Want and Males Will Do / Yellowstone: Land to Life

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter March 11, 2010

PBS Teachers LIVE! Upcoming Webinar: Engaging Students with Experiential Science

Join us on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. ET for the next webinar in our PBS Teachers Live! series. The webinar will feature Dr. Mae Jemison - astronaut, chemical engineer, scientist, physician and teacher - who will offer guidance to educators on how to best inspire students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In honor of Women’s History Month, we will also be joined by Lisa Regalla, Science Editor at Twin Cities Public Television, who will discuss the new PBS KIDS program, SCIGIRLS. Lisa will highlight new on-air and online resources designed to transform the way tween girls look at STEM.

Encore Presentation:

Nature: What Females Want and Males Will Do
On-Air & Online | Sunday, March 14, 2010, 8 - 9:00 pm

Wildlife experts use cutting-edge technology and risky field study to discover what makes winners and losers in the animal dating game. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

[NOTE: The full episode of these videos can be viewed online:
           - Phyllis ]

Encore presentation:

Yellowstone: Land to Life
On-Air & Online | Sunday, March 14, 2010, 10:30 - 11:00 pm

A lyrical interpretation of the sweeping geologic story of Yellowstone. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2010 PBS Online


Thurs., March 11, 2010 - Hitler's Children - video

Hitler’s Children - video

From the site:
“A powerful, mesmerizing dialogue between the children of the perpetrators of the Holocaust and the children of the survivors.”


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Wed., March 10, 2010 - Mental Floss: What's the Difference?

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Site of the Day for Friday, January 16, 2009

Mental Floss: What's the Difference?

Today's site, from the folks at mental floss magazine, offers to unravel those
perplexing words and concepts that tend to confuse the unwary. Gentle Subscribers,
who have always wondered what the real difference is between Scotch and Bourbon,
will find the answer to this and many other puzzlers.

"mental_floss magazine is an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. We're the
sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy our company, laugh a
little, smile a lot ... And you only realize how much you learned from us after a
little while. Like a couple days later when you're impressing your friends with all
these intriguing facts and things you picked up from us, and they ask you how you
know so much, and you think back on that great afternoon you spent with us and you
smile. ... And then you lie and say you read a lot." - from the website

The  presentation lists several dozen closely related items, such as toads and
frogs; blimps and zeppelins; bluegrass and country, helpfully explaining the
distinguishing characteristics of each. Discover the difference between an
orchestra and a symphony and find out exactly what the designation philharmonic
implies. Never be at loss again over the distinction between Art Deco and Art
Nouveau and be in the know on the essential differences in pool, snooker and

Swing over to the site for the inside scoop on a myriad of odd bits of knowledge

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


Wed., March 10, 2010 - U.S. Census Resources from TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst's US Census Resources - TeachersFirst - Grades 2 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the United States census and to plan related projects and classroom activities for both math and social studies classes at all levels. The census gives us a new lens to view geography, economics, history, current events, pop culture, and-- of course-- math!

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


Wed., March 10, 2010 - Jobs of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

From the site:
“As computers and automated systems increasingly take the jobs humans once held, entire professions are now extinct. Click through the gallery below to see examples of endangered professions, from milkman to telegrapher, and hear from people who once filled those oft-forgotten jobs.”


Wed., March 10, 2010 - Regret the Error (journalism)

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Site of the Day for Monday, March 8, 2010

Regret the Error

Today's site, an award winning blog from journalist and author Craig Silverman,
seeks to keep reporters and media outlets on their toes by highlighting incidents
where media errors result in a public mea culpa. Gentle Subscribers who prefer to
see mistakes owned up to and corrected may appreciate this collection of admitted
media faux pas.

"Regret the Error reports on media corrections, retractions, apologies,
clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the press." - from the

The site documents errors in the English language media from around the world.
Currently holding the focus on the opening page are apologies from the British
newspaper, The Independent, for an inaccurate remark about the home life of one of
their own English celebrity couples, a CNN graphic that outraged viewers, and a
factual error from a Los Angeles Times columnist that required a correction. Apart
from simple errors, the blog also tracks instances of plagiarism, providing an
annual roundup of noteworthy cases, along with a review of media errors and
corrections, for the past five years.

Slip over to the site for a review of the latest media gaffes and their
accompanying apologies at:

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


Tues., March 9, 2010 - PBS: Masterpiece: The Diary of Anne Frank

Taken From:

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM
Subject: Special Note: PBS Teachers Newsletter Update

PBS MASTERPIECE is airing a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank April 11, which is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. MASTERPIECE will partner with Great Books Foundation and Facing History & Ourselves to promote both the film and educational resources/opportunities including:
 * a teacher’s guide written in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
 * a free webinar for educators
 * a discussion guide for book and film clubs
 * an omnibus Resources Guide pulling together the best materials that explore Anne Frank, her context, and relevance today
 * an “open call” to the general public for 3min video diary submissions — winners’ work to air at the end of the broadcast(!)
 * a live Twitter event during the April 11 broadcast
 * online features at including a Q&A with Anne Frank’s living first cousin, Buddy Elias and an interview with Francine Prose, author of Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

More information and a 2-min trailer can also be found at

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Tues., March 9, 2010 - Japanese Sign Final Surrender, Sept. 2, 1945

Japanese Sign Final Surrender

Newsreel of the surrender ceremony on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.


Tues., March 9, 2010 - PBS: AMEX: Victory in the Pacific

American Experience
"Victory in the Pacific" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
March 29 – encore presentation on PBS or view online
9 - 11:00 pm

"American Experience" explores the final year of battle in the
Pacific theater, including the rationale for using the atomic

Download our teacher's guide which includes an activity in
which students think of one way in which later events would
have been significantly different if the atomic bomb had not
been dropped on Japan.

Site also includes maps and timeline.

PACIFIC. The two-hour program examines the final year
of World War II in the Pacific, including the rationale
for using the atomic bomb, and features the first-hand
recollections of both American and Japanese civilians
and soldiers -- even a kamikaze pilot who survived his
failed mission.

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC traces that fateful year, from
the American capture of the Mariana Islands in July
1944 to the surrender broadcast of Emperor Hirohito in
August 1945.



Target Tokyo

In 1944, the U.S. deployed its new aviation wonder, the
B-29 bomber. The seventy-ton Superfortress traveled
farther and faster than previous bombers, and came
equipped with remote-control guns and pressurized
cabins. "Special Film Project 153," known as "Target
Tokyo," was produced in 1945 by the Army Air Forces,
and was narrated by Hollywood actor and future
president Ronald Reagan. The film follows the bombers
on their first mission.

Online Forum

A panel of experts answered your questions on the end of the war in the Pacific, including battles and other events during 1944-45, the decision to drop the bomb, Truman's administration and wartime strategies, Japanese strategies, and more, in this online forum.

The forum was live from May 2 through 6, 2005, and is now over. The questions and replies are posted here permanently for you to read.

The Costs of War

Explore casualty figures for major battles and events
during the final year of the war, from Saipan in June
1944 to the two atomic bombs dropped in August 1945.


Tues., March 9, 2010 - Art Wonders / American History Lesson Plans / Garden LessonPlans

ArtWonders for Teachers

From the site:
This web program is designed for teachers in grades K – 6.

Art Lesson Plans

ArtWonders for Kids

From the site:
ArtWonders, an interactive web program explores new ways to wonder about art

See Also:

Online Lesson Plans for American History, George Washington, and more

Garden Lesson Plans

Monday, March 08, 2010


Mon., March 8, 2010 - Amazing Cells

Amazing Cells - The University of Utah - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Learning about cells and its functions? Use this site's expansive resources to identify and understand the structure and the complex functioning of the cell. View videos of actual cells, compare cell sizes to other objects, and find answers to complex interactions in the cell.

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

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


Mon., March 8, 2010 - The Physics Front

The Physics Front - American Association of Physics Teachers - Grades 2 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Looking for a variety of physics resources? Wishing there were resources for younger students? Look no more! Find a vast array of physics resources at your fingertips. Browse units arranged by course. Courses include "Physical Science K-8," "Physics First," "Conceptual Physics," "Algebra Based Physics," and "AP Calc Based Physics." Find all topics in your course by a simple drop down menu. Registration and login is not required to use the material though it is required to leave a rating for the material. Our editors noted that some activities, though labeled for younger students, may still be text-heavy.

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


Mon., March 8, 2010 - NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists: Alexandrea Bowman

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM
Subject: [NOVA Teachers]

Secret Life of Scientists: Alexandrea Bowman

Meet Alexandrea Bowman, a budding environmental scientist who
practices Native American storytelling. See a preview now, then
check back on Friday, March 5 when we launch her video and blog


Mon., March 8, 2010 - "Copyright & Fair Use in the Art World and the Classroom" (Webinar)

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Date: Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM
Subject: Join Us Wednesday: Copyright & Fair Use in Your Classroom Webinar

PBS Teachers Live! Webinar: "Copyright & Fair Use in the Art World and the Classroom"

Join PBS Teachers ( ) and Classroom 2.0 Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET for "Copyright & Fair Use in the Art World and the Classroom," with PBS producers and curriculum experts.

During this event, you will have the chance to hear from and interact with filmmaker Kembrew McLeod, whose film "Copyright Criminals"  (   - Shortened URL: ) recently aired on PBS's Independent Lens, law professor Peter Jaszi, and media producers and educators Chris Runde and Joe Fatheree. The four will discuss the implications of copyright and Fair Use laws in the classroom and share best practices in student media production.

We will also be joined by Annelise Wunderlich, National Community Engagement and Education Manager for ITVS, who will present film modules and lesson plans based on the film and developed by ITVS Community Classroom.
Note: At the close of every live Webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to request a Certificate of Participation.

Please note: If you are having problems with the above link, please cut and paste the link below into your browser bar.

Note: You will need to install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player to view video for this presentation.

Save the Date: Our next PBS Teachers LIVE Webinar will be Tuesday, March 16 at 8 pm ET featuring Dr. Mae Jemison (first African American woman to enter space) and the producers of PBS' new series, SciGirls.

Sunday, March 07, 2010


Sun., March 7, 2010 - Circle of Our Four Seasons / Weather Dude

Circle of Our Four Seasons

The Weather Dude
This friendly site includes weather terms, information on today's weather,
satellite images, weather phenomena, songs about weather, and much more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Sun., March 7, 2010 - Geologic Time / One Year in 40 Seconds (Seasons)

Sites found in:
January 17, 2009 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"


GEOLOGIC TIME, ENSI, (Larry Flammer) Here's the index to our collection of excellent lessons for teaching about geological time and dating
From the site:
In order for evolution to be properly understood as a science, ENSI maintains that a thorough introduction to the nature of modern science is a necessary prerequisite to teaching evolution. The lessons included here are intended to do just that.
These lessons are intended for use in any high school biology course. However, many can be used in middle school / junior high school, possibly with slight modification depending on teacher's style and approach, and the experience and level of students. Many would likewise be appropriate for use in junior college or lower division university levels.


ONE YEAR IN 40 SECONDS, Eirik Soldheim, (Brian Poelker), Eirik Soldheim created a wonderful video that showcases the seasons in 40 seconds.


Mark Francek
Central Michigan University


Sun., March 7, 2010 - BBC Wildlife Finder

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, October 23, 2009

BBC Wildlife Finder
"Watch the most amazing animals in the world." Hundreds of videos and audio clips on individual species, as well as on habitats, ecozones, and adaptations

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


Sun., March 7, 2010 - National Science Foundation: Classroom Resources / Endangered Species Photo Map

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 16, 2009
Volume 15, Number 2
The Scout Report on the Web:


National Science Foundation: Classroom Resources [pdf]

The Classroom Resources section of the National Science Foundation's website
has a collection of materials for school teachers, students, and parents of
students.  The lessons are suitable for grades K-12, higher education, and
lifelong learners, and they are drawn predominantly from the National
Science Digital Library. Visitors can choose from the range of research
topics by clicking on the links in the middle of the homepage.  The
available topics range from "Astronomy & Space" to "Chemistry & Materials"
to "Nanoscience". Visitors interested in the issue of educating girls in
science and math, or the history of women in the sciences would do well to
take a look at the "Computing" and "Physics" topics for links to such
information.  In all of the twelve research topics, there is a link at the
end of the list of resources to an overview of the research that the
National Science Foundation is doing in the selected area.  For instance, in
the "Earth & Environment Research Overview" link, the major questions that
are being studied by the NSF are posed in the form of clickable links, such
as "How can organisms live without sunlight?" or "What part do we play in
the Earth's changing climate?".  [KMG]


National Geographic: Endangered Species Photo Map [Macromedia Flash
Click: View Photo Map

The National Geographic website has an interactive photo map of animals in
the United States that are on the Endangered Species List.  The map
accompanies their January 2009 print and online article entitled "Countdown
to Extinction," and also includes a photo gallery and the story of the
successful rebound of the white rhinoceros in southern Africa. By clicking
on the photo of the pygmy rabbit or "View Photo Map" on the homepage, the
visitor will be taken to a map of the United States with clickable locations
of 20 animal species that are endangered or threatened.  Visitors should not
miss taking a look at the photo and accompanying facts about the "Alabama
Beach Mouse" in Alabama and the "Ocelot" in Texas.  In order to learn more
about the Endangered Species Act under which the creatures on the map are
protected, visitors should click on the "Feature Article" link above the
photo map. The "Photo Gallery" link, located above the photo map will take
visitors to some arresting and elegant photos of various animal and plant
species, some of which were not on the photo map.  The photo of the
Loggerhead Sea Turtle is beautiful, and not to be missed. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2009.

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