Friday, April 23, 2010


Thurs., April 22, 2010 -New York Times: Offshore Drilling and Exploration News

New York Times: Offshore Drilling and Exploration News

News about offshore drilling and exploration, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Updated: March 31, 2010

[NOTE: Free registration may be required.- Phyllis ]

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Thurs., April 22, 2010 - 100 Years Ago: "The Boy Scouts of Black Wolf and B.P.", The Evening Standard, Sept. 17, 1910

100 Years Ago: "The Boy Scouts of Black Wolf and B.P.", The Evening Standard, Sept. 17, 1910

The Boy Scouts of America, incorporated in February 1909, were profiled in this illustrated article from the Evening Standard (Ogden City, UT) published in September 1910. The writer described the origins of scouting in the United Kingdom, the transmission of the idea to the Americas, scouting laws and "badges of merit," and the founders' plans for expansion of the program....Read more about it!

Source: Library of Congress


Thurs., April 22, 2010 - Publish or Perish: Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?

Publish or Perish: Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?

Source: Library Link of the Day


Thurs., April 22, 2010 - PBS: Hamlet / NOVA: Mind Over Money / AMEX: My Lai / Icelandic Volcanoes

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter
April 22, 2010


Great Performances: Hamlet
On-Air & Online | Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 8 - 11:30 pm
Grade Range: K-2, 3-5

Classical stage and screen actors Sir Patrick Stewart, in his Laurence Olivier Award-winning turn as Claudius, and David Tennant, as the titular Dane, reprise their roles in this television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of "Hamlet." (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Interview with Sir Patrick Stewart

Teacher’s Guide


NOVA: Mind Over Money
On-Air & Online | Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents "Mind Over Money" -- an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

[See notice from NOVA pasted below. – Phyllis ]


American Experience: My Lai
On-Air & Online | Monday, April 26, 2010, 9 - 10:30 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

What drove a company of American soldiers -- ordinary young men deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor -- to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they "just following orders," as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count? (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)



Site also includes interviews.


NewHour Extra: Scientists Study Icelandic Volcano for Clues to Next Eruption

The erupting Icelandic volcano that sent clouds of ash spewing into the atmosphere earlier this month has researchers scrambling to figure out if a more dangerous eruption from a neighboring volcano is possible.

PBS Online. Copyright 2010


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

From:      NOVA Teachers 
Date:       Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Subject   [NOVA Teachers] Mind Over Money airs April 27

Hello Educators,

In "Mind Over Money," NOVA explores the new science of behavioral economics and reveals how mood, decision-making, and economic activity are all tightly interwoven. (Subjects covered: health science, mathematics, social studies)

Watch the Program
View the entire program online beginning April 28. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Disposition Effect
Trust your gut when trading stocks? Do no such thing, argues David Adler, producer of "Mind Over Money." (Grades 9-12)

The Deciding Factor
A new study at Harvard is explaining how emotions affect our decisions, whether we like it or not. (Coming soon)

Links and Books

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Tues., April 20, 2010 - Clifford, the Big Red Dog

Clifford, the Big Red Dog

Highly interactive site all about Clifford. Activities include games, stories, coloring pages, crafts, letter writing, painting, and music. There's also a section for parents and teachers with teaching and learning ideas.


Tues., April 20, 2010 - Science at a Distance / JGuide / Medieval & Renaissance Collection / BBC: Witnessing the Holocaust

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
February 6, 2009
Volume 15, Number 5

The Scout Report on the Web:


Science at a Distance: E-Learning Modules [Quick Time]

Professor John Blamire has crafted this very fine set of online learning
modules for students interested in learning about everything from the
properties of proteins to Mendelian genetics. First-time visitors should
take a look at the video introduction created by Professor Blamire. This
introduction tells visitors about the layout of the site and the resources
they will find here. Each of the twelve instructional resources on the site
contains a brief overview of the topic, and then a "Research Investigation"
assignment. Students can complete these investigations using the materials
within each lesson, and they can also take a look at some additional
readings which explain key concepts. The site also contains a "Words of
Science" section, which provides concise definitions of basic terms, such as
entropy and glucose. [KMG]



Started in 1994, the Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources (or
"JGuide") is a topically arranged directory of online information resources
in and about Japan. Much of the focus is placed on resources about Japan in
the English language, and visitors can use their search engine or dive right
into their topical subheadings. These sections include "Society & Culture",
"Law & Regulation", "Health & Medicine" and nine other areas. Each resource
is annotated, along with information about when the link was added to the
site. The JGuide also contains a "Tools" area which features links to
information about currency conversion, weather, news outlets, and other
online gateways of note. The site also contains a link for users who wish to
submit an online resource for potential inclusion in the JGuide. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Victoria and Albert Museum: Medieval & Renaissance [Macromedia Flash

Between their triptychs and impressive prints, the Victoria and Albert
Museum's Medieval & Renaissance collection covers a broad range of artistic
traditions and human history. First-time visitors will want to start with
the "Features" section. Here they can view interactive online exhibits that
deal with Leonardo da Vinci and the famed Raphael Cartoons, which were
commissioned by Pope Leo X. In the "Objects" area, visitors can learn about
individual objects in their holdings, including the Choirscreen from the
Cathedral of St. John in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Their weblog,
"Past, Present and Future" is a real find, as it contains posts on upcoming
medieval exhibitions, touring exhibitions, conservation efforts, and
curatorship. The "Conservation Case Studies" offer details on the
conservation work on objects like the façade of Sir Paul Pindar's home (a
part of a London timber-framed house that predates the Great Fire of 1666)
and an altarpiece from 1428. [KMG]


BBC: Witnessing the Holocaust

This online BBC archive, Witnessing the Holocaust: Personal Accounts of a
Crime Against Humanity, has radio and television programs from 1945-2005,
and documents from 1942-1945, that reveal the horrors and aftermath of the
Holocaust. Visitors interested in listening to or watching video or audio
programs can scroll down the page to view the 17 programs available.  The
programs with a blue speaker icon next to the title denote a radio program,
and those with a right-facing arrow next to the title indicate that there is
a video available.  Each program is accompanied by a written synopsis of the
program, as well as a section entitled "Did You Know?" that has little known
facts pertaining to the subject of the program. The radio programs range
from a 1945 four-minute broadcast from a Canadian reporter entitled "Gestapo
in Holland", to an almost hour-long 2003 broadcast called "Marianne Grant",
about the artist's heart-wrenching story of having to paint for Dr. Mengele
at Auschwitz. The video programs include a 1989 interview with "Simon
Wiesenthal" as well as a 2005 broadcast, "Grandchild of the Holocaust",
about a grandson and his grandmother who was the only Holocaust survivor of
her family. [KMG]


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


Tues., April 20, 2010 - They Made America

They Made America: Innovators

Each name is hyperlinked to additional information.

From Virginia Apgar to the Wright Brothers; from air
conditioning to venture capital... read profiles of 64
individuals whose ideas transformed the country. See their
works on a timeline, or access a U.S. map linking innovators
to the states where they worked.



[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., April 20, 2010 - Science in Focus: Energy

Science in Focus: Energy

Eight free professional development workshops for K-6 teachers,
presenting science concepts in energy (Annenberg Media)

From the site:
Understanding the concept of energy is crucial to the comprehension of many ideas in physical science, Earth and space science, and life science. The video programs, print guide, and Web site of this workshop for elementary school teachers provide a solid foundation, enabling you to distinguish between the way "energy" is commonly understood and its meaning in science.

Site includes:
Energy Resources
Energy Discoveries

  * Tracing the Path
  * Cat-Traption

Workshop 1. What Is Energy?
1. Scientific Meanings of Words
2. Is Energy Real?
3. Use of the Word "Energy"
4. Atoms and Molecules
5. Conservation of Energy

Workshop 2. Force and Work
1. Newtons
2. Elastic Potential Energy
3. Kinetic Energy
4. Gravitational Potential Energy
5. Common vs. Scientific Usage

Workshop 3. Transfer and Conversion of Energy
1. The Cat-Traption
2. Conversion of Energy Units
3. Conservation of Energy
4. The Trigger Effect

Workshop 4. Energy in Cycles
1. Energy Cycles
2. Walking as an Energy Cycle
3. Why Does the Ball Stop Bouncing?
4. Clocks Rely on Cycles

Workshop 5. Energy in Food
1. Digestion
2. Respiration
3. Metabolism
4. Burning
5. Photosynthesis

Workshop 6. Energy and Systems
1. Bomb Calorimeter
2. How do You Read an Electric Meter?
3. Designing a Solar House
4. Modeling Hurricanes

Workshop 7. Heat, Work, and Efficiency
1. Molecules in the Classroom
2. How Does Heat Travel?
3. Efficiency
4. Entropy

Workshop 8. Understanding Energy
1. Energy Sources
2. How is Energy Used?
3. Energy Saving Appliances
4. Renewable Energy Sources

Monday, April 19, 2010


Mon., April 19, 2010 - Colors in Motion

Colors in Motion - Claudia Cortes - Grades 0 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

If you teach any aspect of color and design, this is a great site to introduce not only color theory but also the psychology of color. This interactive presentation explains the symbolism behind color and the psychological impact each has on our emotions. Animated characters representing each color, playfully describe their symbolism and lists words that describe the emotional sense of each color evokes. The rich word bank provides valuable adjectives useful for writing instruction. It is an excellent resource for writers learning how to be more elaborate, develop mood, tone, and enhance the use of description in their writing. This is the site’s author, Claudia Cortes, master’s thesis for a degree in Computer Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. You can view the site in English or Spanish.  Note: The pages actually launch in a pop-up window. Watch the top of your browser window for a pop-up alert and tell it to “allow pop ups from this site.”

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


Mon., April 19, 2010 - School for Champions: Physics

School for Champions - Physics - Ron Kurtus - Grades 7 to 12
[NOTE: Other pages from  previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This is a great resource for anything from introductory information to more detailed information on different physics concepts. Though not a visually appealing site, one very neat feature of this site is that some of the information has audio, where the content is read aloud to the viewer. While the sound is not perfect, it would be still be valuable for struggling readers and students with individualized education plan needs. There are a few ads by Google on the page, but they are not obnoxious, just be careful when navigating.

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


Mon., April 19, 2010 - 52 Totally Awesome Science Experiments

52 Totally Awesome Science Experiments - Phlebotomy Technician Schools - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Looking for cool science experiments for school or home? Find great ones on this surprising site. Read short descriptions of the resource and find more detailed information by clicking through to the linked site. Some of the experiments include interactives, video clips, and more. Advise students that ads or other links can appear along the bottom and they should not click on these.

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


Mon., April 19, 2010 - CDC: Healthy Prom Tips

CDC Features
Monday, April 12, 2010 10:00 AM

Healthy Prom Tips

Prom Tips for Health and Safety ~ For many people, prom is one of the highlights of the high school experience. Whether you're going solo or with a date or group, trying new or different activities, or staying out late, being responsible is key for a safe and healthy prom night. Smart decisions may also help lower stress while planning and enjoying the big night. Follow these tips to make sure your prom is fun, safe, and healthy!<<>>

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Sun., April 18, 2010 - Gwendolyn Brooks

Site found in:
Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2009

Gwendolyn Brooks: Online Resources

From the site:
Brooks served two terms as poet laureate, giving her final reading on May 5, 1986. This guide compiles links to resources on Gwendolyn Brooks throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on her life or selections of her work.

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Articles and Features
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Lesson Plans, Classroom Instruction
   •Gwendolyn Brooks in the News

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
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Sun., April 18, 2010 - 60 Second Recap

60 Second Recap - DimSum Media - Grades 9 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

60 Second Recap introduces students to literature in one-minute video bites. Most are YouTube video clips. Before you decide that this is what's wrong with education today, take a look. Each book in the 60 Second Recap library (classics like Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, Brave New World, Hamlet and Jane Eyre) is summarized with a one minute "teaser," an overview, a look at the cast, the plot, the theme, motifs, symbols--all the elements we would want students to pay attention to when encountering a new work of literature. There is also a general section on the analysis of literature, and a "Pick of the Week" which introduces students to a more contemporary book for leisure reading. The site is still in development and more works of literature are being added. Since many of the videos are hosted on YouTube, you may need to view them at home due to school filtering. Use a tool such as Vixy, reviewed here, so download and bring videos to school “on a stick.”

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


Sun., April 18, 2010 - For Better for Verse

For Better for Verse - Herbert Tucker, John C. Coleman: Professor of English - Grades 10 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

For Better for Verse is an interactive learning tool that can help you understand what makes metered poetry in English tick. Think of it as a tutorial for sophisticated poetry analysis involving meter, rhythm, voice, prosody, and complex stress and foot patterns that challenge beyond appreciation of the poem to illuminate the life in it. The tools are composed of a List of Poems, a Poem Workbox, a Glossary, and the Resources tab, where you will find a short scholarly bibliography and selected audio clips. There is also an extensive Help page for guidance. High school English, honors, and advanced placement courses will welcome this site.

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


Sun., April 18, 2010 - Poem in Your Pocket

Poem in Your Pocket - Michael Bloomberg - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Poem in Your Pocket is a site dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29th, 2010, hosted this year by New York City. The website provides background information about the day and ways to participate. A variety of unique activities, lessons, and ideas will help bring poetry to classrooms and schools.

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

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