Thursday, May 06, 2010


Thurs., May 6, 2010 - Edutopia

Edutopia: What Works in Education

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF

From the site: An in-depth and interactive resource, offers practical, hands-on advice, real-world examples, lively contributions from practitioners, and invaluable tips and tools.
Edutopia's success stories about what works in education revolve around our six Core Concepts.

Core Concepts areas:

    * Integrated Studies
    * Project Learning
    * Technology Integration
    * Teacher Development
    * Social and Emotional Learning
    * Assessment

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


Thurs., May 6, 2010 - History News Network

History New Network
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Among the many duties we assume are these: To expose politicians who misrepresent history. To point out bogus analogies. To deflate beguiling myths. To remind Americans of the irony of history. To put events in context. To remind us all of the complexity of history.”

“Because we believe history is complicated our pages are open to people of all political persuasions. Left, right, center: all are welcome.”


Thurs., May 6, 2010 - PBS: American Masters: The Doors: When You're Strange / AMEX: Into the Deep: American Whaling & the World / Gulf Oil Spill

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter
May 6, 2010


American Masters: The Doors: When You're Strange
On-Air & Online | Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 9 - 10:30 pm

The first feature documentary to tell the Doors' story uses only original footage -- much of it previously unseen -- shot between the group's formation in 1965 and Morrison's death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


American Experience: Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World
On-Air & Online | Monday, May 10, 2010, 9 - 11:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world -- powering the start of the industrial revolution and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, and employed the world's most multi-cultural workforce. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


NewHour Extra: Gulf Oil Spill Could Be Most Damaging in History

An explosion at an oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the U.S. coast created a leak that is threatening wildlife, beaches and ecosystems near the mouth of the Mississippi River.


PBS Online. Copyright 2010


Thurs., May 6, 2010 - Coverage of Thursday's Librarians' Rally in Trenton, NJ

Coverage of Library Rally in Trenton, Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hundreds of N.J. librarians protest $10.4M proposed budget cuts
TRENTON — Hundreds of librarians protested a $10.4 million proposed budget cut at the Statehouse Annex today, being far from quiet as they told story after story about the value of book sharing…

Hundreds of librarians, supporters rally outside State House to protest cuts
TRENTON – Librarians accustomed to saying “Shush” and “Quiet, please,” spoke up at a Trenton rally Thursday in protest of a proposed 74 percent cut in state funding.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Wed., May 5, 2010 - Liberty's Kids

Liberty's Kids - The Incredible World of DIC Entertainment - Grades 2 to 7

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:
This site, based on the Liberty's Kids television program, provides numerous resources for students and teachers regarding Colonial America. Students can use the News Maker to create a Colonial Newspaper, watch video clips of "Now and Then," or try various interactives. Liberty's Kids provides several background articles and lesson ideas for teacher use. Click on the link for Parents & Teachers to find goals, ideas about how to use the site, learn more about the characters, understand the interactives, and more.

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


Wed., May 5, 2010 - Underground Zimbabwe

Underground Zimbabwe

From FOCAL POINT, the new web-exclusive series of documentary shorts from Wide Angle

Underground Zimbabwe, a two-part FOCAL POINT feature, goes undercover with independent journalist and native Zimbabwean Robyn Kriel as she surreptitiously films what life has been like under President Robert Mugabe for activists, journalists, and the millions of Zimbabweans who go to great lengths to get food staples everyday.

In Underground Zimbabwe: Life Lines, Kriel examines Zimbabwe's devastating food crisis. She meets with shop owners whose stores are empty and those who try to make a living from Zimbabwe's thriving black market. In Underground

Zimbabwe: Demonstrating Under Dictatorship, Kriel follows the non-violent street protests of the 40,000 member-strong activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).
Like Wide Angle, FOCAL POINT offers a deeper understanding of forces shaping the world today through online-exclusive documentary shorts, an increasingly popular medium. This exciting new series showcases the work of emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world.


Wed., May 5, 2010 - The Roland Collection of Films on Art

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

Hi! It's Saturday, February 14, 2009 and time for Art at

Recommended Website
The Roland Collection of Films on Art
[NOTE: Clips are free. Cost to download complete videos - $1.99 – Phyllis]

Age Range: 6-106 (Specific age range recommendations are
designated for each film clip.)

ClickScholar Meike of New Zealand discovered this website that
houses a collection of hundreds of documentary films on art
and literature. This collection was amassed by art expert and
film maker Anthony Roland. The films cover art periods that

*Baroque and Rococo
*Art Nouveau
-and much more!

There is also an alphabetical index of films about authors and
their works - many of whom where interviewed for the
educational videos. Authors include Maya Angelou, John
Irving, Toni Morrison, Maurice Sendak, John Updike, etc.

Select a topic of interest using the menu or search mechanism.
An icon menu appears with a screen shot of each film in that
series or topic. Double click on the icon and a new page
opens with the film title, the designated age range, a brief
synopsis of the film, and a screen where you can view a free
clip. These free, informative film clips provide a good sample
of the material and are a useful tool for introducing various
art forms, genres, artists, writings, etc. (If you enjoy the
free film clip, you have the option to purchase the film for
$1.99.) Or, you could head to your local library for books or
audio/video resources on the topic.

As the website explains, The Roland Collection of films on art
is a great resource for exploring "history, culture,
philosophy, emotion, human document, celebration, protest,
moral challenge and imaginative liberation - all embodied in
the forms of art." Because of the diverse content, PARENTAL

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast!  Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., May 5, 2010 - Virtual Grammar Lab

The Virtual Grammar Lab (VGL)

From the site:
“The Virtual Grammar Lab (VGL) is an extensive database of links to free online English grammar activities on the Internet. You can use the VGL to search for grammar practice exercises or explanations to help you learn English. You can search for activities by the grammar point you want to study, by the difficulty level, or by the type of activity. The Virtual Grammar Lab was designed for ESL/EFL students but also has many activities that will help students in English writing classes practice their grammar.”

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Tues., May 4, 2010 - Rome in 3D (Google Earth)

Discover Ancient Rome in Google Earth

See Rome as it looked in 320 AD and fly down to see famous buildings and monuments in 3D. Select the "Ancient Rome 3D" layer under Gallery in Google Earth. Download Google Earth 5

Open Google Earth and select "Ancient Rome 3D" in the Gallery layer


Tues., May 4, 2010 - Cloning


Site includes interactives:

An introduction to cloning and how it's done.

Try it yourself in the mouse cloning laboratory.

Explore the history of cloning technologies.

Test your cloning savvy with this interactive quiz.

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


Tues., May 4, 2010 - Kids Do Ecology

Kids Do Ecology

From the Site: "This site is designed to help you discover ecology!"
The site is presented in both English and Spanish. Includes sections on Learn about Ecology, World
Biomes, Marine Mammals, and Classroom Projects,

Introduction to the scientific method. (Data and Science)


Links For Teachers

Kids Do Ecology is part of The National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Synthesis (NCEAS)

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


Tues., May 4, 2010 - International Civil rights Center and Museum / Nieman Watchdog / SciencefFriday

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, February 5, 2010


International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro
Exactly 50 years ago, four black college students sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro and became key players in the fight against legally enforced segregation. This past Monday, on the 50th anniversary, that Woolworth's building was dedicated as a museum celebrating the struggle for civil rights. See also UNC-Greensboro Library's Civil Rights Greensboro < >, which features oral histories, correspondence, newspaper articles, speeches, reports, and more on civil rights in Greensboro from the 1940s through the early 1980s.


Nieman Watchdog - Questions the Press Should Ask
If you are dismayed by the sensationalism, triviality, and factual misrepresentation in news coverage these days, it's encouraging to realize that so are a lot of journalists. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism critiques the press's failings and suggests questions that would illuminate issues and guide reporters to essential data.

ScienceFriday - Making Science User-Friendly
The web site for NPR's weekly science broadcast hosted by science journalist Ira Flatow includes archived podcasts, videos, and a blog.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Monday, May 03, 2010


Mon., May 3, 2010 - TeachersFirst's D-Day Resources

TeachersFirst's D-Day Resources - TeachersFirst - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor D Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you focus on D Day for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Take your classes through the longest day to understand World War II.

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


Mon., May 3, 2010 - Phylotaxis

Phylotaxis  - Seed Magazine - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:
As explained by the author/artist of this website, "phylotaxis" is the study of the ordered positions of leaves on a plant stem; scientists have discovered that these positions are not random, but governed by the Fibonacci Sequence. This website uses this word to describe the exploration of the space where science meets culture. Flash gives this site one of the most elegant visual impacts currently out there on the web. A collection of round icons is all gathered together in a flower-like structure. Each icon represents a news story about either science or culture. Use the slider bar to make the icons scatter in a more random (like culture) pattern or a more ordered (like science) arrangement. Click on "discover" to read any of the news stories; click on "agitate" to make your mouse disrupt the patterns and move the icons around. Load another arrangement for another date.

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


Mon., May 3, 2010 - TimeSpace: World

TimeSpace: World - The Washington Post - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

It seems we are bombarded with news everywhere we look: aggregated on our email provider's homepage, on television, in the newspapers. Making sense of what's happening in the world can be difficult. The Washington Post is providing a visual look at the day's (or any other day's) news of the world with this site by focusing on where news is happening. The map of the world is highlighted with icons that represent major news stories. Click on a geographic area and you will access news stories about events from that area, and also drill down to a more detailed map of the geographic area. Mouse over the icons to get a preview of the story. Adjust the settings on the maps to access more or less stories in a particular format (video, blogs) or on a particular topic. Move the slider bar to see stories from yesterday or last year.

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


Mon., May 3, 2010 - EdHeads: Crash Scene Investigation

Edheads - Crash Scene Investigation - Edheads - Grades 7 to 12
[NOTE: Other activities from  previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This detailed crime scene simulation offers a good math and science connection for middle level students. Done is fantastic Edhead style, this simulation offers great background information and detailed descriptions of events and evidence. Go into the scene of the crime, collect evidence, interview witnesses, calculate forces and more, and draw your conclusions. Don’t miss the Teacher’s Guide, full of tips, standards, a printable crash scene handout, and more.

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

Sunday, May 02, 2010


Sun., May 2, 2010 - Pablo Picasso: The Tragedy

Pablo Picasso: The Tragedy

"Pablo Picasso's 'The Tragedy': The Metamorphosis of a Painting"
uses x-rays & infrared light to reveal that Picasso sketched &
painted at least four works on this panel before painting over them
in 1903 to produce "The Tragedy."  He did not, however, merely
paint over the previous images; rather, he incorporated each layer
into the subsequent one, believing that, "What comes out in the end
is the result of the discarded finds." (NGA)

Site includes an animation and a video of the metamorphosis of The Tragedy.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., May 2, 2010 - The Link, May 2010

The Link
May 2010

From the site:

Welcome to the Link. Each month the ipl2 brings you some of the best information sites on the Internet. If you have an Internet connection, you can connect with us!

This month’s issue is bursting with colorful and informative websites. The May calendar is full of birthdays and Independence Days, so take a moment and explore some of the diverse cultures across our world!

Includes links to sites with information on:
May 1, 2010 - Kentucky Derby
May 1 - May Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 6 – Hindenburg Explosion (1937)
May 8 – Victory in Europe (VE) Day
Harry S. Truman, born May 8, 1884
May 9, 2010 – Mother’s Day History
Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820
May 14, 1948 – the Founding of Israel
May 15 – Armed Forces Day,
Brown v. Board of Education (1948)
May 21, 1803 – Lewis & Clark Expedition Begins
May 24 - Independence Day (Eritrea)
May 25 - Independence Day (Jordan)
May 26 – Independence Day (Georgia & Guyana)
May 27, 1927 – Golden Gate Bridge Opened
John F. Kennedy, born May 29, 1917
Walt Whitman, born May 31, 1819
Memorial Day


Sun., May 2, 2010 - A List of Wood Products

Site found in:
February 14, 2009 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"


A LIST OF WOOD PRODUCTS, Arkansas Forestry, (Claudia Douglass), Here is an extensive list of products made from wood.

From the site:
“The forest products industry produces many items we use in our daily lives.
Wooden tooth picks and building lumber share the same beginnings as Rayon, latex
paint, and vehicle tires. The paper these words are printed on comes from the
same source as tooth paste and shampoo. They are all forest products.
Motivation to write this booklet came from talking with teachers and industry
personnel who didn’t have a comprehensive list of what forest products they used
in their daily lives.” <<>>

Mark Francek
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Sun., May 2, 2010 - Sites fromThe Scout Report,, February 13, 2009

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 13, 2009
Volume 15, Number 6

The Scout Report on the Web:


Crossroads to Freedom [Macromedia Flash Player]

Hosted by Rhodes College, the purpose of the Crossroads to Freedom site is
to promote and support conversations about the civil rights era in Memphis
focusing on the years 1950 to 1970.  The site has some very fine oral
histories, newspaper articles from the Memphis World, and the transcripts of
the 1962 Hearings of the Commission on Civil Rights. Visitors can dive right
in by clicking on the "Collections" tab. Here they will find all of the
available oral history interview videos from the project, along with a
special set of interviews related to the importance of musicians in the
struggle for civil rights. Also, users can use the "Browse" tab to look over
the documents here by date, name, place, and subject. [KMG]


Afghanistan Analyst

Finding high-quality online resources about Afghanistan can be a struggle,
and that's why it's refreshing to learn about the Afghanistan Analyst site.
Created and maintained by Christian Bleuer, a PhD student at The Australian
National University, the site contains collections of links and resources
arranged into headings such as "Listservs", "Blogs", "Experts and
Researchers", "Libraries", and a dozen others. Clicking on each heading will
take users to a list of external web-based resources, all of which have been
vetted by Bleuer. Many of the resources come from international sites, and
Bleuer has noted when a certain site might contain information in another
language, such as French or Arabic. The site will be particularly useful to
scholars and journalists, and for anyone who hopes to keep up on current
affairs in Afghanistan. [KMG]


Evolution Resources from the National Academies [pdf]

In 1859, Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species", and in doing
so, he introduced the concept of evolution by natural selection to the
world. To honor the 150th anniversary of this event, the National Academies
recently redesigned their evolution resources website. In doing so, they
created a number of new sections for educators, businesspeople, and
attorneys. The "Introduction" area is a fine place to start, and here
visitors can find brief summaries of evolution in agriculture, industry, and
medicine. The "Definitions" area offers up some short and incisive
definitions of relevant evolutionary terms including "adaptation", "DNA",
and "trait". Students and teachers alike will want to peruse the "Books and
Reports" area. Here they will find full-text reports such as "Science,
Evolution, and Creationism" and "Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's
Origins". The site is rounded out by a list of upcoming events. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Federal Eye

It can be hard to keep tabs on the activities of the federal government, so
it's nice to know that Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post is available to
offer some assistance. O'Keefe is responsible for this website, which
provides up-to-date coverage of various governmental activities, such as
economic stimulus legislation, efforts to develop high-speed passenger rail,
and cabinet level appointments. On the site, visitors can sign in to ask
O'Keefe questions, view recent and archived posts, and also offer their own
comments on the different posts. The site also contains a selection of links
to other Washington Post websites that report on the various goings-on
within the United States government. [KMG]

Music and the Brain [iTunes]

What is the relationship between the brain and music? That very question
animates the Library of Congress' Music and the Brain series, and their
website allows interested parties to listen in on some of the conversations,
lectures, and symposia.  Noted psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison chairs the
initiative, and the programs bring together physicians, theorists,
composers, and performers. Visitors can listen to some of these recent
conversations via this website, and they can also sign up to receive new
podcasts via iTunes. Currently, there are five different podcasts available.
They include talks with Dr. Charles J. Limb ("Your Brain on Jazz"), Jessica
Krash ("Dangerous Music"), and Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel on "The Music of
Language and the Language of Music". [KMG]


Cotsen Children's Library: Virtual Children's Books Exhibits

Princeton University's virtual exhibit of past exhibits of children's book
illustrations offers visuals and brief explanations geared towards children
and adults. The easy-to-use website is divided into four virtual exhibits,
that contain a portion of what the physical exhibits at the Cotsen
Children's Library at Princeton University displayed.  The four exhibits can
be accessed by clicking on their links on the homepage. The "Water Babies"
exhibit contains illustrations of swimming, and was meant as a respite for
kids who couldn't escape the city's heat.  Each illustration in the virtual
exhibit is accompanied by a short synopsis of the book or publication it
came from, and often a web link or reading suggestion for more information
on the author, illustrator, or subject matter of the book.
The "Magic Lantern" virtual exhibit contains illustrations of magic
lanterns, a type of projector widely available for home use, that were the
precursors to film and television, and which enthralled children and adults
alike. The "Creepy-Crawlies" exhibit highlighted the many illustrations of
insects in children's books and natural history.  The insects in children's
books were most often portrayed as evil or villainous.  But, if visitors can
put those feelings aside, they will find many beautifully rendered drawings.
The physical "Beatrix Potter" exhibit coincided with the publication of the
Beatrix Potter Collection of Lloyd Cotsen in 2004, and the virtual exhibit
contains illustrations by Potter, and others, with whom the visitor can use
for comparison, to see Potter's unique style. [KMG]
[NOTE: Water Babies exhibit previously posted. – Phyllis ]


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