Thursday, May 13, 2010


Thurs., May 13, 2010 - Genie In A Bottle Unleashed

Genie In A Bottle Unleashed

From the site:
With insight and a creative new voice, two Chicago-area 13-year olds, Stephen Sotor and Trace Gaynor, have written, edited and produced Genie In A Bottle Unleashed, a film that explores the history and consequences of the development of the atomic bomb.

From the secrets of the Manhattan Project through the horrific devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki - these two 7th graders lead a new generation through our nuclear history; along the way they manage to interview Nobel prize winning scientists, the creator of the "Doomsday Clock," the mayor of Hiroshima and even a Hiroshima 7th grader about the legacy of the atomic bomb.  Even more creatively, they also track down the proverbial "Genie" to find out why he has created such havoc.  Screened at the United Nations, this 15-minute gem received a standing ovation.


Thurs., May 13, 2010 - PBS: The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords


From the site:
“From the publication of the first African-American newspaper in 1827, the pioneering men and women of the black press have given voice to stories and events that would otherwise have gone undocumented.”

Site also includes biographies, activities, resources, study guide, lesson plans, and more.


Thurs., May 13, 2010 - Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE)

Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education

K-12 Education Curriculum

From the site:
CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet. We focus on projects that utilize real time data available from the Internet, and collaborative projects that utilize the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world. Below is a catalog of projects that are currently being or have been sponsored by CIESE . Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., May 13, 2010 - PBS: Gulf Oil Spill Resources for the Classroom / May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month / Secrets of the Dead: Deadliest Battle

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 13, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill Resources for the Classroom

    Local PBS station WSRE has compiled a list of parent, teacher and kid resources regarding the Gulf oil spill at

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    It's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Investigate how immigration, assimilation, discrimination, prejudice and pride are all part of the history of interaction between the predominant American culture and Asian Americans with the PBS Teachers Asian Pacific American Activity Pack


Secrets of the Dead: Deadliest Battle
On-Air & Online | Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was the largest troop offensive in military history. And the Battle of Stalingrad is arguably the deadliest single battle the world has ever seen. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2010 PBS Online

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Wed., May 12, 2010 - Electronic Field Trips

Electronic Field Trips

Although this site requires a paid subscription, they offer monthly free “trips”

From the site:

An Electronic Field Trip is the sum of many parts. It's an interactive educational experience
that makes the rich content of our nation’s parks and museums available to kids.

Electronic Field Trips are the result of partnerships between Ball State University and museums, national parks, and historic sites across the country. Since most students are unable to take advantage of the immeasurable content in faraway museums, our program uses technology to make those resources available to a large, national audience. We do many EFTs each year, each with a unique topic geared toward different grade levels.

It would be rude of us to keep these EFTs all to ourselves! So, we’ll continue to open the archives and allow free access to a select number of our “Greatest Hits” every month. If you’ve already registered for a particular EFT, don’t worry! You’ll still be able to access that program whenever you need. But, if you’d like to sample some of the gems stashed within the archives, this is your place! Each month we’ll unlock something new and throw something else back into the vault. So, check back frequently to see what classic EFTs are available to enjoy.

Some EFT videos available at:

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


Wed., May 12, 2010 - Science Fair Central

Science Fair Central
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:

An important part of learning science is doing science. Science fairs offer students an opportunity to practice science investigation and invention. Whether the science fair is competitive or not, the project may be the first time that students choose their own science topic and practice being a scientist or engineer.

This site is designed to help students do one of two things:

    * design and conduct an investigative experiment (investigation)
    * design and engineer a practical solution to a problem (invention)

On this website, you will find a clear pathway to help students develop and present successful projects. In the spirit of “begin with the end in mind,” you will also find plenty of example project ideas and some models for students to review. In addition, you will find virtual labs that will help students practice science investigation before they develop their own investigations. Finally, you will find suggestions on how to make outstanding presentations as well as how to set up and run a science fair.


Wed., May 12, 2010 - EdCommunity Portal / Resources for Math Teachers

Site found in:

February 21, 2009 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

EDCOMMUNITY PORTAL, (George Daily), Explore the tabs, especially Software, Data, and Instructional Materials. In the Software area, you’ll find free online mapping areas and free GIS tools (AEJEE and ArcGIS Explorer). Data opens the door to another realm of geospatial info for areas around the world including your home state, like this site at the University of Arkansas.

[NOTE: See Also:  Resources for Math Teachers

Mark Francek
Central Michigan University


Wed., May 12, 2010 - TV Tunes

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, February 20, 2009

TV Tunes

Today's site is one of the most comprehensive collections of signature themes from
television programs, past and present. Gentle Subscribers should be able to find
most of their favorite TV program themes in MP3 format in this extensive

" ... a library of TV theme music and songs from yesterday and
today. ... All themes and clips are copyrighted by their licensors and are intended
for educational and personal listening only. These are not to be used for
commercial or other non-educational use without permission of the copyright holder
(licensor). They are NEVER to be sold or traded for items of value. This site does
not own the music and cannot grant permission for any commercial use. This archive
is a result of private collectors of historic television placing their private
collections for all to share in remembering the various shows of the past and
present and discussing their views on the subject of the music and the series
involved." - from the website

The site contains more than 9000 theme songs of both opening and closing tunes,
from "The A-Team" to "Zorro". For a long-running series, which saw a number of
changes to its theme song during its run, the site will offer all the variations
that were used. For example, the rousing signature music for "McGyver" is available
in 7 different versions, all of them featured at one time or another on broadcast
television. As well as past and present American fare, the site also includes
better known series from abroad, such as Australia's "Blue Heelers" and
"Neighbours". Among the little gems tucked away in the database are British
favorites such as the whistling theme from  "Ghost Squad", four variations on the
theme for the cult hit, "The Prisoner" and the signature music for the current
science fiction series "Primeval".

Hum over to the site for a well-maintained library of TV themes at:

A.M. Holm
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Tues., May 11, 2010 - United States History Map (Interactive)

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Hi! It's Thursday, February 18, 2009 and time for Social
Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: United States History Map

[NOTE: Other Interactives from Annenberg Media    - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 9 and Up (Designed for Grades 4-8, but will appeal
to a much broader age range.)

Annenberg media sponsors the fantastic website
with all kinds of free resources across the curriculum for
teachers of grades K-12, including some of the best
educational interactives we've seen.

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this new addition to the interactive site where, by clicking on maps of the
U.S. and linked information within them, you can learn about
the geography of the U.S. and how it's development impacted
the course of history from European colonization (and the
impact on native inhabitants) to how the country expanded to
become 50 states.

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then
simply click on the "next" buttons at the bottom of each page
to make your way through the five lessons sequentially that

1) From Sea to Shining Sea - Discover the geographic features
of North America including names of major rivers and mountain

2) 50 States - Learn the names of every state, where they are
located, and the geographic region they occupy.

3) Indians - Meet the original inhabitants of the U.S. - the
North American Indian tribes. You'll get a good overview of
what regions various tribes occupied, how they lived, and how
they interacted with settlers.

4) Colonists - Discover what regions of the country were
colonized by the Spanish, Dutch, French, English and Russians
- and the impact of their settlements on America.

5) The Nation Expands - Examine how the United States achieved
its current boundaries through wars, treaties, and land
purchases. Learn the names of major treaties and the
individuals and areas involved as the US expanded from 13
colonies to 50 states.

Each of the five lessons or sections provides background
information on the topic, an interactive, and a timed quiz to
test students' knowledge. There is also a final, cumulative
multiple-choice test with 25 questions. Results
are scored and indicate the correct answers (and which
chapters to review for any problems missed).

MaryAnna commented that there is a lot of material in this
interactive and estimated that it would take an adult about
one hour to review the material and do the activities. She
wrote, "For younger students, this might be enough material to
use for a full year of US geography and history."

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Tues., May 11, 2010 - Academic Earth

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Site of the Day for Thursday, February 19, 2009

Academic Earth
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, initiated by Yale University alumnus and entrepreneur, Richard
Ludlow, features a site which has been making waves in the educational community
recently for its efforts to make top-flight university lectures available for free
online. Gentle Subscribers may want to take particular note of this exceptional

 "Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on
earth access to a world-class education. ... We are building a user-friendly
educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to
easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the
world's leading scholars.  Our goal is to bring the best content together in one
place and create an environment that in which that content is remarkably easy to
use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable." -
from the website

With an impressive array of subjects, topics and themes, this newly created
enterprise aspires to making the material of some of the most respected academic
institutions available to all. Among the participating universities are Yale,
Berkeley, Harvard,  MIT, Princeton, and Stanford, while the subjects range from
astronomy to psychology. Delve into the 26 Yale lectures which comprise the
complete course offering of "The American Novel Since 1945" or sample the
intriguing Yale / Entrepreneurship lecture on "How To Use Everyday Ingenuity To
Solve Problems Big and Small". The presentations are offered without any dazzling
effects but instead are straightforward video recordings of university lectures
delivered in the personal style of each professor. Currently, there are more than
1500 lectures available which can be downloaded as well as watched online. A useful
collection of queries is covered in the FAQ.

Jump over to the site for an outstanding educational resource for all at:

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


Tues., May 11, 2010 - Weather Wiz Kids

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Hi! It's Tuesday, February 16, 2009 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
Weather Wiz Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 8-12 (approximately)

This fun, fascinating, and user-friendly website is designed
to help kids learn all of the different types of weather and
the science behind it. Created by a television meteorologist,
it offers information through simple text and lots of helpful,
colorful illustrations that answer two basic questions about
various types of weather: "What is it?" and "What causes it?"

When you get to the site, you'll see an introduction and some
recent weather news stories. Then, use the menu on the left
side of the screen to learn about:

*Winter Storms
*Rain & Floods

You'll also find information on weather safety, weather
instruments, and weather folklore.

here's the direct link:

Get instructions for how to:

*Make a Tornado
*Make a Cloud in a Bottle
*Make a Rain Gauge
*Make Thunder
*Make Lightning
*Make Rain
*Make Your Own Barometer
*Make A Thermometer
-and much more!

You can also see terrific weather photographs and learn what
it takes to have a career as a meteorologist.

A big THANK YOU to ClickScholar Rebecca Holt for recommending
this site - a ClickSchooling Award Winner (CSAW).

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Tues., May 11, 2010 - Eudora Welty (3) / Nuclear Power (3) / Feminism Oral History / Women's Education Evolves, 1790-1890

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, February 19, 2009


The Ponder Heart
Companion website to a Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Eudora Welty's comic novel "The Ponder Heart." Features a biography and timeline of the life of Welty (1909-2001), who "is best known as a Southern writer of short stories and novels (although she also worked professionally as a photographer)." Also includes interactive features, background about the novel and film, teacher's guide, and related links (some broken) and bibliography.


Eudora Welty House
Website for this National Historic Landmark in Jackson, Mississippi, that was the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty for 76 years. Features a virtual tour of the house and garden (with a monthly flower bloom chart), a brief biography, and event listings (mostly in Mississippi) for the 2009 centennial of Welty's birth. From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Writers: Eudora Welty
Special feature on author and photographer Eudora Welty (1909-2001), who won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "The Optimist's Daughter." Includes a tribute, bibliography, list of Welty's awards and honors, links to lesson plans and other websites (some broken), and an audio program. From Mississippi Public Broadcasting.


The Economics of Nuclear Power
This January 2009 article considers whether nuclear power production "is cost competitive with other forms of electricity generations." Discusses external costs, the cost of fuel, comparisons of electricity generation and costs of different fuels and technologies, future cost competitiveness, and reprocessing fuel. Also includes a link to their extensive 2005 report on the subject. From the World Nuclear Association, an organization "promoting the peaceful worldwide use of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource."
[NOTE: Article updated, April 2010 – Phyllis ]


The Future of Nuclear Power: an Interdisciplinary Study
This 2003 report "discusses the interrelated technical, economic, environmental, and political challenges facing a significant increase in global nuclear power utilization." The report finds "prospects for nuclear energy as an option are limited, by four unresolved problems: high relative costs; perceived adverse safety, environmental, and health effects; potential security risks stemming from proliferation; and unresolved challenges in long-term management of nuclear wastes." From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
[NOTE: 2009 Update of the MIT 2003 Future of Nuclear Power Study


Union of Concerned Scientists: Nuclear Power
Collection of material about Union of Concerned Scientists activities relating to "monitoring the performance of nuclear plants and their regulators." Features sections on how nuclear power works, nuclear power technology (including cooling-water needs), nuclear power risks (safety and terrorism), and nuclear power and global warming. Also includes links to material on nuclear weapons.


Voices of Feminism Oral History Project
This project "documents the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century. Narrators include labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders." Features biographical sketches and abstracts of interviews for each narrator, and transcripts of all but a few of the interviews. From the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.


Women's Education Evolves, 1790-1890: Selected Primary Sources From the William L. Clements Library
This exhibit illustrates "aspects of women's education from the Early Republic to women's entrance into colleges and universities." Browse digitized items (such as letters and diaries) on subjects such as colonial heritage, female curriculum, student life, teaching, academies and seminaries, and religion, race, and culture. From the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.


Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Mon., May 10, 2010 - Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Today's site, from the labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers an
exhibit on some of the remarkable advances in cutting edge design for battle gear
to protect members of the armed forces. Gentle Subscribers will discover
information about the latest technology currently under development.

"Welcome to MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies ... where advanced
nanotechnology research will dramatically improve the survival of the soldier of
the future. ...  our charge is to pursue a long-range vision for how technology can
make soldiers less vulnerable to enemy and environmental threats. The ultimate goal
is to create a 21st century battlesuit that combines high-tech capabilities with
light weight and comfort." - from the website

The site covers research topics in fields which appear to be taken from the annals
of science fiction -- multifunctional nanostructured fibers and materials, battle
suit medicine, and blast and ballistic protection among others. With areas of
development on smart quantum dots, surface active multifunctional fabrics and
nanostructured materials to control light and sound, the exhibits provide an
eye-opening view of a range of amazing technological advances in the realm of
battlefield equipment. Highlights of the site include Quick Links to news releases,
featuring stories on water- and microbe-resistant fabric, improvements in
explosives detection and tiny batteries built with viruses.

March over to the site for a look at high tech personal combat gear of the future

A.M. Holm
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Mon., May 10, 2010 - Internet4Classrooms: Language Arts

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Hi! It's Wednesday, February 18, 2009 and time for Language
Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:
Internet 4 Classrooms: Language Arts
[NOTE: Other pages from  previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades: K-12)

ClickScholar MaryAnna suggested this website and co-wrote the
review. This site was designed by two Tennessee teachers who
pooled their experience and resources to provide, for free, a
huge list of links to lessons, games, and activities that are
conveniently organized by grade level and subject matter.

For this review, we are focusing on the Language Arts section
of the site, but they offer the same astonishing archive of
resources (organized according to Tennessee state standards)
for Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Foreign
Languages, Health, and P.E.

When you get to the website you'll see a menu - simply click
on a grade level and a new page opens with a list of links
that lead directly to activities for students to practice
specific skills - like spelling, grammar, reading
comprehension, writing, etc.

When a link leads to a lesson plan, a quiz, or something else,
the symbols after the link indicate which. (The symbol key is
at the top of the page.)

Does your second grader need help with spelling? Just go to
the second grade language arts page and scroll down to
spelling. There you can select the specific spelling skill you
want to practice, and select a corresponding link. (Second
grade spelling skills
include short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, high-frequency
sight words, homophones, using a dictionary to verify
spelling, and more.) If after reaching this page you decide
that your child needs a little more (or less) challenge, you
can adjust the grade level accordingly, using the green arrows
at the top of each page.

This is an incredibly helpful resource, updated frequently.
It's unusual to find such a comprehensive archive of
educational links that is so meticulously maintained. That's
one reason why this website is a ClickSchooling Award Winner

Have fun! :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Mon., May 10, 2010 - The Math Used in Professional Hockey

The Math Used In Professional Ice Hockey

From the site:
“Math plays a vital role in professional Ice hockey…To prove the importance of Math in Ice hockey, study and understand the  examples given below.” <>>


Mon., May 10, 2010 - Square Root

Square Root

From the site:
“In celebration of Square Root Day on March 3, 2009, here are my picks for pre-algebra students learning about square roots. Square Root day is celebrated whenever the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the year. Enjoy it while you can, because you won't get another chance until April 4, 2016.”

Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Sun., May 9, 2010 - National Museum of Wildlife Art: My Life as an Elk / Landforms in the Landscape Unit

My Life as an Elk

“This National Museum of Wildlife Art site is an interactive story that teaches students about elk life. Students take on the identity of a newborn elk calf and make choices throughout the story about what the calf does. Students learn what a newborn elk calf looks like; how it lives with its mother as it grows; what it eats and who its predators are; and ends with a tale of the elk herd migrating. Students can choose to read the story with vocal narration or without. You will need to allow twenty to thirty minutes for reading this story.” – Source: Science NetLinks



Welcome to the NMWA's Landforms in the Landscape Unit.

“Landforms such as towering mountains, gaping canyons, and plunging waterfalls are the physical features of the earth's surface that distinguish a sense of place for geography as well as invoke wonder and reverence for the landscape artist. This is to say, landforms are the central subject for both geography and landscape art, and investigation into either discipline reveals more about the nature of the other and of nature itself. This Unit moves back and forth and through the two disciplines of geography and art to learn more about landforms and our reaction to them.” -  Source: The Gateway to 21st Century Skills


Sun., May 9, 2010 - Brightstorm: Math

Brightstorm Math

This site provides Free Math Videos.  NOTE: There is a charge to access the other programs offered on this site

From the site:
Brightstorm Math Videos: Your FREE Math Help Solution

    * Over 2,000 online videos by top notch math teachers
    * Every math topic in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Precalculus and Calculus


Sun., May 9, 2010 - Assignment Media Literacy / Common Mistakes

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
February 14, 2009  

Assignment Media Literacy
Elementary, Middle School, High School

Sponsored by the Media Education Lab at Temple University, this site offers
lesson plans for classroom use at no charge, including video clips,
curriculum standards addressed by the lessons, worksheets for activities and
assignments, and evaluation sheets.


Common Mistakes

Designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students, this
interactive site allows students to practice with frequently misused words.
They can compare their results with the other users at the site.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2009, Web English Teacher. Permission to
forward it is granted as long as this copyright notice is included.


Sun., May 9, 2010 - Economic Indicators

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Site of the Day

Economic Indicators
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the U.S. Census Bureau, provides economic statistics in a number
of critical areas. Gentle Subscribers, who like to take a hard look at the facts
and figures, may find this compilation of data a useful resource.

"U.S. Census Bureau: helping you make informed decisions ... housing starts, new
home sales, homeownership, manufacturers, wholesale, retail, service, construction,
imports and exports" - from the website

The site presents the latest figures available for a range of activities which
highlight the economic situation of the country. Among the crucial stats are those
for homeownership, homeowner vacancy and rental vacancy rates, along with the
quarterly financial report on retail trade and construction spending. For each
section there are links to additional information, as well as convenient charts and
graphs for a visual representation of these major economic indicators.

Wheel over to the site for an excellent resource for essential and current economic
data at:

A.M. Holm
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