Thursday, June 17, 2010


Thurs., June 17, 2010 - The Learning Network (NY Times)

The Learning Network

From the site:
“Welcome to the New Learning Network Blog!

“We've moved!
After 11 years of providing teaching and learning ideas and resources on an sub-site, we're now a blog.

“We're still offering our core features, and we'll be adding new ones as we go. Let us know what you think!”

“Our mission is to offer rich and imaginative materials for teaching and learning using New York Times content.

“Every weekday we offer new educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts and graphics published in The New York Times – all for free.

“We invite parents, teachers and students who are 13 and older to use our ideas and tools. We hope that through posting your comments you’ll become part of an ongoing conversation about teaching and learning.”

[NOTE: Original site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., June 17, 2010 - Earth Image of the Day

Earth Image of the Day
From the site:
“Welcome to the Image Section of the MODIS Web, where you can view the very latest in MODIS imagery as well as search an image collection that has been growing ever since MODIS first started acquiring data in February of 2000.

“The MODIS Image of the Day section highlights a new MODIS image every day. After a week, Images of the Day become part of the Image Gallery, which is powered by NASA's Visible Earth image archive. The Image Gallery opens in a new browser window, where you can preview and search over 4500 archived MODIS images.”


Thurs., June 17, 2010 - Interactive Science Simulations

Interactive Science Simulations

Listed by Grade Level

From the site:
“Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.
PhET Interactive Simulations is an ongoing effort to provide an extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned… All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom. They are written in Java and Flash, and can be run using a standard web browser as long as Flash  and Java  are installed.”


Thurs., June 17, 2010 - Women and Minorities in Science and Technology: Selected Internet Resources

From: Library of Congress:

Science Reference Guide: Women and Minorities in Science and Technology

Includes: Selected Internet Resources
Compiled by Denise P. Dempsey, February 2009

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Wed., June 16, 2010 - Wordfinder

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, May 21, 2010


A great tool for word game lovers, WordFinder allows you to find the exact word to fit into a variety of parameters: length, starts with ___, ends with ___, contains letters ____. It includes an unscramble feature as well. It's also good for anybody seeking a word that's on the tip of the tongue, but on the bottom of the brain.


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


Wed., June 16, 2010 - The Digestive System

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Site of the Day

The Digestive System

Today's site, from Colorado State University, offers a comprehensive guide and
study of the human digestive system. Gentle Subscribers may find this a noteworthy
resource on a crucial biological process.

"The pages ... are initially categorized based on scientific discipline (e.g.
Endocrine Pathophysiology, Medical Virology, etc.), but there are many links
between disciplines (e.g. links between ... describing the physiology of the
stomach in the Digestive Pathophysiology section and ... the Endocrine
Pathophysiology section describing gastric hormones. ... Each page is marked by an
icon ... very roughly, what to expect regarding the level of detail for the
material presented: Core material for a comprehensive, but introductory treatment
of the subject. ... Advanced material that would likely be relevant in a graduate
or professional course on the subject." - from the website

The site provides a veritable course on virtually every element of the human
digestive system, beginning with a helpful introductory section which highlights
the most productive ways to navigate the presentation. Among the categories covered
are pregastric digestion, the stomach, the liver and biliary system, the pancreas,
the small intestine and the large intestine, prefaced by an elementary but vivid
example of the digestive process using a "Big Mac" as an example. Numerous drawings
and photos illustrate the entire project, some of which are not for the faint of
stomach. A concluding section focuses on the digestive physiology of herbivores and

Slip over to the site for an excellent reference on the human digestive system at:

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


Wed., June 16, 2010 - Copyright. Plagiarism. Fair Use.

Site found in:
February 27 – March 5, 2009  (no sites found)

ALA, National Council of Teachers of English release copyright lessons for the digital age

From the Article:

    Copyright. Plagiarism. Fair Use. They’re all important issues in the classroom. But do you and your students really understand their true meaning?

    A series of five lessons specifically designed for media specialists who teach students in grades six to eight is now available online—and they’re linked to the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) teaching guide for media specialists, the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

    The lessons are available for free on the ReadWriteThink Web site, which provides educators and students with access to practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

The lessons are as follows:
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
This lesson provides a background for students on copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and paraphrasing. Fair use is discussed, as well as strategies for paraphrasing and the consequences of plagiarism.

Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright
Students learn and use strategies for incorporating multimedia resources in their own works without violating copyright law. Students contemplate how their own works are protected by copyright law.

Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia
Students analyze an online multimedia resource as an introduction to the genre. They then create an original multimedia project.

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads
Students look briefly at the history of copyright law and generalize about how and why it has changed over time. Students then apply this information to recent copyright issues, look at these issues from the perspective of a particular group, and create persuasive arguments to convince others to see the issue from their perspective.

Technology and Copyright Law: A “Futurespective”
Students review some copyright disputes involving new technologies. They write newspaper articles predicting the outcome of current disputes and anticipating disputes that they think may arise in the future with new technologies or new uses for existing technologies.

Source: School Library Journal

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Wed., June 16, 2010 - Propaganda / Nazi Propaganda Period, 1933-1945

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 5, 2009

Website companion to the 2009 exhibition "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda," which "reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany." Includes a timeline, information about the themes used in Nazi propaganda, a gallery of propaganda examples, and resources for further study. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California 1933-1945
"The Nazi Propaganda period, 1933 to 1945, chronicles a crucial twelve years in American history. This exhibit's story about the local threat to American ideals demonstrates how European events reached across the ocean and affected people in Southern California -- in our own backyard." Features essays and digitized items on topics such as anti-Semitism, the German American Bund, and "Hollywood Under Attack." From Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Tues., June 15, 2010 -

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Hi! It's Thursday, February 26, 2009 and time for History at

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 7-12 (approximately, non-readers will need

ClickScholar Adrianne recommended this website (sponsored by
the fabulous KidsKnowIt Network) that provides a FREE, online
world history textbook, games, and historical quotes for kids.

When you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction
followed by an icon menu that includes:

I. ONLINE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK - Click this link and a new
page opens to a Table of Contents featuring 20 chapters of
world history that includes:

*The Ancient Greeks
*The Ancient Romans
*African Civilizations
*Indian Civilizations
*Civilization in China
*Medieval Europe
*The Renaissance
*The Reformation
*American Revolution
*French Revolution
- and much more!

Click on any chapter and you can explore a menu of subtitles
within it. Each section of every chapter contains
kid-friendly text about that era along with interesting
pictures, photographs, and illustrations.

II. HISTORY GAMES - Play 5 interactive arcade games that help
kids retain the information they learned in the history
textbook section of the site.

III. HISTORICAL QUOTES - Find quotations from people who have
impacted history throughout the ages such as Socrates,
Copernicus, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Walt
Disney, Oprah Winfrey - and a surprising assortment of other
historical figures, authors, philosophers, politicians, and

Don't miss clicking on the "Play a Song for this Topic" link
in the menu on the left side of the screen. It opens to a
page of educational and entertaining songs about history (and
many other subjects as well).

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Copyright 2009, Diane Flynn Keith, All Rights Reserved.

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Tues., June 15, 2010 - American Art Timeline

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Site of the Day

American Art Timeline

Today's site, from The Phillips Collection museum in Washington, D.C., offers a
splendid presentation of a timeline of American art. Gentle Subscribers will
discover a well-designed and informative exhibit featuring outstanding artists of
the modern period.

"The Phillips Collection, founded by Duncan Phillips, opened to the public in 1921
and was the first museum in America dedicated to modern art. Phillips was unusual
in his passion for the new styles of painting that were emerging in the 20th
century, but he was equally singular as a champion and collector of the work of
American artists. Since its founding, the museum's collection has grown to well
over 2,400 works of art. Half of them are American." - from the website

The timeline presented at the site spans 150 years of American art to the
millennium. In an eye-catching flash format, the exhibit highlights prominent works
from The Phillips Collection, along with dates and notations of significant
historical events, such as the inventions of the telephone and light bulb and the
dedication of the Statue of Liberty, so that various paintings can be placed within
a meaningful context. Covering the period from 1830 onwards, a moving slide
showcases the most important works, from Winslow Homer to Richard Diebenkorn, and
each can be explored to reveal details about the work and its artist.

Sweep over to the site for a notable resource on modern American art at:

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


Tues., June 15, 2010 - Inventors Resources / Pageant of America Photograph Archive

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, May 14, 2010


Inventors Resources - US Patent and Trade Office
If you're an inventor or even a tinkerer, this site is for you. It explains patents, trademarks, and copyright, answers frequently asked questions, provides an Inventors' Assistance Center, and a new bimonthly publication, The Inventors' Eye (the main page hasn't gotten around to linking to it yet, but there is an April 2010 issue of it, ( ).
[NOTE: April issue posted. – Phyllis ]

Pageant of America Photograph Archive
Librarians who have been in the habit of using the 15 volume Pageant of America series whenever they needed historic photographs of America from the 1860s through the 1920s will be thrilled that several thousands of those images - some previously unpublished - are now available here. Images are searchable, or browsable by the volume, whose titles included Adventures in the Wilderness, Toilers of Land and Sea, The Epic of Industry, Builders of the Republic, Annals of American Sport, etc.


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


Tues., June 15, 2010 - The Portent: John Brown's Raid in American Memory

The Portent: John Brown’s Raid in American Memory

Site includes:
Raid, Incarceration, and Execution


Tues., June 15, 2010 - The Poetry of War (NPR)

The Poetry of War

From the site:
NPR Reviews Poems Inspired by Past Conflicts…a series of readings of poems inspired by past conflicts. Some may seem to romanticize war; others illuminate the horrors of combat. All are worthy of reflection.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 15, 2010 - Laugh A Lot Poetry / Paws for Poetry

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

Recommended Website:
Laugh A Lot Poetry

This website is a forum for award-winning poet and children's
book author, Darren Sardelli. At the website you can read
some of Darren's highly imaginative and funny poems (inspired
by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silversteen). You can also enjoy some
activities and games that help you write poetry - and you can
enter a poetry contest!

When you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction
followed by a banner ad announcing the "2009 Paws for Poetry"
contest. (More on that in a minute.)

Click on the words "PoetTree" on the menu on the left side of
the screen. A new page opens with a new menu that includes:

*Funny Poems - Read a selection of Darren's funny poems.

*Poetry Contest - Darren offers monthly poetry contests and
challenges. The challenges contain poetry prompts - ideas for
getting started writing poetry.

*Writing Poetry - Darren provides suggestions for how to get
started writing poetry. This is not a tutorial - it's
tried-and-true ideas that work for Sardelli. Maybe they will
work for you.

Use your back button to return to the home page. Under the
"Paws for Poetry" banner click on "Darren's Poetry Riddles,
Activities and Games" for a quick exploration of Darren's
brand of poetry, and some free, fun activities to get you
started writing poetry.

Then, once you've been properly inspired to write poetry,
consider entering the "Paws for Poetry" contest to celebrate
National Poetry Month in April. Write a poem about your pet
and enter it to win some prizes. Get all of the details here:


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Copyright 2009, Diane Flynn Keith, All Rights Reserved.
Publication or distribution in any medium (including blogs,
newsletters, ezines, websites, or email lists) is strictly
prohibited without prior written permission.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


Mon., June 14, 2010 - Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

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Site of the Day

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

Today's site, from the PBS station WBGH in Boston, presents a lecture on the topic
of happiness from popular Harvard psychology instructor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. Gentle
Subscribers may find this a fascinating and informative exploration of the latest
findings in this comparatively new field of study.

"The study of happiness or of enhancing the quality of our lives, has been
dominated by pop-psychology (much charisma, but relatively little substance) and
academia (much substance, but isolated from most people's everyday lives). Positive
Psychology, the scientific study of optimal human functioning, creates a bridge
between the Ivory Tower and Main Street, making rigorous academic ideas accessible
to all." - from the website

The site offers the complete two hour lecture delivered at the Museum of Science in
Boston, taking a look at some of the recent studies which have produced some
starling outcomes. Also included are methods and approaches to happiness which can
make a significant difference in the lives of ordinary people. In addition to its
availability at the site, the video lecture can be downloaded in its entirety in
MP3 format.

Amble over to the site for an interesting lecture on happiness at:

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


Mon., June 14, 2010 - 100 Years Ago: "Suffragists Plead and Fight for Ballot," New-York Tribune, Feb. 25, 1909

From: Library of Congress
Subject: 100 Years Ago: "Suffragists Plead and Fight for Ballot," New-York Tribune, Feb. 25, 1909

New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, February 25, 1909, Image 1

100 Years Ago: "Suffragists Plead and Fight for Ballot," New-York Tribune, Feb. 25, 1909

In side-by-side articles, in 1909, the New-York Tribune (New York, NY) described activities around the debate over women's voting rights in both Albany, NY, and London, England. In "Women Invade Albany," the writer described a hearing held in the state capital on a proposal to amend the state constitution to remove the word "male," with both advocates and anti-suffragettes in attendance. The London article, entitled "Militants in Prison," described suffragettes marching on the British House of Commons and subsequent arrests, including one woman's statement that "We value neither our liberty nor our lives unless the women of this country get a vote".... Read more about it!


Mon., June 14, 2010 - Polar Discovery

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, April 9, 2010


Polar Discovery - Expeditions to the Polar Regions
Covers five expeditions from 2007-2009, with videos, interviews with the scientists, and background information on the arctic ecosystems, the history of arctic exploration, and the differences between the north and south poles.


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


Mon., June 14, 2010 - Mount St. Helens: 30 Years Later

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, April 23-30, 2010


Mount St. Helens - National Geographic
30 years later, National Geographic examines how nature recovers from catastrophe.


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


Mon., June 14, 2010 - Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf (NY Times)

Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf - NY Times - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Follow the footprint of the Gulf Oil Spill 2010 in this interactive map. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site provides details about mapping the spill, as well as the geographic range the spill has affected.

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


Mon., June 14, 2010 - How the Recession Has Changed American Migration / Making Sense of Statistics / NOAA's Ocean Services Office of Response & Restoration

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, May 7, 2010


How the Recession Has Changed American Migration
Fascinating analysis of which states have declined, increased, or remained stable in attracting migration from other states.


Making Sense of Statistics
A very readable explanation of how to examine the premises behind the data someone chose to collect, and how to understand the data, common pitfalls, and how sure we can be that the results are statistically significant.


NOAA's Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration
Here's where you can follow the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the government response.

[NOTE: See also:

Information and activities for students and teachers who'd like to learn more about oil spills or hazardous chemical accidents.
 - Phyllis ]


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

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Sun., June 13, 2010 - Sites to See: PowerPointers

Sites to See: PowerPointers

From the site:
“Are your students driving you crazy with the number of fonts, animations, and sounds on their PowerPoint presentations? Does style seem to have replaced content in their presentations? Or, are you just looking for new ways to grab students' attention in an upcoming lecture? Check out these Web sites filled with tip, tricks, and warnings about the use of PowerPoint in the classroom.”

“Explore the dozen Web sites below filled with free templates, tutorials, downloads, and tips for making effective and elegant PowerPoint presentations -- or not.”

Updated 02/13/2009


Sun., June 13, 2010 - Uranus


From the site:
“Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, the third-largest planet in the Solar System, and has twenty-seven known moons. Though visible to the naked eye, it was dismissed as a star until March 13, 1781 when Sir William Herschel, using a telescope, noticed that this particular "star" seemed different from the others.”
Last updated: May 10, 2010.
Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Sun., June 13, 2010 - If It Was My Home

If It Was My Home
Ifitwasmyhome  - - Grades 3 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

“This site hosts an interactive map, along with bountiful information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The interactive map updates daily during the aftermath of the spill, allowing users to chart the gradual growth of the spill in the Gulf Coast. It also allows users to "move the spill" to their hometown, providing a better perspective of how big the spill actually is. The information on the site is mostly specific to this spill, but there are connections to how wildlife has been affected by this and others like it in the past. Note the links on the bottom that host information about other spills, and the dramatic pictures of the wildlife suffering from the sludge. The images are graphic, so use with caution in an elementary classroom where students are apt to react strongly to images of animals suffering.”

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


Sun., June 13, 2010 - What Does It Mean To Be Human?

From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:

What Does It Mean to be Human?

Introduction to Human Evolution


Adventures in the Rift Valley – Interactive

Fossil Forensics - Interactive


…and lots more


Sun., June 13, 2010 - Ocean Portal

Ocean Portal

Ocean Portal’s Educators’ Corner

From the site:
“Our Ocean Portal Educators’ Corner provides you with activities, lessons and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for your students.  We have collected top resources from our collaborators to provide you with teacher-tested, ocean science materials for your classroom.  We hope these resources, along with the rich experience of the Ocean Portal, will help you inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.”

Site includes
Ocean Life and Ecosystems
Photo Essays
The Ocean Over Time
Ocean Science
The Ocean & You
For Educators

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


Sun., June 13, 2010 - Otzi - The Iceman

Otzi – the Iceman

From the site:
“The Iceman on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy) is one of the world’s best-known and most important mummies.”
Site includes:

The Story of the Find

    * The Discovery
    * The Recovery
    * The Scene of the Find
    * The Border Question
    * Excavations in the Ice
    * Why did Otzi Remain Intact?

The Circumstances of the Iceman’s Death
The Iceman’s Clothing & Equipment
How Did He Live?

…and more

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