Web Site of the Week: Immigrant Heritage Month

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and this site is alive with stories of America’s diverse citizenry. Readers may view uploaded videos, tweets and retweets, photographs, inspiring quotes, and, above all, the many, many stories of those who have come to America looking for a better life. Some of the stories, such as a Vietnamese man’s first encounter with snow, are humorous; others, such as children of immigrants recalling their parents sacrifices, are touching. Overall, the site has an almost overwhelming ability to convey the complexity and depth of the American immigrant experience, in many of its varied forms. Educators may find the site useful during lesson plans on immigration and the diversity of the United States, while other readers may just enjoy the wealth of narrative available here. [CNH]

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Web Site of the Week: ScienceGeek.net

June 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Newly updated for better viewing on cell phones and tablets, this site from high school science teacher Andy Allen offers insights into Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Biology, Online Apps, and Other Resources. Selecting any of those topics pulls up a list of resources from Mr. Allen’s own classes, including blogs, classroom plans, and other resources. For example, selecting Chemistry produces a drop down menu where readers can view PowerPoints on Atomic Structure and Nuclear Chemistry, Periodic Behavior and Ionic Bonding, and many other topics. Readers may also view Videos about Mole Conversion Problems, Stoichiometry Problems, and other topics. For students of chemistry and biology, educators looking for resources and inspiration, or just about anyone who’d like to refresh their knowledge o  basic science, ScienceGeek.net has a lot to offer. [CNH]

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2 free audiobooks each week all summer long!

June 23, 2015 Leave a comment

The summer SYNC program is back again for 2015, offering two free audiobooks each week all summer long! The program starts May 7th and will offer two Young Adult audiobooks, one classic title and one current title, that users can keep as long as they wish. Once the week ends two new titles will become available so be sure to sign up for alerts at http://www.audiobooksync.com/ so you don’t miss out on any of these great books!

This year’s program includes classics like Great Expectations, Dracula, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Around the World in Eighty Days as well as popular current titles by Kami Garcia, Terry Pratchett and many others. The selections are designed to pair perfectly with school and library summer reading programs but audiobook lovers of all ages are sure to love them as well. Never tried an audiobook before? Well now is the perfect opportunity!

Join us in discovering wonderful YA audiobook content both classic and new all summer long!

Categories: Gadgets

Web Site of the Week: STEMconnector

June 16, 2015 Leave a comment

STEMconnector is both a resource and a service that is designed “to link those advocating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across disciplines and distances.” It seeks to connect diverse educators, professionals, and government officials together based on a love of applied science. The STEMblog, a project of STEMconnector, is updated regularly and focuses its energies on the relationship between business and STEM subjects. Recent articles, for example, have alerted readers to corporate-sponsored prizes for high school science teachers, a recognition of National Engineers Week, and the math behind a new Android app. For readers who are looking to make connections between STEM subjects and industry partners, the STEMblog is an informative site to check back on regularly. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

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Web Site of the Week: Guided to Safety

June 9, 2015 Leave a comment

While Guided to Safety was founded to serve a particular community in Northern California, the website also features a number of educational resources that can be helpful for anyone trying to understand domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault. These are not pleasant topics, but as the website notes, learning to speak about difficult subjects is often a first step toward solving problems. Each of the site’s sections (Domestic Violence, Teen Dating Violence, and Sexual Assault) opens to information about a number of subcategories. For instance, under Domestic Violence, readers will find information about the Cycle of Violence and helpful instructions for what to do if one is a witness to or a victim of violence. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

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Web Site of the Week: Teaching History with 100 Objects

June 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Teaching History with 100 Objects may be funded by the United Kingdom’s Department of Education, but the resources available on the website will be useful to educators the world over. The 100 objects in question consist of historically significant Irish posters, English canons, Chinese tea pots, Viking scales, and many other fascinating objects. The site can be scouted in a number of convenient ways. Readers can search by topics, dates, places, or themes, or simply select an image from the homepage to get started. Each object is accompanied by a brief annotation, as well as additional categories, such as About the object, A bigger picture, Teaching ideas, and For the Classroom. Each category is packed with information, ideas, and suggestions for bringing history to life.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Web Site of the Week: 40 maps that explain outer space

May 27, 2015 Leave a comment

In another engaging compendium of resources from around the web, Vox brings readers 40 maps that explain outer space. As Joseph Stromberg notes in this mind-expanding exploration of the cosmos, space is difficult to grasp intellectually, because “it’s bigger, by many orders of magnitude than anything we ever experience first hand, and involves processes that unfold over the course of billions of years.” These maps try to tell the story in a way readers can understand. There are graphics here that visually represent the size of various objects in our solar system, show the  surprisingly large distance between the earth and the moon, and illustrate the 300,000 pieces of space junk that currently orbit our planet, among many other fascinating representations. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

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