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2014 Archives

December 29, 2014

December 19, 2014

  • HubbleSite – "The heavens are declaring the glory of God, and their expanse shows the work of his hands": Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach (OPO). Features innovative ways to share Hubble's remarkable discoveries with the public. OPO exists…to prepare and disseminate the photographs and animations seen in the news…as well as posters, slide shows, exhibits, and educational products in print and electronic formats.

December 17, 2014

  • "Meditation Notes on the O Antiphons" Fr. Roger J. Landry. The O Antiphons refer to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours – Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil. Copyright © 2004
  • Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys. Ways to practice spirituality in everyday life.
  • Habits You Can Use To Be Successful (And Some To Avoid): One of the best ways to improve yourself is through good habits.…it really can make a difference in how successful you are at accomplishing your goals.

December 12, 2014

  • January 22 Day Of Prayer For The Legal Protection Of Unborn Children: USCCB Prayer and Worship resources. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children…as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion."

December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

  • Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions (Annenberg Learner). An introductory chemistry course consisting of 13 units of online text, 13 half-hour videos, three interactive labs, and a professional development guide. The target audiences are high school and college students, as well as teachers who want to learn more about cutting-edge applications of chemistry – including energy and the environment, biotechnology, and material science.

December 9, 2014

  • Vatican City Travel Guide: Visit the Vatican in Rome – planning, tips, itineraries, maps and attractions. Information regarding the Vatican online is extensive but scattered in a thousand places so the task of planning the trip may be very time-consuming. We have decided to make the effort of taking such task and have created a special guide about the Vatican based on information found on official web sites and the personal experience of the writers.

December 5, 2014

  • Digital Einstein Papers: more than 5,000 documents that span the first 44 years of Albert Einstein’s life.…the website will grow to one day feature what the publisher said may be the first free digital collection of a prominent scientist’s complete works.

December 4, 2014

December 3, 2014

  • The U.S. First Division Museum online: 1st Infantry Division's WWII battle documents are available for research concerning D-Day and other historic battles. There is no charge to view the digital collection.

December 2, 2014

  • Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter To All Consecrated People On the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life.
  • Year of Consecrated Life – Resources from VISION Vocation Network: Parish Resource Packet, Year of Consecrated Life logos, banners, posters, etc., VISION Vocation Guides. Sample homilies that encourage vocation discernment. For Bulletin/web Editors: Reflections on consecrated life. Petitionary Prayers and other Vocation Prayers, and more.

November 27, 2014

November 26, 2014

  • Roman Catholic Saints and Heroes: "In reading the lives of the saints, we see that the saints each reflect, in a unique way, a special facet or virtue of God Himself. Learning about Catholic saints and their lives can inspire us to reach the summit of perfection that God wills for each of us."

November 24, 2014

November 21, 2014

November 19, 2014

  • Postvention: Guide for Responses to Suicide on College Campuses (Higher Education Mental Health Alliance). PDF booklet offers suggestions as to how colleges can best facilitate the grieving and adjustment process, stabilize the campus environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors, and limit the risk of further suicides. "Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students," the alliance said in a statement.

November 17, 2014

  • William Faulkner at Virginia – An Audio Archive: Listen in on William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence. Under CONTEXTS you’ll find an introduction to this archive as well as essays, news articles, photographs and other materials to provide backgrounds to the writer, the times and the place.
  • World Library of Science: Developed as a partnership between UNESCO and Macmillan Science and Education, this online Library offers quality Nature Education content in short eBooks and articles, serving a mission to equalize access to high quality resources for science education for all communities across the globe. WLS currently contains articles in the field of genetics, and is intended for college undergraduate faculty and students. Future plans involve expansion of life and physical science subjects.
  • U.S. Catholic Catechism For Adults – online version (Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos): Following the outline of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the USCCA walks the reader through the Creed, the sacraments, moral life in Christ and the prayers of the Church. Each chapter contains a story about a saint, blessed, or holy man or woman, a brief overview of the topic, reflection questions and a prayer. Also, included in the appendices are a glossary of Catholic terms and traditional Catholic prayers.

November 13, 2014

  • Writing and Publishing Solutions: Novelist Harvey Chapman, provides beginners with helpful step-by-step advice. He lays it all out in simple, digestible categories including, The Writing Process, Becoming a Writer, Elements of Fiction, and How to Write.
  • Scientific Reports – Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center provides a general guide to writing reports about scientific research you’ve performed. In addition to describing the conventional rules about the format and content of a lab report, we’ll also attempt to convey why these rules exist, so you’ll get a clearer, more dependable idea of how to approach this writing situation.

November 4, 2014

  • iBiology: Free online biology videos by the world’s leading scientists. Includes full-length seminars, short talks on the human side of science and videos and resources for students and educators. Click on iBioSeminars, iBioMagazine, iBioEducation.
  • Science & Astronomy: latest news and articles about astronomy and space science. Plus, amazing photos of the night sky and dramatic imagery of cosmic phenomena.

October 30, 2014

  • "Sports and God" – Remarks by Ray McKenna, Catholic Athletes for Christ, Presented to the International Seminar on Sports at the Service of Humanity, Vatican Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican City, September 2, 2014.

October 27, 2014

October 23, 2014

  • NIH Curriculum Supplements: Teacher’s guides of two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices.
  • The Power of Discovery: STEM2 effort mobilizes a broad coalition of community partners with STEM resources and expertise…by providing guidance, training, and support for the development of high-quality STEM programs.
  • Web Anatomy: University of Minnesota has created this interactive and engaging set of learning modules to help college students learn about anatomy and physiology.
  • BioInteractive: Free Resources for Science Education (Howard Hughes Medical Institute). Free resources for science teachers and students, including animations, short films, and apps.
  • one of the best human anatomy online compilation that provides a great selection of the anatomy of the human body through hundreds of dissections and preparations. Our online histology section details the most important 400 human histological structures.

October 20, 2014

  • Basics of Building Credit: The goal of the lesson plans are to educate children between the ages of 6-18 about the different aspects of building credit and credit card ownership. Scroll down for the free lesson plans by school grades.

October 17, 2014

  • Children’s Books:’s Children’s Books Expert, has sifted through the wide world of children’s literature to bring you an ever-changing series of recommendations, reviews, links, activities, and blog posts.
  • Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study. Provides everything a big, fat, hard-covered stats book does but it in an easily navigable web format.

October 16, 2014

October 15, 2014

October 14, 2014

October 10, 2014

  • TUFTOP Tempered Glass Gifts: "Whether you prefer one of our stock designs or would like us to use one of your photographs, your choices are limitless." REVIEW: "A creative gift, memento, presentation, award, or just your favorite photos. I uploaded one of my sunset photos on Monday and received the trivet on Friday. The colors are vibrant, plus it is covered with tempered glass."
  • Medical Dictionary: The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary.

October 8, 2014

  • Voice of the Family: An initiative of Catholic laity formed in support of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Synod 2014.
  • The Socjournal: A new media journal of sociology and society.
    • Writing Tips for being a better writer are designed to help sociologists and social science students learn to communicate their insight, wisdom, and knowledge in a more direct, lucid, and intelligible way.
  • Annenberg Classroom: The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics. Resources for Excellent Civics Education.

October 6, 2014

October 3, 2014

October 2, 2014

  • WingClips: Inspirational Movie Clips for Teaching & Sermon Illustrations. Search by Movie Title, Scripture, Category or Theme.

October 1, 2014

  • Ipl2: information you can trust. Merging the resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, and a consortium of colleges and universities.

September 29, 2014

September 25, 2014

  • "The Content of Our Character: Ten Essential Virtues" by Tom Lickona adapted from Character Matters. What is the content of good character? How a school defines character – what it includes or omits in its target virtues – will shape the goals and activities of its character education initiative.
  • Curated Quotes. "We collect and curate only the best quotes, and display them in a clutter free, aesthetic list."

September 24, 2014

  • October: Respect Life Month. Oct. 5th is Respect Life Sunday. Includes Respect Life Month Statement & Resources, Pamphlets, Posters & Bulletin Inserts.
  • DeadLinkChecker: This broken link checker is free to use, doesn't require a download and will quickly identify non-working, bad links for you to correct. This URL checker (linkchecker) can check your site or your competitors' sites, either for a single page or the whole site.

September 23, 2014

September 22, 2014

  • Break the Cycle: leading national nonprofit organization working to provide comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to young people.
    • Learn About Dating Violence: Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors – usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time – used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Destroy GRE Reading Comprehension: 57 Tips, Strategies and Speed Reading Techniques to Ace the Most Difficult Section on the GRE.
  • a FREE English as a Second language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) activity website. You can practice English language with our online interactive exercises.

September 11, 2014

  • World Atlas: Maps and Geography of the World. This online World Atlas includes maps and geographical information for the following entities: Alphabetical Listing of Countries and Continents, Blank Outline Maps of Each Country, Countries Listed by Continent & Region, U.S. States and Territories.

September 10, 2014

September 9, 2014

  • Campus Ready (Dept. of Homeland Security): Colleges and universities are encouraged to review, update and exercise their emergency plans several times per year.

September 8, 2014

September 3, 2014

  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics: now available in their entirety online and for free. "First presented in the early 1960s at Caltech by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, the lectures were eventually turned into a book by Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands.
  • ChemSpider: Award-winning database from The Royal Society of Chemistry provides fast access to over 30 million chemical structures and properties, as well as nearly unlimited links and related information. For a quick introduction, go to the About page and watch the ten-minute introductory video.

September 2, 2014

August 28, 2014

August 26, 2014

August 22, 2014

August 19, 2014

  • "Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed" by Thomas Umstattd Jr. "Each year I waited for courtship to start working and for my homeschool friends to start getting married. It never happened. Most of them are still single. Some have grown bitter and jaded. Then couples who did get married through courtship started getting divorced. I’m talking the kind of couples who first kissed at their wedding were filing for divorce."
  • Bioethics News ( Get the latest news in bioethics from LifeNews.

August 14, 2014

  • The Father William Most Collection: an internationally-acclaimed theologian and Scripture scholar. Browse the complete works. View the complete list of titles of more than 230 theological works and select any work for reading or download.

August 12, 2014

August 11, 2014

August 7, 2014

  • Holy Family Catholic Gifts: online Catholic Gift Store supplying Rosary Beads, Miraculous Medals, Holy Water Bottles and one of the largest collections of Catholic Gifts in the world.
  • The American Presidency Project ( at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Archives contain 105,681 documents related to the study of the Presidency.

August 5, 2014

  • Download or Save Videos."Copy, paste any YouTube URL into the URL text field and click the Download Video button; save to a folder. For most users we suggest downloading the MP4 format, other formats may include FLV, 3GP, and WebM." Via ComputerHope.

July 31, 2014

July 30, 2014

July 29, 2014

  • The American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications. Library of Congress Digital Reference Section.

  • American Government ( "What is the purpose of government?" It is an experiment thousands of years in the making.

July 25, 2014

July 24, 2014

  • OpenCurriculum Mathematics Library: a 5,000-document library for math teachers to use as lesson materials tailored to the lesson plans for the Common Core mathematics. Anyone can use the material on the website without logging in, but to get access to tools such as the lesson plan builder, you need to create a free account.
  • Gaspard: Liturgical vestments, albs, cassocks, clergy shirts, choir robes, metal-ware, fabric/trim & altar linens, church supplies. Gaspard comes "Made to order. Made to Last. Made in America."

July 21, 2014

  • Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University: Gathers together…all Roosevelt-related items, to make his legacy more readily accessible to scholars and schoolchildren,…Items in the digital library include correspondence to and from Roosevelt, diary entries, notes, political cartoons, scrapbooks, newspaper columns and magazine articles by and about Roosevelt, speeches, and photographs.…view film clips and listen to audio recordings.

July 10, 2014

July 7, 2014

  • World War I Centenary: 100 Legacies of the Great War. The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today.
  • The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs: provides military families (and non-military families) with children with special needs the information they need to make informed assignment decisions and easier transitions.
  • U.S. National Park Service: "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Includes Find A Park location.
  • U.S. State Parks: collaborates with numerous government agencies, departments and bureaus to bring all of America's park resources together in one easy to find location.
  • AppDucate: Tutorials and reviews dedicated to Macs, iOS devices and the software that goes with it. Provides honest reviews, helpful tutorials and fixes for common Apple related issues.

July 1, 2014

June 26, 2014

  • ReadWriteThink: Classroom Resources - lessons, interactive, calendar activities, and more.

June 26, 2014

June 25, 2014

  • kdmcBerkeley (The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) offers multimedia workshops to career journalists, communication professionals and higher education. Our hands-on training in digital media includes workshops in data visualization, multimedia content production to the web, and social media with a focus on storytelling, technology and innovation – Tutorials and Video Presentations.
  • AllYouCanRead: the largest database of magazines and newspapers on the Internet, with listings for about 25,000 magazines, newspapers and top news sites from all over the world.

June 24, 2014

  • Google Cultural Institute: Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

June 20, 2014

  • LIFE Photo Archive: Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA): over 400,000 images available for free download for non-commercial use as a part of its Open Access for Scholarly Content initiative.
  • NOAA Photo Library: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration makes thousands of stunning high resolution images available for download for free. They are organized into a number of Collections.
  • NASA Image Gallery: Hi-res image collections available both on their website and on Flickr.
  • United States Department of Agriculture: USDA has some fantastic high-res photos available for download that are copyright-free, public domain, images of crops, animals, insects, food, plants, and more.
  • The Wellcome Library, London: 100,000 art and medicine images available online for open use. This collection is where to look for offbeat, bizarre photos including medical art of all types…. The images here are absolutely fantastic. The images may be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London).

June 18, 2014

  • Spanish Tutorials ( Covers Spanish Pronunciation | Spanish Grammar | Spanish Vocabulary | Spanish Verbs | Travel Helper | Directory of Spanish Schools | Daily Word | Cultural Notes | Idioms.

June 16, 2014

  • The Origin of Species: Biointeractive (Howard Hughes Medical Institute). This series deals with two primary questions: How do new species form? and Why are there so many species? Visitors can look over three excellent short films that address these matters. The first explores the epic voyages of Charles Darwin and his initial period of discovery and revelation. The second film, "The Beak of the Finch," looks at four decades of research on finch species that live only on the Galapagos Islands. The final work looks at the ways lizards have adapted to several common habitats with rather interesting results.

June 12, 2014

June 11, 2014

  • Bible Gateway: personal connection to read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone.

June 10, 2014

June 9, 2014

June 5, 2014

June 4, 2014

June 3, 2014

June 2, 2014

  • Varsity Learning Tools: it is the world's largest free practice test and assessment site. In total, we have over 40,000 professionally written problems and thousands of distinct practice tests across 120 subjects.

May 23, 2014

May 22, 2014

  • Memorial Day ( a federal holiday observed the last Monday in May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
    • Memorial Day (US Dept of Veterans’ Affairs)
    • Memorial Day (History Channel): Officially observed on Monday, May 26, 2014. The holiday which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
    • Memorial Day (
  • Daily and Sunday Biblical Homilies on the Liturgical Year in English and Spanish by Fr. Steven Scherer. Previous Homilies.
  • NOAA Education Resources: Data Resources for Educators. Designed to help educators find data resources that range from classroom ready, student-friendly interfaces to raw real-time and historical data. The resources here are grouped into several topic areas, including Classroom Ready, Oceans & Freshwater, Climate, and Visualization.
  • AP Chemistry Course Home Page: Stresses mastering the conceptual and quantitative aspects of chemistry, by enhancing students' qualitative understanding and visualization of the particulate nature of matter through the development of students' inquiry, analytical, and reasoning skills.

May 20, 2014

  • Digital Preservation Library of Congress): Comparing Formats for Still Image Digitizing. The Still Image Working Group within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) recently posted a comparison of a few selected digital file formats.…In this case, we are comparing formats (TIFF, JPEG, PNG) suitable for the digitization of historical and cultural materials that can be reproduced as still images, such as books and periodicals, maps, and photographic prints and negatives. Part 2.

May 7, 2014

  • Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging!…the goal of our research is to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

May 1, 2014

  • Copyright Law’s Fair Use Quiz: The MIT Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing has launched an online Fair Use Quiz to help students better understand the core concepts of copyright law’s "fair use" provision, the flexible – but notably ambiguous – exception under US copyright law that makes it possible to use others’ copyrighted works without permission. The aim of the quiz is to put information about fair use in the hands of students and empower them to make informed decisions about using copyrighted works. Fair Use Quiz.
  • Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry created by Professor William Reusch. An interactive textbook covering the usual topics treated in a college sophomore-level course.

April 25, 2014

  • Mathematics – MIT OpenCourseWare: There are over four dozen courses here, complete with syllabi, lecture notes, and even in some cases video lectures and other audio visual materials.
  • Britain and the American Civil War: During the Civil War, both the Confederacy and the Union tried to curry favor with Britain in order to support their respective causes. This online exhibition explores these relationships through original period maps, photographs, diplomatic documents, and much more.

April 22, 2014

  • Earth Day 2014 – Education is at the heart of Earth Day (Earth Day Network).

April 17, 2014

  • Be A Man: Joe Ehrmann at TEDxBaltimore (Feb 20, 2013). Joe Ehrmann has been an educator, author, activist, pastor and coach for more than 25 years. He was a college All-American athlete who played professional football for 13 years. Among numerous awards, Joe has been named "The Most Important Coach in America" for his work to transform the culture of sports.
  • Varsity Catholic: "With a desire to serve the formative needs of student-athletes,…We offer them an opportunity to learn how to live as Christian athletes on the college campus."

April 16, 2014

April 10, 2014

  • The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science (Annenberg Learner). Course components include 13 half-hour video programs, a coordinated Web site which includes the streamed video programs, the course text online, five interactive simulations, background on the scientists who created the content and those whose research is documented, a professional development guide…

April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014

  • Cleared Leaf Image Database: an online collection of cleared leaf images from different investigators and labs around the world gathered together in a single place." "The leaf images contained within the database are of many types, but are primarily images of cleared leaves where veins have been enhanced relative to the background through the use of chemical clearing or other methods of enhancement."
  • Chemistry & Materials Classroom Resources – National Science Foundation: Includes Chemistry Now and ChemTutor.
  • Public Health Image Library (PHIL): offers "an organized, universal electronic gateway to the Center for Disease Control's pictures." The site welcomes public health professionals, laboratory scientists, students and the general public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.
  • Living Wage Calculator: Helps estimate the cost of living in your community or region. It's an interesting policy tool and it can be used to teach students about economics, the job market, and much more.

April 4, 2014

  • "How to Defeat Sin" by Fr. Robert Barron – Lent Reflections, Day 30. "At the heart of St. Ignatius’ ‘Spiritual Exercises’ is what he calls the agere contra principle – to ‘act against’ those things that trouble us.…In Ignatius’ view, sin is like a bent stick that we need to bend back in the other direction – that’s the agere contra principle."
  • Family Research Council: to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian world view.

April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014

  • Boutique Baptism – #1 Source for Baptismal Outfits: 100% focus on christening and baptism gowns, dresses, and baptism outfits for boys.
  • Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center: "an ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources." It's the result of a great collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. Offered on its homepage are a range of lesson plans, professional development opportunities, and an assortment of Ocean Science Topics.
  • Mobento: a video learning platform providing a free to use library of the world's best educational videos. They scour the public web and work with the world's best teachers and institutions to bring you a one stop shop for video learning. It's like a You Tube of education. Click Discover > All Categories for a drop-down menu.

March 26, 2014

  • an outreach of Easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest's words in the confessional to "go and sin no more."
  • – Resources for Teachers and Educators: Provides information about and links to a collection of federal guides and curricula for teaching financial capability concepts.…including those who work with children as well as practitioners who teach adults.

March 25, 2014

  • The Grammarist: English language resource that covers a broad spectrum of grammar topics including typical English mistakes and proper usage, tricky and easily confused words and phrases, archaisms, spelling, parts of speech and style. Scroll to bottom of page for more grammar resources.
  • 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing – winner of the Association of Education Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials. The National Writing Project (NWP) does a spot-on job of bringing together a raft of resources for those teaching writing at all levels of interest and instruction. These thirty ideas are a great way to get started, and include tips that originated as full-length articles in various NWP publications.

March 18, 2014

  • Red Cross Flood App: instant access to local and real-time information, to know what to do before, during and after a flood.…available in English and Spanish. App includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

March 17, 2014

  • shamrock icon St. Patrick's Life, Prayers, and Legacy: Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries (scroll down page)
  • The Family Life Center: Defending the faith, family life, & fatherhood throughout the world…in response to Pope John Paul II’s exhortation that the future of the world & the Church passes through the family. The Family Life Center seeks to renew society by renewing strong, moral families.
    • Christian Fatherhood ( resources to help dads be the best husbands and fathers they can be.

March 12, 2014

  • Whaleopedia produced by the Animal Fund): provides students, teachers, and cetacean enthusiasts everywhere an ocean of valuable educational resources, including exclusive videos, pictures, and sound clips. Includes: Baleen Whales, Beaked & Bottlenose Whales, Toothed Great Whales, Oceanic Dolphins, Freshwater & River Dolphins, Porpoises.

March 10, 2014

March 7, 2014

  • "Do We Want to Become Holy? Yes or No?", virtual 36-page booklet includes some of the most striking of Pope Francis' messages since he became the Successor of St. Peter last March 13. Each of the quotes is linked to the full text of the address from which it comes. The accompanying photos show the Holy Father living out the words he's expressed, giving glimpses of his joy, recollection, seriousness and humor.
  • The New Evangelization (USCCB): Calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel.…In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Scroll down for Pastoral Plans, and additional resources.
  • 3-Minute Retreats (Loyola Press): invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.
  • National Association of Biology Teachers – Resource Links by Topic: that deal with ten different areas of biology, including Animals, Bioethics, Biotechnology & Genetics, Ecology/Environment, Education, Evolution, General Biology, Health & Safety, Instructional Materials & Resources, Stem Cell Resources.
  • The 52 Virtues: Here are the 52 virtues that have inspired the 52 Virtues Project. They are taken from "The Virtues Project Educator’s Guide: Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Character."
  • Virtues For Well-Being: Living With Peacefulness In Any Life Situation by Rachel Perry.

March 5, 2014

  • "Bought with a Price" Pastoral Letter: "Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic Culture" (March 19, 2014) by Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, VA. Bishop Loverde said, "In my fifty years as a priest, I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout our culture. As part of my responsibility to lead all the people in the Diocese of Arlington to the vision of God, I find it necessary now to address the tremendous moral, social, and spiritual dangers of pornography." Read online or download PDF.

February 28, 2014

  • MyPlate On Campus: an initiative to get college and university students talking about healthy eating and working with their campus community to create ways for students to adopt healthy lifestyles that they can maintain during and beyond their college years.

February 27, 2014

  • Lent 2014 (USCCB): Ash Wednesday, March 5 -  Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up!…Lent Resources including Norms on Fast & Abstinence, Lenten Audio Retreats, Q&A about Lent, Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance, Saints for the Lenten Season, and 10 Things to Remember For Lent.
  • Lenten Message 2014 - Pope Francis’
  • Ash Wednesday (CatholicCulture): includes the rules for fasting and abstinence.

February 24, 2014

  • Periodic Table of Bodyweight Exercise - Strength Stack 52: This clickable infograph shows only bodyweight exercises that require no equipment, so you can do them anywhere. Some of the most advanced bodybuilders in the world use them in their workout routines as they can be integrated in any workout program or be used as a standalone routine.
  • Glossary of Meteorological Terms: Terms used by meteorologists, forecasters, weather observers, and in weather forecasts. Compiled from multiple sources by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Age Calculator: How many days old are you? Calculates our age in months, weeks, days.
  • The Mind: Teaching Modules (Annenberg Foundation - Colorado State University). 35 short video clips that cover current findings on language processing, drug treatment and addictions, and cognitive development throughout the life span. The programs also cover mood and personality disorders, and pain and its treatment.
  • Bates College Online Resources for Calculus and Linear Algebra: The first couple of resources in each section contain past quizzes and exams from each course, complete with information on each topic. Additionally, each area contains drill problems, tutorials, and a fun "Find the Error!" feature. The topics covered here include linear algebra, quadric surfaces, functions, and abstract vector spaces.

February 19, 2014

  • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL): Information about all life on Earth – one web page for each species. But EOL is much more than 1.9 million species pages. It's an incredible resource for text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more, all freely available online.
  • WatchDocumentary: Browse countless free documentaries online according to their topic, includes these popular series: Alistair Cooke's America, American Revolution, Blue Planet, History's Turning Points, Modern Marvels, Myth Busters, NOVA, Planet Earth, and many more.

February 18, 2014

  • FreeFoto: largest online stock image database of free photographs on the Internet. The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use… The stock images on FreeFoto are under the Creative Commons License.

February 17, 2014

  • LearnersTV - Free Video Lecture Courses: Comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests, etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Astronomy, Political Science, etc. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.
  • Teaching American History – online resource for American History teachers and students (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University): Includes 50 Core Historical Documents, Colonial Era, Founding Era, Civil War Era, Expansion Era, Progressive Era, Civil Rights Era, and Modern Era. Also, online exhibits, lesson plans, and history teacher resources.

February 10, 2014

  • The Federalist Papers (Thomas - Library of Congress): The original text of the Federalist Papers (also known as The Federalist) was obtained from the e-text archives of Project Gutenberg.
  • Fabrication Enterprises (FEI) is a manufacturer, importer and master distributor of products for physical and occupation therapy, athletic training, and home care. FEI is the manufacturer of the following product lines: CanDo® Twist-n-Bend™ Exercisers, bands and tubing; Relief Pak® hot and cold therapy products and more.
  • ManualsLib – Search For User Manuals Online. Searchable index of user manuals from electronic appliances to other user products. You can either browse the manuals listed on the homepage or search for a product using keywords; the site has more than 1246093 PDF files listed.

February 6, 2014

January 27,  2014

  • PDR Health: Official site of Physician Desk Reference. Drug information guide and health resources on drug interactions, side effects, OTC, herbs, and supplements; health conditions and diseases, symptoms and treatment.
  • Butterick's Practical Typography: offers sage and thoughtful advice about how typography can be used to enhance and illuminate good prose. Look over the "Typography in Ten Minutes" area to get a sense of some bedrock principles introduced in the work. For those with more time, the complete work is also available here, along with a Summary of Key Rules and the all-important Why Typography Matters area.
  • Google Tips and Tricks Every Student Should Know ( Many of these tips you've no doubt learned before from our previous Google coverage, but every worthwhile subject is worth reviewing now and again, and today we're looking specifically at the best Google tricks for students.
  • Charity Checker (Tampa Bay Times & The Center for Investigative Reporting): Search the nation’s top charity watchdog and review sites and ratings, all in one place. These groups don’t rate every charity. But combined, they cover thousands of America’s largest and most popular causes.

January 22,  2014

  • Accredited Online Colleges – Complete Directory of Top Accredited Online Schools, Online Colleges and Online Universities of 2014. A searchable directory of online colleges and universities to let you find the online accredited colleges that fit your own educational needs.
  • "The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today": the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).…for "all Catholics who desire to understand better and respond more zealously to their call to evangelize the modern world."
  • Garden Planner (The Old Farmer's Almanac): makes it easy to draw out your vegetable beds, add plants and move them around to get the perfect layout. Either feet and inches or metric units are supported and any shape of garden can be created.

January 20,  2014

  • BioEd Online – Lessons and More (Baylor College of Medicine): Offers high-quality lessons, teacher guides, slides, video and supplemental materials that can be downloaded for use in your classroom. Materials are sorted by format, topic and grade level, making it easy locate content that is appropriate for your students.
  • DVAction: Digital Video to Assist Chemistry Teachers and Instructors Online (Northwestern University). Browse the five headings on the left-hand side of the page to look through Categories, Equipment, Chemicals, and Titles. Looking over Chemicals will bring up a range of three dozen chemicals. Each item is accompanied by a short film that shows a test, interaction, or activity.
  • Find Clinical Trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments: provided by TrialReach, a trusted partner of Healthline. Clinical trials are used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments.
  • Drug Dangers: committed to keeping the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently on the market (provided by the attorneys of Seeger Weiss).

January 17,  2014

January 15,  2014

  • FaithND invites you to deeply know, love, and serve God – a Notre Dame tradition rooted in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Join the Notre Dame family for shared reflection, learning, and prayer on the daily Gospel Reading and Daily Reflection.

January 13,  2014

  • The Reptile Database: a collaboration of hundreds of scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles. Currently, the database includes 9,900 species of reptiles, including another 2,800 subspecies.

January 10,  2014

January 9,  2014

  • American Recall Center – Practical Drug, Device, & Healthcare Safety Information. Dedicated to providing up to date FDA medical device and prescription drug recall information. We look forward to becoming the most reliable source for providing timely, plain language information to those who need it most!
  • Get The Math – algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers. Get the Math combines video and web interactivity to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems.
  • Spoken English Blog: Provides animated diagrams, links, games, and advice to help students improve their spoken English. Created by an English teacher working in Vietnam and so made the site in response to common problems students face, particularly with pronunciation.
  • National Geographic Education – Teachers Homepage: Includes resources for educators who wish to incorporate spatial knowledge, cultural geography, and a wide range of related subjects into their classrooms.
  • WhoIsRequest: All the features you would expect, and an easy to use interface that allows you to jump right in and find out WhoIs information about any domain quickly and easily.
  • WebSiteSetup: Learn How to Build and Set up Websites. A step-by-step guide on how to set up a website using WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, and HTML5 guide for beginners.
  • Refinance & Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities: Click the link to listen to an audio version of this guide by using the embedded player. This guide seeks not only to provide the reader with the most relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases; it also aims to educate you.

January 2,  2014

  • BiologyPop: reference site that covers many diverse topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy, biotechnology, ecology, and evolution.
  • The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated). Provides legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law.
  • How to Get Really Good at Typography in One Month: Typography is the visual representation of the written word; though if it's used effectively, it can also add meaning to what is being communicated. Good typography is more than just choosing a favorite font. It's setting and arranging type in a way that is legible and pleasing for viewers.




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