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Gleanings - a potpourri of web resources and links
~ potpourri of Web resources and links ~

Gleanings -  Objects or ideas that have been gathered or amassed over a period of time, especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
No compensation received for these listing, except an occasional link exchange.


February 5, 2016

February 1, 2016

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January 18, 2016

  • Debt Payoff Calculator: "one of our missions is to help people break free from debt and get on the road to financial independence." Create a Payoff Plan: See how making a few extra payments will get you debt-free faster than you think.
  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF): non-profit, non-partisan organization seeks to educate young people about the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the benefits of civic participation. On the site, educators will find many Common Core ready resources.
  • High School Biology Resources: The Concord Consortium is a non-profit educational technology group that has been designing teacher-ready tools, from lesson plans to activities, for over two decades. It is no surprise, then, that this site offers such compelling visual simulations for biology educators and their students.
  • Italian Renaissance Learning Resources: Visually stunning and freely available, this resource from the National Gallery of Art offers readers eight unique units that elucidate the textures, themes, and context of Italian Renaissance artists. Here readers will find thematic essays, more than 300 breathtaking images, 300+ glossary terms, and 42 primary source texts.
  • SEO Tools & Recommended Resources: "our commitment to ensuring free yet high-quality tools to optimize websites efficiently."
  • Basics of APA Style Tutorial: learn how to apply basic rules of APA Style.

January 15, 2016

  • Accounting Terminology Glossary (UK)
  • Tips for Becoming a Better Writer – Australian College of Journalism.
  • EF Standard English Test (EFSET): An online free English proficiency test to the same standards as the TOEFL and IELTS exams. An excellent practice resource for students looking to pass their language proficiency exams, or find an accurate measure of their current English level.
  • Moms Meatloaf Recipe: Designed by mothers for the mothers who are looking for great meatloaf recipes that kids will surely love. Takes the traditional meatloaf to a higher level as moms from various corners of the globe share their very own special meatloaf recipes to give an idea to other mothers on how they can give a twist to the good old meatloaf.

January 14, 2016

  • Edudemic – connecting education & technology: Focused on connecting educators, administrators, parents, and even students to technology resources and ideas. However, the site truly shines as a resource for Educators & scout the categories of Teacher's Guides and For Teachers.
  • C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching & Learning: Case Method in Practice. The Center endeavors to make classes at the Harvard Business School dynamic and engaging. However, educators everywhere can benefit from the teaching and learning resources the center provide.
  • Master Organic Chemistry: Mastering organic chemistry is no easy task; this comprehensive list of resources from the Master Organic Chemistry website can help. Here readers will find online courses, teaching websites, online textbooks, online quizzes, online exams, and more.
  • Finding FREE images for your blog posts (Guide & Links): Three main parts to this question: free, high-quality, no legal copyright issues when using. I’m going to answer them all, starting with that last part – copyright – as it’s always the most troublesome aspect of using other people’s images on your blog.
  • Simple Camping Recipes & Tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Guide To Grammar and Punctuation – With 20 Resources To Help You Hone Your Skill. Here is a compilation of some of the most common mistakes people make every day when it comes to English mechanics, along with some tips for getting it right.
  • Teacher.org: a website for teachers by teachers. Since great educators are always needed, we aim to continuously inform and encourage aspiring and current teachers. Check out the Resources tab for FAQs and lesson plans.

January 13, 2016

  • "The New Celibacy: How Porn May Be Destroying the Impetus for Sex" by Mary Rezac, Jan. 3, 2016 - EWTN News/CNA. "For many individuals, the more porn they consume, the more likely it is that they can end up preferring the fantasy to reality, they can end up preferring the pixels to a person, and that's really messing up relationships, as you can imagine," said Clay Olsen, co-founder of the internet movement "Fight the New Drug".
    • Fight the New Drug: Our mission is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums. Check out the Get the Facts tab for articles on how porn harms the Brain, the Heart and the World.
    • The Porn Effect: founded by Matt Fradd is dedicated to helping men and women break free from the vice of pornography.
  • Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship - USCCB (updated Nov. 2015)
    • Campuses & Young Adults: In this section, you'll find activities and resources for college students and young adults to learn and reflect on Church teaching about Catholic participation in public life.
  • iCivics: Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics aims to provide "students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this." All the resources on this site are free with a one-step sign up that only requires an email address. Readers may like to begin with the 3-minute introductory video that can be located under the About tab.
  • The Why Files: Each week the site publishes a new story that digs into "the science behind the news," providing readers with an erudite overview of the scientific issues that shape our world. Educators searching for ways to enrich their lesson plans will want to scout the Archives, which go all the way back to 1999. the Teaching tab is loaded with helpful material, including suggested Why Files that meet the National Science Education Standards and Classroom Activities (discussion questions, quizzes, etc.) on popular topics.

January 11, 2016

January 8, 2016

  • Year of Mercy Calendar: Encounter and Extend Mercy during the Year of Jubilee. Live the Year of Mercy day by day with the Year of Mercy Calendar. Each day of the week provides helpful suggestions to live a more merciful life. The Year of Mercy Calendar is a collaborative effort of the Diocese of Steubenville and the Diocese of Syracuse.
  • Jubilee Year of Mercy resources (USCCB): Explore the different ways that you can live out that mercy every day!
  • ConsumerDangers: "Dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. Our website is continually updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens about Recalls & Safety affecting consumers."

January 7, 2016

  • Fifteen Baptismal Homilies by Pope Benedict XVI: Collected here for the first time are the fifteen baptismal homilies delivered by Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil and on the first Sunday after Epiphany, when he baptized adults and children. They are "mystagogical" homilies, of initiation into the mystery of baptism. Like those of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, of Saint Ambrose of Milan, of other Fathers of the Church.
  • CourtSystem.org: Legal & law enforcement office locations, hours, & phone numbers. Find US courts, jails, prisons, police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys, including addresses, hours, phone numbers, and services.
  • Blueberry Recipes – U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: Get inspired with the unique flavor pairings and serving suggestions in these blueberry recipes.

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