~ potpourri of Web resources and
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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May 15, 2015
"Coaches: Educating People" –
May 14-15, 2015 International Seminar
by Pontifical Council for the Laity, Church and Sports Section.
IdentityTheft.gov: Recovering from identity theft is easier with a
plan. The FTC "provides an interactive checklist that walks people
through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery
steps should be taken upon learning their identity has been stolen. It
also provides sample letters and other helpful resources."
Journal of the American Revolution: engaging free journal brings
late 18th century America to life, with articles, columns,…The journal's
mission to "deliver impeccable, ideally groundbreaking historical
research and well-written narrative" will appeal to educators looking to
liven up lesson plans, as well as academics, journalists, and lovers of
history of all kinds.
May 12, 2015
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters from the American
Museum of Natural History. From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes
and hurricanes, nature's forces shape our dynamic planet and often
endanger people around the world. Uncovers the causes of these natural
forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose.
May 7, 2015
Chandoo: probably the most comprehensive Excel resource on the Web
today that continues to update with new tips, tricks, and discoveries
even to this day. If you’re an absolute beginner, you should start with
the Excel Basics page where you’ll learn how to navigate the
fundamentals. Afterwards, you can explore several other pages, which
lead all the way to the Advanced Excel page.
Excel Exposure: a learning resource developed at the University
of Reddit, a community of teachers who provide free courses on a
wide range of intellectual and artistic topics. Author recommends
checking out the Lesson Guide which lists the lessons in the ideal
order for viewing, especially if you plan on going through the
course start to finish.
Excel is Fun: YouTube channel with over 2,400 tutorial videos
that explore every nook and cranny that exists in Excel. These
videos are carefully organized into 50+ playlists, each targeting a
particular focus area (e.g. accounting tips, charts and graphs,
interface basics, etc).
May 6, 2015
Watts & Co: "the world’s foremost purveyor of fine ecclesiastical
designs, textiles, furnishings and accessories" for the Catholic and
Anglican Church since 1874.
May 5, 2015
Jubilee Year of Mercy – Merciful like the Father: Pontifical
Council for Promoting New Evangelization. Pope Francis proclaimed, "This
Holy Year of Mercy will commence on the Solemnity of the Immaculate
Conception, December 8, 2015, and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November
2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and
living face of the Father's mercy." Check out this official web site for
news, information, calendar of events and prayers.
May 1, 2015
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s address to the Catholic High
School Teachers Convocation - "Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness,"
February 6, 2015. "Catholic schools exist to help young people attain
holiness in their lives, that is, to become saints."
Best Poems Encyclopedia: hundreds of the most famous poems ever
written in the world – American Poems, African-American, English,
Canadian, Australian & NZ, Indian & Urdu, French, Irish, Arab Poetry,
Spanish, Italian, World Poems. Browse Poems by
- ARKive Education: Bring the wild to your classroom. Our FREE
education resources for 5-18 year olds can be used to teach a range of
curriculum subjects including science, geography, English and art.
Avian Vocalizations Center (Michigan State): Project AVoCet aims to
provide a global database of well-documented, downloadable bird sounds
in aid of environmental and ornithological research, conservation,
education, and the identification and appreciation of birds and their
April 30, 2015
Paths of Love – Catholic Vocation Discernment: information and
discussion about vocation to states of life in the Catholic tradition,
drawing upon the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis
de Sales, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and the popes, particularly Saint John
Acedia - Baylor University: The Christian Reflection Project. "At
its core, acedia is aversion to our relationship to God because of the
transforming demands of his love." The study guides and lesson plans
integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to explore the vice of acedia
and its remedies in the Christian tradition. The guides may be
downloaded and reproduced for personal or group use.
Acedia: Study Guides and Lesson Plans
Asian Food Recipe (AllRecipes): Delicious recipes featuring the best of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai,
Filipino cusine, and more.
April 23, 2015
April 21, 2015
April 20, 2015
April 17, 2015
Find a Doctor – US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): A
new tool to make it easier for green card applicants to find
exam-performing doctors. "The improved Find a Doctor locator lets you
enter your address or ZIP code to search for a doctor based on distance.
You can also look up directions and find local transportation. And we
have added a helpful checklist of what to bring with you to your doctor
visit.…Only doctors authorized by USCIS, known as civil surgeons, may
perform the exams that are usually required as part of the process for
obtaining permanent resident status."
April 14, 2015
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: a project of the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum, and it is co-sponsored by the Center for State Policy and
Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham
Lincoln Association. The project is dedicated to identifying, imaging,
transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to
Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime.
Consumer Dangers: Promoting consumer safety and protecting consumers
from consumer products, and medical dangers. Have you had a negative
safety experience by a consumer product or medical danger, report safety
How to Cook the Best Asian Food: featuring delicious recipes.
April 10, 2015
International Forgiveness Institute: dedicated to helping people
gain knowledge about forgiveness and to use that knowledge for personal,
group, and societal renewal. The IFI is an outgrowth of the social
scientific research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since
1985 by Dr. Robert Enright and his colleagues. Check out
Ask Dr. Forgiveness.
April 9, 2015
Fables: online collection includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed
in table format, with morals listed.
Aesop's Fables: This famous Book of Fables, which are always
referred to as Aesop's Fables, date back to the 5th Century BC.
April 7, 2015
ENGL Professional Writing Program (University of Maryland library):
jam-packed with resources for writers and teachers of writing. The
Researching a Topic section is a great place to start. Also, know your
audience, finding information, scholarly vs. popular sources, citing
tools, business writing assignments, and more.
Student’s Guide to Citation Styles for Research Papers: "Citations
give credibility and authority by showing proof of your research.
References help readers understand how you came to your conclusions and
they support your ideas. Citing resources will also avoid plagiarism, by
crediting to those who provided the research used to create a paper."
Way of the Cross 2015 by H.E. Msgr. Renato Corti. Available in
Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
March 25, 2015
- Holy Week & Sacred Triduum
Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy – Holy Week (scroll
to paragraph 138ff).
Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum: USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
- 2001 to current (The Vatican): Includes
homilies, audiences, meditations from Palm Sunday to Easter’s "Urbi
et Orbi" Message
Way of the Cross (Vatican Office for the Liturgical
Celebrations): a devotion which recalls with mindful
affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his
earthly life. Includes multi-language translations of the annual
Meditations going back to 2000. Also, has videos, booklets and
March 24, 2015
March 19, 2015
March 18, 2015
May – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. A great
time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
Guide to Summer Fitness – Becoming Fitness Faithful (WebMD).
Includes sizzling, summer workouts, ways tips to make exercise a
habit, and Hydration: The Key to Summer's Exercise Success.
Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises. Water aerobics offer
a wider range of motion, helping achieve greater flexibility, and
water’s natural resistance helps build better muscle tone and
strength. Plus, the natural buoyancy makes it a very low impact
March 16, 2015
March 11, 2015
A Plagiarism Guide for Students: It’s Stealing, so Avoid It. "With
the amount of information on the Web, it’s easy to plagiarize, both
intentionally and accidentally. Read this to learn how to avoid
March 10, 2015
March 4, 2015
Imaginem Dei: Thoughts on the history of western art, from a
Catholic perspective…offering information and reflections on more
general questions regarding the interaction of faith and art throughout
February 27, 2015
"Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging" by Dr. Richard J. Hodes is the
Director of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Hodes talked about how
important it is to exercise regularly—at any age!
Healthy Aging with Go4Life®. Go4Life from the National Institute
on Aging at NIH is a national exercise and physical activity
campaign aimed at people over 50.
Neuroscience & the Classroom (Annenberg Learner): Making
Connections. The course is presented in eight segments, including units
about Different Brains, Emotion & Thinking, Seeing Others, Different
Learners, Neural Networks, Implications for Schools, and an Introduction
and Conclusion. Videos and a variety of Visuals and Interactives make
the information compelling and accessible.
February 24, 2015
USDA Mixing Bowl Web – USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services:
a searchable database of more than 1,000 mouth-watering recipes that are
scaled for large quantity foodservice. Most recipes for school nutrition
yield 50 or 100 portions per recipe, while most recipes for child care
centers yield 25 or 50 portions per recipe. So that these popular dishes
can be shared with parents and prepared at home, many of these recipes
are available in the household search with fewer portions per recipe.
February 20, 2015
Alison: A new world of free certified online learning.
Microsoft Office 2010 Training,
Microsoft Word 2010,
Microsoft Excel 2010.
Beginner's Guides to Using Presentation Software (About.com): Learn
How to Use PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker and OpenOffice Impress.
StaySafeOnline (National Cyber Security Alliance): to educate and
therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and
securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology
individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital
I Want to Stay Safe Online: Learn about malware, bonnets, spam,
phishing, hacked accounts, with tips & resources.
I Want to Teach Online Safety: Learn about cybersecurity,
cybersafety, cyberethics for primary grades, middle & high school,
higher education, administrators with tips & resources.
I Want to Keep My Business Safe Online: Learn how to protect
your business, employees, and customers from online attacks, data
loss and other online threats with tips & resources.
February 19, 2015
February 18, 2015
Pope Francis’ Messages for Lent: available in multiple languages
Lent, Holy Week & Triduum (EWTN): reflections, meditations,
devotions, Stations of the Cross.
The Lenten Workshop (CatholicCulture): Lenten information, prayers,
hymns, activities, Stations of the Cross.
Lenten Radio Retreat – Year-B (USCCB). Listen to inspiring messages for Sunday
Birds of America: The National Audubon Society…is making available
high-resolution downloads of John H. Audubon’s classic original 435
life-sized watercolors of North American birds. Audubon’s plates were
engraved by English engravers and colorists between 1827 and 1838.
February 12, 2015
February 3, 2015
Science360 Video Library: features cutting-edge discoveries and big
science stories of the day in science, engineering, technology and math.
We gather the latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and
universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science
Foundation and more. Each video is embeddable to put on your own
personal websites, blogs and social networking pages.
Domain Project: delivers 9,715 HD video clips for use in creative or
commercial products and anything else you can think of.
February 2, 2015
January 28, 2015
January 27, 2015
Franciscan University: The Musical. A senior wrote the music and
most of the songs for this performance as a project for the Center for
Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is playing the
piano (and kazoo in the opening number). This is a parody of the dating
situation at Franciscan University along with that of discernment
towards priesthood. There are a number of elements that might be
confusing as they reflect a distinct local culture. Enjoy!
January 23, 2015
God’s Way: "What it looks like to be a Christian in sports
culture.…to see Christians glorifying God in sports culture rather than
just conforming to it." Click on Topics for articles on various
different topics that are prevalent in sport.
Get critical information regarding FDA recalls, medication warnings and
other important information so you can avoid any serious health problems
and are alert to the various dangerous side effects of your medications.
The Consumer Justice Foundation: Informs consumers about defective
drugs and medications that are currently being prescribed to patients,
and information regarding previously available drugs and products.
Small Business Loan Calculator: Easily calculate fixed-rate loans
for your business.
January 21, 2015
Nine Days of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage (USCCB): 9 Days for
Life: January 17-25, 2015.
The Words of Sacred Admonition by St. Francis of Assisi. Translated
from the Critical Latin Edition, edited by Fr. Kajetan Esser, O.F.M.
"Of all the writings of St. Francis, The Admonitions contain the
most stirring and enduring words of his legacy and are a monument to his
profound wisdom of spiritual realization."
Musopen: non-profit intent on providing classical music resources
and educational materials online. On the site, readers will find
recordings, sheet music, and even textbooks free of charge. One may
click either Music Catalog, Sheet Music, or Music Education to begin
scouting the site.
Animal Facts: National Geographic. This enormously informative site
will delight and edify. The Animal Facts are categorized by Amphibians,
Birds, Bugs, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, Prehistoric, and Reptiles.
Historical Thesaurus of English (University of Glasgow): online
thesaurus of over 800,000 words. "Said to be the only resource to make
the meaning of every English word from the last millennium available to
the public online. It is a digital version of the Historical Thesaurus
of English Project, the printed version of which was first published in
2009 after 44 years of work by academics at the University of Glasgow."
January 13, 2015
Teaching Climate (NOAA): Earth's climate is a mind bogglingly
complex system of interdependent parts and teaching about that system is
no easy task. This site from NOAA climate.gov provides all the resources
teachers need to bring the subject to life.
January 9, 2015
Introduction to Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes: by
Hossein Pishro-Nik. An open access peer-reviewed textbook intended for
undergraduate as well as first-year graduate level courses. It can be
used by both students and practitioners in engineering, mathematics,
finance, and other related fields. Includes: short video lectures that
aid in learning the material, online calculators for important functions
and distributions, solutions manual for instructors.