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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
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September 2, 2015

  • "Care for God’s Creation" – CST 101: the first of a seven-part series on Catholic Social Teaching, designed to be an introduction to this body of thought with notable Catholics reflecting on each of the teachings.…The video series is co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). All videos will be posted on CRS’ YouTube channel.
  • Nursing Home Safety: A Family Guide to Safety in Illinois Nursing Homes. Clicking "Select a Chapter" in the top right corner has a drop-down menu with a number of topics concerning finding the appropriate nursing home, including a useful check-off list. The information can be helpful for those outside of the State of Illinois as well.

August 27, 2015

August 25, 2015

  • ChemMatters Magazine – American Chemical Society: Specifically designed for chemistry teachers and students, but anyone with an interest in chemistry will find plenty of fascinating material on the website. Educators may want to begin with the Teacher's Guide section.
  • 10 Helpful Online Resources for Improving Public Speaking Skills: Articles, videos, and podcasts that provide tips and advice to help you reduce your anxiety and become a better presenter, gathered together by the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Background Burner: For anyone who has tried to remove the background from a downloaded image with Photoshop, Background Burner may come as somewhat of a revelation. In fact, what was once a labor intensive and time consuming process can now be accomplished in minutes. First, upload the image you'd like to separate from its background. The app will then take less than a minute to try to to remove the background. Much of the time, the image it offers is perfectly clipped. However, if the uploaded image was complex, users may use the interface to touch up the image. When finished, the completed image may then be downloaded as a JPG with a white background or as a PNG with a transparent background.

August 20, 2015

  • Useful Science: Reports and scientific papers covering creativity, education, fitness, happiness, health, nutrition, parenting, productivity, sleep and usefulness.

August 18, 2015

  • Recalls.gov: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls.

August 17, 2015

  • Random Useful Websites: Discover Your Next Favorite Tool
  • ReadWriteThink: provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
  • Catechetical Sunday 2015September 20th.Theme is "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.
  • Vatican’s Pavilion at the Expo Milan 2015: The theme of the Universal Exhibition taking place in Milan is Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life. The theme of the Holy See Pavilion is Not by bread alone. It also has a video tour of the Holy See's Pavilion.
  • "Pope Francis, the Encyclical Laudato Si, Ethics, and Existential Risk" by Brian Patrick Green, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. The encyclical, on the environment and humanity's relationship with the natural world, is worth exploring for those interested in global catastrophic and existential risks (GCE-risks) because the particular environmental problems the Pope discusses are placed in the general context of the many GCE-risks that humanity faces.

August 13, 2015

August 5, 2015

  • Annenberg Classroom: Resources for Excellent Civics Education. This site starts with a well-informed curriculum about the American Constitution and its amendments, and then links those topics to daily civics news, student discussions, and a host of other interactive, ever-developing current events-based education. On the site, readers may like to start with the Knowledge section, which is divided into The Constitution, The Congress, The Presidency, The Courts, and State & Local.
  • Teachers & Writers Magazine - Teaching Creative Writing, Educating the Imagination: Online periodical published by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a group that "seeks to educate the imagination" through publications, workshops, and other literary arts resources. Visitoremay scout the Essays & Articles, which are professionally composed and tend to focus on the intersection between literary creation and imaginative education. The Student Writing section is chock full of student essays, poems, and stories from around the country.
  • OLogy: The American Museum of Natural History. The Museum's Science Website For Kids: find out about fossils, the universe, animals, and much more!
    • Zoology: the Zoology section of the American Museum of Natural History's OLogy website is a goldmine of resources.

August 4, 2015

July 27, 2015

  • Photography Tips: The Internet’s #1 Guide to Better Photography. Tips, tricks & techniques to improve your photography.

July 24, 2015

July 22, 2015

  • Understanding Shakespeare: a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. A research tool that allows students, educators and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them – line by line. Users simply click next to any line of text in a play and relevant articles from the JSTOR archive immediately load.
  • A Church in Dialogue – Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society. Canada's bishops pamphlet on Catholic-Muslim relationship considers history and main teachings of Islam, state of interreligious dialog, and suggestions for the faithful.
  • Basic Catholic Prayers (EWTN): Prayers to Jesus, Marian Prayers, Prayers of the Saints, Devotions, novenas and litanies.
  • Faith and Athletics Blog: Creating the Intersection of Faith and Athletics

July 10, 2015

July 9, 2015

July 2, 2015

June 29, 2015

  • Catholic Church Teaching On Marriage (USCCB): Includes Documents and Statements of the USCCB, Catechism of the Catholic Church, II Vatican Council, Popes, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pontifical Council for the Family, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

June 26, 2015

June 22, 2015

  • Cell Biology Animation: provides dynamic insight into the lives of cells. Readers may select from just under two dozen categories, including Amino Acids, DNA, Mitosis, and many others. Each section harbors a new activity that explains an aspect of how cells work.
  • Legal Information Institute - Supreme Court: This archive is an excellent and frequently updated database concerning the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Readers may like to start with the Most Recent Decisions. Selecting any case navigates to a page featuring the Syllabus, Opinion, Concurrences, and Dissents of the Supreme Court's most recent deliberations.
  • Create a Resume Template with Microsoft Word: Creating a resume that specifically targets the needs of a particular job posting – but rewriting it from scratch can be a time-consuming process. Instead, use this guide to create a template that can act as a foundation for any job you might want to apply for…all that's left is to add in the specifics when it's time to send it off to a prospective employer.
  • Barewalls Posters and Prints: Motivational Posters, Art Prints, Framed Art and more.

June 19, 2015

  • Encyclical Laudato Si' – Pope Francis: On the Care of Our Common Home. Focused on the idea of 'integral ecology', connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Encyclical - download PDF.
    • Laudato Si': a Press Guide to the New Encyclical. A useful guide for an initial reading of the Encyclical. It will help you to grasp the overall development and identify the basic themes.
    • Business Insights from Laudato Si' Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and President, Catholic Relief Services and former dean, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. "Business must focus on the creative elements of technology, but always linked to humility and service."

June 17, 2015

  • Breaking Muscle: experienced professionals dedicated to providing comprehensive strength and conditioning, and mind/body wellness programs.

June 15, 2015

June 5, 2015

  • Bankrate - Money Calculators: Use our calculators to finesse your monthly budget, compare borrowing costs and plan for your future. Select a product below to begin calculating: Auto, Credit Card, Home Equity, Investment, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Retirement, Savings Tax, Debt Management, Insurance, Small Business.

June 4, 2015

  • Core Products Int'l: Manufactures and sells quality orthopedic pillows, braces & supports, back cushions, wedge pillows, massage therapy products & much more at surprisingly affordable prices. Satisfaction guaranteed!

June 3, 2015

  • Herbs at a Glance – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH: Brief fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals – common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.

June 2, 2015

  • "Being Catholic Today": Pastoral Letter, May 24, 2015, by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington, DC. A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of Washington and All Who Read this Letter on "why it is so crucial that we reassert and strengthen our Catholic identity, and that our freedom to do so be respected in society and in law."
  • "Why I Am A Catholic" by G.K. Chesterton. The difficulty of explaining "why I am a Catholic" is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.

May 27, 2015

  • Grilling Central: Grilling and Summer Recipes from Food Network.
  • Contact Your Representatives: Fax Numbers to Congress – House & Senate. Interactive map gives you contact information for all of the Senators and Representatives in the United States Congress in one centralized, easy-to-use visual format. Click on your state on the map or on your postal code abbreviation in the alphabetical list below. You’ll then see the names, pictures, fax numbers, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for all of the members of the U.S. Congress in your state.
  • BeBusinessed.com: Resource guides, how-to guides, tutorials, and data driven reviews.

May 26, 2015

  • The Edublogger: Tips, Tricks, and Help for Educators and Bloggers Using Technology. Serves as the community blog for Edublogs and CampusPress, is designed to help educational bloggers with emerging technologies in education. This site is recommended for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on how Internet technologies can be integrated into the classroom.
  • Common Birds of Ohio: download PDF from Ohio Division of Wildlife.

May 22, 2015

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 Topics.
  • 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 habitats.

April 30, 2015

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 problems.
  • 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

  • Aesop's 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

March 24, 2015

March 19, 2015

March 18, 2015

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 plagiarism."

March 10, 2015

March 4, 2015

  • Ad 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 history.

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

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 Lenten reflection.
  • 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.
  • Public 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

  • Sport 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.
  • Recall Guide: 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.

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