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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
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
November 27, 2014
Advent Calendar 2014: Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. Advent is
a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.
Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of
time. Our Advent Calendar will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on
30 November 2014. The virtual doors above cannot be opened ahead of
their actual date. All content will go live in the early hours of each
Advent Calendar 2014 (USCCB): PDF for downloading.
– EWTN: Origins
Advent - Christmas Resources
(CatholicOnline): Prayers, family traditions, stories, articles and more.
Celebrating Advent - Christmas: Advent traditions and customs
Advent & Christmas Inspiration: poems, quotations, readings & sermon
St. Nicholas Center: To educate people of faith, and the wider
public, about the true St. Nicholas.
More Advent – Christmas Season: Blessings, Prayers, Traditions &
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
Planning Guide (Butterball.com): Preparing for the holidays is
hectic enough. That’s why Butterball put together a helpful guides to
help make your holidays easy and delicious.
November 21, 2014
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM): Serves the leadership
of the Catholic orders and congregations of the more than 17,000 vowed
religious priests and brothers of the United States, ten percent of whom
are foreign missionaries.
The Year of Consecrated Life: from First Sunday of Advent,
weekend of November 29, 2014, through Tuesday, February 2, 2016, World
Day of Consecrated Life.
The Botany Collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural
History: Over 100,000 beautiful images of diverse plants from around
the world. Whether you are a botanist searching for information about a
rare orchid, or an enthusiast with a thirst for botanical expertise, the
site offers an impressive range of information.
The Legislative Process - United States Congress: a complex web of
interrelated activities, policies, bills, and law making. For educators
who are seeking to introduce the process to their students…this nine
part short video series will serve as a welcome tool. The well appointed
presentations, replete with slides and voice overs, cover such topics as
an overview of the legislative process, an introduction to the referral
of bills, and committee consideration among others. A transcription
accompanies each video for easy reference.
Hort Corner - University of Illinois Extension Horticulture site with ‘seasonal’
features. Features include:
The Poinsettia Page,
The Miracle of Fall and
Winter Storm Resources.
Alive!: Film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and
organisms for education and medical research – Cell Biology,
Microbiology, Immunology, Microscopy, Cell Gallery.
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
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
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.
eMedlas.com: 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: About.com’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
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
October 8, 2014
Voice of the Family: An initiative of Catholic laity formed in
support of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Synod 2014.
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
Annenberg Classroom: The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics.
Resources for Excellent Civics Education.
October 6, 2014
October 3, 2014
October 2, 2014
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.
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
The Ultimate Guide to Destroy GRE Reading Comprehension: 57 Tips,
Strategies and Speed Reading Techniques to Ace the Most Difficult
Section on the GRE.
Nonstopenglish.com: 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.
Break the Cycle: leading national nonprofit organization working to
provide comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to
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.
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
(Dept. of Homeland Security): Colleges and universities are encouraged
to review, update and exercise their emergency plans several times per
September 8, 2014
Finance in the Classroom – Teacher Resources: The state of Utah has
taken bold steps to empower the state’s youth with financial knowledge
that will lead to future stability and success in homes and the economy.
Hands on Banking®: offers all the basic money tools, skills, and
information you need. Lessons are designed for Military, Seniors,
Adults, Young Adults, Teens, Kids and Entrepreneurship. Includes
Instructor Guides and
Financial Curriculum for Educators. A public service by Wells Fargo.
Financial Literacy and Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans – Guide for
"On Not Settling for Less: The Cognitive Guide to Happiness" by Dr.
Jeff Mirus, Sept. 04, 2014. Explores the relationship between human
experience, human knowing, and human happiness. It consists of The
Denial of Transcendence, Missing the Big Picture, Human Experience,
Knowing Your "I", The Truncation of Desire, Evading the Self-Evident,
Figuring Out Happiness.
ThoseCatholicMen: designed to embolden, enlighten, and engage
Catholic men for the renewal of masculine character and spirituality.
Quotery.com: An Encyclopedia of Wit and Wisdom of Quips, Quotes and
Proverbs. Check out search by
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
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
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 (LifeNews.com). Get the latest news in bioethics from
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 (AmericanPresidency.org) at the
University of California, Santa Barbara. Archives contain 105,681
documents related to the study of the Presidency.
August 5, 2014
SaveFrom.net: 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
July 31, 2014
An Approach to Good Choices - Ignatian Spirituality. The Ignatian
approach to good choices emphasizes freedom. Making a free decision
means that we set aside our own preferences and preconceptions and
strive to be free of social pressures and psychological strains. We
carefully examine our motives and desires. This isn't easy. Much of the
prayer and reflection in Ignatian decision making has to do with
achieving the detachment necessary to choose freely.
Ro*tel Recipes: Dinners, Dips & Appetizers, Salsa, Sandwiches/Wraps…
July 30, 2014
July 29, 2014
July 25, 2014
Summer Cocktails from allrecipes.com: Cool down this summer with our
top-rated cocktail recipes.
First Aid Guide and Emergency Treatment Instructions (WebMD)
Students for the Environment - US Environmental Protection Agency.
Consists of three primary sections: Students K-12, Educators and
Parents, and News and Deadlines; and Homework Resources.
Pastoral Letter "The Language of Love" by Most Reverend James D.
Conley, STL, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, March 25, 2014. On the
sacrificial nature of love and on the destructive nature of
Catechism for Teens: The Diocese of Wheeling - Charleston is proud
to introduce VCat. At the heart of each video will be a point (or
points) articulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.…with the
intent of communicating the faith to a teenage audience, key points may
be paraphrased or re-worded in an effort to make it more understandable.
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.
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
Hot Dog Sauce Recipes (Google): Including Coney Island Chili, A&W
Chili Dog Sauce Recipe, Michigan Chili Dog Sauce, and more.
Spanish Grammar – Libro digital Herramientas de español: Online
Advanced Spanish Book. A concise outline of essential grammar structures
based on John Turner's All the Spanish Grammar You Really Need to
ClassicNotes - Study Guides and Literature Essays: offered for free
by GradeSaver on novels, plays, poems and films…Each study guide
includes essays, an in-depth chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis,
character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and
quiz. Study guides are available in PDF format.
June 26, 2014
ReadWriteThink: Classroom Resources - lessons, interactive, calendar
activities, and more.
June 26, 2014
SAT Vocabulary Essential Words: An essential core vocabulary of 1000
words to help you nail your SAT exam. Check out how well you remember
these essential words.
ESL Tools & Resources (UsingEnglish.com) a large collection of English as a Second Language
(ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.
Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal
verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables,
and find useful links and information on English.
English Language Reference includes definitions of English grammar terms,
irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms. Also includes links to online
ESL at Frankfurt International School: For learners of English as a
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 –
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
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
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
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
NASA Image Gallery: Hi-res image collections available both on their
website and on Flickr.
Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive: Each day a different image
or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a
brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Great Images in NASA (GRIN): Browse through images from
selective areas of interest. You can see description of what the
subject categories include, a full listing of sub-categories…
Space Images – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Space Images
database features images from across the universe taken by NASA
June 18, 2014
Tutorials (StudySpanish.com): 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
Gateway: personal connection to read, research, and reference
Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone.
June 10, 2014
June 9, 2014
Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Leadership training &
resources to Franciscans with respect to the pastoral mission of the
Francis and Clare of Assisi: Early Documents. Research tool of
the foundational documents of the Franciscan tradition.…Texts are
also searchable: readers can pursue any idea and/or theme as they
are represented by specific words or phrases.…all quotations and
allusions to Scripture are hyperlinked – which means the reader can
see the larger context of the sacred page for each of these
Saints & Angels (Catholic Online): browse by alphabet, by month,
Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States (USCCB):
Degree-granting institutions of Catholic higher education in the
Proclaiming Faith (CyberFaith): Reflections and discussion
questions on the readings for each Sunday and holy day liturgy.
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
May 23, 2014
May 22, 2014
Daily and Sunday Biblical Homilies on the Liturgical Year in English
and Spanish by Fr. Steven Scherer.
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
Memorial Day (USA.gov): 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
Memorial Day (History Channel): Officially observed on
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 (InfoPlease.com).
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
GoodConfession.com: an outreach of CatholicsComeHome.org.
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."
MyMoney.gov – 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
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
St. Patrick's Life,
Prayers, and Legacy: Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries (scroll down
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 (FamilyLifeCenter.net): 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
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.
(Loyola Press): invite you to take a short prayer
break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a
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
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 -
(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
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.
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 (Lifehacker.com):
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.