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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.

April 17, 2014

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

April 16, 2014

April 10, 2014

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

April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014

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

April 4, 2014

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

April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014

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

March 26, 2014

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

March 25, 2014

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

March 18, 2014

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

March 17, 2014

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

March 12, 2014

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

March 10, 2014

March 7, 2014

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

March 5, 2014

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

February 28, 2014

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

February 27, 2014

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

February 24, 2014

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

February 19, 2014

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

February 18, 2014

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

February 17, 2014

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

February 10, 2014

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

February 6, 2014

January 27,  2014

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

January 22,  2014

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

January 20,  2014

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

January 17,  2014

January 15,  2014

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

January 13,  2014

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

January 10,  2014

January 9,  2014

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

January 2,  2014

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




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