~ potpourri of Web resources and
Gleanings - Objects or ideas that have been
gathered or amassed over a period of time,
especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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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.
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
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.