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especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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April 24, 2017
Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz: The Pew Research Center offers this
ten question cybersecurity quiz that allows visitors to test their own
knowledge of cybersecurity issues and see how their knowledge compares
to 1,055 Pew research survey participants. After completing this
multiple choice quiz, users can check the accuracy of their answers and
learn more about a variety of cyber security issues.
Mathematics Teacher Resources: The University of Michigan Library
offers this helpful list of web resources for teaching mathematics. This
list includes items that will appeal to K-12 mathematics instructors,
adult educators, and college level mathematics instructors alike.
Resources are divided into three categories: resources for teachers
(most resources fall into this category), resources for algebra, and
resources for statistics.
Spiders & Other Arachnids (Australian Museum of Sydney): Dedicated
to facts and artistic depictions of spiders and other arachnids found in
Australia and around the world. Those new to the world of arachnids may
want to start by checking out Spider Diversity or A Spider's Life. These
sections provide overviews of the lifespan, origin, and variety of
spiders. Interested in identifying a particular arachnid or just
learning what different kinds of spiders look like? Check out
Australia's Spider Fauna for close up photographs and detailed
descriptions of select species.
Kid's Guide to Saving Energy: SaveOnEnergy provides a downloadable
workbook and Teacher Instructions.
April 13, 2017
Practical tips from the federal government (FTC,
Justice Dept., Homeland Security, IRS, US Postal Inspection Service,
Commerce Dept., SEC, FDIC, NCIS) and the technology industry to help you
be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your
Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online: (20 ways to protect
How to Start a Blog Resources and Guides: Includes In-Depth How
To Guide, Fundamentals of Blogging Online Course, Condensed How To
H&R Block – Get Answers: Need tax help? Got tax questions? Here
you’ll find tax tips, helpful tax information, Tax Calculators and
incredibly useful tools.
April 11, 2017
2017 Way of the Cross Led by His Holiness Pope Francis – Good Friday
Passion of the Lord, Colosseum | Rome, 14 April 2017, Meditations by
Anne-Marie Pelletier. Translations available in Arabic, English, French,
German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Links and Resources (scroll
April 6, 2017
Easter Recipes & Menus (Food Network): Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert
Ward off Plagiarism: How to Paraphrase Writing (Inforgraphic)
Beginner's Guide to Internet Safety: 14 Tips for Being Safe Online
Celiac-Friendly Gluten-Free Recipes: These recipes don't contain any
of the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye, so you can enjoy them
without triggering uncomfortable Celiac symptoms.
Thousands of Kosher Recipes! Search by ingredients, category,
Global Biodiversity Information Facility: an international open data
infrastructure, funded by governments providing access to data about all
types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the
Bob Ross – ‘The Joy of Painting’: unofficial database for 'The Joy
of Painting'. You can find a list of paintings Bob Ross has done on the
show. There are currently 403 of the 403 episodes added to this website.
All linked episodes are available on the official
Bob Ross YouTube channel.
- Mesothelioma.net: over 4k pages of information about mesothelioma,
including associated cancers where it can commonly metastasize or be
affected by asbestos. This includes brain, breast, heart, liver,
prostate and ovarian cancer. "We also have a section dedicated
veterans and the military.
The Authority on VPNs and Web Anonymity. Get reliable advice, useful
tips and VPN reviews on the best VPNs. An authentic review site that
lets actual users review and rank the services themselves.
Consortium of Midwest Herbaria: Extensive index of midwestern plant
specimens, the region includes the six states that border the western
Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and
Wisconsin. visitors may also browse the Consortium's extensive
collection of photographs via the Images tab.
Hall of Human Origins for Educators: The American Museum of Natural
History offers a variety of helpful resources to aid K-12 educators
teach human origins and evolution. Educators may want to start by
downloading the Educator's Guide and one of three activity guides,
divided by grade level (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). Here, instructors will find
a variety of "pre-visit" activities designed to help students prepare
for a museum visit; however, many of these activities can also be
adapted for use in any science classroom around the globe. Meanwhile,
the More Resources for Educators section of this website offers
materials that can be used to enhance classroom instruction or as study
resources for use outside of the classroom.
March 27, 2017
Plagiarism (Vancouver Community College): What it is and how to
avoid it. Free tools to detect plagiarism.
March 10, 2017
March 3, 2017
"Have a Happy Lent" by Sean Fitzpatrick (Catholic Exchange)
Scrupulosity: The Occupational Hazard of the Catholic Moral Life.
Scrupulosity is a corruption of freedom. The scrupulous person is
anxious that he has committed a sin when in fact he has not or is
convinced that his venial sins are mortal when they are not.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide – Univ of Maryland
Medical Center. Comprehensive reference on herbs and supplements written
in consumer-friendly language.
Generator School Network: online community who discovered they can
change the world through service-learning. The GSN is the leading
resource for fast and easy sharing, service-learning professional
development, and networking.
Introduction to Storytelling (Khan Academy): Khan Academy teamed up
with Pixar to create this interactive lesson about the Art of
Storytelling. Videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get
youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling,
including memory.…As of this write up, this series includes one complete
tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon.
February 27, 2017
February 22, 2017
2017 Lenten Daily Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron. Would you
like to receive these daily Gospel reflections in your inbox every
Internet Browsing: Guide to Keeping Your Browsing Experience Safe &
English Grammar Handbook: Learn the proper rules and use of
punctuation and complexities of English grammar.
Report: "to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous
drugs and products.…the up-to-date information we provide on recalls,
alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe."
Retirement Message Ideas: "If you’re having a difficult time finding
the words for a meaningful, heartfelt or funny retirement message to go
in your retirement card then you’ve come to the right place!"
Math Resources: Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Matrices, Complex,
Functional and Harmonic Analysis, and much more.
February 20, 2017
The ARDA Dictionary: look up a religious word or term in The ARDA
(Association of Religion Data Archives).
Biology Online Dictionary: free and open dictionary with over 60,000
Business Dictionary: Resource for all types of business terms and
- Law.com: Search for legal
words, terms, and phrases
Online Etymology Dictionary: Provides details on the meanings and
sounds of words dating back many, many years.
OnMusic Dictionary: Search for musical term or composer
- Rhyme Zone:
Enter the word that you want to rhyme with, click Search, and see your
Sign Language Dictionary: Provides a short video with each word
definition showing how to create it with sign language. You can search
by term, topic, or letter.
More than 2,000 Gifs to Teach You American Sign Language (ASL). Giphy
cut videos from the popular educational series Sign With Robert, adding
text descriptions to make the GIFs look like looping flash cards.
February 1, 2017
Around the World in 7 Chicken Wings (Food Network Kitchen): We took
a spin around the globe (think Morocco, India, Greece and more) to
reinvent this classic party food seven ways.
January 31, 2017
"Life Before Birth - In the Womb" (Naked Science): Documentary
explores the development of the growing fetus from conception to
delivery. Using cutting edge technology, go inside the womb and follow
the incredible nine month journey from conception to birth, showing how
the struggle for life turns into the miracle of birth.
Ditch That Textbook: all about teaching with less reliance on the
textbook with an emphasis on using technology and creative teaching
Important Legal Documents for Emergency Preparedness: One of the
things that many people forget about is the important documents they
need in the event of an evacuation. If your family suddenly has to
vacate your home, and you only have time to grab your disaster kit and
run, you will want to make sure it has the right documents to keep you
on track. This list will help you prepare for the next disaster with the
Copyright Information: Is this fair use? John Paul II Library,
Franciscan University of Steubenville, guide for understanding Copyright
Laws, Fair Use Exceptions for Instructors, and Public Domain issues.
Open Textbooks Library: Open textbooks are textbooks that have been
funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and
distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of
colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be
downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.
Blender Salsa 6 Ways (and Beyond!) Food Network: Sweet, spicy or
smoky, these salsas are fantastic as written. But you can also mix and
match ingredients until you find a combo you love.
January 25, 2017
Soup Recipes – AllRecipes: Find delicious soup recipes, including
steamy potato soup, slow cooker taco soup, chicken noodle soup, and
- Word Counter:
free tool initially created as a simple word count tool. Today, Word
Counter measures not only the number of words in a text, but also
measures sentence length, keyword density, estimated reading level, and
estimated reading time. Users can find out this information by simply
pasting any amount of text into a text box.
Biology Corner: Resource site for biology and science teachers and
students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests,
and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory
life science and advanced placement biology.
Loaded Landscapes: active blog with a lot of tips and articles
related to landscape and nature photography.
January 24, 2017
January 19, 2017
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 – January 18-25. Theme:
"Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us" (cf. 2 Corinthians
5:14-20). Jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity The Commission on Faith and Order of the World
Council of Churches.
January 18, 2017
January 17, 2017
Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration: We’ve compiled all the
dos and don’ts for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration to make it easy
for you to enjoy the celebration.
Printable U.S. Constitution and Founding Documents: "This site
offers free, printable versions of the founding documents of our
Republic, including the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration
of Independence, and other rights laid out by America’s founders."
Martha Stewart Season's Eatings: Celebrate from Thanksgiving to New
Year's with our menus, strategies.
The Champions of Character "Five Core Values": help young people –
and those associated with their development – make good choices in all
aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. 5 Core
Values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant
January 16, 2017
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): brings together the
riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them
freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of
human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to
records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
The Practical Guide to Mac Security: Gary Rosenzweig's "FREE course
with 24 lessons that will enable the typical home and office Mac user to
secure their Mac from dangers like malware, online account break-ins,
data loss, and online scams."
January 12, 2017
The Ultimate Legal Guide for Photographers: The following guide
provides professional and amateur photographers with a thorough
description of the most important legal regulations concerning
photography in the US and UK.
Saint's Name Generator: Use this simple tool to choose a saint at
random for a cause or time period, or simply to get to know new saints.
January 9, 2017
Marriage: Unique for a Reason. An initiative of the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops. Resources to assist with the education
and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should
be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. Each of
the videos in this initiative, with its companion written material, is
intended to be used by a priest, deacon, catechist, or teacher.
Catholic Recipes for the Liturgical Year (Catholic Culture): Browse
recipes by meal type, liturgical season, and food category.
Online Safety (USA.gov): Be aware of these scams when you’re online.
What’s on This Page: Internet Fraud Online Security and Safety Phishing
Advanced Password Tips and Tricks (Federal Trade Commission): A
little extra attention when you create a strong password can prevent an
attacker from getting access to your account. Your password should be
long, complex, and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to
help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:
How to Protect Your Kids from Cyber Bullying (Kids.gov): Although it
takes place in cyberspace, there are several things you can do at home
to protect your children from being harassed online. These tips will
help you get started.
January 6, 2017
"Asking Effective Questions": Chicago Center for Teaching (The
University of Chicago) by Brandon Cline, Divinity School and Teaching
Consultant at the Chicago Center for Teaching (scroll down until "The
Power of Questions" section).