Monday, December 17

Abraham Lincoln exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present this extraordinary selection of major Lincoln manuscripts and memorabilia from several public and private collections.

The exhibit’s focus is on Lincoln’s humanity, the emancipation of the slaves, and his assassination. Among the many manuscript items to be exhibited are a broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation; items related to his assassination and funeral; an early sum book; The Baltimore Address, one of the few remaining examples of a handwritten speech; hand casts and a face mask; and a letter written by Lincoln declining the territorial governorship of Oregon.

Titles available from the Multimedia Library on Abraham Lincoln:

Friday, November 30

Academic Skill Builders

I found this link on the "Shifted Librarian" website. It is a website of fun and challening web-based computer games. During the multiplication drag race I had to use my calculator.

"Our educational video games offer an innovative approach to teaching basic academic skills by incorporating features of arcade games and educational practices into fun online games that will motivate, intrigue, and teach your students."

Thursday, November 29

Free media resources from Teaching Tolerance is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. Teaching Tolerance's educational kits and subscriptions to its magazine are FREE to: classroom teachers, school librarians, school counselors, school administrators, professors of education, leaders of homeschool networks, youth directors at houses of worship and employees of youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

Monday, November 19

NOVA Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

The DVD is not for sale until Feb. 2008 - but the video is now available online for viewing!

This two-hour program is divided into 12 chapters. Choose any chapter below and select QuickTime or Windows Media Player to begin viewing the video. If you experience difficulty viewing, it may be due to high demand. We regret this and suggest you try back at another time.

Thursday, November 8

Celestia - it's like Google Earth for the Universe!

Thanks to John in Mail Services for sending me this link. It downloads to every OS and it's really cool!!

"Celestia" ( is the free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.

Wednesday, October 17

Virtual Museum - National Museum of African American History and Culture

Web site enables students, teachers to explore African American history and culture

Social networking technology will allow visitors of an interactive web site to chart the future of the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015. Museum officials say the interactive technology will allow those who wish to share their memories, photos, essays, and oral histories, bringing together people interested in the African American experience and those who have "great stories to tell."

Monday, October 15

eSchool News - "'Fair use' confusion threatens media literacy"

Interesting article... In an age when digital images and recordings to supplement and enhance education are abounding, unnecessary restrictions and a lack of understanding about copyright law are comprising the goal of using such technology in the classroom, says a new report. After interviewing educators, educational media producers and media-literacy organizations, the report's researchers conclude that educators have no shared understanding of what constitutes fair-use practices, and that teachers face conflicting information about their rights, and their students' rights, to use copyrighted works.

Tuesday, October 9

Ken Burns' - "The War" on DVD

Now available!! Directed by Ken Burns, this seven-part documentary tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Viewers will discover how the war dramatically altered the lives of people in Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Lavern, Minnesota. Each episode tells the story of this worldwide conflict on an intimate, human scale by combining vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminisces of daily life back in the states.
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Wednesday, March 21

New Title - "Inside Mecca"

Offers an intimate look at the Muslims' sacred pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Identifies the universal principles of Islam and features the personal narratives of pilgrims who make this spiritual journey. Discusses the historical significance of the city of Mecca to both Muslims and non-Muslims and examines the religious significance of this holy hajj for pilgrims from many different countries.
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New "Booktalks" Podcasts!

Students from Arleta ES review some of their favorite books!
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