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FW: US Dept of Ed - Twenty New Learning Resources at FREE (October 2000)

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Philip Hyjek <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 16 Nov 2000 13:31:03 -0500

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     TWENTY RESOURCES for teaching & learning in arts, foreign
     languages, language arts, math, social studies (including one
     on *elections*), & science have been added to FREE, a website
     that makes hundreds of learning resources from 40+ federal
     organizations available (& searchable) in one place.

          http://www.ed.gov/free/

     Below are titles, descriptions, & sponsoring agencies of the
     new resources.

**********************************************
New Resources at the FREE Website
(Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
October 6 - October 30, 2000
**********************************************

====
Arts
====
"Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century" offers 14
in-depth studies of works by various artists represented in the
National Gallery of Art.  The studies include information on the
artist, technique, & history behind each painting. (NGA)
     http://www.nga.gov/feature/artnation/splash.htm

"Art Nouveau: 1890-1914" is the largest & most comprehensive
exhibition on one of the most innovative of all modern art styles.
The exhibition looks at places where Art Nouveau flourished &
traces its history. (NGA)
     http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/nouveauinfo.htm

"Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait" explores the two distinct groups of
photographs that Alfred Stieglitz made of Georgia O'Keeffe.  For
many years he had wanted to make an extended photographic portrait,
which he called a composite portrait, in which he would study one
person over a long period.  With O'Keeffe, he had an ever-present,
willing model, & would make more than 330 finished portraits over
nearly 20 years. (NGA)
     http://www.nga.gov/feature/stieglitz/4intro.htm

"Life of the People: Realist Prints & Drawings, 1912-1948" presents
American prints & drawings relating the condition of working
people, American labor & industry, & the experience & achievements
of minority groups.  The exhibit features African American artists
& Mexican muralists & is particularly rich in images from the
1930s, when the turmoil & uncertainty of the Depression led
increasing numbers of artists to turn toward socially relevant
subject matter. (LOC)
     http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/goldstein/

"Omaha Indian Music" offers a sampling of traditional Omaha Indian
music.  The sound recordings include wax cylinder recordings made
in the 1890s, as well as songs & spoken-word segments from the 1983
Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, segments from an interview with
an Omaha elder in 1983, songs & speeches from a performance by
members of the Hethu'shka Society in 1985, & portions of an
interview with an Omaha musician in 1999.  Photos, fieldnotes, &
more from the 1983 pow-wow are included. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/omhhtml/omhhome.html

"Small-Portrait Masterpieces" presents small-scale portraits made
in northern Europe between the mid-15th & late 17th centuries.  The
small portraits are surprisingly varied, not only in the materials
used, but also in their purposes & functions. (NGA)
     http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/portraitinfo.htm

=================
Foreign languages
=================

"Meeting of Frontiers: America & Russia" is a bilingual, multimedia
digital library that tells the story of the American exploration &
settlement of the West, the parallel exploration & settlement of
Siberia & the Russian Far East, & the meeting of the Russian-American
frontier in Alaska & the Pacific Northwest.  Much of the
primary material has never been published or is rare.  The site is
intended to demonstrate the educational & cultural potential of
international cooperation in the development of digital libraries.
(LOC)
     http://frontiers.loc.gov/intldl/mtfhtml/mfsplash.html

=============
Language arts
=============

"Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America" examines the
"sense of place" evoked by landscapes described in the works of
Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, & other
American writers.  Literary passages are accompanied by maps &
photos, & they are organized by region -- the Northeast, South,
Midwest, & West. (LOC)
     http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/land/

"The Wizard of Oz" explores the publishing history, stage & film
adaptations, & famous artifacts of one of America's greatest &
best-loved homegrown fairytales.  Visitors can view L. Frank Baum's
100-year-old copyright application & title page deposit, the
original Cowardly Lion wig & mane, & more. (LOC)
     http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/

====
Math
====

"AlgebraTutor" is a place where students can get help learning how
to write algebra expressions for word problems. (NSF)
     http://www.algebratutor.org/

==============
Social studies
==============

"American Memory Timeline" helps teachers & students navigate the
vast online collections of primary source materials at the Library
of Congress.  The links, arranged by chronological period, lead to
sets of selected primary sources on a variety of topics in U.S.
history. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/timeline/index.html

"Bob Hope & American Variety" looks at Hope's life as a vaudeville
actor, comic monologist, dancer, singer, sketch comedian, & master
of ceremonies.  The site showcases Bob Hope memorabilia & offers a
list of public programs at the Library. (LOC)
     http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/

"Elections... the American Way" looks at political campaigns by
exploring the history & roles of candidates & voters, the structure
of the party system & election process, & tough issues that
politicians have faced over the years. (LOC)
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/election/home.html

"Living History Project" is a place where students can learn about
the oral history interview process.  The site includes examples of
how to conduct interviews with people in the community & collect &
analyze their life histories.  The site links to life histories
that were written for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (WPA)
from 1936-1940. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lesson97/florida/home.html

"Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: 1831-1929" portrays the
early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person
accounts, political writings, & histories drawn from the
Library of Congress's general collections.  Among the topics it
highlights are the land & its resources, relations with Spain,
competition among political parties, reform efforts, &
recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/prhtml/prhome.html

"Small-Town America, 1850-1920" presents 12,000 photographs of New
York, New Jersey, & Connecticut from the 1850s to the 1910s from a
collection at the New York Public Library.  The views show natural
landscapes as well as buildings & street scenes in cities, towns, &
villages.  They also depict agriculture, industry, transportation,
homes, businesses, local celebrations, natural disasters, people, &
costumes. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/nyplhtml/dennhome.html

"Tending the Commons: Folklife & Landscape in Southern West
Virginia, 1992-1999" features original sound recordings &
photographs centered around hunting, gathering, & subsistence
gardening in the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal
River Valley.  Interpretive texts & interviews outline the social,
historical, economic, environmental, & cultural contexts of
community life, & a series of maps & a diagram depict community
activities. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cmnshtml/cmnshome.html

"When Work is Done" is a lesson plan that uses photographs as
primary sources & that can help students develop historical
analysis skills.  After completing the introductory lesson using
photographs as primary sources, students compile their own albums
based on a thesis statement about life in the 20th century. (LOC)
   http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lesson98/album/teachers.html

=======
Science
=======

"The Bridge" is a place where teachers can find marine science
education resources that are screened by science educators &
research scientists.  The site features "Scuttlebutt," a discussion
list, & tells about the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a
fast-paced academic competition for high school students. (NOAA)
     http://www.vims.edu/bridge/

"The Global Volcanism Program (GVP)" seeks to promote understanding
of all volcanoes through documenting their eruptions during the
past 10,000 years.  Visitors can review volcanic activity reports,
view data files containing geographic & geologic information for
all Holocene volcanoes (those with known activity during the last
10,000 years), & order research & publications by Smithsonian
volcanologists & their colleagues. (SI,NMNH)
     http://www.volcano.si.edu/gvp/index.htm

  Acronyms
  ~~~~~~~~
LOC  -- Library of Congress
NGA  -- National Gallery of Art
NOAA -- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NSF  -- National Science Foundation
SI,NMNH -- National Museum of Nature History

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