Smithsonian Global Sound

We’re very excited to partner with Smithsonian Global Sound to bring this free month of access to libraries and scholarly institutions everywhere. You can start exploring the content immediately; all 35,000 tracks are at your fingertips—simply click and enjoy! Access to this site will remain free through 17:00 GMT on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005.
Smithsonian Global Sound, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.

Surviving soaring energy costs

Smart technologies and efficient design can prevent budget shock

With a heating oil and natural gas crisis predicted even before multiple hurricanes devastated many production areas in the Gulf Coast region this year, schools are seeing their already overtaxed budgets further threatened by the high cost of regulating their physical environments. Article continues

Games help train kids to pay attention

In what is believed to be the first real evidence to support what is becoming a growing field of inquiry, the use of special computer games to “train” their brains improved the ability of healthy children to pay attention during scientific trials, researchers reported. Article continues


… over 300 schools will receive Australian Government grants to help them showcase civics and citizenship education activities in their local communities as part of Celebrating Democracy Week 2005,

New solution for video: A client-free player

A Libertyville, Ill., company known as Video Furnace has developed a solution for distributing video over an internet-protocol (IP) network that eliminates the need for a desktop media player. Article continues

BLC ’06–Register Now!

I know it’s still almost nine months away, but I’m already going to put in a plug for what I think is the best educational conference of the year, Alan November’s Building Learning Communities. A couple of disclaimers: Alan has become a good friend of mine, and I’m scheduled to do a day-long Read/Write Web workshop as a preconference. But having said that, even if I wasn’t involved, I’d already be registered to attend. It’s three days of really getting to know educators from around the world, and making connections with people who can become not only good resources but good friends. Read the whole post

9 Planets? 12? What’s a Planet, Anyway?

Trolling for definitions in a 21st-century solar system.

Students learn of simple machine power

In the midst of nationwide concerns over high oil and heating costs, Chambersburg Area Senior High School students are getting valuable lessons about energy.
CASHS technology teacher Raymond Setaro is exposing students to various forms of energy and electricity in his power and energy course, offered once each semester in the school’s technology education department.

Yahoo Groups – Podcasting – Education

Description Information and discussion regarding podcasting as an educational tool in today’s classroom. Teachers, educators and others share how you have used podcasting thus far, how you hope to use it soon, or any special projects that you envision using podcasting in a school setting. Exchange ideas, tech tips, lesson plans, or even your podcast.

The Human Brain

You have been entrusted with the care and feeding of the most extraordinary and complex creation in the universe. Home to your mind and personality, your brain houses your cherished memories and future hopes. It orchestrates the symphony of consciousness that gives you purpose and passion, motion and emotion.
But what do you really know about it?
Here you can get to know your brain – the food it likes, the challenges it craves, the rest it requires, the protection it deserves.
Within these pages you will find the fruit of decades of research. Here you can participate in today’s neuroscience renaissance, and learn what you can do for your brain.

Mind Over Muscle

If we want to help boys keep up with girls, we have to have an honest discussion about innate differences between the sexes.