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The valley of the first iron masters The Valley of the First Iron Masters website appeared as a result of a year long Heritage Lottery Funded project to create an interactive resource for the archaeology of the Foulness Valley, East Yorkshire, which has been subject to detailed survey since 1980. The area is described as being the home to one of Britain's largest prehistoric iron industries. The website concentrates on the prehistoric and Roman periods in this geographic location and is an extensive source of information, including data from fieldwork, the local Sites and Monuments Record and the Portable Antiquities Databas From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Linguistics and education Linguistics and Education is an online journal covering problems related to various aspects of language use in educational setting including: classroom interaction; language diversity; language policy and curriculum; written language learning; and language disorders. Also explored are applications to educational issues of fundamental research in: linguistics; sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics; discourse analysis; social semiotics; conversational analysis; and ethno methodology. Volume 3 to volume 15 (1991 to 2004) are available online in PDF format either as a full text, an abstracts, or an From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Il giornale a Venezia Il giornale a Venezia (The newspaper in Venice) is a Web site that takes as its theme the origins and development of journalism in Venice. The site provides an overview of various publications and leading figures in the world of journalism in Venice in the eighteenth century. It also includes a look at the influence of the French and English press on Venetian journalism, in particular the political satire of the English publication Spectator. Some of the Venetian publications considered are: Gazzetta Veneta (The Veneto Gazzette); Il mondo morale (Moral World); and L'osservatore (The Obser From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


The Lied and art song texts page The Lied and art song text page is an online collection of over 17,000 texts of Lieder, classical art songs, and classical vocal songs. Users can locate texts from an index by: composer; poet; first line; title; or language. Over 15 languages are represented, although most texts are in German, English, Italian, and Spanish. A search facility allows users to locate individual words in texts. A printable version of texts is offered and some are translated from the original language. An extensive bibliography of relevant works is made available. Some of the composers whose work is included are: B From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Virtually the Ice Age 'Virtually the Ice Age' has been produced by the Cresswell Heritage Trust. It provides an introduction to various themes within the Ice Age and uses the site of Cresswell Crags in Nottinghamshire as the main focus, allowing users to explore the site in a number of different ways. The website consists of the following areas: A virtual tour of the limestone gorge at Cresswell Crags including QuickTime panoramas from strategic points around the site. A series of themed pages which explore Stone Age people, the landscape of the Ice Age, and 100 years of exploration of the site. A ca From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


HEIRNET : historic environment information resources network The HEIRNET register contains details of Historic Environment Information Resources held by organisations from across the UK. The register includes details of National Monuments Records, Sites and Monuments Records, national thematic inventories, specialist resources and other information sources. By listing these resources HEIRNET encourages efficient and effective use of resources and economies of effort in data collection. The database contains over 350 records and users can search the register by subject, theme and name to find contact details and (where available) links to web-sites of p From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


PastScape PastScape has been designed as a user-friendly online interface into the National Monument Record database for England. The database contains some 400,000 records on the archaeology and buildings of England. The site offers two interfaces for searching the database. The first is text-based and functions without the help of plug-ins. The second 'fun' interface uses Flash images to interactively build a where, what, when search. Once a search has been carried out, the full record for a site can be viewed. This includes a detailed and quite specialist text description, images where a From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Reconstructing the Quseiri Arabic Documents The RQAD is a joint project supported by the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, in association with the School of Computing at the University of Leeds. The project was set up in 2001 to reconstruct and evaluate old Arabic documents written on paper and ostrich eggshells found around the Egyptian Red Sea coast and to re-evaluate the role played by the harbour town of Quesir in the commercial and cultural exchanges between Egypt, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods (13th-15th centuries AD). In Roman time From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Viking and Anglo-Saxon landscape and economy Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy (VASLE) is a major three year archaeological project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB). It aims to analyse the wealth of data found through activities such as metal-detecting, against those found through more traditional archaeological methods. The project encompasses the whole of England, and aims to evaluate the density of settlements found by metal-detecting; provide a framework to identify different site types through their metalwork and coinage assemblages; to study site development and morphology; and to chart ethnic iden From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Archivio storico del patriarcato di Venezia This Web site provides details of the archives held by the Archivio storico del patriarcato di Venezia (Historical archive of the patriarchate of Venice). The archive's contents relate to the Church in Venice and an alphabetical list of the parishes, religious organisations, and religious figures, whose archives are held, is made available. A short description of the history of parishes and churches is included. The site describes the Archive's library and includes a link to a resource that allows users to search the catalogue. Details of conferences and events connected with the Arc From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Associazione archivio per la memoria e la scrittura delle donne Associazione Archivio per la memoria e la scrittura delle donne (Association 'Archive for the memory and writing of women') is a Web site dedicated to promoting the documentation and research of women's writing and women authors in Italy. The Association holds archives of women writers such as: Sibilla Aleramo; Luisa Adorno; Flora Wiechmann Savioli; and Donatella Contini. Short biographies of the authors and descriptions of each archive's contents are included, as are some personal photographs. Documents in the archives relate to the personal and professional lives of the a From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


The prehistoric village at Cladh Hallan A short series of web pages reporting on the University of Sheffield's excavations at Cladh Hallan, South Uist between 1989 and 2002. Two Bronze Age settlement mounds were excavated in advance of destruction by quarrying. Roundhouses and evidence of cultivation were found and more famously, possible evidence of prehistoric mummification. The site consists of three separate pages, Part I, II and III. These pages describe some of the findings of the excavations and include a small number of site photographs to illustrate the text. Topics include a discussion of the settlement evidence, the From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Commissione parlamentare d'inchiesta sul fenomeno della mafia e delle altre associazioni criminali similari This is the Web site for Commissione parlamentare d'inchiesta sul fenomeno della mafia e delle altre associazioni criminali similari (Parliamentary research commission into the phenomenon of the mafia and other similar criminal organisations). The Commission was established in 1996 to ascertain and evaluate the nature of changes in the mafia in Italy. This Web site makes available the full transcripts of the commission's sessions between 1996 and 2000 in PDF format. Documents approved by the commission are also provided and cover topics such as: the infiltration of the mafia in Paler From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


The modern antiquarian : ancient sites, stone circles, neolithic sites, ancient monuments, prehistoric sites, megalithic mysteries The Modern Antiquarian, based on Julian Cope's book of the same name, is a large resource of folklore, images, news, forums and links and an excellent 'community' archaeology website. The scope of the site is the prehistoric landscape, focusing particularly on visual remains such as henges, stone circles, standing stones, burial mounds, rock art and hillforts. There is a lot of content on this website but two particular strengths that I mention here: Firstly there are some superb images on this website and the resource is growing and developing as more and more users add conte From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


emuseum (Japan) The eMuseum website provides highly detailed images and brief descriptive information on national treasures and important cultural properties held by the museums of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara. The site contains a large number of Japanese artefacts together with earlier Chinese paintings and documents. The site is primarily based around browsing images but also contains short descriptions for each object. All the information on the site is presented in five languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English and French. The site is navigated via an easy to use graphical interface and is organised into a From New Humbul Resources on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..


Water Cycle Very kid friendly site. There are actual pictures of the various vocabulary and examples of places where water exists or can be found. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Plate Tectonics Short animations of processes that occur along plate boundaries. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Refuting Fox TV. The Apollo Missions Were Not A Hoax Do your students ever argue that NASA and the American Government faked the moon landings in order to "beat" the Russians? Well if they do, then Fox television probably re-ran their Docudrama proposing that we never landed on the moon. This website refutes each point made during this program using real scientific principles. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Plate Tectonics Pangaea Interactive map,continentaldrift write up, glossary, and a word search game. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


questions about planets game type where we answer questions about planets, rags to riches From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Global Warming This page contains a general description of global warming along with specific pages provided describing evidence of supporters and skeptics. In addition to the information provided there are links to related websites. Along with this information is a lesson plan. This lesson asks students to research and collect information on global warming in preparation for a debate on global warming, This is a great way to get students involved and motivated. This page, along with the links, provides accurate and useful information. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


atmosphere true false quiz about the atmosphere From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


stars and galaxies vocabulary practice vocabulary of stars and galaxies by matching squares From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Water Cycle Very kid friendly site. There are actual pictures of the various vocabulary and examples of places where water exists or can be found. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:30 p.m..


Microfinance Gateway The Microfinance Gateway is an online resource for the microfinance industry. It includes an FAQ, research and publications, specialised resource centers, organisation and the latest news and events and opportunities in microfinance. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..


CowFund: A Hand Up, Not Handout CowFund is an Australian not-for-profit initiative that aims to support the delivery of microcredit projects in developing communities in Asia. Often the microcredit projects supported by CowFund involve the provision of cows and other livestock to needy families - hence the name CowFund. CowFund aims to offer needy families 'a hand up, not a handout'. All CowFund programs are locally-designed, cooperative systems which ensure that investment made by individuals returns to themselves and their communities. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Microfinance Idea Card The IdeaCard is a collection of good practices and inspiring ideas in microfinance. They are taken from microfinance initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The IdeaCard is intended to be a menu of options that can be used to design, develop and maintain a microfinance institution. Each IdeaCard is simple and short, enabling its easy adoption. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Defining Entrepreneurship This article by Paul De-Masi asks the questions: what is entrepreneurship and can you measure it? It concludes with the warning that the entrepreneurial characteristics required to launch a business successfully are often not those required for growth and even more frequently not those required to manage it once it grows to any size. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 10:30 a.m..


Microfinance: A Teacher's Resource Microfinance: A Teacher’s Resource for the International Year of Microcredit has been written for primary and secondary teachers to introduce students to the concept of microcredit. Microcredit, and more broadly microfinance, is an important tool for reducing poverty and giving poor people a better chance to live. The site provides teachers with a range of photographs as a photoliteracy tool for exploring the concepts of credit and debt, small business opportunities and microfinance. The material can be adapted to suit a wide variety of year levels and teaching and learning programs. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 9:30 a.m..


What are the Options? Extension Programs for Gifted and Talented Students in Comprehensive Schools: a Discussion Paper 2004 This is a revised version of the policy document 'Policy and implementation strategies for the education of gifted and talented students' and forms the foundation for the development of extension programs in comprehensive secondary schools. From EdNA Online on June 24, 2005 at 5:04 a.m..


Buoyancy Excellent page that discusses Archimedes' principal and buoyancy. Great visuals, easy to read & understand. All necessary vocabulary is highlighted & linked to other parts of the site with visual examples of the definitions. Useful for lessons concerning CA standard 8 (density & buoyancy). From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Block on a Ramp-Equal Angles Demonstration Shockwave demo showing the equality of the angle on a ramp to the angle that gravity acts on a block From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Mapping Plate Boundaries This is a site that incorporates using longitude and latitude to plot geologic hazards. Earthquakes and volcanoes are associated with the movement of plate boundaries. This site has many good links to gather up to date information dealing with geology. It has an assignment which can be used as is or modified to fit your assignment. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Galaxy Hunter This is an interactive, online exploration in which students use actual data from the Hubble telescope to learn about random sampling, bias, and statistical variability. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Astronomy Picture of the Day Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Everything You Want to Know About Cells Interactive introduction to cell biology. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Mendelian Genetics Great interactive website. Students can practice punnett squares with pea breeding. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Classifying Galaxies Student tutorial page relating to the Hubble's classification scheme of galaxies. Includes student worksheet (see assignments) From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


Pros and Cons of Smallpox Vaccinations Two articles about smallpox vaccinations in response to bioterrorism threats. One article discusses the benefits and low risk involved, while the second article discusses the dangers and that the risk isn't worth it. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on June 24, 2005 at 3:08 a.m..


UQ Rentals Online An electronic accommodation database for University of Queensland students looking for somewhere to live. From EdNA Online on June 24, 2005 at 2:21 a.m..


Key Open Access Concepts Excerpt from Bailey, Charles W., Jr. Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2005. The section provides a brief introduction to some of the major open access concepts. From EdNA Online on June 24, 2005 at 2:21 a.m..


Hard Core Planet Cracked like an old cricket ball, the Earth's crust is split into tectonic plates that shape our planet and even our lives. The regeneration and regurgitation of these plates is called plate tectonics and is the source of our earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. From EdNA Online on June 24, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


International Year of Microcredit 2005: What Clients Say Stories of poor and low-income clients that have benefited from access to the financial services being highlighted in the International Year of Microcredit. From Recent Items on June 24, 2005 at 12:30 a.m..


Learning Support and Information Literacy Waterford Institute of Technology Libraries (Ireland) provides an online information skills tutorial (OLAS) based on a set of learning outcomes adopted and adapted from the CAUL Australian Information Literacy Standards 'Information Skills Benchmarks' (Goodwin). The site also contains overview articles entitled: 'About Information Literacy' and 'Virtual Learning Environments'. From EdNA Online on June 23, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Women Vision International (WVI) Success Stories Women Vision International (WVI) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides loans and training to help women worldwide become economically self-sufficient. The Success Stories section of their website includes the story of Madam Fuku, Queen Mother of the Agogo Community Market in the City of Kumasi in Ghana. From Recent Items on June 23, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


Trickle Up Entrepreneurs: the Lowest-Income People Help Themselves The Trickle-Up Program targets the poorest, most vulnerable people who are often underserved by other microfinance programs. These people include women, non-literate people, refugees, internally displaced people, disadvantaged minorities, youth at risk, HIV/AIDS-affected families, as well as victims of domestic abuse, armed conflict and natural disaster. The site contains stories of several entrepreneurs from India, Mali, Uganda and and Cambodia. From Recent Items on June 23, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..


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