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Glacier National Park Centennial 2010
Glacier National Park is commemorating its 100th anniversary! We invite you to explore its land and discover the relevance and meaning of its million acres to your life.

Consider this a call to action for celebration, inspiration, and engagement as Glacier National Park has the power and legacy of inspiring people to become stewards of this unique place.

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As Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow followed the Yellow Brick Road, they feared the animals they might encounter. "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" Today, a more realistic fear is the animals we might never encounter. Sadly, the wild tiger population is being threatened by poaching, habitat loss and population fragmentation. Want to learn more? Here are my recommendations for tiger hunting on the Web.
Discovery Channel: Living with Tigers
"Can you take zoo-born tiger cubs and raise them to be hunters that can survive in the wild? The answer could help shape the face of tiger conservation." The online companion to the Living with Tigers television special, this site tells the story of John and Dave Varty reintroducing two captive-born Bengal tiger cubs (Ron and Julie) to the wild in a South African sanctuary. The hope is that their offspring will be wild enough to be released back in the wilderness of their native Asia.
National Geographic: Cyber Tiger
"Congratulations, zoo keeper. Your zoo is about to receive its first-ever Siberian tiger. He's being moved to your zoo by the Siberian Tiger Species Survival Plan, a group of zookeepers trying to save the big cats by breeding them in zoos. There aren't many of these special animals left in the wild—only about 400—and your mission is to make sure this one thrives in his new zoo home." This interactive story is an example of what makes the Net great. Come play zoo keeper and help prepare your zoo for the arrival of your Siberian tiger.
National Geographic Kids: Creature Feature: Tigers
"Easily recognized by its coat of reddish-orange with dark stripes, the tiger is the largest wild cat in the world." I just love the Creature Features at National Geographic Kids. This one include eleven snippets of tiger basics, three photos, one video, a map showing where tigers live, and an e-card to send to friends or family. And best of all, you can print a collectible 3x5 card and all the tiger facts on a single piece of paper.
Tigers in Crisis
"Of the eight original subspecies of tigers, three have become extinct in the last 60 years, an average of one every 20 years.The Bali tiger became extinct in the 1930's. The Caspian tiger was forced into extinction in the 1970's. And the Javan tiger followed in the 1980's." Created by journalist and conservationist Craig Kasnoff, Tigers in Crisis tells the plight of tigers with short, informative articles accompanied by striking photos. Related international news items are featured in a sister website Tigers in Crisis News.

WWF: Endangered Species: Tigers
"The tiger is the largest of the Asian big cats and can be found in a wide range of habitats, from the evergreen and monsoon forests of the Indo-Malayan realm to the mixed coniferous-deciduous woodlands of the Russian Far East and the mangrove swamps of the Sundarbans, shared by India and Bangladesh." Visit to learn details about threats to tigers around the world, along with species fact sheets.

PowerPoint How To
Like chess, PowerPoint is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Today's tutorials cover both the technical side of creating slides, and the presentation skills needed to give a really good PowerPoint talk.
ACT360 Media: PowerPoint in the Classroom
"The Ribbon is the completely new user interface in PowerPoint 2007, designed to make it easier and faster to create fantastic presentations." Follow along with cartoon hosts Jim Jingle and Sue Special as they guide you through this move-at-your-own-pace slideshow. This eight-unit PowerPoint 2007 tutorial includes a Teachers Guide and a printable version. If you have PowerPoint 2003, there's a tutorial for you also ( ).
Garr Reynolds: Presentation Tips
Garr Reynolds is a presentation guru, and his tips address presentation skills and what to put on your slides, not how to make them. Reynolds stresses the importance of setting goals for your talk, knowing your audience, and keeping your slides simple. He argues against the commonly circulated "7 bullets per page and 7 words per line" rule, and suggests that you plan your talk on paper or a whiteboard before opening up your computer. "Simple can be hard for the presenter, but it will be appreciated by the audience. Simplicity takes more forethought and planning on your part because you have to think very hard about what to include and what can be left out." PowerPoint 2007 Essential Training
The online training site does an amazing job with videos for hundreds of software products. But they only offer the beginner videos for free, the more advanced ones require a paid membership. Even so, the quality of the videos earns them a place in my weekly picks. For PowerPoint 2007, the first eleven videos (a total of thirty-eight minutes of training) are free. You'll notice that the free videos have underlined titles, while the rest of the course segments are listed, but when you click them, you reach a sign-up page. To find the PowerPoint 2003 course, use the site search function.
PowerPoint for Dummies
Anyone here not love the Dummies books? Turns out, their website is just as awesome as their books. In addition to PowerPoint basics, these tutorials cover advanced topics such as creating motion paths for animation, and modifying the slide master. Some of the tutorials are video, although most are simply pages illustrated with lots of screenshots. In addition to the individual tutorials, there is a PowerPoint glossary that defines terms from "action button" to "x-axis."

Seth Godin: Really BAD PowerPoint
No PowerPoint training session would be complete without some discussion of how to avoid common presentation no-nos. Seth Godin, in his typical in-your-face communication style, advises us to use emotion and make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them. "Think of all the presentations you've been to where the presenter actually reads the slides. Did your audience really have to come all this way to a meeting to listen to you read the slides? Why not just send them over?"

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Math Puzzles
Math puzzles really do offer something for everyone. They can be used to engage kids who think they don't like math, or provide enrichment to those who already love math. Today's collection includes interactive and printable puzzles, brainteasers and math games for all aptitude levels.
AIMS Puzzle Corner
Activities Integrating Math and Science (AIMS) offers over a hundred printable math puzzles, categorized by type and difficulty. “The puzzles have not been assigned a grade level appropriateness because we have discovered that the ability to do a puzzle varies by individual not grade level.” Puzzle categories include Arrangement, Dissection, Divergent Thinking, Number, Logic, Toothpick, and Visual . For solutions, follow the link on the main page (you won’t find the solution linked from the individual puzzle pages.)
Cut the Knot: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
Dr. Alexander Bogomolny, a former associate math professor at the University of Iowa, describes the reason for his collection of interactive math puzzles: “Without going into research and speculations as to what causes math anxiety I hope to create a resource that would help learn, if not math itself, then, at least, ways to appreciate its beauty.” For middle-school and high- school students, there are algebra, geometry, and probability puzzles, along with dozens of other categories such as Visual Illusions and Analog Gadgets.
Dr. Mike’s Math Games
Dr. Mike’s games are nicely organized by grade level (K through 7), category (Magic Squares, Times Tables, Fractions) and type (Printable, Online and Calculator.) The online games include arcade-style shoot’em ups, quizzes, flashcards, and a Weekly Math Puzzle gadget you can add to your Google homepage. Be sure to visit the Popular page, which lists those games and puzzles that have been most popular this week and this year.
Erich’s Puzzle Palace
Erich Friedman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. His site covers a potpourri of his interests such as Math Magic, Ambigrams and a world of map of places Friedman has received email from! This page is devoted to puzzles, and it’s my pick of the day because of the quantity and quality of the puzzles. There are a few word puzzles in the mix (I loved the anagram puzzles!) but most involve logic, number sense, geometry, and chess.

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles
“A rectangular sheet of paper is folded so that two diagonally opposite corners come together. If the crease formed is the same length as the longer side of the sheet, what is the ratio of the longer side of the sheet to the shorter side?” Although Nick Hobson doesn’t appear to be adding any new puzzles, his collection is quite big with 160 math puzzles. Each one links to both a hint and the answer. Many of the puzzles also provide the solution, which is what your teacher wants want when she says “Show your work.”

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To Do Lists
Free browser-based to-do lists have proliferated like weeds over the last few years. These five sites are my favorites, and include a variety of approaches to goal tracking and productivity management. Whether you are looking for a simple list making tool, or one that integrates with your mobile phone , calendar, and email, these sites run the gamut from simple to sophisticated.
Gmail Task
Gmail Tasks (from Google) are available from within Gmail, can appear on your Google calendar, can be displayed as a gadget on your personalized Google homepage, and are accessible from your mobile browser. "Just click and type to add new tasks, set due dates or add notes, and (most satisfyingly) check them off as you're done. Your task list stays up to date no matter how you access it. It's a simple list that's with you everywhere you go."
Joe's Goals
Joe's online goal tracker is a bit different from a standard to-do list. It can be better described as daily habit or chore tracker. For example, let's say my New Year's goal is to exercise five days a week. I simply add "exercise" as a positive goal, and check off each day that I exercise. An example of a negative goal might be eating junk food or being late for school. To see a tag cloud of everyone's goals, click on the "Get Inspired" link at the top of the page. To further motivate you, your personal acheivements are available as a badge for your webpage or Google homepage.
Now Do This
Now Do This is also a different kind of productivity tool. Designed for those who work with a browser open, it lets you create a single list of items and view the items one at a time, until each is completed. When one item is "done," the next item is displayed. Now Do This is one of my favorite tools. It doesn't require an account or login, but is not intended as storage for long term to do lists.
Remember The Milk
Remember The Milk is a robust task management system that integrates with Google Calendar and Twitter, and is available from any browser as well as on the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry. Remember The Milk send task reminders via email, SMS, and instant messages. It supports lists, tags, and task clouds, as well as deadlines, priorities, repeating tasks, and task or list sharing. Tasks can be added via email, Twitter, or from a browser. On the other hand, if all you want is a single list of to-do items, Remember The Milk is intuitive enough that its advanced features won't get in your way.

Ta-da Lists
Ta-da is simple and easy to use, either at your desktop or on an iPhone. It handles multiple lists, but items do not have associated priorities, deadlines or notes. Lists can be shared publicly or privately and you can email yourself any of your lists. Lists are also available in RSS format, which opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities, such as posting them on your blog or Google homepage.

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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