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Favorite Sites
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Iroquois Indian Museum
The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The Museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project®: Developing Potential
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® (CRYP), established in 1988, has become an essential youth and family services organization, integral to the Cheyenne River Reservation's support system, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Our organization has become vital not only because we provide innovative youth programming and family services, but also because we are a grassroots initiative tailored to meet the needs of our community. With over 369 family memberships reservation wide, CRYP represents local problem solving for critical community concerns.
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Note Taking
Note taking skills are an important part of learning in both high-school and college. Is your note taking system working for you? Learn how to get the most out of lectures with advice from these college experts.
Alexandria College: Methods of Note Taking
This study skills lesson starts by introducing the Cornell note taking system (with separate areas on your paper for keywords and notes) and offers up mapping and outlining as alternative approaches. "Mapping is a visual system of condensing material to show relationships and importance. A map is a diagram of the major points, with their significant sub-points, that support a topic."
Berkeley: Effective Note-Taking
"A frequent complaint of students is that they are unable to determine during the lecture what is important and what might just as well be left out. These students may attempt to write down every word uttered by the professor, combining page after page of isolated facts and details but missing a more general understanding of the material, as they are too busy writing to listen." The Student Learning Center from University of California, Berkeley, offers a solution to this common problem with tips on what to do before, during and after a lecture.
James Madison University: Notetaking
This tutorial from James Madison University presents five common note taking problems and solutions. Included is a step-by-step illustrated tutorial on using the Cornell note taking method to organize your notes and make them easier to understand. Be sure to follow the link to the sample note that is at the bottom of the Cornell Notes page.
Princeton: Listen Actively and Take Great Notes
"You can maximize what you learn in and from lectures by following three easy steps: 1) adopt active listening skills; 2) take clear, effective notes; and 3) review your notes within 24 hours of taking them."

Sweet Briar College: Note-Taking Skills
"Take notes selectively. Do NOT try to write down every word. Remember that the average lecturer speaks approximately 125-140 words per minute, and the average note-taker writes at a rate of about 25 words per minute." This one-pager is full good advice on how to improve your note taking system, including using abbreviations and symbols.

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Maker Movement
The maker movement is a contemporary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) culture that encourages invention and prototyping. It includes engineering activities such as electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing, as well as more traditional crafts such as metalworking, and woodworking. It stresses the creative use of DIY, technology, and learning practical skills.
"DIY is a place for kids to share what they do, meet others who love the same skills, and be awesome. The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying - we all learn by doing." Fashioned after scouting badges, skills are learned by completing challenges, and patches are earned along the way. For example, the Game Dev skill includes 7 challenges, the first of which is creating an image sprite.
The Instructables community grew from an idea at MIT Media Lab in 2006. They now house over one hundred thousand projects. "Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations." Sharing can be done with photos, step-by-step instructions or video. Exploring can be done via Channels (popular ones include ebooks, Arduino, Toys and Photography), or the Recent and Popular lists.
Make: is a digital and paper magazine, the producer of Maker Faire, and a website. "The site features breaking DIY news and information, original content on building, repairing, and modifying the technology that surrounds us, and step-by-step project articles on a broad range of topics." Start your exploration with Projects (look for it on the secondary horizontal menu) for a "cookbook of DIY projects for the workshop, kitchen, garage, and backyard."
"We think everyone should have the hardware and resources to learn and play with cool electronic gadgetry." SparkFun supports their vision with online tutorials, curriculum for electronics classes, and a national bus tour "to spread innovation at schools, libraries, and hackerspaces throughout the country!" Tutorials cover concepts (polarity, electric power), skills (how to read a schematic), projects, and technology (GPS basics).

Sylvia's Show
Sylvia (host) and her dad (producer) produce "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show!" about "everything cool and worth making". Recent videos include Lilypad Heartbeat Pendant (using an Arduino and a pulse sensor), and Sylvia's Squishy Circuits (a pliable dough you can make in your kitchen). Sylvia's enthusiasm for science is catching, and I loved the comments from viewers who wished their high-school science teachers had been as effective.

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Paul McCartney
Despite being a Beatles fan for nearly fifty years, I'd never seen any of the Fab Four perform in person until I saw Paul McCartney in San Francisco last week on his Out There tour. Hearing 65,000 fans (of all ages) sign along with Sir Paul for three hours straight was an experience I won't quickly forget. Paul McCartney Radio
With music by the Beatles, Wings, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and of course, Paul McCartney, this free online radio station includes an optional photo slideshow in the audio player. As each song plays, you have the option to favorite it, tag it, add it to a playlist, remove it from your library, or buy it. With a free account, your music preferences are saved, and your radio stations become more customized.
Paul McCartney
Paul's official site features lots of photos, videos, a discography, touring schedule, news, and links to all his official social media profiles. Click on Charity to learn more about the causes important to him, including Peta and Meat Free Monday. "Meat Free Monday highlights how going without meat for at least one day a week can make a huge difference to the planet, our health and even our pockets."
YouTube: Paul McCartney Channel
The 176 videos from Paul's official YouTube channel include a mix of music, news, television clips, concert snippets, and interviews. Although most are short form, there some are full-length features, such as the 56 minute "Good Evening New York City" documentary. "Shea Stadium, New York, August 15, 1965. Images and sounds that would go down in history when a world record crowd of 55,600 watched the Beatles. July 8, 2008 at the last ever concert at the stadium, Paul McCartney secretly flies in to join Billy Joel on stage. One year later, and Paul proudly returns to open the magnificent City Hall stadium, built on the hallowed ground of Shea."
Bio: Paul McCartney
"Paul McCartney was born June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. His work with the Beatles in the 1960s helped lift popular music from its origins in the entertainment business and transform it into a creative, highly commercial art form." Visit for a three-page biography of Sir Paul that includes links and videos about each of the Fab Four.

BrainyQuote: Paul McCartney Quotations
"Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music." "I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." In addition to three pages of quotes by McCartney, there is also a page of quotes about McCartney. Look for the link in the right-hand column.

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Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein, known as one of the greatest scientists of all time, was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. The following sites explore his life and his work - and what struck me most was how accessible Einstein's theories can be when explained with examples and illustrations.
American Institue of Physics: Einstein: Image and Impact
The American Institute of Physics site (my pick of the day) explores Einstein's life through historical accounts, photographs and sound clips. The Brief Version (recommended for elementary students and anyone not wanting to read all one hundred pages of the Main Exhibit) can be traversed by following the Next Page link at the very bottom of each page. Clicking on any other links for more detail will take you into the Main Exhibit. To return to your tour through the Brief Version, use your browser back button, or start again at the home page.
BrainyQuote: Albert Einstein Quotes
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." While I might argue with Einstein's first statement, I can't agree more with his conclusion about the importance of effort. Want to understand relativity? Here's Einstein's short version: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."
"Today, the practical applications of Einstein's theories include the development of the television, remote control devices, automatic door openers, lasers, and DVD-players. Recognized as TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century' in 1999, Einstein's intellect, coupled with his strong passion for social justice and dedication to pacifism, left the world with infinite knowledge and pioneering moral leadership." Calling itself "The Official Site", has a short biography, a photo gallery, a quote page, but very little about his theories and his work.
PBS Nova: Einstein's Big Idea
"A hundred years ago, a deceptively simple formula revealed a hidden unity, buried deep in the fabric of the universe. It tells of a fantastic connection between energy, matter and light. Its author was a youthful Albert Einstein. It's the most famous equation in the world: E = mc²." Based on the book "A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation" by David Bodanis, this full-length movie (narrated by John Lithgow) can be viewed online. A transcript is also available.

The Why Files: The Importance of Being Einstein
For middle and high school science enthusiasts, The Why Files dive into Einstein's theories about the speed of light and the space-time continuum. Twentieth century physics "has been a long trail of vindication for Einstein's theories." And this great Why Files site takes you by the hand to show how black holes and neutron stars offer proof of theories Einstein made eighty years earlier.

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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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