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The Internet Scout Project

“Since 1994, the Scout Project has focused on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.

Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus, and part of the University’s College of Letters and Sciences, Scout has access to highly educated content specialists and a world-class array of computer science and library resources. Our eclectic staff blends academics and professionals from Library Science and Computer Science, along with graduate and undergraduate students studying the sciences, social sciences and humanities.”

One can sign up for a weekly electronic alert service. To create an account, go to:

If you already subscribe, but,  like me, you fell behind in reading it over the summer, I have selected some of the sites listed over the summer.

Volume 17, Number 33 August 19, 2011


Centre for Effective Learning in Science (UK)

Volume 17, Number 32 August 12, 2011

Sing About Science and Math

Virtual Nerd

Public Library of Science ONE

Teaching Every Student

Making Learning Real with Problem Based Case Learning 

Volume 17, Number 31 August 5, 2011

Multi-Cultural Teaching:  Information and Strategies  (U. of Michigan) 

Volume 17, Number 30 July 29, 2011MESSENGER (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory )MESSENGER = MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging

Neuroscience Education Resources  NERVE Encycloportal

Natural History Museum UK includes games 

Volume 17, Number 29 July 22, 2011

National Weather Service Weather Education

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Volume 17, Number 28 July 15, 2011

Advanced Lab Teaching Resources Physics and Astronomy  (Haverford College)

National Center for Blind Youth in Science


Financial Education in the Math Classroom (Drexel Univ.) 

Volume 17, Number 27 July 8, 2011

National Institute for General Medical Science



Below is an additional comment about e-textbooks.  It was posted to PHYS-L by James Deane, who teaches at the Ottawa, Kansas high school.  Jim gave me permission to share his comments. 

 “I have collected several online textbooks to ‘give’ to my students
over the years, but they are all free.  Some are better for high
school students, some better for college, some better for teachers.

I haven’t used any of them as a primary text, but then I have
plentiful decent textbooks

Motion Mountain:
Light and Matter:
Discover Physics:
Newtonian Physics:
Physics Hypertextbook:
Spiral Physics:
Stargazers to Starships:


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James K. Deane
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Are you looking for credits to complete your certification?  This post is a summary of a discussion that took place on OPHUN-L, a listserv for physics teachers.

American Museum of Natural History

University of Virgina

North Carolina State (Matter and Interactions)

For actually learning physics content nothing beats hands-on, student centered, discourse-intensive  experiences for physics teachers led by master teachers, so do consider a summer modeling course as well:

Arizona State U.

Buffalo State

SUNY Learning Network

Multiple universities (including Montana State — highly recommended by others)

E-textbooks have been on my mind for a while.  I was pleased to discover that Brian Simboli, science librarian at Lehigh University, has written an excellent blog entry on e-textbooks.  Brian describes the various models of delivering e-textbooks and links to reports and studies relevant to the topic.

 The Internet Archive offers an advanced search feature that allows you to limit your search for digitized texts by many factors.

A subject search on physics in open library finds 7,237 digitized books.  They are listed by subject matter, for example:  solid state physics, cloud physics, physics in fiction, plasma physics.

The e-books directory offers quite a few books in the sciences.

This is not a complete list, by any means.  No, I have not investigated each title.  My purpose is to bring to your attention some sources for electronic books.  My hope is that some of you will find some of  them useful.  One word of caution.  It can be a little frustrating searching these collections.  Not all of the items digitized are available for free in their entirety. At the very least, one has access to a complete citation and an abstract.

Science students will sometimes ask:  “What does a scientist do?”.  Many of the professional societies offer informtation about careers in their specialty.  I have used Connotea, a free service of The Nature Publishing Group, to collect links to those pages.  If a students asks you what a physicist, or biologist, or geologist does, go to this page.

I checked for broken links on February 8th, 2011.

You can sort my Connotea collection on any of the keywords on the left side of the screen.  The collection is currently sorted on careers.

Certain questions seem to arise periodically.  Requests for recommendations for good reading for science students falls into that category.  There are a few lists online that could be of use.  Those are listed below. 

In addition, it would be nice to collect recommended titles in one place.  If you will send titles of books that you find especially suitable for students, I will create a virtual library and share it.  You can leave comments on the blog, or contact me directly at

Last, but not least, I suggest that you work with your local librarian to find suitable materials.

NSTA Recommends is your best source for thoughtful, objective recommendations of science-teaching materials. Our panel of reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—has determined that the products recommended here are among the best available supplements for science teaching. In the section called outstanding science trade books, you can limit by age level and format.  There are 95 book titles in the list.

Science NetLinks is part of Thinkfinity, a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 premier educational organizations. The Thinkfinity partners include the AAAS, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Economic Education, the National Geographic Society, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the Literacy Network.  Here is the link to the  Science NetLinks suggested reading list.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page offers a list of books broken down by age groups.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburg offers a service that break down by discipline suitable science and  technology books for young adults.

The ability to evaluate information is a critical skill to have.  There are several helpful web sites out there.

 Kathy Scrock’s web page “Brush Up on Internet Skills”  offers four lesson plans, including one on evalatuation. is an educational resource for high school teachers and students. It’s  designed to help students learn to cut through the fog of misinformation and deception that surrounds the many messages they’re bombarded with every day. Our site is a sister to the award-winning Annenberg Political Fact Check, which goes by the Internet address and monitors the factual accuracy of what is said in the nation’s political arena.

Both websites are projects of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, with funding for provided by a grant from the Flora Family Foundation.

QUICK, The Quality Information Checklist.

The Internet Detective:  Wise up to the Web is an excellent tutorial.