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Big Brain Awards - Outstanding Educational Sites of 2002


Site: The Lost Museum

Author: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and others

URL: http://www.lostmuseum.cuny.edu

Site: FamilyGames.com

Author: Nick Sullivan

URL: http://familygames.com/free/egt.html

Site: Shared Drawing

Author: Randall Moss

URL: http://www.shareddrawing.com/

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 3

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3964

Site: Spanish Unlimited

Author: Internet Education Services, SL

URL: http://www.spanishunlimited.com/su/

Site: Learn.co.uk: Maths - Key Stage 3

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3961

Site: The Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author: Online Writing Workshops, LLC

URL: http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/

Site: Create Art

Author: Sanford Corporation

URL: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/create/create.html

Site: GeoNet

Author: Houghton Mifflin Company

URL: http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/


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Category -> Art
More great Art sites here

New and used books on drawing at Powell's

Drawing Portraits

The proportions and structures of the human head and hands, and how to draw them

Site: ArtWow Drawing Lessons: The Human Eye

URL: http://www.art-wow.com/Lessons/eyes/eyesIntro.html

More detailed and informative than ArtWow's Human Body tutorial listed below, The Human Eye gives lots of detailed tips on how to bring life and realism to your drawings of the eye. Highly recommended.

Tip: Unless you have a really ancient browser, choose "Dynamic Lessons." If you're just beginning to draw, check out this page: http://www.art-wow.com/HTML/drawing.html

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Virtual Pose 2

The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure - CD ROM

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The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression

Site: ArtWow Drawing Lessons - the Face and Head

URL: http://www.art-wow.com/Lessons/draw4.html

Interactive Tutorial. Good, solid instruction on such vital points as facial proportions, facial geometry, and eye placement, topped with 16 rules for drawing faces. Highly Recommended.

Tip: If you're just beginning to draw, check out this page: http://www.art-wow.com/HTML/drawing.html

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Art Students' Anatomy


Basic elements, common positions; a long-time students' favorite

Careers in Art: an Illustrated Guide

A definitive manual for anyone seeking to earn a living in art or design

Site: Create Art

Author: Sanford Corporation

URL: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/create/create.html

Sanford, the art supplies people, created this interactive art site with more art lesssons and technique demonstrations than can possibly be listed here. It's aimed at children, but useful for beginners of any age.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Animals

1419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.

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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


Learn to draw no matter how little talent you think you have. A revised and expanded edition of the classic drawing-instruction book that has sold more than 2,500,000 copies

Site: Shared Drawing

Author: Randall Moss

URL: http://www.shareddrawing.com/index.html

Collaborate with others in real-time to create drawings and animation. Take a snapshot of your drawing and add it to the Gallery. Join an online community of artists to create a spectacular, ever evolving hand-drawn film.

Tip: What you Need: 1)A Java enabled web browser. 2) Patience, if you have a 56k or slower connection to the Internet. At 56 kbps, it will take about 25 seconds to load the drawing applet.

Tip: The gallery of snapshots shows 1) what's possible with this wonderful creative online tool, and 2) how much fun artists of all ages are having on this truly wonderful site.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Making a Living as an Artist


Includes industry standards, studio management, presentation, relationships with galleries, alternatives to galleries, legal issues, and the psychology of creativity

Sister Wendy's Grand Tour: Discovering Europe's Great Art

Site: Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art Hisoty

URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/splash.htm

A beautiful and deeply interactive overview of world art history through chronology, maps, and themes, highlighting items in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Includes fabulous videos.

Tip: Changes regularly. Extends to 1400 a.d. as of this review, but will eventually extend to the present day. Bookmark and visit often.

Tip: Check out the Navigating the Timeline link at the bottom of the page.

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The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

Music Reading for Guitar

Like a complete two-year guitar course in book form- includes over 450 songs and examples

Site: FamilyGames.com

Author: Nick Sullivan

URL: http://familygames.com/

Nick Sullivan, author of The Seventh Princess, presents the free NoteCard music reading tutorial. 12 levels of difficulty progressing until the entire musical staff has been mastered. Other great tutors and games available as well.

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How to Play Popular Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons

A beginner-friendly introduction to guitar.


Category -> Geography
More great Geography sites here

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Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy


Lene Gammelgaard was the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but Eight of her team's climbers perished in a tragedy that would make headlines around the world

Site: Everest: Roof of the World

Author: The Museum of Science, Boston

URL: http://www.mos.org/Everest/home.htm

A stunning and unforgettable journey to the summit of Mt. Everest. Photos, text, animations, and lots of interactivity as you follow a team from base camp to summit and share their adventures, sorrows, and eventual triumph.

Tip: Click the link "Interactive Tour" in the top center area of the page linked above to begin the tour.

Tip: There's more than meets the eye on most pages, so watch for the "More ->" arrow to get the most out of this amazing tour.

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The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest


In May 1996, two expeditions attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Alone and climbing blind, expedition guide Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death

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Ghostly American places


Visit North America's most spine-tingling haunts and discover more than forty documented cases of real-life ghost dwellings in every region of the U.S - More than 40 photographs

Site: GeoNet

Author: Houghton Mifflin Company

URL: http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/

Don't let the cartoony look of this site fool you, the GeoNet quizzes at the "Hard" level will challenge most adults' geographical knowledge. All quizzes are on the U.S., with four regions and six categories to a region. Can you beat Dr. Brain's score of 4175 in the West?

Tip: At the top right of the window is a link to useful reference maps of the U.S.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Route 66 75TH Anniversary Edition


For 75 years, Route 66 has been the highway of dreams, and this bestselling guide--first published in 1990--has sparked an unprecedented revival of the forgotten towns, diners, and motels along the route

New and used books on Africa at Powell's
Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain


A grand visual panorama of life, death, and renewal on the great Serengeti plain of Africa. 280 color photographs

Site: FamilyGames.com

Author: Nick Sullivan

URL: http://familygames.com/free/agt.html

Nick Sullivan, author of The Seventh Princess, presents the free African Geography Tutor, one of the programs that first inspired Doctor Brain to create the Laboratory. Even if you've always been...ahem..."geographically challenged," this tutorial/game can teach you the name and location of African countries and their capitals ina flash. A map to explore, and two types of quizzes to test your knowledge. Great for adults and kids, too.

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Africa


A British writer/photojournalist brings to light Africa's geology and evolution, geography and climates, its peoples and their ways of life, in a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope

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Site: Family Games: European Geography Tutor

Author: Nick Sullivan

Nick Sullivan, author of The Seventh Princess, presents the free European Geography Tutor, one of the programs that first inspired Doctor Brain to create the Laboratory. Even if you've always been...ahem..."geographically challenged," this tutorial/game can teach you the name and location of 39 European countries in as little as 30 minutes. A map to explore, and two types of quizzes to test your knowledge. Great for adults and kids, too.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe


Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later he decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth

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The New Roadside America: The Modern Traveler's Guide to the Wild and Wonderful World of America's Tourist Attractions


There are wacky, one-of-a-kind treasures lurking among the Gaps and Burger Kings alongside our highways and byways, and The New Roadside America hightlights them all - 250 photographs

Site: Family Games: U.S. Geography Tutor

Author: Nick Sullivan

URL: http://familygames.com/free/ugt.html

Nick Sullivan, author of The Seventh Princess, presents the free U.S. Geography Tutor, one of the programs that first inspired Doctor Brain to create the Laboratory. Even if you've always been...ahem..."geographically challenged," this tutorial/game can teach you the name and location of all 50 states in a flash. A map to explore, and two types of quizzes to test your knowledge. Great for adults and kids, too.

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Best Travel Activity Book Ever!


There are hours of fun in this best-selling big book of puzzles, mazes, connect-the-dots, and color-by-number activities


Category -> History
More great History sites here

New and used books on european history at Powell's
Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, 7000-3500 BC: Myths and Cult Images


The goddess, fertility images, mythical animals, and other artifacts are analyzed for their mythic and social significance in this beautifully illustrated study

Site: Ancient Egypt Discovery Case

Author: Royal Ontario Museum

URL: http://www.rom.on.ca/egypt/case/

The "Discovery Case" of this site's title is an interactive treasure chest loaded with beautifully-presented information on dozens of subjects relating to Ancient Egypt. Aimed at older students and adults, with a teacher's area and links to resources. Dr. Brain says, "This one's a keeper!"

Tip: During the school year, you can click the question mark icon at the bottom of the menu to "Ask an Egyptologist."

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Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries


The history of Egyptian archaeology, beginning with Napolean's Great Expedition in 1799 through to the excavation of the golden mummies in 1999

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The Celts: Life, Myth, and Art


The artistic brilliance and sophisticated vision of a civilization that stretched from Ireland to Turkey - richly illustrated with 120 glorious color photos and specially commissioned artworks across every page

Site: Documenting a Democracy

URL: http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/

A beautifully-presented and comprehensive site about the history of Australia through its documents. Dr. Brain is willing to bet that unless you actually are Australian you know very little about this fascinating, vital nation. Maybe it's time you learned. Explore via Places, Pathways (theme trails), a Timeline of events, or the Picture Album. There's a useful site directory, and a glossary of possibly unfamiliar words.

Tip: Indigenous Australians are advised that this website may include images or names of people now deceased.

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The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding


A beautifully recounted story of the strange origins of the Australian soul

New and used books on Australian history at Powell's
What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788


The definitive guide to the fascinating events and achievements in Australian history - an invaluable reference for archivists, students, historians, librarians, and trivia buffs

Site: Ned Kelly: Australian Iron Outlaw

Author:

URL: http://www.ironoutlaw.com/

Ned Kelly (1854-1889) is Australia's most infamous folk hero, soon to be the subject of a major motion picture starring Australian actor Heath Ledger. This site unfolds the story and the legend of Ned and his gang in numerous well-designed and well-illustrated pages packed with information and entertainment. Dr. Brain says, "Don't miss this one!"

Tip: The opening page, linked above, is not to be missed, but if the navigation confuses you, let us suggest this page for a clearer idea of the site structure.

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Australian Cowboys, Roughriders, & Rodeos


Did you know there were Australian cowboys? Dr. Brain didn't. Aren't books wonderful?

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Wars of the Roses


The war between the royal Houses of Lancaster and York, the longest and most complex in British history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy - the war itself and the historic figures who fought it on the great stage of England

Site: Middle Ages

Author: Annenberg/CPB/Learner.org

URL: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/

7 beautifully-illustrated learning areas. Each page gives a brief overview, then offers a more detailed article from a link at the bottom. Here and there are mini-pictures leading to even more details. Medieval life at home, in towns, in the church, and much more.

Tip: Don't ignore the link at bottom if you want more details than are offered on the first page of each learning area.

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The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World


Included are descriptions of daily life, clothing trends, medical practices, and more, all related to life in 10th-century medieval Europe

New and used books on canadian history at Powell's
The Penguin history of Canada


Canada possesses a history rich in incident and personality. Here, it is traced from the earliest expeditions in search of fish and fur to the 20th century

Site: Living Memory

Author: National Archives of Canada

URL: http://www.archives.ca/05/0509_e.html

Explore the history of Canada by theme (First Peoples, New France, Women, etc.), by time period, or by media type. The site features links to historical art, maps, government records, manuscripts and more from the Canadian National Archives. Play games, unscramble puzzles, download a Canadian Treasures screensaver.

Tip: Both broad and deep, this site's easy to get lost in, but well worth the trip. Pack a bag.

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Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada


The moving story of the mass migration that brought a million Irish men and women to Canada in the first half of the 19th century

New and used books on american history at Powell's
The Great Chicago Fire


A history of the event that shaped the modern midwest, illustrated with photos and drawings

Site: The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory

Author: Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University

URL: http://www.chicagohs.org/fire/intro/

"an online exhibition produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Academic Technologies of Northwestern University to mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most famous events in American history, as well as the most formative event in the history of Chicago," this site views an event of monumental historic significance from many different viewpoints, including eyewitness acconts, contemporary newspaper accounts, fiction, poetry, and art. Stunning depth and breadth of information, well-presented. Dr. Brain says "You'll learn why you should have learned more about the Great Chicago Fire. This is a real WOW of a site."

Tip: Be sure to check out both ends of the site: The Great Chicago Fire and The Web of Memory.

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The Great Chicago Fire


A history of the Great Fire of 1871 and its aftermath - illustrated with photos and drawings

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The Life of P.T. Barnum


The definitive biography of the Great American Showman, founder of Barnum's American Museum

Site: The Lost Museum

Author: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and others

URL: http://www.lostmuseum.cuny.edu

An ongoing interactive project dedicated to Barnum's American Museum, one of the cultural wonders of 19th century America, which was destroyed by fire on 13 July 1865. A visual and auditory feast for those with fast internet connections (a 'slow connection version is also available from the link above). Explore the 3-D virtual reality museum; open doors and drawers and cabinets. See the actual contents of the museum reproduced (with numerous links to related reasources), and launch your own investigation into the causes of the mysterious fire that destroyed this amazing piece of American history. Dr. Brain would like to give this one six brains!

Tip: Use the arrows to move around in each section of the museum, and don't neglect the "Archive" link when it appears, for fascinating additional information. You can also browse the entire museum archives from the "Browse the Archives" link at the bottom of each museum page.

Tip: Explore, explore, explore. Click on everything. And come back again, as the project continues to grow.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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American Circus Posters in Full Color


Dozens of frameable posters, reproduced from rare originals - acrobats, parades, animals, specialized acts, etc., 1890 to 1940

New and used books on american history at Powell's
Acts of Discovery: Visions of America in the Lewis and Clark Journals


A new look at the journey of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, & Co., nearly 200 years ago.

Site: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Author: WETA, Washington D.C.

URL: http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/

Another of those wonderful PBS sites with lots of great information beautifully presented; a companion site to the Ken Burns series. 2003 marks the 200th anniversary of this daring and ambitious journey into the unknown. Site also includes classroom resources, and ever-changing content.

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark


Also available as an electronic book

New and used books on the renaissance at Powell's
Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance


Provocative and wholly absorbing, this fascinating work presents a radical interpretation of the Renaissance, arguing that the creation of culture during the time was inextricably tied to the creation of wealth

Site: Renaissance

Author: Annenberg/CPB/Learner.org

URL: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/

5 beautifully-illustrated learning areas. Each page gives a brief overview, then offers a more detailed article from a link at the bottom. Here and there are mini-pictures leading to even more details. How the Renaissance affected exploration, trade, the arts, and much more.

Tip: Don't ignore the link at bottom if you want more details than are offered on the first page of each learning area.

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Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age


Fifteen brilliant biographies of the Renaissance era's most creative and vivid figures, fascinating individuals who embody the hopes, discoveries, and struggles of an age that gave birth to the modern world


Category -> Kids
More great sites for Kids here

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First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos


Children discover their world and explore 75 fun-filled art adventures - squeeze a rainbow, make safe beads to string, or create an art baggie book. Illustrations

Site: Shared Drawing

Author: Randall Moss

URL: http://www.shareddrawing.com/index.html

Collaborate with others in real-time to create drawings and animation. Take a snapshot of your drawing and add it to the Gallery. Join an online community of artists to create a spectacular, ever evolving hand-drawn film.

Tip: What you Need: 1)A Java enabled web browser. 2) Patience, if you have a 56k or slower connection to the Internet. At 56-kbps, it will take about 25 seconds to load the drawing applet.

Tip: The gallery of snapshots shows 1) what's possible with this wonderful creative online tool, and 2) how much fun artists of all ages are having on this site.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Ed Emberly's Big Red Drawing Book


Step-by-step instructions for drawing people, animals, and objects using a minimum of line and circle combinations

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Draw Medieval Fantasies


step-by-step instructions for drawing dragons, castles, and other medieval subjects - basic skills and advanced drawing techniques

Site: Create Art

URL: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/create/create.html

Sanford, the art supplies people, created this site with art lesssons and technique demonstrations in Architecture, Drawing, Color, Perspective, Portrait and Figure Techniques, and more. Terrific content for kids or anyone interested in the basics of art techniques.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Cartooning for Kids


There are hours of fun in here - the perfect book for every kid who loves cartoons

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How to Draw Animals


More than 1,000 step-by-step illustrations - a detailed guide for everyone who enjoys, or wants to enjoy, drawing animals

Site: ArtEdventures

URL: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/play.html

Sanford, the art supplies folks, present Carmine Chameleon in a series of wonderfullly interactive primary and intermediate grade games to teach children (and former children) about art.

Tip: The games can be downloaded to play at home on either Windows or Macintosh systems.

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Drawing: The Materials, Techniques, and Exercises to Teach Yourself to Draw


Introduces basic techniques and principles of drawing, such as proportion, perspective, and shading

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Online Activities for Kids: Projects for School, Extra Credit, or Just Plain Fun!


build a dinosaur, search for extraterrestrial life, dissect a virtual frog, track a hurricane, explore Mars, experience the life of a Civil War soldier, learn hieroglyphics, and much, much more

Site: Lissa Explains it All

Author: Lissa

URL: http://www.lissaexplains.com/intro.shtml

Wow! This is really, really basic info on creating your own web page, from an explanation of HTML, through HTML tags, Frames, Tables, CSS, JavaScript, and more. Even if you're not a kid, but feel intimidated by most HTML learning sites, you might want to try this one first.

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Introduction to Web Site Design


How to put your own site on the World Wide Web

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Computers for Beginners


What is virtual reality? What can you do with a CD-ROM? Do you know how to handle your hardware? These questions and many more are answered in this friendly introduction to the world of computers

Site: IE5 in the Classroom

Author: Act 360 Media and Microsoft Corporation

URL: http://www.actden.com/IE5/index.htm

Written for intermediate-grade kids, so easy for anyone to follow, no matter how little computer experience you may have. Dr. Brain says, "Surf on in, the water's fine."

Tip: Quick explanations are in the screen on the right, links to detailed instructions are at the top.

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Home Page: An Introduction to Web Page Design


This kid-oriented title makes HTML -- the language of the World Wide Web -- friendly and covers all the basics of building a home page

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World Wide Web for Beginners


Explains how to make the most of the vast variety of information available on the Web, go shopping, make friends, build your own web page

Site: Microsoft Office Tutorials

Author: Act 360 Media and Microsoft Corporation

URL: http://www.actden.com/o2k/

Join Agent Max Millennium on a humorous adventure to learn why Microsoft Office 2000 is a must-have for all your classroom projects. Expertise in Office 2000 will give you most of what you need to tackle any later versions of the product.

Tip: If you have a 56.6 or better connection, a 3.0 or better browser, and the Flash plug-in, you might want to watch the Flash version. If you don't, an HTML version is available.

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Dave's Quick 'n' Easy Web Pages


At 11 years old, the author created a fan Web page for Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series, which soon became the official "Redwall" site. Teenage Dave Lindsay now takes you from basic HTML coding, color, tables, images, animation sound, and more

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Computer Fun for Everyone: Great Things to Do and Make with Any Computer


With the amazing activities in this book, you can become a spy, a newspaper reporter, even a comic book illustrator - and you can do it on any computer

Site: Outlook Express in the Classroom

Author: Act 360 Media and Microsoft Corporation

URL: http://www.actden.com/oe/index.htm

Intergalactic traveler @Tom warps in to teach you everything you need to know about sending and receiving electronic mail with Microsoft Outlook Express. Clear and easy instructions, tips, and interactive quizes to reinforce what you've learned. It's so easy, even an adult can do it.

Tip: Scroll down through the lesson bits to get to the tips, and links to the Quiz-Byte and the next lesson.

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Let There Be Life!: Animating with the Computer


Welcome to the astounding world of computer animation!

The Endurance: Shackleton's Perilous Expedition in Antarctica

Four to the Pole!: The American Women's Expedition to Antarctica, 1992-93

Ice Continent: A Story of Antarctica

Seven Weeks on an Iceberg: A Journey to the Coldest Place on the Planet, Antarctica

The Cruelest Place on Earth: Stories from Antarctica

Playing with Penguins and Other Adventures in Antarctica

Site: Secrets of the Ice

Author: The Museum of Science, Boston

URL: http://www.secretsoftheice.org/explore/index.html

Explore Antarctica from 200 million years ago to the present. Learn about current scientific research, and follow a team of scientists, engineers, technicians, and students of The International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) as they undertake a four-year project of study and exploration. Tons of information, and a special Learning Resources section for students and teachers.

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Antarctica


A brief overview of the geography, wildlife, history, and exploration of Antarctica

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Ancient Rome


Explore the customs and daily life of the Romans - layered transparendcies reveal the outside and inside of a Roman town house, a theater, an army fort, and the Roman baths - full-color photos

Site: The Romans

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/romans/

This is the place to learn about Rome, whether you're a middle-grade student or an adult with an active sense of adventure. Lots and lots of content everywhere, with a timeline, fun facts, pop-up glossary definitions, printable activities galore, and a teachers and parents' area. Dr. Brain is impressed.

Tip: At the bottom of each subject page are links to "More to Explore," with even more interesting stuff, and a quiz about the page's contents.

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The Romans


Examines the everyday lives of ancient Romans -- filled with colorful pictures, maps and diagrams

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A Medieval Feast


Describes the preparation and celebration of a medieval feast held at an English manor house entertaining royal guests

Site: Middle Ages

Author: Annenberg/CPB/Learner.org

URL: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/

7 beautifully-illustrated learning areas. Each page gives a brief overview, then offers a more detailed article from a link at the bottom. Here and there are mini-pictures leading to even more details. Medieval life at home, in towns, in the church, and much more.

Tip: Don't ignore the link at bottom if you want more details than are offered on the first page of each learning area.

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Medieval Life


The story of life in the Middle Ages, beautifully illustrated throughout

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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance


the incredible true story of the ill-fated Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the "Endurance" - an enthralling adventure

Site: Modern World History

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/modern/

An interactive overview of the years between World Wars I and II, this site was designed for British secondary school students, but adult learners will find it a wonderful way to familiarize themselves with the period. Viewing the site at its best requires the Macromedia Shockwave Plug-in, which is free. There's also a non-Shockwave version, if you really insist.

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On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank


The 1912 sinking of the Titanic, told from the viewpoints of two young people on board. Full-color illustrations, detailed ship diagrams, rare photographs.

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The Renaissance


Discover the Renaissance - peel back see-through pages to look inside a Florentine town house, Columbus's ship (the Santa Maria), St. Peter's in Rome and a printer's workshop

Site: Renaissance

Author: Annenberg/CPB/Learner.org

URL: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/

5 beautifully-illustrated learning areas. Each page gives a brief overview, then offers a more detailed article from a link at the bottom. Here and there are mini-pictures leading to even more details. How the Renaissance affected exploration, trade, the arts, and much more.

Tip: Don't ignore the link at bottom if you want more details than are offered on the first page of each learning area.

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Outrageous Women of the Renaissance


They were the exciting, inspiring, and totally Outrageous Women of the Renaissance - these remarkable women forged their own paths, made their own rules—and rocked the world!

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Behind the Blue and the Gray: The Solider's Life in the Civil War


Many young men served on both sides of the Civil War. Read about who they were and how they lived

Site: America's Civil War: Teaching the Civil War

URL: http://www.fredericksburg.com/CivilWar/Teaching/index_html

This site for teaching the U.S. Civil War to 4th and 5th graders features a teacher's guide and glossary, as well as 5 learning units with numerous sub-units, and 7 interactive learning activities.

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A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War


Women who had roles to play in the Civil War, and how they affected U.S. History

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First Thousand Words in French


A wealth of vocabulary-building opportunities for young learners of French, or anyone who likes to learn with pictures

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 7

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=8684

This delightful beginning French tutorial in 30 lessons was designed for elementary school children, but it's easy enough for adults, too. Lesson Objectives, Vocabulary, Listening practgive (every phrase has an audio component to practice proper pronunciation), speaking exercises have answers in pop-up windows. Writing exercises can be printed out. Tests gauge your progress. Doctor Brain loves this one!

Tip: Click the audio button beside each speech balloon to hear the conversation in the listening exercises ("Ecoutez").

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.


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Baby's First Steps in French: CD with Book and Worksheet


Emphasizes the sounds and rhythms that babies are most sensitive to at a particular stage of language development: newborn to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, and 18 to 24 months

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Everyday Words in French


Hours of fun-filled practice for beginning readers, spotting and naming each familiar object - a useful vocabulary builder and spelling guide that includes over 500 words

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 8

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=8685

24 lessons to add to what you learned in Key Stage 3 - year 7, above. Easy, fun, and you can listen to each phrase being spoken.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Bonsoir Lune (Goodnight Moon)


The children's classic, in French

Action French! Tapes and Book

Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice in Wonderland)

Babar En Amérique (Babar in America)

Charlie Et La Grand Ascenseur (Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Baiser Pour Petit Ours (A Kiss for Little Bear)

Baiser Pour Petit Ours (A Kiss for Little Bear)

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 9

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=7037

31 lessons building on the French you learned in Key Stage 3 Year 8, above. A delightful way to learn a new language.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Essential French


the ideal phrasebook for anyone wanting to survive and socialize in France - packed with real, everyday French to help you cope with every situation, asking for the local campsite, discussing green politics, or getting your bike fixed

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First French


Follow the exploits of the quirky Noisette family as you learn vocabulary, puzzles, games, jokes and songs in French

First French on Holiday

First French at Home

First French at School

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 4

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3960

62 lessons to add to Key Stages 2 and 3, above, for a genuine proficiency in conversational French. Doctor Brain thinks these tutorials are some of the best interactive learning around.

Tip: Following the 56 main lessons are grammar lessons on Verb, Articles, Nouns, Adjectives, and Pronouns, and a Useful Expressions list.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Way Cool French Phrase Book: The French That Kids Really Speak


Useful expressions loaded with street-cred - young students or travelers will enjoy learning how to gossip, order their favorite junk food, or compliment a friend on her choice of shoes

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Fabulous Fractions


Don’t Just Learn Fractions ...Master Them!

Site: CoolMath: Fractions

URL: http://www.coolmath.com/lessons/index.html

17 colorful and easy-to-understand lessons covering every aspect of fractions. These people believe math should be fun, and they've created a great site to prove it.

Tip: In the left-hand frame of each lesson are two important links: "Lesson" and "Try It." After reading the lesson, click the "Try It" link to try an interactive demonstration of that lesson's principles. Click "Lesson" to return to the lesson.

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Math Magic: The Human Calculator Shows How to Master Everyday Math Problems in Seconds


There are no "mathematical illiterates," just people who have not learned how to make math work for them - now you can put math-o-phobia to rest forever

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Math Trek 2: A Mathematical Space Odyssey


Explore the fourth dimension! Play baseball on an asteroid! Ride an alien bike with square wheels! Let Math Trek 2 take you on an intergalactic excursion as you master dizzying mathematical concepts on your home planet of Earth!

Site: CoolMath4Kids

URL: http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

There are so many wonderful math learning games and activities on this site, there's no way for Dr. Brain to do them justice. Just go to the site and start clicking. These people believe math should be fun, and they've created a great site to prove it.

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Pigs on the Ball: Fun with Math and Sports


Pigs and golf add up to hilarious fun in this math-concept picture book exploring simple geometry

Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking

Pigs on a Blanket: Fun with Math and Time

Pigs in the Corner: Fun with Math and Dance

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Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream: A Mathematical Story


Amanda loves to count everything, but remains unconvinced about the advantages of multiplication - until she has an amazing dream

Site: Learn.co.uk: Maths - Key Stage 2

Author: The Manchester Guardian

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=6966

34 easy, interactive lessons take you through the basics of mathematics from numbers, through shapes and measurements, to probability. So easy, even adults can get it.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Every Buddy Counts: Level 1: Counting

A Fair Bear Share: Level 2: Regrouping

Give Me Half!: Level 2: Understanding Halves

The M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book

More M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Math

Seaweed Soup: Matching Sets

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Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even If You Don't


Help your child develop math ability by understanding and teaching math concepts, explaining what math is and how it works

Site: Learn.co.uk: Maths - Key Stage 3

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3961

37 interactive lessons, slightly more advanced than Key Stage 2, above. Goes over Fractions and Decimals, introduces Algebra and Geometry. Lots of interactive tests let you see how you're doing.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Painless Fractions


A light-hearted approach to teaching fractions, defining all the terms, then demonstrating the correct ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide them, plus conversion to decimals

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How to Calculate Quickly


Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, checks, etc. More than 8000 problems, solutions

Site: Learn.co.uk: Maths - Key Stage 4 (Foundation)

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=11090

30 Interactive lessons and tests to put basic maths knowledge gained in the tutorials above to practical use. Areas include Number and algebra, Shape, space and measurement, and Handling Data.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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More Rapid Math Tricks and Tips: 30 Days to Number Mastery


Math skills you can count on - master difficult problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division quickly, easily, and without a calculator, and have fun doing it!


Category -> Languages
More great Language sites here

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American Sign Language Dictionary


Well-written and easily understood instructions for the use of more than 5,000 signs - 8,000 illustrations

Site: Crammer

URL: http://www.korzh.com/crammer/

Author: Korzh.com

Crammer is a tool that lets you learn on your computer while you do other things. A tiny text box displays, for example, English words and their Spanish, Russian, or German equivalents, while you browse, check email, etc. Lots of dictionaries available for download, including more languages, capitals, chemistry elements, and music terms. You can create your own dictionaries, or add onto existing ones.

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Communicating in Sign: Creative Ways to Learn Sign Language


Revolutionizes the way ASL is taught, illustrating eye contact, facial expressions, and body language, and placing ASL within the context of Deaf culture

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Easy English: Basic English for Speakers of All Languages

Site: Learning English

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml

If your native language is Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, or Ukrainian, this British English learning site is for you. Using today's news and world events to teach English as a second language, the site is clean and clear and well-organized, and offers BBC news items in the languages above. Quizzes, questions, and chat. Sound files and a video series.

Tip: There's also a teachers link toward the bottom left of the page linked above.

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English for New Americans: Everyday Life (Video, Audio, and Book)


Helps people of all languages speak English the way it is spoken on the streets of America and handle a variety of situations

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French Stories : Contes Francais


Ten stories by french masters, Voltaire to Camus, with excellent English translations on facing pages

Site: French Steps

Author:

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/french/lj

A self-contained online French course for beginners. Like its Spanish counterpart, Spanish Steps, it offers many different ways to learn - all interactive and fun.

Tip: One level up, on this page, is a French game to play with the kids, French slang phrases, and lots more.

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501 French Verbs (4 ed)


A fine supplement to classroom textbooks and also useful to travelers

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HarperCollins Robert French Unabridged Dictionary: English-French, French-English


Simply the best French dictionary you can buy, with over 850,000 entries and translations, complete coverage of contemporary terms

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 7

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=8684

This delightful beginning French tutorial in 30 lessons was designed for elementary school children, making it perfect for rank beginners. Lesson Objectives, Vocabulary, Listening practgive (every phrase has an audio component to practice proper pronunciation), speaking exercises have answers in pop-up windows. Writing exercises can be printed out. Tests gauge your progress. Doctor Brain loves this one!

Tip: Click the audio button beside each speech balloon to hear the conversation in the listening exercises ("Ecoutez").

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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The Oxford French Dictionary


The only reference of its kind in paperback - dictionary and thesaurus in a single A-to-Z volume - 150,000 entries, definitions, synonyms

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First Thousand Words in French


A wealth of vocabulary-building opportunities for young learners, or anyone who enjoys learning with pictures

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 8

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=8685

24 lessons

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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French in 32 Lessons


A rapid and practical way to master the basics and begin speaking French, eliminating "the boring repetition of inane exercises"

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1001 Pitfalls in French


Fundamentals of the French language and help for common obstacles - troublesome words, difficult sentence structure, and the metric system

Site: Learn.co.uk - French - Key Stage 3 - year 9

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=7037

31 lessons building on the French you learned in Key Stage 3 Year 8, above. A delightful way to learn a new language.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught in School


French as it's really spoken - epithets for every occasion, and a wealth of come-ons and put-downs

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Gaelic: A Complete Course for Beginners


Scots Gaelic in easy-to-learn lessons covering all aspects of everyday life

Site: Beag air Bheag (Gaelic)

Author: BBC Scotland

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba/foghlam/beag_air_bheag/index.shtml/index.shtml

"A taste of Scottish Gaelic for absolute beginners." 10 units with sub-units. flash or html. Conversations in written and audio form, self-tests, traditional Scottish songs, even a message board to help you communicate with other learners. There's an online phrase book, a Song Box, and links to other Gaelic resources.

Tip: You'll have a choice between the Flash and HTML versions. Choose the Flash if you have a fairly modern system. The site will connect you to Macromedia if you don't already have the player.

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Free Modem - Free Install!

Affordable DSL - Free installation, free modem

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501 German Verbs (3 ed)


501 verbs, principle parts and followed by complete conjugation in all tenses - excellent supplement for all students of German

Site: Talk German

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/german/talk/

10 Units with sub-units teach you beginning German through video, audio, text readings for key words and key language, and interactive tests. A great site for beginners.

Tip: One level up, on this page, are more German language resources.

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German in Three Months


Grammar lessons, contextual conversation drills put into context, relevant word lists, and graded exercises to ensure total comprehension

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Irish on Your Own: A Self-Guided Course in the Irish Language with Book


Ulster-flavored Irish clearly presented in books and tapes in this very complete course

Site: Giota Beag: A Little Bit (Irish)

Author: BBC Northern Ireland

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/blas/learners/beag1.shtml

An outstanding learning site. Learn Ulster-flavored Irish in 15 easy-to-absorb 5-minute audio lessons that you can play over and over with streaming audio, and reinforce with reading.

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Irish Dictionary: English-Irish, Irish-English / Bearla-Gaeilge, Gaeilge-Bearla


Every Irish student's best friend - a great two-way dictionary with useful quick grammar section in the middle

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Language 30 Irish - Revised Edition (Tapes and Book)


Start speaking Irish today with this basic audio/book course

Site: Giota Beag Eile: Another Little Bit (Irish)

Author: BBC Northern Ireland

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/blas/learners/beag2.shtml

An outstanding learning site, and companion to Giota Beag, above. Learn even more Ulster-flavored Irish in 15 easy-to-absorb 5-minute audio lessons that you can play over and over with streaming audio, and reinforce with reading.

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Try Dish TV Free!

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Italian in 10 Minutes a Day


A series of ten-minute Italian language lessons introducing key words and phrases - Includes flash cards

Site: Talk Italian

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/italian/talk/

A wonderful beginners' site, with 9 units of Italian language instruction, each with sub-units. Watch video, listen to audio clips, read texts reinforcing key words and key language, then test your knowledge with interactive tests. Dr. Brain loves it.

Tip:

Tip: One level up, on this page, are more Italian language resources.

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Italian for Dummies with CD


Master the basics of Italian with the language experts at Berlitz - bonus CD

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Japanese (CD)


Now you can learn Japanese as easily as you learned English--by listening - in the comfort of your own home, car or office

URL: http://members.aol.com/writejapan/

Site: The Japanese Writing Tutor

Animated tutorials for practicing the three Japanese character sets: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Watch and draw along with the animation to master the proper stroke order for each character.

Tip: Scroll a third of the way down the page. If you have an older browser that doesn't support animated GIFs, the pink crane will not be flapping its wings, and it's time to download a newer browser if you want to use this excellent site.

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Colloquial Japanese


The key to speaking Japanese is to master basic sentence patterns - A complete, basic course in the Japanese language

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First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book


Delightful stories, other material - complete English translations on facing pages, with exercises

Site: Spanish Steps

Author: BBC

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/spanish/lj/

Wow! The first steps to learning basic tourist Spanish are right here. Sign up so that your progress through the course can be saved, and you'll also get on online progress chart and phrase-book. Then take a video lesson with your virtual guide, revisit the lesson's conversation with the 'snapshots.' Check out the activities, vocabulary builder, and speaking/listening practice. Dr. Brain thinks this site's a doozy.

Tip: One level up, on this page, are more Spanish language resources.

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Larousse Concise Spanish/English Dictionary


An ideal companion for students, business people and sophisticated travelers

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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Spanish and English)


The most comprehensive bilingual collection of Neruda, "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language" (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

Site: Spanish Unlimited

URL: http://www.spanishunlimited.com/su/

This site requires you to register in order to enjoy many of its benefits, but Dr. Brain hasn't found a site with more features for the serious Spanish learner. In additions to language lessons, there are articles on Spanish culture, Spanish jokes, recipes, horoscopes, and learning games. Take an online test to determine your learning level, send Spanish postcards, or meet up with a Spanish pen pal.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Mierda!: The Real Spanish You Were Never Taught in School


From basic vocabulary to fanciful colloquialisms, from hardcore curses to pithy epithets for all occasions

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Basic Welsh: A Grammar and Workbook


An important supplement to any study in modern Welsh language, with emphasis on colloquial, spoken Welsh as used my modern-day native speakers

Site: Catchprhase Lessons (Welsh)

Author: BBC Wales

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/catchphrase1/all.shtml

Wow! There are 72 interactive Welsh lessons on this wonderful learning site. Play audio or download it for later. Download and print lessons. This has got to be the Welsh learning site.

Tip: At the bottom of this page is a link to a page with even more Welsh language learner resources.

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Teach Yourself Welsh: A Complete Course


Pocket Modern Welsh Dictionary


Collins Gem Welsh Dictionary


Usborne Welsh for Beginners


Category -> Mathematics
More great Mathematics sites here

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Beyond Chaos


The Underlying Theory Behind Life, the Universe, and Everything

Site: ExploreMath.com: Activities

Author: ExploreLearning.com

URL: http://exploremath.com/activities/index.cfm

A site full of Shockwave™ activities that create real-time correlations between equations and graphs to help students visualize and experiment with many of the major concepts from Elementary Algebra through Pre-Calculus.

Tip: To use an Activity you must first have the free Shockwave plugin. If you're unsure if you have it, click here to check.

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Chaos: Making a New Science


A way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random, the erratic, the unpredictable, had been observed - a ground-breaking book about an idea that revolutionized physics

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The Essentials of Pre-Calculus


From the Research & Education Association - preparation for getting from Algebra to Calculus

Site: Learn.co.uk - Maths - AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=5978

43 interactive lessons covering Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Mechanics, Probability and statistics.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers


"For the benefit of those who never studied the subject, those who think they have forgotten what they once learned, and those with a sincere desire for more knowledge" - links mathematics to the humanities, linguistics, the natural sciences, and technology

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How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method


How the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" out - from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams

Site: Graphit: Online Scientific Calculator

Author: Patrik Lundin

URL: http://www.coolmath.com/graphit/index.html

A Graphing scientific calculator applet with instructions and tips. Amazing.

Tip: Instructions and tips for using Graphit with your mouse and keyboard are on the lower portion of the page below the applet itself.

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Math Magic: The Human Calculator Shows How to Master Everyday Math Problems in Seconds


There are no "mathematical illiterates," just people who have not learned how to make math work for them - now you can put math-o-phobia to rest forever


Category -> Science
More great Science sites here

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Time and Space


From flat Earth to black holes, novas to dark stars, Astronomer Gribbin brings young readers into the fascinating twilight zone of timeand space. Full-color illustrations

Site: SciSquad

Author: Discovery.com

URL: http://kids.discovery.com/KIDS/scisquad/

Science learning activities for middle graders were never so much fun. Kids become SciSquad agents, and advance in rank by solving scientific mysteries. A companion activity to the Discovery Channel series. Be sure to sign up to get the full benefits of the site, including seeing your current SciSquad ranking appear at the top of the page whenever you log on. Click the link at the bottom of the page linked above, and off you go.

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The Way Science Works: Discover the Secrets of Science


The perfect introduction to how science explains the world around us! Eye-opening experiments and exceptional photography bring science to life

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Brain


Your grey matter from the inside out. Factual, fascinating, and beautifully illustrated

Site: Science Monster

URL: http://www.sciencemonster.com/

7 terrific science lessons and learning games for kids. Dr. Brain particularly liked Virtual Mars, but the Gravity and Inertia game (anyone else old enough to remember Lunar Lander?) was cool, too.

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What If: Mind-Boggling Science Questions for Kids


Bizarre brainteasers and ingenious inquiries set the stage for a fantastic foray into the wacky world of real science

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The Big Bang: The Birth of Our Universe


The history of scientific discovery about the birth of the universe - companion volume to the BBC TV series

Site: Amazing Space

Author: The Space Telescope Science Institute

URL: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/

Lots and lots of space science activities for middle-graders on the Amazing Space site, "...a set of web-based activities primarily designed for classroom use, but made available for all to enjoy. 10 terrific interactive learning activities as of this review, and you can join First Contact to be notified of future additions.

Tip: Requires Macromedia Shockwave plug-in. The site will automatically scan for this, and connect you to the free download if yo need it.

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Moon Landing


From our first observations and attempts to the first landing and later expeditions, this illustrated account of humanity's exploration of the moon is a gripping account of this epoch-making journey

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The World of the Microscope


Activities, experiments and projects - introductions to current scientific issues - instructions help put theories into practice

Site: The Scanning Electron Microscope

Author: The Museum of Science, Boston

URL: http://www.mos.org/sln/SEM/

An interactive site about how the scanning electron microscope works, how specimens are prepared and scanned. An image gallery of great SEM pictures (you get to guess what they are), and a special Resources section for teachers.

Tip: Click the link "How it Works" in the center area of the page linked above. If you have a fast connection you might want to see the Quicktime movie. Otherwise, choose the self-paced tour. Be sure to visit the Gallery.

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Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope


Examine objects most people have never thought about: a mosquito's foot, a crystal of sugar, a grain of pollen, the delicate hairs on a blade of grass

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character


Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums - and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature. Photos

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 3

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3964

17 interactive lessons on life sciences, complete with short self-tests, and 13 on physical sciences. Lots and lots of interactivity.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universe, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension


Kaku, a physicist, paints a vivid portrait of the groundbreaking theory of hyperspace and its newest wrinkle, superstring theory

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Faster: The Acceleration of Just about Everything


From our growing obsession with speed and multi-tasking to our paradoxical perceptions of success, Gleick analyzes, dissects, and confounds our zeal for making, wasting, killing, buying, and spending time

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 4 (Foundation)

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=19152

26 interactive lessons on pysical, materials, and biological science. Written for middle-grade children, they're also a wonderful way to introduce yourself to science, or just brush up on all you've forgotten since school.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters


Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the human genome raises questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will - questions that will affect the rest of your life

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A Brief History of Time


Marking the tenth anniversary of a worldwide science classic, this fully updated edition is enriched with a new Introduction by Professor Hawking and an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 4 (Higher)

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=34209

27 lessons on the biological and physical sciences, with tests. Uses knowledge gained in the three Learn.co.uk tutorials above.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin


Gould challenges his readers to examine the deep and underlying meanings of the Darwinian revolution and its influences on the nature of human thought and perception - popular science at its best by a true hero of science

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Climbing Mount Improbable


Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene and "The Blind Watchmaker") builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on Earth

Site: Learn.co.uk - Biology: AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=15534

36 excellent interactive lessons, with numerous sub-units, illustrated with clear and sometimes interactive graphics. These were designed for upper-grade students, so they make an excellent introduction or brush-up course for adults, also.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History


The first essay collection that consciously formulates a humanistic natural history - popular science at its best from a true hero of science

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman


Feynman in his own spontaneous words - modest, entertaining, and always penetratingly perceptive

Site: Learn.co.uk - Physics: AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=6060

26 excellent interactive lessons and sub-units for upper-grade students and adults in need of a quick physics fix, covering Physical Quantities and Units, Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics, Circular Motion, Phases of Matter, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves, Elecricity and Magnetism, and Nuclear Physics. Animations illustrate various physical laws.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century


25 never-before-published essays by the world's most visionary scientists - original ideas about scientific advances people may see within their lifetimes


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Creating Cool HTML 4 Web Pages (2 ed)


Staying on top of the latest advancements of HTML, this guide shows how to add spice and "wake up" Web sites with sound, video, and animation - CD ROM included

Site: Basic HTML Primer

Author: Joe Burns, Ph.D.

URL: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/primer_1.html

If other HTML learning sites or books have intimidated you in the past, try this one. Every aspect of HTML for the nervous beginner is painstakingly explained, step-by-step. It's even set up so that you can do one lesson a day to master HTML basics in a week.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML 4 Web Page


Combines solid instruction with a light-hearted style of wit and humor - CD-ROM offers a "WebMaster's Tool Kit", everything needed to create, publish, customize, and manage web pages

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Creative HTML Design.2 with CDROM


Digs beneath the surface of great Web design and shows the coding theory and technique that can make readers the best Web designer they can be - CD-ROM includes demo software

Site: HTML For Beginners

Author: Fred Dekker and Donald St. John

URL: http://builder.cnet.com/webbuilding/0-3881-8-5893399-1.html

This excellent site will walk you through every aspect of building a website, no matter how little you know about the subject, and teach you the basics of site design at the same time you're learning HTML markup. Clean, clear, navigable, and easy to understand.

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CSS Pocket Reference


This pocket reference book puts all the essentials of this vital Web technology right in a Web developer's pocket

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HTML 4 For Dummies (with CD ROM)


This friendly guide delivers the most recent updates to HTML tags and scripting so you can start publishing Web-savvy documents -- fast!

Site: Banner Primers

Author: Joe Burns, Ph.D. and Andree Growney

URL: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/bannerprimers.html

7 primers on designing ad banners from the ground up. Learn how to create them, animate them, and use them. Here's a web tutorial that's been needed for a long time.

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Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified


A four-color approach to teach beginners how to create Web pages with HTML - Illustrations on every page, helping users learn more with less reading - The most complete visual book available

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Site: JAVAScript Primers

Author: Joe Burns, Ph.D. and Andree Growney

URL: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/jsp/

30 primers cover JAVAScript from Dates, Times, and Event Handlers to Loops and Arrays and beyond. Each learning unit is presented, deconstructed, and summarized, then there's an assignment you can do to put what you've learned to practical use. Dr. Brain was wowed by how well these primers were written and presented.

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Instant JavaScript


No time to learn JavaScript? This is the book you've been looking for!

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CGI Programming 101


Programming Perl for the World Wide Web

Site: PERL Primers

Author: Joe Burns, Ph.D.

URL: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/perl/perltoc.html

This is the place to come if you want to learn PERL and CGI, and you've been needlessly intimidated by other web tutorials. From an introduction to the principles of PERL, through guestbook scripting to a personal search engine and password-protection scripts.

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Instant Perl Modules (with CD ROM)

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Bodymapping: The Step-By-Step Guide to Fitting Real Bodies


Step-by-step illustrations and photos will teach you how to create a Bodymap to sew contemporary, perfectly-fitting garments

Site: The Renaissance Tailor

Author: Tammie L. Dupuis

URL: http://www.vertetsable.com/

If Renaissance costume is your thing, this site will definitely raise your heart rate. Articles, PDF printouts, demos, patterns, and so much more. It's not always easy to tell where you'll find what you want, but there's a lot of information, and it's frequently updated.

Tip: Mouse-over the menu items on the left of the page linked above to see a description of that area.

Tip: Frames-only site.

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Patterns from Finished Clothes: Re-Creating the Clothes You Love


How to take an existing garment and make a pattern faithful to the original without equipment more elaborate than cork sheeting, tracing wheel, pins, and paper.

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Stephen King offers a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. Highly recommended

Site: The Online Writing Workshop for Horror

URL: http://horror.onlinewritingworkshop.com/

Like the companion Online Workshop for Science Ficiton, this site is the gateway to a true writing community of professionals and serious para-professional writers. One member writes: "This workshop has been more helpful with my writing than any class I've previously taken." If you're writing horror, you won't want to miss this site.

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Writers Dreaming


26 famous writers interviewed on their writing, their dreams, and the connections between the two. Not to be missed.

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Cause of Death


A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine

Site: Science Fiction Writers Workshop I

Author: Barry B. Longyear

URL: http://www.sff.net/people/bblongyear/sfww1.html

The Author of Sea of Glass and "Enemy Mine" presents the most extensive, wide-ranging, useful, and FREE science fiction writer's course available today. If you're serious about writing science fiction, there is absolutely no better place to start than right here.

Tip: The Navigation on the site is a bit clunky, but the content more than makes up for any confusion.

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The Well-Tempered Sentence


A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. This book is a must-have for every writer's reference library

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You


More than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself, by a master of the craft, that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you

Site: The Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy

URL: http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/

The Online Writers Workshop is a marvel. Writers retain all rights to works posted on the site, which can be read and reviewed by other writers as well as several editors-in-residence. A true writing community with a very professional approach. One member writes: "I'm in a MFA creative writing program, and I find this workshop is superior to anything I am doing in my Master's-level workshops." Dr. Brain recommends this writer's resource very highly.

Tip: There's also a Horror Writers' Workshop run by the same crew.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers


An invaluable sourcebook of information by the author of Spider, Spin Me a Web, a must read for anyone serious about writing or understanding how the process works




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