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US Dept of Ed - New Resource for Online Education Communities

US Dept of Ed - New Resource for Online Education Communities

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Children’s literature, rocketry, engineering, artists, government, boomtowns, consumers, and conservation are the focus of new resources at FREE, the website that makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government: http://www.free.ed.gov/

is an online community that features videos about art and artists.  It includes a range of videos from the National Gallery of Art—interviews with artists, explorations of works (six videos on Vermeer’s “Woman Holding a Balance”), and quirky, fun pieces.  (ArtBabble.org, National Gallery of Art)


Our Government
describes how the federal government works.  Topics include the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial), the Constitution, federal agencies and commissions, elections and voting, and state and local governments.  (The White House)

Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years
provides more than 1500 primary documents, photos, and maps that tell the story of southern Nevada’s boom towns (in the late 19th and early 20th centuries).  Special sections focus on mines and the railroad.  Business records and newspaper articles are included, along with suggested learning activities.  (UNLV, Institute of Museum and Library Services)

You Are Here
provides lessons on advertising, marketing, scams, protecting personal information, and other consumer concepts.  Visit the virtual mall to learn about business competition, supply and demand, mergers and monopolies, and the history of the Federal Trade Commission.  (Federal Trade Commission)


International Children’s Digital Library
aims to make the best in children’s literature from around the world available free on the web.  It includes nearly 5,000 books in over 50 languages in a child-friendly format for reading online.  Search books by language, award winning titles, and more.  (International Children’s Digital Library, National Science Foundation)


Engineering Design for Human Exploration: Energy and Power
helps students learn a 12-step engineering design process as they solve problems associated with traveling to and living on the moon.  (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NASA Education Rocketry
is a website devoted to learning about rockets.  There’s a beginner’s guide to rockets, a pictorial history of rockets, an index of rocket topics (including math and science fundamentals), and more.  It offers interactive features, including one on “building a rocket.” (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service
provides publications about conserving natural resources.  Search for publications by topic—water, soil, plants, and more.  (Department of Agriculture)