Thursday, August 25, 2016

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

Hi All,

I just came across a very educational, interesting and useful website. Its called the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL hereafter).  Simply put the site is "part of a massive effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life using pictures, information, facts, and more."  In another words the site gives users global access to knowledge about life on earth - quite a large and ambitious agenda!!!

EOL's vision is: Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

EOL's mission is: To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.
EOL is supported by Harvard University, New Library of Alexandria, Marine Biological Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History among others. 

The site is comprehensive, easy to navigate and authoritative. Click on this link to learn more about the educational components of EOL.  

Click here to learn more about EOL Tools/Applications, Biodiversity articles, podcasts, lessons and activities and resources/tutorials.

Enjoy the site and the links!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Its Smart - Smart911.

 Hi All,

I recently received an advertisement at home explaining Smart911.  Basically the website allows citizens to create a free safety profile for their household using the site,

Information is entered and can be useful for 911 call takers in the event of an emergency.  Details can include the names and photos of all family members, medical conditions of various members, allergies, names of pets, and emergency contacts for family members.

For further information call 516-571-6000.   Click this link for an FAQ from the Smart911 website. Click on this link for resources near community that assist Smart911.

Finally, to sign up for Smart911 alerts.

Hopefully you won't need the site, but if you do have an emergency, Smart911 might be a good resource to use at home!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Acronym Finder

Hi All,

Have you ever wondered what the acronym gif, or jpeg means? Or what about IMDB or LOL or MLS or IMHO or RBI or ROFL? 

Well, the one thing all these letters have in common is that they are acronyms.  They all stand for the letter of a word in the phrase.  For example...FBI stands for 'Federal Bureau of Investigation'.  And LOL stands for 'Laugh Out Loud' - usually in the context of a text message.  You get the idea.

So...with Acronym Finder you can find more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions.  According to the site, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.  Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations. 

The site is easy to search and loads quickly. 

Enjoy the site!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

All 50 States

 Hi All,

As you might have heard we are in the middle of an election year.  And what better time than now to learn about the fifty states in the union? Indeed, check and learn all about the 50 states and their capitals.  Users can also get quick access to a variety of state specific facts and useful information.

There are also links to a United States Map, Fun Facts & Trivia, State Birds, State Songs, State Flowers, Study Tools and Famous People.

Click on this link to learn more about and the various services they offer for classrooms.

Enjoy the links and the site,


Monday, August 15, 2016

College Salary Report

Hi All,

Summer is starting to end...and with that school is right around the corner.  With that in mind college students would do well to take a look at the 2015-2016 PayScale College Salary Report.  

Want to make a smart decision about college?  Let PayScale help you do your homework.  Choose the degree and school that will set you up for the career of your dreams.  The 2015-2016 College Salary Report has college rankings for over 1,000 schools by salary potential.  Find the best college and majors to increase your earning potential.

There are links to 2-Year Colleges, Best Undergraduate Schools, Top Graduate Schools, and a list of Majors that Pay You Back.

For more information on PayScale click on the 'About Us' link.

Enjoy the links,


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Politics and Facts

Hi All,

Now that election season is starting to kick into high-gear, readers might want to check the facts that various candidates are talking about.  Forthwith, two unbiased, useful, and easy-to-use sites to separate the wheat from the chaff when politicians are talking.

The 'About' page on the RealClearPolitics page says that it is 'the trusted, non-partisan, convener in a content-rich media environment; thoughtfully curating the best coverage from every angle of the day's most critical issues. As a destination for elected officials, opinion leaders and engaged citizens, RealClearPolitics provides a platform, elevating the best-of-the-best in journalism.'

There are links to Polls, Election 2016, Video, Articles and much, much more.
The 'About Us' page on the page says that it is 'a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.  We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.  Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.'

There are links to Articles, Ask FactCheck, 2016 Elections, Viral Spiral, Archives and much, much more.  The link to 2016 Elections has a drop down menu with links to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Enjoy the sites and the information.