Friday, December 22, 2006

Fred's Finds: 3D Ancient Wonders, 50 Writing Tools, Museum Studies Online...

3D Ancient Wonders

"The 3D Ancient Wonders virtual museum allows you to explore ancient wonders by walking through them or manipulating them in real time web 3D online. To view you will require the free & popular educational online 3D Shockwave Player. Ancient Wonders is a virtua linteractive museum. 3D Ancient wonders is a collection of 3D interactive archeological reconstructions of ancient architecture, buildings, artefacts and relics."

Sites: Great Pyramid of Giza; Stonehenge; Viking longboat; Chariot of the Sun (Denmark); Parthenon (Greece); Ancient Egyptian Temple of Khons.

Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing

Know your grammar? Good at spellling and punctuation? Fine. But there is more to writing than what you learned from Ms Diagramthis. Now learn the tricks to make your writing really effrective. Set a goal and look at each one of these 50 tips daily, and voila, in 50 days, you will a much more effective writer than you now are.

"This is a extensive list of writing tools, but by no mean you need to apply all of them when you do any writing...You will become handy with these tools over time. You will begin to recognize their use in the stories you read. You will see chances to apply them when you revise your own work. Eventually, they will become part of your flow, natural and automatic … "

Clipmarks: Evolution

Clipmarks allows net users to share URLs with others. But this useful bookmarking service also groups bookmarked (clipped) sites by subject matter. Here, a very fine gathering of links about Evolution. Also, check out Djiezes's clipmarks. Here, Djiezes (from Belgium) has some 100 items (links) about science and computers.

Distance Education @ Museum Studies

"The Graduate Program in Museum Studies at George Washington University combines traditional academic training in both academic subjects and museum practices and the practical experience that is necessary to begin a successful museum career. We are known for our academic excellence, the strength of our faculty and our incredible local internship opportunities."

Have you considered a career in working at a museum? At this site, you can investigate the possibilities of a career by online certification:

"Announcing a new ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care at the George Washington University Museum Studies Program for Fall 2007."

Folklore and Mythology

What makes this dictionary of folklore both different and useful is that it is arranged alphabetically by subject matter.

"Anti-Semitic Legends. A collection of legends reflecting anti-Jewish sentiment among European Christians. These tales, like their witchcraft analogs, illustrate an unfortunate chapter in human history."
This category includes some 12 different stories.

Here's another:
Cat and Mouse. Fables about cats and mice

This section has 12 tales.

In short, a useful reference tool to bookmark.

Why not Wikipedia? Well, you will discover that many teachers have a bias against Wikipedia because some entries were shown to be questionable. It makes sense then not to cite Wikipedia and be told you are not using a good source. In fact, there are some teachers who forbid the use of Wikipedia. This site, on the other hand, contains verified sources.

"We've collected authoritative facts in by licensing top-quality reference work to give you comprehensive, relevant information on each of 4 million topics. We handpicked reference content from publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Columbia University Press, Thomson Gale, Britannica, Barron's, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, MarketWatch, Investopedia, All Media Guide, Who2, AccuWeather and eSpindle (just to name a few), to make sure that you always have reliable and frequently updated facts on any subject you look up."


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