Scout Report: Romantic Circles, Ice and Sky Science, Easter Uprising, Locating Forests and Learning Piano Online
ICE AND SKY SCIENCE
Ice and Sky is an interactive website about the history of glaciological research in Antarctica. Since the International Geophysical Year (July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958), scientists have uncovered important details about the Earth's climate by examining the properties of Antarctica's ice. On this website, created by French documentarian Luc Jacquet and the non-profit media organization Wild Touch, visitors can learn about this history through a six-part video. Within each video chapter, educators will also find a number of related resources. These resources include recorded interviews with key scientists, detailed PowerPoint presentations, educational booklets, and short videos. While some of resources are embedded on the site, others can be downloaded through a link on the right side of the browser. Educators may also create their own classroom websites that feature specific resources of their choice. Worth noting: Ice and Sky earned a 2016 Webby nomination as an outstanding educational website
Illustration at website, Romantic Circle: The English Lady's Dandy Toy, 1818 print caricature by Isaac Robert Cruikshank, a doll-faced woman holds a puppet styled as a dandy
LETTERS OF 1916: A YEAR IN THE LIFE SOCIAL STUDIES; http://letters1916.maynoothuniversity.ie/
On Easter Monday of 1916, a group of Irish nationalists launched an armed rebellion against the occupying British government. While the event, now known as the Easter Rising, was quickly suppressed, it helped propel Ireland to independence and is remembered as a crucial moment in modern Irish history. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, led by Dr. Susan Scriebman, have worked to preserve and document life in Ireland during the months before and after the Easter Rising. The result of their efforts is Letters of 1916, a crowd-sourced public history project that offers readers a glimpse at thousands of letters donated by individuals, colleges, museums, and archives from around the world. Visitors may want to start by checking out the Featured Letters, located in the Learn section of the website. Here, project staff and collaborators have contextualized specific letters by providing biographical and historical background information. For instance, one featured letter is from American lawyer John Quinn to Irish lawyer Gaven Duffy. Through their correspondence, the two discuss Roger Casement, who was executed for treason for his attempt to get German military support for the Rising. For more letters, readers should check out the Explore section of the website, where digitized and transcribed letters are browsable by month or by category (e.g. Battle of the Somme, Easter Rising Ireland, Love Letters).
Romantic Circles, a scholarly website published by the University of Maryland, is "devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture." Originally featured in the Scout Report shortly after its inception in 1996, Romantic Circles continues to publish literary scholarship, teaching resources, and digitized Romantic-period texts and images. As explained in the About RC section (a good place to start for newcomers), these resources may be explored via eight main sections. In the Praxis Series section, readers will find engaging essays that highlight select subjects, historical figures, or theoretical approaches. For instance, of the two issues published in December 2016, one centered on German Romanticism while the other explored English Romanticism in East Asia. Romantic Circles also offers Pedagogies, collections of essays dedicated to teaching the Romantics. The most recent collection features six essays, authored by American and Canadian academics, on the topic of Teaching Romanticism and Literary Theory. The Electronic Editions (under the Editions tabs) are another great resource. Here visitors will find a rich assortment of digitized items, from William Wordsmith's A Guide through the District of the Lakes in the North of England to the collected letters of poet Robert Southey.
DISCOVER THE FOREST
The US Forest Service has created this helpful tool for locating state and national forests, parks, and wildlife refuges across the country. On the homepage, visitors simply enter ZIP codes to find local sites of interest. Users can filter results by Activity (e.g. Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports, Fishing) or by Type of Site (e.g. National Forest, State Forest or Park, Park or Playground, Museum or Educational). Visitors can then explore nearby sites of interest on a Google Map. Discover the Forest also features advice for planning a trip to a forest or park and information about forests in the United States. Users are encouraged to share their own photographs or explore those snapped by other forest lovers via the Share the Forest Feature. This allows users to share images via Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr using the hashtags #DiscovertheForest and #ForestFriday.
Horsethief is a digital magazine from Horsethief Books, a publisher of poetry books "from a diverse group of both emerging and established voices." This magazine is specifically designed to be easily read on a either a laptop or a touchscreen device, as readers can browse pages by either clicking on arrows or by swiping left or right. While preserving the tactile experience of reading poetry in book form, this simple and attractive design also makes the monthly digital magazine remarkably easy to read. As of this writing, there are ten issues of Horsethief available for free on this website; each issue consists of poetry, and poetry alone. After exploring and reflecting on poems of interest, readers may also browse the short biographies of all current and past contributors as a way to spur further reading.
Michigan Medicine's MHealth Lab blog highlights research related to personal health, public health, and medical care. Authored by University of Michigan staff, posts cover developments from the University of Michigan along with significant research and findings from other institutions and organizations. Readers may browse for articles and videos by topic, including Body Work (research relating to specific health conditions), Health Tech (which examines new healthcare technology and potential health technology), and Industry DX (news about health care policy and public health issues). Articles are also tagged by subject for easy browsing. Recently published articles include an explanation of research from the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Francisco about pancreatic cancer; an exploration of medical schools that offer minors in subjects like health policy or ethics; and a consideration of sleep apnea treatment for children. Interested readers can subscribe to receive a weekly email digest by selecting a link on the website.
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