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The Skwomesh Language Academy creates online practice exercises, instructional videos, & private classes of the Skwomesh Language. To learn our language through our online videos, make a donation to our academy through our Patreon campaign. Every week, every month, all the time we are creating language lessons, how to say videos, and more.

A New Hope for a New Wild
A New Hope for a New Wild is a fresh online experience that showcases our hope for the future. The New Wild is a place where we are finding ways for people and nature to flourish together -- and where saving nature means saving ourselves.
The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
ANSEP™ has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components beginning with students in sixth grade and on through high school, into science and engineering undergraduate degree programs and through graduate school to the PhD.
Since 1998, First Nations Films creates and distributes award-winning television documentary films for, by and about Indigenous people - Sharing Our Stories! Our exclusive programs are distributed to broadcasters, schools, libraries, universities and other individuals and institutions throughout the world.
Hopi Katsina Carvings by Mavasta Honyouti
It has been an extraordinary year and much more is to come. In the coming months, Mavasta will feature his unique work at various Native American Indian Art markets and museums.This December, at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Mavasta will be the featured artist where he will showcase new work alongside renown Native artists.
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Password Safety
Over the years, as the Internet usage has grown, and cyber-threats have increased, so has the need for more stringent passwords. Are your password habits out of date? Here are the basic rules of password safety: never reuse a password, never put personal info in a password, make them long, don’t use words you can find in a dictionary, use a variety of character types and cases, keep them secure, and don’t share them. For more tips on teaching password safety to kids, here is this week’s crop of website recommendations.
Connect Safely: Tips for Strong Passwords
"A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters." Connect Safely offers fourteen password tips three ways: as an article, a slideshow, and as a shareable, printable PDF. They also bring up an excellent conundrum for parents: "... if you do ask your children for their passwords, make sure they understand that this is a rare exception to the 'do not share password' rule." Tips for Teens: Password Safety
This printable PDF of ten password tips for teens from the Cyberbullying Research Center includes this excellent advice: "Do not type passwords on devices that you do not own, control, or fully trust." This means that the computer in the library or cyber café is best used for casual Web surfing, and not for "logging into your online accounts."
Microsoft: Teach Kids Online Security Basics
When you are little, it can be really, really hard to keep your password secret! "According to a study by Teen Angels of Wired, 75 percent of 8- to 9-year olds shared passwords with someone else, and 66 percent of girls in grades 7 to 12 said they shared their password with someone else." This Microsoft list is very helpful. In addition to password safety, it also includes rules for using social media to share with your kids.
NetSmartzKids: The Password Rap
LOL! This password safety message from NetSmartzKids is delivered as a two-minute rap song video. "Password protects your information, like your home phone number, your age and location. You have to choose one, you have to conceal it. Nobody can guess it. Nobody can steal it."

Password Day
"Treat every day like it's Password Day. 90% of all passwords are vulnerable. It takes 5 minutest to go from hackable to uncrackable." Created by Intel, Password Day is my Password Safety pick of the week because of its modern design, Password Pledges, and the Password Blaster game. Made from real passwords leaked by hackers, type to blast the world's worst passwords. And if you see your password, "it's a good sign you need to change it!"

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Battle of New Orleans
The Battle of New Orleans (Dec 24, 1814 – Jan 8, 1815) was the last battle of the War of 1812. American troops were led to victory over the British by Major General Andrew Jackson, whose battlefield success and increased recognition helped him become the seventh President of the United States in 1829.
The Battle of New Orleans 2015
Even if you're not in New Orleans to join in the celebrations commemorating the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans (1815-2015), you can still use these online educational resources. Best clicks are Who's Who in the Battle, and the Battle Story (look for them under Education Resources). There is also a PDF with curriculum ideas for teachers (on the front page.)
Eyewitness to History: Battle of New Orleans, 1815
Visit Eyewitness to History to read an anonymous soldier's account of the fighting which was first published in The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, January, 1926. "When the smoke had cleared away and we could obtain a fair view of the field, it looked, at the first glance, like a sea of blood. It was not blood itself which gave it this appearance but the red coats in which the British soldiers were dressed."
History: Battle of New Orleans
"In the bloody Battle of New Orleans, future President Andrew Jackson and a motley assortment of militia fighters, frontiersmen, slaves, Indians and even pirates weathered a frontal assault by a superior British force, inflicting devastating casualties along the way. The victory vaulted Jackson to national stardom, and helped foil plans for a British invasion of the American frontier." Learn more with an illustrated, hyperlinked account of the Battle, along with several short videos.
History Central: Battle of New Orleans
"At the last minute Jackson positioned his reserve troops at the exact spot the British were planning to aim their assault. As dawn broke, the British began their assault. The British soldiers gallantly attacked, but the Americans were too prepared and their artillery wreaked havoc on the advancing British." History Central offers a video showing the troop movements on a map of New Orleans, along with a short synopsis of the battle action.

History of New Orleans: Battle of New Orleans Timeline
This Battle of New Orleans timeline starts in 1803, when the US and France agreed to transfer Louisiana to the Americans, and ends in April, 1815 when Andrew Jackson left New Orleans. There is also an excellent teacher PDF that includes classroom handouts and a few quizzes about the Battle of New Orleans. To find it, click on Education, then choose Lesson Plans.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was Veterans Day, created as a “prayer for peace” in 1926. Memorial Day came second in 1948. In 1956, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Honor King’s memory with this online expedition into his life and achievements.
History: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King "was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965." Visit for articles, video, speeches and pictures about Dr. King's life and causes.
The King Center
"Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950's and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States." The King Center, created in 1968 by King's widow, Coretta Scott King, is dedicated to the advancement of King's nonviolent ideals. Best clicks can be found listed under About (About Dr. King, About Mrs. King), Learn (Nonviolence Education, Nonviolence Glossary) and Dreams (View Dreams, Add a Dream).
MLK Day of Service
"Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Make it a day ON. Not a day OFF." King was a big proponent of people from all walks of life coming together to improve their community. This site encourages community service, with tips on finding an existing opportunity or starting your own. Learn how to start a MLK Day of Service project from scratch, with a downloadable toolkit that includes tips on publicity, recruiting, and volunteer management. Look for the link to the Toolkits under the headline Plan.
MLK Online
MLK Online was created in 1998 by Daniel Moss when he was just a high-school sophomore. It is well-written, and a great resource for school reports. It includes a King biography, a history of the holiday, transcripts of fifteen speeches, and a page of quotations. Best clicks are in Multimedia, where you'll find audio, video, and photos.

Seattle Times: Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Seattle Times special is my pick of the day. It covers King's life with the usual biography and timeline, but it shines in the Perspectives section, which includes Roadways Across America (a look at six streets bearing King's name), student essays, and class conversations between four third-grade classes. Finish your visit by trying the twelve-question civil rights quiz.

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Static Electricity
Has your hair ever stood out from your head after pulling off a wool cap? That’s the result of static electricity. In their usual state, the atoms are electrically neutral because they contain an equal number of positive protons and negative electrons. But when two materials rub together (like your hair and your cap) some of the electrons jump from one thing to the other, creating an electric charge called static electricity.
Energy Story: Resistance and Static Electricity
In addition to the static electricity that occurs between objects we can hold, lightning is also a form of static electricity. "Clouds become negatively charged as ice crystals inside the clouds rub up against each other. Meanwhile, on the ground, the positive charge increases. The clouds get so highly charged that the electrons jump from the ground to the cloud, or from one cloud to another cloud. This causes a huge spark of static electricity in the sky that we call lightning."
PBS Learning Media: Static Electricity: Snap, Crackle, Jump
In this video from the PBS science show ZOOM, a vinyl record is rubbed on a wool scarf and then the record "magically" lifts breakfast cereal right out of its bowl! After watching the video, click on Support Materials to read an article about static electricity and more about the experiment shown in the video. "When rubbed with a wool scarf, the surface of a vinyl record picks up extra electrons from the scarf. If the charged record is placed over puffy rice cereal, the electrically neutral cereal pieces become polarized. Because opposite charges attract, the negatively charged record lifts the positively charged ends of the cereal pieces."
PhET: Balloons and Static Electricity
This interactive experiment from the University of Colorado at Boulder shows the effect of rubbing a balloon against a wool sweater. You can do the experiment with one or two balloons, add a wall to your experiment, and change which of the charges are displayed. Be sure to move your charged balloons around between the sweater and the wall, and watch what happens.
Science Made Simple: Static Electricity
"Did you ever hear the saying that opposites attract? Well, it's true. Two things with opposite, or different charges (a positive and a negative) will attract, or pull towards each other. Things with the same charge (two positives or two negatives) will repel, or push away from each other." Science Made Simple is my static-electricity pick of the day because of the depth of its coverage. Be sure to visit all three pages by following the Read More link at the bottom. The third page includes three static electricity experiments you can do at home.

ScienceNetLinks: Introducing Static Electricity
"The number of electrons in an atom — ranging from one up to about 100 — matches the number of charged particles, or protons, in the nucleus, and determines how the atom will link to other atoms to form molecules." Although written for teachers, ScienceNetLinks includes plenty good info for students, including two activities: Stuck-Up Balloon and Dancing Balloon.

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Apollo 8
Apollo 8 launched December 21, 1968 as part of President Kennedy’s space challenge to put a man on the moon in the sixties. Apollo 8 was the first human space flight to leave Earth’s orbit and to reach and orbit around the Moon. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were the first humans to see Earth from deep space, and the photo they captured of the Earth rising above the Moon has become famous.
Lunar and Planetary Institute: Apollo 8 Mission
In addition to its research role, the Lunar and Plantetary Institute is also charged with education and public outreach to "engage families, educators and students in space science." Their Apollo 8 materials include a mission overview, mission activities, and a photo gallery. "The Apollo 8 mission took 7 days and included 10 orbits around the Moon. Almost without exception, spacecraft systems operated as intended."
NASA: Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon
On Christmas eve, December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 had a live television broadcast showing pictures of the Earth and the Moon. Visit this NASA site to view their Christmas message, which included a recitation of the first ten verses of Genesis. At the end of their mission on Christmas Day, astronaut Lowell gave a shout-out to St. Nick, when he radioed to Mission Control, "Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus."
NASA SVS: Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary
The NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) released a video last year that recreates the first earthrise as seen from Apollo 8. "The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs." It is a must see!
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Apollo 8
"An important prelude to actually landing on the Moon was testing the flight trajectory and operations for getting there and back. Apollo 8 did this and achieved many other firsts including the first manned mission launched on the Saturn V, first manned launch from NASA's new Moonport, first pictures taken by humans of the Earth from deep space, and first live TV coverage of the lunar surface." Look in the left-hand vertical menu to explore Apollo 8 Facts, Crew, and Images.

TIME: Apollo 8: First Broadcast from the Moon
"The Apollo 8 mission was a bright spot at the end of an otherwise bleak 1968. America watched in awe as astronauts broadcast live pictures from the moon." This five-minute video gives perspective to the accomplishments of the Apollo 8 mission, and includes clips from the astronauts themselves as they look back on the momentous mission.,32068,5716074001_1868661,00.html

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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