What’s new at FREE? (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)

March 16, 2001

New Resources at the FREE Website (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)

January 9 – March 2001


“2001: A Cyberspace Odyssey” invites teams of teachers to apply to

develop website models that include the visual arts, learning

theories, curriculum content, & resources of the National Gallery

of Art. Three-member teams will participate in a summer seminar, &

a selection of their work will be made available through the

Gallery’s website. Applications are due March 31. (NGA)


“Modern Art & America: Alfred Stieglitz & His New York Galleries”

brings together for the first time in more than 50 years a

representative collection of paintings, sculptures, & photographs

exhibited in the galleries of one of the most influential figures

in early 20th century art. An aim of this website is to “reveal

more clearly the nature of his [Stieglitz’s] contribution to

American art.” (NGA)


“Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s” features images that appeared

as posters, albums, books, periodicals, music primers, song sheets,

& folding screens. The prints & color lithography offered painters

such as Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, & Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

a wider audience for their artwork, which was often misunderstood

by the Salon, the organizer of state-sponsored exhibitions. (NGA)


Foreign Languages

“The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary” is an effort to establish

new dictionaries of Swahili, the most widely spoken language in

Africa. The Kamusi Project features online dictionaries, Swahili

learning resources, a discussion forum, links to Africa related

sites, & images from East Africa. (ED)


“SEAsite” offers language instruction materials as well as

cultural, political, & social information about countries in

Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam, & the

Philippines. (ED)


Health & Safety

“The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)”

is a central source of information on prevention & intervention

programs, publications, research, & statistics on violence

committed by & against children & teens. (Multiple agencies)


“Promoting Better Health for Young People Through Physical Activity

& Sports” offers 10 strategies for promoting lifelong participation

in physical activity & sports. It also suggests ways that

communities, families, schools, media, afterschool programs, youth

sports programs, & recreation programs can help implement these

strategies. (ED & HHS)


Language Arts

“The Hannah Arendt Papers” presents selections from the work of a

political philosopher and educator whose writings constitute a

principal source for the study of modern intellectual life.

Selections include an essay on Arendt’s intellectual history, a

chronology of her life, & an index of all folders in the Arendt

Papers. (LOC)



“Science@NASA” features space science stories & activities in

English & Spanish. Readings are organized around space science,

astronomy, living in space, earth science, biological & physical

sciences, & basic rocketry. (NASA)


Social Studies

“Allegheny Portage Railroad: Developing Transportation Technology”

shows the innovative transportation system used in the 1830s-1850s

to tow railroad cars up & down the steep slopes of the Allegheny

Mountains. (NPS,TwHP)


“The Amazing Picture Machine” is a database of photos & graphical

representations on the web. In includes pictures of animals,

architecture, maps, military equipment, paintings, patterns &

shapes, plants & trees, rock stars & world leaders, national parks

& monuments, weather & meteorological phenomena, World War II, &

more. A dozen lesson ideas demonstrate ways pictures can be used

to help students learn. (ED)


“Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A Moravian Settlement in Colonial

America” looks at this area (along the Lehigh River) that became

the center of industry & community for Moravians, a Protestant

group that migrated to colonial America seeking opportunity & the

chance to spread their religious beliefs. (NPS,TwHP)


“Californio to American: A Study in Cultural Change” looks at an

area that was once part of an Indian village, then an outpost

shelter for “vaqueros” (cowhands), & then the site where

“Californios” (Spanish settlers in what is now the state of

California) built small adobe dwellings in the midst of their

cattle ranges. Successive owners altered one dwelling into the

elegant 18-room ranch house there today — Rancho Los Alamitos.



“Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures” depicts a small trading

& farming community in southwest Texas, near the border with Mexico

(in today’s Big Bend National Park). Castolon was a farming,

ranching, & storekeeping partnership at Camp Santa Helena,

established after the Mexican Revolution (1920). (NPS,TwHP)


“Chattanooga, Tennessee: Train Town” helps students see how

geography & promotion combined to encourage the growth of

Chattanooga, Tennessee, & how railroads shaped the organization &

architecture of this city & others from the mid-1800s to mid-1990s.



“Fort Morgan & the Battle of Mobile Bay” presents firsthand

accounts, maps, & more pertaining to this Civil War conflict

(August 5, 1864) in which Union Admiral David Farragut led about 20

ships & vessels into the torpedo-filled Mobile Bay. (NPS,TwHP)

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