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  1. IDOE Offers Back-to-School Online Resources

  2. Help Raise Awareness About Psoriasis in August

  3. SecureID Regulations Cause Changes at BMV

  4. NASA Resource Identifies Weather Phenomena

Interactive Website Helps Children Create Art

Are you looking for a new way to help children experience art? Try the National Gallery of Art’s The Art Zone, part of NGA Kids. The Art Zone homepage displays and describes each featured activity included in the website and provides links to begin each one. Try PhotoOp, which allows kids to capture photos using a virtual camera and perform edits to the photographs. 3-D Twirler allows kids to re-shape and rotate 3-D objects through space. PixelFace allows kids to make digital changes to famous portraits. There are several other ways the website encourages artistic thought, all extremely creative. All activities require Adobe Shockwave, which can be downloaded free from the website.

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IDOE Offers Back-to-School Online Resources

Indiana Department of EducationBy now, most, if not all students have returned to school!  There are many changes this year and Indiana parents and students need to be prepared for this exciting, challenging school year. The most notable change for teachers is the Proposed Rule Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA), which helps to improve education by imposing higher standards for teachers in Indiana schools. Teachers are an integral part of the education process, but parents are a critical part as well. Parents can help students by knowing Indiana’s education standards. You can also check the status of your child’s school as well as how to contact schools in Indiana The Indiana Department of Education  has tools, resources, and a Frequently Asked Questions page to help Indiana parents and educators provide an excellent school year to their children and students.   

Help Raise Awareness About Psoriasis in August

August is Psoriasis Awareness MonthAugust is Psoriasis Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriasis is a disease that causes patches of the skin to turn red, itchy, and scaly. It can affect the skin on any part of the body, but most typically the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet. It is caused by a problem with your immune system. Skin cells that normally take one month to rise to the surface do so in a matter of days. Treatment can include corticosteroid ointments, topical and oral medications, and phototherapy. MedlinePlus has an entry about Psoriasis which includes an Interactive Health Tutorial that simplifies the condition for any audience. The Psoriasis tutorial includes narration and allows the user to navigate through the entire presentation for Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment Options, and more. It also includes questions to ensure the audience understands the information presented.

SecureID Regulations Cause Changes at BMV

SecureID - BMVEffective January 1, 2010, Indiana residents will need to provide additional identification to get their Indiana drivers licenses and identification cards.  Why is this happening?  SecureID is the Indiana BMV’s effort to fully comply with the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and state and federal regulations in two important ways. One is a requirement for everyone who currently holds an Indiana driver’s license, permit, or identification card to re-document themselves with original source documents, to prove their identitiy. The second is mailing a permanent driver’s license, permit, or identification cards from a government-run, secure location to customers at home addresses following a thorough verification process of source documents.  BMV Customers will need to bring original versions or certified copies of source documents to prove their identity and proof of residency. For more information about SecureID, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of the BMV’s website. 

New NASA Resource Identifies Weather Phenomena

NASA: Earth ObservatoryPatrons interested in global weather phenomena may want to check out NASA’s Earth Observatory.  Earth Observatory is a site that features satellite-image photographs, articles and more.  One cool aspect of the site is the section on Natural Hazards.  The photographs here are generally of large-scale weather events, such as hurricanes, floods and droughts.  There are also some really interesting pictures of active volcanoes.  In addition to Natural Hazards, there are several interactive maps on the site.  For example, you can watch the progression of water vapor in a particular column of atmosphere from 2002 to 2009.  Viewers of the site can also read the Galapagos Island blog or any of the related articles.  Finally, interested in our impact on the Earth?  Don’t forget to check out Human Presence – pictures of cities, ozone areas and manmade disasters.