The Science of Non-Destructive Testing

September 27th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NDT Resource Center

(www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/HighSchool/highschool.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

What is Non-Destructive Testing? It’s a method of testing and inspecting industrial parts and materials without damaging them. NDT technicians and engineers test for material conditions and flaws that might cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, etc.

Through methods such as radiology, NDT allows inspection without interfering with a product’s final use. NDT inspectors use the sciences of: 

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • X-Rays
  • Sound

This website provides free, interactive lessons in all four of these sciences for students in middle school and high school.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction, and then an icon menu of all 4 sciences. Click on any one, and a new page opens with a table of contents for the curriculum in that field of science.

Click on any topic to learn more, or just follow the arrows to chronologically follow the curriculum. Each page offers interesting text and illustrations. Many pages contain multi-media, interactive demonstrations of the concepts discussed. The material is presented in an engaging way to capture student interest.

If your student enjoys the material here, they may be interested in learning more about a career in NDT. You’ll find information about that (designed just for middle and high school students) at the site as well. Here’s the direct link: http://www.ndt-ed.org/Welcome/welcome_jr_sr_high.htm.

Free K-12 Math Video Tutorials & Worksheets

September 26th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, September 26, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathEBook.net

(www.mathebook.net/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grade K-12, children with parental supervision)

 

What a find! This website offers FREE math “Downloadable Tutorials”. The tutorials come in the form of both online math videos (via YouTube, with some that are similar to webinars) and interactive eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks that allow students in grades K-12 to learn and practice math with ease.

The downloadable eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks in pdf format can be used at the website or offline. They are editable – in other words you can type in answers using your computer keyboard so you don’t have to print them out to use them. The site emphasizes the fact that “by using Downloadable Tutorials one can save the waste of paper and SAVE TREES, so we encourage you to be GREEN, and help mother nature to survive.” While you can print out the colorful and engaging worksheets and workbooks, they would prefer you didn’t in the interest of being green.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and a picture of a ladder with varying grade levels including Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. Click on any one and a new page opens.

On the left side of the screen, you’ll see titles of various math strands and concepts. Place your cursor over them and you’ll see the words “Virtual” and “eWorkBook.” Click on “Virtual” and a new page opens to a series of individual worksheets on that math topic. Click on “eWorkBooks” to download a pdf file containing an editable workbook on that topic. All of the worksheets and workbooks contain colorful illustrations that are sure to engage students. It’s obvious that real care was taken to make this graphically appealing.

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the words, “Click Here for Video Tutorials.” Click on it and a menu opens with all the video titles for every grade. Click on any one and enjoy the lesson presentation delivered through YouTube videos that are on the MathEBook website.

Back on the home page, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Use it to access the free “Math Dictionary” that defines various math terminology. You can also click on “Download” to see and access the eWorkSheets contained on the site.

Bookmark this website as it promises to “continuously develop and further enhance the syllabus and will keep adding new features.” They also want your feedback to improve the user experience for all visitors to the site.

Learn to Speak an African Language

September 24th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 24, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNISA – Learn to Speak an African Language

(www.unisa.ac.za/free_online_course/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Through this website from the University of South Africa, learn some basic phrases in five different African languages.

Select to learn: 

  • Northern Sotho
  • Tswana
  • Zulu
  • Southern Sotho
  • Xhosa

Once you have made your choice, review the information about the language on the next page, then select the “start lesson” button to begin or choose a specific theme from: 

  • greetings and courtesies
  • asking for help, emergencies
  • numbers, days, months, seasons
  • question words, quantities, weather and time
  • banks, taxis and restaurants
  • transportation and finding your way
  • touring and socializing
  • at the filling station
  • the human body and ailments
  • shopping and sport

Lessons include information about speaking etiquette; the vocabulary with audios and a video. Please be sure to wait for the lesson to load as it might take a few seconds.

Discover the Animals of Africa

September 23rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, September 23, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mpala Live!

(mpalalive.org/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Visit the wilds of Africa through the webcams at this website sponsored by MPALA, The Anneberg Foundation, and Explore.

In the upper menu select “LIVE CAM” to start your safari. Cameras broadcast live from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm East Africa Time. Select from: 

  • African River Wildlife Camera
  • African Animal Lookout Camera
  • African Safari Camera
  • African Watering Hole Wildlife Camera

Below the webcams, discover the animals that you might see at the hippo pool. Click a silhouette to be taken to the field guide to learn about the animal as well as hear its sound. Choose “STORIES FROM THE BRUSH” to learn about the scientists in the field. Select the “FIELD GUIDE” link to discover Mpala’s animals. In the “CLASSROOM” find lessons plans and units for both Kenyan students and U.S. students to use to learn about the natural world around us. Units include multiple lessons laid out for easy use along with printable worksheets to accompany your studies.

This website is an excellent addition for your geography class studies of Africa or your animal science class.

Check Out the American History Calendar

September 22nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, September 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American History Calendar

(americanhistorycalendar.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-sponsored website offers a free American History Calendar that highlights people and events of historic importance every day of the year. You can use it to springboard discussions and further learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the current week’s historic birthdays and events, along with an introduction and information about what you’ll find at the site. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • People Calendar – Features the birthdays of people of historic importance to American history including:
    • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • U.S. Vice Presidents
    • First Ladies
    • Revolutionary People
    • 1812 War People
    • Civil War People
  • Events Calendar – Highlights the anniversary date of historic events that occurred during:
    • Revolution Era
    • State Ratifications
    • 1812 War Events
    • Civil War Events
    • World War II Events

Click on either calendar and a new page opens that displays the current month’s calendar. Birthdays and/or events are highlighted on it. Place your cursor over or click on those of interest to see more information, as well as a Google map indicating the location where the event took place. It’s enough to spark a short conversation or it may inspire you to research the person or event at your leisure.

The calendar is incomplete. It’s a work-in-progress and you are welcome to help improve the calendar by contributing information to it (see details at site).

The calendar is fully functional and free to site visitors.  Again, this is an ad-supported site. Ads are randomly generated and change.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site and supervise exploration of it.

Note: There is an option to “subscribe” to the calendar which allows you to download it, customize it, and synchronize it with other tech tools, calendars, and applications. It didn’t work properly when we visited and tried it, so it’s not clear to us if the subscription is free (and if so, if it requires registration), or if it’s fee-based.

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

(www.kidsmomo.com/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

 

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

Free MIT Science Lectures on Video

September 20th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MIT Open Courseware – Physics

(ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#physics)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website provides free science lectures on video by professors at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). Note: These are college lectures by MIT professors. They are geared for students with an existing foundational knowledge of science and math. Accelerated younger students may find aspects fascinating as well.

When you get to this part of the website you’ll see a list of video lectures from the Physics department with titles such as: 

  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Exploring Black Holes
  • Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics
  • And more!

Click on the desired topic, then click on “View Resource”, then “Video Lectures.” Then choose the video you’d like to watch – some of the courses are up to an hour and a half long. You can also use the Search feature to look for videos in other topics of interest. Or go back to the link and scroll up and/or down to see what other departments have video lectures.

This is a great way to enhance high school science and math curriculum – and is sure to interest kids with a passion for these topics. It also provides insight into what takes place in MIT lecture halls.

3-D Geometry, Math Interactives & More

September 19th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, September 19, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org – Geometry 3D Shapes

(www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/index.html)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

You’ll be impressed by this presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.

After the introduction, you’ll learn about polyhedra, including prisms and pyramids. Then move on to surface area and volume of rectangles and cylinders. When you are finished clicking through the presentation you can test your skills.

This website is massive. Under the “Interactives” menu for Math, you can choose from over 150 other interactives, which can be sorted by grade level, that include: 

  • Area and Perimeter
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Decorative Boxes
  • Fractions
  • Learning Temperature Units and Their Symbols
  • Measuring Ant Tunnels
  • Numbers in Nature
  • Quilts
  • Robots
  • Shadows
  • And more!

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Browse the Flagler Museum

September 16th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, September 16, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

(www.flaglermuseum.us/visiting/virtual-tours)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida with this website. The 75-room, Gilded Age mansion was built as a wedding present to Henry Flagler’s wife and was their winter retreat until his death in 1913.

Use the right side bar menu to navigate to the different floors and rooms: 

  • Whitehall Facade
  • Grand Hall, South Hall
  • Library
  • Music Room
  • Courtyard
  • Billiard Room
  • Grand Ballroom
  • Hotel Addition
  • Breakfast Room, Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Flagler-Kenan History Room
  • Colonial Chamber
  • Bedrooms
  • Silver Maple Room
  • Lace Exhibit
  • Yellow Roses Room
  • Servants Room
  • Morning Room
  • Flagler Kenan Pavilion

Images, texts, and audios provide an overview of each room. When done visiting the rooms, hover over the “Exhibits” link in the top menu, then select either “100 Masterworks” or “Past Exhibits” to keep your museum tour going.

In the 2nd, lower upper menu, choose “Teacher Resources” to find Newspapers In Education tabloids and other guides to use to supplement your tour.

Add this website to your list of stops when studying not only the Gilded Age, but also the history of Florida.

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