Play Virtual Gametone Instruments

May 28th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 28, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Gametone Instruments

(wrybread.com/gametone/instruments/virtual-gametone/index.shtml)

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

 

This website provides the opportunity to play virtual Gamelan-influenced instruments online for free! What is “Gamelan”? It’s a musical genre that originated in Indonesia featuring gong-like drums, chimes, xylophones, plucked string instruments, and more.

This site is sponsored by a group of musicians called the Gametones who improvise music on homemade Gamelan-type instruments. They offer visitors the opportunity to play virtual versions of their instruments.

When you get to the site you’ll see three main options that include: 

  • Play the GameGongs – Use your mouse of keyboard as a virtual mallet to play the gongs made out of old paint can lids and hubcaps. You can also play loops of recorded songs and improvise as you play along.
  • Play the Drone Gambira – Use your mouse to click on tongs and create your own musical composition. This also offers loops of recorded music that you can use to play along.
  • Play the Game Chimes – Click on pictures of metal tubes to create short bursts or sustained tones. Play the pre-recorded loops as you experiment with the various sounds and tones.

Note: It may take a few minutes for all of the sounds to completely load. Be patient, turn on your speakers, and then use your mouse to create your own musical “click compositions” with the Gametone instruments.

Please note that there are other links on this site but they led to error messages when we tried them. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise exploration of this website.

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge Virtually

May 27th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 27, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Golden Gate Bridge Walk

(goldengatebridge.org/photos/bridgewalk.php)

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

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened May 27, 1937. Take a virtual walking tour of the bridge with this website from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.

When arriving at the link, click the “Start the bridge walk” text link under the image. A new window will open revealing the image slide show. Use the text link navigational commands to “look” left, right, backwards, up or down as well as to “walk forward” or “walk back”. Each command brings up a new view of the bridge. Click “end walk” to end the tour.

When you have finished your walk, use the menu on the left of the web page to see more images of the bridge by selecting: 

  • Historic Photos – See images of the chief engineer, Joseph B. Straus and the construction of the bridge.
  • Contemporary Photos – View modern images of the art deco elements, beauty shots of the bridge, the Southeast Visitor area, bridge workers in action, and more.
  • Then and Now – comparative views of the bridge

You may also want to dig deeper into the history of the Golden Gate Bridge by selecting the “Research Library” link. At this page visitors will find links to other pages filled with historical information, interesting facts and trivia, and much more.

Put on your virtual sneakers and enjoy the tour.

The History of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 26, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Memorial Day

(www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history and original intent of Memorial Day with this website maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

When arriving at today’s link, read an overview of the history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. Discover the reason why red poppies are worn, what the National Moment of Remembrance is, and more.

After reading about the history, learn more about the traditional observances on Memorial Day by selecting the “Observance” link. Dig deeper by selecting “Resources” to discover: 

  • Speeches, Essays, Articles
  • Poetry, Prayers, Lyrics
  • Presidential Remarks
  • Patriotic Melodies

This simple website provides a solid background into understanding the purpose of celebrating Memorial Day.

Free Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

Online Science Museum

May 24th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Tuesday, May 24, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Collections Online – Science Museum Group

(www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/subjects.aspx)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including: 

*    Physics and Math

*    Space

*    Transportation

*    Energy

*    Engineering

*    Environment

*    Medicine and Biology

*    Chemistry and Materials

*    Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:

*    the human brain

*    steam

*    atomic clocks

*    Marie Curie

*    mass consumption

*    Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer

*    aviation

*    genes

*    the human life cycle

*    the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal

*    and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu to explore:

•    Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
•    People – Read the biographies of science personalities.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit.

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 23rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 23, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

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

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 135 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents…a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

Build French Language Skills

May 21st, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French

(www.learnfrenchlanguageguide.com/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics relating to: 

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Verbs
  • Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios. This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

It All Starts with Dirt: How Aluminum is Made

May 20th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 20, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alcoa: How Aluminum is Made

(www.alcoa.com/global/en/about_alcoa/dirt.asp)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Alcoa Company offers several great ways to find out how aluminum is made. When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of choices from exploring a mini-website on the topic, to downloading a free colorful brochure, to watching a video of the manufacturing process.

We found it easy to just follow the topics in order as follows: 

  • Visit the “It All Starts With Dirt” website. Click on “enter site” and a new window opens. From there, click on “Make Your Selection” to see a menu of choices. Click on “Adding Value From the Ground Up” to take an illustrated text tour of the entire aluminum manufacturing process. When you’re through, go back to the menu to read about the “Age of Aluminum” and “The Alcoa Story.”

Close that screen to go back to the landing page and look for: 

  • Alcoa Can’t Wait – Under that heading you can click on links to hear the Alcoa “Folk Song,” watch a 1970s TV commercial, and watch a fast-paced 2008 video that is a quick timeline of the history of aluminum.
  • See How Aluminum is Made – DON’T MISS THIS! Watch a 3-minute video of the complete aluminum manufacturing process.
  • Alcoa’s History (Timeline) – Use your mouse for an interactive exploration of events in the history of aluminum.
  • Biography of Charles Martin Hall – Learn about this amazing aluminum pioneer and manufacturing magnate.
  • Aluminum Smelting – For budding chemists and techies – get a more in-depth discussion of aluminum manufacturing.

Alcoa has gone out of their way to offer a variety of multi-media resources to help visitors to their site understand how aluminum is manufactured.

(Non-readers will need assistance. There is something for everyone here. Young children may prefer to watch the video, and older students can explore the topic in more depth.)

Step Right Up to Learn the History of the Circus

May 19th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 19, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Circuses and Sideshows

(www.circusesandsideshows.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

May 19th is Circus Day. Explore the history of American circuses and sideshows, the performers and the owners with this website.

When arriving at today’s link, read the brief introduction, then select where you want to begin your adventure using the images and links on the left sidebar: 

  • American Circuses – Discover the history of well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, Dailey Bros. Circus and many more.
  • Famous Circus Performers – Learn about those performers who made their circus shows amazing including clowns, acrobats, human cannonballs, trapeze and tightrope artists, animal tamers and much more.
  • Circus Owners and Staff – Examine the lives of the men and women who owned circuses.
  • Circus Life – a brief overview of life in a circus
  • Circus Sideshows – Find out what a sideshow is and see some sideshow crews.
  • Sideshow Performers – See images of different sideshow performers from the past.
  • Circus Candy Butchers – Discover what a “candy butcher” is and their importance to the survival of the circus.
  • Circus Lingo and Slang – a glossary of circus terms
  • Circus Movies – an affiliate-linked list of movies about the circus
  • Circus Train Wrecks – a list of circus train wrecks and some statistics about them
  • Circus News – news and announcements related to circuses
  • Circus Links and Resources – Looking for more information about circuses? Check this section.

Each page includes text and images about the topic. Look for the red circle with the question mark in it for interesting trivia and a magnifying glass that will allow for a larger view of the image.

This website will provide an fascinating window into circus life and a fun departure from typical history studies.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

May 18th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen including a link to “Why Study Shakespeare”?

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschool families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

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