Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

California Capitol Tour & More

September 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California State Capitol – Capitol Museum

(www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/)

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

 

This site offers a variety of virtual tours relating to the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

When arriving at today’s link, use the sidebar menu to select the Virtual Tours link. Read the brief introduction then select “Start A Virtual Tour” text link. When the page opens visitors will be able to either use the side bar menu to select a tour or move through the first tour, “Architecture: Symbols of a Changing Democracy,” using the navigation instruction links at the bottom of each page. Through text and images, the architecture tour explores the architectural features of the Capitol building including the symbols, rotunda, the domes, the gold ball and cupola, the encaustic tiles, the statuary groupings, the portico and pediment, and the east annex plaques. 

Tours also available on the Virtual Tours page include: 

  • Collections: California’s Art Collection – Examine the art, portraits, murals, statues and flag collection at the museum.
  • Capitol History: A Legacy of California’s Growth – Discover the Capitol’s history from planning to its complete restoration completed in 1982.
  • Capitol Park – Stroll through the park virtual tour and explore the plant life as well as the memorials and monuments.
  • Historic Rooms: The West Wing – Learn about the Legislative Bill Room, Governor’s rooms, 1902 Secretary of State Office, 1906 and 1933 Treasurer’s Offices, Library Exhibit Room, the offices of the President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the Assembly, as well as visit the chamber galleries and committee room.

But wait, there’s more. Back on the home page, find the Kids’ Zone link. After reading the introductions, click the “Visit the Kid’s Zone” text link and a pop-up window will open. (Be sure you allow your Flash Player to run.) At this colorful section of the website, through slideshow images and text, kids can explore the Capitol building and its history, learn about the symbols and history of California, read fun facts, check out “neat pics,” play games, and print out worksheets and coloring pages. There is also a section for teachers with links to lesson plans and more.

Add this site to your list for your California studies.

Architecture as Art

July 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 28, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Buildings Collection

(www.greatbuildings.com/)

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

 

At this website you can experience art through architecture. See photographs, 3-D models, and architectural drawings of some of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the worldRead about their history, the architectural style employed in their design, and read about the architects who designed them.


When you get to the site, after reading the introduction, use the menu at the top of the screen to open a subsection. You’ll find that over 1,000 buildings have been categorized for ease of search by: 

  • building name
  • building type (castle, cathedral, hotel, or house, etc.)
  • architect (read their biographies)
  • architectural style (Neolithic, gothic, Islamic, Japanese, Victorian, etc.)
  • construction type (brick, geodesic, glass, etc.)
  • place where the building exists (Rome, Paris, USA, etc.)
  • There is even a building timeline (located in tiny print below the main menu on the home page) – so you can pick a date or time period and explore the buildings of that era.

You will also find references to books for further study as well as links to other sites about architecture.

Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo

(brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/esplora/compasso/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

 

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.


When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
  • Explore – Learn about how it works.
  • Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including: 
    • Division of a segment
    • Division of a circumference
    • Squaring a regular figure
    • Sum of volumes
    • Measurement of calibers
    • Astronomical quadrant
    • Scale of slopes
    • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

Free Science & Tech Videos & Activities!

June 12th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Futures Channel

(www.thefutureschannel.com/)

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

 

This commercial website provides some free science videos with printable lessons and activities that help make a connection between what students study (math and science) and how scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries use it to shape the future of the real world.

The idea is to inspire kids to consider careers in the science and technology industries. Each week the website features a selection of new movies that are available for free for two weeks. There are some movies that are available anytime. When you get to the website you’ll see the currently featured videos. To find other free videos, look under “Real World Movies” on the menu and click on the various topics that include: 

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Architecture
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental
  • Science & Technology
  • Space Science
  • Transportation
  • And more!

When you click on a topic, a new page opens with a menu of movies in that category. The free movies will say, “Now Playing.” There are about 15-20 free movies available on the site at any given time and all include downloadable/printable activities to enhance learning. The movies are about 2-6 minutes in length. The movies that are NOT free will say, “Available by Subscription.” You can also purchase DVDs that contain the most popular movies. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the free videos.

Be sure to check out the “Educator Resources” as well. This is a great way to introduce kids to various fields of science and technology and see how they are applied in the real world.

Art History Lessons

April 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 14, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Khan Academy – Art History

(www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history)

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

 

This section of the larger Khan Academy website provides lessons for teaching art history.

Units are well-organized and laid out with lessons that include teaching texts, images, videos and much more. Some lessons include quizzes. 
 
Select your area of interest from the list on today’s page that includes: 

  • Art History Basics – Discover the basics of art tools, concepts, techniques and more.
  • Prehistoric Art in Europe and West Asia – Paleolithic and Neolithic art
  • Ancient Mediterranean –  art of Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Aegean, Ancient Greece, Nabataean, Etruscan, Ancient Rome, Palmyra, and Judaism and Art
  • Medieval Europe and Byzantine – art of Early Christian, Byzantine, Early medieval, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic
  • Art of the Islamic World – art created in lands where Islam was the dominant religion
  • Europe 1300-1800 – Gothic art in Italy, Renaissance art and art of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Baroque to Neoclassical art in Europe – Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classicism are covered.
  • Art of the Americas to World War 1 – Examine Latin American, Native North American, Mesoamerican art and more.
  • Art of 19th Century Europe – Learn about Romanticism, early photograph, Victorian art and architecture, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and more.
  • Modernisms 1900-1980 – Explore the world of 20th century art including Fauvism, Expressionism, figurative art, Pop art, Minimalism, Earthworks, architecture and more.
  • Global Contemporary Art – Lessons include Conceptional and Performance art as well as an overview of what is considered contemporary art.
  • Art of Asia – Discover the art of China, Korea, Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asian and the Himalayas.
  • Art of Oceania – Explore the world of Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian art.
  • For Teachers – This section provides downloadable course syllabi.
  • Special topics in art history – 132 lessons are included in this section from the At Risk Cultural Education Series.

If you have an AP student, there is even an AP Art History course laid out. 


This is a very comprehensive resource that visitors will want to bookmark to come back to throughout all their art studies.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

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

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

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