Posts Tagged ‘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.)

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

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

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

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

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

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

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