Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

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.

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

Tour the Utah State Capitol

January 13th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, January 13, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Capitol

(utahstatecapitol.utah.gov/virtual-tour)

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

 

Tour the Utah State Capitol with this virtual tour.

When you arrive at today’s link the tour will immediately begin. Use the controls below the tour to stop or start the automatic tour or use your mouse to move. Click on the circle “I” icons in the image to get a closer look and learn more about the architecture, art, and history of the capitol. Use the interactive map to select desired destinations in the building such as the: 

  • Senate Chambers
  • Supreme Court
  • Rotunda
  • State Reception Room
  • House Chambers
  • Capitol Grounds South

When you have finished your tour, learn more about the Utah Capitol using the upper menu and selecting “Explore the Capitol.” From here you can explore its history with an interactive timeline and interesting articles and discover the artwork, monuments, and sculptures on the grounds.

This website is a good addition to your Utah state studies.

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

December 23rd, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

(www.lyndhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/VirtualTours/LyndhurstChristmas360.html)

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

 

Explore Lyndhurst Manor in all its Christmas splendor with this 360° virtual tour. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis and overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst Manor is noted as one of “America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions.”

When you arrive at today’s link, click the main menu window to start the tour. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to stop the automatic rotation and to navigate through the manor as you wish. The first two icons allow you to easily move through the rooms. Visit the: 

  • Entry Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Picture Gallery
  • State Bedroom
  • Star Bedroom

When you are finished with your Christmas tour, click the Lyndhurst logo in the upper right to visit the main website. From here, click the “About” link in the upper menu to learn about the history of Lyndhurst Manor. On the left-hand side bar menu, click the “Virtual Tours” link to find more tours of the manor such as: 

  • Bowling Alley
  • Aerial Lyndhurst
  • The Mansion
  • The Mansion at Halloween

These simple tours provide an excellent window into Gothic Revival architecture and of a time long ago.

Online Art Dictionary

February 20th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 20, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ArtLex – Art Dictionary

(www.artlex.com/)

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

 

This site provides an online art dictionary that defines words and terminology used in the world of art through text and by linking to photographs and pictures of artwork that helps to describe the term.

For example, look up “Folk Art” in the Artlex Dictionary. You will see a description that reads: 

Art made by people who have little or no formal schooling in art. Folk artists usually make works of art with traditional techniques and content, in styles handed down through many generations, and often of a particular region. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, costume, tools, and other everyday objects may all be folk art.

There are italicized words within that definition that are links. Click on them and see pictures of the items being described for a clearer understanding of the terms.

The Artlex Dictionary is comprehensive. Some of the topics include: 

  • Abstract Art
  • Architecture
  • Art Deco
  • Baroque
  • Byzantine
  • Cartoon
  • Collage
  • Cubism
  • Egyptian Art
  • Expressionism
  • Futurism
  • Greek Art
  • Harlem Renaissance Art
  • Hindu Art
  • Impressionism
  • Islamic Art
  • Japanese Art
  • Numismatic Art
  • Pop Art
  • Realism
  • Renaissance Art
  • Roman Art
  • Stone Age Art
  • Surrealism
  • Tapestry
  • Tessellation
  • Video
  • Watercolor
  • Woodcut

and many, many more!

You can search by genre, painting title, artist, art word, etc., through the A-Z index, or check out their shortcut list of popular terms and concepts. You will also find links to many other art resources on the Internet at this site. The Artlex Dictionary provides a simple way to introduce art to your family by clicking through the various art genres – and it is a great research tool for the serious art student.

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