Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Historical Music from the Library of Congress

August 11th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 11, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

(www.loc.gov/jukebox/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.)

 

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this: 

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists. Use the menu in the left margin that includes: 

  • Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
  • Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
  • Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

You Are There History Audios

August 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 2, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Internet Archive: You Are There

(archive.org/details/You_Are_There_OTR)

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

 

Family members of all ages can enjoy listening to these archived broadcasts of the “You Are There” radio program, but older students may have a better level of comprehension and retention.

“You Are There” is a series of about seven dozen or so radio broadcasts which aired from 1947 to 1950, each about half an hour long. More than 70 episodes are archived. Each episode is a fictional news report “live from the scene” of an important event in history.

As the reporter conducts interviews with famous people (and not-so-famous people) and you hear realistic sound effects, you can imagine that you have been transported back in time – and history is unfolding right before your very ears.

  • Listen in as Julius Caesar, Socrates, Captain Kidd, Maximilian, Joan of Arc, John Wilkes Booth, and others meet their end.
  • Re-live the famous battle at Thermopylae, the Alamo, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the storming of the Bastille, the battle of Gettysburg, the battle of Hastings, the fall of Troy, the defeat of Sitting Bull, and other exciting conflicts.
  • Witness the rise and fall of great leaders, the signing of pivotal documents and treaties, and important uprisings, trials, and discoveries.

Archive.org makes all of this available for free. When you reach this site, you may wish to wait a little while for the main page to load completely; a gray audio player appears near at the top of the play list of the screen. You can click on any title to play it directly from your browser.

In addition to legally and freely listening to these broadcasts online, you can also right-click on the titles to download them to your computer for listening later, then load them onto any device that plays mp3’s.

Cozy up on the couch with the family for a delightful listening adventure or listen as you travel away from home.

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include: 

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are: 

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

French Games

May 12th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 12, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Games

(www.french-games.net/)

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

 

Learn and practice French through lessons and games at this UK website.

From the information on the site, Beginner activities are for students age 5-11 and Intermediate activities are suitable for students 11 and up.


Using the site is fairly-straight forward broken into steps: 

  • Topics – Start by selecting the level in the first box, then whether you wish to study words or sentences. Next select from the list a lesson category. On the next page, choose the topic for your lesson.
  • Lessons – After a topic has been chosen, choose which option for the lesson you would like. Select “Full Tutorial” to go through the entire lesson. Choose “Introduction” and the page will scroll down to the interactive word list. Click the French word to hear it. Or, if your student is already familiar with the word list, select the “No tutorial thanks. Go to the Games” option to go straight to the topical games.
  • Games – have fun practicing what you have learned with a variety of interactive online games. There are nine different types of games:
    • Mix and match – match pictures with the word
    • The Beetle and the bee – Win strawberries by moving a beetle around the game field. When you hit a strawberry, a box opens revealing images and a word. Match the word with the correct image and win a berry.
    • Four in a row – Tic-Tac-Toe type game but in order to get the “X” you must match the word with the correct picture
    • Hangman – classic game of guessing a letter to figure out the French word
    • The frog flies – Move a frog around a game field to capture flies. Answer questions to win points.
    • Sow grow – Match the audio of a word to the image. Correct answers help your flower grow.
    • Spelling game – Select the correct spelling of the French word or phrase with the image shown.
    • Rock fall – This is a fast-paced game where the player tries to “catch” a falling rock and then has to match the image with the correct word to win a point. Sounds easy enough but catching those rocks is difficult.
    • Tests – a variety of tests to check the students’ knowledge of what they have learned.

This is a wonderful site for either starting to learn French or to practice learned skills. Be sure to bookmark to use throughout your language studies.

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

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