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Amazing Science Videos

November 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vega Science Trust

(www.vega.org.uk/video/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This archived website offers free videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of nature and the physical world.

When you get to the site you’ll see the video icon menu containing an archive of scientific videos which can all be viewed from this non-profit website. The videos cover a broad range of topics such as: 

  • Interviews with Scientists – Including Nobel prize-winners in the fields of physics, medicine, chemistry, and more.
  • Careers in Science – Interviews with a biochemist, ecologist, entomologist, food scientist, cosmologist, computer engineer, quantum chemist, robotics engineer and more!
  • Issues of Concern – Scientists and politicians discuss their primary world concerns including climate change, malaria, etc.
  • Masterclass Science Videos – Scientists share their personal views on key concepts and achievements as well as their approach to the scientific method. Topics include bird flight, life in space, and states of matter.
  • The Next Big Thing – Scientists discuss antimatter, cloning, defying death, energy, artificial intelligence, safety of mobile phones, nanotechnology, and “The Theory of Everything!”
  • Educational Resources – A selection of short instructional films (for school or home study use) on wind power, electricity, transistors, nanotubes, bucky ball workshops, states of matter workshops (solids, liquids and gases) and more.

Scientists guided the development of the videos so that the content is presented in a natural and engaging way that is intellectually challenging.

Trick Photography Explained

October 29th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 29, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography – Photographic Fictions

(www.photographymuseum.com/photographicfictions.html)

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

 

Explore the history of trick photography with this website from The American Museum of Photography. The museum offers an exhibit called “Photographic Fictions: How The Camera Learned To Lie” that documents the history of how photographers used the camera to create pictures that tampered with reality. This online exhibit is really a companion to a book by the same title.

The exhibit is set up like a book – you simply click your way through the chapter pages to see great pictures and read text that illustrates the progress of trick photography from altered daguerreotypes to composite photographs designed to fool the eye. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction: Tampering With Perfection – Find out how early photographers used embellishment to improve upon reality.
  • Montages, Multiples & Mischief – Discover the secrets of double exposures and the art of creating photomontages.
  • Do You Believe? Spirit Photography, 1868-1935 – In early photography a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would appear as a see-through blur or a “ghost.” One photographer claimed he had taken actual photographs of ghosts, starting a fad of spirit photography and a scientific controversy that lasted well into the 20th century. See the images and read the story in this section.
  • Seeing Double: Creating Clones With a Camera – In the 1860s, photographers developed techniques to duplicate people – causing them to appear twice in the same photograph. These double-exposure novelties were popular for more than three decades.
  • Faux Snow: Climate Change In the Studio – See how photographers created Winter climate conditions in their studios.
  • “Did You Ever Have a Dream Like This?” – Check out the home-grown surrealism of trick photographer “Dad” Martin.

This online exhibit provides a really fascinating peak at the development of an art form of illusion. It makes one question the belief that “the camera doesn’t lie.” 

Note: Today’s featured website houses other exhibits by the American Museum of Photography as well. We have not previewed the other exhibits, so our suggestion (as always) is for parents to review the content for suitability before sharing it with your children.

The Chaparral Ecosystem

August 9th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Chaparral Ecosystem

(www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=08-P13-00018&segmentID=6)

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

 

Today’s website offers terrific information on an ecosystem that doesn’t get much attention – the Chaparral. The information is presented by “Living on Earth,” a weekly environmental news program distributed by Public Radio International.

When you get to the site you’ll see the title of the program, “Re-education At Camp Chaparral,” along with a link you can click on to listen to the broadcast – and you can follow along by reading the transcript that is posted on the page. The transcript is enhanced with photographs of the chaparral. It provides a fascinating introduction to the chaparral ecosystem along with a link to further resources about it.

Once you’ve learned about the chaparral, browse the Living on Earth archives by date (dating from 1991 to present) or search for a particular story or topic such as: 

  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biofuel
  • Polar Bears
  • Pesticides
  • Organic Fish Farming
  • Antarctica
  • Biomimicry
  • Rachel Carson
  • Wetlands
  • ~and much, much more!

This is a terrific resource for enhancing one’s knowledge of science and how it applies to the world we live in.

Discovering Antarctica

November 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, November 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discovering Antarctica

(www.discoveringantarctica.org.uk/)

Age Range: 7-15 (Grades 2-10, with parental supervision)

 

Take an interesting trip into discovering Antarctica with this website from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Using the left hand sidebar menu, navigate to the different topics to explore which include: 

  • Imagining Antarctica
  • What, where, why?
  • A changing climate
  • Beneath the waves
  • Journey South
  • Living there today
  • Destination Antarctica
  • Under pressure
  • The Antarctic treaty
  • What future?
  • Pole to pole
  • Collect data
  • Understanding Antarctica
  • Glaciers
  • A-level section

Each section is divided into the following learning activities: 

  • Cool Fact – provides an interesting fact and a video clip to watch supporting the fact
  • Icebreaker – interactive activities that explain the topic
  • Go with the floe – additional learning activities that build on the topic, some of which include more interactives, audios, and videos
  • Meltdown – follow up educational opportunities reinforcing what has been learned

Located in the right hand sidebar, there are downloadable resources, links to access all of the interactives, audio and videos, a glossary, as well links to other websites relating to the lessons.

In the “Help” section, use the “teachers area” to locate teacher notes for the lessons as well as a complete rundown of the website.

This is an excellent resource for your geography studies about the continent of Antarctica.

Free Online Science Labs

July 7th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SEED Science

(http://www.planetseed.com/sciencesection/new-seed-science-articles)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore: 
  • Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.
  • Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.
  • Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.
All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.

You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

May 19th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

(http://www.outdoorbiology.com/)

 

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

 

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.
When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as: 
  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate
Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf. The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As we reviewed a variety of the activity guides, we saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

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