Posts Tagged ‘culture’

World Myths & Legends in Art

May 13th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 13, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Myths & Legends in Art

(archive.artsmia.org/world-myths/)

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

 

Explore the mythology surrounding 26 works of art with this website from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dig into your studies by selecting either “Art by Culture” or “Art by Theme.” Cultures include: 

  • African
  • Euro-American
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Western European
  • Ancient Greek and Roman
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • Oceanic

Themes cover: 

  • Creation Myths
  • Myths explaining a practice
  • God Myths
  • Hero Myths
  • Myths with animal or beast characters

Once you have decided the direction you wish to take for your studies, you will be presented with various related artworks. Select the option you want to view the artwork, learn key ideas, read the story behind the piece, discover the background behind the piece, and answer discussion questions.

Vocabulary words in capital letters are scattered throughout that when clicked on provide pop-up window with definitions. Reveal the answers to discussion questions by clicking on the underlined, highlighted section.

Teachers will want to review the “How to use this site” link and the entire curriculum can be downloaded to use away from the computer by selecting the “Downloadable Curriculum” link.

Not only will this website be a great addition to your art appreciation class, but will provide a nice supplement to your world history studies.

The History of Alaska

March 30th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 30, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alaska History & Cultural Studies

(www.akhistorycourse.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

On March 30, 1867, then Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with the Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska. This website from the Alaska Humanities Forum and funded by the National Endowments for the Humanities provides an online course created for high school students to discover the history, geography, and people of Alaska.

When arriving at the site, select either the “Student” or “Teacher” tab. If you select the student tab you will access the student material online. You can refine your search by a unit or a region. Units include: 

  • Geography
  • Alaska’s Culture
  • Russia’s Colony
  • America’s Territory
  • Governing Alaska
  • Modern Alaska

Regions are broken down into: 

  • Northwest and Arctic
  • Interior
  • Southwest
  • Southcentral
  • Southeast

Topics are further broken down into smaller units of study. Through text, images, and links for additional resources, information is presented in a well thought out manner.  

On the teacher tab, visitors will find the “Teacher’s Guide” and “Unit Instructional Guide” with valuable information for planning and implementing the course as well as pages to print for the student to complete while working through the course.

Although the target audience for this website is for Alaskan students, this site can be easily added to your study of the states.

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Explore the Ancient World

March 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ancient Web

(theancientweb.com/)

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

 

Today’s website provides information about ancient cultures, specifically designed with students and teachers in mind.

When you get to the site you will see some featured ancient cultures in the center of the homepage. Click on the links, and you’ll find that some open to pages providing a brief overview of a particular ancient culture, while others open to new websites containing an array of multi-media content including interactive maps and flash animations. Select “The Ancient World” option on the home page to reveal all of the ancient cultures featured at this site including those of: 

  • Arabia
  • America
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Persia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Spain

Again, this site provides a simple overview of some cultures, and more in-depth info on others. Even the links leading to pages with less content serve as great introductions that could springboard your child to further independent investigation. You will also find recommended educational resources (books, DVDs, etc.) for sale – but you are not obligated to purchase a thing.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

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

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Explore the Cave of Lascaux

October 7th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 7, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lascaux: A Visit to the Cave

(www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml)

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

 

In 1940, the Lascaux prehistoric cave paintings were discovered accidentally by some French teenagers who were searching for their dog. The Paleolithic paintings are believed to date back over 15,000 years. At this website, you can take a stunning virtual tour of the cave and see the drawings.

When you get to the site, just click on the words, “A visit to the cave” to begin the journey. You will automatically explore: 

  • The Hall of Bulls – contains friezes of horses, cattle, and deer
  • The Axial Gallery – this is the entrance to what some refer to as “The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”
  • The Passageway – see animal drawings and symbols that include hooks, crosses, and squares
  • The Nave – drawings of horses, bison, ibexes, stags, and aurochs
  • The Chamber of Felines – see 6 drawings of felines here, as well as horses, bison, and deer
  • The Apse – over 500 animal drawings and 600 geometric signs or lines
  • The Shaft & The Great Fissure – see drawings of a horse, bison, bird, and rhinoceros

As you virtually enter each section of the cave, you’ll see some text and the words “See more.” Click on the words, and a new page opens that displays the title of that section of the cave, and a line of text. Next to it is the word “Display.” Click on it to see all of the informative text that describes exactly what you are seeing in that section of the cave. Then, below that you’ll see a mini-menu that allows you to view some of the drawings (panels) more clearly. Or click “Back to the cave” to continue the tour.

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