Posts Tagged ‘education’

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Balanced Assessment

 

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

 

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

December 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Scientific American

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

Scientific American sponsors this website that “features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday that parents and their six- to 12-year-olds can do together. Adults will find easy-to-follow instructions and simple materials lists as well as additional background to help them explain the key concepts.” All of the activities are archived at the website for on-going access, with a new activity posted each week.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes:
*Activities – Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as:
* Sonorous Science: Have a Cricket Tell You the Temperature!
* Sculpted Science: Turn Milk into Plastic!
* Staining Science: Capillary Action of Dyed Water in Plants
* Spinning Science: Centripetal Force Using Marbles in Jell-O
* Spurting Science: Erupting Diet Coke with Mentos
*Video – Watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as:
* How to Make A Homemade Compass
* How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
* How to Make Oobleck
*Blog – Read a selection of blog posts that encourage learning science at home.
When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Education” and “Citizen Science” tabs on the horizontal menu at the top of the page for more incredible science activities and volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Learn How to Homeschool

November 21st, 2014

Dear Friend, We’re excited to meet you at this event… The Art of Homeschooling With Veteran Homeschool Moms, Mentors, & Activists: Barbara Phillips and Diane Flynn Keith* Saturday, January 10th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 P.M. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall 2124 Brewster Avenue (at Lowell Street) Redwood City, CA 94062 Are you interested in homeschooling or unschooling? Have you just begun your journey? Are you currently un/homeschooling and need some inspiration? Join us for a fun, informative, and thought-provoking conversation at this all-inclusive, non-sectarian event. What? You say you can’t make it to the live event? If you want to learn more about homeschooling and unschooling see the documentary film, “Class Dismissed.” Diane Flynn Keith is one of the homeschool advocates interviewed in the film that follows a family’s two-year journey from public school to learning outside the traditional classroom walls. Learn more at http://www.classdismissedmovie.com. For those who can attend the live event, here’s what you’ll learn: *Get the Basics – Find out the Legal Ways to Homeschool/Unschool in California including enrollment in a public school/charter school programs, and establishing a private school (and filing the Private School Affidavit) *How to Hack An Education – Where to Find Curriculum and Educational Resources and Opportunities both traditional and unconventional for all grades, ages, interests, and ability levels *Where to Find Community – How to Get Connected with Other Un/Homeschoolers for Support and Socialization including co-op classes, field trips, and social events *How Homeschoolers & Unschoolers Get Into College – with or without doing high school curriculum *How People Successfully Homeschool and Unschool Their Kids (what a day in a life without traditional schooling looks like) Through personal stories and Q&A, get answers to all of your questions or concerns including un/homeschooling children with learning differences, gifted kids, teens, and children of multiple ages, and more! Please arrive early, as we will begin the meeting promptly at 9:30 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. This event will be held in the “Social Hall” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The entrance to the Social Hall is on Lowell Street. The facility is located in a well-maintained residential neighborhood. There is plenty of free street parking around the building. This event is for adults only. Please do not bring children or babes-in-arms. Thank you for your cooperation. Please bring any beverages or snacks needed for your own comfort during the presentation. Space is limited. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. There is a small registration fee to defray expenses including room rental and hand-outs: Advanced Registration is $20 per person; Registration at the door (if seating is available) is $25 per person. To Register in advance and save $5.00 click on the link below: http://www.homefires.com/click?artofhsing Sorry, no refunds. If you register and are unable to attend for any reason, you are welcome to transfer your registration to someone else. We will also be happy to email the handout (pdf) to anyone who registers and is unable to attend on the day of the event. Simply contact us after the event and request the handout. Can’t wait to see you there! Please help us get the word out by passing this information along to anyone who may be interested! Thank you! *About the Presenters: Barbara Phillips is a veteran homeschool mom and activist, California credentialed teacher (Montessori certified), and a Reading Tutor and Coach who specializes in helping children with special needs. She has been mentoring un/homeschool families through workshops and presentations for over 20 years. Barbara un/homeschooled her daughter, Rachel, from second grade through high school. Diane Flynn Keith is a veteran un/homeschool mom and mentor, editor of Homefires.com, author of the books “Carschooling” and “Papa’s Pearls,” and has been a popular speaker at homeschool conferences throughout the U.S. Her oldest son was un/homeschooled from second grade through high school, and her youngest son was un/homeschooled from K-12. She enjoys liberating families from conventional schooling to live extraordinary lives. Here’s to your lifelong learning success, Diane Diane Flynn Keith Editor of Homefires.com, Kindling A Love of Learning Through Homeschooling http://www.Homefires.com Author of “Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom To His Children and Grandchildren” http://www.PapasPearls.com To unsubscribe go here: https://go.madmimi.com/opt_out?fe=1&pact=26422648946&amx=7156543500

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

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

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

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