Posts Tagged ‘education’

Interactive and educational games

October 19th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Interactive Sites for Education – Language Arts

(interactivesites.weebly.com/language-arts.html)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

We found a quite a treasure on this website that describes themselves as a conglomeration of “all of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!” New activities for the 2016-17 school year were just added. They do say that “most of these activities are Flash based. This means that they will NOT work on iPads unless you are running an app that allows Flash to play such as Puffin”.

When you get to the page scroll down to investigate the games listed by skills like: 

  • ABC’s
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capitalization
  • Compound Words
  • Capitalization
  • Parts of Speech
  • And so much more!

This website has much more to offer in addition to Language Arts. Go to the home page to see a full list of their offerings – everything from learning about the elections to Math, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Teacher Tools, Music, Art, Typing, Holidays and even games in Spanish!

Please keep in mind that each of these selections are links to individual websites. These interactive games, sites, and activities were not created by the owner(s) of this site. The content of the linked resources are the property of their respective creators. As always, parents should preview the content and supervise the use.

Classical Music Website for Teens

October 1st, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 1, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classical Chops

(www.classicalchops.org/)

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

 

Classical Chops is a free, online community for young musicians to express themselves while also learning from pros in the business!

Designed by the Creative Kids Education Foundation, the site offers the opportunity to “learn about current classical music trends, music composition, orchestration, famous musician’s history and advice, and communicate about what is happening in musical communities through blogging and video.”

When you get to the site you’ll see some icon images with descriptions. Click on any one to watch a video performance of classical music or an interview with a classical musician, composer, or singer.

Then, use the menu at the right side of the page to find out how to participate and share with this online forum including: 

  • Inspiration and Creativity – Watch video interviews about all things classical music. Then learn how you can create videos and submit them to be reviewed and possibly featured on the site.
  • Advice & Lessons – Watch video interviews and interactive lessons on music composition.
  • Performance – Watch videos of other musicians playing classical music and upload videos of your own performances to share with visitor to the site.

Oh! And don’t miss the additional resource suggestions on each page. They contain other suggested videos, articles books, DVDs, and CDs as well as links to other websites to some great sites where you can learn about orchestration, how to write a song, theory, ear training, music careers, and get free printable sheet music and staff paper. You’ll even find a few resources for music schools and music scholarships.

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Browse the Flagler Museum

September 16th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, September 16, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

(www.flaglermuseum.us/visiting/virtual-tours)

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

 

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida with this website. The 75-room, Gilded Age mansion was built as a wedding present to Henry Flagler’s wife and was their winter retreat until his death in 1913.

Use the right side bar menu to navigate to the different floors and rooms: 

  • Whitehall Facade
  • Grand Hall, South Hall
  • Library
  • Music Room
  • Courtyard
  • Billiard Room
  • Grand Ballroom
  • Hotel Addition
  • Breakfast Room, Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Flagler-Kenan History Room
  • Colonial Chamber
  • Bedrooms
  • Silver Maple Room
  • Lace Exhibit
  • Yellow Roses Room
  • Servants Room
  • Morning Room
  • Flagler Kenan Pavilion

Images, texts, and audios provide an overview of each room. When done visiting the rooms, hover over the “Exhibits” link in the top menu, then select either “100 Masterworks” or “Past Exhibits” to keep your museum tour going.

In the 2nd, lower upper menu, choose “Teacher Resources” to find Newspapers In Education tabloids and other guides to use to supplement your tour.

Add this website to your list of stops when studying not only the Gilded Age, but also the history of Florida.

Be A Reporter – Interactive Journalism Game

August 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University – Be A Reporter Game

(www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun, multi-media interactive game called “The Be a Reporter Game” that transforms students into virtual reporters. (While the game is free, you must register to play.) Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and Knight Foundation, this site offers over 65 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

To play the game, click on Enroll Now to register for free as a user and complete the registration. Then enroll in the course, “Be A Reporter Game” and read the course description. As a virtual reporter, you’ll interact with video clips of characters crucial to the story you are investigating. You’ll also have to do some research at the game’s public records department. You’ll hear from your no-nonsense editor too – who will try to whip you into shape as an investigative journalist as you race to file your story before the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll learn quite a bit along the way.

When you’re through playing the game, browse the menu of courses – there’s also a “Be An Editor Game.” Again, you’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

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.

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