Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including:

• Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
• Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
• Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
• Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
• Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
• Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
• Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

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

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
• 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.

Visit the Pyramids of Egypt

March 3rd, 2017

It’s Friday, March 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PBS NOVA: Pyramids

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

The tomb of Egyptian boy, King Tut, was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore:

• Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.
• New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore. If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

Explore the Tombs of the Pharaohs

February 17th, 2017

It’s Friday, February 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

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

Visit the Valley of the Kings with this virtual field trip from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will learn about the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, examine Egyptian funeral artifacts, and discover the stories surrounding the pharaohs.

After reading the introduction, select the “Begin your Exploration” text link to start the interactive tour. Follow the instructions to navigate through the tour. Choose your destination by clicking one of the choices on the map:

• Tomb of Yuya and Tjyu
• Tomb of Tuthmosis IV
• Tomb of Amenhotep II
• Tomb of Tutankhamun

While all the tours contain images and interesting information about the king, the tour for King Tut provides much more detail about this Pharoah.

When you are finished examining the tombs, go back to the home page and dig deeper by using the right-hand menu options to learn more about King Tut, examine additional artifacts, explore the photo gallery, and to find the answers to some of the most common questions about King Tutankhamun.

This site is an excellent addition to studies of Egypt and mummies.

Biographies of Scientists

May 3rd, 2016

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by:

• Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
• Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
• Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
• Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
• Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

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

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from:

• World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
• State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
• Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
• Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.