Posts Tagged ‘high school’

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.

Free Science Projects

February 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(www.homesciencetools.com/a/science-projects)

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

 

Today’s website  is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • High School
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical Science and Engineering

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Cartesian Diver – all about scuba diving and buoyancy
  • How your heart pumps – Make a pump using a jar, a balloon, and two straws.
  • Build a Solar Oven – Use solar power to cook food using a pizza box
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Learn Sign Language

February 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language University

(www.lifeprint.com/)

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

 

This website offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations.

The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.

When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up. You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30. Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.

You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
  • FAQs
  • First 100 Signs
  • Fingerspelling Explanation
  • Fingerspelling Quizzes

~ and much more!

You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site: 

“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”

Learn Russian For Free

December 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 17, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Russian Language Lessons

(www.russianlessons.net/)

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

 

If your high school student is interested in learning Russian as a foreign language elective, then this site might just be the ticket to get started. Currently there are eighteen lessons but, per the information on the website, more are being added regularly.

When arriving at the site, read over the information on the home page to get an idea of the site’s purpose then get started using the links on the left-hand side bar. Lessons include: 

  • Getting Started
  • Russian Alphabet
  • Russian Handwriting
  • Numbers
  • Basic Phrases
  • In a Bar/Cafe
  • Verbs/Pronouns
  • Nouns
  • I Love…
  • Places (in/at/on)
  • Family
  • Genitive Case
  • Plurals
  • Language Review
  • Dative Case
  • Instrumental Case
  • Past Tense
  • Verbs of Motion
  • Most Used Words
  • Russian Apartments
  • Advanced – Parallel Texts

There are also pages that explain grammar rules, various vocabulary pages and even an English-Russian dictionary tool. All lessons provide textual explanations and half of the lessons include audios, with more promised for the future.

This website is a wonderful place to either begin learning the language or to fine-tune already learned skills.

Free Alice Computer Programming Software

October 18th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alice

(www.alice.org/)

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

 

This website offers “Alice” – free educational software from Carnegie Mellon University that teaches students computer programming in a visual, 3-D environment. It makes it easy to create animation for interactive games and videos and much more.

The description from the website best explains it:

Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.

When you get to the site you can read the latest news and media coverage about Alice software and then click on the menu items that include: 

  • About Alice – Explains how Alice works – and provides promotional videos you can watch to better understand how to get started.
  • Downloads – Get Free downloads of the software designed specifically for middle school students and/or high school and college students that will allow you to get started learning computer programming in a fun and engaging way.
  • Teaching – Alice provides instructional materials to support teachers and students in classrooms. Resources include textbooks, lessons, tests, and more that you can download and print out.

NOTE: Some of you may have heard about “Alice” in the context of media coverage about one of the developers, Randy Pausch. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife and three young children. He gained world-wide attention through an inspirational “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in which he recounted how he achieved his childhood dreams of becoming a football player, experiencing zero gravity, and developing Disneyland attractions. There are lessons in his last lecture for all of us. You can view it here. Parents, as always, should preview the lecture to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Tidepool Math

October 17th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 17, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tidepool Math

(www.boem.gov/Tidepool-Math/)

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

 

FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the inter-tidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in inter-tidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well. 

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

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