Posts Tagged ‘high school’

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.

The Science of Non-Destructive Testing

September 27th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NDT Resource Center

(www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/HighSchool/highschool.htm)

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

 

What is Non-Destructive Testing? It’s a method of testing and inspecting industrial parts and materials without damaging them. NDT technicians and engineers test for material conditions and flaws that might cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, etc.

Through methods such as radiology, NDT allows inspection without interfering with a product’s final use. NDT inspectors use the sciences of: 

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • X-Rays
  • Sound

This website provides free, interactive lessons in all four of these sciences for students in middle school and high school.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction, and then an icon menu of all 4 sciences. Click on any one, and a new page opens with a table of contents for the curriculum in that field of science.

Click on any topic to learn more, or just follow the arrows to chronologically follow the curriculum. Each page offers interesting text and illustrations. Many pages contain multi-media, interactive demonstrations of the concepts discussed. The material is presented in an engaging way to capture student interest.

If your student enjoys the material here, they may be interested in learning more about a career in NDT. You’ll find information about that (designed just for middle and high school students) at the site as well. Here’s the direct link: http://www.ndt-ed.org/Welcome/welcome_jr_sr_high.htm.

Free K-12 Math Video Tutorials & Worksheets

September 26th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 26, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathEBook.net

(www.mathebook.net/)

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

 

What a find! This website offers FREE math “Downloadable Tutorials”. The tutorials come in the form of both online math videos (via YouTube, with some that are similar to webinars) and interactive eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks that allow students in grades K-12 to learn and practice math with ease.

The downloadable eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks in pdf format can be used at the website or offline. They are editable – in other words you can type in answers using your computer keyboard so you don’t have to print them out to use them. The site emphasizes the fact that “by using Downloadable Tutorials one can save the waste of paper and SAVE TREES, so we encourage you to be GREEN, and help mother nature to survive.” While you can print out the colorful and engaging worksheets and workbooks, they would prefer you didn’t in the interest of being green.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and a picture of a ladder with varying grade levels including Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. Click on any one and a new page opens.

On the left side of the screen, you’ll see titles of various math strands and concepts. Place your cursor over them and you’ll see the words “Virtual” and “eWorkBook.” Click on “Virtual” and a new page opens to a series of individual worksheets on that math topic. Click on “eWorkBooks” to download a pdf file containing an editable workbook on that topic. All of the worksheets and workbooks contain colorful illustrations that are sure to engage students. It’s obvious that real care was taken to make this graphically appealing.

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the words, “Click Here for Video Tutorials.” Click on it and a menu opens with all the video titles for every grade. Click on any one and enjoy the lesson presentation delivered through YouTube videos that are on the MathEBook website.

Back on the home page, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Use it to access the free “Math Dictionary” that defines various math terminology. You can also click on “Download” to see and access the eWorkSheets contained on the site.

Bookmark this website as it promises to “continuously develop and further enhance the syllabus and will keep adding new features.” They also want your feedback to improve the user experience for all visitors to the site.

Free MIT Science Lectures on Video

September 20th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MIT Open Courseware – Physics

(ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#physics)

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

 

Today’s website provides free science lectures on video by professors at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). Note: These are college lectures by MIT professors. They are geared for students with an existing foundational knowledge of science and math. Accelerated younger students may find aspects fascinating as well.

When you get to this part of the website you’ll see a list of video lectures from the Physics department with titles such as: 

  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Exploring Black Holes
  • Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics
  • And more!

Click on the desired topic, then click on “View Resource”, then “Video Lectures.” Then choose the video you’d like to watch – some of the courses are up to an hour and a half long. You can also use the Search feature to look for videos in other topics of interest. Or go back to the link and scroll up and/or down to see what other departments have video lectures.

This is a great way to enhance high school science and math curriculum – and is sure to interest kids with a passion for these topics. It also provides insight into what takes place in MIT lecture halls.

History through Legends

August 25th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Best of Legends

(bestoflegends.org/index.html)

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

 

Today’s website is one woman’s creative endeavor to plot the historic trail of swashbucklers, dragon-slayers and other characters featured in ballads, fiction, fairy tales and film. Not only does it provide historic background for characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur, but it provides interactive access to primary source documents and current scholarly opinion through essays and reviews.

The site is filled with thoughtful historic commentary about the tales that have intrigued humans for hundreds of years and you can even read the stories in multiple versions and interpretations for free online.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore categories of interest including: 

  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • Beowulf
  • Pirates & Privateers
  • Ballads & Broadsides
  • Swashbucklers & Fops
  • Fairy Tales
  • Shakespeare’s Stories
  • Sagas & Sea-Kings
  • Paladins & Princes
  • Poets & Painters
  • Erin & Alba

This is a truly remarkable archive. As always, parents should preview the site and the stories to determine suitability – remember, that even some fairy tales in their original form deal with potentially frightening issues of loss and death in addition to joyous and redemptive themes. While the tales will entertain older elementary and middle school students, the research is geared for high school ages and beyond. This site presents the history of legend and lore, and brings it alive with tales full of “romance, adventure and panache.”

css.php