Posts Tagged ‘history’

Visit a Virtual Piano Museum

April 20th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 20, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Piano Museum

(www.concertpitchpiano.com/VirtualPianoMuseum.html)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Presented by Concert Pitch Piano Services in Toronto, explore the history and care of pianos with this simple-to-navigate website.

When you get to the site, browse the Museum by clicking on a piano next to a list of links including: 

  • Story of the Piano
  • A Brief History
  • Evolution
  • Invention
  • Pianos in the Home
  • Americans Take the Lead
  • Timeline: Chronological History
  • And more!

After perusing the museum lobby, be sure to check out the sidebar for even more discovery. Choose “Diagrams & Images” to: 

  • Learn to identify piano types
  • Examine the construction of a grand piano
  • View drawn animations of keys in motion
  • Find the serial number on a piano to help determine its age
  • Understand how to properly measure a piano
  • Identify worn and properly shaped piano hammers

And if you still want to dig deeper, check out the other links on the side bar: 

  • Story of the Piano
  • What’s Concert Pitch?
  • What’s a Pitch Raise?
  • Piano Tuning Facts
  • What’s Regulation?
  • What’s Voicing?
  • Piano Care Tips
  • And much more!

If you are interested in learning all about pianos, then this commercial website has a lot to offer.

Virtual Field Trip to Alcatraz Island

April 19th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 19, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Rock: Alcatraz Island

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/overview.html)

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

 

At this National Park Service multi-media website, you can take a virtual tour of the infamous prison that operated from 1934-1963 on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Click on “Virtual Tours” under “Multimedia Site Features” and tour: 

  • Cell Block
  • Exercise Yard
  • Kitchen
  • Mess Hall

You can also watch slide shows that explore the history of Alcatraz including its use as a military fort, the decades it was used as a federal penitentiary, and its occupation by American Indians from 1969-1971.

And learn about some of the correctional facility’s most notorious inmates including Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “Birdman” Stroud.

This online exhibit features an extensive collection in the “All Image Gallery” that includes historic photographs and documents, escape materials, correctional materials, and inmate artwork.

Colonial History Games & More

April 18th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 18, 2019, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Colonial Willamsburg-Kids Zone

(www.history.org/kids/index.cfm)

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

 

Did you ever wonder what life was really like in colonial days? Wonder no longer! At this Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website, students of all ages can enjoy games, interactives, and podcasts designed to help them learn about colonial history.

When you get to the site, you can “Tour the Town” (an illustrated map), learn about “Colonial People”, or get right to the “Popular Games and Activities”. There are 3 pages of games and activities (some specifically for iPad) such as: 

  • Colonial Days Coloring Book
  • Coffee Bean Solitaire
  • Colonial Word Search
  • Tool Trouble
  • And more!

Also, be sure to check out the horizontal menu at the top of the page including: 

  • History – Read educational bios, essays, and articles on the everyday lives of extraordinary colonial Americans. Learn about the people, places, life, revolution, trades, clothing, and more.
  • Multi-Media – Enjoy slideshows, videos, podcasts, audios, games and more on every aspect of colonial life.
  • And more!

This site is a great way to introduce the history of colonial America and enhance any study of it.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

April 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 13, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StudySpanish.com

(https://studyspanish.com/learn-spanish-free)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials that uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish.

There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Pronunciation Tutorial – Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – Learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Verb Drills – Learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – Learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Daily Word – Log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Cultural Notes – Learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, a travel helper, links to other sites, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

History of Tudors for Kids

April 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DK – Tudors-Henry VIII

(www.dkfindout.com/us/history/tudors/)

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

 

Who were the Tudors? Learn about King Henry VIII (for kids) – and the Tudor Family with fantastic photos and illustrations.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a picture menu next to it. Click on a topic of interest such as: 

  • Henry VIII’s Reign
  • Tudor Childhood
  • Elizabeth I’s Reign
  • Early Tudor Clothing
  • Late Tudor Clothing
  • Tudor Exploration
  • Entertainment in Tudor Times
  • Tudor London
  • Food and Feasting

Each section leads you to more information and beautiful pictures.

Once you have explored the site — try the quiz! Also, click the “Are You a Parent or a Teacher?” link at the top for Teachers’ Resources where you can sign up for free worksheets, lesson plans and ebook samples.

Virtual Tour of a Science Museum in Japan

April 5th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Day Out-National Museum of Nature and Science

(tinyurl.com/y4p9g6nu)

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

 

The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s biggest science museums, with over 10,000 exhibits that explore everything from outer space and dinosaurs to the unique ecosystems of Japan and the world’s latest advances in technology.

Little Day Out, a Singapore-based online magazine, toured the museum and gave us a nice overview. Scroll through the text and pictures starting with the Japan Gallery (history of Japan) and moving to the Global Gallery (earth’s history).

When you are done reading all about the museum, head on over to the museum site here where you can watch an introductory video – with a cartoon dinosaur as your tour guide. The first 6 minutes gives you a tour; the rest explains the rules of behavior while visiting the museum. Arigato gozaimasu!

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