Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Shock-ing Geography

August 21st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Shock-ing Geography

 

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

 

Learning geography can be fun with the use of this website. Using simple interactive maps, visitors can not only learn the locations of countries and states, but also study the physical geographical features of a location or explore the European historical world.
When arriving at the site choose locations from the political world, the physical world, or the historical world. After selecting a location a new window will open and the Shockwave driven map will load. You are then able to select a practice level:
  • Beginner – When you mouse over the map, the location name will appear in the upper corner.
  • Intermediate – A name of a location will appear in the upper corner and you need to click on the correct location. If you are correct the name will move to the location. If you need help finding the location select the “Show Me” button.
  • Advanced – Similar to the intermediate level, you need to find a location, but if you get it wrong, the program asks you to try again. If you do not know it, select the skip button.

When you are done with the practice session a score card appears with a percentage and how many were correct along with the option to try again or go back to the level selection window.

You may also select to take either an intermediate or advanced quiz. When selecting, the program does ask for name, professor and course name, but simply select “Take Quiz” to by-pass that.
To see a list of all the locations that are included in the activities, select the “Map list” text link beside the design and copyright information.
Be sure to bookmark this website to come back to time after time to build your geography knowledge skills.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

High School Biology Games & Quizzes!

August 12th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

zeroBio

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a website that was designed for science students in grades 9-12. It doesn’t contain full curriculum, but it does contain some really interesting and fun interactive quizzes, games and puzzles to practice what one usually learns in high school biology classes. Just by doing the activities you can test your knowledge of a subject or learn the material for the first time. (It’s very possible younger students would enjoy some of these activities and it would serve as an introduction to the kind of material they are expected to learn in the upper grades.)
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message. There is a drop-down menu you can use at the bottom of the page to navigate the site – but it may be easier to just use the click-through menu on the left and right sides at the top of the screen. You can access games and quizzes on genetics, molecule identification, and even a dissection lab!

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Fun, Foreign Language Games Online!

August 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 2, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is really cool! Today’s site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages. When you get to the site look for the menu that includes:
  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

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