Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

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.”

Music Theory Lessons, Games, Quizzes, and More

August 20th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 20, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Tech Teacher

(www.musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes.htm)

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

 

This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of musical notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

When you get to the site, navigate through the upper menu to locate: 

  • Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.
  • Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing “Chopsticks, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.
  • Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!
  • Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike.

Math Puzzles, Games & More!

August 15th, 2016

 

It’s  Monday, August 15, 2016, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematical Interactivities

(mathematics.hellam.net/)

Age Range: 6-17 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has mathematical interactives, such as puzzles, games, and other online educational resources!

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals, percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the time. You’ll also find:”Interactive 100 Square Chart” – Select any number and click the color to see all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in “Making Measurements“), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet your current math needs. Don’t miss “Tessellations” – Learn what a tessellation is in Islamic designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own. Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs) and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the bottom of each page. (Note: The “Links” page in this section lead to errors or dead links, but don’t let that discourage you from trying the other activities that do work.) New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return visit!

Interactive Spanish Mystery

August 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Languages – Spanish – Mi Vida Loca

(www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/)

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

 

This portion of the larger BBC Languages website provides a unique and fun way to learn Spanish. Through a 22-episode, interactive mystery, Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) not only teaches students basic Spanish phrases but they will also get a peek into life in Madrid.

Interactive episodes teach language function, grammar, and essential phrases which include: 

  • Greetings
  • How to order food and drink
  • Directions
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Weather
  • Numbers
  • And more!

After going through the episode, students then can either review the lesson again, go to the Learning Section, or move onto the next episode. In the Learning section, students go over what has been learned in the episode, practice what they have learned, test themselves, and can even print out the vocabulary and activities for the lesson.

Teachers can use the menu to locate the syllabus and printout transcripts of the episodes or review the teacher guide and the user guide to understand how the program works.

This is definitely a ‘don’t miss’ website for those students who are visual learners and who also enjoy online activities while learning.

Be A Reporter – Interactive Journalism Game

August 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University – Be A Reporter Game

(www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game)

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

 

This website offers a free, fun, multi-media interactive game called “The Be a Reporter Game” that transforms students into virtual reporters. (While the game is free, you must register to play.) Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and Knight Foundation, this site offers over 65 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

To play the game, click on Enroll Now to register for free as a user and complete the registration. Then enroll in the course, “Be A Reporter Game” and read the course description. As a virtual reporter, you’ll interact with video clips of characters crucial to the story you are investigating. You’ll also have to do some research at the game’s public records department. You’ll hear from your no-nonsense editor too – who will try to whip you into shape as an investigative journalist as you race to file your story before the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll learn quite a bit along the way.

When you’re through playing the game, browse the menu of courses – there’s also a “Be An Editor Game.” Again, you’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Color Theory for Kids

August 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 6, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Theory

(web.archive.org/web/20070629033910/members.cox.net/mrsparker2/intro.htm)

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

 

This website was designed to introduce kids to art through many fun lessons and activities on color theory. By gaining knowledge about colors and mixing colors kids learn some principles of design that help them create art and talk about art.

When you get to the site you will see an introductory page with a menu of activities. You can follow the lessons in order, using your mouse to click on the “next” arrow button on each page – or you can just choose the activity that is most appealing to you including: 

  • Online Activities – Links to interactive websites featuring stories and activities themed around the use of color
  • Student Artwork – Take a look at artwork created by students that incorporates artistic color schemes.
  • Master Artists – Check out how the master painters used color in their great works.
  • Puzzle and Game Page – Lots of interactive online games and puzzles themed around the use of color in art
  • Artroom Activities – Designed for grades 4 and up, these projects explore color wheels, schemes, and moods.

There are also Teacher Resources and References, Links, and more to enhance any visual arts curriculum.

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