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Free Math Video Tutorials

June 20th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 20, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Is All About Math

(www.isallaboutmath.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 4 and up. Age/grade range varies. Use parental discretion and supervision.)

 

This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration.

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

Practice Proficiency in Spanish

March 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 19, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

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

 

These exercises were designed for University of Texas at Austin students, but motivated high school students can really learn a lot here! This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior! 

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers are from Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Honduras respectively! While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by ipod.

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Free Classic Audiobooks

November 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeClassicAudiobooks.com

(freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)

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

 

This website offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to. There are over 50 titles in MP3 files or M4B for iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes.

Some of the titles include: 

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by W. Irving
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dorothy and the Wizard by L. Frank Baum
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Click on any title and a new page opens with a Wikipedia summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. If you select the MP3 file, once downloaded, the audio book will launch and begin playing automatically. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story.

Free Math Video Tutorials

July 16th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Monday, July 16, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Is All About Math

Age Range: 11 and up (age/grade range varies – use parental discretion and supervision)

ClickScholar Anita recommended this website that provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as:

*Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.

*Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.

*Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.

*Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.

*The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.

*Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.

*Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so I found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures.  Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.  :)

I couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why.  Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration.

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

 

Free Audio Stories for K-8

October 5th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, October 5, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Story Home

Age Range: 5-13 (grades K-8)

This website provides original and classic children’s audio stories that you can access for FREE in a variety of ways including:

  • Listen to the free podcasts instantly on your computer.
  • Download them to your iPod, iTouch, iPhone or iPad.
  • Subscribe to The Story Home newsletter and have links to the stories delivered to your inbox biweekly.
  • Subscribe to the stories on iTunes. The stories will be delivered directly to your iTunes podcast library.
  • Burn and save them to a CD from a PC or a Mac. You’ll need the iTunes software, and a free download is provided at the site.

You can also purchase albums of The Story Home stories, but no purchase is necessary to access the free stories on the website that cover a wide range of categories including:

  • Animal Stories
  • Fairy Tale Classics
  • Aesop
  • Andrew Lang
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Brothers Grimm
  • Charles Dickens
  • Charles Perrault
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • O. Henry

You’ll also find storytelling tips and more on this fun-filled site.

Free Audio Stories for Kids! (CSAW)

April 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
StoryNory.com

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

If you don’t know about this website – you should. :)

 StoryNory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.

Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories to your iPod or MP3 player for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

*Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson

*Folktales and legends from around the world.

*Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling

*Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

*Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. 

The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company. Storynory is a demonstration of what they do, and it’s supported by advertising.

You can subscribe to their e-newsletter for free and get the new weekly stories delivered by email to your inbox.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination. This is a great demonstration of educational entertainment earning Storynory.com a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence (CSAW)!

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