Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

Tour the National Music Museum

July 28th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 28, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Music Museum

(nmmusd.org/Collections)

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

 

Browse the galleries of the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota with this website.

When you get to the site, click on “Virtual Tours”. Then choose from the list of nineteen tours which include exhibits of: 

  • 17th, 18th, and 19th century keyboard instruments
  • Harmonicas
  • Instruments from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands
  • Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848
  • Musical Innovations of the Industrial Revolution and European folk instruments
  • American music and instruments
  • Reed Organs, Pianos, and a Grand Harmonicon
  • Great American Guitars
  • The Music Man Exhibit
  • Czech and Slovak music
  • Italian String instrument making
  • Brass Instruments
  • And much more.

Once a gallery is selected, click on an instrument from the list to view images and text about the piece. Navigation can be tricky as no two pages seem to have the same method of moving around. Typically, to browse through to the next item in a collection, use the curved arrow icon or return to the index by selecting the “Go to Virtual Gallery Tour Index.” If this option is not available you can use the back option in your browser window until you reach the index. You can click on an image to see a larger version on most items but will need to use your back button to return to the previous page.

Each item in a gallery includes pictures and descriptions of the item.

There are also sound clips available for different instruments on the Sound Samplings page. To hear the audios, look for a bullet point dot and click the highlighted text in the sentence.

Once visitors have become familiar with navigation, this is a wonderful tour to add to your music studies.

Discovering Ancient Egypt

July 27th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discovering Ancient Egypt

(discoveringegypt.com/)

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

 

Learn about ancient Egypt with this ad-supported website from Mark Millmore.

Through colorful illustrations, videos, and text learn about: 

  • Hieroglyphs – Explore hieroglyphic writing and the Rosetta Stone.
  • Typewriter – Use the online keyboard to type out a message in hieroglyphics and then email a link of your message to someone to check out your message.
  • Numbers – Practice ancient Egyptian mathematics and try to solve some math problems written in hieroglyphs.
  • Pyramids Temples – Read the brief introduction then use the right-hand menu to learn about the pyramids and temples of Egypt.
  • Temples in 3D – See how Mr. Millmore created 3D images and videos of the Egyptian temples.
  • Pharaohs of Egypt – Discover the kings and queens of Egypt.
  • Egyptian Gods – Learn about the Egyptian Gods.
  • Mummification – An overview of the mummification process
  • Newsletter – Archives of past newsletters
  • Egyptian Inventions – A brief list of the most well-known things invented by the Egyptians

There are also apps and software available for sale for IOS and PC located on various pages and at the “Discovering Egypt Shop” link.

This website provides a great overview of ancient Egyptian history.

Learn to Type for Free

June 14th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 14, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

Learn How to Type for Free

May 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.  

Visit the Home of James Monroe

April 21st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

James Monroe’s Highland

(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/media_player?mets_filename=evr8400mets.xml)

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

 

Visit the plantation home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, with this virtual tour powered by Google Maps.

When arriving at the link, read the summary to the right of the main image, then click on the “arrows” in the image to begin navigating in and around the home. We found it best to view in full screen by selecting the icon in the upper right corner. Click your “Esc” key on your keyboard to return to the page. Click and drag around the image and use the other tools in the lower right to navigate around the house. As you go through the house you will see: 

  • James Monroe’s study
  • Children’s Room
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Kitchen

To learn about the rooms, go to the ” areas of the house” text link on the summary page in the third paragraph.  

When you are finished with your tour, learn more about James Monroe by selecting the “James Monroe” link in the upper menu. On this page visitors can: 

  • Read a brief biography about the man.
  • View a timeline of his life.
  • Learn the story of Highland and slavery.
  • See the featured web exhibit “The Election of 1816”.

Add this website to your Presidential study tool kit.

Play Music Games

March 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 4, 2017, and time for Music at 

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Pedagogy Plus

(www.pedaplus.com/cms/)

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

 

This website created by piano teacher, Jon Ensminger, provides great games for improving music skills.

Interactive games that can be played on the computer or an iPad include: 

  • Flashnotes – Identify the notes on the 4 clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
  • Flashnotes Keyboard – Identify the piano keyboard key indicated on the clef.
  • Keyboard Draw – Fill in the piano keyboard colored keys based on the first note indicated.
  • Flash Scale Degrees – Indicate how many scale degrees a note is on the staff.
  • Flash Intervals – Identify the degree and type of intervals between two notes.
  • Flash Key Signatures – Identify the key based on the signatures in the staff.

Games that require the Adobe Flash plugin and can only be played on a computer include: 

  • Treble Clef Beginner
  • Bass Clef Beginner
  • Treble Clef Advanced
  • Bass Clef Advanced
  • Alto Clef Advanced
  • Tenor Clef Advanced

The above games help practice identifying notes on the different clefs.

This website is a wonderful tool for young musicians wishing to perfect their music reading skills.

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