Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

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.

A Free Rhyme Generator!

October 5th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 5, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(www.writerhymes.com/)

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

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

Free K-12 Math Video Tutorials & Worksheets

September 26th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 26, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathEBook.net

(www.mathebook.net/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grade K-12, children with parental supervision)

 

What a find! This website offers FREE math “Downloadable Tutorials”. The tutorials come in the form of both online math videos (via YouTube, with some that are similar to webinars) and interactive eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks that allow students in grades K-12 to learn and practice math with ease.

The downloadable eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks in pdf format can be used at the website or offline. They are editable – in other words you can type in answers using your computer keyboard so you don’t have to print them out to use them. The site emphasizes the fact that “by using Downloadable Tutorials one can save the waste of paper and SAVE TREES, so we encourage you to be GREEN, and help mother nature to survive.” While you can print out the colorful and engaging worksheets and workbooks, they would prefer you didn’t in the interest of being green.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and a picture of a ladder with varying grade levels including Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. Click on any one and a new page opens.

On the left side of the screen, you’ll see titles of various math strands and concepts. Place your cursor over them and you’ll see the words “Virtual” and “eWorkBook.” Click on “Virtual” and a new page opens to a series of individual worksheets on that math topic. Click on “eWorkBooks” to download a pdf file containing an editable workbook on that topic. All of the worksheets and workbooks contain colorful illustrations that are sure to engage students. It’s obvious that real care was taken to make this graphically appealing.

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the words, “Click Here for Video Tutorials.” Click on it and a menu opens with all the video titles for every grade. Click on any one and enjoy the lesson presentation delivered through YouTube videos that are on the MathEBook website.

Back on the home page, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Use it to access the free “Math Dictionary” that defines various math terminology. You can also click on “Download” to see and access the eWorkSheets contained on the site.

Bookmark this website as it promises to “continuously develop and further enhance the syllabus and will keep adding new features.” They also want your feedback to improve the user experience for all visitors to the site.

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.

Online Music Games and Activities

July 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 30, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New York Philharmonic Kid Zone

(www.nyphilkids.org/index.html)

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

 

Students will learn about instruments, composers, and music playing with this interactive playground from the New York Philharmonic. While this site is geared for elementary school students, it can be enjoyed by all ages.

Visitors start in the “Game Room” where they can play all kinds of fun games relating to music such as: 

  • Instrument Frenzy – Using your keyboard arrow keys, sort instruments into their correct bin.
  • Percussion Showdown – Repeat the patterns in this “Simon” like game.
  • Puzzles and Quizzes – In the pop up window, at the top, select from either “Fact Match” or “Name Search” then use your browser’s “print” button to print out.
  • Musical Mingles – Create fun little tunes by moving “Mingles”, “Makers”, “Warps”, and “Furniture” around the screen.
  • Music Match Composers – Play this match game to match tunes or composers.
  • Music Match Instruments – Another match game this time to match tunes or instruments
  • Make Your Own Instrument – Click and drag objects to create your own instrument (Note: must have Shockwave installed to work).

There are also links to the Philharmonic main website for other educational experiences such as “Meet some very young composers” and to learn about the Young Peoples Concerts as well as the New York Philharmonic.

But the learning doesn’t stop with the Game Room. Use the links on the sidebar to: 

  • Learn about instruments in the “Instrument Storage Room.
  • Meet conductors and soloists in the “Dressing Room.”
  • Visit the “Composers Gallery” to discover composers from around the world.

(Please Note: when reviewing this website we found that the “Music Quest” in the Game Room and “Instrument Lab” did not work correctly for us.)

This is an entertaining website that will have kids learning as they play.

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