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100 Virtual Tours

January 8th, 2010

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Hi!  It’s Friday, January 8, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
Online Universities: 100 Vitual Tours
http://www.homefires.com/click?100tours 

ClickScholar Cie recommended this website that offers “100 Incredible & Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss“. Compiled by a company called Online Universities, this list of vitual tours is absolutely free and allows you to “learn how things are made, explore the human body or that of a life-sized whale, and visit ball parks and theme parks. There is even a section of incredible virtual tours that Google Earth has compiled that shares the world in a whole new way.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the introduction and a menu that includes links to virtual tours of:

  • Cities
  • Famous Landmarks and Buildings
  • Museums
  • College Campuses
  • Outer Space
  • How Things Are Made
  • Humans and Animals
  • Ball Parks
  • Theme Parks
  • Google Earth Virtual Tours

Just click on a link to launch the tour. As the website explains, “One of the wonders of the Internet is that it can bring the world to you instead of your needing to find the time and money to explore the traditional way.”

Enjoy!

Incredible Maps

May 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Mapsorama.com

ClickScholar Melissa suggested this website that offers free world and historic maps created over a vast timeline on a wide variety of topics. Depending on the cartographer who created the map, as well as the era the map was drawn, you’ll see remarkable artistry and fascinating information depicted in this stunning collection. When you get to the site you’ll see the featured maps of the day and next to it a simple menu of map categories including:

  • World Maps – View maps by early explorers, and maps depicting ocean currents, world time lines, topography, politics, and very unusual maps such as the distribution of cannibalism in the 19th century!
  • Europe Maps – Get maps of European countries and major European cities. Find national parks and monuments. Explore satellite maps, nautical maps, maps depicting the invasion of the Roman Empire, maps of languages spoken in European countries, and there are even maps of nuclear power plants in Europe.
  • Asia Maps – Explore maps of the countries of Asia, including major cities, landmarks, historic events, maps of medieval commerce and modern tourism.
  • Africa Maps – Discover maps of the countries, provinces, and cities in Africa. See maps depicting political regimes, official languages in Africa, topography, and thematic maps as well.
  • Australia Maps – See satellite and topographic maps of the regions and cities of Australia. Don’t miss the very first map of Australia drawn in 1547.
  • North America Maps – See maps of Canada, Mexico, the U.S., Cuba and Jamaica including major regions and cities. There are even very specific maps showing, for example, the extermination of bison by the end of the 19th century, slavery and emancipation in the U.S., the Kennedy Space Center, and even railways in Cuba.
  • South America Maps – View a variety of historic maps of the countries of South America including unusual maps such as a map of the city walls of Lima, Peru in the 17th century.
  • Antarctica Maps – Compare ancient maps to satellite images of today.
  • Celestial Maps – Enjoy an artistic rendering of the heavens made by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit in the 17th century.

Use the search tool to find maps of interest. You may also enjoy looking at the “Popular Maps” featured in a sidebar menu on the home page. Fascinating stuff! :)

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Fun Things to Make with Paper!

March 28th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Canon: Creative Park

Age Range: 5-105

The Canon company (that sells all kinds of printing resources) sponsors this website that provides a massive online collection of fun paper arts and craft materials that can be downloaded for free to make your own original artistic creations. There is something for everyone here, suitable for a wide variety of age ranges.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured creations that you can make at home, along with a menu that includes:

  • Gift and Cards – Download printable birthday and gift cards, as well as gift boxes and stationery.
  • Paper Craft – Get downloadable materials and instructions for making 3-D models – from animals to architectural wonders.
  • Scrapbook – Create your own photo or memory album – or homeschool yearbook! Get materials suited to various seasons and events and add your photos and captions.
  • Art – Explore the amazing art possibilities of paper including 3D Decoupage, Paper Reliefs, Origami, Chiyogami, 3D Paper Mosaic, Frames, and more!
  • Calendars – Make original craft-type or photo-frame calendars at any time of year with these free materials and instructions.
  • Photo Gallery – Print out high-quality photos of scenery, landmarks, and flora and fauna from all over the world to enjoy or use in your craft projects or educational reports.

Bookmark this one – it’s a great resource for creative and educational projects of all kinds.

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Geography – All 50 States

February 5th, 2009

Recommended Wesbsite:
Top 50 States

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website that is an amazing resource for learning about all 50 U.S. states. You’ll find demographic information that’s great to use as a study tool – and fun, interesting, and unusual facts and trivia complemented by pictures and printable resources.

When you get to the site you’ll see a blank map of the United States and below it is an introduction that explains what you’ll find, along with some links to pages within the site that provide a good sampling of the content.

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to navigate the site that includes:

  • Basics – State capitals, the origin of state names, state nicknames, etc.
  • Symbols – See images of state birds, flowers, trees, mottos, flags, seals and more.
  • Geography – Compare the area measurements of states, acres of farmland, mineral production, and natural energy resources.
  • Economy – Find statistics on income, poverty, unemployment, cost of living, sales tax, and check out the U.S. Mint’s state quarters.
  • People – Learn about the people and population of the U.S. including Native American Tribes. You’ll find a list of “Fat-Skinny States,” state health rankings, life span, average IQ scores by state, politicians, and more.
  • Culture – Looking for something fun to do in your state? Get a list of activities, science exhibits, landmarks, natural wonders, architecture, and favorite state foods (with recipes).
  • Photo Quiz & Map Quiz – Test your skill at matching landmark photos to the state where they are located. Identify maps of states and various regions throughout the U.S.
  • Printables – Print out state-themed coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, mazes and more.

Have fun!

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Virtual Field Trip to Scotland

January 23rd, 2009

Recommended Website:
Electric Scotland

Age range: 5 to 17 (with guidance)

Take a picture-tour of scenic Scotland! At this site a native Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and captions. Don’t let a first glimpse of this website deceive you — there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content here.

When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins. But that’s not all!

Use the menu that (in very tiny print) at the top left side of the webpage to explore this site that ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended. Her description says it all…

“Sometimes a website is so full of information that you just can’t believe it. And then you find out that it has even more than you thought. This website has almost 300 complete BOOKS online! Learn all about Scotland: its history, culture, traditions, beliefs, famous Scots, family lines and biographies, fairy tales, legends, folk wisdom, influence in other countries, travel-logues, economy, church history, sports, geography, literature, and on and on. It’s all in a very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there’s more! This website is loaded with CHILDREN’S stories, poetry, recipes, heraldry, photos of Scotland, and even videos! And if that’s not impressive enough, how about some addictive Scottish-themed (and other) arcade games (most of them require free registration), children’s stories in real audio, and even a children’s educational page for those pesky homework assignments? Enjoy Scottish music and downloadable/printable games!

You’ll also find a FactFiles flashcard screensaver for your desktop that is full of information about Scotland. You can interact with the online Scottish community [parental supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

Do I hear someone crying, “Enough! Enough!”? And yet there’s still a whole lot more. And the site is still growing…

Unbelievable.”

How’s that for a recommendation? As MaryAnna effused, there is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to review the entire site that also contains links to other resources we haven’t reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS MUST PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Enjoy!

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Europe: Interactive Games for Kids

January 22nd, 2009

Recommended Website:
EuropaGO

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

This website offers all kinds of free interactive games and activities to help kids learn about Europe.

When you get to the website wait a minute for the site to fully load and turn on your speakers. You’ll see a “What’s New” welcome message in the center of the page. Directly above it is a picture of a kid’s bedroom. Click on the items in the picture to access a series of games and quizzes about Europe. Starting in the upper left hand corner of the picture and working clockwise click on:

  • Piggy Bank – Learn about Euro coins and notes by playing these interactive games
  • Globe – Discover the countries of the European Union
  • Rocket – Answer a series of questions and learn about the history of Europe
  • Radio – Listen to the anthems of European countries
  • Flag – Identify the flags of all of the European nations
  • Board Game – Answer questions in the “Game of Stars” and learn more about Europe
  • Camera – Solve picture puzzles of European landmarks

Most of these activities require some basic knowledge of Europe and the European Union. It may help to explore the lessons available at this site first. ClickScholar, MaryAnna, recommended this page:

Europe in 12 Lessons

The lessons are presented in textbook format and provide a good historic overview. By reviewing the material, you should learn enough to increase your score when you play the games. :)

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