Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

January 19th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 19, 2012 and time for History at ClickSchooling

Recommended Website:
Learner.org: Renaissance

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

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes:

*Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.

*Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.

*Printing And Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.

*Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.

*Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian City was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Boticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that I have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.     

 

Social Sciences Via Free Documentaries!

July 28th, 2011

Hi! It’s Thursday, July 28, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Top Documentary Films

Age Range: Varies

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as GoogleVideo, YouTube, etc.

 The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as:

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And Much More!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. You can also purchase documentaries to use offline.

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

Open Source Literary Works & Lessons & More (CSAW)

December 1st, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, December 1st, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Open Culture

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here.)
 
Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”?  Your wish is my command through today’s amazing website. 

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style. 

When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free:

*Audio Books and E-Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.

*Online Courses – Take over 250 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.

*Movies – Access free movies online, “intelligent video sites,” “smart YouTube collections,” and university videos.

*Foreign Language Lessons – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

You’ll also finding an archive of free resources to learn about Music, Art, Science, Technology, and much, much more!

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.  Open Culture earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in providing free educational content via the World Wide Web.

Free Math Video Lessons & Much More!

March 15th, 2010

Hi! It’s Monday, March 15, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
WatchKnow.org: Mathematics

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website that offers free videos that teach every school subject including over 1800 math lessons on video! The videos archived here have been researched, rated and sorted by WatchKnow, a non-profit online community. The videos are from other Internet sources such as YouTube. The difference here is that the ads and user comments have been eliminated, and the videos have been sorted and rated to provide easier use along with some helpful guidance.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the “Directory” to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include:

  • Number Basics
  • Operations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Graphing, Statistics, and Probability
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Pre-Algebra and Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • ‘Language of Mathematics’ Series
  • Math Study Skills and Test Prep
  • History of Math

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. Some have been uploaded by site members. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities. There are different levels of membership and some (such as the level that allows you to enter WatchKnow contests) requires you to provide access to personal information.  Get the details at the website.

As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including:

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Languages
  • Physical and Health Ed
  • The Arts
  • Computers and Technology
  • Practical Skills
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics

WatchKnow’s goal is to collect all the best free educational videos that are made for children and explain every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

Free Video Clips of Films on Art

February 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Roland Collection of Films on Art

Age Range: 6-106 (Specific age range recommendations are designated for each film clip.)

ClickScholar Meike of New Zealand discovered this website that houses a collection of hundreds of documentary films on art and literature. This collection was amassed by art expert and film maker Anthony Roland. The films cover art periods that include:

  • Prehistoric
  • Gothic
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque and Rococo
  • Impressionists
  • Art Nouveau
  • Cubism
  • Surrealism
  • Modern
  • And much more!

There is also an alphabetical index of films about authors and their works – many of whom where interviewed for the educational videos. Authors include Maya Angelou, John Irving, Toni Morrison, Maurice Sendak, John Updike, etc.

Select a topic of interest using the menu or search mechanism. An icon menu appears with a screen shot of each film in that series or topic. Double click on the icon and a new page opens with the film title, the designated age range, a brief synopsis of the film, and a screen where you can view a free clip. These free, informative film clips provide a good sample of the material and are a useful tool for introducing various art forms, genres, artists, writings, etc. (If you enjoy the free film clip, you have the option to purchase the film for $1.99.) Or, you could head to your local library for books or audio/video resources on the topic.

As the website explains, The Roland Collection of films on art is a great resource for exploring “history, culture, philosophy, emotion, human document, celebration, protest, moral challenge and imaginative liberation – all embodied in the forms of art.” Because of the diverse content, PARENTAL SUPERVISION (AS ALWAYS) IS REQUIRED.

Holiday History

December 18th, 2008

Recommended Websites:
see below

Age Range: Varies

History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas Tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols Carols.org: Christmas Songs

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website: http://www.homefires.com/click?christmasonthenets )

The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when I visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

Enjoy!

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