Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

July 24th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, July 24, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cells Alive!

Age Range: 12 and up (younger children may enjoy various aspects of this site)

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured cell animation.  Use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Interactive” on the menu, you can examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can also purchase CD-ROMS and downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 7 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too -parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

 

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

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

ClickScholars send me links to this website a few times each year as they stumble across it on their own Internet travels. It offers  free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors. 

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction that explains you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.”

When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

*Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.

*Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:

  • Animal Vision
  • Eclipses
  • Cameras and Photography
  • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
  • 3D Images & Holograms

*Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:

  • Newton’s Prism Experiments
  • Refraction of Light
  • Microscope Magnification
  • Optical Illusions
  • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Art Lessons for Kids!

June 11th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, June 11, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Deep Space Sparkle

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental guidance)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that offers free art lessons including complete instructions, photographs of actual kid’s artwork, and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured art lessons (some for free, some for a fee). The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

Place your cursor over “Art Lessons” on the menu tab at the top of the page to see a drop-down list of lessons available by grade level or theme. Again, many of the art lessons are free, and some may be purchased (pdf format) for $5/each.

Click on any free lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Be sure to click on “Inside the Artroom” to access:

  • A list of basic art supplies
  • Suggestions on how to organize an artroom
  • Tips on planning art activities
  • Ideas for managing art activities
  • Links to other fun art websites

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

Virtual Tour of Avocado Farm

January 21st, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, January 21, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at
ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
California Avocados: Virtual Tour

Age Range: All

This website offers a free virtual video tour of California avocados
from seedling to supermarket
. Watch 5 separate videos (totaling about 15 minutes) that include:

  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Packing
  • Ripening
  • Shipping

The photography is terrific (providing close-up options when needed) and it is accompanied by brief text that describes what you are seeing along the way. The videos are not narrated (no sound), but parents can read the text out loud for non-readers in the family. :)

When you are through with the tour, check out the menu on the left of your
screen to read about the history of avocados, their many varieties, how to
grow your own tree, and read some fun trivia facts.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 7th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, December 7, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ScienceBuddies.com

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

ClickScholar Kristin suggested this non-profit foundation’s website that provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century. You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Budddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.
 
This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration.  Bookmark it to return often. 
 

Keith Haring Art Lessons for Kids

December 4th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, December 4, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Haringkids.com

Age Range: All (with parental guidance and supervision)

This website, sponsored by the Keith Haring Foundation, is a tribute to the artist Keith Haring, whose bold, vibrant work appeals to kids of all ages. Haring loved children, and through this website the foundation continues to inspire and encourage the artist in everyone.

The site contains a wide array of Haring-inspired, free art lesson plans using different art mediums including crayons, paint, clay, photography, and much more. The lessons were submitted by teachers and students worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see an exhibit of kids’ artwork and pictures of kids in art classes along with an introduction to the lesson plans. Use the horizontal menu (in black) at the top of the page to search by age/grade range that includes:

*Early Childhood – One of the lessons is called “Colorful Dogs” and teaches students how to identify basic shapes and colors while assembling paper dogs.

*Elementary 1 – Use these lessons to make holiday ornaments or paint a mural. 

*Elementary 2 – Learn to use oil pastels while creating spontaneous art similar to the subway paintings done by Keith Haring in New York. 

*Elementary 3 – Try your hand at “Drawing with Wire” and discover how to use mixed media such as wire, paper, and markers to create silhouette drawings.

*Middle School – Haring’s artwork contains social commentary. One of his most famous murals was called “Crack is Wack.” This section contains an explanation of the meaning of it, and instructions for creating a Haring-inspired mural. You’ll find other lessons as well.

*Above 14 – This section for older students also explores the messages in Haring’s work while providing lesson ideas for learning how to make clay portraits, animations, and mobiles.

I’ve focused on the HaringKids Lesson Plans for this review. There are many more interesting things to explore at the website. Parents, as always, should preview the content to determine suitability for their own children.

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