Posts Tagged ‘research’

Discover the History of the Lightbulb

October 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lighting a Revolution

(americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/index.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the history of the lightbulb with this web presentation from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

This site takes visitors through the steps involved in the process of the invention of the lightbulb by Thomas Edison in the 19th century and then examines the major developments made to lamps in the 20th century.

After reading through the introductory text on the home page, students can begin their exploration by selecting from the three “doors” on the page: 

  • Invention Factory: 19th Century Electric Lamps
  • Invention Factory: 20th Century Electric Lamps
  • Guest Lounge & Library

The “Invention Factory” sections are broken down again into the 5 steps of inventing: 

  • Store Room: Knowledge & Equipment for Inventors (Step 1: Preconditions) – Dig into what previously discovered technology and inventions help in the creation of the new product.
  • Laboratory: Caution Inventors at Work (Step 2: Invention) – Learn about the people, places, events, and discoveries of lighting inventors.
  • Marketing Department: Promotions for All Occasions (Step 3: Promotion) – Gain an understanding of the importance promoting an invention has in bringing new inventions to the public.
  • Competition: Inventors: Have Patents Out & Ready for Inspection (Step 4: Competition) – Discover the importance of competition in the world of inventions.
  • Consequences: Intended & Otherwise (Step 5: Consequences) – Examine the results of the invention of the lightbulb and its impact on history.

Each section presents concise information about the topic accompanied by exhibit images.

The “Guest Lounge & Library” provides visitors opportunities for further research by providing exhibit scripts and notes, a time-line photo gallery of lamp inventors, links to other informative sites about Thomas Edison and lighting, history, technology, and energy files with additional images and information relating to lighting including ink blotters, patents, the science behind electric lighting and lightbulbs, and significance of energy efficiency.

Add this site to your list of resources for history and inventor studies.

Spanish for Early Learners

August 25th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Media: Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video Spanish lessons available for free online at this website.

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.  

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

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

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

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