Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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.

Tour Our Ocean Planet

August 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ocean Planet

(seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet_scripts/tour.pl?sel=211+214+242+249+222+378+225+386+215+269+208+219+218&page=&cs=59753)

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

 

Today’s website allows you to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s acclaimed exhibit, Ocean Planet. Using audio and visual technology along with beautiful graphs, charts, photographs and illustrations you can explore and examine Earth’s oceans and the interconnectedness of them to every habitat and creature worldwide. Designed for a general audience, younger children will need some help with navigation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Directly below the menu are the numbers 1-13 – and below the numbers is a very brief introduction, links to sounds of the sea, and a link to the “floor plan” that allows you to see any part of this amazing exhibit. 

Note: As the links on this site do occasionally change, you might encounter an error message. If you do, just select “Please request your tour again,” then select “Ocean Planet Preview Tour” from the menu.

There is an assortment of virtual tours of the various segments of this exhibit. We have chosen to feature the Curator’s Preview Tour because it provides an overview of what is available to you in the real-time exhibit – most of which you can explore virtually. Once you take this tour, you will undoubtedly want to bookmark the site and return to explore the different galleries in the exhibit thoroughly.

So, from the landing page just click on the “next” button or the number “2” to start the tour. Each successive page describes briefly a gallery or section of the Ocean Planet exhibit. You will see a photo of the gallery, a brief description and a clickable menu that takes you to each part of that gallery where you can learn all about subjects like: 

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Mariana Trench
  • Ocean Depths
  • Seafaring Communities Worldwide
  • Marine Habitat Destruction
  • Marine Scientist Biographies

You’ll also see the “cafeteria menu” but just click past it to continue with what’s available at the website. Once you’ve seen what’s available, use the “Floorplan” icon to return to any section that interests you and immerse yourself in ocean knowledge.

Where Science Meets Fiction

August 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 3, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision – see note below).

 

This website offers a free archive that enables you to explore the inventions and predictions of science fiction writers that have come true or are coming true in today’s world. There are over 2,000 different inventions archived that were first introduced through the imaginations of science fiction writers.

When you get to the site you can explore the featured items on the home page, or use the menu at the top of the page to search by Glossary, Author, Book, or Timeline. Once you find a topic that interests you, click on it and a new page opens. That page may contain some or all of the following: 

  • A blurb from the novel mentioning the invention or idea
  • Commentary about the idea including comparisons and similarities to other sci-fi technology mentioned in other novels, television shows, and movies
  • Links to science articles that discuss the current development of these inventions and ideas in today’s world
  • Links to real-world video demonstrations of the inventions
  • Links to websites with further information.

If this doesn’t generate interest in reading a sci-fi novel, we don’t know what will. It will also springboard students to want to learn more about science and technology.

NOTE: We only reviewed a sampling of what’s available at this website, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise their children’s exploration – not only to determine the suitability of content on the Technovelgy website, but because the links take you to other websites that we have not reviewed. 

One more piece of advice: Read the FAQs (see link at the bottom of the homepage). We found them to be helpful and we think you will too.

Discover the Original Information Highway

July 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/cable/contents.htm)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website explores Canada’s historic part in transatlantic communications. You can hear the story of the official first transatlantic cable message (Queen Victoria to President Buchanan), as well as listen in on bits of history such as the distress call from the Titanic!


When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction – Get a brief overview of the history of the electric telegraph and why the locations of Canso and Hazel Hill on the Atlantic coast of Canada were critical to utilizing this technology.
  • Science – Learn about the invention of the telegraph and how the resin from the Gutta-Percha tree provided just the right properties for suitable insulation to waterproof underwater cables. Explore the science of telegraphy and discover Morse Code. Virtually examine the parts of a telegraph machine. Find out about other great inventions that were a result of the “Cable Era.”
  • History – Read an in-depth history of telegraphy and its socio-economic impact. Find out what the life of a telegrapher was like, and listen to some of the famous messages sent and received via telegraph – including the distress message of the ill-fated ship, Titanic.
  • Media Gallery – See photographs, watch video clips, and visit the sound studio to explore telegraphy.
  • Resource Center – Take a multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of telegraphy, print out a fun telegraphy-themed word-search puzzle, and discover more links to Internet resources on telegraphy.

A Video Guide to Dairy Farming

July 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DairyGood

(dairygood.org/content/2016/a-video-guide-to-dairy-farming)

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

 

Discover the various aspects of dairy farming through a series of short videos at this website.

The video presentations are broken down into specific topics and then provide several topical videos which include: 

  • Taking Care of the Cows
    • Animal health care
    • Antibiotics
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Calf separation
  • All about the Milk
    • Milk safety
    • Testing for antibiotics in milk
  • Taking Care of the Land
    • Dairy farmer’s environmental responsibility
    • Manure as fertilizer
    • Converting manure to electricity
    • Dairy technology
    • Dairy farm technological innovations
  • Community and the Future
    • Learn about some different dairy farms

When you are finished with your video tours, use the upper menu to discover more about dairy farming. Select the Life on the Farm link to read interesting articles, watch slideshows and more videos and learn much more about the life of a dairy farmer. There is a lot to explore on this website, so if your student is interested in cows and farming, you will want to bookmark this to come back to time and time again.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

July 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSNucleus.org

(msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html)

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

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.

The site now offers for free: 

  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) — A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Includes all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own — or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) — These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades — or just go there directly by clicking here.

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