Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Learn the BackStory with the American History Guys

October 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 2, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BackStory with the American History Guys

 

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, visitors can listen as historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh and others explore the historical connections of past events on present day happenings.
BackStory with the American History Guys is a public radio program and podcast from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors can listen online to archived episodes, subscribe to the podcasts, or locate a radio station in their area that runs the show.
When you arrive at the site, you may choose to listen to the most recent show or select the “Show Archives” link to search for a specific show. You may search by year or by topic. Some of the topics covered include:
  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Military History
  • Women’s History
  • Social History
  • Legal History
  • Presidential History
  • Religious History
  • Labor History
  • Native American History
  • Media History
  • Medicine
  • History of Technology
  • Environment
  • Holidays
  • And much more

Each episode is about one hour long and can be listened to either online or downloaded as an MP3 to take with you on the go. When you arrive at the episode page, you will see the sound file at the top of the page. There is a brief text explanation of the episode under which you will find a section of tabbed items that could include:

  • Segments – a topical breakdown of the broadcast to listen to specific sections
  • Guest List – information about the guests on the show
  • Resources – resource links for further exploration of the subject matter
  • Music – links to listen to the various musical selections used in the show
  • Transcript – text of the audio segments

While this program is not specifically targeted to students, there is a lot to be learned from these program audios that may spark interesting conversations and encourage further research.

Greek Myth Videos, Games, & Activities!

September 24th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Winged Sandals

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archaeology collaborated on this website that uses digital storytelling to provide stories from Greek mythology to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.
As mentioned in the “About” section of the website, “This project was setup…with a view to avoiding the ‘Disneyfication’ or dumbing down of the Classics, while at the same time interpreting the stories and characters of these myths in a contemporary, entertaining and engaging way.”
The timeless stories on video are beautifully rendered animations of mythical people and places. Learning mythology is reinforced with interactive games. There are even off-line activity suggestions for artistic
endeavors.
When you get to the site, choose which version you want to view the site – Flash or HTML. Then click on the interactive map or use the menu that includes:
  • Storytime – Watch and listen to the animated videos of Greek myths that include, “Perseus and Medusa,” “Demeter and Persephone,” and more.
  • Play Games – These online games let you make your own pentatonic music or catch chicken feathers to make wings.
  • Make and Do – Get instructions for art projects you can do offline at home- make a Medusa mask, a Grecian vase, or your own Grecian robe.
  • Who’s Who – Use this searchable online guide to learn about the characters, heroes and gods of Greek mythology.
  • History – Use a list of history links to learn more about everyday life in Classic Greek times.
  • Ask the Oracle – Watch the story of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. Ask the Oracle about your future (intended for entertainment).

This site provides a blend of education and technology to make learning fun!

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 23, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Kids

 

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics:

  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Amazing Math Games & Activities for K-12!

September 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Monday, September 22, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CountOn.org

 

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

 

You won’t believe the selection of FREE interactive math games and activities designed for students of all ages that are available at this website.

When you get to the site you will see the newest featured games with titles such as Codebreaking, Pentagonal Room, Crazy Clock, Sudoku, and more. Use the menu on the left to find:

  • Games – Over 25 interactive games that students of a wide range of abilities can play to improve arithmetic, math and logic skills.
  • Matrix – Explore a virtual gallery of amazing measurement and mathematical devices used in a variety of science and technology industries.
  • Explorer – Enjoy math explorations that include: mathemagical tricks to confound your friends, origami, fractals, online math stories, and much more!
  • Maths MagNet – Check out a selection of fun activities for younger mathematicians.

This site also provides links to additional math resources for every math strand. Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

Math Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, September 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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QuickAndDirtyTips.com – The Math Dude

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, with parental screening and supervision)

 

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.
Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.
We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.
When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like:
  • Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
  • Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
  • Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
  • Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

You’ll even find tips to boost your business math skills, along with test-taking tips and a few brain teasers. Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

Experiment on Flies

August 19th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HHMI: Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s an online virtual lab where you can experiment with flies. Eeeew!” It’s true! The Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab provides you with the virtual tools you’ll need to learn about the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. What are transgenic flies? As the website explains:
“Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics.”
When you get to the site, read the introduction that explains the basic steps and learning objectives. You’ll see the virtual lab on the left side of the page, where you can begin to conduct your experiment. You will be prompted by text in the gray tip window and light purple arrows that point the way.
As you begin the experiment, your lab “Notebook” will automatically open on the right side of the page showing detailed information as you progress through the experiment. You’ll see hyperlinks in the notes – click on them to learn more.
If some of the scientific terminology, tools, or concepts are unfamiliar, use the “Resources” tab on the menu to access a glossary that defines the words, as well as a photo-directory of the various equipment used in the lab.
There are quiz questions in each phase of the experiment and you can check your results by clicking on the “Quiz” tab on the menu.
This is a fascinating use of technology that replicates lab science experimentation.
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