Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Famous Moments in Early America Videos

June 30th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 30, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archiving Early America: Videos

(www.earlyamerica.com/videos/)

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

 

This website archives Early American History. When you get to the site you can watch – for FREE – well-produced, short films of noteworthy events in early American history.

Each of the 8 films highlights a true story of historical significance using images from primary source documents such as engravings, woodcuts, portraits, and drawings to create the scenes. The movies include: 

  • The Ben Franklin Story
  • The Life of George Washington
  • Declaring Independence
  • Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution
  • The Shot Heard Around The World
  • The Treason of Benedict Arnold
  • The Real Face of George Washington
  • Molly Pitcher, An American Heroine

All of the films provide students with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this era. While you can watch the films at the website, you can also download them for a small fee. But that’s not all!

When you are through watching the films, explore the menu. You will find primary source documents, biographies of notable women in early American history, maps, music of the era, milestone events recounted through primary source documents, famous obituaries, biographies of famous early Americans, and a wonderful gallery of portraits of early Americans including John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and much more.

This terrific site gets a ClickSchooling Award for combining modern technology with historical documents to create a multi-media website resource that will enhance the study of Early American History for students of all ages.

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

June 14th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 14, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple

(www.tpt.org/newtons/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 1-10 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include: 

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website – or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts – great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

A Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities

June 13th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 13, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

(pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-7, approximately with parental supervision)

 

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award┬« winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include: 

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns. 
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

News Literacy Lessons, Games, & Resources

June 8th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Newseum

(www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Newseum in Washington D.C. What’s a “Newseum”? It’s a real museum (adjacent to the Smithsonian museums) with galleries, theaters, and exhibits “that offer five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology in hands-on exhibits.”

It takes visitors behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. This website offers free lessons and resources to promote language arts, social sciences, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.

The website provides an overview of the Newseum and it’s exhibits, including “Today’s Front Pages” that displays the front pages of daily newspapers worldwide in their original, unedited form. It’s a great way to get an idea of how news is featured and disseminated in any given country.

When you get to the site – you’ll see icon images of “Today’s Front Pages” from newspapers in North America (including every state in the USA), Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, South America, and Africa. Click on any one and the page gets larger so can read the entire front page.

The idea here is that reading worldwide headlines and front page stories may springboard learning and discussion of news events, history, journalism, and more.

When you are through reading the newspaper front pages, use the menu at the top of page to explore the rest of the site including: 

  • Education 
  • Exhibits
  • And more!

This is a great way to combine language arts with social sciences.

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

Free, Fun Grammar & Vocab Flash Cards!

March 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, March 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quizlet (www.quizlet.com/)

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

 

Bookmark this website! It provides free, interactive flashcards, quizzes, and games for learning Language Arts, Literature, Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Foreign Languages, and more.

It was the brainchild of a 15-year-old student who got tired of call-and-response quizzing in order to learn vocabulary words. He decided to creatively harness technology to provide students with fun, interactive flash cards that grew to include multiple study modes such as images, audio, quizzes, and games. You can even study on-the-go with Quizlet-compatible mobile apps.

Students and educators can make their own flashcards and study materials, or choose from a wide variety created by others.

Under the Parts of Speech section you can enjoy studying parts of speech including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Grammar
  • Nouns
  • Participles
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns
  • Root Words
  • Synonyms
  • Verbs

Don’t stop there – search the broader topic; “Language Arts” to locate a myriad of lessons Language Arts related. Search Quizlet to locate a menu of choices for every subject area.

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