Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Math Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Literature Learning Ladders

June 18th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 18, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Literature Learning Ladders

 

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

 

This website offers literature-based WebQuests for grades K-12. WebQuests challenge students to use the Internet to find resources to solve questions and problems about a given topic. A literature-based WebQuest uses a book as a focal point for activities that revolve around the theme, characters, plot, or setting.
There is an amazing selection of WebQuests for all grades at this site filled with multi-media fun including animations, colorful illustrations, photographs, and sound that will engage kids in the interactive exercises.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction, some information on how to get the best use out of WebQuests, and a menu of WebQuests by grade level from K-12. All of the WebQuests are listed according to the literature/book/author used as a theme for the Quest. For example:

*K-2 – Enjoy WebQuests using books such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?,” or a theme about studying insects with Eric Carle.

*4-6 – Go on WebQuests based on books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Harry Potter,” “Johnny Tremain,” and “Hatchet.”

*Middle Schoolers – Try a WebQuest based on books by Jack London, Roald Dahl, Anne Frank, Avi, and Harper Lee.

*High School Students – Try your hand at WebQuests themed around “Beowulf,” “The Crucible,” “Farenheit 451,” “Little Women,” and “The Odyssey.”

Click on any one to begin your WebQuest. Do read the advice at this site about how to adapt WebQuests to suit your student’s interests and abilities. They also explain how to deal with the occasional dead link that you may find in a quest.

This is a great way to use technology to enhance any study of literature.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

June 17th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 17, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math/Science Nucleus

 

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 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 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. Lessons include 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 and then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is uploaded 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.

While all the lessons are available for free online, you can also purchase a CD containing the full K-12 content to use offline.

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