Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

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

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Explore Presidential Inaugurations

January 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Our White House – Presidential Inaugurations

(ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/)

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

 

On January 20, a new President will be inaugurated. Dig into the history and the process involved in US Presidential Inaugurations. Part of the larger “Our White House Looking In, Looking Out” website from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, this portion of the site provides interesting facts and activities to engage students’ interest in the presidency, elections, and inaugurations.

On this opening page, there are links and explanations to the meat of the material. There is even a downloadable “Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!” PDF to use offline in your classroom.

Topics explored include: 

  • Why Are Presidential Inaugurations Held on January 20th?
  • The Presidential Oath of Office
  • Americans Love a Parade
  • United by Voice and Vision: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inauguration, March 4, 1801
  • Come One, Come All! How Technology Transformed Inauguration Day
  • Inaugural Activities and Discussion Questions
  • Great Presidential Inauguration Websites

But the learning doesn’t stop with this one topic. This website has a lot more to offer. Use the upper menu to explore more about the White House, Presidents, First Ladies, Voting Rights, Campaigns and Elections, and so much more so bookmark this website to come back to time after time.

Free Math Lessons from Khan Academy

December 19th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 19, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Khan Academy

(www.khanacademy.org/)

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

 

Many homeschoolers are fans of the non-profit Khan Academy that provides free, innovative, and engaging video tutorials on every strand of math and more.

The brainchild of Sal Khan (whose background is in math, computer science, and investment management), its goal is to provide a world-class education to everyone for free.

When you get to the site, click on “Subjects” on the menu. Click on a math topic of your choice to find video lessons covering: 

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • SAT Preparation
  • Finance

You’ll also find informative courses in Science, Economics, Humanities, Computer Programming and more.

In addition to the instructional videos, visitors can log in and do problems online for further practice and comprehension. The program keeps track of your work and indicates what you’ve mastered and what needs more work.

This website is a brilliant demonstration of how to use technology to deliver a better, more meaningful education to everyone.

Free Online Math Videos

December 12th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brightstorm: Math

(www.brightstorm.com/math/)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Brightstorm is a company that finds and films the best math teachers, and creates engaging lessons around those teachers’ videos. The company sells test preparation programs, however, as an outreach to new customers they offer over 2,000 FREE videos that teach math from Algebra through Calculus.

For example, as an Algebra student, you can watch a series of lessons on quadratic equations and functions. In each lesson, the concept is explained. Then, the student is presented with three more videos that present problems and explain solutions. 

The lessons we watched were taught by a quirky and charming young woman instructor with a unique style and flair for teaching math. (Don’t miss her demonstration of setting “The Quadratic Formula” to the tune of “Pop Goes The Weasel”.)

When you get to the site, choose the subject of interest: 

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus

Click on any one and a new window opens with a menu of topics in that category. Click on the topic of interest to access the lessons. When you click on a lesson, the first video in the series will launch, but you will be required to register (it’s free) to watch the entire video. Registered users can watch as many math videos as many times as they like.
 
As the website explains, “The power of a great teacher in action is undeniable.” Thanks to technology, students can learn math from some of the best teachers available – wherever and whenever they want.

Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles!

October 26th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Halloween

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/halloween/m)

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

 

We’ve spotlighted this company just recently BUT we wanted to circle back around and show you these wonderful Halloween-themed printable worksheets and puzzles!

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction, www.teach-nology.com.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning”. The website does have resources for purchase; however, you are not required to buy anything to utilize the free materials.

When you get to the page scroll down to find printable worksheets and puzzles. Click on an item and print language arts activities like these

  • Acrostic Poem
  • Candy Adjectives Worksheet
  • Ghosts Adjectives Worksheet
  • Pumpkins Adjectives Worksheet
  • Witch Adjectives Worksheet
  • Bank On It! Worksheet
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Cryptogram
  • Do The Research
  • And many more!

Scroll further down to locate resources for coloring and writing, also Halloween songs and teacher resources.

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