Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Free MIT Science Lectures on Video

September 20th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

MIT Open Courseware – Physics


Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)


Today’s website provides free science lectures on video by professors at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). Note: These are college lectures by MIT professors. They are geared for students with an existing foundational knowledge of science and math. Accelerated younger students may find aspects fascinating as well.

When you get to this part of the website you’ll see a list of video lectures from the Physics department with titles such as: 

  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Exploring Black Holes
  • Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics
  • And more!

Click on the desired topic, then click on “View Resource”, then “Video Lectures.” Then choose the video you’d like to watch – some of the courses are up to an hour and a half long. You can also use the Search feature to look for videos in other topics of interest. Or go back to the link and scroll up and/or down to see what other departments have video lectures.

This is a great way to enhance high school science and math curriculum – and is sure to interest kids with a passion for these topics. It also provides insight into what takes place in MIT lecture halls.

Hundreds of Language Arts Worksheets

September 14th, 2016


It’s Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: – Language Arts


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


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,” 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.

They offer worksheets for all subjects but today we are focused on Language Arts. When you get to the page scroll down to locate 100’s of Language Arts worksheets for skills like: 

  • Alphabet Worksheets – Student recognize, color, and write letters that are new to them.
  • Alphabetic Order – Put letters, single words, and two words in alphabetic order.
  • Analogies – Headaches are to analogies; as smiles are to water parks.
  • Author’s Purpose – Students determine the author’s intent for their work.
  • Capitalization – Students must capitalize letters in short and long passages.
  • Clauses – Break apart sentences to learn to write stronger sentences.
  • Cloze – Have students cloze the gaps in the reading passages.
  • Complete Language Units – Over 320 grade (1-8) specific language worksheets.
  • Compound Words – hen two words form one word the funny really begins.
  • Conjunctions – Use these to join words together and make sentences flow well.
  • Context Clues – Find the meaning of words by looking at words that are near it.
  • Contractions – Time to break out your (not you’re) apostrophes. Get it?
  • Dolch Sight Words – All the words plus remediation for each word on the list.
  • Editing and Proofreading – Pick apart work and find all the errors that you can.
  • Fact and Opinion – Determine if statements or thoughts are based on proof or just feelings.
  • Figurative Language – Hyperboles, idioms, metaphors, personification, and similes.
  • Grammar – A large assortment of grammar-related worksheets.
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this website and return often to get the most of these resources. 

Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place


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


NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:  

  • Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
  • Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
  • Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through 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


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


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


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.