Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Balanced Assessment

 

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

 

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

October 30th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

 

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

What better way to best understand what happened during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 than through the primary source materials provided at this website. Published in partnership with the Scholars’ Lab of the University of Virginia Library and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, this website provides:
  • Documents & Transcriptions of court records, record books, personal letters, sermons, dairies and more
  • Historical Maps of Salem Village, Andover, and maps of witchcraft accusations
  • Archival Collections from the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Essex Institute Archive, and more
  • Contemporary Books online by Cotton Mather, Robert Calef, Increase Mather, John Hale, Samuel Willard, and George Lincoln Burr all pertaining to witchcraft and the trials.
  • Notable People provides biographical information and sometimes images about the people involved in the trials including the accused and the accusers.
  • Literary Works provide online texts from such authors as Hawthorne, Holmes, Longfellow, and others who wrote about witches in their works

Navigating through this unintimidating website is a breeze. You may read an “Overview of the Salem Witch Trials” or view the “Various Images of Salem Witch Trials” by selecting those on the sidebar menu as well as check out the “Media Reviews” of books and movies related to the topic.

This website is a great supplemental resource in your studies of the Salem Witch Trials.

PlanetQuest (CSAW)

October 28th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 28, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NASA: PlanetQuest Timeline

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-Adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others. Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show.

Then, visit the main PlanetQuest website with a dazzling array of astronomical science, technology, and incredible multi-media space-themed games, simulations, movies and virtual tours!

There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice. This one earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in blending technology with education.

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.

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