Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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.

Eagle’s Nest Birdseye View

March 4th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, March 4, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Berry’s Eagles

(berry.edu/eaglecam/)

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

 

Through the live video cameras on this website, view a bald eagle nest located on the campus of Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. The eagles first appeared at the campus in the spring of 2012 and have been coming back ever since. At this writing, the eggs have hatched and the eaglets are growing daily.

There are 3 cameras: 

  • Approach Camera – provides a view from below the nest in the tree
  • Nest Camera 1 – for direct viewing of the nest
  • Nest Camera 2 – a view of the nest from above

Nest cameras 1 and 2 include sound and all cameras are equipped with infrared technology for night viewing making watching the nest all the more interesting.


Using the side bar menu, visitors can learn more about bald eagles as well as find an array of downloadable lesson plans for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.


Bookmark this site and come back often to observe how the eagles take care of their young and watch them grow.

Science Games for Kids!

February 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This New Zealand-based website offers all kinds of fun and interactive games that teach science and technology.

When you get to the ad-supported site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of science games including: 

  • Living Things – Learn about food chains, microorganisms, the life cycle of a plant, animals, and human anatomy and health.
  • Physical Processes – Explore electricity, magnets and springs, light, forces, sounds, friction, and more.
  • Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Discover the matter that makes up our earth. Experiment with water, melting points, rocks, minerals, and more.

Just click on a game to get instructions and begin play.

When you’re through playing all of the science games, explore the rest of the menu including: 

  • Experiments – Get interesting facts about nature, dinosaurs, famous scientists, forensic science, and more.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge of space, chemistry, biology, physics, atoms, states of matter, and more.
  • Projects – Get instructions for making a string phone, a robot, stalactites and stalagmites, a microscope, a rain gauge and much more.
  • Lessons – Try these lesson plans designed to teach students the basics of science.
  • Videos – Watch animations and film clips that explain weather, physics, chemistry, sports science, video game technology and more.

This is a remarkable science resource you can refer to again and again.

Math and Computation with MIT’s “Scratch”

February 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)

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

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE of charge and can be downloaded for Mac OSX and Windows at the website.

According to the website, “Different people get started with Scratch in different ways. Some like to tinker with various blocks to see what they do. Others like to experiment with the sample projects that come with Scratch, and then make changes to the scripts.” The website offers clear instructions, along with suggestions for fun, initial activities.

In fact, when you get to the site, click on “Support” on the menu. A new page opens where you can access a step-by-step guide to using Scratch along with video tutorials, reference guides, and FAQs.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator.

In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more! 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And Many More!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games and Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

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