Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

Interactive Art Activities

May 5th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 5, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NGAkids Art Zone

(www.nga.gov/education/kids.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
  • Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
  • Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
  • Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
  • Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
  • Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
  • And much more.

Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.

Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.

BONUS! These activities can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or find the NGAkids App for iPad.

Visit an Oil Refinery and Drilling Rig

May 4th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 4, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discover Petroleum – Fawley Tour & Captain Tour

(resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ExxonMobil/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger Discover Petroleum site from ExxonMobil, take virtual tours of an oil refinery and drilling platform in the UK.

Our first stop is the oil refinery. Select the “The Fawley tour” link. After reading through the introduction, begin the tour by either clicking the arrow at the top of the page to “start tour” or selecting the text link in the introduction box. Use your mouse to zoom around the 360° image and learn about the location and the refining process with the informational text to the left of the image. Locations visitors will see include: 

  • Jetty – south end
  • Jetty control
  • Salt marsh
  • South trestle
  • View from the admin block roof
  • Storage tank
  • Perimeter tank
  • Fawley village
  • COGEN – COmbined heat and power GENeration
  • Bund by SP4
  • Gate 1
  • Hythe Terminal
  • View from the fire station roof
  • Pipe farm

After finishing your tour, return to the homepage by selecting the “part of the Discover Petroleum site” link at the top of the page. Select “The Captain tour.” With this tour of a drilling platform located on the edge of the Moray Firth 68 miles north of Aberdeen, visitors will see: 

  • The helicopter deck
  • Mess and galley
  • Drill deck
  • Drill control room
  • Well heads
  • Chemistry lab
  • Walkway to the bridge
  • Middle of the bridge
  • Top of the Bridge Linked Platform (BLP)
  • Control room

Use the tools under the informational blocks in each tour to learn more about oil drilling, the refinery process, and much more. There is a lot of interesting information provided, so don’t hesitate to check out the other links provided.

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

(www.zebrakeys.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer. 

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections: 

  • Learn Songs
  • Chords
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find: 

  • Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
  • Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
  • Links – links to outside resources to anything piano related
  • Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
  • Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
  • Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

History Lessons with Primary Sources

April 26th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 26, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DocsTeach

(www.docsteach.org/)

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

 

This mobile friendly website provides access to thousands of primary resources from the National Archives to use throughout your history studies.

In addition to this, this site also provides activity lessons, guides to using primary resources, and much more. If you would like to save and share primary resources and create your own activities as well as gain access to hundreds of more educator-created activities, you can register on the site for a free account.

To begin looking for resources, when you arrive at the home page, scroll a little to find the bar with three selection options: 

  • Explore – Use the keyword search engine to search the primary source database or browse by time period or document type including textual document, photograph, video, audio, artwork and artifacts, or poster.
  • Discover – Locate created activities and lessons similarly to searching for a source but visitors can further refine search results to grade level, thinking skill, and activity type.
  • Create – In order to create an activity or lesson, you will need to register for a free account. Once this is done, use the tool to make your own lessons, add elements, create instructions for students and teachers, and much more. There is a functionality to share your lessons with your students and others as well as have students email you their responses to questions and view those responses in a log in your account. This is a powerful tool for creating your own activities to use in your classroom.

This website provides many of the tools, instruction, and resources you might need to have to use primary resources in your classroom.

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