Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include: 

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are: 

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

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

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 27th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!


When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the Tools & Features for Teachers with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

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.

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