Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Cardboard Bike Project

March 11th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, March 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Cardboard Technologies


Age Range: 9-18 (upper elementary through high school, with parental supervision)


Many thanks to one of our ClickScholars, Angel for recommending that we view this inspiring video log! As with all internet videos, we recommend that parents preview the content. It should also be noted that this website requests donations but this is not required to view the video or read about the project.


This is an ingenious undertaking that engineers believed impossible until inventor and engineer, Izhar Gafniis, made his vision come true. This Popular Science Award winning bicycle, despite being primarily made of cardboard, is durable, fire and water resistant, and can support up to 300 pounds. The brief 6-minute video tells the story from Izhar’s dream’s inception to creation and is evidence that if you have a dream and work hard enough and long enough, you can make anything happen!


The company has already begun work on plans for cardboard wheelchairs, baby strollers and supermarket trolleys. The recycled cardboard used for packaging is folded origami style to make it strong. It’s then treated to make it both waterproof, and fireproof. Ingenious! Their goal is to contribute to a future where transportation is much more eco-friendly and where more people have access to it.


When you get to the website, you’ll see a video box with an image of Izhar working in his shop. You’ll see the caption, “See the story of how it all began”. Click on the “play” prompt to view the video recorded by Giora Kariv Productions and be inspired!

Start Reading Faster!

February 19th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, February 19, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 10 and up (children – with parental supervision)


Spreeder is a free service provided by eReflect, the makers of 7 Speed Reading. This online program can improve your reading skills and comprehension. Speed reading is a technique used to improve one’s ability to read quickly. Methods include chunking and eliminating subvocalization. There are many training programs, books, videos, software, and seminars on this subject. With enough practice, anyone can learn to double, triple, or even quadruple the speed at which you currently read passages.


Unlike many programs, you can choose to practice with any text you want. Maybe you’d like to use your favorite short story or a historic quote or passage of scripture. When you get to the website, simply paste any text you’d like in the text window and then, below the window, simply hit the play button and read. You’ll view one word or a “chunk” of words at a time. You can also customize the speed at which you would like to begin practicing, the background and font color, the font size, and even the size of the window that will appear on your screen.


Go to the bottom of the website and choose from topics like these to learn more about speed reading: 

  • How to Read Faster by Eliminating Subvocalization
  • How to Speed Read by Making Changes to Your Fixations
  • To Improve Reading Speed You Must Resist Regression
  • Learn to Speed Read by Expanding Your Field of Vision
  • Speed Reading and Comprehension
  • Increase Reading Speed by Using Both Sides of the Brain
  • Learning to Speed Read – Why it’s important
  • Speed Reading Skills – Their importance 
Just imagine how many more books you’ll have time to read after sharpening your reading skills!

Color – Science, History, & Symbolism for Kids!

September 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 14, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: For Kids

Age Range: All (The kids section of this site is geared to ages 6-12.)

At this website, real-life Color Professor J.L. Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color. The topics are quite unusual and include:

*How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.

*Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.

*Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.

*Color Matters for What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism & Emotions
  • The Body
  • Design & Art
  • Business & Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

History of Farming Lessons & Podcasts

July 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 25, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Living History Farm

Age Range: 8-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, that offers a variety of free lesson plans about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it. You can also virtually visit the farm by viewing the web cams at the site (see menu) and you take a virtual tour of the Wessels Farm House (see link on home page).

Learn about David Wessels whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns “was that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air conditioned cabs.”

The history told at the website includes Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century.

When you get to the site you’ll find “Learner Resources” that include FREE lesson plans tied to the stories about farming in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on. Written by teachers for classroom use, they can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment as well. 

Be sure to browse the menu and don’t miss the “Media Resources” that include podcast interviews on many aspects of farming history.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real time, this is the next best thing.


Free Videos On Getting “Nature Smart”

October 11th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
8 Gifts From Nature

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Don’t miss this website that offers a series of free videos on getting “Nature Smart,” the importance of a nature education, sustainable living practices, and developing community. 

To provide some context, my sons enjoyed a wonderful nature program for homeschoolers developed in collaboration with renown naturalist, Jon Young.  Recently, Jon’s son, Aidan (who was unschooled all of his life) sent this message:

“I never take the time to forward videos, but I feel that the upcoming video series being shared by Jon Young (my father) is one of most powerful messages about the value of Nature Connection in our lives that I have ever seen. I have been very fortunate to grow up close to nature since birth and I have never been able to express the value of that connection to others very well, even though it is one of the most important parts of my life. I think that these videos express it better than I ever could.”

The videos Aidan refers to are being offered in free installments at the website featured in this review.  Only the first two videos have been released so far. You can watch them at the website where you can also subscribe to a newsletter and get notices as each video is released for viewing.

These videos deliver a powerful message about the importance of nature education.  They were designed to promote a nature studies course that is not yet available, but you don’t have to purchase a thing to watch the thought-provoking videos.

Plus, you can download a free guidebook (pdf) to the first video called, “A Hopeful Vision.”  It’s a sample of the upcoming online course in getting “Nature Smart.”

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with adult supervision)

ClickScholars send me links to this website a few times each year as they stumble across it on their own Internet travels. It offers  free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors. 

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction that explains you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.”

When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

*Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.

*Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:

  • Animal Vision
  • Eclipses
  • Cameras and Photography
  • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
  • 3D Images & Holograms

*Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:

  • Newton’s Prism Experiments
  • Refraction of Light
  • Microscope Magnification
  • Optical Illusions
  • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.