Archive for the ‘music’ category

Learn the history of computers!

August 5th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

(www.computerhistory.org/revolution/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where you can virtually explore the exhibit,”Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” It’s an amazing, content-rich overview of the human endeavor to solve problems through tinkering, engineering, invention – as well as accidents and luck!


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, and a sliding panel that displays all of the segments of the exhibit including: 

  • Calculators
  • Punched Cards
  • Birth of the Computer
  • Memory & Storage
  • The Art of Programming
  • Digital Logic
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Computer Graphics, Music, and Art
  • Computer Games
  • Personal Computers
  • The Web
  • and much more!

Click on any item in the sliding panel display to learn more about it, or click on the “bubbles” below the screen to follow the exhibit in sequential order. You can also click on the “Topics” tab at the top of the page to get a complete directory of what’s in the exhibit.  

Each section offers interesting text, photographs, and illustrations along with interactive tools for zooming in on objects to get a better look. 

Don’t miss the interactive “Timeline” that you can access from the horizontal tab menu at the top of each page. You could spend hours and hours perusing the information that includes biographies of people important to the computing revolution over the past 2,000 years.

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

August 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 3, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhysicsSongs.org

(http://ww3.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/)

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

 

This website, hosted by Haverford College and maintained by a professor of physics, archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way.

This site was created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a younger range of ages, with parental supervision. As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that links into “the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site scroll down to “Physics songs and other resources” where you will find links to all kinds of physics songs. Don’t miss The Nano Song – the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society – under “Selected songs by other authors.” In the video, “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…
 
Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?
 
Miss Glory sings:

Hummingbird Math

July 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 22, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hummingbird Math

(www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html)

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, geography, drama, music, and writing.


When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Mathematics Activities.” Just scroll down to review the lesson and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

Free Homeschool Record Keeping

July 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

(www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do)

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades Pre-K-12)

 

While we usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about math on Monday, we couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include: 

  • easy record keeping from Pre-K-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format (two columns or by subject)

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program. Begin by creating an account in the upper right corner of the home page.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

Songs, nursery rhymes, and poems from around the world

July 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 13, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mama Lisa’s World

(www.mamalisa.com/?t=eh)

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

 

This website features the largest collection of lyrics to children’s songs, nursery rhymes, and poems popular in countries all around the world.

The songs are in a variety of languages and many songs include downloads and/or videos for your listening enjoyment. Make sure your speakers are on!

When you get to the site you will see a menu including: 

  • Songs by Continent
  • Songs by Country
  • Songs by Language
  • Songs by Type of Song
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • and more

Click on any continent, and a new page opens with a list of countries located on that continent. Click on a country to find a menu of songs and poems. Click on a song. A new page opens with the lyrics to that song, and sometimes a link to an audio file or video.

Can you think of a country not represented? Do you know a traditional song or poem from that country (or any other) that isn’t on this site? You are welcome to send it in; as Mama Lisa says, you don’t have to be a professional to get your contribution included!

There is also a blog that mainly focuses on various world languages and cultures. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

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