Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Free Foreign Language Courses

September 12th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 12, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FSI Language Courses

(fsi-languages.yojik.eu/languages/fsi.html)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online.

Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include: 

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

While the material for these courses is fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

September 9th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free.

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 7, 2020, and time for a Virtual Tour at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yellowstone National Park

(www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm)

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

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams.

Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Sounds, Videos, Virtual Tours, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

  • Photo Gallery – Campgrounds; Canyons and Rivers; Lakes and Ponds; Old Faithful Webcam Photos; and more
  • Sounds – Sound Library; Telemetry; Audio Postcards; and more
  • Videos – Experience Yellowstone; Upper Geyser Basin Tour; Archived Live Ranger Talks; and more
  • Virtual Tours – Video Walks; Map-Based Tours; and Story Maps
  • Webcams – one live-streaming and eight static webcams of the area

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “Educators” option located under “Learn & Explore” in the menu section for materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

May 9th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 9, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Keeping Score

(www.keepingscore.org/)

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

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.

Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, choose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available: 

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are: 

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. 


Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Study Great Works of Art

April 4th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Institute of Chicago

(www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.


When you get to the site, select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Collection
  • El Greco Online
  • Interactive Features
  • Videos
  • Highlights
  • Audio Tours
  • And more!

Be sure to check out Educator Resources. Student Activities are also included there. Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

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