Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way.

Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions” including: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games and/or activities.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

UCLA Medical Center Virtual Tours

September 6th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, September 6, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Medical Center

(www.uclahealth.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Hospitals can be scary places especially for young children. These virtual tours of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica may help prepare children for what to expect in the event that they someday need to visit a hospital.

When arriving at the link above, select which tour you would like to view and a window will open. When viewing the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tour, touch and drag to move around the 360° image or allow the program to take you around. You may turn the auto rotate feature on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left of the screen. You may navigate through the slides by selecting the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Click the icon in the upper right for information about the slide you are viewing. Locations include: 

  • Front Exterior
  • Main Lobby
  • Mattel Wall
  • Garden of Peace
  • Nursing Station
  • ICU
  • Maternity
  • Labor & Delivery
  • An Operating Room
  • Maddie’s Room
  • Pediatrics Room
  • Child Life Playroom
  • Child Life Teenroom

The UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica tour is accompanied by an audio guide which also can be turned on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left. You may also touch and drag to move around the 360° image. In the images there are blue U’s that are linked to videos, image galleries, and other information text and pages. Available tour locations include: 

  • Main Entrance
  • Harman Garden Plaza
  • Lobby
  • Emergency Room
  • Adult Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Playroom
  • Orthopaedic Institute
  • The BirthPlace – LDR (Labor, Delivery & Recovery)
  • The BirthPlace – Postpartum Room
  • ICU
  • Nurses Station
  • Operating Room

These easy-to-navigate tours give visitors a general idea of what a hospital might look like and perhaps make the thought of visiting one a little less frightening for youngsters.

Learn Spanish Free Online

August 17th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 17, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanicity

(www.spanicity.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

With the aid of this ad-supported website, students can work on their mastery of the Spanish language. The lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar as well as pronunciation.

When arriving at today’s link, you will find available lessons broken down into four categories: 

  • Learn the Basics of Spanish – includes the alphabet, popular words, numbers, and Spanish verbs
  • Learn Spanish Phrases – Learn useful phrases pertaining to courtesy, greetings and meeting people, the weather, visiting a hotel, hospital, post office, or restaurant, and much more.
  • Learn Spanish Grammar – Lessons in this category are also broken down by beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Learn Spanish Vocabulary – Discover all kinds of vocabulary words regarding food, home, travel, transportation, entertainment, business, family, animals, and much more.

Lessons provide the Spanish word with English translation and are usually accompanied by an audio file.  

This website is simple to navigate and provides a no-frills way to supplement your Spanish studies.

Listen and Learn about Places in History

August 15th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 15, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Browse Through History – MrDowling.com

(https://www.mrdowling.com/)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Mr. Dowling is a teacher who developed this website from his interest in history and the lessons he taught in the classroom. “Travel” and learn with him as he reads each lesson!

When you get to the ad-supported site, scroll past the ads to get to the 16 icons and click on a destination to learn about a variety of places including: 

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Africa
  • India and the Himalayas
  • China
  • America Before Columbus
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • And more!

Just click on an icon such as “Ancient Greece” and a new page opens with an introduction; and on the right side of the page are links to selections such as Greek Mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sparta, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and more. The information is presented in user-friendly text enhanced by illustrations and photographs. Each lesson also has a link to an audio file of Mr. Dowling reading the lesson, so your child can follow along; and links to download additional resourses. Or you can look under Site Tools at the top of the page and click on Download Free Teacher Resources to see all the resources in one place.

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!

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

April 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 13, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StudySpanish.com

(https://studyspanish.com/learn-spanish-free)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials that uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish.

There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Pronunciation Tutorial – Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – Learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Verb Drills – Learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – Learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Daily Word – Log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Cultural Notes – Learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, a travel helper, links to other sites, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

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