Posts Tagged ‘culture’

The History of Electronic Games!

April 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Video Game History

(www.museumofplay.org/about/icheg/video-game-history)

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

 

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games is part of The Strong – a museum in Rochester, New York. ICHEG “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

When you get to the site, you can explore: 

  • Game History
  • Video Game History Timeline
  • Key Moments in Video Game History PDF
  • Interpreting the History of Electronic Games

The timeline has the history of electronic games and delivery systems from the 1940s to the 2010s including: 

  • Pong
  • Space Invaders
  • Pac-Man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Play Station
  • The Sims
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Minecraft
  • and more!

Just click on each decade in the timeline to learn about legendary games and game systems, along with their inventors including Will Wright, Ralph Baer, Don Daglow, and others. You’ll enjoy a brief textual history along with photographs.

When you’re through with the timeline, check out other parts of The Strong: the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and more! The gamers in your home are sure to want to take a field trip or family vacation to experience this museum in real time.

Take a Tour of Ford’s Theater

April 10th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

(www.fords.org/visit/virtual-tour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction then click on “Start Virtual Tour”. This 360° tour from Google Arts & Culture starts on the Main Stage. Use your mouse to navigate around the image. As you scroll through the tour, interesting information about each image is provided.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go back to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, click on “Lincoln’s Assassination” on the top menu to learn about: 

  • Lincoln’s Death
  • Night on 10th Street
  • Investigating the Assassination
  • Impact on a Nation

Also, in the top menu, click on “For Teachers”. Under “Teaching Lincoln’s Assassination & Legacy” you can download a lesson plan for a fifth grader. And check out “All Teaching Resources” for a Timeline, Map of Responses and People.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

Free Women’s History Month Lessons

March 26th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 26, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Women’s History Month

(womenshistorymonth.gov/)

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

 

Here is another resource for Women’s History Month that recognizes and celebrates the importance of women and their role in history. This website, sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers extensive free resources including articles, exhibitions, audio/visual presentations, lessons, activities and more to learn about women’s history.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction and featured highlights and events. Use the menu at the top to access: 

  • Exhibits & Collections – An archive of links to resources that include virtual field trips to historic places such as the homes of Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt, and links to information on Women’s Rights, and women in Performing Arts, Government and Politics, Culture and Folklife, and much more.
  • Audio/Video – Enjoy audio and video presentations about women in Arts and Culture, Business and Economics, Civil Rights, Music and Performing Arts, Poetry and Literature, and more.
  • For Teachers – Access ready-to-use lesson plans, collection guides and research aids.

There is a massive amount of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Online Games to Explore the Arts

March 14th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artsology

(www.artsology.com/)

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

 

Artsology was created by a musician to expose kids to a variety of art, music and culture in order to open their minds to different thoughts and ideas. The website offers free online games about the arts, along with investigations into visual arts and music.

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured games, investigations, and printables. Use the menu at the top of the screen to explore the site that includes: 

  • Art Games: Play online games and learn about major figures in art.
  • ArtsEd Resources: Art Investigations and more – Enjoy simple yet informative activities that will expand your knowledge of the arts.
  • Art Videos – Watch Pablo Picasso draw and an introduction to snow globe art.
  • And more!

Artsology is a fantastic resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages! We were only able to review some of the games and activities on the site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of the website.

Explore History through Timelines

January 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore History through Timelines

(www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple-to-navigate and ultra-informative website.


Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3,000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics

Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.

In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800

An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad-supported website.)

Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

History of Holidays

December 19th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, December 19, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History.com

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The holidays are here and we thought you might enjoy learning about their origin and history, as well as some of the customs associated with them.

When you get to this ad-supported site, learn the History of Christmas: 

  • How Did Christmas Start?
  • When Christmas Was Cancelled
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Who Invented Santa Claus?
  • And more!

Then check out the history of Hanukkah – Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

And learn The History of Kwanzaa – Watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

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