Posts Tagged ‘education’

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.

Learn the history of falcons and see them live!

May 7th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rochester Falconcam

(rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/)

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

 

Watch Beauty and Dot.ca, two Peregrine Falcons that are nesting atop a tall building in downtown Rochester, NY.

When you get to the site, you can read a little introduction about Rfalconcam and the recent activity there. Then go to “Cameras” in the top menu bar to view Latest Pictures and Streaming Video. This website hosts regularly updated, live feed of the nesting box photos taken by the Falconcam (from a variety of angles). It provides live pictures of the endangered falcons as they prepare their nest, lay eggs, tend the eggs, hatch the eggs, and nurture and feed their offspring. 

The website also features educational materials for students and teachers. Under “Learn More” you’ll find: 

  • Education
  • History
  • Falcon Information
  • and more

You’ll find curriculum, a word search, information on Peregrines as well as the history of the falcons, and more. This is a spectacular opportunity for your family to learn more about endangered species and how Peregrine Falcons fit into the ecosystem. Follow all the action in the nest box on the Rochester Falconcam!

Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

April 30th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Guide to Teaching World History & Geography

(www.studentsfriend.com/

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. 

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

  • Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.
  • Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography. 
  • Teacher Tools – Get free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.
  • Student’s Friend – A Concise World History – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts: 
    • Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including: 
      • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
      • Ancient India and China
      • Ancient Greece and Rome
      • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
      • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
    • Part II – 1500 to the Present including: 
      • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
      • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
      • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
      • 1900 to 1950, World at War
      • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
      • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.

Games That Teach How Things Work

April 28th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EdHeads: Activate Your Mind

(edheads.org/page/GameInfo)

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

 

This website offers free, colorful and engaging educational animations designed for teachers and students that explain how things work. EdHeads is a non-profit organization that raises money to produce the animations through the ads you’ll see on the site. The ads are randomly generated, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise use of the site.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the list of games. The 5 games that do not require membership are: 

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Nano Start Up
  • Trauma
  • Virtual Hip Resurfacing
  • Sickle Cell DNA

Each animation is narrated (so turn on your speakers) and comes with a “Teachers Guide” that provides the recommended grade level, tips for using the animation in the classroom (that can be tweaked for home education), printable activities, state and national standards, as well as quizzes.

The site provides the option to see graphic pictures of real surgeries, etc., so again, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. Some of the activities and animations provide links to recommended sources for further learning as well. We have not reviewed those links.

Free Journalism Courses

April 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University

(www.poynter.org/newsu/)

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

 

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation, this site offers over 100 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the Course Catalog and choose from the topics including: 

  • Broadcast
  • Editing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Visual Journalism
  • Writing
  • and so much more!

You’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Free Environmental Science Journals

April 21st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Natural Inquirer

(www.naturalinquirer.org/all-issues.html)

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

 

Happy Earth Day tomorrow! This website offers FREE science education journals: “The Natural Inquirer,” for middle and high school, “Investi-gator” for upper elementary, and readers for PreK-2. Scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research in a fun and engaging way.

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article or more on a specific research project. Some of the issues are entitled: 

  • World’s Forests
  • A Burning Question
  • Chew on This!
  • Full Throttle Model
  • Fresh Water
  • Wilderness
  • Flower Power
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research. You can download the issue(s) you are interested in or order hard copies (only 5 issues at a time).

Be sure to check out the left side bar under “For Educators” for links to lesson plans, science cards and posters, and more.

This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources! Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

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