Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

October 19th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, October 19, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Look under the “Teaching With” link to find guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, and more, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go!

Games That Teach Global Issues to Youth

October 8th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 8, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Social Sciences Games

(www.tigweb.org/games/)

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

 

This website offers an assortment of free, interactive, educational games to inform youth about global social and political issues and methods for implementing “a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.”

The games require good reading and comprehension skills. The global issues touched upon in the games include: education, environment, globalization, health, human rights, peace and conflict, and more.

TakingITGlobal was started by two teenagers in 1999 and now receives funding and support from a variety of foundations and companies including Microsoft, the Staples Foundation, and the UN Foundation among others. We mention this because it’s relevant to understanding the philosophical and political point of view behind the activities and games offered at the site. Parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

That said, when you get to the site you’ll find a selection of games. Here are the descriptions from the website: 

  • Butt Out: Tobacco Trivia – Test your knowledge about tobacco while playing our Tobacco Card Game!
  • Geography Genius: Flags of the World – Learn more about the world as you guess countries based on flags, shapes, and statistics!
  • GRUB: Food Bytes – Do you hunger for information about food choices and food systems? Use your noodle to match the cards and answer trivia questions, and watch your score mushroom!
  • Orange Revolution – The Orange Revolution grabbed the world’s headlines in late 2004 and early 2005 as the results of the Ukrainian presidential election were contested by the leading candidates. Can you maintain order and peace, or will your decisions cause thousands of protestors to revolt?
  • Ayiti: The Cost of Life – A role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, the player must choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events.
  • And so many more!

When you’re through playing the games, use the menu to explore this expansive site. The mission of TIG is to help youth worldwide become informed, inspired, and involved.

Again, some of the games contain controversial subject matter, therefore, parents (as always) should preview the games and supervise Internet access.

Interactive Language Learning

October 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 3, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling! 

 

Recommended Website:

Duolingo

(www.duolingo.com/)

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials

September 28th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, September 28, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

(www.visualmathlearning.com/pre_algebra/lessons.html)

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

 

This archived website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site you’ll see that the lessons that are divided into two sections:

  • I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic
    • Natural Numbers
    • Counting
    • Number Bases
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Integers
    • Multiplication
    • Factors
    • Division
    • Fractions
    • Fraction Arithmetic
    • Inverses
    • Equivalence
    • Common Denominators
    • Decimals
  • II. Elementary Algebra
    • Basics of Sets
    • Relations
    • Functions
    • Equations
    • Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

Virtually Tour an Egyptian Tomb and more

September 25th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, September 25, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Tours

(egyptianmuseum.org/360-museum-tour)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the west. They also have built a replica of a noble person’s rock-cut tomb that the public can tour at the museum – or virtually at their website.

When you get to the site you’ll see links to the following tours in 360: 

  • Complete Museum Tour
  • Museum Gallery Tours
  • Museum Tomb Tour
  • Alchemy Garden Tour
  • Alchemy Exhibit

There are also pictures of past exhibits.

When you have completed your tours, go back to the landing page, and you can select “Explore” from the top menu to see an interactive map, deities and time periods of ancient Egypt.

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

September 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Chemistry

(www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/)

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

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of worksheets and practical guides, interactive periodic tables, chemistry-themed games, crosswords, and quizzes, and more.

Get instructions for some of the activities including: 

  • Anodizing
  • Blueprinting
  • Dyeing
  • Balloon Rockets
  • Build a Lighthouse
  • Fingerprinting
  • Flame Tests
  • And how to conduct a urine analysis

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too.

Some of the games include: 

  • matching game
  • crossword puzzles
  • jigsaws
  • quizzes
  • and more

There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry.

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