Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

Learn How to Type for Free

June 17th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is recommended to save your progress.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics (if registered). As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

Play Virtual Gametone Instruments

April 18th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 18, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Gametone Instruments

(wrybread.com/gametone/instruments/virtual-gametone/index.shtml)

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

 

This website provides the opportunity to play virtual Gamelan-influenced instruments online for free! What is “Gamelan”? It’s a musical genre that originated in Indonesia featuring gong-like drums, chimes, xylophones, plucked string instruments, and more.

This site is sponsored by a group of musicians called the Gametones who improvise music on homemade Gamelan-type instruments. They offer visitors the opportunity to play virtual versions of their instruments.

When you get to the site you’ll see three main options that include: 

  • Play the GameGongs – Use your mouse of keyboard as a virtual mallet to play the gongs made out of old paint can lids and hubcaps. You can also play loops of recorded songs and improvise as you play along.
  • Play the Drone Gambira – Use your mouse to click on tongs and create your own musical composition. This also offers loops of recorded music that you can use to play along.
  • Play the Game Chimes – Click on pictures of metal tubes to create short bursts or sustained tones. Play the pre-recorded loops as you experiment with the various sounds and tones.

Note: It may take a few minutes for all of the sounds to completely load. Be patient, turn on your speakers, and then use your mouse to create your own musical “click compositions” with the Gametone instruments.

Please note that there are other links on this site but they led to error messages when we tried them. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise exploration of this website.

Make Music with Virtual Instruments

January 4th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 4, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Musical Instruments

(www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/)

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

 

Using only your keyboard and mouse, have fun experimenting with these Virtual Musical Instruments. After arriving at this super simple, ad-supported website, simply select the instrument you would like to play and follow the instructions.

Choose from these virtual instruments: 

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Panflute
  • Drums
  • Bongos

As an added bonus there is also a virtual guitar tuner to aid guitar players in tuning their instruments. Don’t let this uncomplicated site fool you. There is a lot of fun and learning potential available here!

Free K-12 Math Video Tutorials & Worksheets

September 30th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, September 30, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathEBook.net

(www.mathebook.net/)

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

 

What a find! This website offers FREE math “Downloadable Tutorials”. The tutorials come in the form of both online math videos (via YouTube, with some that are similar to webinars) and interactive eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks that allow students in grades K-12 to learn and practice math with ease.

The downloadable eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks in pdf format can be used at the website or offline. They are editable – in other words you can type in answers using your computer keyboard so you don’t have to print them out to use them. The site emphasizes the fact that “by using Downloadable Tutorials one can save the waste of paper and SAVE TREES, so we encourage you to be GREEN, and help mother nature to survive.” While you can print out the colorful and engaging worksheets and workbooks, they would prefer you didn’t in the interest of being green.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and a picture of a ladder with varying grade levels including Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. Click on any one and a new page opens.

*ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN…you’ll see titles of various math strands and concepts. Place your cursor over them and you’ll see the words “Virtual” and “eWorkBook.” Click on “Virtual” and a new page opens to a series of individual worksheets on that math topic. Click on “eWorkBooks” to download a pdf file containing an editable workbook on that topic. All of the worksheets and workbooks contain colorful illustrations that are sure to engage students. It’s obvious that real care was taken to make this graphically appealing.

*ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN…you’ll see the words, “Click Here for Video Tutorials.” Click on it and a menu opens with all the video titles for every grade. Click on any one and enjoy the lesson presentation delivered through YouTube videos that are on the MathEBook website.

Back on the home page, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Use it to access the free “Math Dictionary” that defines various math terminology. You can also click on “Download” to see and access the eWorkSheets contained on the site.

Bookmark this website as it promises to “continuously develop and further enhance the syllabus and will keep adding new features.” They also want your feedback to improve the user experience for all visitors to the site.

Free Interactives for Music, Art and More!

August 31st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 31, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(toytheater.com/category/classic-toy-theater/classic-music/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of high quality interactive games for learning music, art, math and literacy that have real educational value.

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Music for this review. When you get to the site, you can choose from: 

  • Drum Beats
  • Piano Puppet
  • Composer
  • Music Maker

Your child will have fun creating drum beats, using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes, and composing music.

Then, when you are through learning with Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, create animations and more.
  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about addition, multiplication, subtraction, line plots, pictographs and more!
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, word finds, word searches, alphabet doodles, word scrambles, original & classic stories and more! All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

Just click on a topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids. You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

A Free Rhyme Generator!

June 12th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(http://www.writerhymes.com/)

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

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

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