# Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.

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

• History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
• Explore – Learn about how it works.
• Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including:
• Division of a segment
• Division of a circumference
• Squaring a regular figure
• Sum of volumes
• Measurement of calibers
• Scale of slopes
• And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

# Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer.

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections:

• Learn Songs
• Chords
• Music Theory
• Improvisation
• Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find:

• Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
• Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
• Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
• Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
• Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

# Take a Journey to a Black Hole!

November 28th, 2017

It’s Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

HubbleSite: Black Holes – Gravity’s Relentless Pull

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

The Space Telescope Science Institute offers this terrific website that allows you to engage in a multi-media, in-depth inquiry into the astronomy and physics of black holes through animations and interactive experiments. Explore light, gravity, and the scale of our universe.

When you get to the site, watch a brief, narrated animation that provides information on how black holes are formed. Then, begin your virtual journey to a black hole through three interactive modules that include:

• Finding the Invisible – Locate and identify various objects in the universe such as a binary star, the Cygnus galaxy, the Andromeda spiral galaxy, the sun, the moon, the Milky Way, a quasar, a red giant, Saturn, the crab nebula and more. As each object comes into view, read more about it on the sidebar and by clicking on the “Learn More” button.
• The Voyage – Learn about scales and distances by taking a virtual trip to a black hole. Find out about the objects you pass on your trip through space. Measure your speed and distance traveled. Get explanations of the concepts of lightspeed and lightyear. When you reach your destination, mouse over the black hole to learn about its features.
• Up Close and Personal – Orbit a black hole and learn all about it. Try some interactive experiments and answer related questions.

You can also explore the “Black Hole Encyclopedia” and “Glossary” to learn even more.

# 3D Geography

May 6th, 2017

A note from The ClickSchooling Team:

We had a little mix up this week and missed Thursday’s Social Science review – so here it is today, Saturday, May 6, 2017, instead.

Recommended Website:

3D Geography

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

If you are looking to add some great hands-on geography projects to your class, then this website created by a group of teachers with a passion for geography is great place to start.

• Create geography models of globes, volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, settlements, weather, mountains, coasts, and more.
• Use paper craft templates to make printable models, animals, international theme models, and flags to color.
• Build 3D maps.
• Make volcano models with great ideas for exploring the world of volcanoes.
• Construct pop up models of a river drainage basin, the Beaufort Wind force scale, and population density.

But the resources don’t stop there. Visitors will also find:

Geography pictures and diagrams

• Videos
• Blank maps
• Map quizzes
• Diorama ideas
• Animal fact posters
• Word search puzzles
• Geography worksheets
• Flag activities
• And much more.

This website is overflowing with beautifully presented information about all things geographical and provides multiple ways to search using the upper and sidebar menus. Topics are broken down into bite-size pieces making this website student-friendly as well. Bookmark this one for sure to come back to time and time again.

# Play Music Games

March 4th, 2017

It’s Saturday, March 4, 2017, and time for Music at

ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Piano Pedagogy Plus

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

This website created by piano teacher, Jon Ensminger, provides great games for improving music skills.

Interactive games that can be played on the computer or an iPad include:

• Flashnotes – Identify the notes on the 4 clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
• Flashnotes Keyboard – Identify the piano keyboard key indicated on the clef.
• Keyboard Draw – Fill in the piano keyboard colored keys based on the first note indicated.
• Flash Scale Degrees – Indicate how many scale degrees a note is on the staff.
• Flash Intervals – Identify the degree and type of intervals between two notes.
• Flash Key Signatures – Identify the key based on the signatures in the staff.

Games that require the Adobe Flash plugin and can only be played on a computer include:

• Treble Clef Beginner
• Bass Clef Beginner

The above games help practice identifying notes on the different clefs.

This website is a wonderful tool for young musicians wishing to perfect their music reading skills.

# Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

June 15th, 2016

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

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

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.) You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by:

• Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
• Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common SenseThe Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little PrincessThe Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows, and more.
• Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!