Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Where Science Meets Fiction

May 5th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free archive that enables you to explore the inventions and predictions of science fiction writers that have come true or are coming true in today’s world. There are over 3,200 different inventions archived that were first introduced through the imaginations of science fiction writers.

When you get to the site you can explore the featured items on the home page, or use the menu at the top of the page to search by Glossary, Author, Book, or Timeline. Once you find a topic that interests you, click on it and a new page opens. That page may contain some or all of the following: 

  • A blurb from the novel mentioning the invention or idea
  • Commentary about the idea including comparisons and similarities to other sci-fi technology mentioned in other novels, television shows, and movies
  • Links to science articles that discuss the current development of these inventions and ideas in today’s world
  • Links to real-world video demonstrations of the inventions
  • Links to websites with further information.

If this doesn’t generate interest in reading a sci-fi novel, we don’t know what will. It will also springboard students to want to learn more about science and technology.

NOTE: We only reviewed a sampling of what’s available at this website, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise their children’s exploration – not only to determine the suitability of content on the Technovelgy website, but because the links take you to other websites that we have not reviewed. 

One more piece of advice: Read the FAQs (see link at the bottom of the homepage). We found them to be helpful and we think you will too.

Free Read/Write Curriculum for K-12

April 8th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ReadWriteThink

(http://www.readwritethink.org/)

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

 

ReadWriteThink.org is a result of a partnership between the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation, whose mission is to “provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.”

Bookmark this site NOW. It’s one of the best Language Arts sites we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured highlights including: 

  • National Poetry Month
  • Write a Spring Haiku
  • Spring Weather

Then scroll over Classroom Resources in the top menu and choose from: 

  • Lesson Plans
  • Student Interactives
  • Calendar Activities
  • and more

Under Lesson Plans, you’ll find an array of standards-based lesson plans that integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Each lesson includes a grade level, a detailed instructional plan and materials such as worksheets, interactives, and links to web resources. And it’s all FREE! You can also explore Teacher Resources by Grade.

Use the Student Interactives section to incorporate online activities (such as games, webquests, puzzles, writing starters, etc.) into your language arts curriculum for K-12 students. The activities are tied to specific lessons, but can be used independently or with other lessons as well.

And don’t miss the Calendar Activities. You can view the calendar by day, week or month to see activities and online resources associated with events in literacy and literature. For example, on the April calendar you’ll find language arts lessons with enrichment activities to learn about: Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Noah Webster, and more. (Just click on the description on any given day of the calendar to access the resources.)

Students can enjoy using technology while developing their literacy skills. The beauty of the ReadWriteThink website is that homeschoolers – no matter what methodology you use – will find something useful. Traditionalists can follow lesson plans, while unschoolers can enjoy the activities that peak their interests. Eclectics can use a little of everything.

Tour Jerusalem Virtually

March 20th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, March 20, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jerusalem Virtual Tours

(www.3disrael.com/jerusalem/)

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

 

Visit the most sacred sites in Jerusalem through these masterfully rendered virtual tours. Through the use of cutting edge technology and a team of gifted artists, writers, and technicians, this website strives to provide visitors with “a unique visual experience, never seen before.”

Choose from several currently available 3D tours: 

  • The Western Wall
  • Jaffa Gate
  • Supreme Court
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Tower of David
  • The Cave of John the Baptist
  • Church of All Nations
  • And many more!

The creators of these digital models have taken care to pay close attention to details.  

When you are finished with these tours, you can find links to more tours on the left sidebar: 

  • Dead Sea
  • Tel Aviv
  • Caesarea
  • And more!

Typing Program for Kids 8-11

March 16th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 16, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Mat Typing

(www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 8-11 using a multi-media format that includes animations, sound, and lots of interactive exercises. 

When you get to the site you’ll see there are four introductory levels. Each level is divided into three stages. 

Simply begin with Level 1 and work at your own pace to develop your skills through Level 4. 

This comes from the Computing/Information Technology portion of the BBC Bitesize website. After Dance Mat Typing, try: 

  • What is a database?
  • How to create digital video and audio
  • What makes a good webpage
  • How do you make a good app
  • Creating and understanding charts
  • What are input and output devices
  • How do digital images work

Free Educational Video Shows

March 10th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Trek

(sciencetrek.org/)

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

 

Idaho Public Television sponsors this site that provides archives of free educational video shows and compatible resources to help kids learn about history and science.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured video, currently Geology. Then use the right hand menu to view topics such as: 

  • Ages Past
  • Animals
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Human Body
  • Science Fundamentals
  • Space
  • Technology
  • And more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can watch or download the full show, or a short video clip. Be sure to click on the tabs at the top of the page to access terrific facts, links to further learning, games, resources for teachers and more.

Learn the History of Farming – and more!

January 30th, 2020

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Farming History

(livinghistoryfarm.org/farming-history/)

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

 

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, where you and your children can learn about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it.

You can also learn about the man, David Wessels, whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns was “that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air conditioned cabs.” 

The story told at the website, goes back to Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century. 

When you get to the site you’ll find information on: 

  • Farming in the 1920’s
  • Farming in the 30’s
  • Farming in the 40’s
  • Farming in the 50’s
  • 70’s to Today

You’ll see videos and or graphics and sound for each, along with links to these categories: 

  • Farm Life
  • Making Money
  • Water
  • Machines
  • Crops
  • Pests & Weeds
  • World Events

Listen to interviews on many aspects of farming history as well.

Also, on the left side bar, be sure to check out the link for Ted Kooser – podcasts from a former U.S. Poet Laureate. And the video link has all the videos in one place.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real time, this is the next best thing.

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