Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Learn the history of computers!

August 5th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

(www.computerhistory.org/revolution/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where you can virtually explore the exhibit,”Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” It’s an amazing, content-rich overview of the human endeavor to solve problems through tinkering, engineering, invention – as well as accidents and luck!


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, and a sliding panel that displays all of the segments of the exhibit including: 

  • Calculators
  • Punched Cards
  • Birth of the Computer
  • Memory & Storage
  • The Art of Programming
  • Digital Logic
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Computer Graphics, Music, and Art
  • Computer Games
  • Personal Computers
  • The Web
  • and much more!

Click on any item in the sliding panel display to learn more about it, or click on the “bubbles” below the screen to follow the exhibit in sequential order. You can also click on the “Topics” tab at the top of the page to get a complete directory of what’s in the exhibit.  

Each section offers interesting text, photographs, and illustrations along with interactive tools for zooming in on objects to get a better look. 

Don’t miss the interactive “Timeline” that you can access from the horizontal tab menu at the top of each page. You could spend hours and hours perusing the information that includes biographies of people important to the computing revolution over the past 2,000 years.

Virtual Tour of Grand Canyon excavation sites

July 5th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grand Canyon River Archeology Virtual Tour

(www.nps.gov/features/grca/001/archeology/index.html)

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

 

The National Park Service provides a stunning virtual tour of archaeological excavations along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

See 360 degree panoramic views of the excavation sites that include the walls and floors of rooms, as well as artifacts such as tools and pottery, of people who lived there long ago. 
 
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and an explanation of how to take the virtual tour (under “Navigation”). Or use the menu on the right side of the page to explore by site. You’ll find a dozen excavation sites through watching a panoramic view on a screen and reading the interesting text below it including: 

  • South Rim
  • Hilltop Ruin
  • Furnace Flats
  • Palisades
  • And more!

This panoramic tour is a great way to explore the natural wonders of Grand Canyon National Park without leaving home!

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 18th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pollinator Curriculum

(www.pollinator.org/learning-center/education#bb)

Age Range: 8-11 (The suggested grade range is 3-6 but there is information that will fascinate all ages; children with parental supervision)

 

Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park.

Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators — even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.

To better understand what is taking place during the pollination process, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities. When you get to the site, click on the first link under “Curriculum”: Nature’s Partners: A Comprehensive Pollinator Curriculum for Grades 3-6. This curriculum includes: 

  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Pollinator-Friendly Habitat in Your Area
  • Community Service Project and Celebration

Back on the main page, you can find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges including Educational Tools, Activities, Facts and Helpful Links.

Have Fun Tracking Money

June 6th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 6, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where’s George

(www.wheresgeorge.com/)

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

 

This website offers a way to track a U.S. dollar bill to see where it’s been – what a great way to tie in social studies with math! We were required to register (free) in order to access the site.

Once you’re there, just enter the denomination, series, and serial number of any U.S. dollar bill, along with your current U.S. zip code in the form on the homepage.

A “Bill Tracker Report” will be generated explaining where your bill has been, how far it has traveled, how long it’s been in circulation, and you can even read comments from people explaining where they got the bill before using it or passing it along to someone else.

But that’s not all! Using the “Tools/Fun” item on the menu at the top of the page, click on “Cool Links About Money.” A new page opens with links to the BEST MONEY WEBSITES where you can learn all about the history of U.S. currency, design features, and even security measures to deter counterfeiting. You’ll also find links where you can track bills from various countries in Europe, as well as currency from India, Africa, China, Japan, and New Zealand.

If you are from Canada, be sure to check out Where’s Willy” to track Canadian currency! (By the way, for those who don’t know, “Willy” refers to Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French Canadian Prime Minister.)

Serious Science Projects for K-12

May 28th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Buddies

(www.sciencebuddies.org/)

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.

You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including: 

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Science Projects – Over 1,200 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!
  • Project Guides – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.
  • Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.
  • Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.
  • Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

New England History-Only a Click Away

May 16th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 16, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Centuries: View from New England

(www.americancenturies.mass.edu/)

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England.  

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics: 

  • Highlights of the Online Collection – Browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic.
  • Explore the Online Collection – Using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest.
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – Search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries.)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include: 

  • Dress Up – See, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively.
  • First Person – Read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them.
  • Magic Lens -Easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens.”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from: 

  • Turn of the Centuries – Focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – Takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays’ Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

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