Posts Tagged ‘virtual tour’

Virtual Tour of Life of Booker T. Washington

April 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 3, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Booker T. Washington – Tuskegee Institute

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/btwashington/index.html)

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

 

Sunday, April 5th, is the birthday of Booker T. Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute for African-American students in Alabama. He was born in 1856.

At this website, provided by the National Park Service, you can take a virtual tour of highlights of Washington’s life and accomplishments including: 

  • Up From Slavery – Learn how Booker Taliaferro Washington rose from slavery to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of his time.
  • Personal Life – Get a glimpse into Washington’s family life.
  • Building a University – Discover how his determination helped him transform what started as a “Normal School” into a prestigious university initially dedicated to providing practical knowledge that would help African-American students earn a living.
  • Image Gallery – Don’t miss this terrific photo gallery documenting Washington’s life and times.

Back on the front page, scroll down to get a mini-glimpse of Washington’s grand home, The Oaks, that was the social hub of Tuskegee University during his lifetime. Also see the exhibit based on the life of George Washington Carver as well as the exhibit based on the remarkable story of the Tuskegee Airmen – the first African-American fighter pilots in our nation’s history, and more!

Maple Sugar Farm Virtual Tour

March 27th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

(www.lmsugarbush.com/virtualtour.html)

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

 

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!

At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, then click on the tabs that open in the left-hand menu. There are 10 weeks of lesson plans that include: 

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes! (NOTE: Not all the links were working at the time of our review.)

After visiting this site, you might want to purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 27th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, February 27, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including:

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Virtual Field Trip to Six Villages in Viet Nam

January 17th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, January 17, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mekong Lifeways

(folklife.si.edu/resources/mekong/Engframe.html)

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

 

This set of online photo albums from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage provides a virtual tour of traditional lifestyles of people in the Mekong Delta region of Viet Nam.

The whole family can enjoy looking at the photos of the six different cities. When you get to the site, select a city from the six photos in the center of the page:

  • Trà Niên
  • Vinh Châu
  • Trà Sết
  • Long Định
  • Phum Soài
  • An Thuận

On each city’s main page, read the introduction at the bottom of the large graphic, then select a photo archive from the left-hand column. Once inside each photo archive, you need to read the information at the bottom center of the page, then navigate using the thumbnails across the *top* of the screen. (Don’t sorry, it’s easier then it sounds.)

Together this montage gives you a little taste for the variety that exists here, and a bit of an idea of what makes each of these six cities special.

Virtual Tour of the Goodyear Blimp

January 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, January 3, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Goodyear Blimp

(https://www.goodyearblimp.com/behind-the-scenes/current-blimps.html)

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

 

Most of you have seen photographs of the Goodyear Blimp flying over the crowd at a major sporting event. Some of you may have even seen the Goodyear Blimp as it travels through the skies overhead. Since 1925 it has been the giant airborn icon of the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to get a close-up view of the Goodyear Blimp? Well, now you can! 

When you get to the site, scroll down to the video to watch the building of Wingfoot One from start to finish. Then check out Behind the Scenes and Relive History from the top menu. Learn about the: 

  • Crew
  • Bases
  • Art of Flight (be sure to watch those videos)
  • Blimp Science
  • Blimp History – from the 1920’s to the 2010’s

Also see the Blimp schedule under News & Events to see if it will be flying near you any time soon.

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

December 20th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, December 20, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

(www.lyndhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/VirtualTours/LyndhurstChristmas360.html)

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

 

Explore Lyndhurst Manor in all its Christmas splendor with this 360° virtual tour. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis and overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst Manor is noted as one of “America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions.”

When you arrive at today’s link, click the main menu window to start the tour. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to stop the automatic rotation and to navigate through the manor as you wish. The first two icons allow you to easily move through the rooms. Visit the: 

  • Entry Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Picture Gallery
  • State Bedroom
  • Star Bedroom

When you are finished with your Christmas tour, click the Lyndhurst logo in the upper right to visit the main website. From here, click the “About” link in the upper menu to learn about the history of Lyndhurst Manor. On the left-hand side bar menu, click the “Virtual Tours” link to find more tours of the manor such as: 

  • The Mansion
  • Aerial Lyndhurst
  • Bowling Alley
  • The Mansion at Halloween

These simple tours provide an excellent window into Gothic Revival architecture and of a time long ago.

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