COOL WEB SITES: Beakman, Planets & Shakespeare
Szadkowski, Joseph, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Many sites on the Internet are just fun to look at, read, browse through or play with. Many other sites, though they may be all of these things, also offer something a little bit more - the chance to learn something.
This month, with summer upon us and the kids getting ready to yell "but there's nothing else to do except for the computer" let me introduce you to five sites that parents and kids, from little to teen, can visit and learn from together. And maybe you will all get outside and enjoy the summer weather, for a little while. . . .
SITE ADDRESS: http://cmp1.ucr.edu/exhibitions/cmpedprog.html
RECOMMENDED USER GROUP: A lesson plan for parents and kids K-10 to work on together. This is a great place to visit for ideas on how to start a summer video or photography project together. The sites offers easy access to educators at U of C who I am sure would be anxious to answer any questions that you might have, send you source information or lead you in the right direction. Who knows? You may have a young Ansel Adams right in your very own home.
CREATOR: University of California, Riverside - California Museum of Photography.
WORD TO THE WEB WISE: VidKids is an outreach program by U of C to give elementary-age students the opportunity to learn the technical and creative concepts of video and media.
Parents should visit VidKids first, alone and ready for a real education. VidKids points out that the average child spends 30 hours per week in front on the television and that during that time they receive a lot of information about society, life, relationships, themselves - and quite a few things we may not think they are ready for.
VidKids is a program that works with four schools to show young people how to be in control of the television, to understand it workings and to understand that they can turn it off!
Now, bring the kids in and work on some of the projects and visit the VidKids. Nothing teaches a young person better than another young person.
At VidKids you will meet the students at Hoffer Elementary School and through pictures, videos, a photoshop gallery and many other special areas, learn about some very normal and interesting kids who are learning about photography, video, television and themselves.
VidKids also offers a lesson plan area where there are activity instructions on how to create a thaumatrope, flipbook movies, and a zoetrope motion device.
THE NINE PLANETS
SITE ADDRESS: http://www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets
RECOMMENDED USER GROUP: The Nine Planets web site can be quite technical and for that reason it would be best enjoyed by teens and parents together.
CREATOR: The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona in Tucson.
WORD TO THE WEB WISE: One of the nice things about summer is the clear night skies filled with brilliant stars. How many times have you wondered exactly what is out there?
Through Nine Planets you can take a 66-page tour which gives vast information on our solar system. This is not something you are going to accomplish in a day or a week, but as a summer project, complete with dinner picnics to go sky watching, there is a tremendous amount of information to be learned about our universe.
Depending on how deep you want to go, Nine Planets offers excellent link sites that offer information on everything from astronomy to solar system maps so that you can find the planets you are looking for. Nine Planets is an excellent on-going summer to fall project that keeps everyone away from the television and talking about the mystery and majesty of the night sky.
YOU CAN & BEAKMAN'S WORLD
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