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Stay-At-Home Activities & Resources

Updated 1/19/22 at 8:58 AM

This page is specifically designed to offer resources and activities while at home. The resources on this page are also available on the CLR Facebook page

NOTE: If you have an activity, article, class, etc. that you think other CLR members would enjoy, please send items or links to Allison Den Braven at A.Denbraven@RockValleyCollege.edu. We want this page to reflect items that interest our members and would be happy to share your ideas with ALL of the CLR members!

COVID-19 Resources

 

Activities by Topic

Art & Crafts

  • Arts & Crafts – Join Astar from Astar's Place and choose from over 100 different crafting tutorials! From making your own chalk to making fridge magnets to making a mini chandelier, there are tons of great crafting options for you to try! 
  • Cardboard Crafts - In this video by Creative Cat, you'll discover how to take normal cardboard and turn it into a gorgeous masterpiece. Only minimal supplies are needed, including something that you would normally throw away!

Computer Training

  • Tips & Tricks for Using a Gmail Account – Kevin Stratvert created a step-by-step tutorial showing 15 of the best tips and tricks in Google's Gmail.
  • Smartphone Basics - In this video by TechAble IT, you'll discover the basics of using your Smartphone. From using the home screen, to using applications, to understanding icons and learning how to enable your Smartphone's Wi-Fi, you're sure to learn something new! Supports both Android (Google Pixel, Samsung, Motorola, etc.) and Apple (iPhone) operating systems. 

Fitness 

Health & Wellness

  • How Diseases Move – From outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Find out the types of strategies used to help them achieve the highest level of health in people in this short video by Crash Course.
  • Skin Care & Aging - In this article by the National Institute on Aging, you'll discover information on skin care, how skin ages, and what you can do to keep your skin healthy through the aging process.

History

  • History Thursday - This year, we lost the Grand Dame of Television, Betty White. Best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ditsy Rose Nylund on Golden Girls, she had been in television for a long, long time. Her moments will always bring us joy. In this video, take a look at some of Betty White's Top TV Moments. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Biography - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month, watch this short biography on his incredible life. Best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent disobedience, he became a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Humanities

  • History of Drury Lane Theatre – Drury Lane Theatre has a colorful story to tell with two royal boxes, four comprehensive reconstructions and over 200 years of unbelievable theatrical history. 
  • Movie Monday – This week, we are featuring the 2002 film, We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein and more! The year is 1965 and America is at War with North Vietnam. Commanding the air cavalry is Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Gibson). His target is the La Drang Valley, or the Valley of Death. As he prepares for one of the most violent battles in U.S. history, he delivers a stirring promise to his soldiers and their families: "I will leave no man behind... dead or alive. We will all come home together." This heroic true story of commitment, courage, and sacrifice features explosive battle sequences and unforgettable military heroes who fought for their country, their loved ones, and their freedom.

NOTE: Films shared for Movie Monday will have limited advertisements to watch.

Science & Nature

  • Artificial Intelligence - Artificial Intelligence is everywhere and it's already making a huge impact on our lives. It's autocompleting texts on our cellphones, telling us which videos to watch on YouTube, beating us at video games, recognizing us in photos, ordering products in stores, driving cars, scheduling appointments, the list goes on. Learn more about artificial intelligence and what it can and can't do in this short video by CrashCourse.
  • Our Planet Documentary: Forests - In 2019, Netflix released a documentary series titled, Our Planet focusing on the breadth of diversity and habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness to the vast landscapes of Africa. In this episode of the series, examine the fragile interdependence that exists between forests' wide variety of residents including bald eagles, hunting dogs and Siberian tigers.

Social Sciences

  • Stages of Family Life - One way of thinking about family life suggests that there are stages that families move through: courtship, marriage, child-rearing, and family life in your later years. In this short video by CrashCourse, changing patterns of marriage and childbearing in the U.S., as well as some of the varied family types will be discussed. This is for educational purposes only.

Special Interests & Hobbies

  • AARP Smart Driver Course Online – Refreshing your driving skills could reduce your auto insurance costs! This online course could save you money on your car insurance, it is affordable, and it teaches you strategies to keep you safe behind the wheel.
  • How Things are Made – Learn how some of your favorite products are made. Some things included are ceramic fireplaces, croissants, pocket knives, wigs, canned tomatoes, bowling balls, artificial eyes, peanut butter, and much more.
  • TED Talks – A nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Their mission is to welcome people from all over the world that seek a deeper understanding of the world.