Odds & Ends

Lifehacker (which is unfortunately blocked at school) recently posted Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks. Here are three I thought would be useful for you and our students:

  • What time is it in __________ (fill in the blank with the city/county to find the current time)
  • Converter calculator, not just for money, but things like: “Find out how many teaspoons are in a quarter cup (quarter cup in teaspoons) or how many seconds there are in a year (seconds in a year) or how many euros there are to five dollars (5 USD in Euro).”
  • Use Google image search to show you foreign language words and phrases. For example type in “jicama” which is a Mexican potato and you will see what one looks like.

CopyrightWatch recently posted a listing of works that have now passed into the Public Domain, includes such authors as Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie); Jean de Brunhoff (Babar); J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan); and lots, lots more!

World Maths Day
– “Join us in a celebration of numbers as children from across the globe unite in their quest to set a world record in answering mental arithmetic questions.” For ages 5 – 18.

And finally, here is the Commoncraft tutorial for RSS that I mentioned in the last Tech Tuesday newsletter.