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Easily Amused

I’ll admit, I like goofy things. Apparently, so do the folks at Google, who have several tools we can use to bring chuckles and (hopefully) better research skills to our students. Here are three easy-to-use resources that have recently found a place in my classroom rotation:

1. Google Gravity
The next time you need to google something while your screen is being projected to the class, go to this modified search engine site and chuckle as you break the internet.

2. Smarty Pins with Google Maps
This geography-based trivia game is a great option for early finishers on days when we’re working in the computer lab.

Encourage students to research answers they don’t know in a separate window instead of just randomly guessing. Be sure to share this link with any history/geography teacher friends.

3. A Google a Day
To reinforce research skills, occasionally start the period with A Google a Day, either modeling the research process for the class or, later, having student teams take turns solving the three daily questions in front of the whole class.

For more competitive groups, you could also make these three questions a tech-based race with one team at the front of the room on the projected screen while everyone else tries to log the fastest time on cell phones and classroom Chromebooks.

Bonus Tip: Use Google Maps to visit the TARDIS
Ok, this extra tidbit is just for Dr. Who fans. Using the streetview mode of Google Maps, go here, “walk” to the X in front of the Police Box, and enjoy a mini-tour that will fill any Whovian’s heart with mirth.

I’m sure many of us use Google Drive, Docs, and Slides to help take care of business, but are there other fun Google-based sites or Easter Eggs you’ve enjoyed using in class? Leave those url links in the comments below and let’s share the fun!

Teach on, everyone!

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