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New googliness for fall: A Google a Day and Teach Parents Tech

googleaday 300x233 New googliness for fall: A Google a Day and Teach Parents Tech Google recently introduced a couple of new tools that might come in very handy in the coming school year.

1. A Google a Day is a daily search challenge that serves up warm-up  activities and should inspire discussion around developing search strategies.  Though I live to design instruction that supports content area instructional needs, this might offer opportunities for me to refresh students’ approaches to the search process.

Don’t worry about revisiting older puzzles. To ensure against game spoilers, Deja Google is a wormhole inspired time machine that searches the Internet as it existed before the game began. Because nobody wants someone’s recent blog post about finding an answer spoiling their fun.

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teachparentstech 265x300 New googliness for fall: A Google a Day and Teach Parents Tech 2. Built by a few folks at Google, TeachParentsTech.org presents an email tech support care package–from more than 50 very basic and very friendly how-to videos.  The site allows you to send a supportive email to mom, dad, your old college roommate, your neighbor or anyone else who could use a little help with tech tasks.

In addition to the site’s stated purpose, viewed where the videos really live (in YouTube) embed code allows you to strategically place the videos where you need them on your websites.

Here’s a sample.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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