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08 February 2012

A Google a Day

Do you believe in learning through play?  Do you believe that "Practice makes perfect"?  Do you think you're pretty good at finding information on the Internet?

You (and your students) might be interested in the Google a Day puzzle.
Screen shot from splash screen at  http://agoogleaday.com  Click on the image to see it full size  

"There is no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer. A Google a Day is a daily search puzzle that can be solved using your creativity and clever search skills on Google."

Screen shot from splash screen at  http://agoogleaday.com  Click on the image to see it full size

For example, this puzzle
"What single state is home to all of the following U.S. cities: Madrid, Toronto, Cincinnati, Denver, Hartford, and Norway?" 
would have been solved by
"Search [U.S. city Madrid] to find that there's is a Madrid in Missouri and Iowa. Search [Toronto Missouri] to find nothing, but [Toronto Iowa] to find a U.S. city. Repeat searching with Iowa for the other options to confirm that the answer is Iowa." (link)
Screen shot of  http://agoogleaday.com/#date=2012-02-07
Click on the image to see it full size

There is a Google Chrome App for the Google a Day, and a gadget for your iGoogle page, or other webpages:

Cross-posted at Triple A Learning IB Blogs