Web Wednesday, July 17th

Weekly Technology Tip

Fun Browser Tricks

Summer is officially here. To celebrate, I thought I would show you some fun things you can do with your web browser instead of the usual tech tips for teachers.  These are not the most productive tricks, but they are kind of fun. Most needs to be done inside Google Chrome.

  • Speak to Chrome – You can speak out loud to Google Chrome and it will dictate everything you say.
  • Endless T-Rex Game – Internet down?  Play a game while you wait.  Inside Chrome, open up a new tab.  After a moment, you’ll see the little dinosaur that tells you the Internet is not accessible.   Hit the space bar on your keyboard and he will begin to jump.  A scene will appear behind him and he’ll begin to run.  Press the space bar to jump and avoid obstacles.   If you want to try this out, you can simply turn off your WiFi adapter on your laptop to simulate an Internet outage.
  • Original Google – Open up Chrome and head to Google.  Search for “Google In 1998” and the search results will appear in the style of a website from 1998 when the company was first founded.
  • Beam Me Up Scotty – Head over to YouTube and search for “Beam Me Up Scotty”.  The results will load as if they were being beamed up to YouTube.
  • A Festivus for the Rest of Us – Search for “Festivus” on Google and you’ll see the fabled festivus pole from Seinfeld appear on the left hand side of your search results.
  • Breakout – Try a Google Image search for “Atari Breakout”.  The result in a playable version of the classic Atari game Breakout.
  • Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – This one is fun!  Try searching Bacon Number followed by an actor or actress name.  (Ex. Bacon Number Edward Norton).  Google will provide you with the connection from that actor or actress back to Kevin Bacon.