OK – I’m a little behind the curve on this one, but I’ve recently discovered “Google a Day” – a daily puzzle to help sharpen your search skills. They pose a question on agoogleaday.com that you have to research and submit an answer for. If you get stuck, Google shares tips and hints for getting to the answer.
What a great, fun tool for helping students of all ages develop search skills. You can chose to “Play normally” or, when you get good at searches or want to test your mettle, you can choose to “Race the Clock”.
Best part of it is, you may actually learn something along the way. For example, today’s question is: “In 1260, the Barons of Acre let the Mamluks pass through their territory, which allowed the Mamluks to achieve a decisive victory against the Mongols in Galilee. What key new weapon was used in this battle?” and yesterday’s question was provided by Jane Goodall: “If you were to join me in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to observe one of our closest living relatives in the wild, you might hear them voice this familiar arrival call. Hint: I often express myself in a similar fashion when I open my lectures.”
From Google hints: How to find the answer: Search [closest living relatives humans] to find chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans as possible answers. Search [chimpanzee arrival call] to reveal that chimps make the distinctive pant-hoot arrival sound.
Of course, it’s more fun to not check the hints…