Fun Internet Sites

I stumbled upon some fun internet sites that I thought were really neat so I thought I would share them with you. After all, we all need to have a little fun, right?

 Where Do Rock Bands Get Their Names?

One day while talking to my daughter a Beatles song came on the radio and I said, “Hey, I know that song, turn it up!” My daughter then asked me who the band was and I told her it was the Beatles singing. She said, “You mean like the bug?” I stopped to think, well they did not spell their name like the bug and quite frankly I could not answer her question, because I had no idea why they called themselves the Beatles. So, I got on the computer and looked it up and came across a website that is hosted by students and teachers and one of their topics is Rock Bands – Name Origins. Take a look and see if your favorite band is on the site and find out how they may have come up with their name!

(BONUS: if you click on Library at the top of the page it will take you to The Library and you can spend DAYS looking at all the information!)

Jigsaw Puzzles

Whether you are 9 or 99 it is fun to work a jigsaw puzzle and now you can work puzzles online. DLT’s site will let you choose how many pieces you want your puzzle to be broken into, for instance, I chose 12 pieces because I am not very good at puzzles. The other choices were 20, 50 or 100 pieces. It took me 1 minute and 35 seconds to put together that 12 piece puzzle of a wooden swing. At the end DLT gives you a choice to submit your name or initials to be posted. Needless to say everyone else that worked the 12 piece puzzle beat my time!

NOTE: You may have to install Adobe Shockwave Player before you can get started, it only takes about a minute and it is free.

(BONUS: although many of the options on DLT’s site are geared for children, there are many other options for adults, such as creating greeting and Bingo cards)

Learn by Looking

You know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? Now you can learn computer skills by looking at pictures. Learn how to use Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Access, etc.), OpenOffice (Writer, Calc, etc.), web layout (HTML and CSS), and even some web programming (MySQL Basics, Perl Basics, etc.) Learn by looking at screen shots that are posted in black and white. No nonsense cartoon characters and no color gives the student an accurate picture without having to focus.

Online Encyclopedia

Wikipedia is a free internet encyclopedia. Articles are written by people who love to share information and get paid nothing in return. That is right, people contribute to Wikipedia from all over the world just because that love to share information. And because so many people contribute there are millions of pages with content. Click on Wikipedia’s Main Page link below and learn something you didn’t already know, if you like me, you won’t have to click too many times to accomplish that task!

Travel Guides

Fodors

Some travel guides go the extra mile and post pictures and videos of wonderful cites and interesting sites. Along with great deals and guidebooks they also offer forums so that you can share your traveling experience with others. Let’s Go is written entirely by students and Foders boast about being the friend you need when you travel. Click the links below and try each one out and see if they can take you on a “scenic tour”.

WikiTravel

If you like to “site see” try Wiki Travel which posts a Destination of the Month and Off the Beaten Path. Other highlights are Featured Articles and Current and Upcoming Events. There is even a column for Travel Alerts.