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    [Not a] Total Waste of Time

    Fun & interesting webpages that don't quite fit in with the academic stuff
     
    Know of a website that would be great on this page? Please let Mrs. Boyer know! 
      
    Book Stuff
     
     
     
    Learn Something (maybe)
     
     
    99 Life Hacks That Can Make Your Life Easier is a photo list of cool tricks you can do to make things work, make things easier, or whatever. Get ready to spend some time; each tip seems to be better than the last. Our faves are the phone speaker hack (let Mrs. Boyer know if you try this!) and using a can opener to open plastic blister packaging. Please have a parent or guardian (or science teacher) help you with anything that might cause you harm (in other words, don't make dumb choices. The spaghetti lighter trick is cool but can also burn your house down or set you on fire).
     
    Code.org teaches even small children how to code. Lessons start out very simple and gradually build your confidence. You can even help Frozen characters Anna and Elsa move and make pictures in ice.
     
    Curious.com has carefully curated videos that teach a variety of topics (make a beaded necklace, play guitar, speak a foreign language, learn Salsa dancing to name a few). Yes you can find similar stuff on YouTube, but you might have to sort through a lot of bad videos before finding something useful.  
     
    Optical Illusions from BrainBashers.com has common as well as not so common optical illusions. The site also has games and puzzles. 
     
    Quora is a social networking site where you can post questions or answer questions posted by others. Many are opinion and experiences types of questions. Users on this site tend to be considerate of others and disagreements we have seen were constructive (not mean spirited). This can be a serious time consumer so you might want to finish your homework first! 
     
    Science Fiction & Fantasy StackExchange is where you can post and/or answer questions about popular SciFi and Fantasy stories: movies or books. On a current visit, I saw questions and answers about The Vampire Diaries TV show, Star Trek, The Matrix, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Back to the Future. You can view the most popular questions and answers or search by topic or tag. This is most likely blocked at school since it is a forum, but you can still enjoy at home! There are other StackExchange pages too.
     
    Snopes.com investigates rumors, amazing photos, urban legends, and people's claims to find out if they are true or not. Snopes then posts their findings for everyone to see. Think that photo somebody shared on Facebook is a little too amazing? Snopes probably checked into it and posted their findings. Wondering if you should donate some money to that guy in Nigeria who keeps sending you emails? Check Snopes to see what they found out about about him (btw, it's a scam). 
     
     
    Make My Life Easier
     
    MyPermissions helps you keep track of all your different permissions (for example, can everyone see that picture you posted or just friends?) on all the popular social media sites. It will inform you of policy changes and keep all your social media listed in one spot so you don't have to remember everything you have signed up with. 
     
    PosterMyWall.com has free templates for making posters or flyers. If you don't want their logo on your poster or want special sizes, you can purchase from their website. 
     
     
    Music
     
    NPRmusic First Listen lets you hear select upcoming albums before they are released for sale. Once an album goes on sale, it will disappear off of this site. Until then, enjoy all you want.
     
     
    Photography
     
    Pixlr is an online, free photo editing tool. While it's not Photoshop, it's easy and free and has tons of photo editing options. It's available as an app too. 
Last Modified on January 8, 2016
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