Brain Breaks - Critical Thinking with Google's New Mystery Animal

At some point in our lives we've all played some version of the Game 20 Questions, right?

Recently Google released their own 20 Question Game Called Mystery Animal for Google Home. It also works in Chrome.
"Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal, and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like "Do you have feathers?" or "Do you sleep at night?" Play it on a Google Home by saying "Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal," or try it on the site."
I am a big fan of Brain Breaks for students. The best brain breaks are collaborative and get students thinking. This new resource could be used by small groups of students or as a whole class activity.  Get them thinking critically about the best questions to ask! Get them collaborating. 

We've added this resource to our Google Secrets Document. What other Google Tools do you use in unique ways with your students?

Chrome Browser Tab Shortcuts to Enhance Productive Workflow

Enhance your browsing experience by know some of the essential shortcuts connected to Chrome Tabs. For example, if you right-click on a tab in Chrome, you open a tab menu that allows you to manage and recover tabs. You can also pin tabs you use frequently, recover closed tabs, and rearrange the order of tabs. Here are a few more top tips.

Chrome OS Tabs & Windows Essentials

New tab
ctrl + t
ctrl + r
Right-click on tab
Pin Tab
Right-click on tab
Mute tab
Right-click on tab
Close Tab
Click on the x or ctrl + w
Close other tabs
Right-click on tab
Reopen closed tabs
ctrl + shift + t
Bookmark all tabs
ctrl + shift + d
Open previous page
alt + left arrow
Open next page
Alt + right arrow
Switch windows
alt + tab
See two windows at the same time
  1. On one of the windows you want to see, click and hold Maximize.Maximize window
  2. Drag to the left or right arrow.Window - dock leftWindow - dock right
  3. Repeat for a second window.
Tip: You can also use the shortcut Alt + [ to move left, or Alt + ] to move right.
Reorder, move, or pin tabs
You can put related tabs together, or move a tab into or out of a window. Also, if there’s a webpage you always want open, like your email, you can make that tab easy to find by pinning it.
  • Reorder tabs within the same window: Drag the tab to a different position along the top of the browser window.
  • Move a tab into a new window: Click and drag the tab away from the window. You can make the tab into its own window, or drag it into another window.

Change window size

  • View full screen: At the top of your keyboard, press Fullscreen Full screen (or F4).
  • Maximize window: At the top right, click Maximize.Maximize window
  • Minimize window: At the top right, click Minimize.Minimize window

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