5 Websites that Will Get Your Kids Excited About Math

So, your child comes to you and needs a little help on their homework. You enthusiastically agree, and before you know it, you are knee deep in uncertainty and confusion! You are not alone. There are many parents that struggle with this very issue every day. Vocabulary and mathematical techniques have changed over the years and is a curriculum that is constantly evolving. Unless you are a gifted mathematician, you may need resources to help guide you and your child through the troubled water. Below are 5 great resources that made my life easier and continue to help navigate my child and I through mathematical challenges.

  1. Khan Academy (.org) – Is a world class free education brought to you through instructional videos that are clear and easy to understand. I was inspired by Bill Gates who was promoting this website on an evening news program. Gates was excited about the enthusiastic approach his children were taking to math. It prompted me to check out this site and was pleasantly surprised. The site is designed to keep your attention and promote education at many different levels. The Khan Academy offers a variety of instruction ranging from Math to Humanities.
  2. YouTube .(com)- Is a great resource for lessons on any subject for students of all ages. Today’s technology is taking education to a whole new level and the resources are available at your fingertips.
  3. Helping With Math (.com) – Is a wonderful resource for students of all ages. It has printable material

Google Snaps Photo Editing Web Site

March has seen Google quietly move forward in its quest to control the world (or at least the Internet) as it acquired the image editing Web site Picnik. This is actually not too surprising considering Google's dedication to productive Web applications.

Picnik allows users to modify photos and other images online without requiring the installation of software like Photoshop. There is a free and a premium version of Picnik, giving those who use the service more often and require more features to have more tools available with the purchase of a monthly subscription fee. Google is already in the image business with its Picasa photo sharing Web site and desktop application. People use this mostly to store and transmit photographs and create personalized slide shows. Picasa users can connect to third party services to purchase prints, post cards, and other services. With Picnik under its umbrella, it's easy to see that Google's image processing capabilities will be greatly enhanced.

Not much in the way of details about Google's deal for Picnik are known yet. Some analysts expected that Yahoo! Would be after Picnik since the service is already integrated into its Yahoo! Mail service. Seeing that Picnik is easily integrated into mail services, it's reasonable to expect the new acquisition to find its way into Gmail, although it's unclear what form that service will take.

Although a combination of Picasa and Picnik would seem like a likely outcome of Google's recent move, no one is clear as to what to …

Five Web Sites All the Cool People Are Using

Just what we all needed, more websites to surf. Some websites grow in popularity quickly, then fizzle just as fast. Sometimes fad websites are hard to ignore, and sometimes they stick around. Some of these sites are relatively new by Internet standards, and some have been around for years.

Hulu.com

Hulu offers streaming video content. The catch here is that your is most likely here, they also offer an interesting selection of movies. The price is free. As all of us know, free content usually comes with a price. Hulu is no different, as you will have to sit through two commercials during your TV show or movie. Hulu is a great site for catching that episode you missed, and forgot to DVR.

Twitter.com

Twitter is the next big social network service. Some would argue, it already is the big social network service. With twitter you can send short updates to answer their one simple question: What are you doing? With the service you can send and receive updates from any number of people, called followers. The beauty of twitter is the ease of use, and of course it is free.

Some folks take twitter to the next level, and follow their favorite celebrity or athlete. Interested in hearing what Matt Damon has to say, just give him a follow.

Gazelle.com

Gazelle is a website that pays you for your used electronic gizmos. You plug in what you have, they make you an offer, send you a box and packing, …

25 Web Sites with Free Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Games

Runescape: http://www.runescape.com/
Three-dimensional, browser-based massive multi-player online role-playing game with both free play elements and membership subscriptions. Often criticized for its poor graphics, Runescape is ideal for gamers on a budget and caters for low end PCs. Players must subscribe to members for more content subscription is at US$5 per month.

Rappelz: http://www.rappelz.gpotato.com/
Free downloadable mmorpg with purchasable special items from the "cash shop". With three playable races and the best pet system on any mmorpg, it is a favourite among gamers. Note that this game has high minimum system requirements, similar to other games such as World of Warcraft.

Flyff: http://www.flyff.gpotato.com/
Free downloadable mmorpg with colourful graphics where players can fly around on items such as brooms and boards. Special items require real-life currency to buy.

"Granado Espada", Sword of the New World: http://www.swordofthenewworld.com/
This free downloadable mmorpg is unique due to their multiple character control system players can control 3 players at once, instead of being limited to one character per player!

Maple Story: http://www.mapleglobal.com/
Downloadable 2D mmorpg with anime style graphics in which players have 4 classes to choose from, each of which have their own city. While the game is free, there is a cash shop where players have to pay real life money to buy special items.

Ragnarok online: http://www.iro.ragnarokonline.com/
Downloadable mmorpg with cute anime graphics. This mmorpg is not free from their official website, but there are private servers that are free to play on, e.g. http://www.pre-ro.com/ and http://www.ragnarokrevolution.com/ .

Silkroad Online: http://www.silkroadonline.net/
Downloadable …

Rediscover the Web with FireFox

Have you used Mozilla Firefox yet? It’s a free web browser that many consider superior to the old standard web browser, Internet Explorer, by Microsoft. I have been using Mozilla Firefox, or Firefox for short, for several years now, and have enjoyed it alot.

I started using Firefox in Highschool, after being introduced to it by a friend. Previously, I had only used Internet Explorer, and the crummy AOL browser. It took me a little while to get used to Firefox, but when I finally started using it all the time, it clicked. My web browsing experience has never been the same. The largest different I noticed at first with Firefox was that it allowed for easy tabbed browsing. Basically, you can keep multiple web windows open at once, and switch between them without having to minimize the program. It saves on memory, and allows for much speedier Internet surfing. The second big difference was that Firefox allowed you to download ‘plugins’ or ‘addons’ created by other people, that can do everything from instantly translate foreign languanges on a web page to monitor spyware to allowing Gmail to act as a external hard drive, and so on. These addons really help set Firefox apart from it’s closest competitor, Internet Explorer. Also, it is supposedly more secure than Internet Explorer (IE), and I’ve seen my IE get corrupted thanks to spyware, but my Firefox stay safe and operatable.

While the vast majority of Internet users still seem to use IE, more …

Website Review: Yahoo Answers

Have you ever had a question that you just couldn't come up with an answer for? Have you ever wanted someone's honest and unbiased opinion? Having a mind block and need suggestions for writing ideas, song ideas, etc.? Yahoo Answers is the place for you. (http://answers.yahoo.com)

If you have never been to Yahoo Answers, you will be surprised what you find. It is a community of people asking questions, answering questions, and commenting on answers already given. It is essentially the entire Yahoo community at your fingertips. If you ask a question you will surely get an answer quickly, sometimes within minutes. If it's not the answer you are looking for just wait, more answers will come. At the end of the answering time period (usually a couple days) you will get the opportunity to vote on your favorite answer.

Yahoo Answers is really simple to use. When you go to the website you will see three boxes at the top of the screen. These are your three basic options of things you can do. Ask, Answer, or Discover.

Ask

If you so happen to have a question that you need to ask, click on the box entitled "Ask". If you are not a yahoo member, you will be prompted to register. Registering is easy and free so don't let this stop you. After logging in or registering you will be directed to the "Ask Your Question" screen. There you will enter your question and give any details to better …

Top Websites of the Decade

The worldwide web affects the life of millions of people, and its influence grew greatly during the past decade. A worldwide online classified advertisement site, the best known search engine in the world, the most popular video website in the world, and the world's largest online encyclopedia made up some of the top websites for the decade. What sites were the most important for the decade of the 2000's depends on what Internet list you read, but this article contains some of the top sites, in no particular order of importance.

One website that is at the top of some lists for the top websites is Craigslist.org. What was once a local ad service has become the biggest online classified advertisement service in the world. One can find or sell almost anything, give something away for free or get something for free, buy or rent a house, search the personals, or do any number of other things.

For those who want to know about the quality of products or service they will receive at a particular business, Yelp.com was one of the top websites of the decade. The site contains reviews by ordinary people of restaurants, spas, nightclubs, places to shop, and many others, all across the country. If you use the site, you will no longer trust the opinions of one person's opinions before going to a particular establishment.

One site that is on more than one top ten list is Flickr.com, which was founded in 2004. The site …