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Facebook Has a New Safety Page

Facebook has created a new Safety Page which has already become popular with many fans. This page has advice, articles, videos and much more to keep Facebook users protected. For more information, check out this article from School Library Journal or go straight to the Safety Page.
[Photo courtesy of Andrew Feinberg on Flickr]

Lab TV

For all those kids who are thinking about a future in Science or Engineering, this is the website for you. The National Defense Education Program presents Lab TV. The site features dozens of webisodes that demonstrate research that is being done everyday to improve our world. So start challenging yourself to ask new questions and investigate some amazing research.

Google Options

At today's Google Business Center program, we went over many mostly-free products offered by Google that provide value to your business. All of them are listed at google.com/options and google.com/services (if only I remembered that a few hours ago!). Below is a brief listing of products highlighted today and what they do:
  • AdWords — Run search-based ads for your business and increase traffic to your products
  • AdSense — Get paid to place ads for other businesses on your website
  • Google Places — Claim you business's listing in Google search and maps
  • Google Analytics — Detailed website statistics with minimal effort
  • Google Merchant Center — Make your products appear in Google's shopping results
  • Google Apps — Affordable, custom online productivity tools for your business
  • Gmail — Free email with great productivity features
  • Google Docs — Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and more from any browser, collaborative, available anywhere, and free. Awesome

Book Worm for Kids

boy readingAttention all parents and kids that love books! This website, Book Worm for kids, is a great way to learn more about great books that are out there for you. The website lists new books, award winning books, and recommended books by age, from babies through teens. Readers can see a picture of the book, as well as a summary. Books are also categorized by Themes, Genre and Subject for children with specific interests. A great source for teachers and librarians as well.

Protect Yourself from Internet Fraud

You hear it all the time, "Internet identity theft on the rise." If you have been searching for a resource on identity theft protection and more, look no further. OnGuard Online is a website from the Federal Government in collaboration with businesses in the technology industry, which provides tips to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. OnGuard Online's Net Cetera provides information on how to keep children safe and secure online. These websites provide information and tutorials on spyware, online shopping, and much more. A Spanish version of this site is also available.

Super Science Site!

Check out this awesome website: Jefferson Lab.
It has all a lot of great information for students and teachers. Those elusive and puzzling particles (atoms, molecules, quarks, electrons, etc. ) will never seem quite so daunting. Explanations are clear and come with super graphics helping you to 'finally get the picture' about what matter is all about. You can also enjoy some fun games an puzzles dealing with the nature of science reality. Practice tests are there for the brave of heart. Teachers and parents will also be thrilled with what is available on science site. Don't delay...check it all out today!

Team Canton Resource Guide

Canton community leaders, including local business professionals, health care professionals, school representatives, judges and attorneys, have united to form Team Canton with the purpose of bringing local resources together in order to help those in need. Team Canton's Community Assistance Resource Guide contains local information on "food pantries, clothing banks, financial assistance, job placement assistance, and education and training programs" and more. You may also want to check out this relevant blog posting on recession resources.

Math Can Help You Be Anything!

Kids, do you want to be a scientist, game designer, sportscaster, or chef when you grow up? How about an engineer, meteorologist, or inventor? If you have ever thought about any of these careers, check out Math Apprentice to see why math is the basis for so many careers. Play any of these cool games, and let math help you become anything you want to be!

DOGO News

Kids, do want to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news that matters to you? Do you wish there was a great website full of articles written with you in mind? Look no further. Head on over to DOGO News and take a look around. DOGO is filled with news stories covering current events, sports, science, and more — and it's all geared toward kids. The coolest part is that many of DOGO's articles are actually written by kids just like you! Check it out!

Local Listings for Businesses

As we'll discuss at the Google Business Center program tomorrow, local listings and reviews are a great way to increase website traffic and foster healthy customer relationships.

When you list (or claim, or check in) your business on these sites, you have some control over what information appears. Having a listing is the first step toward engaging people and in turn having them engage their social circles.

Here are some examples of a familiar local venue's listings on various sites:

U.S. Mint for Kids

Hey Kids, have you noticed that the back design on pennies has changed recently? Are you collecting State Quarters? Have you ever heard about Fort Knox, the secret compound where our nation's gold is stored? You can learn about all of these and more at the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site, from the U.S. Mint. You'll find out that those coins jingling in your pockets aren't just pocket change.

Friday Links

Do you keep up with the fun stuff on the web? If not, here's a quick overview of this week:Seen anything cool on the web this week? Post it in the comments for everyone to enjoy!

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.

Storytime Resource

This website is a helpful resource for teachers, librarians and parents of young children. Instructors walk readers through various songs and rhymes in video clips.  It is helpful to see the rhyme done with motions, as well as reading the words that are being said.

Older Americans: 2010

Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better health than did previous generations. These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Five broad areas—population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care were examined.

Scam Alert: Medicare Part D Rx Scam

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) today warned citizens about recent reports of scam artists contacting seniors in an attempt to obtain personal information by asking them to reveal Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers, or pay a fee to receive a $250 Medicare rebate check.

The DHHS and OSA are urging Medicare beneficiaries not to provide personal information to anyone representing themselves as a "Medicare" or "government" worker if contacted by phone, mail, or in person in exchange for a $250 Medicare rebate check. These one-time rebates are automatically mailed to Medicare recipients when they reach the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, also known as the 'donut hole.'

For further information, call the national Medicare office at (800) 633-4227. In Michigan, call MMAP at (800) 803-7174.

Absentee Voters Can Track Ballots Online

Voters casting absentee ballots can track their ballots online. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced Monday that absentee voters who enter personal identification information at the Michigan Voter Information Center website will be able to track their ballot. The absentee ballot tracking feature notes when an application for an absentee ballot has been received by the local clerk's office, when the ballot was sent, and when the clerk received the returned ballot

The Michigan Voter Information Center also allows voters to check whether they are registered to vote, print a sample ballot, find their polling place and locate their local clerk.

PBS Design Squad needs YOUR inventions!

Finished with your summer reading log and looking for a new summer challenge? The 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids, ages 5-19, to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into out-of-the-box inventions. Three winners will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and appear on an episode of Design Squad. Twenty-five finalists will be featured on the series website and will receive a Design Squad t-shirt. Entries will be accepted through September 5, 2010.

Car Insurance and Credit Scores

Last Thursday (July 8, 2010), the Michigan Supreme Court brought down a 4-3 decision allowing insurance providers to use credit score data when calculating premiums for automotive and marine vehicle insurance. This practice has been explicitly legal in Michigan since 1997, and has been a matter of administrative, legislative, and legal scrutiny since at least 2002.

Creating a Family Health History

At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree — your family health history. Knowing what diseases and health conditions run in the family can give you, your children and grandchildren clues about your risk factors. It can also be a useful tool for health care providers to assess a family member’s health risks and recommend preventive steps. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family Health History available on the NIHSeniorHealth Web site.
[Photo courtesy of Gary H. Spielvogel on flickr]