If it comes up blank or, worse yet, is filled with today’s (bad) news, setting it to open with the Astronomy Picture Of The Day will almost never disappoint.
Every day a new image appears on it, and each includes a short explanation of what you’re looking at written by real scientists who know what they’re taking about. These amazing images showcase some of the coolest things going on in science, which is a good reason to show them in your classroom every so often.
Here’s how to set up the Chrome browser to start with today’s picture of the day (at the end are steps for the Explorer browser):
- In the upper-right corner click Customize and control Google Chrome
- Go down to Settings
- In the On startup section select Open a specific page or set of pages and then click Set pages
- A box pops up asking for the link. If there’s another Startup page already listed there, X it out.
- In another tab open the APOD (Astronomy Picture Of The Day) page; copy the link for it
- Paste the APOD link in the space for Add a new page –> then click OK
- Quit the Chrome browser, and when you restart it the APOD site will load first. You and your students can now enjoy the benefits of having set your browser to start with this incredible site!
- In the upper-right click Tools (represented by a little cog wheel)
- Go to Internet Options
- Paste the link for APOD into the box located first in the Home Page section; then click OK. That’s it!
Besides the Astronomy Picture Of The Day, what other sites do you think would make a great Startup page? Leave thoughts about this- or anything else on your mind- below. (I’m always looking for practical and useful things to write about.)