21 Interesting Ways* to use Google Search in the Classroom *and tips The duckies invade Google by Yodel AnecdotaThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
#1 - Google Wonder WheelEncourage your students tosee a regular Google searchin a different way.From the standard resultspage, click "More Options"under the Google logo.Select "Wonder Wheel".Choosing different words from Image by Ivan Walshthe wheel allows you to drilldown into different combinedsearches too. @tombarrett
#2 - Google TimelinesGenerate a timelineof dated Googlesearch results...A screenshot of thetimeline couldmake for a nicemystery starter...Click on parts ofthe timeline tozoom into aspecific timeperiod.
#3 - Calculator & ConverterGoogle Tip:You can use Google for muchmore than searching. It is aquick way to performcalculations and conversions. Try typingMy class find it more usefulthan looking for the calculator 3.8 * 27.4application or finding a 16 oz in gconversion site as they can 100 c in ftype straight into the Google 20 gbp in usdsearch on the browsertoolbar. @stuartridout
#4 - Google AlertsThis search tool was recently Learners could set up some alerts:described by Ollie Bray (LTS) asallowing people to search the future • Prior to commencing a research projectweb. Along with RSS, this changes • to keep up-to-date on college/uni focusmany conceptions of the web around • to track what is being written about themsifting what is already there. • to find out what is going on in their area • as part of their computing/ICT studiesType in a term, choose a search type • to be better and more quickly informed.and how often you wish to be notifiedof new web content featuring yourterm, and provide an email address toreceive the intro to content and a link.I use this to keep embedded deliciousvirtual libraries updated on websitesthat I run eg ACTS. Go tohttp://www.google.com/alerts andcomplete this form. @parslad
#5 - Google SquaredCreate a table that compares a range of specifications for a subject withGoogle Squared:http://www.google.com/squaredType into the search bar and compare things like:• Australian primeministers• Chemical elements• Canadian statesIt is simple toedit and removeunwanted data oradd extraspecifications. Eugene de Gouw
#6 - Google Custom SearchIf you want to focus yourstudents searching on http://www.google.com/coop/cse/specific sites use this tool tobuild your own search Or even create a search engineengine. based on your websites and resources.Additionally you can letstudents contribute and helpbuild the sites available to besearched. @itmadesimple
#10 - Google Define:If you want a definition of a word then just type in define: intothe search bar. Dont forget the colon. Use Google as adictionary! @prettejohn
#7 - Making Google Custom Search SafePutting a Google CustomSearch on your blog or VLEcan be useful: You can makeit default to Safe Search andif you are a school you canremove the ads. You couldalso use it to build a themedsearch engine as describedon the previous page to puton a topic page. Children with SEN can alsoIts simple: benefit from using Google Link to instructions Custom Search as you can present them with a much smaller set of search results. @hgjohn
#8 - Google Scholar Note: you can also create Google Alerts for new scholarly publicationsA scholarly search should begin with a formulated question.When you have the question, use the advanced options to finetune the search to get a more focused set of results. @michael_rowe
#9 - Google Scholar - Cited By Click on Cited by under each search result to search for academic works that have cited that work. This allows you to search forward in time instead of backwards. @jessternrays
#11 - Investigating History @primarypete_Use the timeline tool to investigate and question historicalevents, e.g. The career of The Beatles, Mods and Rockers,The Spanish Armada. Zoom right in down to the month formost detailed view.
#12 - Authoritative vs TimelyOn the left extreme end are more authoritative works but take a longtime before being published. On the right extreme end you have verytimely works, but they may lack credibility from recognized institutions.Students learn to decide which search tool to use for their projects. Forexample, timely searches can be used for a specific natural disasterwhile authoritative searches for cross comparisions with other naturaldisasters. @jessternrays via @markwagner at #gtauk
#13 - Google Fast Flip The little known, but powerful, Google Fast Flip allows you to quickly browse through a wide variety of news articles from across the globe. Narrow by search, section, popularity, topics and even sources. http://fastflip.googlelabs.com @jessternrays
#14 - Weather resultsTyping weather and the name of a city or place will return aweather forecast. This can be used in science or geographylessons where researching weather patterns is required. Itis also useful before planning a school trip that is outside!
#15 - Search StoriesYou can use the Google Search Story tool for creative storywriting. You can see what other people have come up withon the YouTube Search Story Channel. Can make for somefun story writing...
#16 - Google Squared on PeopleIf you searchGoogle Squaredfor an individual itwill return a varietyof facts andpictures about thatperson.You can add yourown criteria at thebottom and Googlewill search to findthe facts to fill it. Sally Thorne - @MrsThorne Great for work on biographies
#17 - Convert CurrencyInsert the amount and the currency code.Use "in" and then the currency code to convert to. A full list of currency codes is here. @tombarrett
#18 - SpellType any word in a Google search query and it will suggestcorrections if you have spelled it incorrectly.
#19 - DefineType define:and then theword you arelooking up toreturn a quickdefinition.Oftensearches willreturn adefinition atthe top of theresults.
#20 - Independent research in MFLType a French /German word intoan Image Search.Students will beable to guess theword withouthaving to resort todictionary.@MarieFrance
#21 Use agoogleaday to set up a starter Agoogleaday.com poses a daily question. Once students hit the start button they are timed and must use the search engine to find the correct answer to a question. There is no correct way of searching only the correct answer!Once kids are done, you canshare how they conducted theirsearches to share best practice in @ali_mullaeffeciency. @LearnICTit
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