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Search engines

  1. 1. Search Engines <ul><li>Going Beyond Google </li></ul>
  2. 2. Seek and you shall find….. <ul><li>Using a search engine is like asking somebody to look through all the libraries in the world for you- to find just about everything! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Google Google is one of the most popular search engines- it currently claims to have 8 billion web pages- That’s 8,000,000,000!
  4. 4. Has Google got everything covered ? <ul><li>Out of all the information on the World Wide Web, how much do you think can be found through using Google? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a guess- what percentage? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Amazingly, the answer is only somewhere between 2% and 5% <ul><li>This part not indexed is “the invisible web”. </li></ul><ul><li>So if you only ever search on Google- </li></ul><ul><li>that’s a lot of information out there that you might never find. </li></ul>
  6. 6. KEYWORD SEARCHERs <ul><li>use virtual robots,or spiders, to search the internet for keywords. They don’t “think” like you do-they just collect the pages where they found the keyword. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sweetie Pie <ul><li>Remember the House of Sweets? A search engine would be like a robot that you sent to roam the building looking for your favourite chocolate bar. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Top Ranking! <ul><li>Google has a formula for ranking results- it won’t always be the best ones at the top! </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrities often pay experts to make sure the good things about them are listed first, like charity work. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hard Sell <ul><li>Any Google search will bring up lots of sites that are trying to sell things- sites like Amazon and Ebay usually crop up. </li></ul><ul><li>This means you have to wade through lots of irrelevant results to find what you are searching for. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Go Beyond Google! <ul><li>Try these other keyword searchers- </li></ul><ul><li>http://duckduckgo.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Try typing Mars and see what happens. Can you find some results for Mars other than the planet, the god and the chocolate bar? </li></ul><ul><li>http://kngine.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>How quickly can you find out when the artist Van Gogh was born? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bing.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>How tall is the Eiffel Tower? </li></ul>
  11. 11. A very clever site….. <ul><li>http://hakia.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you a list of “credible” or reliable results, and also a news section. Scroll down the results page and look at the different headings. </li></ul><ul><li>Try searching for War Horse, the book made into a play. Can you find out who is making it into a film? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The future is orange? <ul><li>Some search engines list similar-sounding topics so that you can quickly find the one you need. Try our old favourite, life on Mars, and look at Folders, then Circles, then Foam Tree. </li></ul><ul><li>http://project.carrot2.org/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Get the Picture <ul><li>Search for images on these sites- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.picsearch.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http ://search-cube.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Using these, can you find </li></ul><ul><li>The McDonalds logo? </li></ul><ul><li>A seaside pier on fire? </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Boleyn? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Seen it at the Movies <ul><li>Film clips- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.videosurf.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Find film of </li></ul><ul><li>A tsunami </li></ul><ul><li>A kingfisher </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.allplus.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.qwiki.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>-mix of text, blogs, images and videos </li></ul><ul><li>What can you find on </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered animals </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronised swimming </li></ul>
  15. 15. Hear, Hear <ul><li>You can even search for sound clips at </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.findsounds.com/ISAPI/search.dll </li></ul><ul><li>Have a look for dolphin noises. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Awesome Study Sites <ul><li>Great for homework, at the right level </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.kidsclick.org / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.askkids.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gogooligans.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kidrex.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Metasearchers- combine the results of several search engines </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trovando.it/ </li></ul><ul><li>Try looking for one of the topics you have studied this year, like the Battle of Hastings, or digestion. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Now have a go at making your own search engine! <ul><li>Choose a topic, like your favourite animal, or a topic like space travel, global warming, rainforests or even Star Wars. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to http://www.rollyo.com/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Create Searchroll, and then give your search engine a name, eg Emma’s bears. Don’t worry about a category or tags. </li></ul><ul><li>Next, find some websites on the Internet that look useful, and copy and paste the web addresses into the box ( www. bears .org /animals ) </li></ul><ul><li>When you have finished, click Create Searchroll at the bottom. You will now see your search engine at the top of the page. Try searching it! </li></ul>

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