USING SEARCH ENGINES    TOPREPARE RESOURCES ANDWORKSHEETS
WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT: Search Engines and how they work? Which Search Engines are best for educational search? Use spec...
FINDING INFORMATION VIA SEARCH ENGINES Search engines are software programs, not rational  human beings, they work accord...
WHERE SHOULD WE START?   Searching the Web requires part skill, part luck and a    little bit of art.   To enter the wor...
SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES Search engines such as Google and Yahoo! search  the internet for keywords or phrases, and then  ...
WHAT ARE LINKS? On most web pages--you will see words that are in  color, usually blue, and often underlined. By clicking...
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A LINK?
USE SPECIFIC KEYWORD TO FIND RELEVANT    INFORMATION   Effective searching helps connect you with the right    info.    K...
USE SPECIFIC KEYWORD TO FIND    RELEVANT INFORMATION You many use keywords such as: Early years Foundation stage Kinde...
WHICH SEARCH ENGINES ARE BEST FOR EDUCATIONALRESOURCES     You may use specific search engine    such as:   http://www.se...
USEFUL WEBSITES TO DOWNLOADEDUCATIONAL STUFF http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/ http://www.bromleycma.org.uk/eyfs ...
DOWNLOADING FILES FROM THE INTERNET When you download a file, you transfer it from the  Internet to your computer. When ...
TYPES OF FILES: SUCH AS WORD, POWER POINT SLIDE, PDF,VIDEO, FLASH ETC  Use specific programs to open your saved files   s...
IMAGE SEARCH ENGINES You may use Google: Basic Image Search for your  image search. From the left drop down menu, select...
SOFTWARES YOU NEED TO KEEP! Softwares are computer programs which help you  to open or access certain files. You may dow...
INSERTING IMAGE OR CLIP ART INTO WORDDOCUMENT   Creating work sheets with Microsoft Word is easy   There are several way...
CREATE A DOCUMENT WITH MICROSOFTWORD Open a new document Write the topic such as ‘Lesson plan for Play Group’ If you wa...
WORKING WITH MICROSOFT WORD You can easily draw a table to distribute your piece  of text into two, four, eight or more p...
SELECTING FONTS FOR YOUR DOCUMENT We commonly use Arial, Times News Roman,  Courier, Helvetica, etc. You can change font...
CHECK MY BLOG FOR CONTINUED ARTICLES ABOUTTHIS COMPUTER TRAINING   You can find these two relevant tutorials at my blog  f...
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Simple online search does not bring effective results. To find out useful information for educational stuff we need to learn 'how search engines work?', How to use appropriate keywords to find out specific information? and some basic knowledge of getting most from internet to create work sheets or resources for classrooms use.

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  1. 1. USING SEARCH ENGINES TOPREPARE RESOURCES ANDWORKSHEETS
  2. 2. WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT: Search Engines and how they work? Which Search Engines are best for educational search? Use specific keyword to find relevant information. How to recognize a link? Select and save relevant information Creating work sheet and inserting clip art Types of files such as Word, Power Point slide, PDF, Video, Flash, Winzip, Winrar. Softwares you need to keep!
  3. 3. FINDING INFORMATION VIA SEARCH ENGINES Search engines are software programs, not rational human beings, they work according to rules established by their creators for what words are usually important in a broad range of documents. With billions of pages, you could spend a lifetime hunting for specific information. Many Web sites are intended to sell, advertise, or promote products or services Popular search engines let you define search criteria in very specific ways, but not all function identically.
  4. 4. WHERE SHOULD WE START? Searching the Web requires part skill, part luck and a little bit of art. To enter the world wide web you need to open a page first and enter the text or keyword to search for the stuff. Understanding how to perform sophisticated searches of online information will greatly increase your chances of finding what you want. Although search engines like Bing, Google and Yahoo! index billions of web pages and other electronic documents, this represents only a tiny part of the total information available on the World Wide Web. We need to start searching from specific search engines.
  5. 5. SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES Search engines such as Google and Yahoo! search the internet for keywords or phrases, and then show you the results. These results are not mediated by the search engines, and therefore you need to use your own judgment on the reliability of the results. You may, for example, find websites written by experts, usually edu. Or gov. sites for useful and reliable information.
  6. 6. WHAT ARE LINKS? On most web pages--you will see words that are in color, usually blue, and often underlined. By clicking these words, known as hypertext, you jump to other places on the page, to other pages on the site, or to other resources on the Internet. You can also click certain graphics, called hyperlinks, to access other resources.
  7. 7. HOW TO RECOGNIZE A LINK?
  8. 8. USE SPECIFIC KEYWORD TO FIND RELEVANT INFORMATION Effective searching helps connect you with the right info. Keywords suggestions for Educational information: Keywords are significant words which define the subject you are looking for. To find information on a particular topic, start with the main word or words that describe the topic.
  9. 9. USE SPECIFIC KEYWORD TO FIND RELEVANT INFORMATION You many use keywords such as: Early years Foundation stage Kindergarten EYFS (Early years foundation stage) Subject related to search such as ‘literacy’, ‘Numeracy’, ‘Religion’ etc
  10. 10. WHICH SEARCH ENGINES ARE BEST FOR EDUCATIONALRESOURCES You may use specific search engine such as:  http://www.searchedu.com/  shambles.net‘  EduHound.com  http://www.virtuallrc.com/(Virtual Learning resource Center)
  11. 11. USEFUL WEBSITES TO DOWNLOADEDUCATIONAL STUFF http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/ http://www.bromleycma.org.uk/eyfs http://www.beam.co.uk/ http://eduscapes.com/tap/index.htm
  12. 12. DOWNLOADING FILES FROM THE INTERNET When you download a file, you transfer it from the Internet to your computer. When you download files, Windows usually saves them in the Downloads folder which is located under your user name in the users folder on the drive where Windows is installed (for example C:usersyour namedownloads). When you are saving the file, you can choose to save it to a different folder.
  13. 13. TYPES OF FILES: SUCH AS WORD, POWER POINT SLIDE, PDF,VIDEO, FLASH ETC  Use specific programs to open your saved files such as:  Word files: Microsoft Word  Power Point Slides: Microsoft Power Point  PDF: Adobe Acrobat Reader  Flash: Flash player  Videos: Windows Media Player  YouTube videos: To open these videos you need to install ‘Vlc player’
  14. 14. IMAGE SEARCH ENGINES You may use Google: Basic Image Search for your image search. From the left drop down menu, select ‘Line Drawing’, ‘Clip art’ or ‘Black and white’ image to use for your worksheet. Image search sites: http://images.google.com/ http://www.picsearch.com/ Clip art Search sites: Google Image Search for clipart http://www.artclips.com/ http://classroomclipart.com/ is a source for free clip art pictures and illustrations.
  15. 15. SOFTWARES YOU NEED TO KEEP! Softwares are computer programs which help you to open or access certain files. You may download or get a ‘software’ dvd to install these softwares at your desktop or notebook: Microsoft Word Adobe acrobat reader Winzip Flash player Youtube downloader, VLC player
  16. 16. INSERTING IMAGE OR CLIP ART INTO WORDDOCUMENT Creating work sheets with Microsoft Word is easy There are several ways to insert a picture into your Word document. The easiest way is to drag and drop the photo from Windows Explorer into your document. But the traditional way to insert a picture is to use the Insert menu: 1. Click Insert 2. Select Picture 3. On the Submenu, select From file Insert clip art into a Word document Place the insertion point in your document where you want to insert clip art, and then click the clip you want.
  17. 17. CREATE A DOCUMENT WITH MICROSOFTWORD Open a new document Write the topic such as ‘Lesson plan for Play Group’ If you want to insert a table, decide how many rows and columns you need! Click ‘Insert’, then ‘table’ and select the rows and tables and start writing your lesson plan For notices, keep a logo of your school at your hard disk. If needed you may first add it to the head of the document (called header)
  18. 18. WORKING WITH MICROSOFT WORD You can easily draw a table to distribute your piece of text into two, four, eight or more parts to make it handy and ready for printing. Click at ‘print preview’ menus to check ‘how your document will look like when it is printed?’ Click ‘Print’ only once to get your ‘print out’ We can save paper and printing cost by distributing our document into two, four or eight parts. It is suggested to use this method for regular notices.
  19. 19. SELECTING FONTS FOR YOUR DOCUMENT We commonly use Arial, Times News Roman, Courier, Helvetica, etc. You can change font, font size, font style at your Word document You can reduce printing costs of documents if you can figure out ways that will decrease the consumption of ink while printing. According to a study: Garamond* followed by Courier turned out to be the most economic fonts of them all while Impact and Comic Sans consumed the maximum ink.
  20. 20. CHECK MY BLOG FOR CONTINUED ARTICLES ABOUTTHIS COMPUTER TRAINING You can find these two relevant tutorials at my blog for further learning: Tutorial for teachers- Using image search engines and sites to find images and clip art Tutorial for teachers - How to select keywords to get the best search results? http://alearnersdiary.blogspot.com/ Another post: http://alearnersdiary.blogspot.com/2008/09/where-to-search- for-educational-stuff.html

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