Sweet Searching with Google

There are so many search tools available in Google that this past August when I presented at the Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado, I named my presentation “Google Search: At A Mile A Minute”. I spoke as fast as I could and showed as much as I could in the 30 minutes I was allotted.

But, I have to tell you that it’s tough to stay on top of all the options that Google comes out with for Search. It is worth the effort though.

Today at the monthly NJECC meeting, Samantha Morra, Sarah Rolle, Liz Bagish and I will be presenting part 1 of a 2 part series on Google Apps to our organization. We are all Google Certified Teachers, so we divided up the topics we wanted to cover and I chose Google Search.

This is the list of Search features I’ll be demonstrating and why I chose these specifically. (Bear in mind that I only have about 25 minutes.)

Google Show Options – We’ll be talking about addressing all learners and looking in information in different formats.

Wonder Wheel

Timeline

Also along these lines we’ll look at Google Squared.

I’d also like the group to know that their schools can import their entire libraries into Google Books and what information they can see about each book there. I’ll focus on:

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Searching the Book
  3. Popular Passages
  4. Book Reviews
  5. References from other Books
  6. References from Scholarly Works

This will lead nicely into Scholar Search which we’ll touch on briefly. (Well, everything will be brief, right?)

We’ll cover that Google Scholar searches:

  • Reputable articles
  • Journals
  • Books

We’ll also make clear that Google Scholar does not search:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Blogs
  • Popular websites

I wanted to show the NEW Google Image Swirl and I will when I show everyone some advanced Image Search strategies including Similar Images, usage rights and searching by color, picture size and style.

We’ll look at Insights for Search and what the trending topics are for New Jersey for the last 30 days. We’ll talk about how students can compare this information to other parts of the U.S. and other countries.

Lastly, we’ll make sure that people know how to be alerted to any information that is important to them using Google Alerts. I will demonstrate to benefit of Google Alerts and suggest them for your school, district, people you know (like relatives), yourself and topics you are interested in.

I’m hoping everyone is able to learn a few new search techniques. Everyone has their own style, so not every tool I show them will necessarily meet their needs or the needs of the students in their classrooms. And I know I’m leaving so many great search tools out. But I only have 25 minutes. 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Sweet Searching with Google

  1. Jim Sill says:

    Good luck with all this Google Goodness. Don’t forget about Scholar’s new search tool > Legal opinions and journals! Have fun!

  2. Good luck covering all of that Lisa! I did a similar PD workshop at my school. I got through Advanced images, Squared, Timeline, and Wonder Wheel in an hour. Too many cool things and not enough time!

    1. Thanks John – It went pretty well – I was able to get through everything on the list as the folks there are very tech-savvy and were able to follow along through the links I provided. It was a blast!!

  3. Hello Lisa,

    I will be at the December 18th meeting in your cheering section. You will be fine, I have not doubt. Now time is the factor for you and Google:, I know you could share Google for 24 hours and still not have enough time. Looking forward to seeing you. Hope we can find some time to talk.:). Linda

    1. Well you will be cheering on Samantha, Sarah and Liz as I presented at the November meeting. But I’m looking forward to seeing you Linda. And let’s make a point of taking to the time to chat for more than just a minute 🙂

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