In Google search, you can refine your search to make it better for you. There are the obvious options of Web, Images, Videos, News, and More (maps, books, flights, apps) that can be found under the omnibox (search box in Google).
There is a greatly overlooked option called Search tools. If you choose this option, an additional line comes up underneath with Any time, All results, and, sometimes, your location. From there, you can refine your results.
Under Any time, choose to search for items updated between certain time ranges: past hour, week, month, year, or set your own range. This is GREAT for researching, current events, help desk answers, and probably much more.
Under All results, you can select to see all results or you can have it pull out the sources that have what you typed, verbatim.
Your location helps you to see relevant results from your area, so it may know to pull weather or news from where you are instead of somewhere opposite of where you live. You can even change this to search other areas of the US.
You do not have to leave your Google Doc to search images. You are able to search within any Drive program for images from Google, LIFE magazine, and stock photos. The photos pulled up in this search are also images that can be reused with modifications, which means you have permission to use the images, a much better option to going to Google Images and just searching randomly!
This works within any Drive program: Docs, Presentation, Forms, etc.
Once you search, you can narrow your search to show just faces, photos, clip art, or line drawings. This is a really neat feature that can be useful for projects. I searched the butterfly life cycle and was able to look at photos, clip art, and line drawings - which showed a lot of diagrams.
I really like that these are images you can use freely without worrying about use.
I just realized that today is Wednesday, not Tuesday! I blame it on having Monday off and the fact that my son turned 4 today. My mind is busy! Anyway, tomorrow I will do two sites of the day to make up for it.
Tip for Today: Google Search for Images.
I took a college class this summer and realized how important it is for students to choose images in a safe and legal way. We HAVE to teach kids that going to Google, searching, and pulling whatever we want is not the best way to get images. Credit MUST be given or they must choose images that are labeled for reuse. So here, it goes!
Go to Google.com, search your image:
Now go to the toolbar under the search bar and click on "Search Tools".
A new toolbar comes up under that and you want to choose "usage rights".
Right now I have all images that are tagged as school clip art. I want to choose one of the selections. We just want images that we can reuse, so any of those selections work. Noncommercial means that you aren't going to publish this in a document that you will be selling, like a book or worksheet. Choose any of these options. It will decrease your image selection, but it will be legal to use them.
Need more image choices? My favorite search is: Creative Commons. Choose to search images or even music that you can use. I would recommend learning to cite the images and music because many of them require it. That is a post for another day! Happy searching!
When I search, I get the definition, like this...
You can even get the word origin, translate it (think, foreign language!), and get additional definitions.
A neat search option for adults and kids!
Use Google as a dictionary!
There are times when you type a word into Google and you get a definition, other times you don't. How can you guarantee to get a definition every time? This could speed up looking up vocabulary words, getting a definition for an assignment, or just plain curiosity.
In the search bar, type in definition:word, and press enter. For example, I used my favorite word...
After being in and out of classrooms over the past couple of weeks, one thing I have really noticed is how much our students lack skills in using search terms. Many students are unsure of what to put into that infamous Google search bar. It is our job as educators to help. Back in the times of encyclopedias, we learned how to look up keywords to find information on presidents, animals, countries, etc. Now we must teach students how to use search terms and best practices to find reliable sources.
No fear! Google to the rescue! Located in the lesson plan section of Google are 5 sections of lesson plans divided into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. You can do lessons on search terms, getting better search results, reliable sources, and more!
There are also daily Google challenges to see how well you can use search terms!
Click for lesson plans page!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom