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    The Entire Guide to
   Google Search Features
     for Teachers and
          Students
Discover Amazing Tips to Improve your Students
Search Skills and Prepare them for The 21st
Century Digital World
                     By: Mohamed Kharbach
                               3/29/2012



 “ I am hoping that by having access to and reading this guide teachers
and students will be able to discover, develop their search skills and use
some of these features included here. The purpose of this guide is
purely educational ”
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       Table of Contents
           About the author
           Re-use of this guide
           Disclaimer and or/ legal notices



       Part One: The Basics:
             Spelling
             Web History
             Start Simple
             Use We-Friendly Words
             Less is More
             Use Descriptive Words
             Don’t Worry about Cases
             Don’t Worry about Punctuation

       Part Two : Advanced Tricks
             Search by file type
             Find related pages
             Fill in the blanks
             Exact phrase search
             Specific site search
             Include or ignore words and characters
             Advanced image searching
             Numbers in a range
             Search all languages
             Get recipes


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       Part Three: Fast Facts
             Convert any measurement
             Real-time stock quotes
             Track your packages
             Get definitions
             Calculate anything
             Sports scores and schedules
             Locate earthquake activity
             Get the time
             Convert currencies
             Get sunrise and sunset times

       Part Four: Local
             Zip and area codes
             Shop and compare
             Discover local businesses
             Search with location
             Get movie times
             Check the weather
             Get flight schedules
             Flight Times
             Map your location

       Part Five: Research
             Public domain books
             Home in on a particular range
             Health conditions
             World news
             Similar termd
             Filter by reading level
             Public data


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           Medication information

       Part Six: On your Phone
             Google Goggles
             Voice Search
             Interactive financial services
             Instant Mobile
             Instant previews on mobile
             Search nearby
             Places open now
             Interactive weather



       Part Seven
           Links to Articles about Google Search Tactics




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       About The Author

       Mohamed ( Med ) Kharbach is a Canadian Certified Teacher working at
       the Yarmouth Tri-county Regional Schoolboard. He has been teaching
       for nine years now. He is also a master student in Mount Saint Vincent
       University, department of education in Halifax. He is working on a
       thesis about the educational use of emerging technologies in
       education.

       Mohamed is also a SEO ( Search Engine Optimizer ) and web designer.
       He is the editor and owner of two educational blogs. Educational
       Technology and Mobile Learning is where he writes about web 2.0
       revisions and provides tips for both students and teachers on how to
       better implement technology in their classrooms. Educational Mobile
       Technology is his second blog where he reviews the best free mobile
       apps for both iOS and Android.

       You can contact Med at med@educatorstechnology.com or use the
       contact form at his blogs.




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       Reuse of this ebook
       This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-
       NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.. I do grant you the full
       permission to print and use the content of this ebook as you see fit
       provided that you do not charge participants for it. You can also publish
       it on your blog or website with proper attribution and provided you do
       not charge visitor’ access to it.



       DISCLAIMER AND/OR LEGAL NOTICES
       The author of this work does not accept any liability or responsibility to
       any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage alleged to have
       been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information, ideas, opinions
       or other content in this transcript.
       While every attempt has been made to verify the information provided
       here, the author and his referrals cannot assume any responsibility for
       errors, inaccuracies or omissions.




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             Introduction
              Google is such a bottomless well that the more you dig into it the
              deeper it gets. It provides all kinds of resources to all types of
              users from a layperson to a tech geek. Over the last couple of
              years Google has exponentially expanded that it engulfs now
              some huge sections dedicated for single causes. There is now
              Google for Education, Google for Businesses, Google Adwords,
              Google Adsense, and the list is too long.

              Part of the success of this Internet guru is its dedication and love
              of what they do and the other part is the interaction of internet
              users from all around the globe with its services. Google is a
              business after all and no business would ever survive if there are
              no gains. But the secret of success lies in which one takes priority,
              in other words which one comes first the gains or the quality of
              services offered to clients. This is the equation whose key answers
              Google has miraculously monopolised for almost a decade now. It
              does has its own flaws and sometimes we get annoyed by its
              distractive ads displayed as the first links in a search result or on
              the side bar in our Gmail yet the filled part of the cup is way
              bigger than the empty one.

              As educators Google is the backbone of our online activities. Think
              of how many times you use it to perform a search whenever you
              are looking for something. Besides using it for search queries , it
              is also used as a dictionary, unit and currency converter,

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              calculator, zip code finder and many more. It is great we have all
              these options all accessible from a single platform but do all
              teachers and students know how to use these and other features
              Google has to offer them? Well probably some of you are already
              familiar with many features in this guide but the majority of our
              students do not. It is our responsibility to teach them the search
              skills they will definitely need to survive in the 21st century digital
              world. Isn’t schooling goal revolves around preparing our students
              for tomorrow’s jobs ? Knowing how to use the number one
              search engine online is part of our job. In this regard, I have
              prepared a comprehensive guide about the Google search
              features we the teacher and students need to know. In fact I did
              not do a hard job for everything is provided in Google Inside
              Search page and all I did is organizing this wealth of information in
              such a way that is easy to download and share with others.

              I am hoping that by having access to this guide teachers and
              students will be able to discover, develop their search skills and
              use some of these features included here. The purpose of this
              guide is purely educational and pleas keep it so. If you want to
              learn about all the tools Google has to offer to educators then I
              would recommend that you check out The Comprehensive Guide
              to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students.




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              Before you delve into Google’s search features I would like you to
              read this inspiring little story about how a teacher has helped a
              student in a distress situation just via using educational web tools.
              The story is taken from a blog post in Google Offical Blog.




              “One teacher who has taken advantage of the web as an
              educational tool is Cheryl Oakes, a resource room teacher in
              Wells, Maine. She’s also been able to tailor the vast resources
              available on the web to each student’s ability. This approach has
              proven invaluable for Cheryl’s students, in particular 16-year-old
              Morgan, whose learning disability makes it daunting to sort
              through search results to find those webpages that she can
              comfortably read. Cheryl taught Morgan how to use the Search by
              Reading Level feature on Google Search, which enables Morgan to
              focus only on those results that are most understandable to her.
              To address the difficulty Morgan faces with typing, Cheryl
              introduced her to Voice Search, so Morgan can speak her queries
              into the computer. Morgan is succeeding in high school, and just
              registered to take her first college course this summer.”




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       Part 1: The Basics




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              Spelling
              Google uses an advanced spell checker that automatically defaults
              to the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you
              spell it correctly.



              Web History
              This is where you can check out the websites you have visited. It
              also provides a timeline of actions and lets you search your history
              log. Try it out at www.google.com/history.



              Keep it Simple
              Try to keep your search queries very simple. Start by entering just
              a name or word and if you are looking for a place or product in a
              specific location, type in the name together with the town or zip
              code.



              Use Web-friendly words
              A search engine works by matching the words you enter to pages
              on the web. So using words that are most likely to appear on
              pages will yield the best results. For example, instead of saying my
              head hurts, say headache, because that's the term a medical
              website would use.



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              Less is more
              Simple, one or two word search terms will usually give you the
              broadest results. Start with short search terms, then refine your
              results by adding more words.



              Use Descriptive Words
              The more unique the word, the more likely you are to get relevant
              results. So [celebrity ringtones] is probably better than [celebrity
              sounds]. Keep in mind though, that even if the word has the
              correct meaning, if it's not the one most people use, it may not
              match the pages you need.



              Don’t worry about cases
              Search isn't case sensitive. A search for new york times is the
              same as a search for New York Times.



              Don’t worry about prunctuation
              Search ignores punctuation. This includes @#%^*()=[]\ and other
              special characters.




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                          PART 2:
             Advanced Tricks




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              Search by File Type
              Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by
              adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.



              Find Related Pages
              Use the related: operator to find pages that have similar content
              by typing related:followed by the website address. For instance, if
              you find a website you like, try using related:[insert URL] to locate
              similar websites.



              Fill in the blanks
              Put an asterisk * in a phrase or question you want completed and
              we'll fill in the blanks. For example, you can find the lyrics to a
              song even if you only remember a few words.



              Exact phrase search
              Put quotation marks around words "[any word]" to search for an
              exact phrase in an exact order. Keep in mind that searching with
              quotes might exclude relevant results. For instance, a search
              for "Alexander Bell" will miss pages that refer to Alexander G.
              Bell.




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              Specific site search
              Precede your query with site: if you know you want your answer
              from within a specific site or type of site (.org, .edu). For
              example: site:edu or site:nytimes.com.



              Include or ignore words or characters
              Highlight common words and characters such as the and & if they
              are essential to your search (as in a movie or book title) by putting
              quotation marks "the" around them. You can also use the minus -
               sign to specify particular items you don't want in your results, like
              ingredients in a recipe.



              Advanced Image searching
              Use Advanced Image Search to find an exact size, color or type of
              photo or drawing. With the tools in the left panel, you can filter
              your search to include only photos with faces, clip art, high-res
              images or only images that are available for commercial use.



              Numbers in range
              Stay within your budget by searching only for items within a
              number range by putting a string .. between amounts.




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              Search All Languages
              When you're searching, click "More search tools" on the left panel
              of your results page, then select "Translated foreign pages." The
              feature will choose the best language in which to search and
              deliver results translated back in English.




              Get Recipes
              After searching for a specific recipe or ingredients, select
              "Recipes" in the left panel to see recipe results




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              Part 3: Fast Facts




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              Convert any measurement
              After searching for a specific recipe or ingredients, select
              "Recipes" in the left panel to see recipe results.



              Real Time Stock Quotes
              Typing any ticker symbol into the search box will get you real-time
              stock quotes that update live in your search results. Click the link
              on the results page for a detailed market analysis from Google
              Finance.



              Track your packages
              Track your UPS, FedEx, or USPS packages by typing the tracking
              number directly into the search box. The results will show you the
              status of your shipment.



              Get definitions
              Put define: in front of any word to get its definition.



              Calculate Anything
              Enter any math equation into the search box and we'll calculate
              your answer.



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              Sports Scores and Schedules
              Get scores and schedules for your favorite NBA, NFL, NHL and
              MLB teams simply by typing the team or league into the search
              box.



              Locate Earthquake Activity
              Type earthquake in the search box and your results will feature
              U.S. Geological Survey info showing the time, place and
              magnitude of recent earthquakes.



              Get the time
              To see what time it is anywhere in the world, search time and the
              city or country.



              Convert Currencies
              Get current exchange rates by searching [currency 1] in [currency
              2].


              Get Sunrise and Sunset times
              To see the exact times of sunrises and sunsets in cities around the
              U.S. and the world, search sunrise or sunset followed by the city
              name.



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              Part 4: Local




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              Zip and area codes
              Want to know where a given zip code or area code is located? Just
              type it into the search box.


              Shop and Compare
              Use the "Shopping" link on the left panel on the results page to
              shop for products and compare prices across the web.


              Discover Local Businesses
              To find a store, restaurant or other business in a given
              neighborhood, enter the type of business and the location and
              we'll deliver a list of nearby places, along with a map, reviews and
              contact info. If you don't include the location in your search, we'll
              just find locations close to you.


              Search with locations
              Add a zip code to the end of any place search like barbecue
              ribs and get results showing the nearest rib joints, along with
              phone numbers, a map, and even reviews. If you don't include
              your zip code, we may suggest places near you.


              Get Movie Times
              Search on a movie name or just movie to see theater locations
              and showtimes in your area.
              Check the weather



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              Search for Weather

              Search weather followed by a U.S. zip code or the name of any
              city in the world to get the current weather and forecast.
              Enter weather by itself to get the weather report for your current
              location.


              Get Flight Schedules
              To see flight schedules to or from a particular destination,
              type flights from or flights to followed by the city or airport of
              interest. You can also add another location with to or from and
              view the schedule for a specific route.
              *Flight schedule data is provided by OAG and QuickTrip by
              Innovata.


              Flight times
              View live arrival and departure information for U.S. flights just by
              searching the name of the airline and the flight number.


              Map your Location
              To map any location, type in the city name or zip code followed by
              the word [map], and you'll see a map of that location. Click on the
              map to see it on Google Maps.




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              Part 5 : Research




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              Public Domain Books
              Read the complete texts of public domain works like Moby
              Dick for free by selecting "books" in the left panel of your search
              results.


              Hone in on a particular range
              To specify a particular number range, type .. then a space, then
              the numbers in your range. For example, if you're searching for
              cars with over 300 horsepower, search cars "300.. horsepower".
              Here are some other examples: "220.. V" or "1.. RPM" or "8000..
              mAh" battery


              Health Conditions
              To see information about a common disease or symptom, enter it
              into the search box and we’ll return the beginning of an expert
              summary. You can click through to read the entire article.


              World News
              Search any topic and then click the "News" tab in the left panel to
              get news results from sources around the world.


              Similar Terms
              Get results that include synonyms by placing the ~ sign
              immediately in front of your search term. A search for Christmas
              ~dessert recipes, for instance, will return results for desserts,
              along with candy, cookies and other treats.


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              Filter by reading level
              Sort your results by reading level by clicking on Advanced Search
              and filtering the results into basic, intermediate and advanced
              reading levels.


              Public Data
              Search demographic terms like population or unemployment
              rate, followed by a county, state or country, and you'll get instant
              data about your chosen location directly from the U.S. Census
              Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From there, you can
              click through to compare rates in different locations.


              Medication information
              Search the name of a generic or brand-name prescription drug
              and we'll display its summary and description. You can also click
              through to more info about side effects, dosage and precautions
              from the National Institutes of Health




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                  Part 6:
               On your phone




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              Google Googles
              On an Android, open your Google Goggles app (on an iPhone,
              open the Google Search app and select Goggles), snap a picture of
              the item you want to search for, and wait for your results. No
              typing necessary.


              Voice Search
              To search the web by speaking, tap the microphone button on
              the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a
              few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to
              activate the "Speak Now" screen. Voice Search for Android
              supports Voice Actions on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above.


              Interactive financial searches
              To get this service go to Google on your phone or Android-
              powered device (2.1 or later) and search for your favorite stock
              symbol. You'll see an interactive graph shown on a card; you can
              switch views to different date ranges by tapping on the buttons
              below the graph.


              Instant Mobile
              This one makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but
              actual search results as you type. The beta version is available for
              most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it, go to
              google.com in your phone's browser and tap the Google Instant




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              "Turn on" link beneath the search box (if you don't see the "Turn
              on" link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).


              Instant previews on Mobile

              Google Instant previews is available on mobile in Android 2.2+
              and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages. Like the desktop
              version of Instant Previews, you can visually compare search
              results from webpage snapshots, making it easier to choose the
              right result faster.


              Search Nearby
              If you want to find sushi nearby go to google on your smartphone
              and type "sushi". If you've chosen to share your location with
              Google, you'll get business results near your current location. If
              you want to search somewhere else, specify a location in the
              query, like pizza Kansas City.


              Places Open Now
              Go to Google on your Android or iOS devices and search for a
              restaurant or place. The "open now" feature lets you filter local
              search results to show only businesses that are open right now,
              based on their listed hours.




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              Interactive Weather
              To see a weather search results snippet that lets you actually play
              with the results just go to google.com on your iPhone or Android-
              powered device and search for weather.




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              Part 7 : Links to Great Artilces on
              Google Search Tactics



              1- The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools
                 for Teachers and Students
              2- Useful Tips on how to use Google to Improve your
                 Search Skills
              3- Google Search Tutorial
              4- Google Social Search
              5- Searching Multiple Google Services Using What Do
                 You Love Tool




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       Here are some other free resources for
       teachers and students:

              1- 80 Educational Alternative Tools to YouTube
              2- Free Kids-safe Websites: Learning Tools for Young Learners
              3- The Comprehensive Guide To Google’s Free Tools for Educators
                 and Teachers.
              4- A List of Free Educational Android and iOS Apps.
              5- 21 Educational Infographics
              6- Free URL Shortner Tools
              7- Free Math Resources: Lesson Plans, Activities and Games.
              8- 16 Free Typing Resources.
              9- Free Apps for Students with Visual and Hearing Impairment.
              10- A List of Free Graphic Organizers for Teachers and Students.

       Find more of similar educational presentations at this page.

       For more reviews of educational web tools and technology tips on how
       to learn and teach using technology I invite you to explore the free
       resources included in:

       Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
       www.educatorstechnology.com

       Educational Mobile Technology
       http://www.freemobiletech.com

              Thank you.




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