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Google is an extraordinary site that offers educators an exciting range of possibilities for
classroom use. In the following exercise, click the links in this document and then answer the
questions.

Google Search : http://www.google.com/

Google utilizes a unique (patented) technology called PageRank, which allows Google to give
you only the most relevant hits for your search term. In the short time between the time you
enter your search term and the time Google displays a list of possible pages, PageRank takes
into consideration the number of times each page is linked from another page AND whether
the other pages linking to the it are highly ranked themselves! In addition, Google utilizes a
very complicated method of matching the text on the page to your requested term.

Google normally looks for webpages when you put in your search term; however, it will also do
a wide range of other things for you. Type
                                          Brighton High School TN
In the Search Box and hit <enter>. You will probably get about 172,000 hits.
The I’m Feeling Lucky means that you are fairly certain that the link to the site that would be
listed first in the list of hits will be the site you are looking for.

Now click across the next four links across the upper left area of the page: Images, Maps,
News, and Video.
Google Images is blocked through our filter, but this is what you might see at home if you tried
this exercise:




Try the other links, keeping in mind that many of the sites might be blocked. Apparently
Google acquired YouTube and many of the links on the Video link will be blocked; however,
there are several other video formats available from the Google Video link. Remember to
always test the video on the computer that you will be using to show the video in class; some
players for particular video formats must be downloaded to the laptops/desktops in order to
show the video.

Other Google Capabilities
Try these and record your results:
   1) Google can calculate: In the search box, type in any two numbers to add (+), subtract (-
       ), multiply (*), or divide (/) and other match calculations. Just hit <enter> after typing in
       the problem.
       I tried: 7*8=56
       Google can also do US to metric conversions.
       I tried: 456 feet = 138.9888 meters

   2) Find a phone number: In the search box, type
      phonebook: (your name) TN . (If your home phone is listed under your spouse’s
      name instead of yours, you will have to type his/her name instead of yours.) Now take
      off the TN at the end of your search term.
      How many hits did you get? 79,600

   3) Definitions: Type define (word) in the search box.
      My word and definition:
      Conservative : resistant to change
   4) Weather: Type in      weather and the zip code (Ex: weather 38011)
      What place has zip code 98013 and what will be the high temp tomorrow?

       Vashon, WA 45

   5) Movies: go to http://www.google.com/movies and type your zip code in the US City or
      Zip box. Click the Reviews link to read national reviews of the movie.
      Local movie I would see:

The MPAA has rated Push PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking
and a scene of teen drinking.

   6) Questions: Have a question that you don’t know the answer to? Just type it into the
      Google search box. Ex: What is the capital of Alaska?
      My question and answer:
   What is snow:      precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals



Other Google Searches:




Try Books, Scholar, Calendar, and Photos and be ready to report to the group what you found.

Shopping:
                                 New Balance 1123                 Sale: $133.19
                                Style: MR1123MC - Men's Running         Orig: $147
                                          Save 10%
Books:            Doom Dynasty Outlanders by JAMES AXLER The Imperator Wars Book 1 2000
Death Grip

Two centuries after Skydark, nine barons comprise a powerful oligarchy that all but enslaves the rest of humanity.
But chaos is returning to a world that was forever changed by the nuclear holocaust of 2001. For these barons are
facing extinction, the result of a struggle by a group of rebels banished to the Outlands of post holocaust America.
These exiles have uncovered the dark history - and doomed destiny - of a planet whose affairs have been
manipulated by a sinister force since time immemorial



Scholar:
Finding circles by an array of accumulators

Full text                                                       Pdf (442 KB)
             Source                                          Communications of the ACM archive
                                                             Volume 18 , Issue 2 (February 1975) table of contents
                                                             Pages: 120 - 122
                                                             Year of Publication: 1975
                                                             ISSN:0001-0782




Calendar:
Daylight savings Sunday March 8, schedule events on web page

Photos:
Blocked

Other Interesting Google sites:

http://www.google.com/finance - How could this site be used in a classroom?


Math stats

http://labs.google.com/ - Be ready to explain one of the “ideas that aren't quite ready for
prime time.”


Google Moderator


http://www.google.com/experimental/ - Be ready to explain one of the “experiments.”


Work in new environment
SEARCH HINTS

When using a search engine, the goal usually is to come up with the smallest number of the
MOST relevant hits. To do this, keep the following things in mind:
1) Be as specific as possible.
       Ex:    literature (748,000,000 hits)
              American literature (76,400,000 hits)
              American literature genres (2,890,000 hits)
              American literature genres US south (244,000 hits)
              "American literature" genres US south site:edu (19,800 hits)
              "American literature" genres US south site:gov (320 hits)
  Note 1: Putting quotation marks around phrases in your search terms will try to force Google
  to use that exact phrase in the search.
  Note 2: using site:edu , site:gov , site:com , etc., in the search box with your search term
  will give you a resulting list that is pulled ONLY from those type sites (edu = usually higher
  education, gov = government, com = business)

  Note 3: Use operators (+ and -) for terms that might refer to more than one thing.
     Example:       bears (127,000,000 hits)
                    bears +animals (6,830,000 hits)
                    bears –sports (81,000,000)
                    bears –sports +animals (40,2000,000 hits)
                    bears +animals –sports (4,540,000)
  You just have to play with the terminology and arrangement to find the best fit.

				
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