Making the Internet Smaller

It’s been, once again, crazy busy, so I’m going to get out a quick post here, because I just haven’t had time to finish any of the longer ones.

I did a session at the CLTA Quest for Proficiency in March called “Search Faster and Smarter for #authres.” I highlighted a super underused feature in Google called the Custom Search Engine.  Here’s how it works- basically you create your own search engine page that looks like a regular Google Search page, but, and here’s the brilliant part: it searches only the pages you have pre-selected.

The Why

A lot of times you might want students to go out and search for things on the Internet, but the Internet is a big place and so you as a teacher can still give them the practice of search and making judgements about which pages to look at, while at the same time restricting the amount of extraneous incomprehensible nonsense they might have to wade through in order to accomplish a task.

Here’s a quick video that walks your through how to do this.

If you didn’t make it to the CLTA Quest for Proficiency – here’s the link to the slide show.  (The only thing it’s missing is that we did all of the searching about the Tour de France because it is the greatest sport in the world and the only reason to get out of bed in July. 🙂 )

 

 

 

Image Search

Learn how to find the images you want or need fast and effectively.

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Advanced Search

Advanced search can help you refine your search and get what you want faster.  Learn how easy it is.

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Customize Google Chrome

You can customize which websites open up when you launch Google Chrome. Here’s a quick walk through.

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Google Classroom Updates

Some big updates this month in Google Classroom including a view that shows all of an individual students’ work.  Whaaat?!  I know.  It’s exciting.

Here’s a quick walk through.

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A Quick Tour of Google Earth

Google Earth’s recent updates are just waiting for you and your students to explore!  Looking for something for them to do at the end of the semester? This short video will get you and your students started.

Where can your students go today?

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Time Saving Hacks with Google Form Quizzes

Google Forms is a quick and easy way to give an assessment, but it can be time consuming with all of the clicking necessary to make quizzes.  Here is a short video that will walk you through some time saving tips.  (Last week I actually wrote out a post with these directions, but decided on a video instead.)

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Starting Google Q and A

Slides Q and A is an efficient way to elicit student responses.  This embedded video shows you how to start a Slide Q & A session.

 

Using Tables to Organize Images and Text

Quick introduction to adding using tables to organize images and text in Google Docs.

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Adding Video in Google Slides

Quick introduction to adding video via Google Drive in Google Slides.

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