How to help your students make their searches better

We spend on average four hours per week on Google searches.

Just read this article that says we use 4 hours per week on Google searches? True, I’m not sure, but it pays to know how to search accurately. Every looked at all the results you get on a search and wondered if you should look beyond the 3 first entries? In my book the digital classroom, I have written about smart searches. Do you take time to think about how you conduct a search? And do you talk to your students explaining how they can search online? Everyone assumes they know how to, the question is, do they? I have shared the highlights from the article here. Google Search Tricks

  1. Use the exact phrase. “___” is what tells Google you’re only wanting exact phrase results.  Try “Brexit what is happening?” and see what that gets you.
  2. Exclude terms with minus, not interested in Brexit? Try BBC news -Brexit
  3. Say hello to * it can help Google find a missing word in a phrase or quote. if you search: inst*  it will give you all word with inst in it.
  4. Use or when you search. Search for X or Y. This will return results related to X or Y, or both
  5. Use synonym searches use ~ if you are not sure how the word is written.
  6. Use the search word related. Want to find something that looks like your favorite post? Try this;

Want more? Try looking here for 42 search operators.

Lesson plan

Write a blog post where you give advice to students on how to search online.


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