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Smart Searching & Terrific Tools. Mandy Taylor, AIG Teacher Laura Bowers, Media Coordinator Westwood Elementary School. Google Search Tips. Did you know . . . Google can look up dictionary definitions, calculate metric conversions, and even answer a math problem. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Smart Searching &Terrific ToolsMandy Taylor, AIG TeacherLaura Bowers, Media CoordinatorWestwood Elementary School1Google Search TipsDid you know . . . Google can look up dictionary definitions, calculate metric conversions, and even answer a math problem.Google can also look up local weather and movies and many other things.How??

Laura: get a gmail account today; great for BBW, VS, etc. emails; plus you can do so much more with one on google2Google DefinitionsIf you begin a query with define: Google will display definitions for the word or phrase that follows, if definitions are available.You dont need quotes around your phrases.

Example:define: collaborationLaura3Google WeatherUsing weather presents the three to four day weather forecast for a particular US city.You dont need a colon in weather.

Laura4Google MoviesUsing movie: presents either movie show times in a particular city or information [like reviews] about a particular.There can be a space between movie: and the keywords.

Laura5Google CalculatorSimply key in what you'd like Google to compute (like 2+2) and then hit enter.Googles Calculator can solve math problems involving basic arithmetic, more complicated math, units of measure and conversions, and physical constants.

Laura6Google Calculator3+4456*781.21 GW / 88 mph100 miles in kilometerssine(30 degrees) G*(6e24 kg)/(4000 miles)^2 0x7d3 in roman numerals

For instructions on how to use the Google Calculator, see

Laura7Im feeling luckyThe "I'm Feeling LuckyTM" button automatically takes you to the first web page returned for your query. An "I'm Feeling Lucky" search means less time searching for web pages and more time looking at them.Examples: Ashe County High School, 21st Century Skills, Ice Age 3Laura8Google Image SearchSimilar Images

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Mandy9Google EarthGoogle Earth

Google Ocean

Google Lit Trips

Discovery Atlas

Both10Google DocumentsSharing Documents

Using Forms (for quiz)

Mandy11Google ChatLike Skype and other instant messengersCan type or talk to others in gmailMust download additional program to video chat

Both12Need Help?? Help CentralFree guides and FAQs that tell you about Web searching in general and Googles features in specific.Mandy13Official Google Bloggoogleblog.blogspot.comWhere Google managers, engineers, and team members make official announcements Updated every day or so

Laura14Unofficial Google Blogblogoscoped.comA great resource for unofficial Google updates, reviews, and product speculationUpdated several times a day

Laura15AND if we have time . . .


17Thanks to Patrick Crispen for (unknowingly) helping us with this presentation!Check out his website at for more information and help!18