Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Search Engine Fun

Google as a search engine has some great features. Give these a try:

Google Image Search Engine
#1 You can upload and search an image:
Click on the little camera icon when using Google Images

Choose an image to upload

Google Image Search Engine
#2 Find an image with a transparent background.

Click on Search tools, Color and then Transparent

If the image has a checkered background it is transparent.

 If the image does not have a checkered background it is not transparent.

Google Image Search Engine
#3 Search for animated images (gifs)
Click on Search tools, Type and then Animated

Google Web Search Engine
#4 Search for current information. Click on Search tools, Any time and then choose the time period.

Here are a few more tips to help with the Google Search engine:
#1 Use it as a timer to keep you on track.
Google: set timer 30 minutes

Go full screen and project it in front of the class. A scroll bar will show how much time has passed.

#2 Calculate the tip.
Google: tip calculator

#3 Find out what date any holiday falls on.
Google: Easter 2016 or Hanakkah 2016

#4 Movie release dates.
Google: The Hobbit Release date

#5 Television show schedules.
Google: Gold Rush episodes

#6 Songs of your favorite band or books by your favorite author.
Google: Songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Google: Books by Jack London

#7 Tilt your search
Google: Tilt
or go completely crazy and tip it over
Google: Barrel Roll

I hope these search tips are helpful to you and your students.

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