Search Shortcut

One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts is Command and F.  This shortcut will bring up a search box right under the omnibox, and will search the current page you are on to find the term you specify.

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I use this feature all the time on our CUSD Vetted Apps and Website Spreadsheet to find out what category a certain tool falls into.  Check out this short video on how I searched our spreadsheet for the tool Kahoot.

Great news, is this is available on your iPad too!  If you want to search a specific term on a website (take our blog for example) head up to the omnibox in your iPad, and begin typing the terms you are searching for.  You will see a variety of options such as Wikipedia, Google Search, and On This Page.  Select “On This Page” and that terms will be highlighted for you!

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Search Master – Part 4

In our final installment of our Search Master Series I would like to share with you what I call “omnibox awesomness.”  You can search for so many things right from the omnibox.  Check out our quick one minute video on how to use the omnibox to search for…

  • Earthquakes
  • Math
  • Graphs
  • Population statistics
  • Unemployment statistics
  • Sunrise and Sunset time
  • Current time in different cities
  • Money conversions
  • Definitions
  • Flip a coin or roll a die

You can also search for…

  • Stock prices
  • Movie times
  • Weather conditions
  • Flight status
  • Things to do in (insert city here)
  • (Type of food) (zip code)

Happy Searching!

Search Master – Part 2

Last week we talked about how to filter Google Images and some quick tips on how to find the right image you are looking for.  This week we will discuss various symbols you can use to filter your Google Search.

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  • ” ” will tell Google to search for that exact phrase.  Search “I have a dream” and Google will search for websites that only contain that phrase, as oppose to searching for the four individual words.
  • – will tell Google to remove a certain search result.  Searching for Eagles, but only want the bird?  Write Eagles -Philadelphia into the omnibox and Google will remove search results of the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • OR will tell Google to pull up search results for both terms you are searching for.  Search Barcelona OR Madrid for results on both locations.
  • .. will tell Google to pull results from that given range.  Searching for information on Princess Diana, but only need a specific time frame? Search Princess Diana 1982..1984
  • * will tell Google that the asterisks is a place holder for an unknown term.  Search “a * saved is a * earned” remember to use ” ” around your phrase.
  • site: will tell Google to search one specific site.  For example: Common Core site:nytimes.com will pull up articles from The New York Times about Common Core.
  • filetype: will tell Google to search for a specific file type.  You can search for PDFs, Word Docs, Presentations, etc.

Happy searching!

Become a Search Master – Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of our Becoming a Search Master series!  We will share quick tips that will have you searching and finding what you want in no time.

We will begin with Google Image searching.  As always, we should also be signed into our @cusdk8 account to ensure that we are going through Google’s Safe Search.  How do you know if you are?  You can see the bubbles in the top right while you are at google.com.

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The “Search Tools” is maybe the best button to help you find what you are really looking for.  Once you select “Search Tools” you have six new filters.

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  • Size: Ever need just an icon picture?  Nothing too large, just a little icon.
  • Color: Did you know there is purple cauliflower.  Purple!
  • Type: Sometimes you just need a clip art photo not a real photo.
  • Time: Looking for the most recent image of the Golden Gate Bridge with the new barriers?  Search for photos posted in last 24 hours.
  • More Tools: If you need to know the actual size of images.

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  • Usage Rights: Might be the best filter!  This filter will display images with those creative commons licenses listed.  This is a great opportunity to talk to your students about copyright and what students (and teachers) can and cannot use.

Recommended labels will depend on what you are doing with the images.

  • Reuse with modification: You can use the photo and make changes
  • Reuse: You can use the photo
  • Noncommercial reuse with modification: You can use the photo and make changes, but you cannot make money off of the image
  • Noncommercial reuse: You can use the photo, but you cannot make money off of the image

Check out these Common Sense Media Lessons on Copyright.

Finding Creative Commons Images easily with Google

Do your students simply do a Google search for images and download whatever they find regardless if they have the right to use the image.  Google has for awhile allowed one to do an advanced search and specify only images that are free to reuse, however this wasn’t a simple and obvious method to search.

As of today, Google has moved that filter to the main image search page.  For example, I did an image search for Pandas.

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You can see my search bar and now I can select Search Tools and then Usage Rights.  If it is labeled for reuse, then you can use it in your student’s work – assuming you’re not charging money for the revised work.