It's a Wrap! – Google Search in a Snap


Last night the DEN in SL had the pleasure of hosting Emanna Romano (Lisa Thumann – RL) as she presented on ‘Searching Google in a Snap’.  For those who want to view her presentation, it is hosted on her blog And if you want to check out her resources, please visit Thumann’s Resources.  


As a GCTer (Google Certified Teacher), Emanna is well versed in all things Google, and she has a wonderful SL presence for presenting.  Her tone conveys her passion of the topic, her interaction with the audience is relaxed, and you can sense that she is enjoying what she is doing.


When people say ‘let me Google that for you’, they may actually be referring to


If you’re interested in finding out more about Google’s Search features go here.  You will find search essentials, reference tools, local searches, and trip planning to name a few.


Teachers can find classroom posters to use here.


If you’re teaching a particular topic or just current events, you can find out more about trends here.  Spend a little time exploring this feature.  In fact, try this – enter your state’s name in the advanced search area to see what top trends are of interest to the population in your state.


Have a non-native speaker in your class?  Check out Language Tools here.  Go to the advanced search & preferences, search for a specific topic and choose a language.  You can also take a block of text and translate it.


Power up your Google Search by going to the Advanced Search feature.  Check out ‘File type:’  which shows results in documents, powerpoints, etc.  Check out the ability to search for Google Earth kml and kmz files, as well as, shockwave flash.  If you check out ‘Search within a site or domain:’  you can narrow your search to educational institutions by specifying .edu.


Explore the Book Search feature here.  If a book is in the public domain, Google can put the entire book online.  You can also create your own library – you can import books by ISBN number or title; click on ‘add this book to my library’, and you can view the libraries of other people. The ‘About this book’ will provide you with the table of contents, search the book, popular passages, book reviews, references from other books, and references from scholarly works.

Want to kick up your or your students’ research capabilities?  Then try Google Scholar.

Google Scholar will only searches reputable articles, journals, books, it does not search newspapers, magazines, blogs, or popular websites.  If you’re working on a major research paper and need to do a literature review, this just might be the tool for you!


For the latest, go to Google News here.  You can customize the page to suit your particular needs.  There is also an advanced search option where you can specify date, news source, news source location or location in general.  You can stay up-to-date and connected to results by choosing to: create an email alert; add a custom section to your Google News, add a news gadget to your Google homepage, or subscribe to a news feed in Google Reader.


Want to be notified up certain topics?  Then check out Google Alerts here. You might want to enter your name (and derivatives thereof) to see mentions of yourself in cyberspace.


If you want students to search only specific websites (excellent for elementary students to use, once a teacher has set it up), then try Google Custom Search here.  You (or a group of you) enter the websites that will be searched for a specific term.  I can see this being used by elementary teachers in creating a repertoire of resources that are at students’ readability levels. 


And finally – this JUST in, so check it out!


Thanks again Emanna, your information was fabulous!







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