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Technology Tip #37

At this time of year, efficiency might be prized. Here are a couple of tips for using Google to help increase yours:

  • Use Google’s special search features to help with math problems, currency conversion, converting a recipe, finding a synonym, and more. For example, if you type “4 + 4=” into the Google search box, you’ll get the problem and the answer.
  • Google Custom Search: Use the Custom Search feature to guide students. You enter the web sites you’d like and Google will create a page that looks very much like Google, but only searches your sites. Here’s the information you need to create one: Google Custom Search Engine
  • Advanced search features: Besides narrowing your search, Google has a feature that lets you find “similar” pages to one you like. Click on the link for Date, usage rights, numeric range, and more. You’ll see a section at the bottom called “Page Specific Links” where you can paste a web address. Find out about similar pages or what kinds of pages are linked TO that page. (The latter is really handy for evaluating a web page.)

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