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Rhondda Powling

Infograph Shows how Google Works | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Co... - 0 views

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    An interesting infographc explaining how the search engine Google pulls information from the web. It is reasonable simple and would be a useful resource to use when trying to explain the process to students.
Rhondda Powling

Top 10 Search Modifiers: Why They Matter, What They Are & How To Use Them - 3 views

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    A useful post that give a lot of good advice about how to get the best from your Google searches. Google has become very good at understanding and providing relevant results for many popular queries, so there are a lot of people getting into bad habits and lazy with their searches and simply taking the auto-selected results. As teachers we should be teaching our students to explore more deeply and critically appraise all their results before coming to any conclusions or using the information. Students need to learn to use Google search modifiers. These manual commands can be used in any search queries and will allow you force Google to bring you the results you want.
John Pearce

SearchTeam - real-time collaborative search engine - 3 views

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    SearchTeam is a collaborative search engine. You start your research by creating a SearchSpace on a topic of interest. From within a SearchSpace, you can search the Web, videos, images, books and more. You can find and save only what you want while you are searching and throw away what you don't want or find irrelevant. You can automatically organize what you save, into folders of your choosing. Everything is automatically saved into your personal account, and you can return to your searches any time and continue from where you left before. What makes SearchTeam unique and valuable is that you can do your searches collaboratively with others you trust, such as friends, colleagues and family members. You can invite any set of people you trust to search with you from within a SearchSpace. An invitation is sent via email to those people you invite to join your search. When they enter your SearchSpace, they see exactly what you've found and saved so far. They can comment on or like your findings. They can chat with you from within the SearchSpace, and do further searches relevant to that topic and save more results into the SearchSpace. All changes made by any collaborator are relayed to all other collaborators in real-time, so everyone is instantly in synch with what others are doing. In addition to finding and saving search results, SearchTeam goes further to enable you to enrich your SearchSpace with knowledge that may come from other sources. You can upload documents to a SearchSpace to share your relevant reports / presentations etc. You can also add links to Web resources that you may have received from others via email or social networks. You can even create new posts to share your knowledge on the topic directly inside the SearchSpace. Together, as a team, you can leverage the collective effort to find good quality information, and benefit from the collective knowledge on any topic efficiently. In effect, SearchTeam is traditional Web searching + Wiki-like editi
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    Methinks useful for #MOOC #CritLit2010 #PLENK ? Thanks
John Pearce

100 Google Search Tricks for the Savviest of Students - 8 views

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    In today's schools, most research is completed online, and Google is a great resource for combing the web. But at the same time, it's not always easy to find exactly what you want, given that there are usually millions of results - with varying degrees of accuracy. These tricks can help you find the best results, while saving time and making your life easier.
John Pearce

YouTube - How Google Search Works - 3 views

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    "The life span of a Google query is less then 1/2 second, and involves quite a few steps before you see the most relevant results. Here's how it all works."
John Pearce

Create A Google Custom Search Engine Fueled By Your Research - 0 views

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    "No matter what topic you are interested in, Google can only go so far in providing you with the search results that you need. You have to remember that Google is searching through the entire Internet in order to offer you relevant results about your unique topic. The more unique or specialized the topic, the more difficult it is for Google to identify useful sites." This How To from Make Use Of details how to create a custom search engine based around a pre-defined set of websites.
John Pearce

BL3NK - 1 views

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    Powered by Google this "instant" search portal searches the Web, images, news, video, Twitter and Google Maps. Though it is slower to react than single focussed searches, because it aggregates results across a range of reference types it is still useful. To find out more check out the video link in the bottom right corner of the search screen.
John Pearce

The search guessing game - 6 views

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    Think you know about searching with Google, then take this activity to find out how much you do know and at the same time inform an online research study.
John Pearce

The Complete Guidebook To Web Searching [PDF] - 5 views

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    Though an American based guide, this pdf download from MakeUseOf nontheless has some useful and interesting basic information about the most interesting search engines. Because it is largely for the US market some of the references to more specific engines such as price comparison searches will not be relevant. The guide is useful however in pointing out that search and Google are not interchangeable terms.
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