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A lot of these ideas have come from this 100+ Google help page.
1. Alter the kind of search that Google does by changing your default to ‘safe search’.
2. Put speech marks around words if you want an exact match; eg when you Google Allanah King you get
5,360,000 hits. When you Google “Allanah King” you get 4,710 hits.
'What do you love?' searches a heap of Google tools all at once.
3. Try a Google Voice Search- it is quite stunning because it is conversational!
4. Try and advanced Google Search looking for just pdfs or just Powerpoints or search by reading level.
1. One of my favourites is Qwiki- it cleverly reads you the search query with visuals to support it.
Here is my blog post about it.
2. Another interesting one is Twurdy which attempts to give you an idea of the reading level of the search results. Great for a primary school.
3. The next a visual Boolean Search engine, Boolify, that would help children understand the concept of Boolean Searches.
4. Next is QuinturaForKids- a search engine aimed at kids. It gives a word cloud which would help children
refine their searches.
5. The next is Wolfram Alpha where you can find out all sorts of facts and figures about stuff.
6. Very oddly is Spezify which searches for things in a pictorial sort of way. Try it to check out your own digital footprint. Here I tried it on my own name and came up with a heap of results from recently and way back.
7. And lastly for the moment are some image search engines that you search for creative commons
images that are free for you to use rather than stealing other people’s work from Google Images.
8. Free Digital Photos - heaps of great photos free in small size - good for web presentations