Monday, May 19, 2014

#txgoo part I

Saturday I attended the 2014 Texas Google Summit in Brenham. Wow. There is so much to share. I decided to divide up the day into multiple posts.

Power searching in Google

Monica Martinez' session was all about getting better results from a Google search. Search operators are the key to narrowing down the number of hits.
  • File Type - Search for a specific file type. For example, if your lesson is about the Cold War, you could search for presentations that others have already created. You can change ppt to pdf, doc, jpg, etc. depending on the type of file you are looking for. If you're not sure what type of file or the extension of the file, here is a list of just about any file you can think of.

  • Image Search Options - Use the advanced search options for images to find what you really need. After the initial search, choose the images tab. Then click on the Search tools menu to get more options. You can filter by size, color, type, etc.  I especially like the Usage rights options. This enables you to narrow your search to copyright free images or images that you are allowed to use. 

Stay tuned for more greatness from #txgoo 2014!

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