Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced Search

Google tips

Sunday Sit, Sip, and “Sync” ~ June 7, 2015

We rely on Google for many of the images we use for instruction, and we often teach our students to search using Google for the images they need for their projects. We would like to show you how “Google Advanced Search” will expedite your search and filter your results. Teach your students to search for images that are free for reuse and to cite their sources.

When searching for images, after you have entered your topic and have selected the “Images” search,


go to the gear located in the upper right hand corner. This


Select “Advanced search”, and choose your options. Make sure to choose “Usage Rights”,


and select the appropriate “free to use” option. After you have clicked the blue “Advanced Search” button, you will find the results of your Google Advanced Search.


Finally, just click on the picture that fits your needs, select “View Image”, and download or copy the image.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.

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Google Search for Education

Google Search for Education

Google tips

 Sunday Sit, Sip, and “Sync” ~ 1-11-2015

We teach our students how to research,
but research looks a lot different from the research we conducted when we were in the classroom.
There’s nothing more that we love than opening up a book,
but searching online is the first option our students choose.
Google has stepped up to the plate with lessons and support to help us teach students how to research online by providing Google Search for Education.

Google Search for Education is divided into four main areas of support:

Google Search for Education

“Lesson Plans and Activities” provides links to literacy plans viewed as Google Documents with CCSS objectives and step-by-step directions at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Video webinar trainings are included as additional support.

Google Search for Education
“Power Searching” is divided into two main “courses”, “Advanced Power Searching” and “Power Searching”.
Each online course comes with a syllabus and videos to support the instruction.

Google Search for Education

“A Google a Day” is an easy way to provide fun and engaging classroom challenges, whether you choose to assign them daily, or even weekly. The activities reach across the curriculum in Geography, Science, Culture, and History and provide ways for students to work together, or individually on Google Slides.

Google Search for Education

Finally, “Live Training” includes Google+ webinars with the latest tips and trainings from Google.

Google Search for Education

There are plenty of additional links that offer more support as you browse and explore the options.
It’s easy to get pulled into the “World of Google”.
Take a look and we promise you will find something useful to add to this week’s lessons and activities in your planbooks.

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Control F

Control F


Sunday Sit, Sip, and “Sync” ~ 9-28-2014

This morning we are sharing a video tutorial to help you filter your search on a website.
We love “keystrokes”, and this video will demonstrate how to save time using just two keys.

Don’t forget to just “X-out” your “Find Box” when you have found what you are searching for.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!
Take time for yourself!

Uninvite the Uninvited


Sunday Sit, Sip, and “Sync” ~ 10-7-2012

Summer means “Tech Camp”, and we hold these 3-4 day workshops every year.

For our attendees that do not have their own laptop,
we own, for their use, 15 netbooks with all of the necessary programs.

Once or twice a year, those little computers need updated, cleaned, and new programs installed.

With the random use of those computers, “uninvited guests” often appear on them.

I’m talking about those rogue toolbars that are hopelessly hard to remove.

We are “Google Girls”, but we do allow Bing to join in the games.

Not so much search engines such as “Babylon”.

Several years ago, one of our computers was plagued with a search engine,
and its removal was impossible. Every forum and “help” article that I read could not provide a cure, informing me that it was very difficult to “fix”.

Finally, our virus program caught up with it,
and we were able to remove it.

Enter “The Bablylon Toolbar”.

After a little searching on forums, I actually found a link to Babylon, itself,
and here they described the process to remove their toolbar from Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer toolbars. 

Babylon Support provides step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, and I had it removed from our little netbook within ten minutes.

If Babylon or any other toolbar, has appeared as an unwelcome guest on your computer, try these steps to remove it.

Now, it is time for far more important business.
I can see that the sky is getting light and the sun is shining.
Brown County, Indiana is in my future,
along with some serious outside time.
We hope you find some of that time, as well…