Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Find classroom resources using advanced Google search

Let’s imagine it’s Sunday afternoon and you’ve just realised you’ve still not found a decent class activity for tomorrow’s lesson on volcanoes. What to do? You use Google to begin searching, but end up with pages of results that don’t have anything suitable. At this rate, you’ll be here for hours! But wait...there is an easier way to find classroom resources...using advanced Google search.

The trick is to use advanced Google search to limit your search results to only certain file types. Given many class activities are likely to be worksheets, they’ll probably be in either PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc) format. By telling Google to only show these results, you’ll have a much greater chance of quickly finding something suitable.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Search for your topic and the type of resource you are looking for - e.g. ‘volcano worksheet’.

2. Once the search results have been displayed, click the Settings cog button (top right corner), then select Advanced search from the menu.

3. Scroll down until you find the file type section. Click the drop-down list and select either ‘Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)’ or 'Microsoft Word (.doc)'.

Tip: You can only search for one document type at a time, so you may want to conduct a separate searche for each type.

4. Click the Advanced Search button at the bottom of the page.

Your search results will now all be the file type you selected. Notice how Google has appended the words ‘filetype:pdf’ to the end of your search query.

Note: This method is also great for locating PowerPoint slides and Google Earth lessons.


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