Google Search Tips

Having children research a topic on the internet can be a nightmare for teachers. The children either find too much information, not enough information or end up on sites you would rather they would not be. A fantastic way to improve your students, and your, internet searching skills is to learn search operators. These operators make searching much easier and unleashes the hidden power of search engines. I generally have my students use Google to search the internet because I am familiar with it and like the clean search page. I find my students get too distracted with the Yahoo! search page. Windows Live is also very good although I have not used it very much myself.

I have summarised commonly used operators and created a “Google Search Tips” sheet for the children (and staff) at my school. These tips have dramatically improved the children’s searching skills. Please feel free to download and distribute it.

Google Search Tips.doc