Exploring the Google Search Engine
1. Enter your school's phone number including the area code. Write the kind of information that is returned on the hits page.
Repeat this with another phone number you know.
2. Enter your town's zip code. What type of information is returned?
Give an example of how you could use this feature.
3. Enter your State in the entry bar. Click News. List three of the categories of news provided. How timely are the articles?
Give an example of when this would be useful to you. Explain why.
4. Imagine you are visiting New York City with a group of friends. How would the Local search feature be very helpful?
5. You have been working part time at the grocery store.
It was not fun, but you remain focused on your goal to purchase a new
7. Your brother announces at dinner that Challenger Deep
is the deepest point on earth.
Do you prefer the directory feature or the search the web feature better? Why?
8. If I enter a name like Washington, the Google web search engine gives a bounty hits.
Read the Phrase searches.
Enter your community's name in the Google web search engine.
How many hits are returned for your community's name?
Write one way to improve your community search.
9. The Google search engine has a dictionary. Enter define:homonym. Read the definition, if you do not know what the word means.
Homonym conundrums can be overcome using the advise
in Negative terms.
10. Scan - Ten
things Google has found to be true Which of these "things"
also applies to your school?
11. Give an example of how search engines like Google are changing how people live or work.
12. What is the Invisible or Deep Web?
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Challenge: "Search is so highly personal that
searching is empowering for humans like nothing else.
Do you agree with him or disagree? Support your answer.
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Updated 3/2009, posted 11/2005 by Cindy O'Hora, This activity is released to the public domain. Use it freely to help people be better search engine users.
Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid Symbol, , or other ornate artistic fonts). Save frequently as you work. Enter your name and the date in a header. Submit the assignment via a class dropbox or an email attachment. Bad things happen. Save a copy of your document in your computer. Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work.
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. You do not have to take paper based notes at the library and digitalize them at home.
Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.