I cringe a bit when I watch this video that I made in 2010 due to the voice, and my emphasis, but even more importantly, some of the information is no longer valid. Here’s a highlight of what’s different in using Search operators in Google now.
+word used to be a verbatim search where word had to exist on the page, but this was deprecated in 2011, and now it is a search for word on Google+ pages. You can still use “word” to do a verbatim search for either a word or a phrase.
~ used to be a synonym search and is now used for nothing
The video is still valid from 1:04 to 3:53. The only curiosity is that a search of define:iron gives many more results than define iron, and I haven’t figured out why that is. Answers welcomed.
Operators covered in the video
* wildcard search
If you’re doing a Google search, and need help with the operators, take a look at Advanced Search.
Last week’s (23/03/16) update of Google Slides on iOS included two significant new features. Users can now easily modify themes and slide layouts in the iOS App. Google Support provides the following steps for accessing the new features:
Add a theme
Open a presentation.
Tap More .
Tap Change theme.
To apply a theme to all slides in your presentation, tap a theme.
Change the layout of a slide
Open a presentation and select a slide.
In the slide picker, tap the slide you want to change.
In the menu that appears, tap Change layout.
Choose the layout you want to use.
Note that the update still does not allow you to add an image as a background to a slide.
Try out the features and share them with your students.
This month, Google added a new feature to Google Docs, that shows you an outline of your document. It works on laptops, and Android tablets and smart phones. Take a look. It could be useful for generating an outline for students from a sample work (teacher use) or for students to create an outline of a report (student use) as an initial step in the writing process.
Have you noticed that the search options in Google Drive have changed, and by changed I mean greatly improved?! I’m excited to be able to search by owner, and to be able to specify if a search term can be found in the title, or in the content of the file. Check it out when you have a chance. Click on all the drop down arrows to see all the options. To access the search options, click on the arrow beside the search box in Drive.
Many teachers use Picasa Web Albums to create slideshows for their blogs. However, Edublogs has recently had a problem where the embed code only works if the teacher only stays in Text mode and doesn’t switch between Text and Visual mode.
Creating a gallery of photos is always an option, but if you’d prefer a slideshow mode, use YouTube.