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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Visualize the Effects of Search Operator Words

For the last two days I've facilitated a series of workshops about using Google products in the classroom. One of the workshops included using Google's advanced search features. During that session I was reminded of the Boolify Project, a handy resource for showing students how search operator words affect search results.

The Boolify Project provides a jigsaw-like template into which you can drag the search modifier pieces "and," "or," and "not." Each time a piece is added to the puzzle the search results at the bottom of the page will change accordingly.

Applications for Education
The Boolify Project is a good resource for helping students understand how search operator words can affect their search results. In addition to the search tool, the Boolify Project offers a small collection of lesson plans for teaching about web search tactics.