Saturday, February 23, 2013

Why Word Order Matters in Google Searches

Google's Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell recently shared a short video demonstrating why word order matters when formulating your search terms. In the two minute video we learn how and why reversing word order can affect the outcome of your search. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Add the information from the video above to this list of 10 Google search tips and you will have the basis for a nice lesson on how to search.

The Week in Review - Thank You Guest Bloggers

Good morning from Greenwood, Maine where it is snowing again! This week started out with some excellent guest posts from folks who filled in for me while I was off on my annual ice fishing and snowmobiling trip on Moosehead Lake. Judging by the comments and the traffic, the guest posts were well received. Thank you to my guest bloggers.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take to Survive?
2. Using Class DoJo to Motivate Students
3. Programming Is Not Just for Programmers
4. Use Strikingly to Create Beautiful Webpages
5. Create Animated Videos With Wideo
6. It's Official, Posterous Is Shutting Down - Get Your Data Now
7. You Can Never Be the Expert In Your Own Backyard

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Friday, February 22, 2013

5 Tips for Writing DBQ Essays

Keith Hughes, history teacher extraordinaire and producer of the excellent Hip Hughes History videos, recently published a new video for students who need to write document based question (DBQ) essays. In DBQ Essays for Dummies Keith offers five helpful essay writing tips for students.

Google Drive Videos Now Available in HTML5

Yesterday, Google announced that HTML5 support is now included for videos within Google Drive. What this means is that Flash is not needed to play your videos back in your browser. While this isn't a ground-breaking announcement it is notable for people using iPads and tablets using Android 4.0+. Give it a try today.

If you're wondering how to get videos into your Google Drive account, use the red "upload" icon next to the "create" button in your Google Drive account. Then upload your video. To play the video back just select it in your Google Drive account and press the play button.
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C.G.P. Grey Explains How a Pope is Chosen

C.G.P. Grey is back again with a new explanatory video. This time he explains, in his visual and fast-talking style, how a new Pope will be chosen. If you or your students have been wondering how the next Pope will be selected and how a person becomes Pope, watch the five minute video below.