In the Classroom: Use the Custom Search Engine to create customized searches for student research projects or to search your classroom or campus website. You could also have students create them–after they find valid and reliable sources of course!

Google Alerts

Google Alerts allows you to set up alerts for certain information online. You will receive an email when something new is found online. This is a way to monitor the web for things that are posted about you, your school, or other things that interest you.

  • Keep an eye on your digital footprint.
  • Find out the latest on ISTE 2015 (or other events).
  • Follow companies, events, movie stars, athletes…whatever you want!

In the Classroom: First of all, you should Google yourself on a regular basis, and you should teach your students to do the same. I use Google Alerts to keep an eye on my digital footprint. You could have students set up alerts to monitor topics they are interested in, researching or studying, follow current events, politics, elections. The limits are endless.

What Do You Love? (wdyl)

This is a fun search engine that encourages you to search for things you love, and the engine works its magic searching across multiple Google products. Below is a screenshot of my search for puppies. (I guess there weren’t any trends for puppies.)

In the Classroom: I think this WDYL would be a great way to kick off a passion project for Genius Hour! You could also use this to get to know your students, drive discussions and research.

Let Me Google That For You (lmgtfy)

My sarcastic side can’t help but love this! This tool is for those people who bug you with tons of questions instead of just Googling it for themselves! What this witty little tool will do is actually take a screencast of you typing in the keywords and show the results! Go try it now…I’ll wait.If you are like me, when someone asks me a question that I don’t know the answer to, I Google it! So hold on, let me Google that for you!

In the Classroom: Use this tool to let students show you how they found their results. (Thanks to a participant at #WEMTA15 for that suggestion!) I also think this is a great tool for students to teach teachers (and other students) how to improve their search skills.

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