There is a skill to Googling. There are special skills involved in being able to generate the right answers once the SEARCH button is clicked. One of the most common skills I am asked to teach when visiting schools is how to Google EFFECTIVELY. Here are my tips for research based Google searching:

  1. No HFW (high frequency words) in searches.
  2. Specific keywords only. For example, Australia Immigration Transportation.
  3. Use quotation marks if you want exact phrases, e.g. “Caterpillar lifecycle”.
  4. Google has their own formulas to work out what’s relevant for you so if it is not on page 1… Google search again!
  5. If you are typing in the correct keywords your search results should not be in the trillions or billions. Less is more.
  6. If searching for something local, make sure pages are from Australia only.
  7. Type before your search term if you want Google to just look at a specific site, e.g. ‘ blog’.
  8. Don’t ask Google a question. Always phrase searches as an answer. For example, the largest plant in the world is.

Italian Day – Making Pizzas Online

Students will be celebrating Italian Day next week. The Italian teacher asked me if there were any ICT/Italian related activities. This is what I found online


The juniors and seniors will be making virtual pizzas from the comfort of their own learning space. No messy flour or anaphylactic reactions from these pizzas. Students interpret instructions and make their own pizza. They place it in the online oven and use the snipping or grab tool depending on your operating system. Pizzas will be printed and placed in a little brown bag for the children to take home.
 Pizza 2
P.S. There seems to be an online creator for just about anything nowadays. Simple Google Search: “Example” and “Online Creator” and you will get what you are looking for. Try it.