Google apps presentation to Melbourne High School staff as part of the PD called "Choose your own adventure" run by the library.

Thank you, Penny Collins, for all your help.

Google Search

Google Search has many options. I have pulled out a few for the purposes of this presentation.

Define function with Google Operators - this specifies only certain types of files in the search results.

For example, filetype:doc or filetype:ppt or filetype:pdf or filetype:swf (multimedia, vector graphics).

Don't forget about Google's sidebar

Reading Level: Select reading level to retrieve results for basic, intermediate or advanced reading levels.


Related Searches










Google Image Search

Don't forget to refine your Google image search by looking at the sidebar options.

My blog post about a Google Image Search lesson I presented to Year 8 Indonesian students before their project. This demonstrates refining the image search by selecting Advanced Image Search (with the option of finding free to use images (labeled for reuse); colour search (rationale for this following); face search; sites with images; sorting by subject; searching similar images; the LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google.

What value does the colour search have aside from the aesthetic aspect?

I wondered about this and then asked on the Google Certified Teachers Group. Natasha Bergson-Michelson gave an interesting insight into this aspect of search.

1) I find that most adults (and most kids) have instances in their lives when they remember the subject of a book, and something about the cover, but not the title. You might need that children's picture book about two girls who live on oposite sides of a fence with grass on the cover, that blue book on guerrillas in the Civil War, or (my usual example) that pink book on Rosa Parks. [guerrillas civil war book] and the blue filter exposes _Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865_ like nothing else I know. I find this to be an awesome use.

2) Science teachers will use the color filters (and line drawing filter) to limit to scientific diagrams. Compare [tesla coil] and the white-filtered [tesla coil]. (And, I've heard it noted for just plain [tesla] as a search, you can click on red for card and purple for tesla-in-action).

3) Generally speaking, when teaching about search, I use these kinds of examples to demonstrate what it means to search effectively. You need to think critically about what the real characteristics of the source you need are, and then apply tools creatively. A fun demonstration of this (which I then go on to apply to many types of search) is to think about photos of a sport's team.

Take when I was in Kenya: I was looking for pictures of the national football team, the Harambee Stars. When I did an image search for them, it came up with lots of pictures of them all lined up in rows, posing. But I wanted pictures of them playing. When I thought about it, the consistent aspect of the types of pictures I wanted was there would be space between the players, and therefore, I would see a lot of green. Indeed, the green filter solved that problem nicely.

Why would you use the 'face' option in Google Image Search?

If you want pictures of people smiling and you enter 'happy' in the Google Image Search, you will get pictures of Smileys. If you choose the 'face' option, you will get pictures of people smiling.

Line Drawing

If you search 'digestive system' in Google Images you'll see these results.


Click on 'Line Drawing' in the sidebar, and you'll get these results.


Use Google Scholar Search if you want scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers and more. If you don't want to switch to the Google Scholar Search window, then just add site:edu to your search terms. Read more about Google Scholar here.

Google Books


Use the Google Books sidebar to narrow results and refine search


Google Video Search



Google News


Customise your news

Click on 'edit this page' top right


Customise your news page


News archive

Go to Google News (tab), click on 'Advanced news search' (under search box), type in search term, eg 'terrorism', and the left-hand navigation allows you to refine the search according to the time of publication, eg past hour or even archived news.

You can search for archived news


Google Docs and Spreadsheets Crib Sheet


Example of a Google Doc I created to 'meet' the Sydney Google Academy cohort before I met them in person.

Collaborative Google Doc (global) for ideas about how to use Google Earth in the classroom

Google Docs for Teachers Ideas for using Google Docs in the classroom

Crib sheet for using Google Docs in the classroom

Google Apps Training for Google Docs - rationale and features

Collaborative lesson planning in Docs by Julia Stiglitz

50 time-saving Google Docs templates


Google Alerts


Google Forms - How to create a form


Have Google grade your tests for you using Forms and Spreadsheets. (I haven't tried this but it looks great; pity about the spelling errors in the instructions).

Google Sites is an easy way to create a website. As a teacher you will find that Google Sites allow you to provide course materials in one place so that students can access materials and schedules at home. There is the possibility of providing transparency for parents. Online resources save paper, solve the problem of heavy bags with textbooks, and allow for sharing across classes and with colleagues. Google Sites archives your learning materials and provides a search option within the website.


Here is an example of how I used Google Sites to create an online space for learning enhancement at Whitefriars College.

Here is an example of how a maths teacher uses Google Sites for his maths classes.


Google Flashcards are brief descriptions of how to use and apply some of the Google apps.

Google Body

Please note that this is an experimental feature in Chrome 8.

Here's an example of a flashcard for Google Body -


Click here to view **Google Body**


You can focus on specific parts of the body and share the link to that specific image: