Google Search Define Query Magical Tool!

I’m enrolled in Power Searching with Google and finding this course to be quite valuable. It is providing me with new tools and a better understanding of Google Search and its Capabilities. This course introduce me to using the “Define Query” beyond a basic dictionary search. When using “Define” before any acronyms, slang or make believe word sets Google spiders into action. Google globally searches the internet looking for the answer, and if it discovers enough information it will provide a definition.

EXAMPLE: Define “FOMO” or “Finda”








Use Google Calendar to Share Supplemental Class Notes

As a K-12 Teaching Assistant sometimes there is a need to push into classrooms for supporting IEP Students by taking supplemental notes . Due to the nature of ones schedule it can be difficult to copy notes for one’s Teacher Partners and the Students. Thanks to Google Calendar this problem can be eliminated if everyone involved has a digital device with an internet connection.

When a Teaching Assistant or Scribe shares their classroom notes as an event attachment this instantly provides the information to the person whom the Google Calendar is shared. This provides an opportunity to share classroom information with teacher partners or students in a more timely fashion.

How to Create a Shared Calendar

  • Click My Calendars drop down arrow
  • Then Click Create Calendar

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  • Click Date on Calendar
    • Opens Event/Task Window
  • Add Course or Class in the What Section
  • Click Edit Event

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  • (1) Fill in Calendar Name Field
  • (2) Add a Description
  • (3) Enter a location
  • (4) Add Email of Collaborator
  • (5) Select See All Event Details

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  • Always remember to CLICK SAVE

Click Save

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Ways Shared Calendars Can Be Used

  1. Supplemental Notes
  2. Class Homework Calendar
  3. Lesson Plans
  4. Grade Level Team Calendar
  5. Sports Calendar
  6. Student Project Development Calendar
  7. Class Trips or Events Calendar

Have You Used an Image In a Google Chrome Search?

Yes! One can use an image to do a Google Search. This is one easy way to narrow down information when doing a research project. I’ve seen students roam to images first when presented with research. If students find images appealing then why not let them use an image to find the information they are looking for? This is a simple tool teachers can take advantage of for speeding up finding informative results. Why not “Kill Two Birds with One Stone?” Students can find a picture for their project along with research information to create the project.



6 Google Search Tricks for the Classroom

I don’t know any educator or person who doesn’t like to save time! These SIX Google Search Tricks are quick ways to access some valuable tools and resources for the classroom.


  • 1 – TYPE: PDF: or PPT: before search term
    • Fast way to find worksheets & presentation

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  • – TYPE: Countdown Timer
    • Opens a Countdown Time & Stopwatch
      • Type Countdown 5 Min & timer starts instantly

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  • 3 – TYPE: Define: followed by word
    • Dictionary entry appears
      • Synonyms & translator appear in entry
      • Entry has reading ability for word pronunciation


  • 4– TYPE: Convert Length
    • Provides a conversion Table
      • Conversion Table Includes:
        • Area
        • Data Transfer Rate
        • Digital Storage
        • Energy
        • Frequency
        • Fuel Economy
        • Mass
        • Plane Angle
        • Pressure
        • Speed
        • Temperature
        • Time
        • Volume


  • 5 – TYPE: Roll a Die
    • Provides a virtual die which rolls

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  • 6 – TYPE: FLIP a COIN
    • Provides a virtual Coin to flip

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Unleash the Power of Sound

I’m always looking for different ways to integrate technology for supporting both adults and students of all abilities. Recently I discovered the “Talking Web” Text to Speech Chrome Extension. This extension assists the user by using voice to read websites aloud. One feature I really like is Talking Web allows the  user to highlight website text and save a wav sound file. Immediately I saw many different ways this could be used to support students.

How Can Talking Web Help Students?

  1. Relieves stress due to low reading skills
  2. Supports auditory learners
  3. Listening to speech capability supports maintaining focus
  4. Save research info as wav file for later review
    • Sound file playback is listened to while typing research paper
  5. Wav Sound File used as “Quoted Information” for a project
    • May be embedded or linked for various presentations
  6. Save sound files as a study tool

Simple Steps for Saving Wav File

  1. Highlight text
  2. Right click
  3. Choose Talking Web
  4. Click Download Wav for the selected text
  5. A Window will open
    • Save as is where you name the file
    • Where let’s you save the Wav file to location of choice
    • Click Save when done

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