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Posts Tagged ‘Search’

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2 Minute Video: To start, click here or on the above image.

This video is a basic introduction on how to search the Internet.

Summary: Use words just like you might ask anyone else:
•    “How large is a killer whale?
•    “How do you make Christmas bows video?
•    “Time in united kingdom

… want to learn more?  Previous tip:  How to Search the Internet

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How to Search the Internet

September 30th, 2008
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Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWHPf00Jkqg

This is such a creative teaching method! The video above tells a short story on how Internet searches work and how to use them effectively.  I highly recommend a quick view by all.

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Do you use Wikipedia?  I use it daily.

What is Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia (hehe), “Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwiːkiˈpiːdiə/ or /ˌwɪkiˈpiːdiə/) is a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project.”

Although it has been around since 2001, it wasn’t until about a year or two ago that it unintentionally became a new way of searching for me.  Wikipedia typically has the best description and details about WHATEVER you are looking for.  Rather than search the Internet in general, a typical search for me often includes the word “wiki”.

Wikipedia is user contributed content.  I find it often offers the best answers in a format and consistency I prefer.

For example:
Google, “wiki disney”.  Typically, the first results (when including the word wiki), will be the official site of that topic on Wikipedia.

Or, Google, “wiki rome”.  Wikipedia’s full of details for all information concerning the city. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome)

Or, try “wiki miracle fruit” for an interesting bit of information I learned the other day.

Rather than wade through unknown sites for information, try adding wiki in your search to see if you can quickly get exactly what you’re looking for.

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Your Music Online

May 6th, 2008
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Instantly listen to music online:
This is just the neatest site!  www.deezer.com has got to be the easiest way to immediately start listening to any song.  Visit the site, type in the name of your artist or song and BAM it starts playing. Fast, easy, and free. If you want, there are options to legally download the song on the spot.
For example: http://www.deezer.com/track/167510

www.last.fm is another online resource for listening to music online.

Find your music online:
Ever hear a song on the radio you just wish you knew the name or artist? Here’s what I do: www.google.com. Type in: +lyrics <all the lyrics you heard>.

For example: +lyrics said it’s too late  … will quickly find One Republic’s – Apologize.http://tinyurl.com/6rre24
(The + in front of a word in a Google search makes that word a REQUIRED part of the search.)

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www.flickr.com is an awesome, worldwide photo album.  They’ve been around a while, but so many still don’t know about them. Flickr is great for storing your own photos, (share with everyone or just your private group) or browse by category. Load the page and type in any city, item, or subject in general. Millions of photos, instantly.
For example, here are some (1.6 million) pictures of the… sky: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=sky&m=text.

www.flickrvision.com takes it to the next level. Load the page and watch recently uploaded pictures and their physical location on Earth scroll on your screen. Neat.

http://www.piclens.com/ offers a really neat, 3D approach to viewing photos online. A great add-on!

Although these sites can be just plain fun, you can also use them for seeing a city before traveling there, or to look for print material ideas.

Enjoy!

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