Searching WITHOUT Google

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What do you mean, search WITHOUT Google? As if! Well, yes, I’m afraid it is true. You don’t have to use Google and there are some other very useful ways and places to find information.

Visual Search Engines:

These sites are great for looking at searching completely differently and will really suit those of you who are visual learners. The picture here is a shot of what SearchCube does.




News Search:


Social Searching:

These sites search content that is member collected. The way to search Delicious and Diigo is by searching tags. Then you can see how many people have used that tag and click on to someone’s bookmark list which might contain lots of other sites that are helpful for you. Using tags to search in these sites is a great way to find lots of linked information.





Finding Information: Search Engines – A HUGE list of search engines and what you would use them for, for example they are organised in sections such as:

“I want to search by date”

“I want visual representations for my searches”

and then lists several places next to each section that will help you with your particular need for the search.

The thing is with these sites, particularly the first few I listed, they might look a bit odd when you first visit them, but just look for the ‘About’ page and have a read on how to use them. None of them are particularly complicated and will provide you with some great new ways of searching. It is worth spending the time checking them out, and remember, you have to show that you’ve used THREE different ones in your research this week. Happy searching!

Oh, and I should be careful about saying seraching WITHOUT Google, at least one of the visual search engines is actually powered by Google, and some of the others on the massive list will be too. Just keep that in mind.

IS Week 5 – Searching The UN

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Our next topic is internationalism and the United Nations. This is the task you need to complete:

Find answers to the following questions:

  • What is internationalism?
  • Look up each of these organisations, and write notes on what the objective of each is, where it is based etc. How do each of these organisations reflects the ideas of globalisation and/or internationalism?: International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, UN Commission on Refugees, International Labour Organisation.
  • What is the United Nations?
  • What does the UN do to promote peace?
  • What does the UN do for development?
  • What does the UN do for human rights, justice and international law?
  • How does the UN work?
  • Name and describe the principal organs of the UN.
  • How many member countries are there in the UN?
  • Which are the newest members?
  • How many members were there when the UN Charter was signed?
  • Why are there so many more members now?
  • How many countries are members of the Security Council? Who has veto power and what is it?
  • What are the official languages of the UN?
  • How has the UN responded to the threat of the global terrorism?
  • Research and outline the attempts to reform the UN Security Council.
  • How could Australia become a member of the UN Security Council?
  • Draw a simple table outlining the structure of the United Nations

Now, before you run off and jump on to Google, excited to find all the answers, there is a little more refined seraching involved. It’s one thing to use Google, it’s another one to use it well. Read this blog post called ‘Better Googling‘ and make sure you watch the videos (which are on the K Drive in StudentShare in a Folder called ‘Better Googling’) and check out some of the links that tell you how to use Google more effectively to get better results. Also, look out for the next blog post which is called ‘Searching WITHOUT Google.’

With all of your United Nations information, and all your shiny new searching skills, you now have to produce a KeyNote (in pairs) that shows other people how to use Google more effectively, search options other than Google, as well as explaining what the United Nations is and what it does (refer to the questions above in your presentation). Make sure that you have shown at least THREE different ways that you used Google to find your information as well as at least THREE search engines/sites OTHER THAN Google that you also used.

P.S You may want to watch these two short videos. Yes, I know they are titled ‘The United Nations FOR KIDS’ and they are aimed at students much younger than yourselves, but they are good videos that explain things really clearly.

C20th History Week 5 – Comparison of Ideologies

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Excuse my absence this week dear students, I am on Year 12 camp. I will see you on Thursday. In the meantime, I have a task or two to set you – how unlike me! 🙂

Your task is to work in pairs and research the attitudes of the Nazis in Germany, the Fascists in Italy and the Communists in Russia and China to the following things:

  • race  (what races were these ideologies against?)
  • the function of the state (how the country should be run and what it should do for its people)
  • individual and state (how did these ideologies view the importance of individuals in comparison to the state?)
  • gender (how did these ideologies view men and women?)
  • social class (working class, upper class etc)
  • democracy (the people having a say and a vote)
  • nationalism (was it an important part of the ideology?)

(Don’t forget to have another look at the reading you got a couple of classes ago. That has something about Nazi policies in it).

As you are completing your research, make sure you are keeping the information in an easy to understand table for future reference. When you are done, you need to present the information to everyone else. You can choose any number of ways to do this:

  • set up an interview role play situation and make a movie
  • use KeyNote – but make sure it includes a voice recording, not just slides with dot points cause that is really BORING
  • use Xtranormal and create a short 3D movie. It’s pretty straightforward to use. Just sign up, type up your script, select a few details and it’s done.

But WAIT! Before you go any further, there is something else you have to do. It’s all very well to have a topic and head off to the world wide web to reserach it, but unless you are very good at using Google, that can be a confusing thing to do. So, I want you to go to this blog post called ‘Better Googling‘ and watch the videos (which you will also find on the K drive in StudentShare), click on the links and in your comparison table, make sure you note down where you got your information from as well as HOW you found it – which search trick you used. You need to also watch out for the next blog post called ‘Searching WITHOUT Google.’

Make sure that with your reserach you can show that you have used Google in AT LEAST three different ways AND have used AT LEAST three sites OTHER THAN Google to search for your info.

I expect that this task will be completed by the end of class on Friday.

Some key terms to be using in your searches: policy, communism, communist, nazi, nazism, fascist, fascism, gender, race, nationalism, attitude, social class.

See you on Thursday – I’m expecting that you would have made a VERY decent start by then, even if some of it has to be done at home.

Image is sick building.

RATW Week 5 – Saved By Technology?

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Last week you started researching a major issue that was of interest to you. You had a few questions to answer about it. This week you need to extend your research whilst thinking about the question

“How can technology save us?”

Big one, isn’t it? You might say “What do you mean? How can technology save us from what?” Well, from the issue that you started researching. For example: How can technology save us from obesity? How can technology save us from another global financial crisis? How can technology save the world from poverty?

Now that you have to continue your research it is important that you are making good use of searching the internet. You still need to focus on the questions you started the other day (but now you have to have MUCH more detailed answers) PLUS the new question about how technology can save us.

We noticed last week that some of you weren’t too sure how to get the information you needed from Google. I’ve put together a blog post with links and videos that tell you how to get much better results from Google. Click HERE to get to it.

Make sure you go through the videos and web pages carefully and that by the end of the week you have not only got more detailed information about your topic and the issues involved in it, but that you can also show AT LEAST 3 different ways you have used Google (as well as 3 different ways you have used search engines OTHER THAN Google which will be the topic of tomorrow’s blog post. Click HERE to read it).

So, to recap –

  • continue with the research on your chosen topic
  • make sure you use Google in AT LEAST THREE different ways – and show what they are
  • put your research together into a keynote (most of you have started this)
  • make sure you add links to the websites you have used to find the information
  • find at least ONE video that is relevant to your topic
  • look out for tomorrow’s blog post about searching without Google, and make sure you try AT LEAST three of those sites out too.
  • After all of this, you should have quite a bit of information together on your topic – we’re thinking around 10 slides or so – IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

Good luck and see you on Friday!

Image is Orange Glow

Better Googling

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Ok, so you’ve been set a question or research topic that you need to find the answer to. Easy. Just Google it, right? Just chuck that search term into the search bar on Google and hit search. Voila! No worries. Well, not quite. When you do that you will often end up with hundreds of thousands of sites – most of which are useless, and you are still struggling to find the information you need. You can put much more defined terms in to Google, and you will get much more useful search results. Here are some pointers:

1. Make sure you are using the best key words you can think of. If you want to know what caused the global financial crisis, don’t just search ‘global financial crisis.’ Make sure you also include the word ’causes’ which will then narrow your search results to those that mention the cause of the crisis.

2. There are all sorts of things you can add to your Google search terms. Things like +, -, OR and ” ” can help you get better results.You can also make Google search just within a certain site for you, or just for a certain file type (like a pdf). You can also search websites that are similar. The following four videos take you through some great Google search techniques. Each one goes for just under 10 minutes. Rather than watch them all at once, after you watch each one, go and use at least one of the search tips talked about in the video to see how it works for you. Also, if you don’t like these videos, there are lots more on YouTube about how to search in Google that you can find by searching for ‘Google search’ or something similar to that. The reason these videos are so good is because they focus on things that are really handy for doing research, which is what we are all about at the moment.

If you would prefer to read articles about this stuff rather than watch videos, you can read these ones:

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert

Top 10 Obscure Google Tricks

Google Search Tips (Ultimate Google Guide)

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Ok, so it’s one thing to have read about all these tips, or to have watched the videos, now it’s up to you to think carefully about what you want to research, and then try out some of these really helpful ways of getting better search results.

Each of my classes has something specific they have to research this week. Click on your subject link below to find out what yours is if you don’t know already:

Race Around The World

Twentieth Century History

Revolutions History

International Studies

Also, don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow for the post called ‘ Searching Without Google’