9 Ways Google can make you look cool in front of your teacher

Published on November 30th, 2011
9 Ways Google can make you look cool in front of your teacher

We love Google. There’s no denying that the world today would be less informed if it weren’t for Google.

So, instead of struggling with homework and assignments, why not take a look at these helpful tips from Google?

1. Let Google fill in the blanks
Put an asterisk * in a phrase or question you want completed and Google will fill in the blanks. For example, if you can’t think of all the words to the famous quote supposedly uttered by Queen Marie Antoinette of France, let Google remember for you: search for [let them eat *]

2. Search by Image
Ever taken a picture of something but didn’t know what it was? Or couldn’t remember the name of a landmark in geography class? Search by Image is a new way to search the web or your own photos, using the actual image – rather than voice or text – as your search query. There are three ways to search by image: copy and pasting an image URL, uploading an image, or dragging and dropping an image into the  http://images.google.co.za search box or images search results page.

3. Google as a calculator, converter and dictionary
Thumbing through a dictionary to discover the meaning of a word is a fun way to learn. But sometimes, especially with deadlines approaching, people want a definition in a split second. By typing ‘define:’ followed by a word, Google will use online dictionaries to bring you the best definitions from across the Web [define: antidisestablishmentarianism]. Additionally, to make those science and maths questions easier, Google is also a calculator and a converter.

4. Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

5. Book Search
Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books. When Google finds a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, it’ll link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy. Browse publicly available books, or read through a digital copy of one of the classics from your desktop.

6. Google Translate
Google Translate is a free automatic translator. It works without the intervention of human translators, using state-of-the-art technology instead. Google Translate translation between 57 languages. What is ‘how are you’ in Afrikaans?

7. Google Sites and Docs
If you and your fellow pupils are working on a joint project, why not use Google Sites?  Sites provides an easy way to build a basic website for collaborating on a school project. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Google Docs, word processing software that lives in the cloud, rather than on someone’s hard drive, is also useful for multiple people to share ideas in one place in real time.

8. News archives
Need help on a history project? News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. Users can search for events, people or ideas and see how they have been described over time. In addition to searching for the most relevant articles for their query, users can also see a historical overview of the results by browsing an automatically generated timeline. For example, look back through historical news clippings for [Martin Luther King].

9. Google Body
Biology class will never be the same again. Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the human body. You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate to parts that interest you. Click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. You can also share the exact scene you are viewing by copying and pasting the corresponding URL. Open up the link in Google Chrome and start exploring…

We love learning, and we love how technology helps us do just that!