Google Special Features

Carol LaRow

Use these Google features to help you with WEB searches, finding and saving information, discovering topics, and your personal productivity on the WEB.
Speak Your Search
"Google Chrome" - Use the Google search engine to search for information by speaking terms aloud. (You need Google Chrome to do this.) Open the Google search page, click on the microphone icon in the search term box, speak the topic you are looking for, and Google fills in the search term, just as if you typed it. Then, Google renders the page for you. In some cases, Google even reads a short definition aloud, and as in the example below, the search may render images of your topic, basic information, and shows similar topics, based on what others have searched for. This is helpful when students are doing research.

This feature can be very helpful with students who have difficulty spelling accurately, those with limited manual dexterity, ESL students, or when anyone wishes to use a quicker way of searching. Google even allows you to search in different languages!

Go to Google Search Engine (

Special Operators
Google will render specific results for searches you do. This helps eliminate sorting through pages of material that may or may not be useful to your search.
Find words in the title of a webpage; help reduce number of hits intitle:topic
Search for multiple words in a title allintitle:words or phrases
Search for missing words in phrases; use the wildcard * word/phrase * word/phrase
Find results within a range number...number
Find stock quotes stocks:stock symbol
Search for words in the body (content) of webpages intext:word
Search specific websites; operator + website + topic Hubble telescope
Limit results to when published topic publishdate:July 2015
Quick Searches
Quick searches help you find information quickly and easily. You can type the search in the browser omnibox (search box).
Find the weather in a particular city: weather + zip code weather 12212
Find the time in a particular city: time + zip code time 90001
Search for the temperature in a city: temperature + zip code temperature 90001
Search for definitions, synonyms, antonyms: dictionary:word dictionary:nucleus
Find restaurants nearby your location restaurants near me
Find historical site nearby a city: historical sites + name of city historical sites in Boston
Use the Search Tools At The Top Of A Webpage
Use the extra search tools at the top of webpage results to find things such as:
  • news or information in a specific time range
  • videos on your topic
  • books and magazines on your topic
  • maps that pertain to your search term
  • news about your search term
  • apps
  • others
Click, "Search Tools" to show second row of tools.
Choose specific time period. Can use the drop down menu to show a calendar to choose specific dates.
Additional Google Search Results
"Search Results Page" - Google renders search result that helps refine searches. Along with the usual search interface, Google adds links which enable the user to find additional information merely by clicking on links. Additional information includes: images, videos, news, books, places, maps, shopping, and more

In addition, users can limit searches to sites with images, related search topics, translated foreign pages, etc. Users will also find a advanced search and safe search features. By using the "Advanced Search Feature," users can also find webpages with specific words or phrases, languages, file types, usage rights, and more.

Go to "Google Search Engine" and do a search.

"Search Results Page"

Image # 2 - Books: The user has clicked on "Books" in the toolbar, and Google has harvested titles of books on the search topic.

Image # 3 - Images: The user had clicked on "Images," and Google has located images and photos of the search topic. Note that additional choices can be made in the new toolbar that appears. Users can limit searches by size, color, type, and time.

Google eBooks
"Google eBooks" - Read books online and access them from any computer or device, anywhere. Google stores your digital books in "the cloud."          
  1. Over 3 million digital books
  2. Works with almost any device including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Sony, and Nook.
  3. Also works on a computer. Read books right in the browser window
  4. Read online; when you stop reading, Google adds a bookmark where you left off for the next time you want to continue reading
  5. You can also purchase books from Google or one of Google's many partners

Go to "Google Books"

Go to "Google Bookstore"

"Google Play" - Google is a digital store that has software, books, movies, apps, television programs, magazines, and music available for users to purchase, using the Google Play Download Store.
  1. Includes several genres such as education, biographies, engineering, health, history, medicine, science and math, young adult, and much more.
  2. Apps can be downloaded to devices
  3. Apps can be free or at a cost
  4. Use computers, Androids, and iOS devices to read books. Use features such as bookmarks, notes, and word definitions.
  5. Use the "Parent Guide" to restrict mature content and find family friendly content.
  6. Find children's books, textbooks, and educational books.

Go to "Google Play"

Google Trends
"Google Trends" - Get information about searches people are doing Worldwide. See broad search pattern results by country and city.
  1. Based on Internet searches done on Google over time
  2. Results only shown for those terms that receive a significant amount of search traffic
  3. Countries and cities show up, by rank - which areas searching the most for the term you entered in your query
  4. Can export to .csv files which can be opened in spreadsheet applications
  5. Have students use Trends when doing research
  6. Harvest Trend Charts for classroom discussions and lessons
  7. Can compare multiple terms; use commas

Go to "Google Trends"

Google Translate
"Google Translate" - Translate phrases, text, documents, and entire webpages.
  1. Type a phrase; translate instantly
  2. Works with 57 languages
  3. Type phrase to translate on the right side
  4. See translation on the left side
  5. Click the "speaker icon" to hear the words being spoken
  6. Detects language if you are not sure what language you are trying to translate
  7. Uses technology to do the translations
  8. Users can view alternate translations by clicking on words above the box.
  9. Users can also drag words to re-order them in the sentence (Use shift key)

Note: The boxes change, depending on what you type. If you type a phrase or word, the translation appears on the right side of the window. If you type a URL, the link appears on the right side of the window, and you click on it to go to the translated page. When a webpage is translated, you can hover over a word or sentence, and Google will translate that word or sentence back to the original language you started with.

Go to "Google Translate"

Complete webpage translated
Find Related Websites Quickly
Find websites related to your search terms, quickly:
  1. No need to leave the webpage you are on
  2. Do a search for a topic students are studying
  3. Click on a webpage from the search results
  4. If you like the webpage you have found, you can use the omnibox to find similar webpages, without leaving the webpage you are on
  5. In the omnibox at the top of the webpage, type the word, "related" in front of the URL address. (See Image 3 on the left)
  6. Google will do the search for you and render another search results page, with similar topics
Search For Topics By Reading Level
It's useful to have the search engine filter search results by reading level, to accommodate the needs of students' reading levels.
  1. In the omnibox, type the following:
  2. Pattern: Topic + reading level: grade level
  3. Note: the words, "reading level" are followed by a colon
  4. Example: "Paul Revere's Ride" reading level: middle school
  5. Notice the grade levels that appear in the search results
  6. You may get other grade levels, but at least you can find grade levels you are interested in.
Search For Common Core Standards
By Topic
You can also search for Common Core Standards when searching for specific topics.
  1. In the omnibx, type the following:
  2. Pattern: Topic + Common Core: Standard Area
  3. Example: "Paul Revere's Ride" + "Common Core":ELA
  4. In this example, we are looking for ELA Standards
  5. Note: the words, "Common Core" are followed by a colon
  6. The letters, "RL" stand for reading literature standards
  7. You will also find web results for topics on Common Core Standards and links to state webpages
  8. These searches are useful in planning assignments and lessons for students
Google Image Search
Cool Feature
"Search By Image" - Google has a feature which allows users to search for images by using other images, rather than typing in text.
  1. Go to the Google Search Engine page
  2. Click on "Image Search"
  3. Click on the camera icon in the search box
  4. Select an image from your hard drive by clicking on the "Browse" button
  5. In the sample provided, a picture of Paul Revere was chosen
  6. Google finds all examples of that image (or similar images) on the web and aggregates them onto a search result page, with links

Note: You can also drag and drop images from your hard drive directly into the search box.

Go to "Google Search Engine"

Google Search Stories Video Creator
"Google Search Stories Video Creator" - Use this tool to create your own search story video. Videos are about a minute in length. Google provides the templates, and they are easy and fun to follow.

Do the following:

  1. Type in search terms about the topic of your choice
  2. You can have up to seven search terms
  3. Determine which results best communicate the story you'd like to tell
  4. Choose from: webpages, images, maps, news, blogs, products, and books
  5. Choose music from loops Google provides
  6. Preview
  7. Upload to YouTube
  8. View
  9. Use with students as they study a topic

1. See a sample Search Story by Carol LaRow

2. Create your own Google Search Story

Google Custom Search Engine
"Custom Search Engine" - Use this tool to create a customized search engine that only searches the sites you pre-determine for your students. Choose the websites, insert the urls, and know that your students are searching the WEB safely. This is also useful because it cuts down on the number of irrelevant hits the students get, which saves time.

You can:

  1. Specify display results
  2. Style the search engine to have the look and feel of your own website
  3. Collaborate with others and have them contribute to the search engine
  4. Add search refinements within results pages, allowing users to find information they are looking for
  5. Add more sites to a search engine's index
  6. Create a Custom Search Engine on the "fly" by cutting and pasting code into a website's html
  7. Have Google host the search engine
  8. Integrate the search engine with your own website
  9. Use on websites or blogs

1. See a sample Custom Search Engine

2. Create your own Custom Search Engine

Return to Homepage

daily hits