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101 Google Tips, Tricks & Hacks Looking for the ultimate tips for Google searching? You've just found the only guide to Google you need. Let's get started: 1. The best way to begin searching harder with Google is by clicking the Advanced Search link. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23, In fact, you can combine any Boolean search operators, as long as your syntax is correct. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Developing digital literacies in practice Strategies and policies will guide direction but change happens ‘on the ground’ through ‘change agents’ working to support staff and students in developing their skills and practice. This section will focus on approaches and resources which can help those involved in staff and student support. The curriculum provides the framework for developing student digital literacies and engaging staff in dialogue around what it means to be a digitally literate student, teacher, professional etc in a particular discipline. There are a range of approaches to support including:

Less Popular Google Search Tips There’s not a day that passes by without searching for information on Google. We’re pretty sure that you’re aware of some advanced Google search operators like AND, NOT, etc. but here are some lesser known tricks that you can implement when you’re searching on Google. We bet you wouldn’t know at least one of these! 1. Some of you would have known the site: search operator. Forget the site operator and use the at keyword instead. 2. The nerds among us would frequently use the define: keyword to look up for definitions. You needn’t necessarily use the define keyword anymore to get definitions in search results. 3. AROUND(n) is an undocumented search operator and it will be of immense use when you’re looking for pages with two terms separated by n number of words. 4. You can use the tilde (~) operator to search for pages that not only contain the word that follows it, but also its synonyms. The next time you’re looking for cheap mp3 players, try searching for [~cheap mp3 players].

Digital Literacy Instruction | Adams 12 Five Star Schools Digital literacy instruction in Adams 12 Five Star Schools addresses the skills that our students need to be productive, successful citizens in the 21st century. Digital Literacy includes: Information Literacy - ­ the ability to find relevant information; the ability to evaluate information for reliability and validity; the ability to use information to draw conclusions or create a productTechnology Literacy ­- the ability to select and use a variety of software, applications, mobile devices, and online tools and programs to produce digital productsDigital Citizenship ­- the ability to use technology (online programs and sites, computers, and mobile devices) appropriately and responsibly Digital Literacy Skills Instructional Technology and Library Services department has identified digital literacy skills for students in grades K­-12. Student Use of Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communications

How to Search Google Like a Pro: 11 Tricks You Have to Know Google is a powerful tool, but you’re missing out on a lot of that power if you just type words into it. Master Google and find the best results faster with these search tricks. Whether you’re an inexperienced user or a seasoned professional, you’ll probably find at least one search operator you weren’t aware of here. Exact Words and Phrases One of the most basic and widely known search tricks is using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. “Hello World” This same method now works for exact-word queries. “mining” Excluding a Word The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. linux distributions -ubuntu Site Search The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. windows 7 You can also use the site: operator to specify a domain. Related Words The tilde (~) operator is the opposite of enclosing a single word in quotes — it searches for related words, not just the word you type. ~geek The Wildcard Time Ranges

Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project | Hall Richard Halla*, Lucy Atkinsa and Josie Fraserb aDirectorate of Library and Learning Services, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK; bLeicester City Council, Leicester, UK (Received 15 May 2013; final version received 21 March 2014; Published: 10 April 2014) Despite the growing interest in digital literacy within educational policy, guidance for secondary educators in terms of how digital literacy translates into the classroom is lacking. Keywords: digital literacy framework; professionalism; radical collegiality; secondary education; transformation *Corresponding author. Research in Learning Technology 2014. © 2014 R. Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2014, 22: 21440 - The concept of digital literacy is increasingly recognised as a critical terrain for 21st century life (Beetham, McGill, and Littlejohn 2009; Ferrari 2012; United Kingdom (UK) Joint Information Systems Committee [JISC] 2012a). The criticisms can be summarised as follows:

Gmail Toolbox: 60+ Tools For Gmail With Google announcing the ability to increase your Gmail storage capacity this week, we decided to delve into other ways to extend and enhance Google's popular webmail service. Presenting: 60+ tools and resources for Gmail. Desktop Applications GCount - An application for Mac OSX that alerts you to new mail. gDisk - An app for Mac OSX giving the ability to turn Gmail accounts into storage drives. gFeeder - A small ticker for your Gmail that will let you know at a glance what's coming in for you. GetMail - Allows you to migrate your emails from Hotmail to your Gmail account. Gmail Drive - Another tool for turning your Gmail account in to a virtual storage drive, this one works directly from inside Windows Explorer. Gmail Loader - For Windows or Linux, aids you in loading your email to your Gmail account. GMailFS - Turns your Gmail space into a virtual drive that your Windows Explorer can see. GotMailG - A Mac widget to display the number of unread messages in your inbox. Firefox Tools

Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM | Department of Education and Training There will be a focus on tackling the digital divide by ensuring that students most at risk of falling behind in the digital age are given opportunities to participate and engage. Upskilling our teachers The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies provides teachers with a world class curriculum which prepares students for the challenges of the digital economy. The Government will roll out a nationally available, free online course – with dedicated support and some start up equipment for primary and early secondary teachers to help develop fundamental teaching skills and knowledge relating to the new digital technologies curriculum Upskilling our students The Government is funding national computing challenges for all Year 5 and 7 students as well as a national competition “Cracking the Code” which will set various types of computing/coding challenges for Year 4 - 12 students. Facilitating partnerships with industry Enhancing digital literacy through a whole-of-school approach Funding

A List of Educational Slideshows and Presentations for Teachers and Students Presentations and slideshows are great tools in education and learning. They do not only provide information in such a visually appealing way but also help learners remember what they have seen and read. One of the outstanding feature that slidewhows have is their brevity. They provide what is needed in shot sentences and sometimes illustrated with pictures, videos or audio. Throughout my decent experience in teaching in different countries I come to the conclusion that students and teachers too love to have learning materials presented in slideshows.This is why I devoted a whole section in my blog to just sharing with all of you interesting presentations that you can use in your classroom with your students or share with your colleagues. I will be adding to this list anytime I created a new slideshow and you better bookmark this webpage for new updates because more and more awesome slidwshows are on the way. 1- A List of Free Educational Android Apps for Teachers e

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