Many people take pride in their searching skills, myself included. But I’m assuming most learn to search by trial and error and inevitably miss a feature or two. Ask yourself: when was the last time you actively brushed up on your searching skills? Google is hosting a free class called Power Searching with Google. Searching on Google is easy, but it’s not always so intuitive with the advanced features and nuances of search. For example, did you know that word order affects your searches? Or that you can filter by color with image search? Or how you can use the Google Knowledge Graph for more relevant results?
Registration has been open for about a month, but the first class was released today and subsequent lessons will be released over the next week. I recommend you register and complete the first section! Still think you’re too much of a search master to take a searching class? Take the pre-class assessment (only 10 questions) and see how advanced you really are! There are 6 Classes which take about 50 minutes each and include a video and an activity. You can take them at your own pace, but only during the two week window, so get started!
- Class 1 available
- Class 2 available July 11
- Class 3 and mid-class assessment available July 12
- Hangout on Air with search experts July 13 1:00-1:45pm PDT
- Mid-class assessment due July 17 at 7:59am PDT
- Classes 4-6 available July 17-19
- Hangout on Air with search experts July 19 11:00-11:45am PDT
- Post-class assessment due July 23 at 4:59pm PDT
Google Search is an amazing research and learning tool. Improving your searching skills will help you in the future, and your hard work won’t go unrewarded! Upon finishing the post-class assessment you’ll receive Certificate of Completion from Google if you score higher than 70%. Good Luck!