Google Search – on a whole new level

This week our assignment was to learn about the most efficient ways to search information on search engines.  Specifically Google because it still remains the #1 search engine that people use.  The title of the activity? Games: Where did they come from? The task? Use correct syntax to find the answers to the following questions…

  1. What popular toy was originally invented as a type of wallpaper cleaner?

Answer: Play doh

Google Syntax: Wallpaper cleaner toy

  1. You love playing Settlers of CatanTM, but want to find out something about the Seafarers edition or Knights and Cities. How would you search?

Google Syntax: Settlers of Catan seafarers

  1. What toy was originally marketed during the depression as make a face pieces?

Answer: Mr. Potato Head

Google Syntax: face pieces toy

  1. Did you know that Twister® was originally called Pretzel? If you try to look up the history of the game with just twister pretzel, you get a lot of extraneous sites on different topics. If you want to make sure you get sites on when Twister was pretzel, how do make sure Google searches for all three of the search terms?

You can you words like AND or refer to the original name or even search when it was invented.

Google Syntax: previous name of twister game

  1. The Imperial Hotel was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but a different Lloyd Wright was inspired by it to help kids flex their construction muscles. Who was it, and what did he invent?

It was Frank Lloyd Wright’s son – John Lloyd and he invented Lincoln Logs

Google Syntax: imperial hotel lloyd wright toy

  1. How can you search for information on the Yoyo® toy and make sure to get all of its spellings?

By using the hyphen you can include both terms in the search

Google Syntax: Yo-Yo

  1. Find chess glossaries, making sure that you search for all the synonyms for glossary.

It includes the term and its synonyms

Google Syntax: chess ~ glossary

  1. Find Classic Tinkertoy® sets for sale for between $10 and $22 dollars.

Google Syntax: Classic Tinkertoy sets $10..$22

  1. What year was the Rubik’s Cube® invented?

Google Syntax: Rubik cube invention date

  1. Ideafinder.com covers the history of the Frisbee. Find that specific page on that specific site.

Google Syntax: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/frisbee.htm

  1. Find resources for using Hot Wheels® in an educational setting.

Google Syntax:hot wheels:edu

  1. Find a definition of the word scrabble.

Google Syntax: Scrabble definition

  1. Where did LEGOs get their names? What is leg godt, anyway?

Answer: LEGO’s got their name from a Danish furniture and toy maker in the 1930’s.  Leg godt means “play well” and “LEGO” is loosely translated in latin  to “I assemble”

Google Syntax: Lego name

  1. Find reviews of the book Mistakes that Worked.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/946215.Mistakes_That_Worked

http://www.amazon.com/Mistakes-That-Worked-Charlotte-Jones/product-reviews/0385320434

Google Syntax: reviews mistakes that worked

  1. What is the volume in cubic millimeters for an eight block LEGO®, if the dimensions of said LEGO are 9.6mm by 32mm by 16mm?

Answer: 4915.2mm³

Google Syntax: 9.6*32*16 mm volume

  1. If a Classic Radio Flyer® weighs 26.6 lbs., what is that in kilograms?

Answer: 12.0909090909

Google Syntax: 26.6/2.2

  1. Find stock information on the following toy companies: mat has mvl gaw

Mat: https://www.google.com/finance?q=mat&hl=en&ei=ZM6WUbjeEtO1qQHRRQ

Has: https://www.google.com/finance?q=has&hl=en&ei=a86WUai9A4eSqwGJKA

Gaw: https://www.google.com/finance?q=gaw&hl=en&ei=gc6WUbjvNs_jqAHULA

* using finance tab

  1. What intellectual property was captured with patent number 59745? UseGoogle Patent(Opens new window).

Answer: Traction Device made from woven textile

Google Syntax: 59745

*using patents tab

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