Let's say you're looking for a PowerPoint presentation on the American Revolution. If you just search for "American Revolution", your results would look like this:
Rather than searching through the millions of results for PowerPoint files, you can use the filetype: operator. Just type "filetype:ppt" (notice there's no space after the colon) before or after your search terms and your results will look like this:
The filetype: operator works with lots of filetypes. Some examples are:
- PPT- PowerPoint files
- PDF- Adobe Acrobat files
- DOC- Microsoft Word documents
- XLS- Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
- CSV- Comma-Separated Value files (like Excel spreadsheets)
- KML or KMZ- Google Earth files
- SWF- Flash files
Why would you want to find specific files by filetype? Here's a few ideas for using filetype searches in the classroom:
- PPT- Find a good PowerPoint presentation to introduce a new topic to your students.
- SWF- Find interactive Flash files use with an interactive slate or board in your classroom.
- PDF- Find free graphic organizers, information sheets or other printables.
- XLS or CSV- Find data files to use for graphing or data analysis.
- KML or KMZ- Find already created lesson activities for use in Google Earth. You'll find everything from Shakespeare to geometry to the Civil War... it's not just for geography!
Have you used a filetype search to find classroom resources? Share your ideas in the comments!