Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Saved by the Internet


Did you know that if you type in the title and the first couple of questions of a worksheet, you may be able to find a copy of that worksheet online?

I discovered this trick quite by accident. I was looking for the answers to something or other. I did just this, and the original popped up.

So, when the worksheet that the ELD (English language development. Read: students who moved here from elsewhere and are learning English) class had was missing key components, after not finding the book it came from in the classroom, I checked for it online.

(This was the third day the teacher had been out due to illness. She'd left early on Friday because she wasn't feeling well. Then she called in sick on Monday and this day which was a Tuesday. That she managed to get a very detailed lesson plan to me, with worksheets!, is pretty amazing. We'll forgive her for the worksheets being incomplete.)

They were supposed to identify the tense of the verb, only the verbs were missing. Oops. Somehow, the copy had everything that was italicized blanked out. I was going to come up with some random verbs, but the list was rather long.

So, I typed in the publisher of the worksheet (it was printed on it), the title, and voila... It actually popped up. Not only that, but the whole book it came from. Wow.

And because the computer was connected to the projector, I was able to project what was missing from the worksheet for the class to copy down.

The Internet saves my butt yet again.

21 comments:

  1. Amazing what's there ... cheers Hilary

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  2. How great that you were able to find what you needed (and a whole lot more). It's nice when the Internet can save our butts.

    Interesting spelling of Owen on the side there. :)

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    1. Yeah, it can be such a great resource.

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  4. The internet knows all and has all. You just have to find it.

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  5. The internet knows so much. However, there are still those times when the internet does not turn up anything on a given topic. It's hard to believe that there are still unsearched or researched topics in a hive mind that numbers in the billions. But there are.

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  6. That's amazing, although I shouldn't be surprised. Nice to know there are things online besides spammers and cat videos. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. There are. Although, the cat videos are pretty cool.

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  7. Wow, the internet is a wonderful tool! It's hard to remember what life was like without it.

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    1. Oh, I remember. It makes me so grateful for it when it's there.

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  8. I'd say you saved your own behind! Well done.

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    1. Oh! And thanks for the kind words regarding my suffering friend. As of last night he posted on FB that he didn’t want to read too much into it but was feeling marginally better!

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    2. Thanks. Glad to hear your friend is feeling better.

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  9. Finding information is so much easier because of the internet. It certainly makes my job as a computer programmer easier. We'll wonder something or another about a topic, and I'm the coworker who quickly scours the web for the answer.

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  10. The Internet has been so wonderful in many respects and yet so awful. I found a book I'd read years ago once. I didn't know the title or the author. I just typed in a few words re the synopsis.

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    1. Yup. Blessing and curse. Sometimes on the same day.

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  11. As annoying as technology can be it sure can come in handy some days. Amazing what you can find.

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