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Test and Improve Your Search Skills using Power Searching with Google’s Online Course Work

If you happened to miss Google’s official online course last month for some reason, you can still take advantage of and access the online class work from ‘Power Searching with Google’. The online course work lets you test, practice, and improve your search skills in a series of six classes.

Each class is broken down into multiple lessons with videos, text (document) versions of the videos, short presentation summaries of each video, and activities to test your growing search skills. For our screenshots we will focus on Class 2, Lesson 1…

Here is what the page for each class looks like. The individual lessons and associated activities for each lesson are listed on the left side with the video for that lesson as the main focus. You can access the text version of the video for each lesson in the upper right corner if desired (button outlined in red).

Note: The text and presentation versions will open in Google Docs.

The first part of the text (document) version for the video from Class 2, Lesson 1. You can access the presentation for the lesson using the link at the top of the document (outlined in red).

A quick look at the presentation for Class 2, Lesson 1. The wonderful part about the online course work is that you can use as much or as little as needed while working your way through each class.

You can access the online classes, text (document) versions, presentations, and activities without a Google account, so hurry on over and start strengthening those search skills!

Power Searching with Google Course Homepage

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/2/12

Comments (2)

  1. kellanpan

    I took this course and got 100% on the midterm assessment and 100% on the final.
    To be brutally honest, I learned VERY little considering the time it took to watch the videos and take the assessment. It did, however, make me think more before making my search.

    On the other hand, this course would be great for beginners.

  2. TD

    I agree with kellanpan – there is really no power here. A better title would have been google for noobs, or intro to searching or some such.

    I was really hoping for something new since this is a subject I haven’t visited for several years, and google does change things from time to time, but no such luck. There are probably still some much more useful resources on the web that you can find by, well, googling it!

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