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Venue:Pre-book a seminar room with a projector and L.R.C. computer lab.

Investigate Boolean Logic through:


Introduction to Web Searches in Plain English


Understanding Operators



Activity: BOOLEAN AEROBICS


Use this activity to help students understand how the AND, OR and NOT operators are

used to broaden or narrow a search.


The AND workout


Stand up if you have brown hair

Remain standing if you have brown hair AND brown eyes

Remain standing if you have brown hair AND brown eyes AND are wearing glasses

Remain standing if you have brown hair AND brown eyes AND are wearing glasses AND are wearing a bracelet.

Questions or ideas?

Did AND make your search bigger or smaller?

How would you use AND in a search?

The OR workout


Stand up if you have brown hair

Stand up if you have brown hair OR wear glasses (or contacts)

Questions or ideas?

Did OR make your search bigger or smaller?

How would you use OR in a search?

The NOT workout


Stand up if you have brown hair

Stand up if you have brown hair but NOT brown eyes


Questions or ideas?

Did NOT make your search bigger or smaller?

How would you use NOT in a search?


Activity:

Test your ability to use operators in the following challenge:

*Remember when using the not operator to leave a space prior to the minus sign as in Canada -flag not Canada-flag.

Operators Challenge

Do the Basic Operators and Know the Code Challenges.


Keywords are the most important words that can be used to refine your searches. Go to the link below, read the relevant information, then test your ability to identify key words when searching.

Click on Keyword Challenge and choose the Hollywood Challenge.


Try to beat the clock and your peers in finding the correct website!

Internet Search Challenge




*If time permits try a few more Internet Search Challenges.