Robin Good: If you are serious about becoming a great curator, in your specific areas of interest, one of the key skills you may need to hone and refine is searching.
While everyone can type a query in Google, only a very small minority knows how to go beyond that simple and intuitive ask-by-typing approach.
If you need to find alternative sources, additional proofs or more people writing on a specific topic, you need to be able to articulate your search engine queries in more sophisticated ways.
Google has opened registrations to its new Power Searching online course, providing anyone with the opportunity to learn highly valuable search skills and to receive a Google certificate after successfully completing it.
From the official web site: "Power Searching with Google is a free online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how to use them to solve real, everyday problems.
The course features:
-> Six 50-minute classes.
-> Interactive activities to practice new skills.
-> Opportunities to connect with others using Google Groups, Google+, and Hangouts on Air.
Upon passing the post-course assessment, a printable Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.
Registration is open from yesterday (June 26th), to July 16, 2012.
New classes will become available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting on July 10, 2012 and ending on July 19, 2012. Course-related activities will end on July 23, 2012.
Find out more: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/landing/powersearching.html ;
Register now: http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/register ;
(via Ed Stenson)
Via Robin Good, Heiko Idensen