How To Use The TeachThought Search Engine

How To Use The TeachThought Search Engine

by TeachThought Staff

If you haven’t noticed, we are continually updating the TeachThought website–sometimes to make it more functional, sometimes to make it look better, sometimes faster, safer, more stable, to work better on mobile, and a million other reasons. Some stick, some don’t.

One change we’ve made recently that we’re extremely excited about is the addition of the TeachThought Search Engine, a vastly improved way to find the content you’re looking for as an educator. While it’s in its early stages of development and isn’t quite where we want it to be, when it’s finished it won’t just help you find content, but know what you’re looking for before you do.

In the meantime, here’s a quick ‘how-to’ list. Note that since we’re constantly updating it, some things may be a bit different than they appear in the images below (though we’ll accompany any substantive changes with an update to this post).

The more you use the search feature, the smarter it will get. Search early and often, and let us know if you encounter any bugs or have a feature you’d like to see.

How To Use The TeachThought Search Engine

1. Just like Google search, enter your desired search term in the box. Because it’s a live search, it will predict content and suggest titles related to your search terms.

2. Because it’s a live search, it will predict content and suggest titles related to your search terms.

3. The search will return what it believes you’re looking for based on a number of factors, including how similar your search term and the title of the content are.

4. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can click the ‘settings’ button to the right (you can also do this before the search) to refine results.

5. The results are scrollable, and right now are set to return 90 of the top results.

6. Click the magnifying glass to go to the results page.

7. Click the desired post to go directly to that page.

8. You can also visit the full search TeachThought search page to see suggested search terms, or begin a new search altogether.

9. Below each post, there are ‘suggest related titles’ that can often be a good way to find content if the TeachThought search engine fails you.

10. If you’re still having trouble, it might be easier to go directly to Google and search there with your desired search term + teachthought.

The image below has more information.

How To Use The TeachThought Search Engine