Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Be alert

Get an Alert

Janet Lee Harrold writes to express a question that perhaps others may ask –

Also wondering how you heard about my blog?

Where did I get your blog?

Four things (of many!) to remember when you put something on the Web...
  • Don't forget that when you post something on Facebook (or anywhere else on the Web) you publish it
  • Don't forget that Facebook is searched – every minute – by Google, and by other search engines
  • Don't forget that your postings are therefore emailed to everyone in the world who has a Google Alert out on "Conductive Education" (or any words that you write that somebody cares to enter into the search box: “cerebral palsy” for instance)
  • Don't forget also that your publications may be out there somewhere, 'for ever'

Janet's blog posting was already exciting interest other than mine before I read it!

Google Alerts

Unlike some things, these are very simple:

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
Just create an alert with the form provided:

Using Google Alert

Google Alert works for any language that its system allows to be typed into its search box. The sytem is not always perfect. And you can get some really daft notifications sometimes, and some surprisingly late ones too.

And no fault of Google's, that there are all those daft people out there who don't know the difference between 'conductive' and 'conducive', and so write all sorts write about all sorts of daft things being 'conductive to education'!

There are things that Google Alerts might not reach – and Google Alert is not the only way to be alerted. A week or so back Norman Perrin commented on a posting here on Conductive World and offered two of them (I am ashamed to say that I cannot find his comment: help please, Norman).::

I am sure that there will be other ways to reach parts that Google Alerts cannot reach. As it is, the amount of new stuff now flying out, right through the day, every day of the year, is starting to get overwhelming. even just from the single search term “Conductive Education”

If you are searching for a phrase (i.e. for more than a single word) don't forget to include the double inverted commas “...” around it, thus “Conductive Education”, “Konduktive Förderung”, Pető Intézet etc...

If more people in CE knew about and used this facility, then there might be greater awareness of just what is going on around our once bright cause.

Thank you, Janet, for spurring me to write this posting.


  1. Andrew

    I think the information that you are searching for from Norman Perrin is actually posted on his blog.


  2. I get at least five such google alerts a day about blogs where parents mention Conductive Education, I get another two or three about centres offering Conductive Education. I get alerts to all the blogs I have listed whenever they post something new and I get a lot about conductive materials as in electricity!

    I read Janet's blog when I got home from work at 9pm last evening. I was going to comment on it when I get home perhaps a bit earlier tonight. You got there first.

    I also passed the reference on to Gill Maguire, just as I do anything new that I came across in my Google alerts.
    Some are perhaps useful for her lists.

    This alert system is certainly one of the things I use to try to keep up to date with what is happening outside Europe. As you said in an earlier posting, Europe is not always as up to date with the rest of the world as it could be.


  3. Spot on, Susie. Senior moment! This is what Norman wrote:

    Google is not the only means of searching for conductive education on the internet.

    Two other possibilities, new to me, I found this morning, which produced some unfamiliar results. search for documents (.pdf, .doc or .ppt) that mention conductive education search for tweets that mention conductive education.

    Thanks to you both.