User tools

Search

See below for additional information on using search.

Accessing search
Not finding the results you want?
Search function
Searching multiple contexts/science stories
Phrase searching
Adding a compulsory word
Excluding terms
Search results for multiple terms
Macrons and cases
Strands
Levels
Search weighting results
Filter your search results

Accessing search

There are 2 main ways of accessing search on the Science Learning Hub:

  1. Use the top search box situated in the header on all pages. This can be used to run a quick search across the entire site or search just that section, for example, search only the Ceramics context.
  2. Click on the Advanced Search link in the header to go to this page, www.sciencelearn.org.nz/search. From here, you can search by contexts, science stories, other sections, resource types, strands and levels.

Not finding the results you want?

  • Check your spelling.
  • Widen your search.
  • Try more general search terms or reduce the number of terms.
  • Change or select from resource types, strands and/or levels.

Search function

The search will automatically find extensions of words, for example, if you enter ‘teacher’, your results will include ‘teacher’ and ‘teachers’ but not ‘teaching’.

The search will also find metadata terms. These are additional terms added to the search information for items that do not appear in the text. These help teachers find useful items for particular topics or concepts.

Searching multiple contexts/science stories

  • PC users – hold down the Ctrl or Shift key and select with your mouse.
  • MAC users – hold down the Apple or Shift key and select with your mouse.

Phrase searching

Search for a phrase by putting quotation marks around your search terms, for example, "water cycle".

Adding a compulsory word

Prefix a search term with a plus symbol to ensure the term is included in the search results, for example, "water cycle" +research.

Excluding terms

Prefix a search term with the minus sign to exclude the term from the search results, for example, "water cycle" –research.

Search results for multiple terms

When multiple search terms are entered, a certain number must be included in the particular resource for it to be included in the search results:

  • When 2 or more terms are entered, at least 1 term must appear in a resource for it to be included.
  • When 3 or 4 terms are entered, at least 2 terms must appear.
  • For over 4 terms, 30% of the terms must appear.

Macrons and cases

The search is not case-sensitive or macron-sensitive, for example, searching ‘WHANAU’, ‘whānau’ and ‘whanau’ will give the same results.

Strands

Strands are part of the New Zealand curriculum requirements. For further information see:
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/.../Learning-areas/Scienceexternal link

Levels

Levels are broad categories of teaching in New Zealand. Primary level covers ages 5-10, Upper primary covers ages 10-12, Lower Secondary covers ages 12-14. Please note that is only a very general guide.

Search weighting results

Search results are automatically weighted to so that these resources are given priority:

  • frequency of the search term(s),
  • appearing in the title and first paragraph,
  • large written content, videos and animations.

Filter your search results

From your search results, you can choose to further narrow your search by selecting one of the resource types options under ‘Filter your search’.

To filter your search results, click to expand one of the resource types to the left of the page and select one of the available options. This will filter your results to items that match your chosen criteria.

Applied filters appear at the top left of your search results, and can be removed by clicking the [x] link.

Science Learning Hub Survey 2014

Dear Hub visitor,

You're invited to participate in an online survey about the New Zealand Science Learning Hub. This survey was designed to help Hub staff enhance and develop further the site. This is different from our November 2013 survey, so even if you took part in that survey, we would appreciate you taking this survey as well.

Take the survey