90% of pupils don't know how to 'Google' effectively. How to #PowerSearch

We want Google to be the third part of your brain
— Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

People use Google every single day. It is amazing tool used globally. It is a very, very clever piece of code, optimised to deliver the end user the most relevant information.

Most people will gladly settle for the first result Google sends back, but should we always trust an algorithm? 

There are many tricks you can use on Google to make your searching more effective. The general issue with this is, most people don't know how (we find that most people aren't even aware of this). In a study, it was discovered that 90% of students failed to narrow their search criteria effectively, when doing so would have turned up more helpful returns.

Just by adding in a phrase or using particular characters / symbols, you are able to refine your search results. It's time to enter the world of the #PowerSearch. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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Common Search Operators

Google search operators (or parameters) are characters / terms used on Google to help refine / focus the search

Google search operators (or parameters) are characters / terms used on Google to help refine / focus the search

โ€œSearch Termโ€

  • This operator searches for the exact phrase within speech marks only
  • Handy for when you are not getting enough relevant results back, or if your search term is ambiguous and could be mistaken for something else (Google is a machine after all)
  • e.g. Star Wars I on Google will only search Star Wars (as I is removed from the search term for being a common character / stop word). "Star Wars I" will search for only Star Wars I

OR

โ€“ (and +)

  • The โ€“ operator removes pages that mention a given term
  • e.g. Manchester -united would return results related to Manchester but omit anything with united in it
  • The + operator will return common words / stop words, which would otherwise be discarded in a search
  • e.g. Lord +of +the Rings would return results for the book / film and not search for just Lord Rings

~

  • Adding a tilde (~) to a search word tells Google you want it to bring back synonyms (words that mean the same thing) for the term as well
  • e.g. ~learning will also return results for terms search as "study", "education", "schooling", "training" and "instruction"

site:

  • Search only within a given domain
  • Great for finding content within a particular site
  • e.g. site:twitter.com Independent School would return Independent School results from Twitter only

link:

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Less Common Google Search Operators

allintitle:

  • Searches only for sites with the given words in the page title
  • e.g. allintitle:prep school Kent will return results that have the words prep, school and Kent in the title

intitle:

  • same as above but used for single words - offering a bit more flexibility
  • e.g. intitle:prep Kent will return results that have prep in the title and Kent elsewhere

allintext: (and also intext:)

  • Searches only for sites where the given word(s) are in the text of the page

allinurl (and also inurl:)

  • Similar to the last few - fetches results where key words are in the URL
  • Useful if youโ€™ve forgotten the exact URL of a website, but can still remember bits of it! 

allinpostauthor: (and also inpostauthor:)

*

  • Putting an asterisk (*) in a search allows you to search for an unknown word
  • Basically, itโ€™s really good for finding half remembered song lyrics or names of things.
  • e.g. Let's do the * again should return Let's Do the Timewarp results

loc:placename

  • Brings back results from pages in a given place
  • Can also be used to search for specific types of places within that location
  • e.g. loc:London independent school

define:phrase

source:

weather:

  • Search results for the weather in a location - nice and simple!
  • e.g. weather:dubai

map:

  • Adding the word map after a locational search forces Google to produce map-based results
  • e.g. map:high wycombe

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    As digital becomes even more intwined with daily lives, and as Google remains the font of all knowledge for the world, it is important we understand how to use it well. This is even more true for school leavers, as they move into job's that do not exist today.

    Try out a few of these tips and see how much of a difference it can make to your Google use...even if it is to see how hot it is today in Dubai. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We'd love to hear your thoughts on this post, you can comment below.

    The evolution of the iPhone

    Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
    — Steve Jobs

    Today we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone - a symbol of the modern world and a landmark piece of technology.

    Let's be fair - smart phones and tablets have become standard household objects for many of us; as common as refrigerators or washing machines. In the UK, it is estimated that at least 65% of the nation own a smart phone. The smart phone has also replaced laptops as the number one device for accessing the internet. 

    The first generation iPhone might not seem much by today's standards but it really was the first phone of its kind. On January 9th 2007, Jobs took stage as he announced Apple's newest product. He said: 

    Well, today, weโ€™re introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone โ€ฆ Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone. 
    Today, today Apple is going to reinvent the phone, and here it is.

    Later that year (June 29th to be exact) iPhone was released to the US market. It took 74 days to hit the first million units shipped mark. 

    Fast forward 10 years and over a billion iPhone units (across all generations) have been sold to a global market.

    What's changed over the past 10 years?

    Schools have seen a great change over the last decade. How we learn, communicate, and collaborate has shifted online.

    Here's just a few adoptions schools have made in their marketing since 2007:

    • SMS alerts
    • Prospectus apps
    • Mobile sites
    • Responsive websites
    • iCal calendar syncing
    • School apps / parent apps
    • Social media
    • Augmented reality prospectuses

    What next?

    We're constantly analysing consumer behaviour to understand how people are shifting their attention and technology usage.

    Where do we believe the growth over the next 10 years will lie for #SchoolsMarketing?

    • Mobile
    • Virtual Reality
    • Augmented Reality
    • Voice-activated Devices
    • 360 Video
    • Smart Appliances (Fridges, Washing Machines)
    • Smart Cars
    • Big Data
    • Personalisation

    Innovation is inevitable, and those that can see and adapt to change will be the ones that succeed.

    What does it mean for schools?

    The evolution of the iPhone - while not always regarded as the most innovative year-on-year - has undoubtedly changed how people of modern world interacts with each other.

    For schools, it means that your information / online presence is just a few swipes & taps away! Marketing is no longer all about paying money to be seen - it is about offering value and service to your community.

    This can largely be done via mobile technology, social media and apps! 

    What changes have had the biggest impact on your school over the past 10 years?

    We'd love to hear your views on this article - please comment below.

    Start with Twitter: Monitoring #SchoolStories

    The thing I really like about Twitter is the speed with which information reaches me. You find out things from Twitter long before theyโ€™re on the news.

    That, I think, is valuable.
    — Salman Rushdie, author

    Twitter is an incredible asset for schools using social media. It offers users a quick and intuitively simple way to share #SchoolStories as they happen.

    Having a sound strategy in place, and a willingness from all teaching staff to use the platform, Twitter can be the place parents go to to see all the amazing things that happen at your school each and every day ๐Ÿ‘

    School Wide #SchoolStories

    Most schools have a presence on Twitter. Most of the time this will take shape in 2/3 different accounts:

    1. main school
    2. sport / PE
    3. head / principal 

    This is great - it gives your school three different outlets to share #SchoolStories from.

    But what if we began to extend this? What if parents wanted to see more of what is happening in the drama department, or were interested in all the trips your school goes on each year? So we create a drama account - maintained by your drama teacher(s) - and a school trips account. Now let's take this further - why should any subject be exempt? (TOP TIP: they shouldn't!!!)

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    Imagine this...

    It's the middle of the school-day. Lessons are happening all across your school. Now freeze that moment!

    If you were to walk around and look at everything you'd be seeing 20, 30, 40 different #SchoolStories. It might be a pupil sinking a sweet 3-pointer in sports; your chemistry teacher burning different elements to produce a rainbow of flames; a pupil nailing a guitar solo in band practice; your head / principal delivering an incredible speech. It could be many, many things!

    These are all #SchoolStories that your community will want to see and share. But how do you share all of these stories - you can't possibly be everywhere at once?!!

    The answer is simple: TWITTER ๐Ÿ˜

    In having Twitter set up in this way you are facilitating the sharing element. For an investment of just 30 seconds your staff...and your school...can share awesome #SchoolStories as they happen throughout the day.

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    It's a marketing goldmine - it just needs to be well implemented!

    Learn more about social media strategy from your friendly, neighbourhood prospectors - we will come to you and train your staff ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

    What do I share?

    Composing a Tweet is not - and never should be - a time-consuming act. This is the guiding principle behind Twitter and explains why characters are limited to just 140. 

    It is also why Twitter is such a good platform for sharing stories and news on. In fact, with regards to news, it is often the first place most people go to see breaking stories! Traditional news outlets (i.e. news channels) just cannot keep pace with the world of social media and, particularly, Twitter. 

    Here is a simple #SchoolStory template, to help boost your Tweet game:

    • WRITE WORDS (always a good place to start!): What is the subject / point of the Tweet? 
    • CONDENSE THOSE WORDS: No time for essays: how can you condense it down?
    • ADD MEDIA: Social is more and more about the visual game! If you are Tweeting about the awesome nativity play your school has just put on then show the awesome nativity play your school has just put on! Add media such as photos or short videos
    • TAG YOUR TWEET: This is where we often see schools fall down. Using tags (#hashtags in Twitter's case) is a perfect way to categorise and archive what you share. For example: click this hashtag to see how the school uses it across their different subjects and year groups ๐Ÿ‘‰ #BSAKinnovation.

    THE GOOD TWEET GALLERY: Note the content & hashtags used ๐Ÿ‘

    All hashtags are followable - clicking on any of them will direct you to a wall filled with Tweets that contain that particular hashtag. Use school name / acronym / nickname as a prefix to keep them "branded" to your school.

    With a good hashtag strategy in place, you are able to accurately categorise your content more effectively. These categories can include:

    • year groups - #intSchoolsYear6 | #intSchoolsNursery
    • departments#intSchoolsHistory | #intSchoolsDrama
    • types of sport / activity - #intSchoolsBasketball | #intSchoolsBookClub
    • school principles / strap-line#intSchoolsWebsite | #intSchoolsCreative | #intSchoolsSocial

    How to monitor #SchoolStories

    As your school's marketer, knowing how to monitor these Tweets is essential. Yes, when it comes to Twitter, you are handing the reigns over to your teaching colleagues - but you need to keep them on track, and on-brand! 

    There are plenty of tools to help you with this - understandably having to watch over 30+ Twitter accounts can be something of a task! That is why you want something to make this as simple as possible.

    Enter TweetDeck - hands down our favourite tool for Twitter monitoring. With a small amount of investment and knowledge, you can have TweetDeck set up to monitor and actually control all those accounts at your school. It is invaluable!

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    Read our comprehensive guide on managing your Twitter accounts using TweetDeck.

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    There we have it - how to share (and monitor) top #SchoolStories with Twitter. We are huge fans of what Twitter can offer schools and believe that with the right knowledge and strategy in place, it will be a platform to really promote your school.

    Schools - don't miss out or get left behind!

    WE CAN HELP WITH THIS (and more)!!! 

    If you are interested in Twitter and how it can help market your school get in touch to talk to us about social media training or marketing strategy. Through understanding and effective use, Twitter and social media in general allows you to really โœจSTAND OUTโœจ from your competitors. 

    As always - we love to keep the conversation flowing. Please do leave comments about what you have read or thoughts on the Twitter game below. โœŒ๏ธ

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    Google Analytics: Getting started

    The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.
    — Carly Fiorina, Business Leader

    Do you ever sit at your desk and think:

    • How many people are visiting our school site?
    • Where do these people live? How old are they? What interests do they have?
    • Do they view our school site on mobile devices?
    • How do they find our school website? Is it Google? Or Mumsnet? Or social media?
    • What pages on our school site are the most popular? What pages are the least popular?
    • Is there a way to quickly see how many enquiries we had this week, month or year?

    If you can say yes to any of the above then the answer is simple: Google Analytics.

    What is Google Analytics?

    Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google to help track and report on website traffic. Any school website can have Google Analytics tracking their site - and should!

    Why Google Analytics?

    Google Analytics allows you to see who is visiting your site, what pages are viewed the most, how many people send enquiries and how visitors find you. This is all essential data to help define your marketing strategy. 

    In all likelihood your school website will have Google Analytics - it has become part and parcel of website building. However, we find that many schools are either unaware of this or simply don't know how to use it.

    INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT GOOGLE & SOCIAL ANALYTICS? JOIN OUR FREE MASTERCLASSES ACROSS THE UK THIS JUNE & JULY.

    BOOK YOUR #intSchoolsLIVE TICKET NOW!

    Setting up Google Analytics

    If you're unsure whether or not you have Google Analytics account linked to your school website you should first approach your website agency.

    They should give you access (you will need a Google account - i.e Gmail). Liaise between your website provider and your school's IT team to ensure that everything is set up as it should be ๐Ÿ‘

    Google Analytics should always be owned / administered by the school - do not let your agency take your analytics data away with them, should you part ways!

    Data! Data! Data! I canโ€™t make bricks without clay.
    — Sherlock Holmes

    Google Analytics: Glossary

    There is a lot you can do on Google Analytics (far too much to put into a single blog post).

    However, we find that a lot of newcomers to the analytics game get stuck on the terminologies. We have compiled a glossary of typical terms to help you better understand the platform.

    • Account: the "top-level" where everything sits. If you have two school websites (i.e. individual sites for the junior and senior schools) you will likely have one account that administers both websites (aka Properties)
    • Average Session Duration: the average amount of time visitors spend on your site. This does not count time spent on the last page viewed during a Session
    • Bounce: when a visitor to your site exits on the same page they visit (i.e. they have not "explored" your site)
      • TOP TIP: these are often considered as negative but consider why someone has come to your site
      • For example: someone might want to know your school term dates. They Google term dates at [your school] - click the top results (your term dates page) - get the info they need and leave. This is a Bounce but the user has taken exactly what they need from you site
    • Bounce Rate: the percentage of Sessions with a single-page view
    • Conversion: when a Goal or purchase is made during a visit to your site. You are able to set your own Goals (i.e. you might want to analyse how many people fill out an enquiry form)
    • Direct: traffic that comes to your site by directly typing your school site's URL into their browser
    • Entrance: the first page that a visitor to your site sees. This is useful to assess the main pages users want to see; that are generally searched for on a search engine
    • Event: a custom interaction from your website that can be tracked (i.e. how many times an embedded video is played)
    • Filter: filters can be applied to help define your reports - so you can start to really nail down what you want to see in your data
    • Goal: used to assess a desired action / conversion on your site. Typical Goals for schools include:
      • email newsletter sign ups
      • Contact Us form filled out
      • Enquiry / Admissions form filled out
    • Hit: any action is known as a Hit on Google Analytics (i.e. each visit to your Homepage is a Hit / each play of a video is a Hit)
    • Keyword: shows the keywords people use when searching for your site
      • For example: you are a Prep school in Windsor. Keywords may include Prep / Windsor / Junior / school / Berkshire and so on
    • Landing Page: the first page viewed during a Session (i.e. the Entrance page)
    • Lookback Window: allows you to determine specific dates when looking back at data (this is defaulted to 30 days)
    • Metric: one of two types of data analysed. A Metric is typically a number (i.e. a count or percentage)
      • New User: a new visitor to your site (i.e. they have never been on your site before).
        • Note: Google Analytics tracks by ID and cookies, so generally a New User is noted per device
      • Organic: is when someone visits your site from a free link (i.e. not from paid advertising / PPC)
      • Page: the part of your URL that follows your Domain. 
      • Pages Per Session: the average of how many Pages are viewed during a Session
      • Pageview: reported when a Page is viewed by a visitor to your website
      • Previous Page Path: allows you to determine the Page (on your website) that was viewed immediately before another Page during a Session
      • Property: "second-level" on Google Analytics. A Property will generally be a website but can include other things such as Apps. See Account for more details
      • Referral: when someone is directed to your site from another third-party website. Under the Referral area you can see all the domains that are directing traffic to your site - a very handy tool to determine how people are finding you
      • Search Query: the actual term somebody used in a search engine before clicking through to your website
      • Search Term: if your website has a search function you can configure these reports to show what terms people are using on your website
      • Segment: when viewing / compiling reports you can create Segments to filter data that is (or is not) included in your reports
      • Session: a single visit to your site that is made up of two or more Pageviews (remember if a visitor enters one Page and leaves on the same Page it is counted as a Bounce)
      • Tracking ID: in order to send Hits to the appropriate Property, a Tracking ID is included in the tracking code.
        • They always start UA, followed by a set of numbers (i.e. UA-1234567-1)
      • Unique Pageview: counts a page once, even if it was viewed multiple times within a single session.
        • For example: if someone lands on your Homepage, then views About Us, before navigating back to your Homepage, the homepage would have 1 unique Pageview (even though the page was viewed twice during the session)
      • User: an individual person browsing your website (aka Visitor)
      • User Explorer: allows you to view the cookie IDs that have been created in peopleโ€™s browsers
      • User Flow: this report is a visual representation of how users navigate and interact with your website (i.e. the paths they take when exploring your site) 
      • User ID: a unique identifier used to combine Sessions from a known person on your website (i.e. so you can see how many times a User visits your site over a period of time)

      We can help!!!

      Google Analytics is a big undertaking. It is easy to get lost among the numbers - but we are here to offer a guiding route to data Nirvana ๐Ÿ˜‚ . Get in touch to discuss our digital marketing packages.

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      Phew! There we have it. You now have the tools to start you on your analysing ways. We'd love to hear your thoughts or questions on this article. Please add comments below ๐Ÿ—ฃ

      The language of teens: A glossary

      Wagwan Piff Ting ๐Ÿ˜ (Donโ€™t worry, we havenโ€™t just insulted you!!) Thanks for taking the time to read our sick blog post about teen language. We think itโ€™s totally on fleek and we hope you do too!

      If there are a few words or phrases in the paragraph above that you donโ€™t understand - DONโ€™T WORRY! ๐Ÿ˜Š  In all honesty, some of this post might as well be written in another language (some might say that it actually isโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜’) so we here at Interactive Schools thought it might be a good idea ๐Ÿ’ก to put together a glossary of words and terms that teens today are using.

      Much in the same way any language evolves, so too can this glossary. We will continue adding to it and if you happen to come across some words or terms yourself - then tell us! We want to know and so too will your contemporaries and parents ๐Ÿ’ช 

      Just think - you need never walk down your school corridors again and wonder what Sophie in year 8 just said to Tom! ๐Ÿค”

      Changes and additions to the English language are nothing new (after all, none of us are still talking like Chaucer), but teens have always been at the forefront of these linguistic shifts. There are some who consider themselves Prescriptivists ๐Ÿ‘Ž and think that the constant shifts in language are detrimental to the core of linguistics, meanwhile Descriptivists ๐Ÿ‘ observe the change in language and see the constant shift as exciting ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

      The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.
      — Stephen Fry

      At @intSchools we are definitely more in line with the latter way of thinking. Whether you are for or against the evolution of our language it is something that will continue to happen. It is up to us to ensure that we keep up with these changes. As a teacher and/or parent, it will always pay to stay abreast of the way in which the younger generations are communicating and which platforms they are adopting in order to stay in touch with each other ๐Ÿ‘ซ

      Adults trying to keep up with teen trends be like...

      Adults trying to keep up with teen trends be like...

      So take some time to have a look at the list we have compiled. You never know, you might find some language here that you are happy to incorporate into you third period maths lesson. Go on! You know your students will โค๏ธ it!


      Acc

      Abbreviated form of the word 'actually'
      (Adverb)

      "I acc canโ€™t believe we have so much Geoggers homework. Why did he have to set soooo much? Mr Jones is sooooo grim"

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      Aired

      When someone ignores you, they are said to have 'aired you'
      (Verb)

      "Can you believe Sophie? She totally aired me back there. I swear i'm done with her peakness ๐Ÿ˜ท ๐Ÿ‘Ž ๐Ÿ’ฉ "

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      Bรฆ

      Your best friend or person you are in in a relationship with. The person or people you put Before. Anyone. Else.
      (Noun)

      "Abbie, youโ€™re totally my Bรฆ for life ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒ "

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      Bare Jokes

      Very funny
      (Adjective)

      "Oml Connor, you're bare funny. You got me proper creasing ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ "

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      Bait

      A person or behaviour that is patently obvious to anyone around them
      (Adjective)

      "Oml Matt! Stop copying from me. You're being proper bait - I'm not getting in trouble because of you ๐Ÿ˜ก โœ‹ "

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      Bezzo

      Someone you would consider to be one of your best friends
      (Noun)

      "Robyn is my bezzo. She was there when I tripped up the Science Block stairs and she didn't tell anyone! Bezzo for life ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒโ€™"

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      Bruddah

      The name given to someone you consider a close friend, almost like a brother
      (Noun)

      "I know George. We play for the same football team. Heโ€™s alright, he's my Bruddah"

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      Bruh

      Something you say when you are really fed up of something

      "Bruh, I'm so done with my mum and dad always telling me what to do ๐Ÿ‘ฉ ๐Ÿ‘ฑ ๐Ÿšซ ๐Ÿ˜ด "

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      Cba

      Acronym for 'Can't Be Arsed'. Something you would reply with when asked to do something you do not want to do

      "Iโ€™m meant to be cleaning my room today but I really cba ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ‘Ž โœ‹"

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      Chatting Breeze

      When someone is lying or talking rubbish, they are considered to be chatting breeze

      "Ava needs to stop chatting so much breeze already. Gonna change her name to Pinocchio pretty soon ๐Ÿคฅ โœ‹ ๐Ÿ˜ด "

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      Chirps

      Chatting someone up. Contextually more relevant to chatting up a female. i.e Chirpsing the birds from the trees
      (Verb)

      "Gwarn Ethan, chirpsing the girls ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿฅ "

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      ...chose

      Normally found in the comment section under an Instagram post. Someone shares a number of pictures of themselves  to their friends. The friends then reach a consensus and advise the original sender of the selfie that they should post to their Instagram feed

      [Posts photo to Instagram with comment]
      "Faves chose ๐Ÿ‘ฏ ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒ "

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      Creasing

      Laughing very hard. Finding something really funny
      (Verb)

      "Oml! That video you sent me in History got me creasing so bad ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ "

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      Dank

      A word used to describe something that is considered โ€˜sexyโ€™ or good. Similar in meaning to the word โ€˜Pengโ€™
      (Adjective)

      "Oml I need those trainers. Theyโ€™re proper dank. I'm gonna get my Mum to get them for me ๐Ÿ˜ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘Œ "

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      Donny

      See: G
      (Noun)

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      Faves

      Your favourite group of people. The people that are closest to you and in your Squad. The people you roll with
      (Noun)

      "Hanging with my Faves down the park today ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜˜ โ˜€๏ธ "

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      Filter

      Related to Instagram and Snapchat. Photographic lenses. On Instagram, filters can make your pictures look vintage or black and white for example. On Snapchat, filters can be overlaid in app to make you look a certain way, for instance, like a cute rabbit or a giraffe with glasses
      (Noun)

      "Iโ€™m so glad they brought back the crown filter. It makes me look proper peng๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘‘"

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      Gwarn

      Literally means 'go on'. Normally used as a positive response to a friend or someone you find attractive
      (Verb)

      "Gwarn Sadie, with your peng self ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜"

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      Grim

      Something that is considered nasty, bad or not good
      (Adjective)

      "Ewwwww I hate my school uniform. Why is it so bare grim? ๐Ÿ˜ซ ๐Ÿ˜ท "

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      G

      A term used for someone you consider a close friend.
      See: Bruddah
      (Noun)

      "Yeah James is a really good friend of mine. Heโ€™s a proper G ๐Ÿ’ช"

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      ILYSM

      Acronym for โ€˜I love you so muchโ€™

      [Posts picture to Instagram]
      Friend: "Oml Ella youโ€™re acc so gorge ๐Ÿ˜ "
      You: "Awwww Phoebe ๐Ÿ˜Œ ILYSM ๐Ÿ˜˜ "

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      Insta

      Short for Instagram
      (Noun)

      "Heโ€™s liked so many photos on my Insta. I wonder if he likes me? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ™Š "

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      Linking

      When you repeatedly talk and flirt with someone specific with a view to them becoming your boyfriend or girlfriend
      (Verb)

      "Itโ€™s pretty obvious that youโ€™re gonna go out...youโ€™re proper linking ๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ˜ฌ "

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      Licked

      Someone who is very drunk
      (Verb)

      "Oml, she's proper licked. Someone needs to take her home ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ "

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      Lit

      Normally in relation to a party or event that is really good or something that is popping
      (Adjective)

      "This party is lit fam. I never want it to end ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ™Œ  ๐Ÿ˜ "

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      Locked

      See: Padlock emoji ๐Ÿ”

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      Nrs

      Abbreviation of the term 'No Replies'. Generally used on Snapchat. Can be added to a Snap when someone's data has run out but they are not able to access WiFi and can therefore not send Snaps back and forth between people

      [Posts snap to Snapchat]
      "Nrs. No data ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿšซ "

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      On Fleek

      Something that looks really good. Something that has turned out exactly the way you wanted
      (Adjective)

      "Chloe your eyebrows are totally on fleek. How do you get them like that? Iโ€™m so jealous ๐Ÿ˜ฎ โค๏ธ "

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      Oml

      Acronym for Oh my life. Would be used interchangeably with phrases like, โ€˜Oh my daysโ€™ or โ€˜Oh my godโ€™

      "Oml, I cannot deal with my Mum today โœ‹  She wonโ€™t stop having a go at me about doing my homework ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ˜ซ "

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      Padlock (emoji) ๐Ÿ”

      Someone in your life you consider locked down and loyal to you. Can be used for both friendships and relationships. See: Locked
      (Adjective)

      "ILYSM Abbie, youโ€™re my Bรฆ for life ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŒ "

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      Peak

      Something that is considered bad, not good. See: Grim
      (Adjective)

      "Ahhh man this weather is peak. I wanted to go out with my Faves but the rain will ruin my hair ๐Ÿ˜ซ ๐Ÿ˜ก "

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      Peng

      Something that is considered sexy or good. See: Dank
      (Adjective)

      "Oi oi! Youโ€™re well peng ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜˜"

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      Piff Ting

      Someone who is considered an attractive person
      Adjective/Noun

      "Wagwan piff ting ๐Ÿ˜ You is looking peng! ๐Ÿ‘Œ"

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      Popping

      See: Lit ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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      Roll

      Means to go somewhere, normally with your Squad or your Faves
      (Verb)

      "Me and my Faves are gonna roll down town later today ๐Ÿ‘ฏ ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Who's gonna be there too? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ "

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      Sick

      Something that is considered good
      (Adjective)

      "Had such a sick weekend round my Bezzo's house. Same time next week, yeah ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ?"

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      Slay

      To slay at something is to do it well
      (Adverb)

      "Oml, I watched you in your dance show the other week. Slaying for days Bรฆ ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐Ÿ™Œ "

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      Snap

      A photo taken on your phone using Snapchat that involves using filters and other effects before sharing with a friend (Streak), or posting to your Story for everyone to see for 24 hours
      (Noun)

      "I swear I've sent soooooo many snaps today, my Faves must think I'm Kim K ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜‚ "

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      Squad

      Your friendship circle or those you consider closest and most loyal to you
      (Noun)

      "Me and my squad are rolling down the dip today. Whoโ€™s coming too? ๐Ÿ™‹ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ•ถ "

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      Streaks

      Streaks refer to Snapchat and represent the snap streak someone has with a friend. To produce a streak someone will have had to sent snaps back and forth with someone at least once every 24 hours.

      Streaks are produced after snaps are sent between two people for three or more days and are represented by the Fire emoji and the number your streak has currently reached
      (Noun)

      "I'm not coming out tonight or I'll lose my phone privileges again - I'm not losing my streaks again! ๐Ÿ‘Ž โœ‹ ๐Ÿ™ˆ "

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      That's long

      See: Cba

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      ...told me too

      See: ...chose

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      Wagwan

      Literally means โ€˜What is going on?โ€™, โ€˜Whatโ€™s up?โ€™, or โ€˜Helloโ€™

      "Wagwan G ๐Ÿ’ช You coming down the park today? ๐Ÿ˜Ž "

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      World (emoji) ๐ŸŒ

      Someone who means the world to you. Those closest in your life and who you believe to be most loyal. See: Padlock (emoji)
      (Adjective)

      [Posts picture to Instagram]
      โ€˜Me and my Bรฆsโ€™ ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ”

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      Yanno

      Basically means โ€˜you knowโ€™

      โ€˜Yanno ๐Ÿ™‹ I want to be able to go to that party at the weekend. So got to get on Mum and Dadโ€™s good side ๐Ÿ˜ต ๐Ÿ˜‘ โ€™


      There you have it, the beginning of @intSchools Teen Glossary. As the language of your pupils continues to evolve, we will endeavour to add to this ever expanding list.

      Hmm...๐Ÿค” maybe there's a term you have heard that is not represented here, or maybe youโ€™re under the impression that the meaning of a word or phrase included here is different to your understanding? If so, then great - we want to hear from you ๐Ÿ“ฃ

      We hope that by producing this post, weโ€™ve gone some way to making the pupils in your school a little easier to understand...