March 29, 2011

Google Wonder Wheel and Timeline Search

I want my students to use Google, however, I want them to use it effectively and efficiently. One of the best kept secrets that Google offers us is the Google Wonder Wheel and Timeline Search. When students search using these tools their results are narrowed down and presented in a way they can better understand.

Sample
The subject is "hurricanes." A student types in the word "hurricane" into google and gets 69,100,000 hits. What's a student suppose to do? (Mine would open a new tab and play a game.)
Compare that with the results a student would get if they would use the Google Wonder Wheel search. (Wonder Wheel can be found on the left hand side of the page. If you do not see it, click "more search tools.) Now we're talking. They can see their search results in a visual map. They can really start to narrow down their search.
Compare that with the results a student would get if they would use the Google Timeline search. (Timeline can be found on the left hand side of the page. If you do not see it, click "more search tools.")
The first thing the student will see is a graphical representation of all of the hurricanes that occurred during the years 1900-2011.

From there, we can teach our students to drill down their results by clicking on a decade.

From there, students can drill down to a year and month.



What did we do before Google? Was there life before Google?
Do you have interesting ways to use Google search tools in your classroom?

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