April 9, 2012

InstaGrok



I am SO excited to tell you what I have found. 
Take a look at the new search engine instaGrok

WOW!

The first thing I saw when I started to investigate the site was their definition of who they were. "We believe that learning should be fun! So we are dedicated to building innovative technology to enable engaging, safe and personalized learning." Learning, fun and technology in the same breath? What is there NOT to love?

The first thing students will see is the search box. The people of instaGrok have made this very student friendly by asking the question "What would you like to learn about?"




After a student types in their subject they are presented with several exciting options! Let me show you by searching "solar system."


Visual Graph






The visual graph reminds me of Google's Wonder Wheel. You can quickly drill down your results by clicking on any of the sub-categories.



(I can hear those visual learners yelling "yahoo"!)


On the right side of the page you are presented with several other options including...

Key Facts





Additional Websites





Videos





Images






WOW!

IMPRESSIVE?

WAIT......You have not seen the best parts yet! 

Look at this! 


Quizzes
instaGrok produces quizzes based on student's research activity and skill level!




Skill Level

Learners can use this slider to toggle your search results from beginner to expert. At the expert level you will get a more defined search of the topic, while the beginner level is a much broader scope.







Now, if you are not doing flips you need to have someone take your pulse! 
Guess What? 
IT GETS BETTER! 

Students who sign up for an account are able to keep a journal of their search results and pin topics they wish to save. 
Cool? 
Guess What?
IT GETS EVEN BETTER!  HANG ON!

instaGrok offers FREE teacher accounts where we can, wait for it, TRACK OUR STUDENT'S PROGRESS! 
We are able to:
  • see a students browsing history (Are they using the correct search terms?)
  • view and leave comments in their journals
  • see their quiz results
The student-teacher connection is set up using a class code you set at the time of registration.  You can read more about teacher accounts here

WOW!
IT GETS BETTER! 
It is my understanding that the people of instaGrok will come to your classroom and massage your feet while your students are researching!  (Not really, just seeing if you were still reading!)  :) 

2 comments:

  1. Ok you had me hooked with the foot massage, why did you have to tell me you were just joking?

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  2. Can't wait to delve into this site! Sounds amazing! Thanks for the heads up :)

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