Another highlight of the Google Teacher Academy was being shown that I had no idea about search! The first session, led by Lisa Thumann explored a number of search features. Two of the features would be very useful in Geography (and other) classrooms. First, a screen cast. I should add that I purposefully didn’t use these tools until this morning, and shot in one take. This was to evaluate how intuitive the tools is – something that is very important in our Geography department if the tool is to be shared with staff and students. I have used a geographical example, and a topic that I am working on for a forthcoming project.
- Use the ‘Latest’ option to return results within the last 24 hours. This option often includes tweets, adding and extra option of interaction.
- Use the ‘Timeline’ feature to sort and explore search results by date. This is very useful when exploring the relationships with past events and in evaluating past event responses e.g. have the lessons learned been implemented?
- Use the ‘Wonder Wheel’ option to explore the search results through a mind-map style interface.