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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Doodle 4 Google Voting is Open

I'm a day late in posting this, but I thought I should pass it along anyway. The 40 regional finalists in the Doodle 4 Google contest have been selected. Now Google would like your help in selecting the national finalists. Visit the voting page to view the regional finalist's drawings and submit your votes.

Wonder Wheel and Other New Google Tools

Google has announced the release of a slew of new search options. One of the most promising features for students is Wonder Wheel. Wonder Wheel graphically displays search terms related to your original search. This is not a new concept, Eyeplorer employs a similar concept, but it is new to Google search.

Another new option from Google is the timeline option. Using the timeline option, you can narrow your search results by dates referenced in the content. For example, using the timeline option if I'm researching "steroids in baseball" I can narrow my results to articles published in the last month or find articles written during the 2005 Congressional hearings on steroids in baseball.

The video below gives a short overview of Wonder Wheel, the timeline option, and other new options.


Applications for Education
As of this writing the new options aren't available to everyone, but Google says they should be available to all users in the next 24 hours. These new features will be very helpful to students in need of assistance in refining searches or help in thinking of alternative search terms.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Worio Search - Discover More Search Results

Search Cube - Six Sided Visual Search
Googlepedia - Google and Wikipedia Side by Side

OneRiot Now Offers Realtime Search Results

OneRiot is a search engine that I initially reviewed in November of last year. At the time of that review OneRiot searched the web and listed results based their current popularity. Today, OneRiot announced that it now pulls its search results from Twitter, Digg, and other social sharing services. This means that search results are based on what are currently the most shared and discussed links.

Applications for Education
I can see OneRiot being a good place for students to find and track developments in current news stories. OneRiot could also be good for students that are searching for the latest news to include in a report about a niche topic in science or economics.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Worio Search - Discover More Search Results
Top Marks - Educational Search Engine
Links You Might Have Missed - Internet Search Tools

Students Taking Charge Video Contest

Students Taking Charge is a video contest being held by Action For Healthy Kids. The contest asks students to create a short video, 30 seconds to 2 minutes, about how their school makes it easy for students to be healthy. The video can document physical education programs, food service programs, or any other school or student initiative designed to promote healthy living. The contest is open to any student in grades nine through twelve. Winners receive up $500 for themselves and $1000 for their schools. Submissions are due by June 1st. Read the full contest rules and requirements here.

Thanks to Christine Hollingsworth for sharing the link to this contest.

Applications for Education
This contest provides a good opportunity to have students take a good hard look at the things their schools do to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Creating videos for this contest is a great way to bring technology into a health education class.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar is in Your Snack?
Learn to be Healthy - Free Lesson Plans
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Mathmaticious - Fun Math Video

Mathmaticious is a fun math music video set to the tune of Fergie's hit song, from a few years ago, Fergalicious. Thanks to Open Culture for the link.


Applications for Education
See kids, Math can be fun.

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