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Monday, December 7, 2009

Google Real-Time Search: Here Comes Everything!

Last week Mashable's Pete Cashmore wrote, for CNN, 10 Web Trends to Watch in 2010. First on that list is an increase in real-time search options. Today, Google announced that they will be rolling-out their own real-time search options over the next few days. Google's real-time search will draw results from a wide variety of places including Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed. Real-time search results will appear within the regular list of search results. The real-time search results will continously update unless you pause the updates. See my screen capture below.













You can get a preview of how Google's Real-Time search will work by visiting the Trends page and clicking on a trend.

The video below provides a brief overview of Google's Real-Time search.


Applications for Education
Real-time search engines are great resources to have when a story is breaking. These resources could be put to use by students in a current events course or in a journalism course. When I taught a current events course one of my favorite things to do was to have students analyze the reporting of one story from multiple sources. Real-time search brings in not only the stories from the major news outlets, but also brings in the "person on the street" perspective from social networks like Twitter and FriendFeed.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning
Real-Time Search Options

PupilTube - How-to Videos With Potential

PupilTube is a new source of user-generated how-to videos. PupilTube hosts videos in thirteen categories. Some of the videos visitors to PupilTube can find include how to calculate compound interest, how to learn common Spanish phrases, how to protect yourself from credit card fraud. So far the catalog of videos is relatively limited, but as the catalog expands PupilTube could become a useful resource.

Applications for Education
I'm not sure that I would turn a whole class loose on PupilTube, but it could be a good place for you to find select videos to share with your students.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Vidque - Create a Library of Educational Videos
Safe Share TV - Safe YouTube Viewing
30+ Alternatives to YouTube

The Harlem Children's Zone

Last night 60 Minutes ran a segment about The Harlem Children's Zone school started by Geoffery Canada. I watched all of it and was impressed by Canada's conviction and enthusiasm. One part of the segment that I didn't agree with was the focus at the end on trying to figure out which one thing is making Canada's school successful in closing achievement gaps. As they said in the segment, "trying to boil it down to pill form." If people are serious about closing achievement gaps and want to use Canada's model, they'll need to adopt all of his strategies, not just the "boiled down" version. The full segment is embedded below.


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Videos and Lessons About Pearl Harbor

Today, December 7, is the 68th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. CNN Student News has a short segment in today's episode about Pearl Harbor. CNN Student News also has some short discussion questions to use in your classroom.



Snag Films offers three films about the bombing of Pearl Harbor including this one hosted by Tom Brokaw.

The National Parks Service offers lesson plans about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

History Animated has a number of animations of military movements in the Pacific during WWII.

Here is a video clip of President Roosevelt giving his "Day of Infamy" speech.

Navify - Images and Videos to Match Wikipedia

Navify is a mashup of Wikipedia, Flickr, and YouTube. Navify attempts to match videos and images to Wikipedia articles. To use Navify, simply enter a search term just as you would on Wikipedia. The results of your search will be shown in a three tab display of Wikipedia article, related images, and related videos. The screen capture below is from my search for US Civil War.













Applications for Education
What I like about this type of Wikipedia and video mashup is that it provides a second or third option for students to get engaged in learning. A student that struggles as a reader can still get engaged in an article through the corresponding videos and images.

Interactive Immigration Map

In my school's US History curriculum, we stress patterns and enduring themes. One of the themes we talk about throughout the year is waves of immigration. The New York Times has an excellent interactive map showing immigration data from 1880 through 2000. The map shows the origins of immigrants and where they settled. The timeline on the map allows users to easily change the data that is displayed. Users can also choose to display one country of origin or all countries of origin.















Thanks to the US History Teachers blog for the link to this map.


Applications for Education
I'm sure that the NY Times interactive immigration map will be making an appearance or two in my US History course when we begin to study immigration at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century.

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