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Monday, April 12, 2010

Create a Story from Your Search History

If you watched the Super Bowl this year, there's a good chance that you saw Google's Parisian Love video. The purpose of that video was to show off the places Google searches can take you. The video also demonstrates that a person's Internet searches can tell a story about him or her.

Through YouTube's Search Stories Video Creator you can build your own short story of featuring your chosen search terms. To create your Search Story just enter seven search terms, choose a search tool for each term (map, web, image, etc.), choose music, and click create. Watch my Search Story below.


Thanks to Fred Delventhal for sharing the link to this neat video creation tool.

Applications for Education
At first I didn't give much thought to the Search Story Creator other than "that's a fun tool." As I thought about it some more, I realized that creating search stories could be used as an ice-breaker activity in a classroom. Have students create a Search Story using search terms that they often use or that describe their hobbies. Then have the student share their videos with the class as a way to get to know a little bit about each other.