Monday, July 21, 2014

Try Using Google Maps Street View Imagery to Solve Search Challenges

As I have mentioned many times in the past, Daniel Russell's weekly search challenges provide a fun way to hone your search skills. Last week's challenge included a series of questions around Sesame Street. In his explanation of how to solve the challenge he outlined the strategy of using Google Street View imagery to help solve a search challenge. Specifically, he suggests comparing past imagery with current imagery to find clues. Read the full explanation here.

Applications for Education
One of the points that Dr. Russell makes in his post that I often stress to students is to use the information you have available to you in formulating your search strategies. Sometimes, before students ever touch the keyboard to perform a Google search I make them write out a list of things that they already know about the topic they are researching. In writing those lists they often come up with better search terms and questions than they otherwise would have.