Sunday, December 7, 2008

Triplify - Three Search Engines in One

Triplify is a new search engine that aggregates results from Google, Yahoo, and MSN Live. Triplify displays results with numerical rankings for each link as it ranks on each search engine. The screen capture below shows the results from my search for "white mountains."

Applications for Education
Triplify is a good resource for showing students how different search engines rank results. In some cases the way each of the three search engines ranks results may be different enough that students will find three times the number of resources they might find by just using Google, Yahoo, or MSN Live.

News Map - Visualize the Constantly Changing News Landscape

News Map is a Google News mash-up that I learned about through Fred Delventhal's blog. If you're not subscribed to his blog, I highly recommend subscribing, he shares a lot of great stuff.

News Map organizes and displays news stories from around the world. You can select the country or countries from which you would like to see the news. You may also select which type of news stories, (world news, national news, sports, etc) you want to see displayed. By selecting multiple countries you can discover patterns in the news across the world.

Applications for Education
News Map provides a good way for students to recognize similarities and differences between how a news story is covered in one country versus another. It is also a good tool for showing students how a story that is popular in one country may be insignificant in another. This is particular true if you select the entertainment news option.

For Math Teachers... "When Are We Ever Going to Use This?"

Anyone that has taught middle school or high school mathematics for more than a week has probably heard a student ask "when are we ever going to use this?" The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has a resource that might be handy to have in your classroom. SIAM has produced a twenty page brochure about the many jobs that someone could do with a mathematics background. The brochure is available as a PDF or you can request one free hard copy from SIAM.

Applications for Education
I don't teach mathematics, but I've been a part of parent-teacher conferences in which parents have wondered what their child could do with a mathematics background. This brochure from SIAM would have been a handy reference to have on hand in those meetings.

Thanks to Maria Anderson at Teaching College Math for sharing this resource.