Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning

Collecta is a real-time search engine that launched a little over a month ago. I've written about some other real-time search engines recently and you can find those articles here and here. In general all real-time search engines are designed to draw the latest links about any given topic from a variety of sources. Collecta draws its results from Twitter, YouTube, and various blogs and news websites.

Applications for Education
I've written before about using real-time search engines in Social Studies classrooms, you can read that post here.
Real-time search engines could become valuable tools for educators to learn about new research, ideas, and trends in education. In addition to learning about topics in the education field, teachers can also keep up on the latest information regarding their particular content area.