Sunday, October 4, 2009

Refine Google Search Results for Timeliness

Over the last year I've written about real-time search engines numerous times because I believe that there are some good reasons to search for not only accurate information, but also timely information.

Last week Google announced some new search refinement options that will allow users to find more timely information. The new search refinement options allow users to specify a range of dates from which to draw links, specify the last 24 hours, or specify the last hour. To access these search refinement options select the "show options" link in the top-left corner of the search results page.

Applications for Education
Being able to sort the timeliness of search results could be an excellent option for current events teachers and students. Refining by date could be useful for other academic fields as well so that students aren't using information that has been supplanted in the field by newer, more relevant information.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
OneRiot Now Offers Realtime Search Results
Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr
Real-Time Search Options

Google Apps for K-12 Education Webinar

On Tuesday, October 6 at 2pm EST, Google is hosting a webinar about Google Apps for Education. The webinar will focus on the story of how one school district successfully migrated 7,000 students to Google Apps and saved themselves $35,000 in the process. You can submit questions for the webinar ahead of time. You can register for the webinar here.

Thanks to Kevin Jarrett for the heads-up about this webinar.

The Most Incredible Geysers on Earth

The Most Incredible Geysers On Earth is the title of a great photo essay on Environmental Graffiti. If you're a teacher of Earth Science or Environmental Science this could be a great resource for introducing a lesson on geothermal energy. If you are looking for more resources for teaching about geothermal energy you may want to check out these resources from the Google Earth Blog.

In case you're not familiar with it, Environmental Graffiti regularly features photo essays of some of most interesting and unique natural occurrences on Earth.