Thursday, May 6, 2010

Google Makes Useful Changes to Search Page

Some people may have already noticed that Google made some slight changes to their logo today. But that's not all that Google changed. Today, Google announced some changes to their search results page. Most noticeable of these changes is on left-hand side of the search results page. The search results page now displays some helpful options for refining searches and options for searching in Google Books, Images, Maps, and more. Prior to today if you wanted to use the Google Wonder Wheel you had to dig under the "more options" menu. Now the Wonder Wheel option appears on the same page as your search results.









Learn more about the changes to Google's search results display in the video below.


Applications for Education
The new search results display could be very helpful for students. Putting things like Wonder Wheel and Timeline on the same page as the search results increases the likelihood that students will use these powerful search refinement tools.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Tools Tutorials
Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results