Showing posts with label Google Research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Research. Show all posts

Saturday, January 18, 2014

An Interactive Timeline of Music Genre Popularity 1950 to Now

Earlier this week the folks at Google Research released an interesting Music Timeline depicting the changes in the popularity of various music genres from 1950 through today. The Music Timeline uses colored spaces to depict the increase and decrease of the popularity of each genre. Click on a genre to see the most popular albums of that genre over the last six decades. Popularity is calculated by how many Google Play users have the album in their libraries.

Applications for Education 
A couple of things came to mind as I explored the Music Timeline. First, the format of the timeline could be applied other areas in which you might want to visualize popularity over time. For example, students could develop timelines to depict the changes in popularity of political parties or politicians over time. Or they could develop a timeline to show changes in the popularity of various clothing styles.

The other thought I had while viewing the Music Timeline was that like From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years of Rock that I shared a couple of weeks ago, Music Timeline could be a neat resource to include in a music appreciation course for a lesson about the history and evolution of American culture.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quickly Find Images for Google Presentations

Back in May Google added an integrated research tool to Google Docs. The research tool allows you to quickly find images, quotes, and links without leaving your document.  Today, Google added the research tool to Google Docs presentations and drawings.

To access the research tool in Google Docs, Presentations, or Drawings just select it from the "tools" menu when you have a document, presentation, or drawing open. If you want to locate images that are licensed for re-use, open the "settings" menu at the bottom of the research pane and select "free to use, share, modify even commercially." Make that selection before conducting your search. If you use Chrome or Firefox you can drag images directly into your document, presentation, or drawing from the research pane.

Applications for Education
In addition to finding images on the web, the research pane in Google Docs now searches through images that you have stored and or shared in Picassa web albums and Google+ posts. If your students are using either or both of those services to store images the research pane could be a great tool for them to use to quickly recover and re-use their own content.  And, of course, the research pane on its own is a good asset to students when they're designing presentations in Google Docs.