Showing posts with label wonder wheel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wonder wheel. Show all posts

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary

Visuwords uses a web design to show users the definitions of words and the connections between words. To use Visuwords just type a word into the search box and Visuwords will generate a web of related words. Place your cursor over any of the words and the definition appears. Use the color-coded key to understand the connections between the words in any web. Below is the web based on the word "geography."



















Applications for Education
Visuwords could be a good free alternative to Visual Thesaurus. Visuwords gives students an easy-to-use tool for exploring definitions and alternative word choices.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
EyePlorer - Visualize Wikipedia and Collect Notes
Google Wonder Wheel In Action
Visual Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Google Squared - Better Examination of Search Results

Last month when Google released Wonder Wheel I was very impressed as were my students that tried it out. Wonder Wheel makes it easy for students to try alternative search terms and get search results that they might not otherwise find. Today, Google unveiled Google Squared which could also improve students' chances of find relevant search results.

Google Squared displays the results of a search in a spreadsheet format. This spreadsheet format allows users to quickly compare the results of a search. Users can alter the fields in the spreadsheet to further refine a search. For example, I searched using the term "US Civil War," the results were displayed in a spreadsheet containing the columns "image," "description," "date," and "result." I then eliminated the "result" column and replaced it with "location." The new "location" column displayed results based on location.

A short video introduction to Google Squared is embedded below.


Applications for Education
Like Wonder Wheel, Google Squared presents students with a good tool for altering and refining Internet searches. Tools like these help students get beyond the first page of Google results and into links that they might not otherwise explore.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Google Wonder Wheel in Action
Refine Google Searches With Cloudlet
Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr

Friday, May 15, 2009

Google Wonder Wheel in Action

Earlier this week I posted a short piece about some of the new search tools that Google has rolled out. The one that impresses me the most is Wonder Wheel. I had some students try it on Thursday and they found it to be a very handy tool. If you haven't had a chance to try it, check out this short screencast of Wonder Wheel in action.