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Google launches a MOOC for learning search

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Need a little retooling of your search skills?  Want to learn some new strategies for teaching search? The folks at the Google booth here at ISTE, just led me to their new free online searching course.  Registration for Power Searching with Google, a short course on becoming a great internet searcher opens today. The MOOC [...]

Google’s new Knowledge Graph

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Look for Google’s Knowledge Graph to roll out across all your (US English-speaking) searches –desktop, mobile, and tablet– in the coming days. A couple of days ago, Google Blog announced the new Knowledge Graph feature.  It just appeared in my search this morning and it just may be a search game changer.  The Google engineers [...]

Google Docs news

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In addition to a bunch of new fonts and templates, Google Docs just added a convenient Research Tool that automatically appears on the right side of your document and toggles off and on.  (If it doesn’t immediately show up, go to the pull-down menu under Tools.) The search bar offers web results, images, quotations, maps, [...]

Google+ Hangouts: Now on air and archivable

Google announced yesterday that its Google+ Hangouts can now be both broadcast and archived. Hangouts On Air was tested over the past year with a limited number of broadcasters, enabling them to go live with friends and fans, for all the world to see. This official (but gradual) launch of Hangouts On Air allows Google+ [...]

New Google Education Search Hub

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Google just launched its new Search Education hub.  The site offers access to leveled lesson plans for K-12, search activities from AGoogleADay, and an archive of previous webinars. The search literacy lessons are aligned to three sets of standards: AASL, ISTE NETS-S and the Common Core State Standards and are organized by level of search [...]

Google’s Solve for X

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On Monday, Google launched its Solve for X project–a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. Solve for X talks address three criteria. They must highlight a huge problem present a concrete solution that could make a radical impact explain breakthrough science and technology that could enable this solution The videos archived [...]

Google’s Evolution of Search, my lament, and will a giant listen?

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When I watched Google’s recent video on the Evolution of Search, I found myself looking back nostalgically. But not in the way I was supposed to. I realized that my goals for student inquiry and information seeking are different from Google’s goals for user question answering.  That we see our end user’s needs differently.  And [...]

On Why Johnny Can’t Search (with shout-outs to Francey & Buffy!)

This month Clive Thompson addressed Why Johnny Can’t Search in November’s Wired.  He also pointed to the importance of librarians teaching Johnny critical search skills. Thompson reported on research conducted by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan, designed to assess college students’ search skills. Pan and his team found that the students generally relied on [...]

Google Digital Bookcase

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Google launched its 3D digital bookcase as a Chrome experiment this week. The WebGL Bookcase, is a virtual rotating book spinner containing nearly 11,000 Google Books titles organized into 28 subject areas. According to the Official Google Blog: As digital designers, we often think about how to translate traditional media into a virtual space. Recently, [...]

Google Search Education Evangelism

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It’s been around since February, but I just discovered Google’s Search Education Evangelism site, a space dedicated to improving the skills of searchers from middle school through adult. For teachers librarians, it’s a rich source of instructional content for use with young learners and with colleagues in professional development. Lessons fit into four categories: General [...]