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Searching Google for contemporaneous news

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A few years back, I mourned the loss of Google’s New Timeline. I still miss that beautiful visual presentation, but you can still use Google News to search contemporaneous news. Contemporaneous news offers students unfiltered, personal connection to the past and forces them to wrestle with issues of bias and historical perspective. Contemporaneous news focuses a media literacy […]

WikiBrains for crowd-sourced brainstorming and discovery

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Brainstorming can be hard, especially when we approach a new topic with limited context and vocabulary.  (Well maybe not as hard as it is for those two guys.) Many of us are still grieving over Google’s WonderWheel.  And many of us are grateful for InstaGrok’s brainstormy grokkiness and productivity tools like Mindomo. A new kid on the semantic […]

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

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I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to […]

Qwant a one-page, multilingual search aggregator?

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Among my recent discoveries in the world of search is Qwant. Launched in January by a French company, the multilingual meta-search, reaches into news, web, video, image and social content sources and allows (optionally) logged-in users to add and share bookmarks, respond to social posts directly from the interface, and maintain topic-specific notebooks. The attractive interface […]

Microsoft @ISTE–Surface & Bing for Schools

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Among the many sticky conversations I had at ISTE was one I had with Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, who generously took the time to introduce this confirmed Apple girl to Windows 8–the biggest change in windows since 1983.   We also discussed two big Microsoft projects aimed at education. 1. First a disclaimer/confession: I am […]

Graphite: the new educator/consumer guide for ed tech tools

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One of my favorite discoveries at ISTE was Graphite. Launched by Common Sense Media, the nonprofit known by parents, teachers and librarians for its high quality, nonpartisan reviews and its popular Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, Graphite promises to be the go-to platform for helping teachers make sense of an exponentially evolving number of digital […]

What did your edtech year look like? (The results)

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A couple of weeks back I shared a survey that asked the following: As this school year comes to a close, I’d like to call on you to share your discoveries and your wisdom and to help me reflect. Which edtech goodies, tools, apps, platforms, and strategies worked so well for you in 2012/2013 that […]

What’s Izik? Introducing a swipier, slashier search

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I’ve been searching for a search tool that makes me want to search on my iPad. I think I’ve found one that will work for me and for my students. Specially for tablets, Izik by Blekko is a new, free search app for iPad and android. Results are organized by contextual categories in an image-rich […]

Advanced Power Searching with Google

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Serious about search? Wanna put your tactical talents to test? If so, register now for the Advanced Power Searching with Google Course, hosted by Google senior research scientist, Dan Russell. The course begins on January 23rd and runs through February 8th. Course materials will be released in two batches: Challenges 1-6 and Assignment 1: Wednesday, January […]

New tricks for academics

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I am kind of excited about the changes I’ve been noticing in academic search. Subscription databases rock, no question about that. And they will likely be the best starting point for the full-text needs of scholars young and old. But new academic search options are appearing as real players, reaching beyond search as location and […]