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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 […]

Google’s Search by Image: Something to look at

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You may not have seen it yet, but Google recently added a few powerful features to its image search. Look for the little camera icon on the right of the Image Search box. Search by image allows you to drag in, upload, or paste a URL for any image and search the picture instead of […]

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 […]