Tuesday Tech Talks
November 18, 2014
instaGrok is an interactive search engine for learners. It displays the context of any topic as a dynamic, visual web of important concepts and relationships. Students navigate this web based on their particular interests and adjust difficulty level based on their knowledge level. They start with key facts, and then dive deeper into quality educational websites, videos, and images. Students can search with no account, but you can set up a classroom account for a 90 day free trial and gain access to auto-generated quizzes, built-in journals to develop research and synthesis skills, an assignment tool, and tools to track student progress.
The educator page includes suggestions for classroom use, including sample lesson plans. Check out this one on The History of Money.
- Google creates the illusion of accessibility- Answers aren't always within reach, and they shouldn't be.
- Google naturally suggests “answers” as stopping points - Let's not stop the thinking just because an answer has been "found."
Being linear, Google obscures the interdependence of information - Information is connected. Think about the difference between Google and instaGrok.