In my wanderings about campus, I have seen a lot of classrooms turning their focus to research projects. Here are some great ways to use technology to expand student analysis beyond a simple search.
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1. Find great resources with Research / Scholar -- If you’re gathering content in Docs or Slides, this tool is already built in (Tools > Research). It pulls together webpages, images, quotes, dictionary definitions and more. If you find something you want to add to a site, just copy it over to the site (with attribution, of course) or use the source web page to copy whatever you need. Google Scholar lets you search scholarly literature across a variety of publishing formats.
Students can use these tools to gather resources and information.
2. Track word usage over time with Ngram Viewer -- Google has a huge set of books that span from 1500 to 2008. Ngram Viewer lets users search for word or phrase usage over that time, displaying results in a line graph. When studying a topic, students might want to see how often certain terms have been used over time, when they peak and when they recede.
Students can grab a screenshot of an Ngram Viewer graph to include in a site, doc or presentation
3. Investigate search patterns with Google Correlate -- Finding which search terms are correlated with a topic you’re studying can open up new lines of thinking in a project. Google Correlate displays search terms that correlate with a word or phrase you enter. It also displays those search results over time, showing when they’re most and least searched for. (Notice how losing weight and workouts correlate here — and can you guess when those two search terms peak every year?)
Students can link to Google Correlate findings and even include screenshots of its graphs.
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