Google’s Wonder Wheel

June 22, 2009

This weekend, one the students in my EDTE611 Introduction to Educational Technologies (Roxanne M) introduced me to a feature of Google called Wonder Wheel.  To use it you have to enter a term  into the search field first & click on search:

google_search_education_arrow

When Google returns the first set of results, click on “Show options” beneath the search field.

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A list of options appears on the left and “Wonder Wheel” is near the bottom. Click on it.

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Here was the Wonder Wheel for the “education” search. You can see that education is in the centre and there are thematic/topic/subject nodes around it. The “hits” from the search term appear to the right of the “wonder wheel” and further sorting options appear on the left.

wonder_wheel_node1

Click on one of the nodes, like “articles on education” and that node becomes the central one with additional themes/topics/subject branching off it. To the left, the links change to reflect the change in search terms.

wonder_wheel_node2

This is an excellent visual tool to aid students in narrowing searches.

Thanks to Roxanne for showing this to me & the class.

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