What it is: What do you love is a nifty little search space from Google that I ran across today. Apparently I’m late on this one, everyone was blogging about it a year ago! Ah well, can’t win ’em all. With What do you love, students can type in a search term and instantly get results grid-style from Google images, create an alert, find patents, look at trends, email someone about the topic, explore the search in 3d with SketchUp, find books, watch videos, translate into 57 languages, organize a debate, find blog posts, maps, call someone, start a discussion group, plan an event, view it in Google Earth, create a instant bookmark to the search, or make the search mobile. This is a super way to help students organize and view information and options for sharing from one place.
How to integrate What do you love into the classroom: What do you love is a great tool for helping students learn about how searches work. Students can instantly see a variety of search options and can begin comparing/contrasting results from the different streams. Ask students to consider which types of searches lend themselves to each type of search (images, video, web, blogs, maps, etc.). It is nice to have a one-stop shop of search results all within one page like this. Students can quickly look at the top items from each available stream and decide from that one point which option best fits their search needs.
As a teacher, this search option is incredibly valuable for the time it saves. Working on a new thematic unit or unit of inquiry? Type it into the search terms and immediately find related books, videos, and other resources to help you maximize your time and effort.
I think that the trends are fascinating to look at and speculate about. Are your students studying current events or an event in history (Titanic anyone)? It is really interesting to see how the trend of the search topic changes over time. Ask students to speculate and think critically about the rise and fall of certain topics.
Did you know that Google will help you organize and start a debate with moderation? Me either. It is a pretty neat little service that gives everyone a voice and lets students gather input from a large audience. This could be a great way for students to get help with brainstorming, collecting public opinion or in preparation for a presentation they are giving. This is an option I would only use at the high school level (it is for 13 and above). I haven’t played with it long enough to receive inappropriate responses, but I’m sure they slip through. This is also a great way for students to get more opinions or input about a topic they love. Right now the top topic on the Moderator site is about Minecraft. This is HUGE with our students right now, they cannot get enough!
What do you love would be a great site to bookmark on your projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard so that students can do searches about topics they are interested in as a class. Using What do you love this way gives you the opportunity to help students wade through results and practice discernment in what is accurate and good information for the topic being searched. I don’t know about you, but YouTube is the first place my students head when they are going to learn something new. I think this is because the video medium is preferred over the text results where they have to wade through information to find what they are looking for. Most students tell me they go to YouTube first because it is easy to know within a few seconds whether a video is going to give them the information that they want (forget deciding if it is a credible source). YouTube IS a wonderful place to learn something new, I often go there myself, but it is nice for them to see other results along side the video. As educators it is our job to teach students how to be discerning about the information they collect and how to use that information appropriately as it relates to the task they have been given.
Please leave a comment and share how you are using What do you love in your classroom!