Searching Beyond google.com: Lesson Possibilities
While pondering what kind of “goodie” to post for this month, I came across these 10 suggested search engines. David Kapuler’s listing here provides some excellent alternatives to google searching. Now, google is still my (and his) favorite engine, but educators might just find some of these to be better for various educational requirements. For example, Eyeplorer is outstanding!! Hits are “sorted” by content in a pie shape so that you can quickly go to the content area of hits that will most likely answer your search question. And Oamos entertains you with music when searching…I searched “Georgia weather” and automatically listened to Rainy Night in Georgia playing as the hits were displayed. Check these out, because they may be well worth integrating into specific lessons for students!!
Kapuler’s top 10 search engines other than Google:
1. Eyeplorer – A unique and excellent search engine designed around a wheel format that lets a user take notes via an online widget.
2. Oamos – A wonderful visual experience that is unlike anything else around.
3. Quintura – A fun “tag cloud” style site that lets users embed word chains into a site.
4. BevyFind – A search engine that speeds up the searching process by combining different elements into one page.
5. Kngine – An excellent “Web 3.0” search engine built on semantics.
6. Spezify – Get visual results with a sticky-type interface that incorporates all sorts of media content.
7. Scoopler – One of the best real-time search engines on the way w/ a built in button to share results across multiple social networks.
8. Webkruz – Get search results in visual thumbnails w/ blurbs of text underneath.
9. Sputtik – A great way to search for results on the web w/ a variety of content covered in different visual ways.
10. Feedmil – A nice way to search where users can adjust their results via a sliding panel that controls the searching criteria.
David Kapuler was the media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.
Phyllis R. Snipes,
University of West Georgia