New Search Tools: Keotag, Google Scholar, Google Book Search features


I have found that searching tags seems to give better results than just typing in keywords. I have long been frustrated with typing in words like “education” or “teaching” into Technorati and finding anything meaningful. Results are simply filled with live journal and Xanga pages that bemoan the passages of youth rather than serious edublogging information.

Marshall K has again pointed me to a great resource. I used Keotag to search tags. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed for the tag search.

By searching tags you filter out the non serious journaler and get to the more serious blogger. The increasing use of tags gives you many more reasons to tag your blogs.

Some Google Stuff!

Search Google Scholar

Another method to find research and “good” information is Google Scholar which researches scholarly papers and academic works. I like this!

Add local library holdings to your Google Book search
According to the Google blog, Google Book search has also added Find in in the Library Links to many books that allows you to enter your zip code and see if a book is available locally. Also, one patron has written a greasemonkey script to show the library holdings in the Google Book results.

I would like to be able to insert a greasemonkey script at my school to show the holdings in our school library, local library, and local college library! This is a potential score for libraries who need to become re-relevant in the new electronic age!

1:1 Computing Taking hold
Richard Carey reports on his take at a conference in Washington DC this week.

Both Microsoft and Apple are pushing these initiatives. Companies like Agilix make a student application for tablet PCs and the Kent School now requires tablet PCs for every student, supported by financing programs for families of limited means to make sure every student has one.

Richard is worth a read.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Bronwyn G March 22, 2006 - 5:14 am

What a great idea to leverage academic learning. We could use that too.

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