Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 16, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Announces “Knowledge Graph”

Today, Google announced a new feature they’re calling “Knowledge Graph.” I’m still having a little bit of a hard time understanding why it’s such a big deal. Basically, it seems that if you search for a popular topic (like “George Washington”), a window will pop up to the right of the search results with basic info on it. It also doesn’t work with many topics.

You can read more about it at The New York Times and watch the video below.

I’m more interested, though, in a comment a Google engineer made in a BBC article on Knowledge Graph:

The next step, Mr Singhal said, is to look at how the site can answer more complex questions, such as “What are the 10 deepest lakes in Africa?”

In doing so the search engine would need to draw on multiple sources and factor in many different criteria.

Now that would be very useful to students, since search engines offer very mixed quality results for that kind of “semantic search.”

You might also be interested in The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners.

 

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January 16, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Oolone Is A New Visual Search Engine

Oolone is a new search engine that shows you large images of search results instead of text. Those kinds of visual results have obvious advantages for English Language Learners.

There are other search engines the provide similar results, including Google if you hover on the text. Because of that, even though I’m adding Oolone to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners, who knows how long it will be able to survive?

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January 14, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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2Lingual Could Be A Very Useful Search Engine

2Lingual is a bilingual search engine. You type in your search term and then choose two languages. Search results will show-up side-by-side in both languages.

It could come in very handy for English Language Learners in content classes, as well as for their teachers who might be looking for materials in a second language that they could offer to their students for extra support. I was quite pleased with the searches I did, though I wish they had separate “tabs” for videos.

They provide bilingual searches for Google and for Bing, plus a voice search capability.

I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners and to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

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October 13, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Qwiki Revisited

Qwiki was the number-one ranked site on The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010

It’s sort of a multimedia search engine that provides audio support for text, and it’s very engaging.

I recently discovered that not only have they vastly expanded the number of webpages they’ve indexed, but that they also have a daily “round-up” of the day’s news. I’ve now added it to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites.

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September 11, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Jawoco Could Be A Useful Search Engine, Especially For ELL’s

Jawoco is a new search engine that could be useful for ELL’s. After you make a query, in addition to the text links, it automatically shows a thumbnail image next to each item. It’s easier for ELL’s to see than in Google, where you have to scroll over each result in order to see a visual preview. Google’s preview is bigger than a thumbnail, of course, but if you scroll over a result in Jawoco, you can also get a much bigger preview.

Of course, the bigger question is if this slight advantage is going to enable Jawoco to make it over the long-term….

As long as it’s around, I’m adding Jawoco to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners.

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June 14, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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ELL’s & Google’s New Voice Search For Computers

Google introduced several new features today, including a voice search for computers. I’ve embedded a short video about it below. If we’re working in the computer lab, and students have microphones on already, I could see it as an easy opportunity for pronunciation practice:

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May 29, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Askives” Looks Like A Good “Question & Answer” Search Engine

Askives is a new search engine that utilizes many of the question/answer sites that abound on the Web. Like another similar site, Kngine, though, it appears to be able to separate the good answers from the many useless and inaccurate ones that are out there.

I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners.

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