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.
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?
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.
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….
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:
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.