I experimented with it for a little bit, including using the “go to” search engine topic I always use on these kinds of search engines: “gladiator.”
I was impressed.
It makes it a lot easier for English Language Learners when they are researching if they can just choose among a series of accessible sites instead of going to Google and getting a ton of results that they can’t understand.
It’s, at least for now, a bit limited, but I don’t really know how many people or organizations have these “Knowledge Panels”:
Individuals and organizations with Knowledge Panels can use our verification process to claim their panels and provide authoritative feedback on the information and images presented. Now we’re updating that process as well as extending verification eligibility to more entities.
They tout these as the benefits to getting verified:
Once you’re verified, you can suggest factual changes to information in your Knowledge Panel and suggest a featured image.
It took me a few minutes to answer the questions.
In my way of thinking, it seems that the primary benefit might be to make things a bit easier to regain control of your gmail account if it’s hacked, which is the same reason I chose to get verified on Twitter. But that’s just a gut feeling – neither Google or Twitter say that….
I just learned about Iris.ia from Nik Peachey, who is always an excellent source of resources.
Iris.ia lets you paste the url address of any academic paper or TED Talk and then, in return, it provides you with a free interactive mosaic of related research papers.
I tried it with Dan Pink’s TED-Talk on motivation, and none of the papers that it linked to (and that I checked) were behind a paywall.
It seems like it would be very useful research tool.
And, in case you are looking for additional research tools, here are a few more that I’ve posted about in the past:
Author Path is a free tool to help university students write theses or journal articles. I had my daughter check it out (she just completed her Masters Thesis), and she says it would have been very helpful to her.
I was a guest this morning on the #EduGoalsMooc Twitter chat, and thought readers here might be interested in some of the resources I shared there (you can find all the tweets from the chat by searching the hashtag on Twitter).
Q 1: It’s important to know when & how tech can bring a “value-added” impact to teaching. I have 3 recommendations for resources: The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning https://t.co/XxgC0i6IPW#EduGoalsMOOC
Q2: I’ve got to say one obvious skill that all my students need to develop is being able to type. Dance Mat Typing is ideal for ELLs because it shows & says letters and words 2 type.The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding https://t.co/jsPGUbz051#EduGoalsMOOC
I think we also need to help students understand the importance & value of self-control. New versions of the famous Marshmallow Experiment replace marshmallows with text messages. We just did a lesson on that this week #EduGoalsMooc
Q4: I think it’s imprtnt 2 balance online activities between students consuming content and students creating content. I believe, ELL teachers like myself overdo it on having students consume, when creating can be an incredibly motivating language-learning strategy #EduGoalsMOOC
Q5: I’ve had my ELL Geography students do projects with English classes throughout the world: Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World – https://t.co/ddSBc6nZzV#EduGoalsMOOC
Q5: You can’t go wrong creating opportunities where students can use technology to have an “authentic audience” (more than just teacher & classmates) view what they create: The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” https://t.co/dhOVoBeJDB#EduGoalsMOOC