Spezify calls itself an “inspired search” engine. Once you submit a query, you get a visual smorgasbord of image and text results pasted all around on the results page (which you can only navigate with your arrow key). It uses some kind of system that appears to combine searching for your query with other words, too.

I could see, for example, my mainstream ninth-graders liking this tool. They recently did a biographical essay on the reggae artist Bob Marley, and I got a lot of good sites in a very visual way — all at the same time.

I wonder if it might be too cluttered for ELL’s, or if it would actually be helpful. I’ll have them give it a try, and I’d be interested in hearing what others think.

For now, I’ve added it to the Search Engines section on my website.