instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Edudemic

Holy moly. After reading the review below, I downloaded this app immediately. Although the reviewer doesn’t give it a perfect score, this is what she gives in terms of teaching:

Teaching (5/5)

What this app can do pedagogically amazed me. From my perspective, instaGrok gave me the perfect tool to guide my students through the research process and concept synthesis. For my students, the concept map format of the results enabled them to organize information and see how topics relate.

I know that the Grade 7s are about to embark on their historical fiction unit and that one of the books concerned the Civil rights movement in the U.S., so that is what I instagroked:

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If you tap on any of the yellow labels you get get more info:

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I clicked on each tab and for the most part it is amazingly laid out. As a librarian, I am a little wary about some of the websites they recommend (I would still suggest to any student to begin with our subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica) but in terms of organizing information, sorting through the concepts, it is pretty amazing. There is even a place to put notes (though I am not sure if they go anywhere- it looks a lot like they just stay glued to the topic).

I have to say, I’m impressed. Especially for those students who are more visual learners, this would be a great way to┬ábegin their research process!

Check it out- it’s free!


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