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Gwigle


gwigle

UPDATE 6/9/2020:  Unfortunately, Gwigle seems to not be available any longer.  However, you can still create your own Gwigle-type game for classroom use.

Yes, you read that right!  Gwigle is a site that bills itself as “an educational game to help you use Google more effectively.”  Apparently, Gwigle has been around for awhile (since 2006, at least), but I just discovered it.  The concept is that you are given a short list of search results, and you have to guess the search term.  Along the way, you are given access to different search tips, and learn a little about how to refine your searches.  I think that Google searches have changed a bit in the last 6 years, but it’s still a fun and challenging game that teaches some basic search skills.  If you are interested in trying it, or having your students try it, I found a very helpful blog post by “Sophie”, in which she listed all of the answers.  Another idea might be to develop your own Gwigle type game in the classroom, possibly using vocabulary words or historical events as search terms, and using it as a different way to review for your students.

The Twenty Percent Project (Reblog)

For the summer, I have decided to use my Tuesday and Thursday posts to reblog some of my favorite posts that some of my readers may have missed the first time around:

Last year, a friend of mine told me about Google’s 20% Policy, and I immediately thought of its applications for the classroom.  It was among many of my ideas that I had for the new school year that just didn’t come to fruition.  And now, I find that a teacher named AJ Juliani had the same inspiration – but is actually following through with it.  You can read all about Google’s Policy, and how Mr. Juliani is applying it with his students here on the “Education is My Life” blog.  Be sure to read the comments that follow, as well.  It makes for an interesting discussion!

A Google A Day

For a great internet research challenge, try “A Google A Day”.  At the bottom of the search page, there is a question for that day.  You are timed on how long it takes you to submit a correct answer.  You can get hints as well as tips for how to search for the solution.  If you are looking for a particular date, you can change the date in the URL in the address bar.  This would be a fun quick challenge for kids in a 1:1 classroom.  You could also do it at a station, and have students record how long it took them.  For further differentiation, assign students to create their own challenges.

100 Minutes of Genius

My last post was about the concept of applying Google’s 20% Policy to the classroom.  100 Minutes of Genius is a similar idea.  Tia Henriksen got the idea of calling it “Genius Hour” from another educator, Mrs. Krebs, who is referenced on this blog post.  Also, there are links to how Mrs. Krebs introduced the idea to her students and a report of their progress that includes a Rubric of Creativity.  This appears to be an idea that is spreading like wildfire, and I think that it can be adapted to many different types of learning situations.  Giving students more choices that allow for creativity could be a way to reignite the passion for learning in our country.

The Twenty Percent Project

Last year, a friend of mine told me about Google’s 20% Policy, and I immediately thought of its applications for the classroom.  It was among many of my ideas that I had for the new school year that just didn’t come to fruition.  And now, I find that a teacher named AJ Juliani had the same inspiration – but is actually following through with it.  You can read all about Google’s Policy, and how Mr. Juliani is applying it with his students here on the “Education is My Life” blog.  Be sure to read the comments that follow, as well.  It makes for an interesting discussion!