Google Trends is an online data exploration tool that features real time search data from Google. Users can explore people’s search interests and find additional data like the most relevant articles, interest over time, interest by region, trending queries, and related topics. After you search a term, you will see a map which shows the regions where the term is most popular in the world. Users can also go back past and compare different terms from the year 2004 to the last 36 hours to understand relation between them.
|Learning||Social constructivism & Connectivism|
|Ease of Use||★★★★☆|
|Class Size||Compare up to five groups and each group has 25 terms|
|ISTE*S||Computational Thinker, Knowledge Constructor, Global Collaborator|
Google trends is a free online tool.
Google Trends is simple and well designed website. Help center concisely expresses how to use the website step by step. There is no FAQ section, so users may not find a quick response for their questions.
Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin Menlo Park, California, U.S. They moved to headquarters to the Mountain View, California in 2004 and called there as “Googleplex”.
Google apps supports screen reader, TalkBack, full page zoom, high contrast settings, and chrome accessibility extensions to increase accessibility.
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. Here is an example of how Skype might fit within the SAMR model:
Students can analyze Google Trends graphs and charts to make informed decisions and identify patterns in the data.
Students can explore trending science topics.
Students can write stories based on their interpretation of Google Trends data (e.g., comparing search results for Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian).
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