Wonder Wheel, Timeline, and All That Jazz


I used Google’s new Jazz interface for the first time yesterday, and I really like the filtering options for search results. Two of the search views in particular seem useful for teaching and learning.

Wonder Wheel


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The wonder wheel view provides a graphic search result similar to a concept map, with semantically-related topics as branches. When users select one of the sub-topics, a new layer of the graphic is created, and the text search results on the right change. The wonder wheel encourages discovery, and would be particularly useful for WebQuests.



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The timeline view of the search results allows users to drill down the results by time period. In the example above, I was able to narrow down my search results to a 20-year period, which then yields another timeline with smaller increments. The text search results themselves are sorted chronologically. Certainly, there are a lot of ways to use the timeline view in teaching and learning.

Both views provide a nice visual interface for users to access information.