Search cube!

searchcube is a graphical search engine that presents search results in a compact, visual format. It searches

the World Wide Web for websites, videos and images and displays previews of each result on a unique, three-dimensional cube.

Once your search results appear, you can use the arrow keys, the SHIFT key and the mouse to interact with your searchcube.

Mouse over the images and get a visual preview of the site. I have a lot of fun with the results of my search on information literacy. I don’t think we are looking at a tool to drill for in depth information here – but I can see a very good discussion around research, information literacy and more using this tool with kids.

Problem? images included in the search make it a bit more complex to identify the source than traditional image searching (what has happened to the world when a Google image search can be described as ‘traditional’). Advanced searching ? no! But then I suspect this is just a new niche, not a replacement for other tools.

There has to be something fun I can use this for as well as a teaching tool! What do you think?

Information [R]evolution

This (rather fuzzy) video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.

Excellent companion piece to the Machine is Us/ing Us.