This is something we picked up from one of the teachmeet events (TES Article).
It is a Google feature that has been around since 2009 and yet we did not know about.
You know the situation – you ask a student to do some homework on a fairly generic subject such as ‘computing’. So they go into Google and type in the search term ‘computing’.
Result: 149 million hits.
Now one option is to use the ‘Advanced’ feature to refine the result. But did you know about the ‘wonder wheel’?
Open Google with Firefox and enter the search term ‘computing’. As well as the usual list of hits, notice the items on the left hand side that include the clip below
Click on the ‘Wonder Wheel’ option and a mind map type of graphic appears that shows related search results. The student can then click on the branches to find more specialised results. It certainly seems a more user-friendly way of searching than the l boolean and other filtering methods of Advanced search.
Here is a Wonder Wheel of computing