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Google's Playground

Page history last edited by Liz Langan 12 years, 2 months ago

This is a link to Google's Lab page which shows some of the things that are in development.  Google has interesting and innovate tools for the web.

 

Google's Playground

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timcsuti said

at 2:14 pm on Sep 20, 2008

GRADUTATES
GOOGLE: A BRIEF HISTORY
Google has attempted to make a one stop shopping experience for surfing. From a simple search engine, Google has made great advances in web search and utilization. Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first started the search engine in 1981 from their dorm rooms. Google is now widely recognized by many users as the "world's best search engine". Google's technology serves the company's mission of "organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful."
GOOGLE LABS (GRADUATES)
Google Graduates are projects that have made it past the test phase and are in use on the internet now. Here are just some to preview:
Transit
Get step-by-step transit directions; find transit stops in your area, view station information & schedules
411
Free Google Phone Directory Service: Dial 1-800-GOOG-411, Select Location, Connect, and Done!
Reader
Get news & blogs with Google reader. Stay up to date, share with your friends, use it anywhere: 4FREE!
Notebook
Clip and collect objects and text as you surf the web.
Docs
Create and share your work online Upload from and save to your desktop
Video
YouTube and other web video content provided by Google
iGoogle
Allows you to create your own free homepage with g-mail
Map
Get maps and directions to any desired location by simply typing in the address.
Scholar
Provides simple ways to broadly search for scholarly literature
Desktop
Services of Google right on the desktop! It’s convenient and quick access to information without clicking on a browser.
Alerts
Get email updates of the latest relevant Google results based on your choice of query or topic.
Still not convinced?
Click on the link and try watching and using some of the demos, provided by Google!
Google Reader
http://www.google.com/reader/view/#directory-welcome-page
GOOG 411
http://www.google.com/goog411
Google Transit
http://www.google.com/transit
Happy Surfing!

Arin Bruening said

at 2:26 pm on Sep 20, 2008

The evolution of the web has spurred the growth of many innovative features that change the way we use the internet. Specifically, Google has developed many features to evolve itself into more than just a basic search engine. Several of these features offer great advantages for students, incorporated into a user-friendly interface.
Three of the features currently in Google’s testing phase that could prove very beneficial for students are Google Ride Finder, Google Audio Indexing (GAudi), and Experimental Search.
Google Ride Finder finds transportation via taxi, limo, or shuttles and allows a user to type in their location, to find real time positions of these transportation options. The Ride Finder tool could be valuable for students that don’t have their own vehicle, making it easy to find transportation to school, the library, work, etc. Including public & college transportation options and carpools, and increasing the number of cities that the service is available to can make the tool more user friendly.
The Google Audio Indexing tool provides speech-to-text for videos posted on YouTube. As college coursework progresses further into the web arena, this feature can be used by students to increase learning. Using the text to summarize class lectures makes it easy to emphasize important topics for studying. This is especially practical if a student misses a class, if a professor’s speech is hard to understand, or if a lecture is very complex. Current limitations of the service are that full text of a video is not available, and only videos on YouTube are supported. Also no instructions are included and a save feature would make compiling notes much easier.
Experimental Search offers enhanced search results that can be arranged by timeline, on a map, or by other methods. This search feature can be especially useful for research papers by providing trustworthy focused results.
With further development these tools can prove invaluable to students.


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