Tech review: Instagrok

Do you get tired of reading walls of text while doing a search? Try something new with InstaGrok!

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InstaGrok is a search engine that produces concept maps.instagrok

Each word has a variety of resources sorted into media that can be pinned onto the concept map.

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In addition, you can adjust the difficulty (harder words versus easier terms)

Students can log in using their Google Docs account or use Instagrok without a login.

We enjoyed using this in class because it was great to see how all of our research terms are connected. In addition, instagrok only provides a limited number of results, so it allows for exploratory research in a way that is not overwhelming. It also provides a variety of types of search results. (videos, key terms, websites, facts).

This tech tool can be used to begin the research process and find a topic. It can also be used for introducing a concept. We used instagrok to search about science topics. We then took the words from our concept map and made a wordsplash. (where they write a passage about their topic using the words from the concept map).

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