May 2, 2012

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is something that I use from time to time and I just realized that I hadn't written about it yet here on Tech Messages.  If you've read my blog for a while you know that use a lot of Google products.  Obviously for them it all started with web crawling and indexing web pages using their Google search engine.  Wolfram Alpha is another type of search engine that I use that relies on computational knowledge and human input.  Simply put it is a much better way to find information than typing a question into Google.  Check out some of the examples of searches you can perform on Wolfram Alpha and you will see for yourself.  Wolfram Alpha is also useful for searching more than just keywords including mathematical computations, the weather and even nutritional information for food that you eat.

Now What?

For students, searching for information is a very important skill that needs to be learned and honed over time.  Many students still search by typing a question into Google which doesn't always give them the most accurate answer.  Wolfram Alpha is a search engine that you can share with your students in order to take their searches to the next level.  Give it a try today!

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