Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Google Trends

I refer to Plunkers posting - Blogs in Education - just a passing fad?

If we overlay this 'Elearning Trends according to Google' that Plunkers refers to with what we know about the take up of new techonolgies in general, and in education, the statistics are not surprising. There are usually a few front runners (Innovators and Early Adopters) who see something new, see an opportunitiy, play with it and apply it. They make some mistakes but that is all part of the learning for them. During this time there is lots of experimentation and conversation. After a bit and a few mistakes, these front runners work out where the tool works for them and the conversations start to slow down as they start to explore other things and this will be reflected in the Google search terms being used. There is a big gap between these front runners and where the bulk of the educators are at in my experience.

I think the Google trends machine has allowed us to see that gap. The front runners are pretty comfortable with the technology and have found out how they can make it work for them. The conversations are slowing and some of these front runners are looking at other technologies (eg Mobile Learning) and thinking about the opportuntities that they might provide.

"Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns." - Google trends is the tool used to create the statistics for the article 'Elearning Trends according to Google'


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