3 – Google Search

DOWN 1 place in 2020

This powerful web search engine is often described as the only e-learning tool you’ll ever need!

Website: google.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 2
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 3
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 6

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 3 2019: 2 2018: 3 2017: 2 2016: 2 2015: 3 2014: 5
2013: 4 2012: 4 2011: 15 2010: 11 2009: 8 2008: 6 2007: 3

Comments from some of those who selected Google Search as one of their top tools

“Staying current in my profession requires constant continuing education and staying current on the latest developments. Google Search allows me to find information very quickly, apply it immediately, and share it with colleagues and students.” Karen McKinney, Architect – Instructor, USA, 2020

“I can be specific about a topic or search for an overview. Results include a variety of formats (print, audio, video). For simple questions the answer will appear in bold at the top of search results without clicking an article. I can see the full web address to discount any that are obviously not useful.” Teacher, USA, 2020

“Starting point for virtually any kind of learning. Increasingly the primary search and retrieval tool used.” Ian Gardner, Online Learning and Development Coordinator, Switzerland, 2020

“this is another service that is often overlooked by others but with is an essential part of my online learning. While I do a lot of day-to-day content aggregation, and usually search my own stuff when I need to refer back, it’s Google search that I turn to first when I’m doing deeper research. Also noteworthy here are Google’s image search and Google Scholar for academic papers (even though it really should have an ‘open content only’ button).”  Stephen Downes, Canada, 2020

“I Google everything that I want to know. It is the first place where I go when I need to discovery more about something” Athais Fagundes, L&D Specialist, Brazil, 2020

“I would be lost without it for finding the things I need to check/learn at that particular moment” Business Systems Analyst, UK, 2020

“I can develop my knowledge and understanding through a search that provides me with access to a multitude of answers.” Steve Batchelder, Learning and Development Officer, UK

Quick Guide to Google Search

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use Google Search for teaching, training, learning and development.

Get access to the Quick Guide sections at the bottom of each of the Tools page (for guidance and resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training and learning) for just £15.

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