3 – Google Search


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 20201sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 2
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 3
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 5

Overall rankings in the previous 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 on Google Search in 2021

“Frankly, I’m not sure what I’d do without this tool, as “googling” my questions and topics that I’m interested in learning more about has been so integral and engrained in both my academic past and my professional present.” Quality Assurance and Training Administrator, USA

“I can’t remember a time I have not used this tool. Anything and everything is a click away.” JP, E-Learning Specialist, Suriname

“Can literally find anything. Filters most relevant stuff.” Stefan Drenth, Content Creator, Netherlands

“Distills and helps to connect great ideas and easy to reference” Arun Pradhan, Australia

“who can live without it?” Jan Janssen, Educational projects manager, Netherlands

“Tried others like Bing and DuckDuckGo, but Google still Works better for me.” Practical Trainer, Netherlands

“Your modern encyclopedia” Roberto Galvez, Corporate Services Director, Indonesia

“A simply incredible tool for searching for information on the internet.” C. Tollenaar, Project Design Engineer, Netherlands

“Google just makes life easy, you can find anything you want.” Lili ten Berge, Animation Editor, Netherlands

Previous comments

“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.

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