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Search beyond Google: using visual search engine Spezify to discover new media

How do you normally search? You may visit Google.com, type in a few key words, and click to the appropriate category (images, news, videos). This works well when you know what single kind of media you’re looking for, but what if you’re not sure what you need and don’t have time to comb through pages of results? You may want to try a new contender in the search market: Spezify. The company defines itself succinctly as “a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways.”
As you can see from the images below, entering the same search terms into the two sites yields vastly different results.
screenshot of google searchWhile Google has a very literal approach and gives the most popular results for your search term, Spezify has a different method of sorting its results and uses a number of different information sources (such as YouTube, Twitter, and blogs) to create a visual grid that can illustrate the topic you are researching in a fun and engaging way.
Spezify search results for Emerson College yields rich audio, video, and social content
You may find that suggesting Spezify as an alternative search engine gives students additional motivation and insight when they need to search for information on the Web.

Active use of the web and classroom projector brings students up to speed

“Often, we look things up on the internet while in class. It is helpful to be able to do that instantly and project it to the whole class.” – Emerson student

With instant access to a wealth of information, students can benefit from the display of text, images, and videos related to the material currently discussed. If an unfamiliar reference is mentioned, a quick search can have students on the same page.

For more information about this, see the Educause piece, 7 things you should know about Google Jockeying.