Oh sure, Google’s great and all…until you realize it’s not perfect. Google is designed for everyone on the planet. But what if Google was totally rebuilt with education in mind? It’d probably look exactly like instaGrok.
InstaGrok is a discovery and learning engine that’s captured my attention for the past week or so. After putting it through it’s paces, I’m happy to endorse it and encourage you to give it a whirl.
Without going into too much detail, instaGrok basically lets you punch in any search term (I’d recommend using a subject matter or item you’re learning about) and get a neatly formatted and interactive experience as search results.
The killer feature to me is not the fun interactive ‘related terms’ web or the websites and images that pop up with each search. It’s the ‘Quizzes’ tool that gives you classroom-ready quiz questions on your search term. It’s downright amazing. If you’re looking to freshen up your tried-and-true quizzes, try adding in some of the quiz questions offered by instaGrok. Not every question is going to be the most useful, but many that I’ve seen were thought-provoking and useful. They’re multiple choice questions right now but hopefully they’ll add in other question formats down the line.
Below are a couple images that show you some sample searches I conducted. As you can see, you get a whole lot for very little work. In fact, you get more information than you would from any Google search. That’s been a rare feet with Wolfram Alpha being the only other exception that pops to mind.
Quick Tip:You can use the little slider at the top of the search results screen to adjust how detailed your results are. You can go from the ABC chalkboard to the Einstein-y looking fella. Love this feature!
Prediction: Google will buy instaGrok in under one year.