This is my audio response to the flipped lecture. It was recorded using my Iphone 4
Below are the edits I made to the Student Charter on Google Docs. My aim with most of the changes was to make the points more succinct and easy to read.
Having used Google Docs quite regularly already I found it to be extremely accessible and user-friendly. It is a fast and easy way to collaborate and communicate with others, which has proven to be extremely useful. I have found Google Docs. extremely beneficial during uni group assignments and definitely intend on continuing to use it throughout the duration of my studies as well as later on in my professional career.
Using the topic of New York City I was able to compare and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different search engines. The three particular search engines I looked into were Google, DuckDuckGo and Instgrok.
Google Search was by far the most efficient search engine out of the three and provided me with the most relevant and up to date information on New York City. There were plenty of sites that came up in the search that provided useful travel information including up-coming events, accommodation deals and popular restaurants. Unlike the other two search engines Google also has predicted text when you type in your search inquiries, which helps to speed up the process. Google search has a very clear layout and is extremely user friendly. It not only provided me the most useful information on my topic but also managed to achieve this in an entertaining and dynamic way.
I found DuckDuckGo to be rather unsophisticated and outdated in comparison to Google search. Although the web pages/sites that appeared were relevant and provided me with necessary information about New York City. The results however did not show the date the pages were last modified, therefore I was unsure as to whether the information that was provided on the sites was going to in fact be current. With no thumbnails or images appearing on the search page I also found DuckDuckgo to be rather monotonous and uninteresting.
I found Instagrok to be extremely overwhelming and aesthetically unpleasing. This search engine was also the slowest of the three. The graphics were also very basic and gave the site an amateur feel. The information provided was far more simplistic than that of the other two search engines and seemed to be targeted towards a younger demographic. Instagrok also included journals, key facts, quizzes and a glossary which would did not seem relevant for a generic search.
From my experience I would rank these particular search engines as follows:
- Google Search
- Duckduck Go
To set Google as your default search browser:
- Open your browser’s preferences
- Go to Search Settings
- Change your default search engine to Google
In modern day society the internet has not only become a means of communication but also a vital research tool. With just the click of a button we are now able to access a wealth of knowledge from a number of different sources on just about any given topic. Although due to the sheer amount of information that is accessible on the internet searching for content, blogs, current news articles that are of personal interest can become quite tedious and time-consuming. To overcome this issue Google offers a tool called Google Alerts which provides you with email updates of the latest relevant Google results based on your pre-determined criteria.
I must admit I have a guilty habit of following the lives of celebrities and am fascinated with even the most mundane details about their personal lives. Having not used Google Alerts in the past it has proven to be an effective way to keep up to date with all the latest Hollywood gossip. I was recently emailed this article about Beyonce and her upcoming interview in Vogue magazine.
Having a huge obsession with Beyonce and her life both in front and behind the spotlight, I found this article particularly interesting. I enjoyed being able to read an exclusive sneak peek of the interview that will be in the March edition of Vogue and find out intimate details on her thoughts on becoming a mother to Blue Ivy and her experience during child birth. I am looking forward to reading the entire story once it is published in vogue and also learnt from reading this article that Beyonce has an HBO documentary which is set to be released sometime this year.
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