This is the third post in a series of posts covering the most important search engines we , as educators, need to know about and use .In today’s post I will be talking about :Lavva , LeapFish, Oamos, Quintura . If you still haven’t read part one and two then here is a synopsis of what I covered in them , click on any title to refer you back to the post.
Lavva is a nice search engine with eye-catching visual features . It probably looks like a mixture of Wikipedia and Google . Lavva “ hopes to turn search into an interactive platform where every user can contribute to the richness of the experience and have the ability to influence content.” It has some interactive features like :
- Easy browsing
- Interactive thumbnails
- Users can contribute to the knowledge building.
Leapfish is a very interesting search engine . It integrates sophisticated search technologies to enhance search results…..or as Leapfish put it “ we’ve created the first multi dimensional information aggregator and search portal in the world.”
- Leapfish breaks down results into :
- Web results
- Blog results
- Images/ news/ shopping and answers.
To learn more about it visit their FAQ page.
Oamos is really a cool and fun search engine . It allows you to type in a search term and Oamos will provide multi-media images and music at the background for the term.
Quintura is a search engine that resembles Wordle . It acts like a tag cloud or a mind map mixed together .” you can find the information you need by simply clicking the words in the cloud . When you point to a word , new words will appear to make your query more specific and help you receive results more relevant to context you search .
To learn more about Quintura visit their FAQ page .
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