5 – Google Search

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Google is a powerful search engine.  Often described as the only e-learning tool you’ll ever need.

Website: www.google.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

YEARLY RANKINGS
2014:
5
2013:
4
2012
: 4
2011: 15
2010: 11
2009: 8
2008: 6
2007: 3=

Comments from some of those who selected Google Search as one of their Top 10 Tools 

“‘Professor Google’ is he is known in my house. Like the brains of many professors, the information you’re looking for is usually in there somewhere, but sometimes difficult to pin down. However, Google has provided a public searchable store of enormous magnitude – larger than anything seen before in humankind history – and is without doubt the most used learning tool by many, if not all, of us. We can barely imagine life without Google Search.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“Want to know something? Anything? Google it. Just for fun, hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button and see what happens. Beyond the obvious, on-demand search for any information ever published, it’s also a great tool to find images for slides or elearning projects… just be sure to filter your image search results by license and find the images that are free to use or share.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“suspect there is not much need for commentary here, other than to say it remains for now the best search for what I look for, and how I wish to find it. That could change in the future.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“easy to navigate. The search aligns best with all of my google usage” Virgina Goen, 2015

“where I head when I get curious (often) and don’t have an existing resource or SME…” JD Dillon, 2015
“In the digital world you have to search and learn. Still number 1″ Jeffrey Riley, 2015
“Me permite dirigir mi aprendizaje dejándome llevar por mi curiosidad e interés. Serendipia.” Marta Toran, 2015

“Yes, it often leads to Wikipedia or YouTube, but it is almost always the launchpad. Even my seven year old knows, if you don’t know something “google it”.” David Glow, 2015

“I regularly look up things I hear of and don’t know.  It often leads me to Wikipedia (my preferred source, teachers take note), but regularly (e.g. 99.99% of the time) provides me with links that give me the answer i need.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“Is the starting point for every research, bog or small, complex or simple, deep or superfluous.” Santiago González Chávez, 2015

“Google search is the tool I use on a daily basis for both work and school to search for information and research issues that require in-depth study. As the worlds leading, and most popular search engine, the results made available afford me the ability to quickly discern what I can utilize as a reliable source.” Rob Wiltbank, 2014

“the core tool in my searching for answers for things” Clark Quinn, 2014
“gateway to the collective knowledge of the world” JD Dillon, 2014
“for finding any information” Sergey Litvinov, 2014

“finds almost everything – google alerts on fav keywords”  Thomas Jenewein, 2013
“All in mind, there on Google”  Akash Bhatia, 2013
“invaluable for those who can’t remember”  Charles Jennings, 2013
“seek and find”  Paul Jacobs, 2013
“making the vast amount of information available online accessible”  Shannon Bosley, 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“my outsourced brain”  Adam Schwartz

“I rarely use another search engine and can’t imagine using the Internet without this but who knows? I might be using Bing next year” Frances Bell

“you can find anything you want! All your questions are answered”  Marco Salas

“it’s my door to the Web”  Jochen Robes

“I think that Google is still the best search engine in web. If you need to find anything, try Google! ” Vaclav Friedrich

“The starting point of web research. High quality and pertinent search results” Karl Goddard

“Still the #1 knowledge portal in my book. It’s the root of all my searches and often leads off to other useful sites included in this list.” Rich Chetwynd

“it’s my universal finder and research tool, both online and on my hard drive”  Jay Cross

“My students use it constantly and so do I.  Any questions?  Ask Google.”  Kris Stanhope

“This search engine drives my learning.”  Anastasia Prynikova