instaGrok is an educational search engine that allows its users to research areas of interest and have results displayed in the form of a concept map. Within the concept map users can read definitions and click on links and videos. Teachers can assign research assignments to students to conduct informal online research in subjects such as English, History and Math.
Teachers and students can choose from the web-based, IOS or Android version to conduct their search and use the concept map to help them dig deeper into their research topics. instaGrok is free for all users but does charge a fee for classroom accounts.
Features of a classroom account:
- Educator Dashboard: you can use your dashboard to monitor your students’ research process.
- Support: you contact instaGrok via email when you need any support.
- Safe content: instaGrok will filter out unsafe content for your students.
- Privacy: personal information of your students will not be collected.
As a teacher, you can create an online class and assign research assignments to your students. Using the visualized concept map, teachers can better engage students and encourage them to dig deeper into research concepts and assigned projects. In addition, you can use the dashboard to review your students’ research status and progress.
instaGrok is different from other general search engines and provides search results visually in the form of a concept map, where students can pin notes, websites, videos, and facts. instaGrok is useful for visual learners and provide new learning opportunities for all learners.
instaGrok is a straightforward tool and takes only a few steps to get started when creating your class: