Content Tech: Google Search and the Wonder Wheel

Content Tech
Ideas for Technology Use in the Classroom

You may be noticing a Google theme to Content Tech recently…I’ve been attending a BOCES workshop on the multitude of Google tools available, and the list continues to grow.

There is a new search tool recently released titled Wonder Wheel, that provides a visual representation of search results. This can be really helpful for students trying to understand a topic.

Try this…

  • Think of a topic you might ask your students to research
  • Type the search terms into Google
  • When the results come up, directly under the Google logo, click Show options…


  • In the left sidebar, near the bottom, click on Wonder Wheel


Google displays a visual representation of the search terms, with related topics around it. Search results are on the right side. Click a related topic, and the wheel will re-center, with new related topics surrounding it.

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This tool could provide some helpful visual cues as students do their research. Notice that there are some other options for search results in addition to the Wonder Wheel!