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Available for schools using Google G-Suite for Education

Quickly gather Information on topics for essays, papers and reports

 
Effectively search the web and gather information using automatically generated topic words
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ThoughtQ for Chrome is a unique product that helps a student think outside of their own language box. Starting with an initial topic word or phrase, it uses its own world-wide knowledge to suggest a list of words/phrases that others have used when writing about that area. These suggestions are then linked to an embedded Google Custom Search to find relevant and interesting web pages with less effort while helping the student gain greater knowledge. All students can benefit.

Students are regularly assigned essays, papers or reports on subjects in which they have little knowledge. A search on the topic name is the usual first step in gathering information. If students have some topical knowledge, they may narrow the search by adding a few specific terms. But they often do not have the language to search effectively.

Suggested words/phrases may be considered as “thought triggers.” There is no single best answer offered. All suggested words/phrases are equally likely to be of interest. It is the serendipity of finding relationships between words and a topic that is often of most value. You can control the degree of topical uniqueness of words, which is often reflected in the reading/writing level. Common words tend to be lower-level, while more unique words are higher-level.

As an example, “ice cream” generates “Missouri” as a topic word – a seemingly bizarre suggestion for people living outside Missouri. Choosing that word quickly leads to discover that the St. Louis, Missouri is home of the first ice cream cone!

Found URLs can be exported or copied for a reference list. Topic words can be exported or copied for use as a topic set within WordQ or as placeholders for written work.

Feature

Benefit

Simple environment Encourages daily use of ThoughtQ
Word prediction Helps you with spelling search keyword/phrase
Offline operation Desktop-like functionality with word prediction and speech feedback working offline; ability to save files locally
Online operation Adds opening/saving files to Google Drive, and use of Voice Typing
Adjustable topic word/phrase levels Compatible with your reading level
Safe search using Google Custom Search™ Ensures appropriate web search for schools
Tabbed web views Allows viewing of multiple web pages
Uncluttered readability view Removes ads from web pages and simplifies viewing
Embedded link to Google Docs™ for note-taking Allows for quick note-taking
Collect and copy web page URLs with search paths Helps you to reference information
Copy topic lists Use topic lists within WordQ to improve word prediction
Synchronize settings across computers with your personal Google Account Allows users to work anywhere
Speech feedback within search, word prediction and topic word list Accommodates users with reading difficulties
Web page zooming Accommodates users with visual difficulties
Speech reading within web pages Accommodates users with reading difficulties
Keyboard accessibility Accommodates users with physical difficulties
Built-in Help Provides immediate access to help information

“WordQ has been such an inspiration for me, it has enabled me to consider returning to Post Secondary and advancing my College Diploma to a University Degree."

— Hannah Davies Learning Facilitator, CICE Program at Mohawk College