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What @GoogleBooks’ NGRAM viewer could be . . .

A few weeks back, the @GoogleBooks team released a lab product related to the Books Project: the NGram Viewer.  According to the NGram site,

When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English Fiction”, “French”) over the selected years.

In short? Put words or phrases into the search box, separated by commas, select a time range, and the NGram viewer displays the frequency at which each appears in the corpus of text contained in the Google Books database.  A few quick searches, with predictable results, that I did when I first experimented with the tool included: (a) groovy, (b) laptop, and (c) hillbilly.

My question, “Where does @GoogleBooks plan for this project to go in the future? And, do they realize this could be a killer app for qualitative research?”  Imagine two things. More >

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Technology makes “Tests” obsolete, or should…

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Technological progress makes many things obsolete: horse drawn carriages as a means of regular transportation, broadcast television or printed newspapers as a primary or sole source of news and information, tests as reliable and valid forms of assessment . . .

Wait?  What?

Yep. Tests are an anachronism of an assessment era that is or should be fading into the past.  They no longer effectively serve the purpose they were intended to serve. Why? More >

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