A nice little activity using this is to display a graph of a particular search term, but not tell pupils what that term is. They then need to work out (or try to guess) what the search term is  I'll let you try and work out this one.
Google Trends29/8/2015 A quick post tonight to share Google Trends, an interesting little web app from Google that allows you to explore what people have been searching for online. I discovered this site a few years ago, and it's great for getting some interesting reallife data and graphs for short discussions in the classroom. First of all, there's a selection of featured stories on the front page  the app defaults to the US but you can select other countries instead. Each of these links to a fuller report which typically includes graphs exploring different elements  for example, the Notting Hill Carnival report shows a nice graph over time of interest in the carnival. You can pull up a report for any search term or topic; typically you get an interest over time graph, a regional interest map and related searches. A nice little activity using this is to display a graph of a particular search term, but not tell pupils what that term is. They then need to work out (or try to guess) what the search term is  I'll let you try and work out this one. You can also create comparison reports and graphs, and reports go back to 2004. Here's a comparison for searches for "Facebook" and "Twitter". It's also quite interesting just to have a play and see what patterns you can find. Here's the interest over time graph for "gcse": I'd be interested to see any good graphs you find  tweet me a link (@MissNorledge) or drop me a comment below! 
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