What Can We Learn From Google Doodles

If you’ve used Google, you’ve seen them.  There have been hundreds of them created over the years and placed on the Google search page to honour various events and personalities.  Most recently to this posting, we’ve enjoyed a number of them to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.

Google’s own definition is:

“Doodles are the fun, surprising and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.”

Read more here.

Admit it…  You’ve played them, listened to them, were inspired by them, laughed at them, …


Google’s Olympic Closing Ceremony Doodle

It’s not a totally new concept.  In education, some of our great textbooks have had little “doodles” in the side panel.  They are extraneous little snippets, related to the topic at hand, but not necessarily key to the core understanding.However, when I would get to a page in the book with this little tidbit, I would read it first.  It actually got me thinking a bit about the actual reading.  It also, I must admit, sent me off on learning tangents at too.

The goal, though, was to enhance the learning experience much as the Google Doodle enhances the search experience.

So I wonder…for those who write online curriculum and/or blended learning resources.  Could we do the same thing with a result of more engagement in the content at hand?  Certainly blogs have the ability to throw a widget or two in the sidebar.  Could we not leverage the power of this to make the learning experience more powerful?  What about student writing online?  Could they be encouraged to write more, inquire more, publish more, think more by adding their own?

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