Teacher Review for Wolfram Alpha

Great for intro labs

Seth J.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Science
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Intro lab that covers qualitative vs. quantitative data and unit conversions. I have students look up their favorite animals and compare some of the measurements in metric measurements. They do unit conversions on these measurements.
My Take
This is a great search engine that can do many things that a standard Google search won't do well. On the other hand, it's not as deep as Google. If you type in "elephant" for example, it'll give you the taxonomy, measurements, and some pictures, but not much beyond numerical facts.