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Recorded July 24th, 2020


Dan Russell in conversation with Wendy Gorton, July 24, 2020

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The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the Basics

Now, more than ever, the ability to do effective online research is crucial–for our lives, for our country, for our health. I’ve been teaching people how to be more effective online researchers for the past decade. Over that time, I’ve taught thousands of people (think students, librarians, professional researchers, and just plain folks) how to find out what they seek through Google (and many other online resources and tools). This talk covers my experiences in learning how to teach these skills, and what I’ve learned from direct interactions with my students and from various studies I’ve run in the lab and with live search traffic. I’ll discuss my MOOC (PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com), which has had over 4M students, my live classes, and various publications in paper, book, and video formats. I can tell you which methods work best, and why.

Daniel Russell is Google’s Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. These days he realizes that amplifying human intelligence is his real passion. His day job is understanding how people search for information, and the ways they come to learn about the world through Google. Dan’s current research is to understand how human intelligence and artificial intelligence can work together to better than either as a solo intelligence. His 20% job is teaching the world to search more effectively. His MOOC, PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com, is currently hosting over 3,000 learners / week in the course. In the past 3 years, 4 million students have attended his online search classes, augmenting their intelligence with AI. His instructional YouTube videos have a cumulative runtime of over 350 years (24 hours/day; 7 days/week; 52 weeks/year). His new book, The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the Basics, is his first.


Wendy Gorton left classroom teaching over a decade ago — having had an incredible school and principal who let her experiment with learning spaces, nonconventional curriculum, playfulness, and more. But 35 students experiencing this wasn’t enough: after getting her Master’s Degree, she realized the road to impact was through teacher education and largescale consultation with Ministries of Education, school districts, and companies. In each, Wendy helps devise high-level strategy for increasing student-led learning with technology will also designing playful and innovative trainings to access the content and empowering global partners along the way.  Wendy’s recent book, 50 Hikes with Kids: California, won the National Parenting Product Award winner for 2019.

Wendy is a program manager with Google and provides training, consultation, program and project management using PMBOK to various Google partners in Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, India, Brazil, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, and Japan. She consultants and works with Google.org Dynamic Learning Project instructional coach program. Wendy has worked and designed Google Educator Group from pilot to global adoption and was Program Manager of the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program and mentorship program supporting over 2,200 global leaders in innovation.

Her Master’s degree is in educational technology, where she focused on finding out how real-world science projects using technology increased motivation in her students, and she particularly enjoys research experiences for teachers.

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    In this age of fake news, what is the most reliable way to make sure your sources are accurate?

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    Has a search has ever befuddled you? Which search led you on the merriest chase?

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    What led you to study artificial intelligence and what made you want to focus more on human intelligence and the ways we can amplify our own knowledge?

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    What inspired you to write The Joy of Search? How did you decide to structure your book?

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    Thoughts on open access/ the movement to decolonize research platforms? What are the next steps?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    What is your next project?