Anxiety-Free Student Research Tool

Published On: March 3rd, 2016·By ·

A Research Tool that Only Shows Student-Friendly Content

Are you looking for a safe and easy student research tool? Try InstaGrok.

Available for the desktop or as a mobile app on Apple or Android devices, InstaGrok is an educational search engine that filters content to make sure it is classroom-appropriate. That means teachers don't have to worry about their students coming across inappropriate content.

Student searches are put into a visual concept map called a “Grok.” That makes it easy to grasp more information in a shorter amount of time. Groks show key facts related to the search topic with the original links, and will even include videos and images as a part of the concept map. These visual maps also make it easy to access cited sources. Other features include a handy journal feature that students can use to take detailed notes while they are researching, and can also quiz themselves on the information.

Here is InstaGrok’s mission statement in their words:

“Our mission is to help everyone discover the joy of learning and empower them to be lifelong learners. So we are dedicated to building innovative technology to enable engaging, safe and personalized learning”InstaGrok

The best way to see how InstaGrok works is to see it for yourself. Take a look at this page for more ideas on how you can use this research tool in your classroom.

For still another look at why this is a great tool, check out this video from the Teacher Learning Community:


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What is your favorite way to use InstaGrok? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about this tool.


Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to

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