Every year, Google publishes its annual Zeitgeist:

What mattered in 2011? Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.

From that report, the Google folks created a short video highlighting the events of 2011 as seen through the lens of Google searches. It’s a different way and a different perspective to view the past year. It’s also a nice way for you and your kids to start a conversation about a whole range of things:

  • Current events
  • Bias & perspective
  • Cause and effect
  • Why are some events more “important” than others?
  • Why did some events and people make the video and others didn’t?
  • What would the video look like if it focused on just one country? On just the United States? On just your state or city?
  • What would your video look like?


The cool thing is that your kids can create their own video. Using the very awesome Google Search Story Video Creator, your students can use the Google Search tool to fashion a ZeitGeist of their own.

Have fun!

(View the 2010 version here.)