Sunday, April 24, 2011

Searching Done Better? #edtech

I could probably do a 365 project on the variety of search engines that are available.  There are such a multitude that all claim to do different things.  Tonight I wanted to tell you about a decent search engine for students and teachers alike Refseek.  A couple of quick searches showed that the top hits came from trusted sites and are ad free.  Even when searching topics that web filters would typically block such as gambling you are not sent to the local casino as you might be with other search engines but instead are taking to educational sites about the subject matter.  You can also search for documents on the subject (typically PDF).  One drawback I see is that it does not handle slang very well, but that's why we should be teaching digital citizenship in the first place.
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