Wednesday, May 4, 2011

EdYOUcate Yourself #edtech #spedtech

We all know there are lesson plans that we can find across the internet. I've even mentioned some of them on this blog (BBC, PBS, Discovery Education to rename a few). But what if I told you there was now a way to search specific topics and subject areas for lesson plans stored across many of these databases? There is and it's called Edyoucator.  They appear to still be in development/Beta mode.  I had to sign up for a pin yesterday and had one within minutes (thumbs up for that)!  I've since had a chance to run it through many of it's paces and have been pretty impressed. It works like a Google search except all of the results are to lesson plans and teacher resources from well respected locations.  As always, I recommend you lok at the advance search options to help you narrow down your results by subjects matter (including subcategories) and grade level. Big bonus here for my friends in Special Education - there is a checkbox just for you!  And for those especially well versed in search engine "hacking" click the help link for all the additional features available to help you find exactly what you are looking for.  If you are a content provided of teacher lesson plans/resources they have a form you can fill out to be added to the search database.
The one thing I did notice (and it likely is just my lack of experience using the search engine), is that there is no way to search by date.  This makes it hard to search for hot button topics like the recent Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami or the death of Osama Bin Laden.  Maybe a date feature is in the future?
Definitely spend some time perusing Edyoucator and let me know what you think.  Or better yet let them know yourself via Twitter by following @allofek12 on Twitter like I do!
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