Friday, May 27, 2011

Searching That's Elementary #edtech

I'm always on the lookoout for kid friendly search engines.  One of the best is from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.  It's called KidsClick.  The younger you can teach students about conducting effective research, the better off they'll be.  But I'm not a huge fan of just unleashing the power of Google on young students.  And that's why I like KidsClick  While you may only find 2-3 sites returned by search you know they are safe. (Yes, I have it the four letter word test and it passed with flying colors).  There is an advanced search as well with options to help narrow results.  I also like that the basic search tells you how many illustrations are on the site as well as suggested reading level (don't ask me how they do that - but its a nice feature).  Once students start using KidsClick and get a feel for how to search safely, if they aren't getting enough information the site suggests a number of of "safe" search engines to try.  
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