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Create your own search engine

  1. 1. Learn Web 2.0 with Maggie Classroom tricks: Create your own search engine Teacher’s guide to creating your own search engine IA LOB
  2. 2. Learn Web 2.0 with Maggie Classroom tricks: Create your own search engine Outcomes By the end of this e-torial, you will  Understand the value of a customized search engine  Create your own search engine  Embed your search engine into your blog/website IA Tools This e-torial makes use of the following Level applications:  Browsers: Internet Explorer/Firefox etc Intermediate  Advanced  Google applications
  3. 3. Create your own search engine Index  Motivation  Selecting the sites that you will search  Getting started  Provide Basic information  Adding your search sites  Testing your site IA  You can do more!!  Finding your search engine  Share your search engine  Embed your search engine Just click on the Home Icon (top right) to return to this index
  4. 4. Create your own search engine Motivation Why can’t I just use a normal search engine?  Specific Subject/project  Focus your learners  Protect younger learners against possible “bad sites”  Act as a knowledge filter  Make good sites more accessible  Eliminate possible millions of irrelevant results  Guide learners towards educator- evaluated web sources  ……. You can also embed (place) your search engine on any school site or your class blog
  5. 5. Create your own search engine Selecting the sites that you will search You will have to do your research before hand. Make a list of all the sites that you would like to be included in your search engine! You can restrict the search to just one page!!  For a Single page/document to be searched, use It might be a good the page exact url eg idea to first type www.mysite.com/mypage.html your list of web (the last part of the URL address will have a file addresses in a text name (.pdf; .htm ; .doc…) editor Or you can search across an entire site…  Entire sites: Add /* onto the address eg www.mysite.com/* will include all the pages on www.mysite.com  Examples: www.factmonster.com/ * www.kidsclick.org/* Include the site Url in your list, 1 Url address per line
  6. 6. Create your own search engine Selecting the sites that you will search  Parts of sites: Use wildcard patterns to include just You can even certain parts of a site. restrict the search Eg www.mysite.com/*about* will include to certain parts of a only files on www.mysite.com that have website about in their name.  Entire domains: You can also specify an entire domain using *.mydomain.com./* If you specify mydomain.com, it will automatically be converted to *.mydomain.com/*. Include the site Url in your list, 1 Url address per line
  7. 7. Create your own search engine Let’s get started!  Open your browser and type in (or click): To use all the http://tr.im/googlesearch  Sign into Google using your username and lovely Google password stuff you need an  or Register for an account: account! Piet@gmail.com ********** Video: Click here to Play If you already have a Gmail Account you can sign into any Google application with your username and password
  8. 8. Create your own search engine Provide Basic information Mrs M’s kid safe search engine Only sites with safe information for kids… Video: Click here to Play  Decide on a name for your search engine.  Provide a brief description of exactly where your search engine will be searching  Restrict the sites to those you choose By choosing a good search engine name, it will make it easy for other teachers to find it easily and re-use it as well!
  9. 9. Create your own search engine Adding your search sites  Type in the sites that you want to http://www.askkids.com /* include (1 per line) http://www.kidsites.com /*  Or you can copy http://www.refdesk.com/kids.html and paste the www.factmonster.com/ links if you have www.kidsclick.org/ www.lea.co.nz/ict/eResources/ prepared it beforehand  Format the urls (/* to search the whole site)  Agree  Next You will be able to edit this list and add more sites later.
  10. 10. Create your own search engine Congratulations!!!  Type in a search term  Does your search engine work?? Mathematics  Click on Finish You will now be able to share the link to your search engine or you can even embed it on your school/class website or blog
  11. 11. Create your own search engine You can do more!! You will receive and e-mail with further instructions and links Keep this e-mail safe as a quick reference to what you can do with your search engine
  12. 12. Create your own search engine Finding your search engine How do I find my search engine again?  Sign into your Google account at www.google.com  Click on Settings (top-right)  Under Products, click on My search engines  Double-Click on your new search engine to open  It is a good idea to save this page to your favourites in your browser: Internet explorer: Favourites Add to favourites Firefox: Bookmark Bookmark this page You can copy the web address (URL) by putting your curser on the link and pushing CtrlC on your keyboard
  13. 13. Create your own search engine Share your search engine What is the easiest way to  Copy the search engine share my search page link and paste engine? it into an e-mail to share with your friends/ colleagues / learners….  Twitter it!  Create a hyperlink to it from your school website eg My search engine You can also bookmark it using your favourite bookmarking system like Delicious or Diigo
  14. 14. Create your own search engine Embed your search engine:  Go to your setting page (see how on previous slide) Embed your search engine in your blog /website  Double-Click on custom search element  Highlight and copy (CtrlC) the code  Log into your blog/website and make sure that you are in the code view  Paste your code where you want your search engine to appear You can copy the web address (URL) by putting your curser on the link and pushing CtrlC and share (paste) it in an e-mail
  15. 15. Learn Web 2.0 with Maggie Classroom tricks: Create your own search engine This e-torial was developed by maggiev for use by subject advisors and teachers in South Africa and everywhere Follow my learning tweets:  www.twitter.com/maggiev My learning places:  www.school2.co.za  http://learnwithmaggie.ning.com  Mathsliteracy blog  Library blog

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