38 Interesting Ways* to Use Search Engines in the Classroom by practicalowl *and tipsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
#1 - Tag Galaxy Image Search For an alternative image search use Tag Galaxy.It provides search results from the tags added to Flickr images.It offers a student a visual representation of their results in the form of a photo sphere.Each tag belongs to a galaxy of related tags helping students find Esustain08 Tag Galaxy 1 by vivevansother content.@tombarrett
#2 - Check expressions in MFLGo to http://www.google.fr/ or http://fr.yahoo.com/ type in your phrase check Pages: France (google) or français (yahoo) and type in your phrase. Thousands of results includingSimple example • Rigolus - La newsletter du 16/09/2008I wonder if the French say as Pourquoi le soleil, cest du beau temps,puislavous pelez...pendant deuxsoleil, ça vous rend rouge comme un homard, et pluie du Le coup dered as a lobster when they semaines. ... www.rigolus.com/archives/2008_09_16.htm - En cacheget sunburnt and good reading materialLet’s type in Rouge homard soleil @kaymcmeekin
#3 - Boolean Search Made EasyA well constructed boolean A short and simple expanation search is the way to improve of boolean search logic is your search results. available on the Boolify Help page.Boolify helps students understand their web search by visually demonstrating the logic of their search. As students add or remove the jigsaw piece qualifiers ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘not’ the changes in their search results appear at the bottom of the search screen. @janning
#4 - Librarians do it by numbersHave you been to the library and found a book on your topic? Do you know its Dewey number?Visit BUBL to find websites catalogued by the Dewey Decimal System.@janning
#6 - Quintura for KidsQuintura for KidsGrown-ups might like to check out Quinturas embeddable search results tag clouds - a great way to share results. @janning
#8 - Cooliris for image & video searchesCooliris is a free plugin for your web browser to turn searches into an interactive scrolling image wall. You can zoom in, out, left or right. Its great on a IWB - use the blue bar & arrows at the bottom of the screen.Choose to search Google images, Flickr, Youtube & more. @mrmackenzie
#9 - Google Wonder Wheel - HAS GONE!Encourage your students to see a regular Google search in a different way.From the standard results page, click "More Options" under the Google logo.Select "Wonder Wheel".Choosing different words from Image by Ivan Walshthe wheel allows you to drill down into different combined @tombarrettsearches too.
#5 - KidsclickKid-friendly sites in a kid-friendly directory.Check out the Worlds of Web Searching for lesson plans.The new KidsClick site will be available soon. @janning
#7 - Create Biographies Use http://www.123people.com/ and http://www.pipl.com/ to create valid and extensive searches for biographies. @4goggas
#10 - Visuwords One of the most popular ways to search for synonyms in my class.Visuwords creates a word map of connections and word families from your search.A fluid and fantastic tool - here are some more detailed ways to use it in the classroom. @tombarrett
#12 - Google TimelinesGenerate a timeline of dated Google search results...A screenshot of the timeline could make for a nice mystery starter...Click on parts of the timeline to zoom into a specific time period.
#11 - Soungle - search engine for soundCould be useful as a stimulus for writing. www.soungle.com 1. Create a story, mood, setting etc through sounds from soungle etc 2. Put the sounds into a medium such as PPT. 3. Add writing or talk story 4. Perform out loud!
#13 - Guess the search term Type in a search term into your favourite image search engine and view the thumbnails. Scroll down so you cant see the search term (or take a screenshot and crop) and show the class the thumbnails. They have to guess what you put in SHARINGoriginally.This doesnt really work with Google as they show the word under each image so try bing.com @stuartridout
#14 - Calculator & ConverterGoogle Tip:You can use Google for much more than searching. It is a quick way to perform calculations and conversions. Try typingMy class find it more useful than looking for the calculator 3.8 * 27.4application or finding a 16 oz in gconversion site as they can 100 c in ftype straight into the Google 20 gbp in usdsearch on the browser toolbar. @stuartridout
#15 - Use the Help & Tutorials • Choose your search engine to suit your search needs • Try the Noodle Tools Interactive version Look for links to support documents on the Search engine site. (often at the bottom of the page - and in small print ) An example: Google printable pdf posters @janning
#16 - Thumbshots Use Thumbshots ranking, compare how different search engines bring up different sites for the same keywords.The results show up differences and could lead to classroom discussions on reasons behind this - commercial, popularity by Matt Brettetc.Dianne McKenzie
#17 - Google for non-tech teachersThis is a cheat sheet that can download here: Google Cheat be laminated and hung near sheet the class computer or pod. It is a guide that is colour co-ordinated for basic to advanced users. Use it as a treasure hunt resource for children and teachers to understand search operators. @glennmalcolm
#18 - Safe searchKidzuiThis is a downloadable flash-based browser that must be verified by parents via email prior to pupil use.A class setup with one user name etc returns online activity to the teacher whenever they log in - time, URL, popularity etc.Built by teachers and parents only trusted sites/pages are allowed (including youtube pages - last count 2 million+) download here: Kidzui@glennmalcolm
#19 - Search Cubesearch-cube is a visual search engine that presents web search results in a unique, three-dimensional cube interface. It shows previews of up to ninety-six websites, videos and images.Flip the cube and use the visual interface to get discussion underway, especially for art and design topics. Use your keyboard arrows to flip the cube, then Mouse over images for summaries! http://www.search-cube.com/ @heyjudeonline
#20 - SpezifySpezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways. With a visual presentation of ideas, and links across the top of the page to help narrow down the search, students are able to learn about the impact of key words in searching immediately and visually.@heyjudeonline http://www.spezify.com/
#21 - WolframAlphaWolframAlpha is a very powerful mathematical and data search engine. But you can get too much information output from it. So try these two very simple activities.1) Try typing this in:“Where am I?” Then click on the map data to see!Discuss how it could “know that?”2) Explore some simple AI with the search box - “talk” to Wolfram Alpha – even simple questions asked differently get different responses! Try:HelloWho are you?How are you? http://www.wolframalpha.com What are you?Do you sleep? Wolfram Alpha has some other tools that canWho is your dad? be used as a basis for interesting lessons. Click on the link below to see what the WolframAlpha Tones Again – discuss how / why you get this output? Generator can do in a cross curricular activity. Remember keep questions VERY simple. http://www.l4l.co.uk/?p=472 @eyebeams
#22 - WatchKnow (Video Search) http://www.watchknow.org/WatchKnow is a collaborative, openproject of educational videos designed tobe searchable, reliable, and conductive tobetter learning for all.(Still in Beta)@lismiss
#23 - Google AlertsThis search tool was recently Learners could set up some alerts:described by Ollie Bray (LTS) as allowing people to search the future • Prior to commencing a research projectweb. Along with RSS, this changes • to keep up-to-date on college/uni focusmany conceptions of the web around • to track what is being written about themsifting what is already there. • to find out what is going on in their area • as part of their computing/ICT studiesType in a term, choose a search type • to be better and more quickly informed.and how often you wish to be notified of new web content featuring your term, and provide an email address to receive the intro to content and a link.I use this to keep embedded delicious virtual libraries updated on websites that I run eg ACTS. Go to http://www.google.com/alerts and complete this form. @parslad
#24 - eyePlorer Creative way for students to explore a new topicin a simple way •Type in topic to research •eyePlorer scans the web for facts and puts them into a colour wheel. •Click on eyeSpots for more facts related to topic -common facts are arranged in categories •Click on border to focus on one categoryStudents can drag and drop factsonto an eyePlorer notebook tosave for later use. @lismiss
#25 - Google Custom SearchIf you want to focus your students searching on http://www.google.com/coop/cse/specific sites use this tool to build your own search Or even create a search engine engine. based on your websites and resources.Additionally you can let students contribute and help build the sites available to be searched. @itmadesimple
#26 - Making Google Custom Search SafePutting a Google Custom Search on your blog or VLE can be useful: You can make it default to Safe Search and if you are a school you can remove the ads. You could also use it to build a themed search engine as described on the previous page to put on a topic page. Children with SEN can also Its simple: benefit from using Google Custom Search as you can Link to instructions present them with a much smaller set of search results. @hgjohn
#27 DearComputer Shows full original images instead of the small thumbnails for Google Image Search. I often use this Goggle Image Ripper to capture images for the IWB as it puts all the images in their full size on the page. Then I use the camera tool to capture the images or I right-click on them to copy and paste them straight onto my flipchart page@lismiss
#28 - Creative Commons Search http://search.creativecommons.orgWhether finding images to use in their own work or to help with other online projects, our class use Creative Commons Search. Once you have introduced the idea of licensing and correct usage, this is a great search tool to help children find permissible resources. by François @ Edito.qc.ca@tombarrett
#29 - DiscoverEd - ccLearn http://discovered.creativecommons.org/search/A BETA search tool from Creative Commons that helps you to discover open educational resources (OER). DiscoverEd is an aggregated search engine including OER Commons and LessonPlanz.com amongst others. by judy_breckTagged results show Curator, Edu Level, Licensing and Language. @tombarrett
#30 - Compfight - CC Image SearchAs long as Flickr isnt blocked in your area, then Compfight Tip: Once the children haveis one of the easiest ways to found the image they want infind Creative Commons Compfight I teach them toattributed images for blogs, copy the Creative Commonsweb pages and link from the resulting Flickrpresentations. page to use as their image attribution.Set the search engine to look for Creative Commons Only. @hgjohn
#31 - 10x10 News Search 10x10 displays 100 images of breaking news, updated every hour from; BBC World News, Reuters and the New York Times. Clicking on an image gives you a link to the news story. You can go back in time to any date and hour after 2004 to see what was happening then. @theokk
Shahi is a visual dictionary that#32 - Shahi combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images. A useful combination of types of information in this search engine. The definition is offered with a range of thumbnails of the search term from Flickr (+Google +Yahoo) A simple way to support literacy for different children in the class. Each new search term loads on top of the previous. In this way you can see a history of searches - useful for language activities in the classroom.http://blachan.com/shahi/ @tombarrett
#33 - Search Engine for Younger Children http://www.kidrex.org/ A simple search engine that is easy to read the results and safe search is automatically turned on! @teggie19
#34 - Google SquaredCreate a table that compares a range of specifications for a subject with Google Squared:http://www.google.com/squaredType into the search bar and compare things like:• Australian primeministers• Chemical elements• Canadian statesIt is simple to edit and remove unwanted data or add extra specifications. Eugene de Gouw
#35 - GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogleLINK >> http://googlegooglegooglegoogle.com/Run 4 Google searches in the same window. Close the frames so you only have two, or three open. Each frame can actually be loaded with any URL - use the little green arrow. @tombarrett
#36 - Scirus LINK >> http://www.scirus.com/ A comprehensive scientific research tool, useful at high school and tertiary levels @crgalvin
#37-Qwikihttp://www.qwiki.com/Turn research into a search experience using Qwiki! Qwiki generates a narrated movie mashup of images, video, audio, and text about your topic. You can turn the subtitles on and off. Qwiki will also suggest related keywords and qwikis.You can share and embed qwikis easily.
#38 Use agoogleaday to set up a starter Agoogleaday.com poses a daily question. Once students hit the start button they are timed and must use the search engine to find the correct answer to a question. There is no correct way of searching only the correct answer!Once kids are done, you can share how they conducted their searches to share best practice in @ali_mullaeffeciency. @LearnICTit
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