Looking for resources on "conducting a good online research" to teach teachers in
our distirct and students. Videos, Audio and text are welcome.
What search engines are good for elementray / middle / high ?
Anthony Luscre (director of technology at Mogadore Local Schools in Ohio) has developed an online tutorial and printable guide booklet about web searching. It is very detailed. Here is a link to his website:
In addition to checking with your district's school library services contact who will have plentiful information in this area, I recommend KidsClick!. It is an annotated searchable directory of websites created for students by librarians. Searchable by subject, reading level and degree of picture content.
I find the reading level feature very exciting.
Education World Review:
GRADE LEVEL: K-8
A group of librarians created this search engine/Web directory to guide young users to useful, age-appropriate Web sites.
KidsClick! has an attractive and engaging interface that will appeal to young users.
This is a well-organized, comprehensive Web guide for kids. Users can search by keyword as well as alphabetical subject.
If you are concerned about allowing your youngsters to search the Net on their own, this is a good place to begin. KidsClick! will direct students to valuable sites that are appropriate for students in grades K-8. By clicking on the Advanced Search option, users can limit their searches by reading level and number of pictures or search by URL. Teachers and students won't want to miss KidsClick! Worlds of Web Searching, a very cleverly done tutorial on how to search the Web. Nine different "worlds" of searching are explored that offer students lessons and activities for developing and improving their searching skills.
Thanks for your post. I have mixed of feelings about KidsClick! It offers categories which are very helpful and if you go to the advanced section you can choose grade level and with or without pictures. However, the search results are often very limited. Typing Marco Polo produced no results. Typing explorers produced 17 results with various reading levels; limiting it to Grades 3-6 produced only one result to a so-so website. I think their concept is great but… the search engine itself doesn't always deliver. The link to the lesson plans on research is not working. The categories are helpful especially for an initial search and for students who might be struggling with keywords.
Regarding Joanna Phillips' posting- thank you for the complements.
I have recently made a number of enhancements to my site's information on Web Searching.
The best link to use for information on teaching and learning about searching techniques and resources is http://www.mogadore.net/searching. There you find a booklet "Beyond Simple Web Searching-- Guerrilla Tactics to Get The Information You Want & Know What You're Getting" you can print the booklet, find exercises from the booklet and links to presentation I have given at FETC and Ohio e-Tech Conferences. I would suggest you use this link for staff professional development