a pint of searching skills

Google for Educators - Projects sponsored by Google for students.

Google Posters for your classroom: search tips for kids, anatomy of a search, google book search, and more.

Search Engines & Directories
Ask Jeeves - For students who have trouble choosing keywords in a question, they can simply type in the question. All sites are safe and written specifically for kids.

KidsClick! - web search for kids by librarians

Kids' Tools for Searching the Internet - encylopedias, dictionaries, government sites - all for kids!

ask.com - This offers suggestions for students to broaden their search or narrow their search.

answers.com - Search results come in several types of references.
Check out the Educator's Toolkit. Lots of resources for teachers!

Nettrekker d.i. - This is found on the Kan-ed Desktop. Teachers can search for lesson plans, charts, interactive games all on the grade level of their choice.

*Visual Search Engine - http://www.pagebull.com

Teach Digital: Curriculum by Wesley Fryer - this is his wiki with great resources on searching

Four Nets for Better Searching

Searching Tips:
  • Use correct spelling
  • Use singular form of words
  • Rearrange the order of the words
  • Use quotes around phrases
  • Put the most important keyword first
  • Use and or +
  • Use not or -
  • Use advanced search
  • Use nouns for Keywords
  • Use synonyms for nouns
  • Search with 6 terms----

World Wide Web Research Tools - great list of search engines, directories, reference materials, databases and more.

Online Books

Google Book Search: This is in the beta stage but it is phenomenal!

*Think Tank http://thinktank.4teachers.org/- helps students streamline their research

Online Encyclopedias
Wikipedia - 36% Americans use wikipedia for research! Why are we allowing our students to use it and cite it? What to Do with Wikipedia? is an article that teachers might find interesting and informative.
Will Richardson just blogged this: "Yet Another Reason We Should Be Teaching not blocking Wikipedia"

Sources of Information - the Tiltometer - this is just a fun little activity for students to choose which type of reference material they would use in different scenarios.