29 January 2013

How Do You Search? Let Me Count the Ways

If knowledge is the key, where is the information?

And how does one know to seek and evaluate what one finds?

B.G. (Before Google), learners often had to sit in libraries to work together on projects. Today projects can be carried out across continents, with students collaborating and making decisions either in real-time or asynchronously. Learners will often turn to Google and Wikipedia as sources of information, but what if there were other sources which could also provide information?

On the left hand side of this blog, you can see a list of alternative search engines which learners may use. Today I'd like to suggest another set of search engines, some which may help you to get to what you want or need faster. 

Lumi claims to be a personal experience for web users by allowing them to anonymously and securely, record the pages they visit. Additionally, it finds webpages which the user may be interested in. 

I don't particularly like the feature of having to submit one's email address, but as a search engine, it is an option to try out. 

Search Pants  was created for young learners and now even allows learners to custom their very own search page. 

Another search engine designed for younger learners is Kid Rex   with tips for parents on how to keep children safe when they are online. 

Icon Wanted , does exactly what it says - helps you to find the icon you want.

Sweet Search is a search engine particularly aimed at students.  There are also other links suitable for teachers and learners, related to research skills and web page evaluation. There is also a link specifically for bibliographies as well as social studies content. 

Free Learning  is aimed at providing free access to educational resources around the world.  You can search for learning resources, check popular and recent resources, find Open textbooks as well as search other OER sites.

Researching can be a lonely experience for some learners. Search Team comes as yet another alternative for team research. You need to create an account and then invite those who you wish to collaborate with.

 Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is a well known website that provokes learners to think about how to evaluate sites online. You can find a range of other sites which guide/help learners evaluate webpages here, as well as Kathy Schrock's Five W's of Website Evaluation

What other search engines and web evaluations would you suggest?

Lastly, if this is the first time you happen to stumble across my ramblings and suggestions on this skybox,  let me show what it is about:


Further References:

Boolean Searching on the Internet - a tutorial on the Boolean logic for searching online

How to Smile  - an award winning site by the American Association of School Librarians.

How to #Google Like a Boss  - by Adam Simpson

Search Better - search resources by GCFLearn Free; also includes tips for webpage evaluation

Search Education - by Google, with lesson plans, activities and more

Symbolab - for Science and Math

The Boolean Machine - a tool for visualising the effects of Boolean operators on keyword searches

Web Search Strategies - a video by Common Craft

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

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  1. Ana Cristina, la felicito. Yo soy nuevo en Edmodo y me han gustado varios articulos , incluyendo el suyo. Siga adelante para que todos aprendamos un poquito mas

  2. Ola Rene,

    Muitas gracias! Fico muito felize que gosta do que compartilho.

    And now I will turn back into English :-) Absolutely agree with you, Edmodo is a wonderful way to share and network with others. We are all learners, more than ever :-)