There are so many search engines out there now that I have been wanting to put together a list of some of the best and most unique sites available. Here is that list, but before we talk about the tools we need to address the research process. There is a difference between finding information and thinking about the information that you find. As teachers we need to focus on the process of thinking about what the final product needs to be. Student's need to know where to go to get information and how to use the information they get. Of course I love Google and all things Google! They offer some very powerful tools, but there are other great search engines out there that should not be over looked! Having said that the first one I am going to mention is Google and the Search Education Curriculum
The next is InstaGrok this one is an interactive tool that offers so much information on a subject take a look:
Oolone.com is a visual way to serch the web. Users put in their topic and Oolone generates thumb nail websites that can be viewed
For younger students KidRex is a great search engine that has been developed by kids for kids.
WolframAlpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to facts and data. It calculates answers across a range of topics including science, nutrition, history, geography and more!
SweetSearch is a fast search engine for students it enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. It also offers teachers resources on how to teach research skills, as well as subject specific engines dedicated to biographies, Social Studies. There is even a SweetSearch2day site that is a daily assortment of the best content on the web.
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