Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thing 9 - Google Custom Search Engine

Holocaust Search Engine

This customized search engine allows students to research topics and images for a unit of study on the Holocaust. I found my experience with setting up the Google Custom Search to be very easy. I really like the idea of creating a search engine for individual units of study such as the Holocaust because I know that my students will be going to sites that are appropriate and that allow them to get to the information they need without having to weed through what they don't want or need. After experimenting with the ease of this Google application, I will be creating a customized search engine to put on my classroom wiki for any topic to be researched. My students are always looking for websites that they can take images from. A list of fair use/copyright friendly websites of images that are kid-friendly will be my first goal with setting up this search engine. What a great way to help ensure the safety of our students while online!

1 comment:

  1. I really like the idea for a copyright friendly image search! Very practical, and easy to set up with Google custom search.

    It's so much faster for students to be able to find what they're looking for without having to browse multiple pages of information, even if those pages have been pre-selected by the teacher.