Hello TF COMMUNITY
I was wondering if anyone had any good student friendly search engines or encyclopedia sites that students can use for researching various topics.
here are the ones I found and liked
Danny Sullivan's SearchEngineWatch website is where I head for answers to all of my questions on search engines. He has a Kids Search Engine page with links to the "Savvy Little Searchers: Kids' Search Engines", Major Children's Guides & Directories , and Other Children's Search Engines that will give you some excellent choices of good, student-friendly search options. Let us know what you find of interest to add to your list.
A great one for math-related topics especially is www.wolframalpha.com. It will provide an overview of a topic, a picture, a graph or timeline associated with the topic, and if you type in a math problem it will calculate it for you. This is especially useful in Algebra when a student wants to check, for example, a graph of a parabola he drew.
I feel that we have to look at how we can encourage students (and teachers) to use the student-friendly sources and tools we have instead of simply any search engine (Google) or interface. It is so very automatic to talk about "googling" something, instead of refering to a research process that may not (should not?) include Google. How do librarians and technology specialists, as well as content area teachers, use vocabulary and practices that will encourage setting up the "Best Seach Practices" for students? (I know, it sounds very rhetorical, but, it's also a very real dilemma.)
Here are four helpful web search strategy tutorials for older elementary and middle school students:
Credible Sources Count - learn how to recognize the validity of information on the Internet
Research It Right - guides students through the process of forming a research question through the actual research steps
Have you used any of these sites in your teaching?