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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A search engine for kids from librarians - 'Kids click'

'Google' is the most popular and being widely used for online searches and there is no doubt that you can find valuable information about any topic at this popular search engine. Still I suggest that parents, teachers and students should use family friendly or safe to use search engines for any kind of educational or related search. 'kids click' is another safe search engine for kids/students which is made by librarians and you can expect quality content from this search engines.

More about 'Kids click':

Kids click.org is a web search directory specifically made for kids by librarians. It is a search engine where kids can browse for any kind of online material and resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and all kinds of related educational resources for kids.

How to search at the search engine?

You can find other categories in case you want to browse for content by subject such as facts and reference, science and math, the arts, weird and mysterious, health and family, popular entertainments, religion and mythology, home and household, sports and recreation, society and government, machines and transportation, literature, reading, writing and speaking, computers, the internet, geography, history and biography. You can also search subjects by initial letters as well as do advanced searches for specific stuff

It is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University. as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites. It is intended to guide users to good sites; not block them from "bad" sites.

Site link: Kidsclick.org
Related posts:

* Famous Search Engines for Kids

* Search safely with 'Family Friendly Sites'

* "All Safe Sites" - A search engine for young children

* Where to search for educational stuff?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

How to use 'twitter' for educational purposes?

If you are a 'twitter' user then you know that you can get in touch with other teachers/educators at this social networking place, but as you have another place which is dedicated to teachers, you need to start participation at 'twitter 4 teachers'

twitter 4 teachers was created to easily help educators find other educators on Twitter that have the same interests as them.

How to start?

- You need to sign up for a 'twitter' account.

If you don't know what is twitter? then read it: 'Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time and it is called micro blogging process.

- Use the twitter account name with registering for 'twitter 4 teachers'

- Check out the list of educators and add your Twitter name to the appropriate list.

PBwiki is Free and Great for Classrooms. You can create a free classroom wiki for your school.
Just check the list which you can search for links to other teachers or submit your link there. The list shows:

Art Teachers, Bible/Religion Teachers, Business Teachers, College and University, Computer Science Teachers, Counselors (Guidance), Drama Teachers, e-Learning Teachers, Educational Organizations or Companies, Elementary Teachers, eMINTS People, English and Communication Arts Teachers, English as a Second Language Teachers, Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers,

Food and Culinary Arts Teachers, Foreign Language Teachers, Geography Teachers, Health and Well being Teachers, Independent Studies Teachers, Interactive Whiteboard People, Journalism, Librarians, and lot of more fields related to education.

You can watch this PowerPoint presentation on topic 'twitter for educational purposes - A tutorial'

My account at 'twitter'

Related posts:

* Stay in touch with net community via 'twitter'

* Get the twitter apps. to tweet more effectively

Friday, April 10, 2009

'Awareness Connection' helping you make parenting more rewarding

The blog 'Awareness connection' helps us 'Making Parenting More Rewarding. Not only parents but teachers can learn a lot from this blog as there are very useful and informative posts about parenting.

More about the blog:
'Awareness Connection' is a blog from Michael Gorsline, M.A. Counseling Psychology who is Child & Family Therapist, and Parent Coach.

Michael says:

'I help parents and other clients discover practical ways to make life more rewarding. And I provide coaching in productivity strategies based on David Allen's Getting Things Done system to help clients reduce stressor spillover into the things they care about most.'


There are many useful links at the side bar which might be interesting and worth for the parents or teachers. I have picked a post from a lot of articles:

Why I Chose to Leave Teaching

Useful links:

* At this blog you would get many valuable posts about parenting and links to more parenting and useful sites: Parent talk today

Friday, April 3, 2009

A guide to web safety for kids

Text based web safety information are not attractive for kids so teachers or parents should guide their little ones in the way which could be interactive. 'A guide to web safety for kids' can be a good source in this connection.

It is a web safety presentation which can be easily used at home or school projector to teach children. It is created by Diana. R. Norton, a library service consultant from "The Mid-York Library System"

As the presentation slides are easy and well written, children would enjoy watching these slides.

A kid's guide to safety

More useful links: 'Kid's Internet Safety Sites'

Useful links:

* Fun and interactive sites for kids

*'Kids friendly search engines'

* 'List of good sites'
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