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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tutorial for teachers: Using the information friendly search engine for your educational needs

Internet have become an essential part of educational industry, for being great source of information. Educators are now able to grab load of information within seconds use it effectively for educational needs. To make our search effective and time saving we need to look for specific search engines which are 'Information Friendly'.Information friendly are the search sites or engines which provide the specific and reliable information for our educational needs.
You are going to learn 'why educators need to use 'information friendly search engines' to narrow their search and find the specific information saving their time.
Are popular search engines, information friendly? I will say 'NO' and the reason is:
  • With billions of pages, you could spend a lifetime hunting for specific information.
  • Popular search engines let you define search criteria in very specific ways, but not all function identically.
  • Although search engines like Google and Yahoo! index billions of web pages and documents, it represents only a tiny part of the total information available on the World Wide Web.
  • Often the first few pages of popular search engines may show the links to the sites which are selling the related stuff to customers.
Which search engines are information friendly?
Specific search engines such as 'http://www.searchedu.com/' can help you find 'educational sites' by entering the topic at 'search box'
Using the drop down menu you can also search at dictionaries, thesaurus or encyclopedia sites for relevant topics.
Search engines suggestion for teachers:

EduHound.comis a highly specialized educational directory with FREE
categorized resources, lesson plans, clipart, and site sets for educators, teachers.
I use 'shambles.net' for education related materials.

The Education Project Asia, is to Support the International School Community in South East Asia. I have found this site very useful to search for teaching stuff. ipl2: Easy-to-navigate, well-annotated directory of librarian-selected Web sites


To understand the scope of a topic :

Intute: Helps you find the sites for study or research.
Infomine: Search annotated academic sites and subject databases. It is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
AcademicInfo Subject Guides: Browse subject guides with descriptions of relevant sites.


To refine and narrow your search for a specific topic:
SurfWax: Search for your topic, then click "Focus" (top) to show similar, broader, and narrower topics iSeek Education: Ask a question or search a topic in this database of "trusted resources" - use "targets" to refine search. Wikipedia: Drill down “Contents” to explore subtopics
Glean: Learning Tools: offers free information literacy, data literacy and math teaching tools. http://www.boolify.org/: Offers information literacy tools. Their goal is to increase a learner's ability to perform effective web searches - whether that learner is 6 or 66.
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