Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sweet Search - A Search Engine for Students

Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts. In all there are 35,000 websites that have been reviewed and approved by Sweet Search. In addition to the general search engine, Sweet Search offers five niche search engines. The niche search engines are for Social Studies, Biographies, SweetSites (organized by grade and subject area), School Librarians, and Sweet Search 4 Me (for elementary school students).

Sweet Search can be used by visiting the site directly or you can embed Sweet Search widgets into your blog or website.

Applications for Education
If you're concerned about your students stumbling onto sites that aren't reliable, try having them use Sweet Search. You could accomplish the same thing by creating a Google Custom Search Engine, but Sweet Search has already done essentially the same thing for you. Put one of the Sweet Search widgets into your classroom blog or school website so that students can search reliable sites within a familiar context.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
How Web Search Works
Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies
How to Create a Custom Search Engine

Literacy Heads - Teaching Literacy Through Art

Literacy Head is a weekly e-publication about teaching literacy through the use of art work. Each week Literacy Head publishes lessons for teaching visuals-based reading, writing, and vocabulary lessons. The word "brave" is included in this week's vocabulary lesson. To help students visualize the word and its definition, Literacy Head has four images of people doing brave things.

Literacy Head's current weekly issues are free to view. Accessing the archives requires a Literacy Head membership. In other words, you can view each new issue each week for free, but archives access requires membership.

Applications for Education
Literacy Head could be a great resource for teachers of reading and writing. I also think that the vocabulary section provides a good model that teachers in most content areas could use for helping students learn vocabulary words.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
CAPL - Images for Language Lessons
Study Spanish - Free Lessons With Progress Tracking
Story Place - Digital Stories in English and Spanish

Three New Job Openings Posted on the Job Board

Back in May, in affiliation with Post Learn, I launched a job board here on Free Technology for Teachers. Traffic to it has slowly, but steadily increased. In the last week three new job openings have been posted to it. Those openings are:

Vermont: Classroom technology integration specialist

Chicago, il: Curriculum designer ii

California: Director of technology services

If you're looking for new job in the educational technology field or you're looking to hire someone in the field, please visit the Free Technology for Teachers & Post Learn job board.