Saturday, March 2, 2013

How to Create Your Own Search Engine

Yesterday, Google published a new visual explanation of how Google Search works. The Story of Search is part of the Inside Search website where you can find some good tips that will help you search better. Looking at Inside Search reminded me that I needed to update my tutorial on how to create a Google Custom Search Engine and how to put that search engine into your blog. My new guide to creating a Google Custom Search Engine is embedded below.

Applications for Education
One of the reasons that some teachers like to create their custom search engines is so that they can control which websites appear when their students search. You can also control how many sites appear in a search result by building a custom search engine. This can be useful with young students who are just learning to search and can be overwhelmed by the number of results or confused by content that is far above their reading levels. 

The Week in Review - Welcoming March

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in snowy and sunny and Greenwood, Maine. How snowy is it? The snow is up to the railing on my back deck and my dogs are up to their necks in snow when they step off of the trails we've made in the woods. In other words, March has arrived like a lion. I like the snow though and my dogs do too so I'm not complaining. 

In just a little bit I'm heading out for the Massachusetts School Library Association's annual conference. I'll be speaking there tomorrow. Later in the week I'll be spending three days at the NCTIES conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you're going to be at either of these events, please say hello. 

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Ways to Add Interactive Elements to Your Videos
2. Why Word Order Matters in Google Searches
3. 5 Good Services to Help Students Learn New Vocabulary Words
4. Why Visuals Matter in Storytelling
5. 76 Examples of Using Haiku Deck in School
6. - Sync Your Presentations to Your Audience's Laptops and Tablets
7. Teaching With Technology and Primary Sources

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