Showing posts with label Safe Search. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Safe Search. Show all posts

Friday, August 25, 2017

12 Alternatives to Google Image Search - PDF Handout

Google Images is the default search tool for many students when they need an image for a project. But Google Image search does have some problems associated with its use in classrooms. Google's image search engine does include some filters for safe searching of images, but it doesn't catch everything. Furthermore, Google Image search doesn't always do great job of returning the results that students actually need.

I made the following chart to give students some options besides Google Images for finding images that are either in the Public Domain or are labeled with a Creative Commons license. The chart is embedded below as a PDF. You can also get a Google Docs copy here.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Searchy Pants - A Safe Search Engine for Kids

EdCamp Boston was held on Saturday and even though I couldn't make it in person, I did follow along with some of the Posterous updates about the day. One of the Posterous updates included the list of resources shared during the apps and tools Smackdown session. In that list was a new-to-me search engine called Searchy Pants.

Searchy Pants uses Google Custom search to provide a safe search environment for students. But Searchy Pants offers more than just a simple search engine. You can customize the page on which students search by choosing from a variety of fun background themes. Once you've chosen a theme you can add links to your page that you want students to see. For example, you might link to your school's website or link to a site like CNN Student News. You can also post a custom message for your students to read before searching.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a safe search engine for your students to use without actually creating your Google Custom Search Engine, Searchy Pants could be a good tool for you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My Page It - Homepages for Kids

Update: As a reader pointed out in the comments, My Page It does ask for a small ($1) payment to activate parental controls. I did not notice this until I investigated the finer print. I apologize for any inconvenience my oversight may have caused.

My Page It or is a service providing personalized, customizable homepages for five to eleven year old kids. My Page It allows kids to customize their pages with different backgrounds, themes, avatars, videos, games, and other widgets which My Page It call kidgets. Kids can begin to develop Internet search skills by through the safe search engine developed by My Page It. There is also a social networking element of My Page It which allows kids to share their pages with other kids in the My Page It network. In order to share pages, parents have to approve the sharing action each time their children want to share with someone new.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wow! Ask Kids is Very Impressive

Wow! The recently redesigned Ask Kids search engine is very very impressive! Ask Kids is the kid friendly, kid safe version of the popular search engine The first thing that new visitors to Ask Kids will notice is the notebook paper theme and five search categories. Then visitors will notice the drawing tools in the lower right hand corner of the home page. The drawing tools don't seem to have much purpose other than just providing tools to customize the Ask Kids homepage (clearing cookies resets the homepage). On the other hand, the five search categories are very useful and easy to navigate.

Ask Kids is divided into five categories of which one is a general search option. The five categories are School House, movies, games, images, and video. The School House category provides students with suggested topics and links to resources for those topics. The School House also serves as a general search tool. In the other search categories Ask Kids makes suggestions for search refinement. A great aspect of the search results that Ask Kids provides is the option to refine searches based on a student's age.

Applications for Education
Ask Kids is a great search tool for elementary school and middle school students. The suggested search refinements are a great model for teaching students how to alter their Internet search terms to find the information for which they are looking. The "filter by age" option is useful for parents trying to help their child find information appropriate for their grade level.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Zoey Bot - Animated Safe Search

ZoeyBot is a new entry in the safe search market for students age 7-13. ZoeyBot offers kids a safe way to search the Internet with animated help. ZoeyBot is a library or online encyclopedia of 4000 selected articles on a wide range of topics. ZoeyBot does not link to external websites so students are not subjected to advertising or inappropriate links. The ZoeyBot search engine includes a large collection of images and videos in addition to articles.
In addition to the search features, ZoeyBot offer tutorials and games to help students learn and practice their academic skills. ZoeyBot also includes music player and news ticker.

Applications for Education
ZoeyBot is a good way to introduce younger students to Internet searches. The virtual desktop on ZoeyBot allows students to use multiple windows at once. Students can also save pages or article links to use later which is useful for students just learning the report writing or research process.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

KidZui - "V-Chip" for the Internet

I'm going to make a one time only exception to my policy of only sharing free resources because this resource is so important that I have to make an exception. KidZui is a safe search engine and web browser for kids that has been reviewed by over two hundred teachers and parents. KidZui works in the opposite manner of typical safe search engines. Rather than blocking inappropriate content from search results KidZui only searches and shows links from approved websites. The idea is similar to Mahalo's human powered search engine that physically reviews every website. KidZui has a pool of 500,000 approved websites that their search engine returns. KidZui gives parents the option of easily blocking additional websites or allowing additional websites. In this manner it is similar to channel locks on a television. KidZui appears to be great, but the service is not free its monthly cost is $9.95. For many parents this is a small price to pay for peace of mind while their children are online.

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