Stepping forward and piloting new initiatives such as iPod Touches in the Classroom can be scary. This week as a small group of educators worked together exploring these new devices, it was evident that time to experience and share ideas was so beneficial. After touring the device, focus turned toward good instructional practices. With these new devices plus the availability of laptops and desktops, learners will have so much at their fingertips. Most importantly they will have the ability to search for answers to driving questions. Guiding learners on searches should be one of the beginning steps on the journey of this pilot. Can you take one step forward and practice?
Four For Friday – Kid Friendly Search Engines
netTrekker -This search engine is standard in many districts. You can download a free trial to experience a very robust engine for all learners.
KidsClick – A kid friendly search engine owned and maintained by Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science.
Fact Monster – Great resource to gather quick facts. Can you make a scavenger hunt using Fact Monster that could hook and immerse learners in a new unit of study?
Sortfix is another online search engine with a kid app. It allows you to narrow searches by sorting. You can drag power words to include or exclude in the search. Sortfix Kids is an app available for free. (iPad only at this time)
Touch Icon Creator is a 99¢ app that creates custom icons for your home screen using saved photos or drawings. Can you make one for quick touch to a search engine?
App Tip – Create your own web clip to a favorite search engine by adding site from Safari on the home page of iPod or iPad. Here are directions on how to create a Better Web Clip.
Photo Courtesy of irewired.com. Photo taken on a hike in Alyeska, Alaska