Monday, October 22, 2012

Google Custom Search

Technology is great and has made our job as educators easier in so many ways, but even I have to acknowledge that sometimes it makes it more complicated.  Now there is always a better way to do things, and faster.  While it is my job to push teachers and students to try new ways to use technology, sometimes there are tools that you just need to use. Now.  One of these tools is Google Custom Search Engines.

Google Custom Search Engines let you create a search engine that only pulls content from sites that you have allowed.  Clearly, this is a great tool for teachers.  We can now build search engines around specific topics, like the 5th grade at DBS did for their study of Government, or you can just keep adding sites throughout the year for your class or school.  I cannot stress how easy it is to create a search engine and then share with your students, or better yet, embed on your blog like this.

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