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Boolify – Boolean Operators 101

Efficient web searching seems like a difficult concept to teach kids, especially elementary school students. Many teachers simply assume students know how to search the internet. Others bypass this altogether by providing a pre-planned track for kids. Unfortunately, neither of these methods empower students to be independent learners because neither method adequately prepares students to navigate and utilize the web for personal learning, extended research, or independent study.

Boolify, a free tool from the Public Learning Media Laboratory, “makes it easier for students to understand their web search by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each change to their search instantly changes their results. It’s simple, immediate and easy to use with your class or in your library.”

Through the use of student-friendly Boolean operators shaped and manipulated like puzzle pieces, students narrow down their search results and receive safe results through Google’s Safe Search STRICT technology. Click here for a complete lesson plan using Boolify to teach Boolean operators. If you enjoy Boolify, please support it with each Amazon purchase you make through this link.

Think your kids are too young to learn about Boolean operators? See Boolify in action with third graders here.

5 Innovative Search Engines that Think Differently

  • Mashpedia: A multimedia encyclopedia.
  • Wolfram Alpha: A conceptual knowledge engine that gives you access to facts without searching and clicking. Also check out Goofram: A Google and Wolfram Alpha search combined.
  • Paper.li: View links from twitter users, lists, or hashtags as a newspaper. Check out this #edchat example.
  • Twurdy: Sorts search from easier to read to harder to read text.
  • Google Squared: Extracts data from websites and presents them in search results as squares in an online spreadsheet.
  • For more innovative search tools, check out Joyce Valencia’s Virtual Library Search Poster.

Yolink – Find the Best Information Faster

Yolink Education: A tool that helps students read hyperlinked text articles by seeing the links behind the links.

Free Educational Resources by SmartTutor.com

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