During a recent Information Learning Nexus discussion there was reference made to numerous search engines. This was such an exciting moment where my normal list of six search engines that I refer to was stretched to a new level. After a simple Google search I discovered that there was a plethora of more age appropriate search engines available to use in middle to upper primary classes.
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Some of the discusses search engines included were:
- duck duck go
- kid rex
- word sift
- ask kids
- Web Wombat
- Kids net
- Yahoo! Kids
- Kid Zui
I really liked the Word Sift search engine and found that it had some good visual word or theme brain storming abilities as seen in the image below.
Below is a link to some of my well used search engines for middle and upper primary aged students. In order to evaluate these search engines reference has been made to Kathy Schrock’s The 5 Ws of Web Site Evaluation. After undergoing my own Google search of other ways to evaluate web sites I found an article written by Lewandowski (2012) entitled A Framework for Evaluating Retrieval Effectiveness of Search Engines and considered results, presentation and offered a frame work for evaluating effective information retrieval. He suggest the categories seen in the table below:
Lewandowski, D. (2012), A Framework for Evaluating Retrieval Effectiveness of Search Engines
Kathy Schrock’s The 5 Ws of Web Site Evaluation