This PowerPoint Presentation gives a good introduction to what search engines are, the different types available what they do and how to make specific searches on the web which yield the necessary information:
Search engines for young learners:
As a teacher supporting primary educators I feel there is a great need to be aware of search engines suitable for children. Few know of the various search engines available which are safe for children to use and also have an attractive display. Here are a few examples:
Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It’s a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that’s safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.
Studies prove that visual learning improves children’s comprehension, retention, critical thinking, and organization. Additionally, children are better at “mousing” than typing. Ask Kids was built with this in mind, and organizes search results in a graphically vivid three-panel display that includes SmartAnswers and related images, current events and encyclopedia results.
Each web site in the Ask Kids core search index was selected by the Ask.com editorial team as child-appropriate or as a relevant and practical site for reference and learning. Ask’s proprietary search algorithm then identified communities and collections of web sites linked to the core list, and filtered those to remove adult content.
Yahoo! Kids – is Yahoo!’s entertainment and education site for children aged 6 through 12. It connects you and your children with the best—and safest—content on the Web whether for school or fun.
Launched in 1996 as “Yahooligans!,” Yahoo! Kids uniquely combines the power of the Yahoo! network, with the top producers of children’s content and kid-safe .
KidsClick is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University. KidsClick! was originaly created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
Ivy’s Search Engine Resources for kids: Here you will find the major Internet search engines for kids. Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids. At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines and links to more pages like this.
View this PowerPoint Presentation for use in the classroom : Search engines for kids