Before we even get started with Search Engines, we need to understand a little more about how search engines work. View the video below from the very good Common Craft Plain English series on Web Search – Strategies in Plain English
SquirrelNet is a kids only search engine that has Google SafeSearch activated. From the homepage itself, you can also access the Google directory of websites relevant for children.
Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too!
The search engine is again based on Google Custom Search and it tries to keep the content as children friendly as possible.
A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!
Librarians, teachers and parents have told us how hard it is for students to understand web searching. Boolify helps students bridge that gap by visualizing the process and letting students interact with the abstract concept behind the search process in a tangible and hands-on way.
Check out this 1:25m video on how to get started with Boolify
No Search Engine is entirely 100% safe. Custom search helps to keep out a lot of unsavory links, but it is definitely not foolproof. Most of the search engines for kids also display ads with some undesirable ones sneaking in. Parental control software in combination with these search engines can help to keep children shielded from the bad side of the web. It is a tough battle but at least with these sites, parents and teachers can worry a little less.
As with any use of technology, the lesson will always include strategies for what to do when the “undesirables” sneak in.
A lot of students have been changing their theme this year only to discover that the meta widget (the little widget that helps you log in) has “disappeared!” Well the good news is, it hasn’t actually disappeared and there is a way to get it back.
First, you need to know:
Each theme comes with it’s default widgets – that means all themes start off with certain widgets automatically when you switch to a different theme. Sometimes the default widgets do NOT include a meta widget.
If your meta widget has “disappeared”:
Type the url of your blog into the address bar: (I’ll use my URL as an example) https://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh
Add /wp-admin to the end of the url so it now looks like this: https://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh/wp-admin
You should now be able to log into the backend of your blog.
Go to Appearance, then widgets
Find the Meta widget and drag it back onto the sidebar
Remember to click save
You should be able to see the Meta widget on the frontend of your blog again! See? I told it was easy!
We are learning how to be better commentors on blogs. Here are some thoughts from our class discussion.
Refer to the facts of the post: Comment on the things that are interesting and new to you
Make Connections: Relate and compare things you are reading in the post to things that you already know.
Ask Questions: What about the content of the post is confusing to you? What don’t you understand? Remember that there will ALWAYS be questions in an active thinker’s mind!
Give Your Opinions: Make judgments about what you are reading. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Like? Dislike? Do you support or oppose anything that you have read? Why?
You could use the following sentence starters below to help you begin your comment
This reminds me of…
This is similar to…
You can relate this to…
I’d like to know…
I’m surprised that…
If I were ________, I would ______________
If __________ then ___________
Although it seems…
I’m not sure that…
ISB will be closed Thursday 20th October and Friday 21st October 2011. All classroom blogs will activate a Virtual School Blog Post by 9am, Thursday morning. Each blog can be accessed via our Inside ISB Elementary Blog.
Click on your child’s classroom teacher’s name on the right hand side of the Inside ISB Elementary Blog front page.
There are also plenty of links to a wide variety of websites full of activities and games for learning on our Home Learning Links page on Inside ISB Elementary.
What did you think? It was pretty awesome wasn’t it? Do you think we could make something similar for our parents?
How do you think MJGDS students put this together?
How much did they prepare before filming?
What do you think they prepared before filming? During filming? After filming?
What would we have to do to make our video just as good?
Could all the grades work on one video together or do we need a video for every grade?
You can still use compfight – but wylio is so much easier for embedding creative commons images & the bonus is the attribution is done for you – all in only 4 EASY steps!
Of course, in this ever changing world of technology – Wylio has changed slightly since I first posted about it!
Due to it’s growing popularity ….. Wylio now requires you to create a free account & login to use. You can use your google account if you have one!
My advice, for classroom teachers would be to create a class google account for Wylio – one email address, one password – for the whole class to remember.
(A class google account can come in handy for all kinds of other things in the classroom – another blog post for later).
These instructions are only if you need to download creative commons images to your desktop to use in another programme on your computer – such as KeyNote, PowerPoint, iMovie, Word, SMARTNotebook etc.
(These instructions refer specifically to PowerPoint, but can be applied to other programmes.)
Open Firefox. Type this URL in the address – compfight.com
Type in your search word (keyword) and click search
VERY IMPORTANT! (see arrows for the settings)
Make sure Creative Commons, Safe Search & Show originals are black (not blue) Don’t click on the Shutterstock images (on the right-hand side) they aren’t free!
Click on the image you like (a new tab will open).
Click on the Action button; scroll down to View all sizes.
Make sure the size is at least 600 x 600 (or bigger). Sometimes it’s called the Large or the Original size
Click on the Download link.
VERY IMPORTANT STEP
This dialogue box will open:
Make sure the dot is in the “Open with” circle. Click OK. WAIT for the photo to open.
Click File, scroll down to click on Save As …
Rename the file (what is the photo?). Make sure you keep the .jpg (file extension).
Save to Desktop. Click Save.
Close the photo file & the download box but DO NOT close Firefox
Use the back button on Firefox.
Highlight and copy (command c) the URL of the image you have used.
Use the F3 key on the keyboard to find your PowerPoint.
Paste the URL on the last slide. (Attribution Slide)
Use the F3 key to go back to the flickr page.
Find the name of the owner of the image. (top right hand side)
Write that name on the PowerPoint slide too. (see below)
Remember – proper Attribution (giving credit to the owner of a piece of work) means:
Write down their Name (either Real Name or Online Name)
Include a link (URL) to where you found their work
These are the steps for embedding YouTube videos from our school/class YouTube account. Please log into the class/school YouTube Account first. Many classrooms have their own YouTube account. (Ask your teacher for the class username and password)
You can embed any other YouTube video in your blog without logging into the class/school account (as long as it is appropriate to your learning). Skip steps 1-3 and begin at Step 4.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
Do not use the URL that has an extra dot in the URL as it will not embed using the YouTube magic button. (See the extra dot below)
Step 1: Log into YouTube account (in this case it’s *Ms Terry’s Class)
Step 2: Go to MyVideos
Step 3: Find the Video you want to embed
Step 4: Copy the URL
Step 5: Embed Button for YouTube Videos
Step 6: Check the code & Preview the Post
Step 7: Close the preview tab, you should be back on your post, click Publish!
How to add a new placemark to any spot in the viewer
Position the 3D viewer to contain the spot you want to placemark. Consider zooming into the best viewing level for the desired location. Choose any one of the following methods:
Select Placemark from the ‘Add’ Menu.
Click the Placemark icon on the toolbar menu at the the top of the screen
The ‘New Placemark’ dialog box appears and a ‘New Placemark’ icon is centered in the viewer inside a flashing yellow square. Position the placemark. To do this, position the cursor on the placemark until the cursor changes to a pointing finger and drag it to the desired location. The cursor changes to a finger pointing icon to indicate that you can move the placemark.
Position the placemark
You can also lock the placemark position or set advanced coordinates for its position. Set the following properties for the new placemark:
Name for the placemark
Description, including HTML text (see Writing Descriptions)
Style, Color – Choose a color, scale (size) and opacity for the placemark icon
View – Choose a position for the placemark. For explanation of terms in this tab, mouse over each field. Click Snapshot current view to apply the current view (altitude and camera angle) to this placemark.
Altitude – Choose the height of the placemark as it appears over terrain with a numeric value or the slider. Choose ‘Extend to ground’ to show the placemark attached to a line anchored to the ground.
(Icon) – Click the icon for the placemark (top right corner of the dialog box) to choose an alternate icon.
Click OK to apply the information you entered in the placemark dialog box.
Your placemark appears in the 3D viewer and as an entry in the selected folder. Once you save this placemark, you can always change its position and properties. See Editing Places and Folders for more information.