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?
We’ve been contacted by a K-8 Music Teacher at St. Edward’s Catholic Parish/School, Racine, Wisconsin in the USA.
Her 7th graders are beginning a world music unit. One of the groups chose Thailand. We’ve been asked if we could possibly share some music or dancing that comes from Thailand.
Isn’t it lucky that we’ve just celebrated Songkran, with our special ES Songkran Assembly? In the assembly, lots of Elementary students got to perform two traditional thai dances with our very own students providing the music for one of them as well! Even luckier, was our fabulous Thai Teaching Assistants & two ES teachers singing the King’s Anthem.
We hope that you enjoy the 3 videos we’ve prepared for you, St Edward’s 7th Graders – and we’re ready to answer any questions you may have – please leave us any comments or questions by clicking on the red comments link (at the bottom of this post).
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
Grade 5 is using Google Maps to track environmental/sustainability issues that impact on our world. Using green, red or yellow markers, (positive, negative or neutral impact) students will be using global news sites to keep a record of what issues are occurring in the world with regard to sustainability. Each placemarker has a brief summary about what the issue is, where it’s occurring and what impact it is having on our world.
An example from last year
(click on the link below the map to view in a larger map – it’s better!)