Monday, December 5, 2011
I just discovered http://www.sweetsearch.com/ created by Finding Dulcinea, self proclaimed Librarian of the Internet. I watched their intro video and I agree with their thesis that students rely on Google blindly when they're researching and don't check dates, authority of authors or analyze their search results before using them in their research. Sweet Search is supposed to do this for us but when I tried it, even the elementary level search engine, I had trouble with the results. However, they also have a biography section http://www.sweetsearch.com/biographies which looked pretty fabulous and probably makes sense for 3rd grade and higher biography research. There is also a social studies section http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Education/Elementary-School-Social-Studies.xa_1.html that lists a number of excellent social studies online resources. I was familiar with some of these but others were new to me. I'm looking forward to exploring Sweet Search further to see if it's worth using and also whether they have any analytical tools we can teach students to help them evaluate websites themselves.