I wanted to share a great resource that Obe Hostetter, ITRT for Rockingham County sent to the ITRT listserve. Using Google Custom Search, Obe created a Google Search feature for his website. A Google Custom Search allows you to choose what websites you want Google to search, think of all the possibilities. The first that comes to mind is a child friendly Google search. This would be great if your district doesn’t subscribe to online databases. How about a subject specific search? You find sites ahead of time and create a custom search. Students still learn valuable “surfing skills” but you know where they are going. Another great example is Obe’s own technology resource search. You can view it in action below.
Here is the link directly to Obe’s entire Web Google Custom Search:
With this link Obe added a search at the bottom of the page that searches the world (not limited at all) but you can easily refine it to find PowerPoint’s, ExamView, SMART Board, Word, Inspiration, Quia, Kidspiration, PortaPortals, etc. He also added a custom search to search
You can even view it on my school Technology Lesson Search page. I was able to embed it on my website by using the code below. Just copy and paste the HTML on your own webpage or blog.
<!– Google CSE Search Box Begins –>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cx” value=”016810805021913517955:dmxqmbl5u0y”
<input type=”text” name=”q” size=”25″ />
<input type=”submit” name=”sa” value=”Search” />
alt=”Google Custom Search” />
<!– Google CSE Search Box Ends –></td>
Hopefully, these resources can help you use technology more effectively and efficiently in your classroom or with your teachers. Thanks to Obe for all of his hard work.