Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"WolframAlpha is an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge" (What is WolframAlpha?). This engine is great for retrieving data and getting answers for mathematical calculations. Basically, you type in what you want to calculate, and it gives you the answer and gives links for more information. It also gives information on how it came up with your answer, as well as, related questions, definitions and sources. The neat thing I liked about this search engine is that it pops up random "Did you know?' questions for you to click if you want to know more.
WebCrawler is a metasearch engine meaning that it uses search results from other popular search engines such as Yahoo and Google to generate its list of search results. "Results will be listed in separate sections and in order of relevance, with sponsored results at the top and bottom of the page, and organic results showing in between" (About WebCrawler). The layout of the search makes this site easy for me to use. WebCrawler is useful for general search inquiries.
KidRex is an excellent search engine for parents and children. It is powered by Google Custom Search and uses Google SafeSearch to screen keywords, phrases, and URLs. Parents can let their children browse the internet without the threat of inappropriate material popping up in the search results. I will definitely be using this with my children at home and in my classroom.
Lycos is useful for creating a network of community and social sites. It works best with narrow and focused searches. You can put quotation marks around a name or text. Also, using a plus sign before a key word means the results must contain the word, or using a minus sign before a key word will exclude that word from search results. As my online network grows, this search engine may become useful to me in the future.
DuckDuckGo is a private search engine that is useful for those who want to maintain their privacy, because it does not share any personal information or track user's activities. It is different in that it generates the same search results to all users for a given search inquiry. I really like the idea of private searching.
Webopedia is useful for those who lack knowledge about definitions of technology and computing terms. It acts as an online dictionary to give definitions words that may be unfamiliar to computer illiterate people. This search engine will definitely be one to remember for future reference.
7. Google Books
Google Books is a search engine that is useful for anyone interested in reading or teaching reading. It searches thousands of books to find pages that include the search terms. Once the book is found, you can read pages in the book, find reviews, and find out where to obtain a hard copy of the book. As a future educator, I am excited to be able to use this search engine as a resource for reading lessons.
"iSEEK is a great search engine for students, teachers, and administrators" (15 Educational Search Engines for Research). Scholastic sites are searched to generate results for your question or search words. Results are pulled from reliable sources from universities, government, and non-commercial sites. This is a search engine that I plan to keep in mind as I enter my career in the education field.