Sunday, February 22, 2009

Why Can't We Just Google?

Today the kids did some online research for a project that Mrs. Titus has them doing. First we started at kidsclick.org, a web search engine that is compiled by librarians for kids. After finding a few exciting sites (see the New York folder in the favorites list for some of them) Gabbi asked a very good question, "Why can't we just use Google?" That gave me the opportunity to talk about search engines and how they obtain their results. Nothing wrong with Google but it would generally return popular results. Since we were looking for interesting facts to use in a school project, kidsclick would be a better choice. We also looked at yahoo kids and encyclopedia type sites. So next time you go to search the web, think about who's providing the answers and maybe spice up your search by using a different search engine.