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Search Engine Showdown - Greg R. Notess

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Not all search engines are the same, and using the right search tool is critical to finding what you want on the web. This site offers both quick comparisons and ...more
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Not all search engines are the same, and using the right search tool is critical to finding what you want on the web. This site offers both quick comparisons and in-depth reviews of the major search engines, to help you find a search tool that will work best for you. If you're into web research, this is a great starting point.

tag(s): computers (100), search engines (58)

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary Page - Merriam-Webster

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This site boasts more than a simple on-line dictionary. The site includes search features, a daily crossword puzzle, a word of the day, and more. This comprehensive site provides teachers...more
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This site boasts more than a simple on-line dictionary. The site includes search features, a daily crossword puzzle, a word of the day, and more. This comprehensive site provides teachers and students with a reference tool that's actually interesting to use.

tag(s): dictionaries (58)

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Some of the content on this site does require a premium membership; however, the free daily content links at the top of the page provide a great resource. Consider challenging students to a "word of the day" competition. Have students guess the meaning of the word of the day for an entire week, and reward students who guess correctly.

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Bartleby.com

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For those needing literary, writing, or historical reference information, this site provides one-stop shopping. The site collects on-line versions of several dozen standard reference...more
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For those needing literary, writing, or historical reference information, this site provides one-stop shopping. The site collects on-line versions of several dozen standard reference works, and it also offers a search interface that can make short work of finding even the most obscure information.

tag(s): literature (268)

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Roget's Thesaurus On Line

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This on-line version of the classic reference provides an invaluable resource for finding the best way to say exactly what you're trying to say. ...more
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This on-line version of the classic reference provides an invaluable resource for finding the best way to say exactly what you're trying to say.

tag(s): thesaurus (23)

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Fact Monster - Information Please

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Here's an on-line reference to thousands of facts, sorted into kid-friendly categories and with plenty of instructions. This site feels a lot like other search engines, but it's designed...more
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Here's an on-line reference to thousands of facts, sorted into kid-friendly categories and with plenty of instructions. This site feels a lot like other search engines, but it's designed with kids in mind, and yields results that will keep young researchers enthused. Great starting point for any factual question or research topic. Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it.

tag(s): resources (106)

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The Journey Inside (SM) - Intel

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The Journey Inside (SM) is 35 interactive, online lessons introducing students to the interworkings of computers and technology. The site teaches students and teachers the fundamentals...more
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The Journey Inside (SM) is 35 interactive, online lessons introducing students to the interworkings of computers and technology. The site teaches students and teachers the fundamentals of how a microprocessor does its decision-making. The animations make the presentation particularly interesting, and the topic can be integrated into a number of science or technology applications.

tag(s): computers (100)

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This site is ideal for use on a whiteboard or projector. Pick and choose from among the thirty-five interactive lessons, or use the entire series to introduce your class to the technologies, processes, and methods that enable computers.
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U.S. Copyright Office Home Page - Library of Congress

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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright. ...more
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Links to full text of copyright law, Congressional discussions on copyright revision, and numerous PDF files on specific or technical topics related to copyright.

tag(s): air (145), copyright (46)

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Acceptable Internet Use Policies Collection - Virginia Department of Education

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The Virginia Department of Education has created a very usable collection of acceptable internet and technology use policies from schools, colleges, and universities. These are presented...more
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The Virginia Department of Education has created a very usable collection of acceptable internet and technology use policies from schools, colleges, and universities. These are presented along with some general guidelines as to the information that an AUP should contain. Great resource for schools and districts that want to be clear with students, faculty and staff about on-line rights and responsibilities.

tag(s): air (145), copyright (46)

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Google

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Use this most-popular search engine because it ranks results by a unique combination of popularity and reputability, making the most reputable/popular sites appear in the first page...more
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Use this most-popular search engine because it ranks results by a unique combination of popularity and reputability, making the most reputable/popular sites appear in the first page of results. Don't stop there, however. Learn to use the Advanced searching tools, such as searching for definitions (add definition to your search terms), or even a timeline display of results, where applicable.

tag(s): search engines (58)

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If you ask students to research a person or any topic that has chronological elements, such as a historical event, an arts movement, a biography, an author, etc, add view:timeline as an additional search term, as in thomas edison inventions view:timeline . Try it! For more Google tricks, do a TeachersFirst keyword search on google for other resources and ideas for using Google.

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Education Eye - Futurelab

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Discover a visual search engine that pulls in latest sites of today related to any topic, from professional to curriculum-specific. Enter your own search terms in the box at top ...more
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Discover a visual search engine that pulls in latest sites of today related to any topic, from professional to curriculum-specific. Enter your own search terms in the box at top right. See a map of the latest new sites. Use this site without registering, or register to customize the results. Education Eye maps the innovations and displays these visually. Once registered, view your history, a custom login page and widget, and receive email newsletters.

tag(s): maps (294), search engines (58)

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