Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Boolify Project - Easy Boolean Search Techniques and Practice for Kids!

This Thursday and Friday, we are studying Internet Search Tips in class.  For many of my 6th Grade Students, an Internet Search is typing the exact information or question you want to find information about into google, ask.com, or answers.com.  For example, if a student wants to know details about George Washington's Early Career, they will simply type in "What did George Washington do in his early career?" in one of the above mentioned sites. 

One of our discussions this week covers basic Boolean Search Operators such as "and, or, & not."  The Boolify Project offers a very cool visual search engine so students can see the exact logic behind their search and how changing their search can change their results.  Their search is put together like the pieces of a puzzle that they can easily add or remove one by one.  Their search results are then placed at the bottom of the page. 

This is not only a great site for helping students learn Internet Searching Tips, but also a great resource for helping your visual learners research various subjects. 

They even have lessons to help use the site, and many new and awesome tools promised to come later this year.  I am sure if they are as good as their Search Engine, I will be blogging about them as well. 

http://www.boolify.org/index.php

8 comments:

arobinson1010 said...

Hi David,

Thanks so much for the shout out! Glad to hear that you are finding Boolify to be a helpful search tool.

As you’ve noticed, we are in the process of creating new tools and we are also constantly looking to improve our existing tools. If you have any feedback or specific ideas/suggestions, we would love for you to get in touch through http://www.plml.org/contact. As someone interested in and familiar with education technology, you could provide us with some great insight!

Thanks again for the recognition!

Best,
Alyssa // PLML

Gary Bock said...

boolify.org closed down, but as a public service we are hosting the software on KidzSearch.com. Just click on the boolify link or use http://www.kidzsearch.com/boolify

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