Safe Search Sites for Students

Knowing how to research is important for all of our students.  At school, we have the opportunity to teach effective research techniques.  The sites listed below offer safe searching for our students.

KidRex-  Their slogan is "Safe Search for Kids, by Kids!"  The site uses a Google SafeSearch to screen content and then adds their own screening database as an extra layer of security.

Kids Konnect- This site was created by a former teacher.  The site gives students access to 427 portal pages that specifically cover curriculum areas covered in schools.  In addition to a search bar, this site offers filters that students can use to narrow their search.

Quintura Kids-  This site does a great job of modeling how to narrow a search using keywords.  Once a student types a topic into the search bar, Quintura will show possible keywords that may be used to narrow the search for more accurate results.

InfoTrac- This site can be used to search encyclopedias, magazines, maps, newspapers, and reference materials for information.

Sweet Search-  Their site claims that all search results have been "evaluated by a research expert" thus providing authentic sites and information for students.

App of the Month

Since many grade levels will cover fractions this grading period, February’s apps all have a fraction focus.  Pizza Fractions is a free app for the iPad or iPod.  The students must identify the fraction of the pizza shown.  Students receive a score based on time and accuracy.  MathTappers:  Estimate Fractions is a free app for the iPod.  This app challenges students to estimate where a fraction falls on a number line.  Once students master this, they can then estimate the answer to addition and subtraction problems with fractions.  Under the settings, teachers can control the estimation mode, the difficulty, and the range of numbers the student works with. Freddy Fraction is another free iPod app.  In this app, students must match a fraction to the corresponding decimal, all while helping an alien find its way back to its ship.

 

As with all material found on the Internet, teachers and parents should be very careful in allowing students to explore these sites unless direct supervision is provided. Harrisonburg City Public Schools is not responsible for the content of various links beyond the initial levels of each site.

Last Updated on February 2015

 

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