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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Google Advanced Search

Posted by Computing for Kids on September 3, 2011

I am always looking for search engines that are kid friendly.  While many are visually appealing and somewhat useful, their results can often be limited.  What I found intriguing about Google’s new advanced search feature (which came out in December 2010) is that you can specify the desired reading level.  This feature is based primarily on statistical models built with the help of teachers.  With this model, they compare the words on any webpage with the words in the model to classify reading levels.

To conduct an advanced search with this feature:

1.  Click on Advanced Search just below the search box on the Google homepage.

2.  Next to “Reading level” within the “Need more tools” section, select your desired reading level (basic, intermediate, or advanced) or choose to show all results annotated with reading levels.

3. Click Advanced search at the bottom of the page.

By selecting the “Basic” reading level, you can limit the results you get to only sites that elementary age students will be able to understand.

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