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Technology in the Classroom: Search Engines Beyond Google

Putting Ed Tech Into Practice

Google has been the dominating search engine for several years in terms of technology in the classroom.  Google is not the only search engine and we all know that. 

Several tools are available that make it possible to search multiple search engines at the same time.  The following suggestions showcase those search engines as well as some other video and image search engines.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleBoounce is a search engine/add-on for Firefox that allows users to easily "bounce" from one search engine to another.  Boounce includes tradition search engines, vertical search engines, and site-specific search engines.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleDagadop is a search engine dedicated to allowing users to search through YouTube videos easily.  One the left the video will display and on the right are the videos related to your search.  No need to leave a page to watch a different video from your search.  You can create an account and this will allow you to add favorites and create playlist as well.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GooglePicsLikeThat is a website for searching similar images.  The images load on a canvas that you can easily view and click on to zoom in and see.  When you find a picture that you are looking for, you double click on that image and it will find any picture containing similar images. 

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Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleQuoteCoil is a search engine for discovering quotes.  You can search by full quotes, authors, or keywords.  If you like your kids to journal and respond to quotes, this would be a great site to use.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleOolone is a visual search engine.  Type in what you are searching for and this search engine will provide screenshots of each webpage that represents your search.  There are 6 webpages per "slide," because the format puts the search results in a slide show format.  Very useful for visual learners.  If an image is not available it provides their logo on the screenshot.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleSperse searches Google, Yahoo and Bing along with its own database and filters for duplicate results returning more comprehensive, relevant and fast results to the users.  Sperse provides several search options to its users.  Some may include the ability to search images, videos, news, shopping, blogs, dictionary, forums, Wikipedia, PDF file extensions and many more.  Users will also be able to optionally streamline their selections through Sperse's ability to offer color images displayed in conjunction with the selected results.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GooglePhoto Pin is a website that allows bloggers to easily search for free images that they can use on blogs.  This would be a great website for students who are writing blogs.

Search Engines GALORE: Engines Beyond GoogleFrazeIt is a website that provides users the ability to search for phrases that will help them in their writing.  Great for those writers that struggle putting on paper what they want to convey. Here are some features:

  • • More than 100M phrases indexed, all coming from top news writers
  • • 6 languages supported
  • • Words and phrases suggestions
  • • Filter by form, zone or context
  • • Regular expressions: fill*,fi?l,etc
  • • Context, translate and define capabilities for each search result
  • • Famous quotes search by author, occupation, religion and more



What technology in the classroom do you use?  Share in the comments section!