- Teach your students how to use Google (or let me show them how). A Google Advanced Search is very powerful.
- OR, make a (free!) Google Custom Search with your own list of websites and show your students how to use it.
A Google Custom Search is just what it sounds like. It's a Google search that you can customize. Basically, instead of Google searching the entire Internet, you tell it to search specific websites that you have previewed and approved. A Custom Search looks like and works like a typical Google search, but it's faster, safer, and more useful to your students. Click here to see a Google Custom Search I made recently for a 6th grade social studies class. They were studying Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses and a lot of the Internet material they were finding was too difficult or inappropriate. So, I found 8 kid-friendly websites and made a Custom Search for them to use. It made research much faster! Try it out! Search for your favorite God or Goddess!
How do I make a Google Custom Search?
- You (the teacher) find useful, safe, and appropriate websites that are at your students' readability level.
- Create a Google Account (unless you already have one).
- Go to the Google Custom Search Homepage and follow the steps. You'll have to provide some information about your search, but it's not a lengthy process.
- Paste the URLs (addresses) of the sites you want the Custom Search to search.
- Eventually, you'll be given a URL for your search. Create a link for it on your classroom webpage and you're all set! Custom searches are also embeddable!
Please let me know if you'd like some help setting up a Google Custom Search!