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Search Strategies:

1.  Google is the most popular search engine, with a guide that shares search tips for novices, experts and teens.  Test your new searching skills at Google's Practice Searching: Games: Where Did They Come From?

2.  Try a search engine for kids, like KidsClick! , with it's great search tips.  Or take a look at the new Quintura for kids.

3.  The Internet Public Library has excellent free reference sites for adults, kids and teens.

4.  Need U.S. Government information or a specific website? Try FirstGov for adults and older students, or the kids' version for young searchers.

5.  Thinkfinity provides many resources for teachers for all levels and for all subject areas.

6.  Another great subject directory is the Librarians' Internet Index.

7.   KidsHealth has great health information written for kids, and one of the most extensive free medical information sites on the web is MedlinePlus from the NIH.

8.  Now you can do a federated search of the statewide full-text databases through Jersey Clicks,   but you'll need a public library card.            

Web Evaluation:

9.  Explore the anatomy of a web address with the Google Guide or Alan November’s “How to Read a Web Address”

10. Download Kathy Schrock’s Web Evaluation Sheet which works for elementary or middle school or go to her Critical Evaluation Information page and check out her resources which include more handouts, web evaluation lesson plans and a list of hoax sites.

11.  A fun tutorial for students from Credible Sources Count!

12.  Joyce Valenza's Web Evaluation is a good handout for middle and high school students or adults.

13.   To look up a domain name or research an IP address, check out Easywhois .

14.  Snopes is the site to go to research urban legends or check out a scam.

15.  Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask is an excellent tutorial from UC Berkeley.

16. Alan November also has a site with Hoax Websites .         

Ethical use: 

17.  Questioning.org, Jamie McKenzie's website, will help you pose questions that require students to construct meaning from their Internet searching.

18.  Copyright tutorial for Older Students

19. Copyright tutorial for Younger Students  

20.  Every classroom should have a Copyright Chart for education from Hal Davidson.  Check it out, download and post in your classroom.

21.  Get around copyright issues by using images or sounds from Copyright-Free Images/Sounds.

22. Creative Commons is a site where you can access original works by authors who have granted permission for their use.  

23.  Don’t forget the Copyright or Copywrong page posted on our Library Website with many more kid-friendly sites.

ACD Systems Digital Imaging   23 More Things for your Survival Kit

Explore Photos and Images

1.  If you haven’t heard of photo sharing then you must Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image-hosting site. Flickr uses keywords or tags to help identify or search for photos. Try searching for photos on Flickr.  Anyone can upload photos.  If you are adventurous, try to set up a free Flickr account but you will first need a Yahoo ID.  Try the Flickr tutorial series.

2.  Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.  Try Spell with Flickr .  These are all cool things  you can do with Flickr which have been created by other Flickr users.

3.  Post a picture from Flickr to a blog of your choice about anything that interests you. Directions are on Flickr’s site.

4.  Play around with an online image generator. Upload a photo of yourself and become the newest Simpsons' character in SimpsonizeMe.  Or go to the Generator Blog and choose from a whole list of generators.

RSS and Newsreaders

5.  Learn about RSS feeds and  watch RSS in Plain English which explains how RSS works.

6.  Now watch a video on You Tube with instructions on setting up a Bloglines account to bring your favorite blogs to your inbox.

7.  Setup your own Bloglines newsreader account by following these directions, or sign up for a Google Reader account.

8.  Try this Palinet tutorial on setting up a feed.

Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

9. Learn about tagging and discover Del.icio.us (a social bookmaking site).  Remember from Flickr that tags are keywords by which you organize images.  You can also organize your bookmarks with tags.

10.   Watch the video Social Bookmarking in Plain English and go to Del.icio.us to try tagging

11.  Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts, try searching Technorati or browse some of their favorites.


12.  You've heard about or used Wikipedia.  Watch the video Wikis in Plain English that will teach you about how a wiki works.  Check out Curriki to access free curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12.

13. Need a wiki for your group or class?  You can set one up for free at pbworks or wikispaces.

Online Applications & Tools

14.  Have you every wanted to convert a file without having to download software? Try Zamzar for free file conversion.

15.  Anyone can shorten a URL to post on a blog or email at Tiny URL

16.  Take a look at Online Notetaking or check out the Online Word Processor Google Docs and Spreadsheets, or create presentations online using Zoho Show or  upload your Powerpoint on Slideshare, or create an audio slideshow on Voicethread.

17.  Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, and play with it.

Finding Podcasts, Video & Downloadable audio

18. Discover YouTube and the more school-friendly Teacher Tube that allow users to upload and share videos.

19. If you're wondering What the heck is a podcast, Yahoo provides a great overview and can show you how to get started.

20.  Search for podcasts on Podcasts.net or Yahoo Podcasts.

21.  Take a look at the titles available on LibriVox ,which are downloadable audio books in the public domain.

22. Go to the South Brunswick Public Library and click on Listen NJ to explore the options for downloading audio books.  Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Macs or IPods, but you can download onto your home PC.

23.  Sit back, relax and pat yourself on the back for getting to the end.  Please share with us what you now have in your Survivor Backpack that you plan to use with your students!


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