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Ixquick Search

Ixquick Search is a classic search engine app designed to ensure users’ privacy. Ixquick Search does not track personal information such as a user’s location, past searches, IP address, or other identifying data. After launching Ixquick Search, users enter their keyword or term into the search box provided. Ixquick Search will then find results and users can tap the “Magnifying Glass” button to have their findings reported as web documents or images. If users wish to run an advanced search, they can tap that option from the “Magnifying Glass” button and then specify keywords that they want and…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7
B. Design - 8.2
C. Engagement - 7

7.4

Worried about Privacy When Searching the Internet?

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Ixquick Search is a classic search engine app designed to ensure users’ privacy. Ixquick Search does not track personal information such as a user’s location, past searches, IP address, or other identifying data. After launching Ixquick Search, users enter their keyword or term into the search box provided. Ixquick Search will then find results and users can tap the “Magnifying Glass” button to have their findings reported as web documents or images. If users wish to run an advanced search, they can tap that option from the “Magnifying Glass” button and then specify keywords that they want and do not want to appear in their results, among other options. Users can also tap the “Any Time” button to order results based on when they were published (e.g., past 24 hours, past week, past month, and/or past year). Also, after conducting a search, users can tap the “proxy” feature to view their findings via a “proxy” computer to further ensure their privacy, or they can tap the “highlight” feature and the app will highlight their search terms when viewing the document.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students use this app as part of a research project to find articles, documents, and images about a topic.
  2. Students can research “search engine privacy” and then compare how Ixquick Search treats user privacy as compared to other search engine apps such as Google, Bing, Search22, and Phlo. Teachers can have students write a statement about the privacy and security offered to users by the other apps. Students can conclude their statement by explaining which search engine app they will use in the future and why.
  3. Teachers can explain to students why tapping the “highlight” option when viewing results is beneficial. Teachers can explain how they are able to skim through documents and articles quicker when the terms are highlighted as compared to when they are not highlighted.
  4. Teachers can demonstrate to students effective ways to search for information using this app’s “Advanced” search option. Teachers can show students how to limit their findings using the different “Advanced” search options.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
0 star = Not Applicable
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
0 star = Not Applicable
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
0 star = Not Applicable

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