Kids Click

Free! Kids Click is a search engine designed for elementary age students. From the main page, users can search for topics using key terms. When a term is searched, the website reports links that are supposed to be appropriate for elementary age students. Users can also search for content by categories with the premade links already embedded in the website. When a category is clicked, the website reports related links and topics for users to explore. By clicking one of the additional links, users can access the content. Another feature of the website allows users to search for pictures, sounds,…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.7
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 7.7

7.6

A Search Engine for Elementary Students!

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Kids Click is a search engine designed for elementary age students. From the main page, users can search for topics using key terms. When a term is searched, the website reports links that are supposed to be appropriate for elementary age students. Users can also search for content by categories with the premade links already embedded in the website. When a category is clicked, the website reports related links and topics for users to explore. By clicking one of the additional links, users can access the content. Another feature of the website allows users to search for pictures, sounds, and videos. When one of these topics is clicked, the website reports links that take users to the content they are interested in locating. Finally, the website includes a variety of topics via the Dewey Decimal system. Users can click on a range of the Dewey Decimal system to find information cataloged in it.

Please Note: A majority of the content found on this website was appropriate for elementary school students; however, there were some broken links.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When teaching students to locate information online, teachers can have students use the Kids Click search engine to help ensure students do not locate inappropriate content. Teachers can demonstrate to students how to use keywords, follow links, use quote marks in search terms, and use conjunctions (e.g., and, or, but) between terms to focus searches.
  2. When looking for images, sounds, or videos to be included in a project, teachers can have students search for them using this Kids Click and then demonstrate how to add them to a document, presentation, or video.
  3. When researching a topic as part of an assignment or report, teachers can demonstrate how to find information related to specific topics using Kids Clicks. In this way, teachers can begin building the foundation for how to reference and cite information for future assignments.
  4. As part of a comparison activity for advanced students, teachers can have them view Kids Click and compare it against other search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Ask. Students can then explain which search engine they prefer and why.
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.
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
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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