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Search Engines | All in One

Free! Search Engines All in One provides users access to multiple search engines from one screen. After launching the app, users must select which search engine they wish to use, and examples of their choices include: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Duckduckgo, AOL Search, Ask Search, and Dogpile among others. After users select their search engine by tapping it, the app opens it in a new screen, and users conduct their search by inputting their term and tapping enter. The search engine will then report the results, which users can browse. If users wish to return to the main screen, they can…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 9
C. Engagement - 6.7

7.3

Streamlining Internet Searches

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Search Engines All in One provides users access to multiple search engines from one screen. After launching the app, users must select which search engine they wish to use, and examples of their choices include: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Duckduckgo, AOL Search, Ask Search, and Dogpile among others. After users select their search engine by tapping it, the app opens it in a new screen, and users conduct their search by inputting their term and tapping enter. The search engine will then report the results, which users can browse. If users wish to return to the main screen, they can tap the app’s icon on the top left. From there, users can select a different search engine.

Instructional Ideas

  1. After students have had time to use the different search engines in this app, teachers can have them rank their five favorite search engines and provide a rationale that explains their ranking. Teachers can then facilitate a class conversation based on students’ rankings by asking: (1) Why did you select that search engine as your favorite?, (2) What benefits did that search engine provide you with compared to other search engines?, and (3) What criteria did you use to select your search engine?
  2. Teachers can use this app to instruct students how to use a search engine effectively. For example, teachers can demonstrate to students proper use of quote marks when searching for specific words, the way and, or, and but impacts a search, and how an asterisk allows a word to be searched for that has multiple suffixes.
  3. Teachers can have students search the same term with multiple search engines in this app. Students can then compare the different results the search engines reported. Teachers can facilitate a conversation based on this activity by asking questions such as: (1) Why do you suppose that search engine reported those results compared to another search engine?, (2) If you were searching for leisure, which search engine would you use?, (3) If you were searching for academic purposes, which search engine would you use?, and (4) What are the benefits of using one search engine over another?
  4. When having students complete research assignments, teachers can require them to use this app to find relevant information.
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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