We’ve done several lessons with teachers over the years at PS 130 on Internet research best practices for students. Here is an updated list of resources we’ve gathered and created to help you and your students navigate the web for age-appropriate material:
Best Practices and Tips for Classroom Research:
- PS 130 Internet Research Teacher Prep – Includes links to K-5 search engines for kids and vocabulary, and activity ideas
- Google For Educators – Web Search Lessons
- An Index of all resources related to “Research” on this website – scroll through these for links posted by content area or on general research
- Quick habit: add “kids” to your keyword searches to narrow the search results
Search Engines for Classroom Research:
- K-5 Custom Search Engine
- American Library Association
- Skool.com Safe Search for Kids
- Library of Congress Exhibitions
Looking for Videos?
- Teachers’ Domain: Home – Teacher’s Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television.
- TeacherTube.com – Videos posted by teachers for teachers (search it like Youtube)
- National Geographic’s Video Archive
- Also try Google keyword searches, then narrowing the results by clicking “Videos” on the left column
- Videos hosted by Youtube are blocked by the DOE. However, many other video hosts are not, so try adding the word “video” to your search inquires, and look for non-YouTube results.
- FYI: Youtube Videos can be downloaded from an outside connection, or in the office, then played from your computer in the classroom