Twurdy (a mash-up of “too wordy”) is a user-friendly search engine that color-codes search results according to their reading levels.
Like any web reference, Qwiki begins with a search box on its main page. But instead of an article on a topic, the topic is explained by an automated voice while pictures, maps, and statistics appear to complement the spoken facts.
Gone are the days when teachers have to rely on the limited selection of paper-bound “readers” for supplementary material like primary documents or scholarly articles. There’s a plethora of sources on the web, and Google’s specialized searches make it easier than ever to find what you want.
Google’s advanced search function lets you filter search results by reading level.
Tom Barrett has created a series of Google Presentations that can provide valuable insight into a wealth of possible technology tools for the classroom.
Favitt lets you search up to six search engines simultaneously from one central location..
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