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Boolify - Public Learning Media Lab

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4 to 12
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Demystify effective web searches with Boolify! Finally, there is a tool to SHOW what changes to search terms do, in dynamic, visual form so students can SEE both terms and ...more
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Demystify effective web searches with Boolify! Finally, there is a tool to SHOW what changes to search terms do, in dynamic, visual form so students can SEE both terms and results graphically. Students can drag and drop color-coded puzzle pieces to add keywords and Boolean operators like AND, OR, and NOT. The search results are immediate and help students understand their results by visually illustrating the logic of their search. Each change to the search instantly changes the results. The search results are presented through Google's "Safe Search STRICT" technology, but like all search results, no filtering technology is 100% secure.

This easy and appealing web site is designed for elementary and middle school student use, but offers a great illustrative method for anyone to experiment with Boolean logic operators. Click the Curriculum tab for search activity sheets and links to web resources. While the site is still in development (beta), it promises language selection and translation options soon.

tag(s): search engines (64)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a whole class research activity with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can volunteer key words, select operators, and see the search results. Grab screen shots of effective search term combinations and post them on bulletin boards as great examples of Boolean logic - add the students' names for recognition of a job well done.

Consider holding a short Boolean logic contest where groups of students can craft keyword phrases and operators based on subject area topics. Groups can see the results of their search strategies and modify them until the teacher declares the search to be effective.

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