for Searching the World Wide Web
Strategy #1: Use specialty sites devoted to supporting the needs of teachers like yourself
The Educators Reference Desk (which used to be AskERIC--a premier Federally funded resource for teachers)
EduFly: Where Education Takes Flight with a wealth of web resources sorted by grade level (K-college)
Tammy Payton: A dedicated and enterprising First Grade teacher
Carolyn Cole: A teacher who knows that busy teachers need all the help they can get
Discovery School's SchrockGuide: An award-winning Educators' Resources web site
and (drum roll.....)
Strategy #2: Use search engines/web guides,and learn how they work!
The following websites have useful tutorials on how best to search the web.
Recommended Search Strategies: Search with Peripheral Vision: www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html
Learn how to best search the Web: Noodle Tools: Information Literacy--Search Strategies
More (hits) is not necessarily better
The first 10 or so hits are usually the most promising
Strategy #3: Use specialist websites for special types of data (still images, video, sound)
Animation factory is a good source for free animations--and an even better source if you're willing to pay!
A really good search engine for images, video, and audio is Altavista's Multimedia search engine. Note the very important Family Filter options here, which can be turned on or off and protected by a password.
Archive.org is a good site for full length movies, text, and audio.
freefoto.com is an excellent resource for photo images on every subject under the sun.
Digital Saskatchewan, with over 7500 images freely available for use in schools.
Flikr.com, the best way to store, search, sort, and share your photos.
Yotophoto.com--find free photos fast!
Pix4Learning.com--copyright friendly images for education.
Owl & Mouse at YourChildLearns.com--free maps and other learning games.
The Hamilton Museum of Art, with digital images submitted by teachers and students for others to use.
History and Politics Out Loud--great site for audio clips.
coolarchive.com is another good resource for clip art, fonts, graphics, animations, and other multimedia tools
freeplaymusic.com offers a wide selection of broadcast quality music--all styles
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