Description: With the amount of online content growing daily at exponential rates finding and utilizing efficient and effective search tools is imperative. Often we want to limit our search to websites we already know and trust or we may want to build a search engine that searches for content within a single website. Tools like Google Custom Search and Delizzy allow you to build your own search engine for either of these purposes and more. These custom search engines can be useful tools for students both as users of the custom search engine and as builders of them. In this workshop participants will learn how to build their own custom search engine and learn ways to integrate it in their lessons. (3 hour class)

Objectives:
1. Participants will explore uses for custom search engines and identify ways they can integrate them in their classroom.
2. Participants will be able to build their own custom search engine for use on their website or as a pre-filtered resource tool for their students.
3. Participants will learn how to add collaborators to a custom search tool for group development of such a tool.


Agenda:

8:30-8:45 Introductions - "What interested you in taking this class?"
8:45-9:15 What are custom search engines?
9:15-10:00 Survey of free custom search engine tools.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Group Project: We will spend an hour working together to create a custom Google search engine that we can use for our own further professional development.

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11:15-11:30 Closing Discussion/CEU Forms/Evaluations

Resources:

external image delicious.gif - returns searches based on what users have bookmarked Curriculum ideas!
external image delizzy.png - Search your del.icio.us boomkarks with Google algorithms. Can be used to create your own custom search engine. Curriculum ideas!

http://www.delizzy.com/search/index/anderscj

external image coop.gifGoogle Custom Search - build your own Google search engine that only searches the sites you allow.

external image logo.jpg - Directory of Google Custom Search Engines

external image logo-info.gif - tool that lets you create your own search engine for up to 25 websites

external image eurekster.png - allows you to build a custom search widget for your website that returns sites closely related to yours.