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Weekend Website #43: Google Search

Posted by on April 15, 2011

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes, teachers and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.


Elementary school, Middle school






I teach K-5 technology. A constant problem is finding websites that communicate in language elementary school students can understand. I’ve tried the kid browser, but they are sometimes too limited in their content. Google’s advanced search, rolled out in December 2010, is a better solution. You type in the search term, go to ‘advanced search’ and select the reading level for the search. ‘Basic’ is good for my students. You may want to bump it up to ‘Intermediate’.

The feature is based primarily on statistical models built with the help of teachers. Google paid teachers to classify pages for different reading levels, and then built a statistical model. With this model, they compare the words on any webpage with the words in the model to classify reading levels.

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