Teacher Review for SweetSearch

SweetSearch Out-Googles Google For Student Research

Chris C.
Classroom teacher
Concordia International School Shanghai
Pudong, China
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Do I plan to use it? Yes, yes yes! I could talk until I am blue in the face and still some kids will avoid databases like the plague, even at the cost of grades. SweetSearch operates just like any other search engine, so there is no learning curve. Just get on and go.
My Take
Overview SweetSearch is a search engine of teacher-reviewed, scholarly resources, and in my humble opinion beats Google Scholar hands down! Why better than Google Search? For one thing, there are no ads. Over 35,000 sites have been vetted by teachers and librarians, and ranked based upon their determination of reliability. So, Library of Congress is going to be high on most search results. As a history teacher I particularly enjoy the fact that the search engine finds primary source documents much more easily than other search engines. Concerns Nothing beats a good database search for crunchy, academic resources, but SweetSearch does go a long way to addressing the issue of Googling a research subject. Sample Uses Any student research short of the college-level will benefit from this search engine. Commitment and Learning Curve Zero. If you can Google-search, then you can SweetSearch. Best for ES MS or HS? MS, HS Cost: Free! Website Link: http://www.sweetsearch.com/