Search Engines are the life blood of the internet, but how do we teach students how to use them effectively, responsibly, and safely. These are all questions we as educators need to address and more importantly be aware of. Educators need to be aware that they are not only teaching the present content, but how students access that content. "Just Google" is a great phrase, and often effective, but is it always the best way to search? The answer of course is no, but do your students know that? If not yours, whose job is it to teach them?

Listed below are a few sites besides Google that can be effective search engines, wiki away and list your favs.

KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.
RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results.
Most families have brought computers into their homes - the very place on earth they spend their lives protecting. However, on every computer there is a pre-installed danger - the internet. As a default, most of these internet programs take your family to one of the major search engines. With these search engines your family is only a click away from learning how to make a bomb, talking to a predator, drugs, and millions of other things that you would never dream of exposing your family to. So what do most families do? They ignore it. Now there is a choice. A family friendly search engine - Famhoo? Everything good the internet has to offer, without the bad.
Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.

Studies prove that visual learning improves children's comprehension, retention, critical thinking, and organization. Additionally, children are better at "mousing" than typing. Ask Kids was built with this in mind, and organizes search results in a graphically vivid three-panel display that includes SmartAnswers and related images, current events and encyclopedia results.

Each web site in the Ask Kids core search index was selected by the Ask.com editorial team as child-appropriate or as a relevant and practical site for reference and learning. Ask's proprietary search algorithm then identified communities and collections of web sites linked to the core list, and filtered those to remove adult content.



TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.