Locate Resources

Begin by locating resources that meet your teaching/learning need. Ask yourself:

  • What's the learning outcome?
  • What kind of resources are needed?
  • Where can I find useful Internet resources?

Search Tools for Adults

Educator's Lists of Sites

Start with Four

Search Tools for Students

Mailing List Updates

Project Centers

Search Engines, Directories, and Indexes

Most people begin their search for information with a traditional search engine or index. Try the word turtle or another word. Compare your results with three different tools.

Middle School/High School/Adult Starting Points

Tools for Searching

Librarian's Index




Northern light


Study Web





Search Tools for Students

Teachers and students may be more successful using search tools designed specifically for children and young adults. Try the same search with these tools.

Elementary/Middle School Starting Points



Starting Points for Kids


AOL for Kids

Kid's Search Tools

Ask Jeeves


KidFusion MetaEngine

Educator's Lists of Sites

Search tools can be time-consuming. Many educators prefer to begin their search with lists that have been developed by and for educators. If you teach a specific subject area, consider bookmarking the section of interest rather than the index page. Use these tools for general themes rather than narrow topics.

Kathy Schrock



Blue Web 'n

Research It

Subject Links

Homework Central

Berit's Best



Internet Public Library


Kid's Engine Starter

Education World

Schoolwork Ugh



Let's Find Out

Lesson Plan Links Page

Busy Teacher

Early Childhood Links

California SCORE

Links for Younger Students


Cybrary for Middle School

4-5 Grade Starting Points

Online School Yard

Teacher's Desk - Grade 4/5

ALA Great Sites

Educational Hotlists

Library in the Sky

Alvarado Cyber Explorers

Mailing List Updates

Keeping up-to-date is difficult. Consider joining a mailing list that can keep you up-to-date on the latest popular sites. Join one!

Blue Web 'N

Homework Central List

Scout Report

Kathy Schrock's SOS List

Hilites - Project Updates


Start with Four

Narrow your search to a few specific sites that will be useful for students. Use the 42eXplore index website as an example. Provide students with handouts, bookmarks, or a web page. Use the 42explore index to search for your content area.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace

The History Place

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library

West Elementary's Abraham Lincoln



American Memories: Presidents


The History Net

Project Centers

There are many short-term and long-term Internet-based projects you could join. You can also use these sites to get ideas for your own projects. Use Virtual Architecture to learn about all the different types of projects you can join.

Global Schoolhouse


CLEO Science Projects

Kidlink Projects

Online Science Projects

Apple Learning Project Page

Houghton Mifflin's Project Center

Project Center

Interactive Web Projects

Spin the Web!

Select a topic in your curriculum area. Do some exploration. Pick at least four good starting points. As you locate the good sites, make bookmarks so you can find them later.

Do some brainstorming:

  • What search tools do you find the most useful? What are the least useful?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the educator lists instead of the search engines for locating materials?
Explore the Project Registry. Search for a project that you might want to join. Keep in mind some of the following factors in selecting a project:
  • Does the project match my learning outcomes?
  • Does the project fit my grade level?
  • Do we have the hardware and software to implement the project?
  • Does the timeline fit the needs of my class?
  • Will the students find the project interesting and motivating?