Thursday, January 28, 2016

Choosito: An alternate search engine to Google

Google is so ubiquitous that it's moved from a noun to a verb, as in "I'll just google that." But it pulls up anything and everything on the internet.  Thanks to a recent post by Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers blog, I've discovered a new search engine called Choosito (how cute is that?).  What's particularly appealing from my perspective is that each website it returns from a search is rated on reading level (early, emerging, fluent, or advanced), so you or your students can get a quick sense of the appropriateness of the website.  In this way, it reminds me of Nettrekker. What I've just described is the free service, although you do need to register for it,  There is also a paid service which allows more filtering of the search - if there's interest, I can look into that, as it is not that expensive.  And we'd be supporting a Philly product, because it looks like Choosito's home base is the University City Science Center on 3400 Market!

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