Mike and Carole are the creators of six FREE Google Custom Safe Search Engines for students, teachers, and librarians. Accessing only trusted websites recommended by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia, these web sites also have resource pages for a growing number of subjects, ranging from art, history, languages, and literature to science, math, and technology. The Search Engines including the following:
Infotopia, designed for K-12 students, and used by students around the world, includes subjects for browsing as well as a very powerful search engine. The background photo changes each time you refresh the page, and includes detailed information about the photo. New topics are added very often and you can send suggestions or request topics to be added by email.(see below) It can be found at http://www.infotopia.info
Kidtopia, designed for K-3 students, has a "kid-friendly" look and feel and accesses web sites that are recommended for students in early elementary grades. The background (usually a child's drawing) is refreshed each time you access it. The "crayons" are subject headings for science, social studies, arts, language arts, people, animals, games, countries, and math. Each of these subjects is further broken down in more topics, making browsing very easy for young children. In addition, students can learn to do basic keyword searches and discover how to find information at their level on their own. Kidtopia can be found at
Infotrek is easy to navigate; students can perform a custom Google search from any page, or they can browse the topics from the subject pages. A unique feature of Infotrek is that it provides a suggested list of topics for all subjects. When students "click" on a topic, it automatically is placed in the search box and students find the results. It gives students ideas for topics to research in each field.
In addition, there are resources pages linked from the subject areas, so that students have the choice of doing a search or clicking on a well-known link for information on the topic selected.
Infotrek can be found at http://www.infotrek.info
AcademicIndex was developed for upper high school students and college students as an academic search engine and resource guide for a variety of subjects. It is very unique in that it includes a search engine for other academic web portals including Chabot College, LibGuides, ERIC, Infomine, and others. It also includes web guides for six topics: Art History, U.S. History, Criminal Justice, Allied Health, Nursing, and Careers. Academic Index can be found at http://www.academicindex.net
TeacherTopia is designed to provide teacher access to resources, lesson plans, primary source documents, student activities and more for all subjects across all grade levels. TeacherTopia is especially helpful for new teachers. It also includes a unique feature--it allows the user to search all educational videos (not including YouTube) from one search box. http://www.teachertopia.info/video.html
TeacherTopia can be found at: http://www.teachertopia.info
Please feel free to comment on any of the above search engines/web sites and/or recommend websites for inclusion by directing your e-mails to: firstname.lastname@example.org