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Surfing Internet and Learning Safely


How to leverage the rich learning opportunity on internet safely in K12 education, here are some reosurces that might be of use. You are welcome to share more suggestions here.

Filtering out webpage contents

internet safetySafeShareTv  can help us to remove inappropriate elements around the page and generate a safe link for our students.
Adout is another tool that blocks all sort of ads and banners on a website so you can easily share the links with your kids and they can safely surf the net without clicking any inappropriate ads.

ViewPure is a free service lets you watch YouTube video without comments, suggestions, or the ‘other’ things.

Reviewed website for kids

YouTube EDU – YouTube is rolling out a pilot program with schools that will redirect all YouTube links to educational content on EDU site. In addition, comments will be disabled and related videos will only be educational. YouTube plans to add hundreds of thousands of more educational videos onto it with more focus on K12 besides the existing contents on higher education. Teachers can choose from the hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube EDU created by more than 600 partners like the Smithsonian, TED, Steve Spangler Science, and Numberphile. More than 200 playlists have been designated by subject — math, science, social studies, and English language arts — and by grade level. Teachers can find them listed out at YouTube Teachers, which shows teachers how to use videos in classrooms. Teachers can also suggest their own education playlist on the site. To sign up for the Education network setting, network administrators can go to youtube.com/schools. They’ll fill out a form and receive an authentication key that allows them to modify the http header. If YouTube is blocked, as it is in most schools, they can unblock the domain because all YouTube.com links will be redirected.

KidZui is a free kid browser stuffed with fun – only safe contents are curated here – including kid friendly YouTube videos, online games, and websites all pre-screened and approved by editorial staff, teachers, and parents. It gives kids the freedom to explore the Internet safely.

Kidobi is an ad-free site for pre-school kids(age2-6) with approved educational media resources which are organized in ages. It delivers content based on your child’s interests, giving them the reinforcement needed to master new skills at their own paces. This allows personalized learning for kids. The contents are from around the world in a variety of languages. It isn’t a free service.($3.99/month)

Reviewed research portals

SweetSearch is a search engine that searches only sites that have been reviewed by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts. There are 35,000 approved websites in all. Sweet Search also offers five specific tools to search Social Studies, Biographies, SweetSites (sources organized by grade and subject area), School Librarians, and Sweet Search 4 Me (for elementary school students).ipl2 : information you can trust was launched in January 2010, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2. There are reosurces specific for young learners, even an “ask an ipl2 librarian” service.

Internet Public Library

Research for Kids and Student Research Central are 2 portals from Kansas State Library – Co-sponsored by Kan-ed – to give K12 learners a reviewed research environment for independent study. But it’s is a free service provided to Kansas residents only.

You can also set a Google “Kid Safe” filter. Check out these videos for more Google search features. This article provides a great summary of other kid-friendly search engines.

Tools to Manage Web-based contents

Vocaroo is a simple tool to record your voice and share it with others. You don’t need to download a software or sign in. You simply go to the website, record your voice with a microphone and create your podcast easily.

MultiUrl is a tool to combine links into one short link and share it with others. All the links are editable so you can delete or add new links. You can also see how many times the links have been clicked.

Jing is a tool to take a picture of your screen. It’s a good alternative to the print screen button on the keyboard. You can decide on the size of your screen shot, upload it to your computer as a jpg or get a link for your picture. You can also make a short video of your screen by recording your voices. Jing is a great tool for creating presentation with your own voice, to show how a website works. Look what this school had done with jing here, and learn how to use Jing in the Classroom.

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