Custom search gets educators most useful resources for teaching energy
Submitted by Shawn Reeves
Since 2004, EnergyTeachers.org has collected and annotated links to the most useful resources on the web for pursuing energy education. Our "Links" section is organized by subject, to help teachers quickly find the sources they need. For example, our Lesson Plans and Unit Ideas section connects to 92 sites that include lesson plans, http://energyteachers.org/Links.php?LinkTopicSelect=52 , while our New York section currently lists 31 sites specifically for New York teachers, http://energyteachers.org/Links.php?LinkTopicSelect=79 .
But, sometimes, teachers are looking for a very specific resource like "posters about wind."
A customized search engine at EnergyTeachers.org allows educators to limit such a search to those useful sites we include, avoiding so many sites with no recognizable value. So, in this example, the teacher may go to our custom search engine, powered by Google, and enter "wind poster." Results will then include downloadable poster from Practical Action and free posters from the National Renewable Energy Lab. The same search at Google.com, without our filter, includes results like posters for the movie "Gone with the Wind," with few teacher resources strewn among all the commercial, practically useless items.
You can find the custom search engine right on our Links page: http://energyteachers.org/Links.php