Here's a fun tool that is not for everyone -- you either love it or not! You just never know when this little tool might come in handy. Do you have a group of websites that are your favorites? Or a set of online resources that are similar that you frequently use to answer homework or reference questions? Well, Rollyo might be the tool for you. Rollyo allows you to create your own search tool for the just the websites you know and trust. Take a look at some of these search rolls that have already been created:
- Public Domain e-Books Search
- Rare Book Library Search
- Quick Quotes (try "Obama")
- Explore other rolls here.
Traveler IQ Challenge. Want students to get an A++ in geography? Give them the Traveler IQ Challenge. But first, try it yourself and test your knowledge of names and places! Free challenges you can play include:
|» World||» North America|
|» Europe||» World Capitals|
|» Canada||» Asia|
|» UNESCO Sites||» Africa|
|» Latin America||» Oceania/Australasia|
|» Flags of the World||» Photos of the World|
|» USA Challenge||» Amazing Race|
- Explore Rollyo and create an account for yourself.
- Create a search roll for any subject you like. OPTIONAL: Add your searchroll to your blog using the "Create a Searchbox" tool. Select...Reference. Search The Web
- Create a post in your blog about your experience and link to your search roll. Can you see a potential use for tools like this?
- FreeRice.com -- an addicting online game that helps feed the hungry while increasing your knowledge. For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated by sponsors to the United Nations World Food Program.
- ALA Graphics. Free mini-READ posters.
- Get students thinking with WORDLE. Have students "copy" their book report, essay, music lyrics, political speech, or other classroom assignment. Then have students "paste" it into WORDLE. Ask them to review which words are largest and to discuss if those are the top words or messages that they want to emphasize. If it is their writing, does it make them want to consider editing their paper? If it is someone else's writing, such as a political speech, does a tool like WORDLE give new meaning or insight?
- Challenge students to Traveler IQ. Offer students your library world globe as a study tool. This game is ideal for students to increase their world view.
- Ask your librarian to help you create a Rollyo search tool for a particular unit of study. For example: in History class you can locate websites about castles into a Rollyo search group. In Spanish [or other language] class, countries that speak that particular language are often studied. When you send your students to search the Internet, give them the Rollyo address and let them search within the sites you’ve chosen for them.