Today's Challenge assignment is on Boolify!
"Librarians, teachers and parents have told us how hard it is for students to understand web searching. Boolify helps students bridge that gap by visualizing the process and letting students interact with the abstract concept behind the search process in a tangible and hands-on way."
Boolify is a K-12 audience search tool which helps train people on the use of the Boolean Search Operators "and", "not" & "or" for standard internet searches. Boolify combines these search operators with a visual jigsaw puzzle approach. By adding and taking away puzzle pieces that represent search words and each of these operators, the students can visually see the effect that they have on the results of a particular web search.
Take a look at the following video.
As an added benefit, since Boolify is intended for K-12 audiences it runs on strict filters to help restrict inappropriate websites.
There are a couple of lessons on the website that are available in Google Docs. These lessons are straight forward and basic, but are good at showing the basic functions of the tool.
Boolify has been promoted by several sites and blogs, here are a few:
Note: Boolify recently underwent a couple of changes listed below.
1. Boolify now uses the search engine Bing instead of Google.
2. The number of results is no longer listed for the search.
For more info on the changes click here.
1. Navigate to Boolify.org
2. Press all the buttons and try it out. No sign-ins, no accounts, no downloads...
3. Comment on your take-aways...