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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Week 5 Thing #12-Roll your own search tool

I am trying to join a Ning network but my school email hasn't sent me the info for some reason.  I had it sent twice!  So, I'll check on that for next week.  I did check out the Travel IQ and I didn't do too badly...I made it off the easy screens!  Yeah!
I have chosen the following scenario for my Rollyo.
5th grade class, Poetry unit, following PA LA Standards for 5th grade
Students will be exploring different styles of poetry, reading poems they select, writing poems, and publishing those poems. The URL is:
I admit that I went much more into depth than I think I needed to, and have not included all of the information I found for the PA standards I was using as well as steps to take in the lesson. Our text discussed six sections to a WebQuest lesson:  Introduction, Task, Resources, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion. (p. 70). I think this unit would need to be introduced by demonstrating how to use the Rollyo search engine first.  This would be a great time to explore one or two of the sites to let the students find some poems they like.  I think I would direct them to only one to three sites during a lesson, depending on the focus of the lesson.
I found that the Rollyo site was incredibly slow and not that easy to use.  I like the concept of being able to create my own search engine.  I believe I might pursue other venues.  However, Rollyo has just recently upgraded and they may be having difficulties temporarily.  This project reminded me of when I got my education certification 7 years ago.  In our technology class we had to do a launch page, which essentially is a search engine on an individual level.  A lot of districts had teacher sites on the school website and teachers could upload their launch page for students to find those sites.  It was similar except to make each site “launchable” the addresses needed to be hyperlinked.  This was a good exercise but I hope Rollyo speeds up!
Jurkowski, O. (2006). Technology and the school library: A comprehensive guide for media specialists and other educators. Lanham, MD:  The Scarecrow Press, Inc.


  1. Oh, I did go to a Ning social network for librarians...the one listed on the Classroom Learning 2.0 site. I found a great site that you should try! What an excellent way to incorporate Web 2.0 into the library!

  2. Your comment about taking the opportunity to teach students how Roll-yo works sparked the thought that we,as librarians, need to take time to explain how earch engines work. Perhaps a good lesson would be to allow students to find their own websites and create a searchroll and test to see how well they can access the information they selected when they chose the websites to create their searchroll. This experience could be very eye opening for a young searcher.