Thursday, March 26, 2020

Top 20 Safe Search Engines

No site is really 100% safe even when dealing w/ filtered search engines, but keeping that in mind these are a good place to start in dealing w/ students or searching from home...

*This list is in alphabetical order.

Top 20 Safe Search Engines
  1. Choosito - A very popular safe way to search the web as well as library resources.
  2. Classhook - A wonderful site for students to find educational videos through TV shows and movies.
  3. Cybersleuth Kids - A older search engine that is great for finding educational games, activities, clip art, and more.
  4. DinoSearch - A nice safe search engine for kids that uses three different filters to block inappropriate search results.
  5. DOGOnews - DOGOnews is an excellent site for finding Reading material/assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom.  This is done through their curated safe (COPA compliant) educational database/search engine that provides assessment and language/speech features.
  6. Famhoo - A family friendly search engine that filters all content.
  7. Google (safe search) - Google has a nice safe search setting which can be locked into place at the browser level for those that use Firefox.
  8. History Engine - An amazing way for students to search through different events throughout history.
  9. Kiddle - One of the most popular safe visual search engines for kids.
  10. Kidtopia - A nice safe COPPA/CIPA compliant search engine for kids/students.
  11. Kid Rex - Is a wonderful search engine designed around Google's safe search. Also, it has a very nice visual appeal for kids.
  12. Lesson Planet - A great search engine for teachers looking for lessons and other resources that they can share w/ their students.
  13. Lumos Edsearch - A excellent site for for finding educational resources, videos, apps, and more.
  14. Nettrekker - A great paid site for searching the web not only for students but for teachers as well.
  15. Photos for Class - The easiest way to find safe Creative Common licensed photos for the classroom and home that are cited appropriately.
  16. Refseek - A wonderful academic search engine that indexes through documents, encyclopedias,  web pages, and books.
  17. Springo Kids - A fun visual search engine for kids where results are given in thumbnails.
  18. Sweet Search - A group of experts (that includes librarians & teachers) evaluate all content from this search engine.
  19. Symbolab - A innovative scientific search engine that is great for solving Math and Science problems.
  20. Top Marks - A great site developed in the UK by teachers who approved everything on this site.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

30hands Pro

30hands Pro is the excellent iOS app for project based learning, flipping a classroom, and digital storytelling.  Educators are using 30hands to integrate technology in a easy and seamless way.

• New Features in Pro:
— Enhanced Drawing with Editing, Adding Images to canvas, Layering Images, more! (Basic Drawing is still there, too)
— Share-a-Slide to create a single slide video
— Stop Motion is easier with settings and Enhanced Drawing
— Storyboarding is faster and easier
• New icons from Font Awesome and ION
• added support for iOS 9
• fixed some bugs

• Pro has 2 Drawing Modes: Enhanced and Basic
— Enhanced Drawing is vector based which is huge!
— Add images + photos to a drawing
— Edit a drawing after saving
— Drawing lines are crisper
— Text can be on multiple lines
— Resized and stretched text can still be edited!
• Pro has Share-a-Slide to create a single slide video
— Share a single narrated drawing or image to parents, teachers or friends
— Share-a-Slide allows for better collaboration
— Add video slides from multiple students into a central presentation
• Pro has easy Stop Motion settings
— Stop Motion slides can be within a normal presentation
• Easier Storyboarding in Starter and Pro
— New + icon to add a drawing from slide preview/record screen removes extra steps

For more information on 30hands Pro, or 30hands Web click here!!!

*30hands is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


WordsTool is one of the best flashcard sites to come around in awhile.  What sets WordsTool apart from other flashcard creators is the mass amounts of robust features, such as the ability to add: the word, definition, image, pronunciation (audio), translation, and more.  Also, there are 5 different types of exercises (i.e. matching, dictation, etc.) to help a student learn a word.  Best of all, the educational portal allows teachers to track and monitor student progress making it easy to differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out WordsTool by clicking here!!!

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's blog for the tip.


TeachVid is an amazing online tool for learning foreign languages that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  TeachVid reminds me a tad like EDpuzzle where educators use interactive videos to assess student's learning.  Also, educators can create a "virtual" classroom and create assignments that contain: videos, worksheets, etc.  Finally, TeachVid makes it easy to flip a classroom or lesson and let student's learn at their own pace.

I highly recommend checking out TeachVid by clicking here!!!

*TeachVid is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, March 23, 2020


Hatch is a wonderful educational iOS app that combines game based learning w/ studying/reading/homework to help increase a student's love of learning.  The way this works is once Hatch is launched a student selects between 5 - 120 min to read/study/homework.  As the student stays in the app "working" they gain "focus energy".  This energy is in-game currency that students use to unlock/hatch a creature.  Any session that lasts more 25 min or more guarantees them a "rare' species.  Hatch kind of reminds me of a Pokemon Go w/ out the searching for Pokemon but hatching as many creatures as you can.

I highly recommend checking out Hatch by clicking here!!!


DOGOnews is an excellent site for creating Reading assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom.  This is done through 1000s of curated educated articles in a wide variety of subjects (i.e. Science, History, Current Events, etc.) where educators can then select lesson plans, create assignments, and help students increase their Reading and Vocabulary skills.

Below is a brief demo...

I highly recommend checking out DOGOnews for teachers by clicking here!!!

*DOGOnews is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Timixi is an excellent site for finding or creating timelines w/ lots of robust features.  For example. a user can create a timeline by adding a detailed description w/ images, switch between a detailed view and general overview, and much much more.  Finally, a student can test their learning through a quiz or educational game.

I highly recommend checking out Timixi by clicking here!!!