Monday, October 18, 2010


I must admit, I am a Googler. My homepage is iGoogle and I also use Google when searching for images. Recently, Susan Brooks from Internet4Classrooms, showed me Yippy and as an educator, I really think it has potential to use it with kids.
When you enter a search term, it breaks the results down into categories. (see picture on right). I searched for endangered animals and the results are divided and you can click the plus icon beside each category to see the results from that category. Notice one of the categories is pictures, which is nice if you are having students locate images for use on projects.

Here is a description of Yippy from their website:

Yippy queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.
But what really makes Yippy unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, our search engine groups similar results together into “clouds.” Clouds help you see your search results by topic so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. When was the last time you went to the third or fourth page of the search results? Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clouds help you find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list. 

So, what are you waiting for? Try Yippy and see if you like it? I know I added it to my bookmark toolbar! 

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