Activity #1:
Try a few of these tools you've never heard of. List the ones you tried and your impressions of it.
Best of the Web: (BOTW): I tried out BOTW to look up information on the Kuno tablet. Yesterday I sat through a painfully boring webinar about the Kuno Tablet and wanted to find more engaging material to learn about the device. My search results on BOTW did not help. The results yielded sites about tablets but nothing about the Kuno tablet or education technology.
Yahoo: My results for Yahoo were much better. The first result after an advertisment was to, the main page for the company.
DogPile: I’ve never really used a metasearch engine. It looked a lot like Google and search results were much like Google. This makes sense since the metasearch combines searches from Google and Yahool!
Activity #2:
I searched for Kuno Tablets and “Kuno Tablets” on Teoma and the results were similar, but the search without quotation marks included results about tablets in general and the search with quotation marks were only directed towards the Kuno Tablet. I never searched using quotations before, but I will from now on.
Activity #3:
At first I thought this approach would be great for teaching students how to search using different operators, but I found it a little confusing. I didn’t know where I was supposed to put the search term.
Activity #4:
I build websites myself and I have used this search engine many times to see who owns a domain when a customer wants to buy it. I have also used this search engine to make sure my Whois info is up to date and correct.
Activity #5:
According to ICANN the following domain extensions are assigned:
  • .aero:reserved for the global aviation community
  • .asia: reserved for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific region
  • .biz: restricted to businesses .
  • .cat: reserved for the Catalan linguistic and cultural community
  • .com: non restricted domain, generic.
  • .coop: reserved for cooperatives
  • .info: non restricted domain, generic
  • .jobs: reserved for the human resource management community
  • .mobi: reserved for consumers and providers of mobile products and services
  • .museum: restricted to museums and related persons
  • .name, restricted to individuals
  • .net: non restricted domain, generic
  • .org: originally restricted to organization, but now non restricted
  • .pro: restricted to licensed professionals
  • .sch: refers specifically to schools
  • .tel: reserved for individuals and businesses to store and manage their contact information in the DNS
  • .travel: travel industry
Activity #6: I searched for Goodenough College in Great Britain :) __
Activity #7: host:edu+cat US Higher education Web sites that contain the word cat.
Activity #8:
Conversion: Found out how many inches in 6 miles: 380160 in
Weather: Looked up the weather in London: 57 degrees F with 89% humidity.
Sports: Saw that Michigan beat Indiana last Saturday.
Sunrise: 7:59 AM in Fargo, ND
Sunset: 6:23 PM in Fargo, ND
Synonym Search: ~rude: surly means rude.
Activities #9 and #10:
I shared activity 8 with my district curriculum resource instructors, they plan to share the information with the teachers they work with. They liked how it helped to narrow down searches. When setting up our district Google Apps for Education account I use the domain extension activity to show them that .com is the most common extension and that .org is no longer restricted to organizations.

Bonus Activity: Create your own personalized search engine at: I created a customized search engine for my district website. __

Title: Digital Citizenship
Introduction: Digital Citizenship is how you interact with all things digital. This pathfinder will be a starting point in the discussion on the topic digital citizenship. The intended audience is any person who uses digital media.

Key Terms: Digital Citizen, Digital Native, Digital Literacy, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication, Digital Etatique, Digital Law, Digital Rights
Search Strategy I used quotations to narrow my search results. I also use operators to make sure my results included both Digital AND Commerce.

Ribble, Mike (2011). Digital Citizenship in Schools. Retrieved October 24, 2013 from__

In this excerpt, Mike Ripple looks at the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. He takes each element and defines the element as it applies to schools today. He list essential questions, issues and gives examples of inappropriate use of each element.

District Administrator Magazine. (2004), Point of View on Technology Driver’s Licenses Retrieved October 24, 2013 from __

In this publication the issue of student’s use of technology is compared with a students use of an automobile. The article states that just as a student needs a drivers licence to drive a car, they need to take some kind of test to get a license to navigate digital technology. The text includes a quiz on digital citizenship.

Larson, L. Miller, T, Ribble, M. (2008), 5 Considerations for Digital Age Learners Retrieved October 24, 2013 from __

The author talk about the five things all schools need to keep in mind when educating the digital age learner. Districts must have a shared vision, teachers must change roles, a plan must be made, professional learning implemented and student and teachers need to embrace digital citizenship.

Sullivan, L (2006), Time to Teach Digital Etiquette, Experts Suggest Retrieved October 24, 2013 from__

In her article, Laurie tackles the issue of cyber bullies and the need for schools and parents to teach and model good Digital Etiquette.

Bailey, G & Ribble, M (undefined), Teaching Digital Citizenship: When will it become a Priority for 21st Century Schools? Retrieved October 24, 2013 from__

Bailey and Ribble address the issues of Digital Citizenship in today’s classroom. The authors feel that schools are not making it a priority. They bring up good points on the need to prioritize this topic.

Krueger, N (2013) Who’s Responsible for Teaching Kids Not to Be Cyberbullies? Retrieved October 24, 2013 from __

Knorr, C (2010), Big a Good Digital Citizen: Tips for Parents and Kids Retrieved October 24, 2013 from

C. Knorr does a great job of creating a collection of videos and selections on topics on all areas of Digital Citizenship. Cheating, digital footprint, bullying.
Perle,L (2010), Internet Safety, Rules for the Road for Kids Retrieved October 24, 2013 from

Liz stresses the importance of knowing that kids live on the Internet and they need to protect their privacy. They have a reputation to maintain and they need to follow the golden rule. The author includes 9 rules.

Pathfinder Reflection: This activity took me a little bit to get into. At first I didn’t see the point of creating a document like this. But after completing this activity, I could see the benefit it could have in the classroom. I don’t think it would do student in K12 any good to create their own pathfinders as much as it would be productive for teachers to create pathfinders to help guide their student’s research.