Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for September 29, 2015

Safe Search Engines for Kids

Want to let your students research online, but worried about what they may find? Safe search engines are not always perfect. They are simply a free internet tool to make searching more secure. These search engines do not display results or images that are inappropriate for children. The HCS Student Elementary Home page has a section devoted to safe search sites for students. At the top of the home page, students select Digital Citizenship and select Safe Search Sites. Let the safe research begin!

Safe Search Sites

Speaking of Research...

One of the ISTE Standards for Students includes, "3 - Research and Information Fluency." This standard includes applying digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Common Sense Media offers lesson plans under Scope and Sequence on a variety of topics to prepare students to research. Below are three great lessons.

The Key to Keywords: Which keywords will give you the best results?

Whose Is It, Anyway?: How can I show respect for people's work?

How to Cite a Site?: How do I cite different types of online sources?

Tech Tip

Google Docs Research Tool

Google offers a research tool to use while working in a Google Document. The built in research tool lets you search for the information you need and easily add it to the Google Doc you’re working on without having to leave the page. This research tool also allows you to easily insert citations and links to your document.

Google Docs Research Tool Tutorial

Need Help?

Check out the latest schedule of PD opportunities in October featuring Google Sites and Interactive Whiteboard.


Karen Darroch's Schedule: I will be out of town Monday, September 28th through Wednesday, September 30th attending the AETA Fall Conference.

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary (Out of town September 29th)

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary (Out of town September 30th)

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Link to Help Form: http://goo.gl/forms/FSrkrKVktU

Link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/1Lit5k3 (Content added daily!)

Sara Carpenter's Blog: http://www.techcoachtimes.blogspot.com/

Time to Share!

What are some of your favorite apps and how do you use them in the classroom? Please add your favorites to create a resource for all K-5 teachers. There is a tab for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Creative. Select the link below and share! Thank you to those who have contributed. I would love for this to become a resource we can all use.



Great Website to find apps:


Contact Me!

I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read a Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Center with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.