MEC Marketing Assistant, Julian Chant, writes:

If you’re after a simple and flexible graphical search tool to use with your class, then look no further than Boolify.

What is the logic behind Boolify? In the words of the company’s developers:

‘Librarians, teachers and parents have told us how hard it is for students to understand web searching. Boolify makes it easier for students to understand their web search by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each change to their search instantly changes their results.’

Search results are presented through Google’s “Safe Search STRICT” technology, so not only is the tool a great way to understand and build searches, it also has great results provided by Google.

As Lars Hyland points out:

‘This is a simple, yet powerful, attempt to address some of the core challenges we face in a networked world – how do you find something of value, and how do you decide what you find is of value. Tools like Boolify will help us all learn to use online content in more sophisticated and objective ways.’

The site also provides a number of great lessons on search including:

* Evaluating Websites
* Basic Boolean (And, Or, Not)
* Refining search results

These would be great fun to do in class with an Interactive White Board (IWB) which is an excellent display for dragging the colourful icons around the screen.

To learn more about Boolean search logic, take a look at the downloadable PDF of our seventh online MEC Clinic entitled ‘Searching on MEC and MEDO‘.

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