Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

What Do 'Games,' 'George Washington,' and 'Sharks' Have in Common? They Can All Be Found on New Rankings of the Most Frequently Searched Keywords by K-12 Students

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

What Do 'Games,' 'George Washington,' and 'Sharks' Have in Common? They Can All Be Found on New Rankings of the Most Frequently Searched Keywords by K-12 Students

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EVERY SCHOOL DAY, MILLIONS OF K-12 students throughout the US sit at computers and enter keywords into internet search engines--but what, exactly, are they searching for? While

educators may hope that their students are using search engines to stay on track with schoolwork, they can't keep tabs on every word or phrase that's searched. But thanks to a new index launched last spring by Thinkronize (www.thinkronize.com), they will get some answers.

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For its Top 15 In-School Search Index, Thinkronize is compiling data from all of the K-12 student searches that occur on its NetTrekker d.i. search engine. Currently, more than 20,000 schools and 11 million students across all 50 states use NetTrekker. Each quarter, an index of the most active student search terms will be released at www. nettrekker.com.

The quarterly index serves as an avenue for educators to gain insight into what their students are learning about, care about, and want to know more about--important information coming at a time when internet filters have become an increasing presence on school computers in response to growing concerns about students' access to pornography, violent images, and other potentially harmful web content. …

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