Request from Dan Rehak, US National Learning Registry
Ithaca, NY Educational researchers find that teachers and learners who search for educational content on the “open web” through commercial search engines often get mixed results. If you look for information, for example, about Venus (the planet), a general search returns some materials that might be useful in preparing a school report along with sales information about swimwear. Digging a little deeper into these results reveals that content about appropriateness to grade level and relation to learning standards–key information for teachers–is missing.
To address this issue The Learning Registry would like to know (by August 31,2010): “If we could ask search engines to do anything to help find learning content, what would we want?” See http://www.learningregistry.org/news/yourideaswhatcouldsearchenginesdotomakefindingeducationalcontenteasier
for information about how to contribute your ideas.