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I just wanted to draw teachers' attention to these wonderful online tools! I'm a long-time member of PBS and I work for the company that has built these - I would love for some teachers to have a look and give me their feedback on what we can improve upon. Our web tools are targeted towards schools and families.
A search engine which blocks pornographic material and extreme violence. You can also download our software, which offers a free email address and access to kid-safe games and videos, and more, and the super safe browser blocks pornography even from search results for other sites - for example, if your child visits Google from our browser and keys in "porn", Google will return results (of course), but the minute you click on a result, we prevent you from accessing the site.
This is a search engine which searches only the complete works of William Shakespeare. It would be especially handy for middle school to high school students who are studying Shakespeare and need to find a particular passage - you may search by any term you like (or read entire works), and it is broken down by character, play or work, act, scene, etc. It also contains lesson plans for teachers and Shakespeare-related projects for students.
Yippy Ben is our Ben Franklin themed search engine. It not only searches the writings and work of Ben Franklin, but contains carefully selected educational resources, including a section for teachers which includes lesson plans about Ben Franklin, the founding fathers, government, inventors, history, and much more. The results are largely culled to include only educational material from sources such as the Library of Congress.