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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Search by Reading Level Without Twurdy


For the past few years I have been introducing students, teachers and parents to a toolkit of resources assembled to help students use search engines that match their learning styles. One of the most popular tools in my toolkit has been Twurdy, a simple search engine that displays results by readability. Unfortunately, it appears as though Twurdy has gone off the grid at this point in time. I cannot find this beloved tool.





In response to numerous email messages and tweets, I decided to look for a search engine similar to Twurdy; however, I am unable to find one. The the two tools I can suggest for helping students find leveled text are Google Advanced Search and Wikipedia Simple English.

Google Advanced Search - Search by Reading Level

Students can use the Google Advanced Search feature to find results that are categorized into three reading levels. Once a search is completed, uses can toggle the results to display basic, intermediate and advanced reading levels.

The Google Advanced Search option has been around for quite some time, but because it is a Google tool, the point of access is always changing. Here is a snapshot to illustrate where to find Search by Reading Level when using Google at the present time. 



Wikipedia Simple English

One of the languages supported by Wikipedia is "Simple English". Choose it to find information written using simpler words and simple sentences, which lowers the readability level. Learn how to find Simple English by watching this quick video tutorial.



Looking for More Search Engine Options? 

Please explore my MentorMobEdu playlist of resources.

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Have a Suggestion to Add to This Playlist?

I'm always looking for new resources to add to this playlist. Please make suggestions through the comments section here or send me a Tweet. 


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