Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tech Thursday: Oolone (Website)

Technology Thursday is a weekly linky dedicated to all things technology related. Share reviews of websites or apps you've tried, tech tips that make your {teaching or personal} life easier, and helpful tutorials. Our hope is that this linky provides a place for teachers to share and learn new ways to use technology and engage students!

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This Week's Tech Tip:
I have discovered a website that I am excited about using in my classroom this coming year. Introducing Oolone; a visual search engine that could be very useful for many of our students. What sets it apart from our "go to" search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) is that after a student types in what they are searching for, the results come up in the form of images, instead of text. Here is an example:

As you can see, I was looking for information on the Revolutionary War. What is then displayed in the results are screen shots of the websites that have information on that topic. The small arrows on the left and right allow you to flip through the pages for more websites. This website allows you to get a preview of a website without actually clicking on the link and leaving the search engine. 

Oolone could be a very useful search engine for ESL students, students in lower grades, students with special needs, or visual learners. Students are able to get an overview of the website as opposed to being confronted with confusing text. 

There are a couple of filters that can be applied to obtain more specific information. In addition, there is an adult filter that can be used to keep unwanted content from popping up; this is a feature that is vital in our classrooms. 

I know that I will be using this in my classroom next year! The past couple of days I have been using Oolone for my own personal use and I really like it! It speeds things up when I am looking for information and right away I know if I would like to click on a website based on the screen shot. I am excited to introduce this new search engine to my students!

I hope you have found this Technology Thursday tip useful and I look forward to all of the new things I will be learning from you! Don't forget to link up anything tech-related!

Also, Kristen is hosting a postcard exchange for elementary classes. This is a fun way to learn about the rest of our country! There's only one class per state, so sign up fast! You can sign up here:


  1. Thank you for sharing! I will try this this year.

  2. So excited to link up today! This website looks like a keeper too. Love that it shows some pictures. I can see using this in my classroom already. Also, I signed up for her postcard exchange!! Wahoo

    Funky in Fourth

  3. I need to try it out. It looks like it would save a lot of time. Thank you for sharing!


  4. I will definitely be checking this website out. I'm all about anything that is visual. I wonder if the school filters will automatically filter without having to set up the adult portion. I will have to try it out when I get to school for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. This site looks great! Thanks for sharing and for this linky. I will be using technology a BUNCH next year so I love all these great tips, tricks, and suggests.

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  6. Thank you for linking up! I'm super excited to share great blogs next week.



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