What People are Saying About Kidtopia
"'Kidtopia is an excellent website for elementary age students to locate information. It is easy to use and it provides links to safe websites. This prevents younger students from using search engine sites such as Google, Bing, etc. where they could potentially come across information that would be unsafe or unreliable.
"'Infotopia (http://www.infotopia.info) and Kidtopia (http://www.kidtopia.info) are great kids search engines.
Kara Arndt , Teacher and blogger, http://readers-r-leaders.blogspot.com/ (via Twitter)
"'This site runs like Google, but everything has been preapproved by librarians and teachers. I haven`t come across anything that was blocked.
Lori Wallis, Librarian, Williow Creek Elementary (via Tucker Tech Talk -
Kid Friendly Search Engines)
"'Google rocks, but it's not the only band in town!' Joyce Valenza … Google is great… However, there are MANY alternate search engines which can be accessed to achieve different results or are more appropriate for different learning styles. (Kidtopia) A site specifically created for primary school students, therefore the results are very appropriate - age and topic wise. Sites are only included on Kidtopia after recommendations by Teachers, Teacher Librarians and educational bodies. This extremely student friendly site can be searched by entering a term on the home page or by narrowing into one of the subject categories.
Busby Public School iCentre, New South Wales, Australia
"The Infotopia family of sites offers some great online resources for teachers and students. I have added Kidtopia search to the Links for
Students page on the library website, and Infotopia and TeacherTopia to the Links for Teachers page."
Karen Sekiguchi,Smith Elementary, Danvers, MA
"Try this search engine: http://www.kidtopia.info. It was created for elementary students by Michael Bell, Former Chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians, and retired school and university librarian. Primary Sources Search Engine. Their web sites/search engines are FREE and they only include sites recommended by teachers or librarians. (Google safe search is always on and we collect no information from our users.)"
Carlisle ISD Elementary Library, Price, Texas
"Kidtopia--There are so many subjects I can choose from and as an English teacher, I chose Language Arts and I can find Authors, Illustrations, Storis, Writing, Vocabulary, you name it! I choose Stories and was given sites like Children Storybooks Onilne, Enchanted Learning Stories, Light Up Your Brain, etc. There are resources for teachers as lesson plans or activities as well as videos for children to watch. I would definitely recommend this site to the primary school teachers."
"Kidtopia--search engine for kids, librarian approved sites with no "junk""
Amy Jensen, Shackelford Librarian, Waxahachie ISD, Texas
"New Google-alternative Safe Search Engine- Like Infotopia.info, created by Dr Michael Bell, Kidtopia is a Google Custom search engine of SELECTED sites. Like Infotopia, Kidtopia includes only sites previously recommended by librarians and teachers. Like Infotopia, Kidtopia is also free. Kidtopia, however, is aimed at providing information for lower and middle elementary students, while Infotopia serves upper elementary, middle, and some high school."
Gordon's Library Links
"There are many different search engines apart from Google and Bing. Kidtopia is a search engine that has been designed to contain primary student friendly resources.
Use the search engine Kidtopia to find more resources for your assignment."
Millbank Public Schools, Australia
"'Kidtopia is a safe and reliable search engine that students of all ages can use to research information. The resources it provides are kid friendly and they are also at a level that children can understand what they are reading.
ISTE Resources and Materials
"Dear CSCOPE Friends, ... since we no longer have free access to the K-12 Databases from EBSCO, I want to share with you all a new search engine www.kidtopia.info. It will help us, although it does not have all the kid-friendly resources that we had through EBSCO ..."
Betty Riggins, M. Ed. ELA Specialist Grades K-5, Region 7 Education Service Center, Kilgore, Texas
"Kidtopia - A great site for elementary librarians to find search engines for elementary age students. All sites are evaluated as safe and effective. Graphics are excellent. Colored pencils contain subject matter (Language Art, Science, etc.). I choose Language Arts, and my choices included Illustrators, Stories, Writing, Vocabulary, etc. I choose Authors and was given sites such as Yahoo Kid Author, Author Spotlight and Literacy Web. I will bookmark this site."
Laura Dickson`s Blog
"Kidtopia ... a Google alternative student safe search engine suitable for Primary school students with websites approved by teachers. Very easy to navigate, it opens the door to lots of Science experiments suited to the Expo. Go to http://kidtopia.info/ , click on ‘Science’. On the next page click on ‘Science Projects.’ Click on Penn State to get an idea of experiments using foodstuffs. Click on the headings for instructions."
Year 6 ... Science Expo Pathfinder