At last, an opportunity to show kids the impact of boolean searching in a very visual way with this excellent tool from Boolify. Build your search query like a jigsaw puzzle, and see the impact of varying your search strategy.
Here’s a very interesting way to demonstrate the way boolean searching works, particularly for younger students. Cleverly via Miguel Guhlin.
Stephen Downes says:
… I think that this sort of approach to creating queries could be extended a lot – my first thought was that it could function as a generic sentence constructor, which in turn would be really usefuil for language learning and logic. There are also curriculum resources.
boolify.org has been closed for several years.
It is now being hosted on KidzSearch.com – https://www.kidzsearch.com/boolify/
Thanks for this post! I work in a school library and this site will be great for teaching boolean logic.
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