April 2013: Getting the Right Resource for Learning, Right Now

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Refining a Search in netTrekker Search

netTrekker Search provides you with the ability to personalize your search results by refining your results to only include the specific types of content you choose. When a search result contains websites that have more than one form of content, netTrekker Search provides a Refine Search button at the top of any Search Result page. This takes you to a menu of choices that makes it possible for you to narrow your results by choosing any of the available options. Do you need quotations by or about Abraham Lincoln or a map of South America? The Refine Search menus make it easy to find websites within your results that include exactly what you are looking for. The list of options will include only those choices which are available within the resources in your Search Result list.

Example of Refine Search Options

The five Refine Search Menus can be used individually or in conjunction with each another. To choose a type of refinement, click on the check box next to that refinement. When you have chosen all the refinements you want, click on at the bottom of the list.

The Learning Aids Menu

The refinement menu focuses on characteristics within resources that are helpful for learning and instruction. The Learning Aid menu choices are:


Looking to provide a variety of assessments for learning? This choice offers informal and formal options, interactive and printables, even choices that build assessment into a game. Start looking at differentiation of assessment as an option to help personalize learning for your students with this refinement.


Famous people are very popular in learning environments – whether you are looking to find facts about a person OR their point of view and lifetime experiences, Biographies is a good place to start.


Locating full-length books, references to books or literature of a subject is difficult without the right kind of focus. Bibliographies are invaluable tools for researchers to quickly access the collections of information that subject matter experts have already compiled – often viewed as a huge help while researching a particular subject or area.


Certain subject areas are rich with formulas and examples – all of which illustrate the concepts that learners are trying to understand. Many times educators will need to find a quick example of a theory or a quick formula to share with their learners, and this area provides a perfect way to get to those.

Lesson Plans (available only to Teachers)

Looking for lesson plans? Whether you want something you can repurpose for your own classroom, a sub plan or even just ideas…the Lesson Plan choice delivers a variety and a wealth of options.

Learning Exercises

Practice, practice, practice – sometimes a concept goes from short-term to long-term memory after it has been applied repeatedly. Learning Exercises is an option that will help you locate resources that give learners the opportunity to apply a newly learned skill, practice a technique or simply try to perfect their understanding of something they are learning.

Learning Games

You don’t have to explain this option to a student. They are looking for the ability to learn and have fun at the same time. Resources you find with this option give learners opportunities to utilize their own curiosity and problem-solving skills to figure out and “win” in a game based resource and approach.


By studying and investigating maps and charts, students can understand more about the economical, political and social features of a country, in addition to gaining geographical knowledge. The study of maps and charts also increases critical and abstract thinking skills and provides a global context that will help students as they progress in school and life.

Primary Source Documents

Primary Sources are snippets of history. They are incomplete and often come without context. Resources that are primary sources require students to be analytical, to examine them thoughtfully and determine what else they need to know to make inferences from the materials. They also help students relate in a personal way to events of the past – which allows them to come away with a deeper understanding of history as a series of human events.


A quotation is the repetition of someone else’s statement or thoughts – in that way, quotations function much like primary source materials and give students direct access to the ideas of the person who is being quoted.

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