Reading Judy O’Connell’s excellent blog, and following a couple of links, I came across Sweet Search which is subtitled ‘A search engine for students’. The difference between Sweet Search and other search engines is that what you are searching is not the web but ‘35,000 websites that our staff of research experts, librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved’. There is also a page for ‘School Librarians: content and tools’ which is definitively worth a look as it has some interesting features targeted at TLs, including a good guide for students searching the web. There is obviously a limited range of resources being searched here, both in terms of numbers and geographical coverage, but this looks like a good tool to add to your box.
This is the 3rd week of Le Tour de France, the annual cycling jamboree. For cyclists, this is a fascinating insight into the work of people who cycle up the terrifying slopes of the Pyrenees – for a living. The difference between me out on my bike (and I’m making yet another comeback) in the hills of East Lothian and the professionals on Le Tour, is like the difference between a pair of binoculars and the Hubble Telescope. For example, watching the cyclists haring down one of the mountain descents the other day at 90+kmph was amazing, given that when I reach 50 kmph on my bike, I’m starting to put the brakes on. Even if you’re not into cycling, check out the Guardian’s interactive guide for Le Tour for some brilliant scenery.