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Twurdy -- such a cool tool!

This is a tool I’m super excited to share.

The name “Twurdy” comes from a play on words with the question “Too Wordy?”.

The philosophy 

Everyone has different reading abilities. Some people searching the web are university professors and others are 5 year old children. Twurdy has been created to provide people with access to search results that suit their own readability level. 

What does it do?

Twurdy uses text analysis software to “read” each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand.

The Goal

Twurdy’s goal is to provide web searchers with information that is most appropriate for them. This will mean that 10 year olds doing school assignments don’t have to click through difficult material to find something they can use. It will also mean that phd students do not have to click through websites designed for kids in order to find what they are looking for.

SearchEdu.com

Resource suggested by The Education Technology Blog.

SearchEdu.com is a reference based search engine that allows you to search education sites, government sites, online books, dictionaries, biographies and more. Think of it as a more user friendly advanced Google search. Simply enter your search terms and choose your source site category from the dropdown menu. It also has some useful links to popular, and reliable, reference sites, conversions sites and calculators.”