A Search Engine With A Readability Index In The Results… Check Out Twurdy!

Let me introduce you to a search engine that give a readability index to the sites it finds. Welcome to this midweek blog from TCEA in Austin, Texas. So far a great conference including the edubloggers unconference today! This Indiana Hoosier has been impressed with all of the awesome people in Texas. Now lets get to that search engine that is a must use tool for students. As always please follow me on Twitter at @mjgormans… I will return the favor and we will learn from one another!  Take a minute to check out the resources at my 21centuryedtech Wiki! Have a great week! – Mike (A 21st Century Hoosier at TCEA in Austin, Texas)

What if a search engine could give you and your students a readability index before going to the site? In fact, what if the report entries were color coded by the readibility factors? It’s time you get introduced to Twurdy! This unique search engine uses custom designed readability software that includes information about the number of words on the page, the average number of syllables in each word, the average sentence length and more to determine a pages readability level. Best of all, it is powered by our friends at Google. With search engines giving millions of results, Twurdy gives that option of sifting through information and finding resources that may match students by reading abilities.

Twurdy supplies the user with three different options. The first option is  Just Twurdy which searches using Twurdy’s basic algorithm with medium speed and medium results.  Next comes Simple Twurdy which  searches the web using Twurdy’s simple algorithm for fast speed but less accurate results. Last is Twurdy with Pop which searches using Twurdy’s most complex algorithm. This formula  includes looking up the popularity of words within the text. It has a slower speed with more accurate results. You will find that Twurdy offers the same search results as other search engines but the color coding and readability index are definetly an added bonus.  Being able to tell whether or not users may be able to understand the content on the page before it is clicked is a unique bonus.  Next time you feel that a search just may bring up words your students might not understand, give Twurdy a Try!

Again, thanks for visiting this midweek post! I hope Twurdy is a resource you find useful! I will do my best to keep networking at TCEA and share what I learn from this collection of outstanding educators in Texas. As always please follow me on Twitter at @mjgormans… I will return the favor and we will learn from one another! Please take a moment to check out the resources at my 21centuryedtech Wiki!  Have a great week! – Mike (A 21st Century Hoosier at TCEA in Austin, Texas)


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6 responses to “A Search Engine With A Readability Index In The Results… Check Out Twurdy!

  1. Pingback: Readability Index in Twurdy Search Results « Jacque's Journal

  2. I have never used twurdy but I am curious about how it works i am trying to put together a reference manual of 21st century skills for my students to use and i would like to make my students proficient at conducting authentic, rigorous historical research. How can twurdy help?

  3. Gigi R.

    I tried Twurdy after reading your post and thought it definately had some potential. I like the color coded readability guide but I found that when I clicked on a link then used the back button on my browser to go back to see another result, my search term was gone and I had to start over. Didn’t like that.
    Toshei- if you are looking for some good web 2.0 resources or 21st century skill sites, you should check out http://www.teachersfirst.com. They have thousands of resources reviewed and detailed. Very impressive.

  4. Hi,

    Just Found this blogpost from my Technorati upcomming news event Story section. really interesting post , that’s why subscribed your RSS feeder, Hope you will add more usefull posts soon.

    Keep it Up.

  5. Cool, there is actually some great ideas on here some of my subscribers may find this relevant, I will send them a link, many thanks.

  6. Ian Carmichael

    Nice one, Mike – I’m adding this into the potential really usefuls like searchcloudlet, google custom search, tagxedo/wordle and wolfram|alpha.

    Keep the posts coming!

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