Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is findingEducation?
FindingEducation is a new tool for educators, designed to help you share and save great online resources with your fellow teachers and your students.
Take our site tour to learn more about what you can do as a member of the findingEducation community.
Q. How can I join findingEducation?
Signing up for findingEducation is easy. Simply go to the findingEducation home page, choose a username and enter a few details. Now you’re ready to start using the tool.
Q. How much does it cost to join findingEducation?
FindingEducation is free to join.
Q. I’m not an educator. Can I join findingEducation?
FindingEducation is a community designed specifically for those in the education field. Teachers, administrators, homeschool educators and others in education are welcome to join. Student accounts can also be created by educators for their students. At this time, findingEducation is not open to those outside of the education community.
Q. Who created findingEducation?
Q. How do I report inappropriate behavior by another user on findingEducation?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to report any inappropriate behavior on the site.
Q. What is “myLibrary”?
MyLibrary is a place for you to find and share great links to use in the classroom. Discover new links by searching the links shared by other members of the findingEducation community, links from the search engine SweetSearch and links from findingDulcinea. Save and share the links you like with descriptions and categories.
Q. How can I add links to “myLibrary”?
Import links one at a time or import lists of links that you already have saved.
Q. What types of links are allowed in the findingEducation public collection?
Links that might be useful to others in the education community are welcome. Examples might be lesson plans, reference materials on a variety of topics, education blog entries, news stories of note, or student tools.
Q. Can I save links and keep them private?
Yes, when you add links to your “myLibrary” collection, you can choose to keep those links private by selecting that option.
Q. How do I report inappropriate links for removal?
Inappropriate links can be flagged. In your myLibrary area, use the button that appears on the left above the search results called “Flag inappropriate links.”
Q. What is SweetSearch?
SweetSearch is a collection of tens of thousands of Web sites, selected by the research experts that put together findingDulcinea and findingEducation. Every Web site in the SweetSearch database is suitable for use in the classroom.
Q. What is my “classroom”?
Your classroom is a public page where you can share links with students and other educators, or create assignments or bulletins to share with students. Anyone who knows the URL of your classroom (it will be yourusername.findingeducation.com) can access the assignments and links that you choose to publish on your classroom page.
Q. What is the address (URL) of my classroom page?
The URL of your classroom page is http://yourusername.findingeducation.com where “yourusername” will be the username you chose when you signed up for findingEducation.
Q. What is “myAssignments”?
On myAssignments, manage old assignments and create new assignments to publish on your classroom page. Assignments is a loose term: You can also publish notices or bulletins to share with students and parents, as well as actual assignments for students using this feature. Assignments can be text-only, or include hyperlinked text, videos, and pictures. You can even attach links from your myLibrary collection to your assignments.
Q. How do I create an assignment to share with students?
Any assignment that you publish to your classroom page will appear on yorur classroom page. Students can access the assignments you publish by going to your classroom URL.
Q. How do I change my e-mail newsletter preferences?
After you’ve signed in to your findingEducation account, go to the myProfile tab. Near the bottom of your myProfile page, you’ll see newsletter options. Check the newsletters that you’d like to receive, or uncheck the newsletters that you don’t want to receive. All findingEducation users will receive e-mails from the tool (for example, password reminders) that are necessary for account use.
Q. How do I change my classroom name?
Change the name that displays at the top of your classroom page by going to the Classroom Settings link in the upper right corner of your account pages. Although you can change the display name of your classroom, you cannot change the URL after you have created an account. The URL will always be yourusername.findingeducation.com
Q. What parts of my profile are available for anyone to view?
The only part of your profile that other users can view is your public facing classroom page, as well as your public links (through search).
Q. How do I delete my account with findingEducation?
Requests for account deletion should be sent to info@findingEducation.com.
On This Day Challenge
Q. What is the On This Day Challenge?
The On This Day Challenge gives students the chance to practice their Web research skills while writing about important events in history. See our On This Day Challenge page for more information.
Q. What is a student account?
All educators are given a student account username and login when they sign up for findingEducation, in addition to their own educator account. The student account is meant to be shared by all students in your classroom, it is a place where students can submit work for your review. Because the login is shared by all students, the student assignment submission tool does not allow students to edit their work within the tool, but simply to copy and paste completed work for teacher review and potential publication on the teacher classroom or On This Day page.
Q. What login information do my students use?
The student account information can be found in the welcome e-mail sent by findingEducation after you created your Classroom account. The students’ username can also be found on your myProfile page, where you can also customize the student account password.
Q. How do my students view their assignments?
Students can view assignments by logging in to their Classroom page and clicking the “view your assignments” link at the top right corner of the page. From here, students can submit their completed work for your review. Students can also look at their assignments on your public facing classroom page, located at http://yourusername.findingeducation.com. On the public classroom page, students will only be able to view assignments, if they login to the student account they can submit their completed assignments.