#12 Rollyo search tool

Roll your own search engine

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Do you have a group of websites that are your favorites? Or a set of online resources that are similar that you frequently use to answer homework or reference questions? Well Rollyo may be the tool for you. Rollyo allows you to create your own search tool for the just the websites you know and trust.

Take a look at some of these search rolls that have already been created:

Here’s a searchroll created to search ten of PLCMC’s family of websites.

Try a search for broad terms like “homework” or “history” to see results listed from multiple sites.

Discovery Exercise

  1. Explore Rollyo and create an account for yourself.
  2. Create a search roll for any subject you like.
  3. Create a post in your blog about your experience and link to your search roll. Can you see a potential use for tools like this?

OPTIONAL: Add your searchroll to your blog using the “Create a Searchbox” tool.

Select Search Engine…PLCMC Web Family SearchSearch The Web

Powered by Rollyo

Rollyo – You just never know when this little tool might come in handy.


  1. Just did a search on “marigold” using the “free photos” link above. Results included flickr images marked “all rights reserved.” Apart from some narrow fair use, well, I know ethics are regarded as boring these days and laws are made to be broken, but, hey, I’m just sayin’ …

    Comment by Peggy A. :: June 11, 2007 @ 3:58 pm
  2. What are you saying? The person with the rights is the one who posted the photo, right?

    Comment by Karen J :: June 12, 2007 @ 8:39 am
  3. Yes, if the posted photo was taken by the person who posted it, that person owns the copyright. Flickr provides a way to manage which rights posters wish to retain for their images, but when they’re marked “all rights reserved,” copyright restrictions apply. In that case, they aren’t “free” in the sense implied by the Rollyo “free photos” search.

    I know that grabbing photos off of the web is ubiquitous, and a smart flickr user will only post small photos or will not mark them public. I still find it troubling and a sad commentary on human nature that so many people have no qualms about what is, frankly, stealing.

    And, of course, I know that there are legal ways in which copyrighted images can be used. But I doubt that most of the people using flickr or Rollyo have a really sophisticated understanding of copyright law. In fact, I doubt that copyright ever crosses their minds.

    Comment by Peggy A. :: June 12, 2007 @ 9:56 am
  4. This website explains copyright and web images far better than I can:


    Comment by Peggy A. :: June 12, 2007 @ 10:29 am

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