Sunday, August 10, 2008

# 15 (Week 6) Roll your own search tool with Rollyo

Do you have a group of websites that are your favourites? Or a set of similar online resources 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 just the websites you know and trust.

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

Public Domain e-Books Search
Rare Book Library Search
Free Photos
Quick Quotes

Explore other rolls here.

Discovery Exercise:

1. Explore Rollyo and create an account for yourself.

2. Create a search roll for any subject you like.

3. Can you see a potential use for tools like this? Create a post in your blog with your thoughts and experience of making a search roll and put a link to the search roll you created.

4. Use your gmail account to email northshorelibraries@gmail.com with a link to your blogpost. Please put Exercise #15 in the subject heading.

OPTIONAL: Add your searchroll to your blog
  • Go to Rollyo at http://www.rollyo.com/
  • Click on DASHBOARD
  • Scroll down the page and click on SEARCHBOX
  • Put the name and URL of your blog in the place provided
  • Click on the search rolls you want and click on the > arrow to transfer them into the into selected SEARCHBOX ROLLS box
  • Go to STYLE and select the type of Rollyo icon you want (it will preview your selection)
  • Go to the COPY AND PASTE CODE BOX. Highlight all the code that is in the box and copy it to your clipboard (highlight the code, go to edit on the toolbar and select copy OR hold down the Crtl key and click the C key at the same time)
  • Sign into your blog and go to the dashboard
  • Go to LAYOUT
  • Select ADD AND ARRANGE PAGE ELEMENTS
  • Select ADD A GADGET in the place you want your blogroll icon to show. (Side or bottom of your blog)

  • Scroll down this page and select HTML/JAVA SCRIPT and click Add to Blog. This will lead you to a page that has a space to put (a) A title (b) Content
  • Key in a title (Such as rollyo)
  • Cut and paste the html contents you have copied into the CONTENTS. Do this by going to Edit on the toolbar and selecting paste OR hold the Ctrl Key on the keyboard down and click on the V key at the same time
  • Click on SAVE CHANGES
  • Preview your blog and the rollyo search should be on the template down the side of the page.

2 comments:

Webtraveller said...

I found that if you add the name and URL of your blog in the space provided Rollyo adds your blog to the search engine. If you only want to have the search engine you created with Rollyo then leave that space blank.

NSL Learning 2.0 team said...

Blogger has changed the layout of their page since these instructions were first written. They are now up-to-date, so if you have tried without success earlier, have another go now.