I thought I knew how to search Google for something. Meaning searching and locating information. Meaning finding meaningful information. Meaning doing it efficiently. Meaning searching effectively.
After reading Jeff Utecht’s article “Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH“, and watching several of the videos from Google’s “Power Searching“, I started asking questions. Am I a good searcher? Do I ask good questions? How do I go about researching information? If I am not searching efficiently or effectively, how are my students searching? Am I failing my students by not teaching them search? How do my students go about searching?
I can be doing better. I managed to get through the Coetail program without really thinking about how I search. How was that possible? Perhaps I am so used to doing things in one way and got really good at doing it that way. But to learn and grow, we need to add new information and ways of doing to the old information and ways of doing.
One of my goals for my Physics class is to do a research project. I now know I should spend time with them learning how to search effectively and efficiently to scaffold them in beginning their project.
What now? Learn to search more effectively and efficiently and share those skills with my students. Share tips and tricks and knowledge so we can all find what we are looking for.