Searching for Something

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.


Action Research: Video Analysis in High School

This past year has seen a lot of work done by me and my partners, Luke LaBaw and Bebe Ullrich, two amazing PE teachers at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.

We began wondering how effective video analysis would be on skill improvement.  Over several months, we designed and planned our research.  This past January, we implemented the design on six high school badminton classes.  We then analyzed the results.

We were astounded at how well video analysis worked at helping students learn and improve badminton skills.

Have a read of our research paper.

Bebe Ullrich helping a student use video analysis.  Photo by Liz Halina CC-BY-ND-NC

Bebe Ullrich helping a student use video analysis. Photo by Liz Halina CC-BY-ND-NC


Please contact me if you are interested in repeating the experiment or using video analysis in your classroom.