Researching Searching

Ran across this study about how undergraduate students use online resources. No surprise – they found that students “…shop around for digital texts and videos beyond the boundaries of what professors assign them in class.”

Students are heavily accessing additional content – beyond the assigned content, and usually from “approved” types of sites, such as other universities or Khan Academy. But they often find them through Google, and prefer to find things on their own rather than ask librarians or teachers.

I’ve been researching how teachers think K-12 students find information. I see some of what this study says: kids look for videos and additional information as well as students using Google.

I’d be very interested in a study such as this on middle and high school students!

Ask the Kids

Blog post by Heather Wolpert-Gawron about what her students find engaging. This would be a great step for any teacher to take.

Recently had an excellent conversation with the principal of a local high school that is just starting to look at technology integration. We discussed how it is really about teaching and learning differently, not about technology. We discussed doing a survey of students about the technology they have available.

This would another great step to take. What do the kids think would be engaging?