Monthly Archives: June 2009

Seek and you shall find.

So. I’m increasingly thinking about search. Search (as in using google, yahoo etc) is increasingly what students do when asked to do homework. I’m having small victories. I’ve been asking my students to do several things recently when doing project based activities (partially because I’ve had to leave so many classes to cover because of my new role in school as temporary HOD for ICT). One is that they should work out and record their initial keyword search terms before they approach the terminal. The second is that they should read something on paper about a topic to help them generate these keywords. The third is that they record the sites they used in a bibliography.

The ideas behind this is to make the process of generating search terms more explicit, something to be considered, actively done, so that it could be discussed. Actually it has been a bit like pulling teeth, and I’ve been sure that on a number of occasions the students in year 7 have become quite sick of talking about the choice of words they have stuck into the computer to get the right answer.

However, some thing was going in as have notice more and more sophistication inthe students’ ability to talk about and improve their search strings, even if their initial strings are still weak. I was between phones on Thursday, so I couldn’t take a photo, but whilst we were trying to discover how Sioux women made teepees, the whole class was abe in discussion to improve strings so that they brought up more focussed search results in terms of time, specific pieces of information and suitability for audience.

Now, I realise that this is a million miles from the sophistication we’re looking for in terms of historical positionality, but it has to be a step forward from merely typing the day’s enquiry question into the search toolbar.

— Posted From My iPhone