How We Research

eSchool news recently came out with an article about initial investigations on how folks “conduct research” online.

Although the study notes that horizontal searching and “power browsing” aren’t confined to young internet users, its findings–and general observations about students’ internet behavior–have led to some serious reflection on the part of educators.

They identify a number of different “ways” or “techniques” people use, but so many of them rely upon a “horizontal” look instead of a deeper, or “vertical” look. The report suggests too many students skim over the breadth of information. In thinking about myself, I probably do some of the same, because there’s so much content online!

I think it’s important to focus on both “directions,” and as educators, we probably need to spend some time in the vertical orientation of what we find… when we cover research online with our students.