All my quizzes are open-internet* AND students may reattempt quizzes if they think they can do better. Yesterday, I was cruising around the room and saw this on a kid’s screen:
I figure one of two things is happening here:
- kid has zero idea how to find the problem and is searching for a howto online
- kid wants to confirm that what she’s doing is correct
My gut says it’s the first scenario. As I kept moving around through all my classes, I also spotted kids copy/pasting the whole question, hoping it was published online (gotta admit to doing that myself). One kid was really pissed to learn the result he used to answer his question was incorrect. In his words, “Google lied to me!”
This Googling led me to wonder what my kids search for on open-internet quizzes:
Would love to have a list of what all my kids google for during my open-internet quizzes. http://t.co/TREirQUamS
3/20/14 10:58 AM
Oh, it’s on. I have a few different plans here:
- classifying the kids’ queries because I’m curious
- helping them search better
- planting Easter Eggs on Yahoo Answers (yeah, I just want to mess with them a little)
The first step is to intercept the exact queries. John Burk pointed me toward the idea of a Google Form that hands off to a Google search query. I’d collect the data in the form and the kids’ searches would be automatically run. The key lays in convincing kids that me seeing their queries will in no way harm their score nor will I change my practice because of something I see. They need to believe me to use the form.
The second step is to learn if the query led to a result they used to answer the question.
More on this story as it develops.
*my quizzes are taken on Moodle, so the kids’ computers are online for the quiz. Also, we’re a 1-1 laptop school.