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Vicki Davis

Intro to Inquiry Learning | YouthLearn - 5 views

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    As I'm reading on inquiry based learning, I came across another article, I'd like to share. In this article, it discusses how inquiry-based learning projects are driven by students. This very much aligns with the questions we ask on the Flat Classroom and other projects. The one point of meaning that I'm working to understand (and finding different answers depending upon the site) is that some differentiate that students should develop the questions rather than teachers "handing them" the questions. I have a lesson plan I sent through Diigo where the instructor designed a lesson around the question "Can there be giants?" and called in inquiry based. Under this article, it may not be called true inquiry based, and yet, I'm wondering if the question is intriguing and of interest and can be used in a way to teach if it really matters where the question originates.  My class is a mix of student-created inquiries (Freshman project) and project-generated inquiries (Digiteen, Flat Classroom). Interesting. Look forward to reading and understanding more (and sharing with you.) This is another nice article on the topic. Feel free to share yours. "inquiry-based learning" is one of many terms used to describe educational approaches that are driven more by a learner's questions than by a teacher's lessons. It is inspired by what is sometimes called a constructivist approach to education, which posits that there are many ways of constructing meaning from the building blocks of knowledge and that imparting the skills of "how to learn" is more important than any particular information being presented. Not all inquiry-based learning is constructivist, nor are all constructivist approaches inquiry-based, but the two have similarities and grow from similar philosophies.
Vicki Davis

Addressing the Challenges of Inquiry-Based Learning Through Technology and Curriculum Design - 7 views

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    As I was reading up on inquiry based learning, I found a research paper from 1999 that has been cited almost 500 times. In this paper, you have an overview of inquiry based learning and how the use of technology is an excellent support for inquiry based learning. (They call it TSIL - technology-supported inquiry learning.) This paper talks about the potential and Opportunities. This is a PDF that I'm reading and filing in my personal research cabinet.
Vicki Davis

Teaching Resources, Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans - TES Resources - 5 views

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    Here is an interesting point as I research inquiry based learning and move to look in a database that is largely built from overseas. Many places called "inquiry" "enquiry" so in this set of lessons across the curriculum, I have to search using the term "enquiry" to turn up what have been tagged as "inquiry based" lesson plans. There are many nuances like that as you start looking at best practices across the world to remember. Eventually, hopefully, language searches will translate between common languages (like English) to help us bridge best practices. If you're looking into inquiry-based learning (or equiry-based depending upon where you're from) - this is a database of lesson plans from Kindergarten up in different categories.
David Wetzel

Web Based Science Inquiry Learning Centers: Combining Online Resources with Classroom Science Investigations - 11 views

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    For a web-based learning to be truly effective it must be interactive. This means that it is not just a reformatted canned lesson of printed worksheets placed on the web. The web-based activity is inquiry-based and incorporates the full features available on the web - interactivity between computer and student. The learning activity must engage student critical thinking skills by using the scientific inquiry process.
David Wetzel

Scientific Inquiry as a Process for Learning: Teaching Science Using an Inquiry Based Approach to Investigations | Suite101.com - 12 views

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    Teaching strategies of guided and student initiated inquiry are the basis of learning science when conducting scientific investigations.
David Wetzel

20 Questions to Ask Students in Science Projects: Children Develop a Better Understanding by Asking Critical Questions - 13 views

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    Questioning is a critical focus in science, because without questions there would be no answers. Teaching children to question is an inquiry-based thinking skill.
Michael Walker

YouTube - TEDxNYED - Dan Meyer - 03/06/10 - 5 views

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    Dan Meyer teaches high school math outside of Santa Cruz, CA, and explores the intersection of math instruction, multimedia, and inquiry-based learning. Every Math teacher should see this!
Dave Truss

Why I Love Project Based Learning | Powerful Learning Practice - 0 views

  • It’s not enough for students to learn a bunch of disconnected facts. They need to be able to synthesis them into a comprehensive whole and create something from what they’ve learned. Often they’ll connect them to their lives in ways we could never have imagined.
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      Love this! Real-life connections contextualize learning and make it meaningful beyond the classroom experience!
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    Often students are interested in things we don't have time to explore in class. This project allows them to do so and reinforces the big idea that the best inquiry begins with high interest.
David Wetzel

Project Based Activities in Math and Science - 23 views

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    A project-based approach to science and math activities is enjoyable for every student and teacher involved. Fun activities, supported by making connections with concepts promote learning. Over the past decade an increasing number of studies have shown the positive impact of project-based learning on student achievement.
Maggie Verster

Study on the Effective Use of Social Software to Support Student Learning & Engagement - 0 views

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    "Our investigations have shown that social software tools support a variety of ways of learning: sharing of resources (eg bookmarks, photographs), collaborative learning, problem-based and inquiry-based learning, reflective learning, and peer-to-peer learning. Students gain transferable skills of team working, online collaboration, negotiation, and communication, individual and group reflection, and managing digital identities."
Shane Freeman

The Authentic Classroom - 11 views

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    We know that your busy and don't always have time to search and sift through the good and the not so online. Find useful articles and Ideas from about Problem Based and Inquiry Based Learning at the Authentic Classroom Paper.li. Subscribe to get a new addition everyday
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: An Approach to Learning and Teaching by @ApraRalli - 0 views

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    "Any research based or inquiry-based project seems to work well for me. I enjoy leading the children through the process of developing a research question. It's always interesting to hear what goes on in the minds of these inquisitive learners. Last year my grade 8 (14-year-olds) were working on the impact of government systems on individual and Societies. Students took up the case studies of India and Pakistan, some of them worked on Arab-Israeli conflict, and yet another group picked the Berlin Wall and its impact on the population."
David Wetzel

Stimulating Critical Thinking through a Technological Lens - 13 views

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    Stimulating critical thinking using technology has the potential to create more in depth understanding of science and math content by students when engaged in learning activities which integrate in-class and on-line technology resources. Technology tools support stimulation of both inquiry-based and critical thinking skills by engaging students in exploring, thinking, reading, writing, researching, inventing, problem-solving, and experiencing the world outside their classroom. This is accomplished through learning content through the lens of video to multimedia to the internet (Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement, NCREL, 2005).
David Wetzel

Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter: An Investigation into the Property Changes of Materials - 9 views

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    The only way to truly understand the properties of matter and changes which occur in the properties of matter is to conduct and inquiry-based investigation.
Andrea O'Brien

Inquiry Based Lesson Plans - 13 views

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    Offers a few lesson plans based on Math or Science and grade level
David Wetzel

6 Little Known Facts About the Earth: Earth Science Resources that Support Student Learning | Suite101.com - 17 views

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    Students' interest in learning science is sometimes based on inquiry into facts that others do not know or learning facts they have no prior knowledge or experiences.
Dave Truss

Fresh research showing the damage of filtering 'real world' technology - edublogs - 0 views

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    "In 2007, [filtering] was high school students' number one obstacle to using technology at their schools (53 percent). For middle school students, two obstacles tied for the greatest barrier (39 percent each): "there are rules against using technology at school" and "teachers limit technology use". It's likely that when students face obstacles to using technology at school, they also face obstacles to inquiry-based learning opportunities which can include online research, visualizations, and games."
Marc Safran

Welcome to Knowitall.org - 0 views

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    Created by ETV for K-12 students, teachers, and parents, Knowitall.org is a free online collection of resources designed for classroom use. This educational web portal contains interactive sites, simulations, image collections, virtual field trips and streaming video that support and provide quality inquiry-based experiences for students on the Internet.
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