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How to: Inquiry

How to: Inquiry
Will you ever just walk into class and ask, "Okay, what do you want to study today?" Of course not. Inquiry-based learning is founded on students taking the lead in their own learning, but it still requires considerable planning on your part. Projects must fit into your larger program structure, goals and plans, but the students will be actively involved in planning the projects with you and asking the questions that launch their individual inquiries. The Importance of Planning It's impossible to project all the possible ways in which you can build inquiry into programs, projects and activities, but preparing for most projects involves three basic steps: Pre-planning: Before going to the kids, determine any preliminary factors or characteristics that must be true in order to achieve your larger goals or plans. Ask questions such as "Where could you find resources to answer your questions?" Step-by-Step Through the Techniques Step 1: Posing Real Questions Step 2: Finding Relevant Resources Related:  projects PBLInquiry-Based Learning

Ερευνητικές εργασίες στο «νέο Λύκειο»: η γαλλική εμπειρία Το στοιχείο της ερευνητικής εργασίας στη λυκειακή εκπαίδευση αποτελεί τα τελευταία χρόνια συστατικό πολλών ευρωπαϊκών εκπαιδευτικών συστημάτων (χαρακτηριστικά παραδείγματα το βρετανικό και το γαλλικό). Η ελληνική Πολιτεία σχεδιάζει να εντάξει το στοιχείο αυτό στο «νέο Λύκειο» και αναμφίβολα η ευρωπαϊκή εμπειρία, χωρίς μηχανικές αντιγραφές, μπορεί να έχει τη δική της συμβολή. Το γαλλικό παράδειγμα, που εφαρμόζεται την τελευταία δεκαετία στο α’ εξάμηνο της αντίστοιχης Β’ Λυκείου –και ο βαθμός της ερευνητικής αυτής εργασίας συνυπολογίζεται στον τελικό βαθμό του γαλλικού απολυτηρίου, του Baccalauréat– έχει το δικό του ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον. Στη γαλλική εκπαίδευση, η ερευνητική εργασία ονομάζεται Travaux Personnels Encadrés, δηλαδή πλαισιωμένες προσωπικές εργασίες (καθώς οι μαθητές πλαισιώνονται από ομάδα εκπαιδευτικών). Παρά τις αδιαμφισβήτητες –και σεβαστές– διαφορές μεταξύ εκπαιδευτικών συστημάτων, η εμπειρία από μία ερευνητική εργασία των μαθητών στο Λύκειο είναι σαφώς θετική.

TWT: Inquiry-based Learning Strategy What is Inquiry-based learning? The old adage, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand” describes the core of inquiry-based learning. Inquiry is the process of seeking truth, information, or knowledge by questioning. Questioning! The process of inquiring begins with gathering information and data through applying the human senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Inquiry-based learning processes vary. How does inquiry-based learning encourage student learning? Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today’s world. What does inquiry-based learning look like in the classroom? The following example elaborates on the five steps listed above: questioning, planning and predicting, investigating, recording and reporting, and reflecting. Additional Information on the Five Steps for Inquiry-based Learning Questioning, Planning and Predicting, Investigating, Recording and Reporting, and Reflecting.

Mrs Elrick's class blog 4 Innovative Student Projects That Could Change the World Microsoft's Imagine Cup brings students together from across the world each year, in effort to use technology to solve the world's toughest problems. Mashable met with four teams, hailing from Germany, Australia, the U.S. and Qatar, to learn how they are using technology to make an impact on the future. Students are using Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone in their Imagine Cup projects. Many members of the competition draw inspiration from the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, to create solutions to problems in the fields of education, healthcare and environmental sustainability, among others. The Worldwide Finals will take place in Sydney, Australia, between June 6 and 10, where the winners of local, regional and online competitions will share their visions for how technology can shape the future. More than 1.65 million students from 190 different countries and regions have participated in the competition during its 10-year existence.

Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. "Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning." A Context for Inquiry Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Some of the discouragement of our natural inquiry process may come from a lack of understanding about the deeper nature of inquiry-based learning. Importance of Inquiry Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world. Through the process of inquiry, individuals construct much of their understanding of the natural and human-designed worlds. Inquiry is important in the generation and transmission of knowledge.

How to create a mobile city guide as class project Ingredients Google SitesPicasaGoogle Maps One great class project could be to create a mobile tourist guide of their city or town (geography or foreign language class, or in combination). Google sites now lets you create mobile friendly websites. All you need to do is use a mobile friendly template when creating a new site. The single teams then make web pages of the sights and other places of their town. Directions: Create a Google site with a mobile templateStudents write pages for the single placesStudents take pictures, upload them to Picasa and insert them into the siteCreate a Google map with the pictures linking to the corresponding pagesCreate QR codes for all pages and put them near the real places and sights so that tourists can scan them and read the corresponding information about the places.

Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation What are the benefits of inquiry-based learning? One of the important missing pieces in many modern schools is a coherent and simplified process for increasing knowledge of a subject from lower grades to upper grades. Students often have difficulty understanding how various activities within a particular subject relate to each other. Much more confusion results when the learner tries to interrelate the various subjects taught at school. Too little effort is devoted to defining important outcomes at the end of high school and planning backwards and across subjects. Specific content such as photosynthesis has much more relevance for the learner if set in a larger context of understanding the interrelationship of the sun, green plants, and the role of carbon dioxide and water. Within a conceptual framework, inquiry learning and active learner involvement can lead to important outcomes in the classroom.

iLearn Technology Innovation through the Eyes of a Child I’m currently reading Creating Innovators and so I thought I would share the classic post from 2009 below. In the first video, Gever Tulley describes our child safety-obsessed culture and the impact this has on the young minds of our children. He then speaks about the different impact you can have by teaching your kids how to play with dangerous stuff. He highlights five dangerous things to let your kids play with, but is working on a book that will highlight 50 dangerous things. Check out the video: In the second video, Gever Tulley demonstrates the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. On his blog he lays out the principles of kit-based learning, which are great things for teachers and parents to think about when teaching science to children. Principles of Kit-based Learning The goal of any kit must be to teach how to think about the principle concept – the understanding and internalization of the concept comes naturally from the process. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Secondgradealicious: Five for Friday??? Could it be? Could it really be? Ahhhh yes it is Friday. My long lost friend. My BFF. I haven't linked up for Five For Friday in MONTHS! I was asked to take part in a totally inspiring collaborative inquiry project...about inquiry learning/teaching. We worked on a strategy that works really well in the classroom! Essentially you just place a question, or a word/topic in the middle of the wall and students record related questions or ideas on sticky notes. We started working on some inferring this week and used this activity from Comprehension Connections. We've also been working on writing Excellent Endings! You can find that interactive notebook activity in my store or by clicking here or the image above. My students have been working on an inquiry about countries around the world. They conducted a hot chocolate and cookie sale to raise money for the school in Uganda and they managed to raise $900 (with some help from some fellow awesome TPT sellers as well)! Toodles Heidi

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