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Inquiry Learning Projects in Science and Social Studies Using Technology Creating Learning Opportunities which are Manageable, Meaningful, and Differentiated ERLC August 24, 2011 Daniel.Maas (at) ecsd.net http://www.twitter.com/dannymaas
Big Idea • While there’s no real recipe here, having a structure of some kind keeps everyone marching to the same beat • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stzXH4HwgtM&playnext_from=TL&videos=O85sLVSFEkw
Learning is Key Inquiry Learning
Question to be answered • E.g. Grade 5 Social Studies
Elementary Science • Taken from http://education.alberta.ca/media/654825/elemsci.pdf • Visit http://ietherpad.com/erlc and type 3 words or phrases that come to mind when reading this rationale
Question to be answered • Grade 4 Science: Topic A – Waste in Our World • Sample essential question: How can we manage waste in our world?
What do you Think? • Discussion topic – How would you generate the questions? • Essential Question • Subsidiary Questions • Telling Questions
End Product Tools • StoryJumper – http://www.storyjumper.com • GoAnimate for Education - http://school.goanimate.com/school/Edmonton • VoiceThread for Education – http://maasd.ed.voicethread.com • Glogster EDU – http://edu.glogster.com • Tagxedo – http://tagxedo.com • Kidblog - http://kidblog.org • Kidblog Sample Blog - http://kidblog.org/inquiryteam
End Product Criteria • Generate criteria together
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners By Carol A. Tomlinson
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) • What is UDL?http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/window.php?src=videos UDL
Universal Design for Learning • Multiple Means of ExpressionPresenting information and content in different ways (the "what" of learning) • Multiple Means of RepresentationDifferentiating the ways that students can express what they know (the "how" of learning) • Multiple Means of EngagementStimulating interest and motivation for learning (the "why" of learning) • http://www.cast.org/research/faq/index.html#q1 UDL
Learning Contract Plan for answering the question
Keeping Your Project on the Rails • Chunking • Task /Milestone checklist • Extra tasks • Choosing partners/groups • Cross-student sharing/assistance • Learning spaces and supervision
Project Assessment • Establish assessment criteria with students beforehand • Process as well as end product?
Choosing an End Product Based on: Clark, B. (2002). Growing up gifted:Developing the potential of children at home and at school. Alberta Learning (2004). Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher’s Guide to Implementing Inquiry-based Learning
Work to answer the question Finding the right curricular resources for your project
Having students learn from each other and celebrate their learning Demonstrate understanding
Celebrate learning Student Sharing - Practices Why? How? Formative assessment Demonstrate understanding Peer assessment Self assessment
Reflection • What were the successes and challenges you faced when completing your mini inquiry task today?
Reflection • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvbTjM5HPCI • Compare anything you’ve learned today to anything in the video, and be prepared to make a one-sentence statement