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inquiry based learning with Web2.0


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Empowering inquiry based learning with Web2.0 mash-ups.
Presentation for ECAWA Conference 2007.
'Web 2.0' and the new models of communication and research that it enables means teachers and students can embed and automate the inquiry based learning process. Instant messaging, blogging, podcasting, Skype, wikis, RSS are but some tools available in the 'participatory social web' that allow students to become become knowledge creators and teachers to become facilitators. And the impact that this has on education could be enormous.

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inquiry based learning with Web2.0

  1. Empowering inquiry based learning with “web2.0” mash-ups.
  2. connect// collaborate// community
  3. quotes Jimmy Wales • “Imagine a world where everyone had access to the sum of all human knowledge.” • “Thinking of all the bad things that people could do, that makes bad society.” • “Monocultures are dangerous.” • “Authority comes from respect.” • “..... a good starting point for students - that’s all.” • “We need to learn to contribute and disagree in safety”
  4. What do I need? •Acceptable use policy • Student email addresses • Internet access
  5. Quick fix • Teachers can quickly generate and assign separate email address for each student. To do this, just add a + sign and the students first name after your gmail address. • Example • Each student’s username and password for these will be emailed to you.
  6. SAFETY, SAFETY, safety • • Although every K-12 student Next, consider using a blogging must be kept safe, the age and program/online tool that emerging critical skills of primary requires a password to publish. students make ensuring their That way, you as the teacher online safety paramount. First, have final say about what goes find out what your school online, and you can edit out any Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) identifying information (such as a says about posting student work student's home address!) before and names online. Often, it becomes public. students' first names may be • published, along with group Blogging in the primary school is photos, as long as there is no an exciting and doable activity. indication which name belongs Tap into places like the to which student. Be sure to generous support check your Education Dep’ts community before beginning AUP before proceeding, your blogging adventure! however.
  7. * How much do schools really value students' views? * How much do organisations really value their stake-holders?
  8. What is the Inquiry Process? Creative Critical Caring From Michael Pohl Teaching Complex Thinking:Hawker Brownlow Education 2000
  9. Effective Inquiry Based Learning Higher order thinking skills Co-operative Learning Multiple Intelligences Integrated Learning Learning Styles Effective Questioning Reflective Thinking Negotiated Assessment Criteria Blooms Taxonomy Brain Theory Effective Use of ICTs Anywhere/Anytime Inspired by Mark Dixon former Project Officer Apollo Parkways Primary in Melbourne. Apollo Parkways is the most successful school in the Navigator School Program in Victoria.
  10. 1. Define Defining information needs 2. Locate Locating information sources 3. Select Selecting relevant information Text 4. Organise Processing & organising the info selected 5. Present Creating and sharing resulting work 6. Evaluate Evaluating and reflecting © 2003 Leonie McIlvenny (Curriculum Officer - Library & Information Services)
  11. The ability to find and use information is expressed in the Curriculum Framework as one of the Overarching Learning Outcomes. “3. Students recognise when and what information is needed, locate and obtain it from a range of sources and evaluate, use and share it with others.”
  12. 1. Define • DEFINING - What do we want to know about this topic?
  13. Open and Closed Questions When formulating questions a useful approach to use is to consider them as either open or closed. CLOSED questions have very short answers. The answer may be the name of a person or place. It might have an answer that is just Yes or No. Examples are: Who invented electricity? Does Saturn have an atmosphere? What is web2.0? OPEN questions usually have more than one answer and there are often many different answers possible. Examples are: What are 10 Australian animals that are not mammals? What would happen if we didn't get any rain this Winter? What would happen if we used dynamic web2.0 tools instead of static software in our classrooms?
  14. Fat and Skinny Questions Another way to consider questions is by calling them FAT or skinny questions. “Skinny” questions usually only have a very short answer, usually yes or no answers. They have their uses for recall of facts but don't stretch students' thinking skills.You can add quot;describequot; or quot;give reasons for your answerquot; to skinny questions. Example: When did the First Fleet arrive at Sydney? “Fat” questions contain more depth of thought and broaden students' thinking skills and are recommended for research. Example: What impact did the First Fleet have on the Aboriginals who lived near Botany Bay? Students should be encouraged to develop both ”fat” and “skinny” questions when doing their initial planning.
  15. what is A culture of sharing and creativity which is not based upon market exchange but rather on intellectual exchange. • an encyclopaedia anyone can edit • 8th most popular site on the internet • 6.19% of all internet users visit daily • a base layer of raw cultural materials • a self organising, bottom-up community • the wisdom of crowds
  16. 2. Locate • LOCATING INFORMATION - Where do I go to find my information?
  17. add me to you network
  18. Text Goo:
  19. • Google: YouTube custom Player
  20. 3. Select • How do I select appropriate information?
  21. 4. Organise • How will I organise my information?
  22. 5. Present • How will I present my information?
  23. 6. Evaluate • How does my finished product compare with the criteria set at the beginning of the process?
  24. Drinking can recycler I planted a lot of trees at my house to reduce the toxic fumes in the air. None of the appliances in my house give off toxic fumes I have a pond out the front of my house to attract frogs and I have This house recycles drinking lots of plants to attract butterflies cans then sends them of to and birds. hospital's for limbs This house was made of 80% of the stuff found on the site This house has a grey water system. The waste goes into a compost and after a will is then spread over This house has a rain water tank my garden. Solar panEls Air filter This Sustainable House design is called the super sustainable house This house is a sustainable house that saves power, reduces pollution, saves money and collects its own rain water. All together this house cost $900,999.00 to make and is a good Every thing in my house runs on solar This house has a air filter that gets all the house house to raise a family in. power fumes out of the house.
  25. 7. Reflect • How can I improve my inquiry process? • So what?
  26. Skitch • See it… • Say it… • Share it…
  27. Multi Literacies in the classroom There is power and potential in Inquiry Learning using social software in the classroom Linking Thinking and Information Literacy
  28. •Linking Thinking and Information Literacy •There is power and potential in Inquiry Learning using social software in the classroom •Multi Literacies in the classroom