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Teaching Tips: Inquiry-based Learning in Digital Age Classrooms

This theme provides resources to support the implementation of digital inquiry-based learning activities in grades 1-5. The focus of these resources is on fostering a culture of wonder and on the process of conducting inquiry within a digital environment. Resources include sample inquiry projects, classroom activities, background information and a model aimed at supporting students’ technology-based inquiry learning.


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This eTheme contains resources which explain the concept of inquiry-based learning and offer arguments for why this type of learning is helpful to students. Learn how to create an inquiry-based unit and how to assess student performance. Read papers and reports on how student learning is affected. Includes handouts and links to inquiry-based lessons. There are also videos showing students engaged in an inquiry-based project. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on cooperative learning.
This link provides access to a set of free resources by the developers of Big6, a six-stage model to support using information to solve problems or make decisions. A 3 stage model for younger students is described. The set of resources includes background information on models, Powerpoints, handouts, templates, and videos to help teachers learn about how to foster students’ inquiry skills.
Tom March’s Website is full of information about inquiry based learning. This page provides three ideas for activities that could be used to foster inquiry-based learning: Class Portals, WebQuests and Look to Learn.
Many Web-based tools make it possible to easily update the look of 90’s WebQuests and to build in features which promote meaningful learning. In this blog post by Ted Curran, he discusses the redeeming value of WebQuests and gives a tired WebQuest a facelift.
This resource provides support for teachers in designing inquiry-based learning environments. The site contains background information, video examples and research on effective inquiry-based teaching practices.
This resource provides a full set of examples of inquiry-based learning in classrooms for primary, middle and high school. The resource page is on the site, an organization focused on promoting inquiry learning.
This site is provided by Dr. Philip Molebash of Loyola MaryMount University. It provides a full set of resources for Web Inquiry Projects, including examples, templates, explanations of the six stages of Web Inquiry and the difference between Web Inquiry Projects and WebQuests.

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