Making Connections Between Inquiry and Technology

August 26, 2014

You’ve been handed a new notebook with Windows 8. The students have all been handed a cloud full of powerful tools called Office 365. There are all these new handheld devices being purchased by the school and being brought into class from students’ homes. Every half hour of the day you hear someone say, “There’s an app for that.” How can we harness all these new and powerful tools to support the needed inquiry approach and variety of ways needed by the student to express their learning?
Using the framework of Banchi & Bell’s “Simplifying Inquiry Instruction”, a hands-on day will be facilitated with plenty of opportunities to experiment with all these new tools being presented to schools. Differentiation will be provided based on self-declared skill levels. Please bring your SPS notebook and other devices (Smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc).

Powerpoint Presentation from Ignite 2014 (August 26th) PDF

Four Types of Inquiry

The Many Levels of Inquiry – Banchi & Bell – Science and Children, Oct 2008


Inquiry Cycle


Curriculum Inquiry

Contained in each Saskatchewan Curriculum Document

Inquiry Cycle

adapted from Daniels, H., & Harvey, S. (2009). Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Useful Links


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Tools for the Day




      • Movie Maker

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    • YouTube Capture

YouTube Capture Basics

What Makes A Good Question?

Blogging with Students



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