Inquiry, Information and Technology - Middle Years and High School

Through the lens of the Saskatchewan Curriculum’s “constructing understanding through inquiry” teachers will examine how inquiry can be an integral part of each subject area. There will be a specific focus on Living Sky’s clarification of the ELA Middle Years inquiry outcome and the High School outcomes which incorporate the inquiry indicators, an introduction to new resources and some hands-on experience with apps and technology tools to support inquiry learning.

AGENDA

Introductions

  • around the room - (name, school, grades taught)
  • around your table - describe a time you learned something new - something for which you had little background knowledge (feelings, strategies, aha moments, successful or not?)

Purpose
  • share our own knowledge and understanding about inquiry
  • define inquiry
  • understand the Saskatchewan Curriculum's Inquiry Framework
  • explore Living Sky School Division Resources

Activity
Write around Text - 1) respond to the questions on the paper around the room 2) meet with a small group around one of the questions and together summarize the key points that were made. Note your key ideas on Padlet.


What is Inquiry
Table Work: Read the article and at your table share an example of how one or two is or might be addressed in your classroom

  1. Authenticity
  2. Academic Rigour
  3. Assessment
  4. Beyond the School
  5. Use of Digital Technologies
  6. Active Exploration
  7. Connecting with Expertise
  8. Elaborated Communication

The Inquiry Framework

Activity - create a framework using the words from the Saskatchewan inquiry cycle diagram (powerpoint with words; create using SmartArt in Word)
Constructing Understanding Through Inquiry
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Inquiry Words Chart

View the SaskCurriculum Framework
View the Inquiry Process Diagram from New Zealand - discuss differences

Activity - Review the Living Sky continuum to see/demonstrate where inquiry skills are in the curriculum

Resources for Inquiry
  • Scaffolding - Curation - Diigo or Symbaloo
  • Library Renewal - Old and New Databases

Activity - examine the databases and determine how they might fit within your classroom.

Additional Resources

- a useful data collection form

Reflection and Closure
email donna.desroches@lskysd.ca and describe one aha moment from today or a new question that you have as a result of the afternoon's workshop.