inquiry learning

How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning

How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning

| January 7, 2014 | 17 Comments

The opportunity to extend access to technology in the classroom and at home is enticing, but school districts can get hung up on important details like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions about around distraction. Of course, no one answer will work for all teachers or students, but one guiding principle that’s shown to work is for schools to focus on how mobile technology will help shift instruction to be more collaborative, learner-driven and inquiry-based.

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2013 Big Ideas in Education

2013 Big Ideas in Education

| December 18, 2013 | 26 Comments

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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Ready to Ignite Students’ Curiosity? Here’s Your Toolkit

Ready to Ignite Students’ Curiosity? Here’s Your Toolkit

| December 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

Created by Dr. Sugata Mitra, this step-by-step guide will help teachers and parents ignite kids’ curiosity and learn about the world through self-discovery, sharing, and spontaneity.

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Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

| November 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

Sometimes, being thrown into a new situation with few resources and little knowledge can be the best way to innovate. Educators, especially those who work in smaller rural districts, can sometimes be called on to teach classes without a lot of support or resources. While those moments can be terrifying, it’s also a good time to step back from the anxious swirl of curriculum and standards to think like a kid. What would they love? Zombies, superheroes, and fairies, of course!

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Do You have the Personality To Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

Do You have the Personality To Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

| November 21, 2013 | 11 Comments

If an inquiry-based system is to succeed, we’ll need really good human beings in the classroom who know their field, but who also radiate the kind of positive, non-judgmental love that helps students open their minds and hearts.

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Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

| November 18, 2013 | 11 Comments

Public school teacher Larry Ferlazzo shares ideas and tips about how to balance curriculum needs, test prep and the bigger goal of helping students develop the motivation to learn for themselves.

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Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

| November 13, 2013 | 16 Comments

One educator tries a different approach: “It’s a different way of approaching education, with educators not being the controlling force. It’s about breaking down boundaries and seeing yourself as an equal. We’re all just doing the best we can to learn and to try to form a narrative with cohesion and meaning.”

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Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

| November 8, 2013 | 12 Comments

Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.

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The Inquiry Process, Step By Step

The Inquiry Process, Step By Step

| October 24, 2013 | 20 Comments

Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

| October 23, 2013 | 16 Comments

Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education. His father, Peter Gray, who’s a developmental psychologist, watched his son thrive and began seeking to understand how children learned in such a setting, and what lessons could be drawn from it.

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