Summer Institute 2015 Day 2

Transforming Learning Everywhere

“HWDSB is not engaged in a technology project; rather, we are engaged in a process to enhance instruction, to invite students to engage in rich learning tasks and to rely on student voice to drive the learning environment in classrooms and through technology.” Transforming Learning Everywhere 2012


Learning Goals:
  • Exploring the foundational concepts of student inquiry;
  • Understanding some practical strategies for embedding inquiry into your classroom with the assistance of technology as an instructional and/or assessment tool, and
  • Discussing ways in which to develop a culture of inquiry in the classroom.
Classroom Blogs

Classroom blogs provide students with an authentic, collaborative learning opportunity and exposes them to a wider interactive audience allowing for reflection and feedback. Blogs also help to increase the engagement of the parent community.

Steps to blogging:

  • Reading blogs – allows students to understand how blogs operate and the potential they hold in relationship to learning;
  • Digital Citizenship – through blogging, students receive exposure to such things as; internet safety, appropriate digital footprints, and plagiarism;
  • Commenting – skimming comments allows learners to determine the characteristics of quality comments, in addition to understanding diverse perspectives and constructive criticism; and
  • Writing – good posts contain quality content (both traditional and innovative) with an additional focus on the logistics of digital writing such as hyperlinking, embedding, media, tagging (categorization), etc.

Minds On: “I Wonder?”

1. Participants INDIVIDUALLY record anything they wonder about in regards to the photograph below. The “wonderings” should be recorded on post-it notes. One “I wonder” per one post-it.


2. Participants share their “wonderings” with the rest of the group.  As a group, participants sort their “wonderings” into themes.

3. Discussion: curriculum connections, HOT, knowledge building, collaboration, understanding different perspectives, inquiry extensions, etc.,

4. Technology integration: Mindomo, Padlet, etc.,

Capacity Building Series: Inquiry Based Learning

Read the following article. Participants are to collaboratively utilize the Google doc link below to fill in the Frayer model on inquiry-based learning (definition, facts/characteristics, examples, non-examples).




How might Google Drive support instructional and/or assessment practices in the classroom? Post your ideas in the “Leave a comment” area of the blog post.

Building a Culture of Inquiry

Causal Model:
How might I create a learning environment that supports inquiry?
Making casual connections: 
  • Brainstorm initial thoughts to answer the question
  • Take one sample and go deeper, by asking “if this happened, what would that cause?”
  • Go further with this new insight, asking again “if this happened, what would that cause?”
  • Continue until the thinking has reached its natural end.
  • See how this relates to the initial question










Provocation: Decomposition 





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