BeyondTextbooks : Inquiry-based Teaching for Meaningful Learning

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BeyondTextbooks : Inquiry-based Teaching for Meaningful Learning. M. Ekdahl, TL Mentor Vancouver School Board UBC Faculty of Education June 2008. Points of Inquiry:. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Bridging Several Gaps</p> <p>BeyondTextbooks: Inquiry-based Teaching for Meaningful Learning</p> <p>M. Ekdahl, TL MentorVancouver School Board</p> <p>UBC Faculty of EducationJune 2008Points of Inquiry:No longer can it be assumed that the teacher is the expert as students actively construct their own personal understandings of information. This kind of learning is best accomplished within a model of inquiry . </p> <p>Points of Inquiry, A Framework for C21L Developed by BCTLA using BC curriculum documents</p> <p>Many Models, Same Skills Glogster: Inquiry Models</p> <p>Although the models may look different and use different vocabulary they all include the same basic processes and skills.</p> <p>From Nell Ududec - Educational Resources/Library Consultant, Pembina Trails, Manitoba</p> <p>BCTLAs Points of Inquiry ModelBC curriculumBenchmarkedDevelopmentalCommon languageFrame for school-widetech planning, AfL,IL skill development inall subject areas </p> <p>Inquiring Learners:</p> <p>Are actively involved in the learning processMake connections and use prior knowledgeAsk good questions, investigateConstruct new understandings and communicate theseThink and reflect critically as they become independent as learners</p> <p>C21 TeachersMove to the side, guide, scaffold learningProvide feedback, empower deep learningEncourage students to have more authority over their own knowledge and inquiryAre actively engaged in learning, assessing, and teachingEnsure new learning happens in active, collaborative, social contexts (real or virtual)Good questions are the key to inquiry:Langley Teacher Librarians Wiki:</p> <p>Inquiry Questions</p> <p>For Use with the Points of Inquiry Model</p> <p>Textbooks are not enough Textbooks, although they certainly have an important role in content area learning, have been scrutinized by educational critics who express concerns about their quality in terms of accuracy, readability, and appeal. These criticisms remind us that some textbooks may as well be made for furniture rather than learning .Vacca and Vacca (2005) Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum. NY: Pearson Education, 154.Do we start with questions like these?</p> <p>How long before the iPad2 expires?Will everyone have one for home and school?How will this tool be used by teachers and students today and in years to come?Is there an App for that?</p> <p>Or are there more fundamental questions of educational philosophy?Is Technology the Answer?Whatever your guesses are the next year or for 2020, the questions that need answers are not about the rapid expiration dates of the newest device including the revolutionary iPad nor to what degree technology will be ubiquitous in home and school nor even how new technologies will be used by the next generation of teachers and students.</p> <p>No, those are not the questions that need to be asked.</p> <p>Instead, fundamental questions have to deal with matters of educational philosophy.</p> <p>9What knowledge has the most worth? Why?</p> <p>What are the best ways of teaching and learning? Or broader moral and political questions: </p> <p>What is the good life? </p> <p>How does one live a useful and worthy life?</p> <p>When these questions are asked and answered, then and only then can new technologies play their role in schools and classrooms.More Fundamental Questions Like:TC4CWhere are you and other teachers on The Continuum for Change in teaching and learning?Just fine where I am, thanks.No time to think about it. Just surviving here.What was good enough for me is good enough for them. Convince me.I get bored doing the same old thing over and over.Im aware that students get bored with read the chapter, do the questions.Im always looking to try new ways to engage kids with learning.I love to work with technology. Lets go Want to work on a new unit together? Lets try Blogging Mathematicians!Top Ten Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks: #1: Other EducatorsWhat are other teachers or educators doing?Check out </p> <p>Springfield Township High School Virtual Library (Joyce Valenza)Eduscapes.com</p> <p>Kathy Schrock`s Guide for Educators</p> <p>PSAs, like Math Teachers</p> <p>Twitter eg: YA Audiobooks, free for summer reading</p> <p>Your recommendations?</p> <p>#1, : Twitter / Tweetdeck</p> <p>Hashtags: #bced #edtechbc #bctla #edchat#2 = DatabasesTry ones like these from VSBs Digital Library:Global Issues in Context (SS and Science)Biography in Context Bookflix (ESL, SPED)Newspapers (All)Culturegrams (Home Ec, SPED, ESL)</p> <p>#2, continued: Sign up for LearnNowBC</p> <p>#3 = eBooksGo to VSB Webcat, click onto Video and More:Check out such online book sources as:</p> <p>Books should be free Librivox Audio Books Open Library Accessible Books Online Project Gutenberg World Book EBook centre Smart History Art web-textMerlot eText Content Online#4 = Students Need InfoSmarts -- Teach search, retrieval, and CT strategiesKeywordsGoogle / Beyond Google = Chrome, Scholar, NinjaWikipedia begin here but never end hereCCRAP #9: evaluate sources for currency, coverage, relevance, authority, perspectiveSchrocks Evaluating Websites pageBOOLEAN MachineAdvanced Search featuresWolfram Alpha (For Math and stats and other data, see By Topic)Corroboration hoax sitesMEs Plagiarism Website#5 = Authentic SourcesAuthorsCreatorsScientistsNational GeographicNASATED TalksYour recommendations?</p> <p>#6 = Product Launches and TrialsWhat do you want to see? </p> <p>Ask District Resource Centre for product trialsAsk Teacher-librarians for product updates #7 = Digitization InitiativesCanada in the Making - Constitutional History Canada in the Making - Aboriginals: Treaties &amp; Relations Canada in the Making Pioneers and ImmigrantsWhere are the Children? Healing the legacy of the residential schools Moving Here, Staying Here. The Canadian Immigrant Experience - LAC Multicultural Canada Historica History by the Minute Canadian Encyclopedia, The Black History Canada from Historica and lots more</p> <p>#8 = youtube, NFB, TED, etc.In Vancouver, Webcat links to Video and More by tab</p> <p>Find a good short youtube clip, like -</p> <p>Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four #9 = Trade Books (and TLs)Trade books are:</p> <p>For use by general publicInformative, entertaining, appealing to range of readersPicture books, fiction, non-fiction, poetryFocused on a subject Develop in-depth understandingOpportunities for reading to learn and learning to readBest when used in multimedia environment with curriculum integration in mindAn optimal way to extend and enrich learning</p> <p>See more in Vacca and Vacca, Chapter 5 (circulating)#10 Self-created ResourcesCreate your own resources with tools like:Animoto, blogger, Prezi, etc.</p> <p>Find out more about:MerlotLuluIts Just The Beginning24</p>

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