"..Sylvia Park's inquiry planning team support all teachers to develop authentic engaging learning for their students. In this story the planning team and students discuss what inquiry looks like in their school."
Sharon Friesen talks about changes needed in education, focusing on the work students do. She suggests we need to prepare a thinking generation who ask questions of the world, requiring teachers to be guides, mentors, facilitators and designers.
"Chris Nicol discusses the significant impact ICT has had at Rangitoto Kindergarten through a focus on empowering children to actively drive their own learning. Their emergent curriculum has been supported through ICT use, helping to show learning in action across a wide spectrum of children’s interests and passions."
"...The Inquiry approach to learning at Wanaka Primary School is based on the belief that students are powerful learners who need to be actively engaged in the process of investigating, processing, organizing, synthesizing, refining and extending their knowledge within a topic...."
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
Popular discussion on education as well as recent findings in the learning sciences tell a similar story. The model of education typical of 20th century classrooms was effective for that era of human history, but the ‘knowledge society’ we now live in requires new thinking about what constitutes effective and engaging teaching and learning. Teachers are now faced with the challenge that “former conceptions of knowledge, minds and learning no longer serve a world where what we know is less important that what we are able to do with knowledge in different contexts.” (Dr. Sharon Friesen)...
In this EDtalk Ewan McIntosh from No Tosh talks about the benefits of students directing their own learning - benefits for teachers as well as students. Ewan gives some examples, and believes that over time outcomes from student-directed learning can be tied back to the curriculum.
Sharon Friesen talks about inquiry being a disposition cultivated during teaching and learning, rather than a process that “gets done” by students. She talks about successful inquiry leading to deep understanding, giving examples from her own experiences.
Integrating Technology and Pedagogy for Inquiry Based Learning: The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)
"...A key limitation to many ICT projects, particularly in thedeveloping world, is a lack of integration between pedagogy and technology. This articlepresents a framework for how ICT technology and inquiry-based pedagogies can be integrated inclassroom settings, known as the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment..."
"Inquiry-based learning is a constructivist approach, in which students have ownership of their learning. It starts with exploration and questioning and leads to investigation into a worthy question, issue, problem or idea."
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