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Librarydoor: Metaliteracy, Megaliteracy and Information Literacy!

Librarydoor: Metaliteracy, Megaliteracy and Information Literacy! | My Library | Scoop.it

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Audrey Nay's curator insight, January 4, 2014 2:58 AM

WOW! Mega loads to learn!! :)

L2_S2S's curator insight, January 6, 2014 9:11 PM

A great read.

"Reading is no longer black & white, top down, left to right.
Reading is now 3 dimensional not knowing where hands will click or eyes will migrate". 

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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 1. Interaction Big Idea: Dive into engaging, relevant, and credible media forms to identify a “need” or opportunity for inquiry The first phase of inquiry-based learning is...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 11, 2013 4:04 PM
Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”
Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 11, 2013 8:26 PM

 

According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:

Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”

The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction. The model we’ve created can be used as a guide for teachers, as it includes teacher and student indicators at each stage, ideal “tones” of each phase, and even apps that can support that phase as well.

Inquiry-based learning is an approach that can easily accommodate project-based learning, challenge-based learning, place-based education, blended learning, and other trends in education.

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

1. Interaction

Big Idea: Dive into engaging, relevant, and credible media forms to identify a “need” or opportunity for inquiry

The first phase of inquiry-based learning is one characterized by interaction. This interaction can be:

Student-to-material. This material is ideally obtained through formal (i.e., research) and informal (e.g., reading, social and digital media, collaboration) means. It can be modeled or supplemented by teacher-provided materialsStudent-to-peer. This interaction is chosen by teacher or student, informed by need for information and perspectiveStudent-to-expert (experts within relevant fields at accessible levels)Student-to-media (digital, text, pure data, etc.)

The nature of inquiry is ideally both curiosity-based and fluid. Narrow criteria, restrictive rubrics, and other traditional artifacts of “school work” can stifle inquiry at this point of the learning process. The teacher’s role at this point in the learning process is focused on resources, modeling curiosity, and cognitive coaching.

Tone: Open-minded, curious, unburdened, playful

Student Indicators: actively skims a variety of media, follows curiosity, responds with awe, dwells with certain media depending on curiosity or perceived utility; seeks out peers for ideas and resources

Teacher Indicators: models curiosity, thinks-aloud when interacting with disparate media, asks probing questions, withholds evaluative statements, provides exemplars, monitors and encourages student thinking habits

Apps: FlipBoard, Pocket, Podkicker, Zotero

Appropriate Questions: What sources of information are available to me? What do others around me know? What’s worth studying? What possibilities, problems, or situations tend to interest me? What types of experiences, perspectives, and data are available to me? When am I at my best?

2. Clarification

Big Idea: Summarizing, paraphrasing, and categorizing learning with teacher or expert support.

This happens by analyzing data, identifying and clarifying misconceptions, and otherwise “getting a feel” for the scale, nature, and possibility of selected topics of inquiry.

After skimming, reading, watching, and otherwise interacting with a variety of media, this stage of the inquiry process is centered around students clarifying both their own thinking, and the nature of “things” around them: ideas for projects, scientific challenges, opportunities for revision, need for design thinking, a new scale to tackle persistent problems, etc.

Thinking patterns are both inward and reflective, and outward and communicated. In that way, students both reflect on their own knowledge, while beginning to identify possible pathways forward.

Tone: Slightly more focused, reflective, independent, cautious

Student Indicators: Paraphrases understanding in familiar language; resists looking for “answers” and “solutions”; distinguishes between fact and opinion; evaluates the credibility and relevance of sources; focused on possibility

Teacher Indicators: offers non-evaluative and frequent feedback; provides relevant graphic organizers and other ways to “frame” student thinking; asks probing questions that focus on student thinking: what they know and why they think they know it;

Appropriate Questions: What’s the big picture here? What are the pieces and how do they fit? What’s accessible, and what’s not? What’s possible? Am I missing critical data, perspectives, or opportunities for collaboration that could further clarify my thinking? What do I seem to understand, and how do I know?

Apps: MindMeister, WordPress, Google+, Quora, reddit

3. Questioning

Big Idea: Asking questions to drive continued, self-directed inquiry

The questioning phase is a critical phase of the inquiry-based learning process, if for no other reason than misunderstandings, lack of organization, uneven confidence, or an inability to see the “big picture” surface here more clearly than other phases.

Students and teachers alike must also be able to trust the nature and patterns of inquiry that are often recursive and iterative: They often move back and forth between phases, and new skills and understandings can be obtained in frustratingly small increments. Inquiry-based learning is more about the process, tone, and instincts of learning than other “tidier” academic forms, which can require both students and teachers to adjust their measures of progress, quality, and success.

Tone: Creative, confident, interdependent

Student Indicators: Curious, precise with questions, self-monitoring, big-picture thinking, little-picture application

Teacher Indicators: models questioning, thinks-aloud in revising irrelevant or otherwise flawed questions; models use of concept-mapping tools to analyze thinking; hosts QFT sessions and Socratic seminars

Appropriate Questions: What’s worth understanding? Where are my knowledge gaps? What is both within and beyond my reach? What have I done in the past that can help me in this situation moving forward?

Apps: Evernote, MindMeister, twitter, Quora, reddit

4. Design

Big Idea: Designing an accessible, relevant, and curiosity-driven action or product to culminate and justify inquiry

At this final stage of the inquiry-based learning process, learners are focused on design.

Design of solutions to address problems within a manageable scaleDesign of logical and curiosity-based applications of current understandingDesign of next steps to extend their own learning pathway

Tone: Creative, restrained, calculating

Appropriate Questions: What now? What audience makes sense for this research? Where can I do “good work”? What would be “cool”? What have others before me done?

Apps: Posts, Mextures, Inkist, Google Drive, DesignPad, Foldify

Student Indicators: Clarifies thinking, busy, self-directed, uncertain but efficacious, follows curiosity

Teacher Indicators: Creates “conditions and means” for collaboration; identifies areas for revision, reflects back on entire process (i.e., “how we get to this point”)

4 Student Questions For Post-Phase Reflection

After the inquiry-based learning process is “finished” (for the purposes of classroom work, publishing, grading, etc.), it can be helpful for students to reflect in the inquiry-based learning process through questions such as:

What skills did I depend on?What do I now understand more deeply, and how do I know?If I had more time or resources, what else could I have done?What is the role of inquiry in learning?

10 Adjustments To Your Teaching To Accommodate Inquiry-Based Learning:

1. Design rubrics to support inquiry

2. Model deep, extended critical thinking

3. Build “thinking stamina”

4. Adjusting grading processes to accommodate new learning approach

5. Encourage but don’t require collaboration

6. Clarify value of mistakes and uncertainty

7. Design physical learning spaces to promote interaction, access to digital and physical media, and spontaneous collaboration

8. Artfully design spaces with color, light, and furniture

9. Work with teachers across content areas and grade levels to increase “gravity” of student work

10. Connect students with experts and local organizations to embed

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A Cool Visual Featuring The 7 Stages of Connectedness for Teachers

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Social Media, Social Networking and School Libraries.

Social networking is a participatory medium that is changing the very nature of our professional connections, our community practices and the nature of learning

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:17 PM

Highly relevant presentation from Judy O'Connell from Charles Sturt University on the importance of school libraries to embrace social media and social networking.

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Dead WalMart reborn as library - Boing Boing

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A dead WalMart in McAllen, Texas has been remodelled as a library, making it the largest single-floor library in the USA. It's award-winning design makes excellent use of all that space -- two football fields' worth -- and ...
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Web 2.0 Tools For The Classroom

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Great Web 2.0 tools for use in the classroom

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 9, 2013 4:59 PM

This site has a real 'wow' factor.  Need to explore all the pages and the links.

Teresa Maia's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:08 AM

Uma miríade de possibilidades para explorar...

Katrina Lehman's curator insight, February 24, 2013 3:47 PM

Some great educational tools for information searching, sharing, citation, collaboration, and social networking options. A helpful list! Will need to check out all the links.

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Uberflip | Create a Stunning Page Turn PDF Flipbook

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Uberflip lets you super-charge your PDFs, creating customizable flipbook web-apps instantly available on today's most popular tablets and other devices.

 

Convert your PDF to Flash for desktop, and HTML5 for mobile � your content looks and feels like an app but is accessed through the browser via a single URL. For an example of our page turn experience, check out our monthly e-mag Going Digital (uberflip.com/demo).Your audience will marvel with each page flip as you enhance your content through rich-media, custom widgets and by adding your own look & feel.Embed videos and animation right on each page.Easily insert internal or external links on the pages of your PDF flipbook to make them more interactive.

 

KF:  They offer a 14 day free trial (no payment details required) - but the subscription rates start at $29.95/month.  Probably too steep for casual users but corporate communications, marketing, etc may find some uses. 


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Best Free iPad App of the Week: Hobbit Movies | iPad Insight

Best Free iPad App of the Week: Hobbit Movies | iPad Insight | My Library | Scoop.it

"One of the best things about using an iPad is the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of.


 


This week’s pick is Hobbit Movies, the official companion app for the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the upcoming Peter Jackson directed movie that continues his series bringing Tolkien classics to the big screen. This is the first of a trilogy of films from Jackson adapting Tolkien’s The Hobbit."


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Apps for multiple intelligences | ipadders.eu

Apps for multiple intelligences | ipadders.eu | My Library | Scoop.it

What makes the iPad brilliant is that it caters to all different intelligences. In fact most apps touch upon all different types of intelligences.


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Audrey's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:59 PM

Not only are you able to increase your own intelligence orientation you can also explore other methods of learning which will certainly increase your neural network..  For example, if you are a visual learner, you could combine this logical-mathematical.  Just think:  you could see numbers and learn to add up and multiply much faster.  You could also store your bank account numbers in the visual area of the brain...................................Just think of how you can increase your brain power!!

Have a look at www.hotmoodle.com for different examples of learning.

Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:06 AM

Multiples intelligences by Gadner in apps

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School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013

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School librarians must be assertive leaders and technology experts, Joel Castro, associate superintendent for the Lubbock, Texas, School District, told attendees at SLJ's annual Leadership Summit in Austin in September.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:26 AM

This applies equally in the UK as in the US

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 18, 2013 2:19 PM

School librarians as assertive leaders. Nice invitation to work on our competencies ;-)

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, October 18, 2013 3:50 PM

He was an awesome speaker AND his wife is a librarian! He knows what he is talking about.

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Rethinking the Classroom – Research – Herman Miller

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"Educators, researchers, and students are discovering the benefits and advantages of cooperative, active, and engaged learning. Classroom spaces that support such a shift in teaching and learning have lagged behind. A significant opportunity exists for maximizing learning opportunities and creating meaningful experiences by rethinking the classroom experience."


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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning

Inquiry-based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can develop knowledge about or create solutions to issues and problems.

Web tools allow students to engage in collaborative and interactive learning. All phases of inquiry learning can be adequately addressed through a wide variety of web-based tools and applications.


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Katrina Lehman's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:39 AM

Web-based applications enhancing learning: Web 2.0 meets inquiry- based learning.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:15 PM

updated list

Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 10, 2014 9:23 AM

Useful resources

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New Site for Digital Literacy | TechSoup for Libraries

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Quip - For team work on documents and messages

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 9, 2013 1:06 PM

Edit and discuss in one place. Quip combines documents with messages so you can work faster, on the web or on the go.

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:52 AM

Have started using this and I think there is a use for this collaborative word process app in the classroom. There is an Android app on the way.

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WikiMindMap

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Are you or your students confused when searching Wikipedia?  ... then WikiMindMap should help.


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Ever2Drop - FileCrane for Evernote and Dropbox

Get Ever2Drop - FileCrane for Evernote and Dropbox on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:20 PM

Giving Evernote and Dropbox MUCH love ....