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Activity 6-2: support the inquiry activity with technology

In step 5 you prepared an activity description that incorporates the following best practices for inquiry-based learning:

Reflect on your design document and think about where learners will need support for inquiry through learning technologies. For your inquiry-based classroom activity, what components might be difficult or impossible to accomplish without the three kinds of learning technologies identified in Activity 6-1?

Based on your ideas about each category of learning technologies and your activity design, map out which learning technologies could support the best practices of your design.

Deliverable 6-2. Outline learning technology support for your activity design. Download the blank learning technology support outline and use it as your template. Include the following items in your outline:

  • The tool or tools you will incorporate into your instructional activity. For each technology tool selected, summarize important features that help learners address the difficult or impossible components of your inquiry-based activity.

  • For each tool selected, justify your tool selection(s) beyond inquiry support, such as technological infrastructure and characteristics of your targeted learners.

Answer the following questions:

  1. Are the number and difficulty level of the tool(s) appropriate for your inquiry-based classroom activity and its targeted learners?

  2. Will learners require training in order to effectively use a technology tool? If so, will long-term benefits to learners balance the amount of learner time and effort required for training?

Note: The technology infrastructure available to schools serving your targeted population might constrain the technology use. The wrap-up activities will provide you with a chance to investigate the characteristics of your partnering school’s infrastructure.

Example

The following demonstrates the development of a reflection tool to support scientific argumentation for the Operation Montserrat example. This tool was developed by the Center for Educational Technologies as a prototype.

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