Here we go...moblogging again...
Annette is talking about Information Fluency!
- Critical and creative thinking
- technology literacy
- content literacy
- information literacy
Explore Enquiry and Process Models e.g. 8W, iSearch, Super3, Big6
Students to always have the process in the mind
Thinking in terms of not just accessing information but thinking about thinking
Metacognition! Think about your thinking
As adults look at our own enquiry process
- e.g. what movies have you watched lately? Did you have questions?
- Annette saw "Good Night and Good Luck" recently and questioned its accuracy etc
- Go to 'comfort sources' to find the answer: Internet movie database
- Also Wikipedia Explore and help students understand this resource. Can also be a launching place into other very relvant resources
Process: Ask questions and explore, assimilate and infer........
I assimilate, I infer, I question, I discover, I reflect
- Select relevant, meaningful information topics
- Identify timely resources
- Manouver competing data sources
- Evaluate accuracy of sources
- Synthesise information
- Draw conclusions with changing information
Be a metacognitive Explorer
Students spending more time thinking about how not to do the assignment (essays online, changing them for non-detection via turnitin.com) rather than doing it
Tools to trace enquiry:
- Inspiration Map
- Blog weblog
- Word journal
- Cycle of questioning and exploring
- Knowledge is flexible, changing, growing, emergent, expanding
- Answers change with questions
- lots more.....
Deductive inquiry (general to specific): Apply general theory to instances, Infer based on rules and facts. Start with a theory/position, collect evidence
Inductive Inquiry (specific to general): Different arguments, solutions, Not about right/wrong
Conduct an inquiry:
- Information resources
- Learning spaces
- Student productions
e.g. PBS Teacher Source
Generate a culture of inquiry e.g. The Philosophers Club book and website
Snapshots of student projects (see Annette's website)
Book: Project Mulberry
What support do students need? A good instructional technology specialist, good teacher-librarian
Telementors: interesting study where teachers responded to the use of telementors showed increase in writing and critical thinking skills
Construction and reflection: tools and resources for these (do not think in terms of technology) e.g. wikis, blogs, digital camers, electronic portfolios (sharing understanding of what they are learning)
Culminating Projects (state department legislation?) = looking at alternative assessment
eScrapbooking free teacher resources
Understanding Learners (and the learning process)
- Self-regulation (self-observation, self-judgement)
Controlled, Guided, modeled, free
It 'feels right'.........see article "A Decade of WebQuests" re WebQuests and Bernie Dodge, see info on WebQuest Creation page
Constructivist + WebQuests
Situated Learnign e.g. WikiJunior
Promote a passion for learning and a passion for asking questions!
has links to Annette's resources etc .....
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