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Inquiry with Technology by Mind Map: Inquiry with Technology
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Inquiry with Technology


Makes students enthusiastic about showing work to worldwide audience.

Encourages collaboration

Can be used for literacy learning.

Promotes interaction, active engagement, participation and connection to outside world.

Access to primary source documents

Encourages critical thinking

Resources are both current and comprehensive from primary sources and various layouts

Increase student engagement and achievement through providing support, meaningful context, and strong learning scaffolds

Database searching inspires investigative learning techniques that are particularly useful in historical inquiry

Students were more engaged & motivated, collaborated better, gained internet skills, and generated interest outside the classroom

Benefits outweigh the frustrations of technology in inquiry based learning.

Teaches practical technology skills.

students who are engaged in constructing historical accounts have the opportunity to develop perspectives, attributes, and critical thinking skills required of informed citizens in a democratic society

Engages Large Undergraduate Classes Efficiently

can help students with disabilities by providing customized learning

Develops an advanced technological network in various institutions

makes science accessable

Best Practices/Examples

Learn for Use model

Use technology to report research

Let students be "historians"

bring in outside experts to give student insight.

Web Based teacher communities for sharing examples of inquiry-based activities

Teacher-run database safe for students to search accurate information

Communication channels, information resources, and various management tools

Development of IBL blog, CETL communities, Communication Media, desktop publishing


Can be expensive

Teachers are overwhelmed with technology and don't know how to use it.

Misconceptions and mistakes may come without direct guidance

Poor integration into the classroom by teachers

Lower SES students don't have access to technology at home.

Students have trouble with some of the cognitive processes required of inquiry learning.

Students without teacher guidance might get lost

Without teacher led instruction, students don't participate as much.

Short-term memory may be overtaxed; long-term knowledge will not be gained

Provide quality training for all educators that incorporates technology

Teaching strategies, learning methods, and curriculum must be restructured

Motivation, accessibility of investigation techniques, lack of background knowledge, too much information on the web

Cost of Technology Implementation

Methods (Step-by-step)

Scaffolding helps construction of knowledge in long-term memory

1. read & hypothesis, 2. collect data, 3. interpret data/evidence, 4. draw conclusions

“symbiotic implementation”- interactive relationship between both teachers and researchers creating a community of learners that aim to enhance education and learning amongst both teachers and students

1) Learn content. 2) Use content interactively on a computer.

1. Ask, 2. Investigate, 3. Create, 4. Discuss, 5. Reflect

Online Threading

Blog Development


Webstreaming offered a valuable evaluation tool for analyzing student progress.

Interactive discussion boards between both teacher and students increased student learning.

Various Blog Networks

Some research studies found minimally guided studies performed worse than their direct guided peers