2nd June, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 11 Comments
At Carolina Curriculum, we value collaboration between students and teachers. Join the NEW I Teach Inquiry® Network to unite with other classrooms committed to teaching inquiry today. This FREE website provides a forum for teachers and students to share ideas and develop techniques to improve student learning. In addition to its purpose as a meeting place, the site features updates on cutting-edge educational resources and grant opportunities, and allows opportunities for you and your students to publish and share fresh ideas with one another in a safe and monitored environment by a National Board Certified Teacher and a company specializing in science and math curriculum. For once, you don’t have to worry about objects popping up on your student’s screen or inappropriate content!
What are some ways to use I Teach Inquiry in your classroom?
1. Collaborate: Use the site to collaborate with your peers about what works in their classrooms. It is as simple as clicking on the Contribute tab at the top of the page. Upload and share your great ideas (video interviews with your students, photos or videos of experiments, work samples, lesson ideas, etc. and provide feedback on ideas that are already posted. This is a wonderful chance to see creative lessons that might spark an idea that you could implement in your classroom to build student understanding on a particular concept. It’s like a virtual field trip! All network members are able to learn from one another, and for every video or lesson submission published, you will receive FREE MATERIALS for your classroom or school!
2. Assess student learning: We all know that assessment is the key to driving your instruction. Assess your students’ learning through an interactive blog, and connect with students and teachers around the world. Upload videos, class snapshots, science notebook entries, students interviewing students, or inquiry prompts, and open the site as a technology learning station in your room. Your students can create a class science notebook documenting what they have learned throughout a lesson, or from lessons that were published in other classrooms around the world. Encourage parents to log on to the site to see what is going on in your classroom. Print out your students blog page as a quick assessment tool to see who needs help clarifying ideas, building vocabulary, or peer discussions to understand science and math ideas and concepts.
3. See blogging in action to integrate writing in your science and math instruction:
· Type Organisms into the search bar at the top of the page. These amazing first graders share their wonderful inquiry lesson, and continue to blog about what they learned as an extension to their science notebooks. Just imagine how in one glance you can assess your students’ learning using 21st-century skills. No more hauling papers to grade home. With one click, everything you need is at your fingertips!
· Type Geometry into the search bar at the top of the page to view students developing a working vocabulary of geometric terms!
· Type Student Contest into the search bar at the top of the page for a FREE lesson using UV beads and light. Submit your students’ lab sheets for a chance to win FREE materials from Carolina Biological Supply Company!
Free materials, collaboration, assessment, and more! Your technology station is ready to implement tomorrow! To get started, go to www.iteachinquiry.com and become a contributor. Start new discussions today! Let me know if you are looking for a specific topic for your class or any ideas of how I can help you in your classroom. Remember this is ALL FREE!