Weekly outline

  • March 1 - March 7

    Unit 1 Making Yourself at Home in an Online Course
    Orientation provides as an introduction to online learning and the beginning of Inquiry –based Education in the 21st Century. You will become acquainted with being an online student. In preparation for this course, you will also read brief definitions of inquiry-based education. You will also be introduced to a chart showing roles of teachers and students on a continuum of practices leading to inquiry-based education. Using this chart, you will identify your stage and evaluate their classroom practices regarding inquiry-based education. You will also have an opportunity to ex=lore the course delivery system and become familiar with some if its features.

  • March 8 - March 14

    Unit 2 Understanding Inquiry-Based Education (IBE)

    Inquiry-based education is a philosophy of teaching and learning that involves situations in which students are asked to solve authentic problems. Teachers design lessons that allow students to use prior knowledge about content and their own questions about their learning and investigate these questions to get answers they can understand. Through their own questioning process, they can design activities and investigations that help them understand the ideas they are trying to master, while at the same time, answer questions they might have about them. In this unit, you will explore the inquiry process through videos and other resources that provide you with a more in depth view of inquiry-based education. Pros and cons of inquiry-based education are discussed, as well as challenges educators might face implementing inquiry-based lessons in their classrooms. You will also observe demonstrations of what inquiry-based education might look like in the classroom.

  • March 15 - March 21

    Unit 3 The Five E Instruction Learning Cycle

    Learning cycles are an attempt to organize a process for learning that more organic. While there are a lot of learning cycle models available, you will be using the five-step instructional model that uses the following steps in the learning process: Engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation. This model is known as the Five E Model, and is frequently used with inquiry-based education. Participants will explore how the 5Es could look like in their classrooms.

  • March 22 - March 28

    Unit 4 Planning Lessons that Use a SmartBoard

    Resources for this unit include how to begin lesson planning using inquiry based practices. Participants will be introduced to facilitation of lessons, rather than the traditional role of the educator and consider probing questions to ask of students leading toward inquiry-based practices. As you begin to develop your inquiry-based lessons, you will consider how a SmartBoard can be used to deliver those lessons in an engaging way. Applications for inquiry=based education for SmartBoard will be introduced.

  • March 29 - April 4

    Unit 5 Teaching Inquiry using a SmartBoard

    As a rule, students love using SmartBoards because of the versatile methods of accessing and using a SmartBoard. They meet the needs of a variety of learning styles and students, including students with disabilities, love using them. This unit provides a glimpse into how you can develop dynamic lessons using the SmartBoard. You will learn how to use a SmartBoards to elicit inquiry in your students and foster an inquiry-based approach to learning in your classroom.

  • April 5 - April 11

    Unit 6 Using Internet Resources with the SmartBoard

    The SmartBoard is the tool with all its features and then there are the many Internet tools to use with the SmartBoard to support inquiry-based instruction and learning. Understanding how to complete Internet searches is a must, as well as making use of websites that offer suggestions and activities to enhance inquiry based learning included in this unit. Thinkfinity will be explored as a resource to use in the inquiry-based classroom.

  • April 12 - April 18

    Unit 7 Using Web Tools and the SmartBoard for Inquiry

    Web 2.0 tools come in a wide variety and provide opportunities for students to share information and collaborate on projects and activities. Students can use these tools to produce products in a collaborative environment. Web 2.0 tools increase the ability of students of all ages to interchange ideas and concepts within a community of peers. Web Tools provide engaging resources that can be used to foster inquiry-based learning. When used in conjunction with the interactivity of a SmartBoard, they can create a productive inquiry-based classroom and increase learning and achievement.

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