It is important students learn about which technologies are most appropriate to the task or the discipline and for collaboration and communication. It is also important that technology is used in both process and product and closely linked to the ways technology is used authentically in the field to advance knowledge.
Dimensions of Inquiry
The Focus on Inquiry study saw Galileo mentors/researchers work with teachers and students in Alberta classrooms as they operated through an inquiry-based lens. Much of the professional learning centered around quality formative assessment. Essentially, it’s about providing feedback while learning takes place - feedback that’s strong enough to inform both the teacher and student’s next steps.
Creative writing is a classic school assignment. But getting students to write without understanding how actual authors do the job is only scratching the surface. Here, students from Exshaw School in southern Alberta are apprenticed into the world of being a writer, editor and publisher. They end up engaged in the process and excited for the outcome.
One of the most powerful influences on student learning is quality formative assessment. This means students are provided with timely, specific feedback and feed forward while learning takes place, supporting the students learning, helping teachers identify learning gaps and informing the next steps for both students and teachers.
Gaining deep understanding, developing strong habits of mind, and how you approach problems in multiple ways – that’s academic rigor. Academic rigor is the second of the eight dimensions, and in a nutshell, refers to the degree of complex thinking required by students.
Teaching in response to student learning – an easy concept to understand, but how does it really work in the classroom and why do students benefit?
When inquiry is front and center, teachers and students discover that each discipline, or area of study, has its own way of investigating, bringing forward evidence, communicating and generating knowledge.