UNIT 1: Inquiry as an Effective Teaching approach and WISE!

From KNILT
Get wise about WISE Link to Main Page!

Key words to know before you start this Unit: Constructivism, Inquiry Based knowledge, Technology, Scaffolding, and Integration.


What is inquiry based learning?

Inquiry Based Learning is based on the constructivist thought of using real life authentic problems to "construct" learners knowledge. First educators or learners develop or focus on a specific question that relates to a problem. Then educators guide learners through problem solving activities that use and construct their critical thinking skills. It is used in many different types of learning environments. Science classrooms need to focus on this type of learning because it is stated in both State and National Science Standards.


Within this course we are going to focus on one specific very effective inquiry based learning environment called WISE. It stands for Web-based Inquiry Science Environment. It is a highly effective learning environment that promots life long learning and uses knowledge integration techniques to help students understand science concepts. I would like to first activate your prior knowledge about Iquiry Based Learning aka (IBL).

Activity A.

Here is a quick review from Thomas Cutonillis' already existing knilt course. It is a unit devoted to Inquiry based Learning. Check it out to refresh your idea of IBL. Then discuss the question #1 in the discussion section to get yourself ready to learn about WISE!

- Thomas Cutonillis Knilt Course, UNIT 1- A Quick Review of Inquiry Based Learning Remember to hit the Largeredleft.gif button to return to this unit! ONLY REVIEW THE FIRST UNIT AND THE COME Largeredleft.gif BACK TO THIS PAGE.

Discussion #1:

Answer the following question in the discussion section of this page. It is a tab at the top of the page. Follow the directions in the discussion space and then continue on this page. Also please comment or question others posts.

1. How is the inquiry based method similar or different to what you do in your science classroom? Do you think inquiry is an effective teaching approach and why?


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Lets explore a specific Inquiry Based Model: Lets get wise about WISE!

WHAT IS WISE and WHY SHOULD I USE IT?

In exploring Inquiry Based learning, I have come to find a specific web based inquiry approach that Science teachers can use within their classroom. It is created by scientists, professors, and students from California Berkley College.

AS stated by the founders,"to create a sustainable classroom inquiry instruction across the varied contexts where learning takes place, we created the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)." There are many inquiry based classroom activities that provide effective inquiry based processes but here is one that provides an inquiry based learning environment with support,technology,and provides the appropriate materials.== Let's learn more.


    • Throughout this Unit, you will be refering to an article written by James D. Slotta called "The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE): Scaffolding knowledge integration in the science classroom."

I suggest that you open this article up in another window so that you can constantly refer back to it when stated throughout this course.

Activity B:

Watch both videos below. While you are watching think about: How is WISE an inquiry based approach to learning? Then answer the question in the discussion space.

a. [- Engaging Students via inquiry and simulations] THis is a video made by one of the founders of the WISE project. Remember to hit the Largeredleft.gif back button when finished.

b. [- WISE introduction] This is a quick tutorial guide from the WISE site that outlines WISE. Remember to hit the Largeredleft.gif back button when finished.

c. Read Pages 9-2 to 9-6 in Newwindow.jpg --Slotta's The Web-based Inqiry Science Environment (WISE): Scaffolding knowlege integration in the science classroom.

    • remember to open it up in a new window and please keep it open.


Check out these two websites:

1. Wiki-pedia definitionRemember to hit the back Largeredleft.gif button to return to this unit!

2. Wiki description from Open Educational ResourcesRemember to hit the Largeredleft.gif back button to return to this unit!

Discussion #2:

Answer the following question in the discussion section of this page. It is a tab at the top of the page. Follow the directions in the discussion space and then continue on this page. Also please comment or question others posts.

2. Based on the two videos how is WISE an inquiry based approach to learning? I think WISE provides an inquiry based approach to learning by:

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NOW onto the next unit-

MOVE TO NEXT UNIT AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE DISCUSSIONS UNIT 2: Practices and Processes

If you need extra support in inquiry based learning please complete the following activities: EXTENDED ACTIVITY

Go to this website that provides a workshop on inquiry based learning. Remember to keep in mind the questions above.

A. The workshop starts with explanation, then goes onto demonstration, followed by exploration, and ends with Implementation of inquiry based learning. You can either go through the whole workshop or I provided you links to individual parts.

Start here-

Explanation - This part explains the basic of inquiry based learning.

Demonstration- This part provides videos and examples of what it looks like within a classroom.

Exploration - This part helps you identify what you are doing well in your classroom in relations to IBL and what you can work on.

Notice how they provide "what do you thinks?"- Remember to hit the back button to return to this unit!


Implementation - This sections provides you with a framework for planning IBL lessons. In the implementation phase, think about using the Facilitation Plan to create an inquiry based project.


B. Here is a video that talks more about Inquiry Based learning...what do you notice?

[Inquiry Based Learning in ACTION] Remember to hit the back button to return to this unit!

Here are some lesson plans that are based on inquiry based approaches. Would you use a specific one in your classroom? I particularly like this one [- Before and After] because it is very open ended. Remember to hit the back button to return to this unit!

[- Inquiry Based Exercises] Remember to hit the back button to return to this unit!


C. The site provides a quick review and specifically a why (scroll down the page) we should use Inquiry Based Methods?

[Why use IBL in your classroom?] Remember to hit the back button to return to this unit!


Now go onto the next Unit. Press Unit two below. UNIT 2: Practices and Processes