Inspiration for Inquiry Learning
Last week, the ISE-team from The Netherlands organised their workshop for the 12th time. In this workshop, teachers learned about the ideas that are central to the ISE-project: how to teach according to an inquiry-based approach, and how to support this with technology. By building lesson structures, the teachers learn how to connect aspects that are relevant for this approach: the inquiry-based learning activities, the tools that can support these activities, the functions that these tools can fulfil, and the instructional level at which the teaching and learning processes take place. After having set up their lesson structures, the groups shared these as narratives with the other participants of the workshop. This narrative sharing inspires the participants with ideas on how to enrich their daily teaching practices.
The purpose of this workshop is to get inspired by how teaching and learning according to an inquiry approach can be supported by technology. After a brief presentation all participants worked in small groups on setting up a lesson plan structure, distinguishing the learning activities of the inquiry approach, categories of digital, interactive tools, and the functions that these tools can fulfil in supporting teaching and learning processes. After these lesson structures have been created, each group narrated their lesson structure by presenting it to the group. In a group discussion each participant can learn from and respond to others' narratives.