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Inquiry Ignited With a Culture of Questions and Curiosity

Location: W196b

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 4:15–5:15 pm
Location: W196b

Aaron Eisberg   Myla Lee  
How can we spark natural curiosity to build an engaging student-centered learning experience? Whether it's PBL or another innovative method, it ALL starts with a question. Explore technology tools, questioning resources and a showcase of examples to help ignite, sustain and scaffold student curiosity.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Apps
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn:
1. Strategies to engage and solicit student curiosity
2. How to sustain the student curiosity within the inquiry process using relevant technology tools and questioning techniques to have students how evidence of content mastery
3. Questioning strategies and technology tools to scaffold student inquiry
4. Research proven feedback strategies to maximize learning and growth
5. Participants will experience the process so they can reflect and implement in their own classrooms.


I. Entry Event/Launch (5 min):
A.) View an engaging 2 minute video of the power of questioning in student learning.
B.) Introduce Session Question: How do we cultivate curiosity in our classroom culture?

II. Connection-Reflection Protocol: Personal Journey Story (10 min)
A.) Introduce protocol: “Think about a time when you were curious as a learner. What was the event that sparked your curiosity? How would you describe that curious experience through your senses (see, hear, feel, smell, touch)? What feedback did you receive that helped sustain your curiosity and engage you at a deeper level of learning?
B.) Participants will share their personal journey story in a back channel. This group generated list of stories will be used to provide personalization and context for the content of this session.
C.) Participants will “Turn and Talk” Protocol: What do all the Personal Journey Stories about Curiosity have in common?

III. Connection - Idea Generation Protocol: Classroom Curiosity Story (5 min)
A.) Introduce protocol: How do YOU spark curiosity in your classroom? How do you create similar experiences of curiosity that you shared in your personal journey story in your own classroom?
B.) Participants will share ways they spark curiosity in their own classroom. Ideas will be shared in a word cloud (AnswerGarden)
C.) Reflect on how word clouds can be used to spark inquiry.

IV. Topic: How does curiosity begin? → A QUESTION (5 min)
A.) Describe an overview of various instructional practices and pedagogies (such as Genius Hour, Passion Projects, Project/Problem Based Learning).

V. Topic: How do you SUSTAIN curiosity? (10min)
A.) Explain the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) Process
B.) Model tech integration with Google Docs and Padlet
C.) Showcase learning experiences that highlight AUTHENTICITY and INQUIRY PROCESS

VI. Topic: How do you scaffold the curiosity in learning? (10min)
Describe and give examples of the following:
A.) Organize thinking
B.) Feedback on thinking
C.) Structure sentence frames
D.) Visible Thinking Routines 

VII. Topic: How do you integrate technology effectively in a culture of curiosity? (10 min)
A.)Technology will be integrated throughout presentation. Reflection protocol of how to best use the technology
B.) Additional technology tools and resources will be shared at this point of the presentation.
C.) Classroom examples will be embedded to showcase the synthesis of curiosity and technology.

VII. Reflection Question: What did I learn about creating a culture of curiosity and how will I apply it in my practice? (5 min)
Reflection and application protocol.

Supporting research

Feeding the Creative Brain From Curiosity to Innovation, Robin

Framework for 21st Century Learning­work/p21­framework

Engage Explore Explain Extend Jeff C Marshall, ASCD July 19, 2013­express/vol8/821­marshall.aspx

Research Says/ Help Students Train Their Inner Voice Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein,Educational Leadership, September 2015

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions, Rothstein and Santana, Harvard Education Publishing Group, 2011­home/issues/27_5/helarticle/

Fostering Student Questions, J. McCarthy, Edutopia, August 17, 2015­for­inquiry­based­learning­john­mccarthy

Inquiry­based Learning Capacity Building Series by Ontario Ministry of Education, May 2013

A Case For Curiosity, Ainissa Ramirez, Edutopia, February 23, 2016­case­for­curiosity­ainissa­ramirez
ISTEs Introduction to Inquiry­based Learning: Part 1 |.Neil Stephenson is a PD Outreach Coordinator from Calgary Science School where inquiry­based learning flourishes. Jan 12, 2011­introduction­to­inquiry-based­learning­part­1/

Technology­Supported Inquiry­Based Learning ­ Boise State University

Promoting inquiry through technology. December 11, 2015­bayport/

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Aaron Eisberg, Center for Excellence- Napa New Tech HS
Myla Lee, PBLWorks National Faculty

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