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Inquiry in a Chromebook-Infused Classroom

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 9:15–10:05 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Holly Clark  
Trevor MacKenzie  

Discover how inquiry can become a driving force in a Chromebook classroom. Get an overview of how to create meaningful learning experiences that put students at the center of their learning and deconstruct the differences between personalized and individualized instruction.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This objective of this session is to give educators classroom examples and a framework for infusing Chromebooks in powerful and meaningful ways that impact student learning.

We will look at how Inquiry can be a driving force in student-centered learning with real-world examples and frameworks to take back to your school.

This session will use a variety of classroom examples with hands-on interactive learning to help teachers see, experience and take part in an overview of how we can use Inquiry to foster deep and effective teaching and learning in the classroom to go beyond the consumption model of note-taking and slide presentations and put the student in the center of learning.

Evidence of success will be if teachers can deconstruct a few examples and find the powerful learning examples and justifications they can take back to their own school.


Hands- on Learning Activity: “The Power of Inquiry in a Chromebook Classroom” activity infused with technology that we use to break down the learning framework and mixologist strategies for empowered learning.

Using the learning framework we will look at learning outcomes and the technology tools that can be used to amplify the learning process.
1. Lessons from Around the World
A quick tour of 3 classrooms using Chromebooks and inquiry dynamic and effective ways
Groups breakdown the characteristics of these three classrooms

2. The Chromebook Infused Classroom Learning Framework
Hands-On Example
Group Analysis

Add ideas to collaborative learning doc

3 Three tools that deepen the learning experience and help us assess inquiry

4. More Examples
From Making Meaning to Transfer of Knowledge
Hands-on learning reflection

5. Reflections, Resources and Question Time

Supporting research

The research for this book comes from three books:

Students at the Center: Personalize Learning with Habits of Mind
by Kalleck and Zmuda

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning by James Rickabugh

Understanding By Design by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

Teaching Minds by Roger Schank

Neuro Teach - Brain Science and the Future of Education Glenn Whitman

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Holly Clark, The Infused Classroom

Holly Clark is an education thought leader, international speaker, bestselling author and student advocate. She’s a veteran educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom, and over five years as an administrator in public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from Columbia University. Clark is passionate about helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. She’s is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator and the chief learning officer for The Infused Classroom Inc. She still spends time co-teaching in classrooms where she helps teachers and schools begin the process of putting students at the center of the learning. Clark consults with schools globally on blended learning environments where meaningful pedagogy is infused with the strategic use of technology. She authors a popular education blog at and gives keynotes to audiences worldwide. In 2017, Clark published her first book, The Google Infused Classroom. This year, she’ll release two new books, The Microsoft Infused Classroom and The Chromebook Infused Classroom.

Trevor MacKenzie, Oak Bay High School, Victoria, BC

Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout Australia, Asia, North America, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s passion is in supporting schools in implementing IBL practices. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanour, and student-first philosophy. Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing IBL in the K-12 setting. He is an inquiry practitioner currently as a teacher with the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria, Canada. He has two publications: Dive into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset.

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