Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Guided Inquiry with Thinglink


Twenty-first Century learning is about helping students become life-long learners.  Students need to be able to gather information on their own.  This is a skill that needs to be taught.  One way I do this is by having students do a guided inquiry using the site thinglink.com.    With thinglink start with a picture.  On the picture you can add links to different types of text.  The text can be articles, websites, pictures, music, video, or anything else.  I usually make my own pictures using powerpoint.  I make them into a board game or a task journey.  Once I add my picture I then attach links to websites, videos, or pictures.  This way my students are pulling the information about a topic but its from text I am providing.


Here is an example of one I did for learning the states of matter called "Journey through the States of Matter". The students completed a board game of sorts that took them from one interactive site to another.  At the end they were brought to a review game to practice their knowledge.  The students loved going from one site to another.  By the end they knew the three main states of matter and how they change from one site to another. 


In another example, "Periodic Table Guided Investigation", the students learned about the categories and main families of the periodic table and the patterns.  I added videos to this one, however since my district has blocked youtube I had to download the videos first and then I uploaded them to edpuzzle.  I used edpuzzle to host the videos so my students could access them at school.