Exploring Technology through Guided Inquiry

An Inquiry Approach to Introducing & Exploring Tech Tools

As an educator, I wanted a systematic way to introduce new technology tools to students that could be repeated regardless of the tool. I wanted them to begin by experiencing the tool, with as little direct instruction as possible. I wanted to shift the narrative about how we introduce and use tech with students.

With the support of thinking partners from around the world, I’ve had the opportunity to refine this learning experience over the past many years. Here are some previous posts about the process. Here is a folder with all of the resources I’ve created & collated, including slide decks I’ve used with classes and for PD sessions.

Feel free to copy, reuse, and remix anything, as long as you re-share your work in the comments below!

Exploring Technology Through Guided Inquiry Learning Experience Template

Inquiring into Technology Learning Experience by Lissa Layman is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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Learning 2 : Re-Imagine : Shift the Narrative

In October, Jeff and I attended Learning 2 Asia at Saigon South in Vietnam. It was (another) great Learning 2 experience…I was reunited with some awesome people, met lots of new ones (several that I felt like I already knew thanks to the internets), explored a new country with my husband and was pushed outside my comfort zone by Jabiz during the Re-Imagine Strand. Who could ask for anything more?

I didn’t want my Re-Imagine project to end at Learning 2, so I’ve been meaning to record it for awhile. Today I finally made the time to sit down and just do it. It got me excited all over again. I hope you’ll join me in shifting the role of tech coaches and technology instruction.


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Inquiring into Technology

In the fall two grade 3 teachers asked my colleague and I to introduce iPad apps to their classes. After some coaching, we decided to start with introducing the big ideas behind presenting information before the apps. We’ve done that (post coming soon) and now the classes are ready to go further with some practical application of Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity. But because I like to think big (and make more work for myself), I wondered what a learning experience would look like for introducing any app to students.

Could we create a learning experience that could be adapted by teachers/instructional coaches for any creation app/program (and would not be boring or repetitive for students)?

After doing some brainstorming with Andria based on Kath Murdoch‘s Inquiry Cycle, I drafted the learning experience below. Anyone with the link is able to comment…looking forward to your warm and cool feedback!