Websites to promote inquiry based learning http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/lesson_plans.html Smithsonian lesson plans emphasize inquiry-based learning using primary sources and museum collections. Each plan is print-friendly and provides you with all the materials you need— photographs, reproductions, handouts, activities, suggested strategies, standards information, and additional online resources. http://www.exploratorium.edu/educate/index.html Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 18 thousand award winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics. We currently serve 20 million visitors a year. That makes us one of the most visited museum Web sites in the world. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/index.html The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based in methodology - but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.cfm The Thinkfinity partnership provides free, Internet-based content across academic disciplines. Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of standards-based resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives and reviewed Internet resources. Science NetLinks is a dynamic site with new content being added on a regular basis, so check back often http://www.readwritethink.org/index.asp ReadWriteThink offers a wide array of standards-based lesson plans that meaningfully integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Lessons can be selected according to grade band (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12) and area of literacy practice. Each lesson is research-based, and includes a detailed instructional plan. The lessons are written for the teacher but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, interactives, and reviewed Web resources. http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000902.shtml The eMINTS National Center offers professional development programs created by educators for educators. Leading experts at the University of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education have collaborated to produce programs that inspire educators to use instructional strategies powered by technology, engage students in the excitement of learning and enrich teaching to dramatically improve student performance http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/approach/inquiry.asp Ever since the Morino Institute launched the YouthLearn Initiative as a pilot project in 1998, we've seen that after-school instructors and classroom teachers are hungry for relevant, creative materials that can help them make good use of new technology and help them turn good learning programs into great ones. The YouthLearn Initiative, consisting of this comprehensive website, a growing online community, a free electronic newsletter, and an extensive manual called The YouthLearn Guide, goes a long way toward meeting that need. http://www.project-approach.com/strategic/events.htm http://www.biology.duke.edu/cibl/exercise_catalogue.htm Creator: Duke University Center for Inquiry-based Learning Notes: This site is not visually appealing, but it is full of information and science projects for kids of all ages. Each lesson plan is broken down into a synopsis of the lesson, its objectives and procedures, suggestions on how to extend the lesson, and downloadable Word files of any student worksheets that are part of the lesson. http://www.coreknowledge.org/CKproto2/resrcs/index.htm Creator: Core Knowledge Notes: Most of the lesson plans in this diverse collection do not have a technology-related component but could be easily adapted to include Web searches or the use of a digital camera, for example. The lesson plans are well laid out and include the objectives of and materials required for each. http://www.biopoint.com/online_gallery/Welcome.html Creator: Biopoint Notes: This is an excellent collection of lesson plans that use the Internet, categorized by grade level and subject. Brief project overviews link to very detailed lesson plans Inquiry-based Learning http://www.wnet.org/wnetschool/concept2class/month6/ Creator: Disney Learning Partnership/wNET School Notes: Part of Disney Learning Partnership's "Concept to Classroom" workshop series, this great overview covers the explanation, demonstration, exploration and implementation of inquiry- based learning. In addition, this site provides a sample letter that teachers can submit to their administration to request continuing education credits. http://www.biopoint.com/inquiry/ibr.html Using the Internet to Promote Inquiry-based Learning Notes: This "e-paper" describes a structured approach to inquiry-based learning using the World Wide Web as a primary information resource. The paper describes a process that begins with an essential question and ends with a knowledge product created by students. It also discusses the skills required of both students and teachers to make inquiry-based learning and Internet use successful http://www.unicef.org/voy/index.php A website designed to offer all children and adolescents, including the hard-to-reach, a safe and supportive global cyberspace within which they can explore, discuss and partner on issues related to human rights and social change, as well as develop their awareness, leadership, community building, and critical thinking skills through active and substantive participation with their peers and with decision makers globally.
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