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									Websites to promote inquiry based learning
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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