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Pulling down silos enhances inquiry learning February 2, 2011

The  New Zealand Education Gazette has published this account  of the 2010 Inquiry Learning project at Riccarton High School.
Teachers at Christchurch’s Riccarton High School believe schools have a tendency to ‘silo’ into learning areas. They decided to push themselves outside their own teaching boundaries to encourage their students to take more control of their own learning.
This project gave Riccarton High School a fantastic opportunity to invite Christchurch City Libraries reference librarians to collaborate with teachers, in the Joint Use Library they both share, to enhance students research.


Riccarton High School presents …NEW presentation options for Inquiry Learning. August 23, 2010

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This is the animoto video I produced for our full school Inquiry Learning professional development morning, to introduce some new presentation options to teachers and educators.
The feedback has been hugely positive and slightly overwhelming in terms of the number of hours in a work day, but that’s better than no interest.
Riccarton High Inquiry.


Innovation in inquiry. July 14, 2010

I’ve been following some amazing blogs, written by incredibly innovative librarians and teachers.
Many Web 2.0 aps that use technology in a creative way to get greater student buy-in have got me thinking.
It would be great to see students presentating their inquiry findings using more than just the usual powerpoint and poster presentation  styles.
Voki, Animoto,Wallwisher,Youtube and Wiki’s have definite potential in our secondary school setting.
And, a student driven and run blog to record comments, highs and lows.
If anyone has more suggestions of aps they’ve had success with, I’d love to read your stories.


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