Inquiry Projects (WIPs) are open inquiry learning
activities that leverage the use of uninterpreted online data
too often students learn about English/Language Arts, Math, Science,
and Social Studies rather than acting as authors, mathematicians,
scientists, or historians.
World Wide Web contains millions of uninterpreted sources of data,
both quantitative and qualitative, that can be used in ways that
allow learners to actively pursue answers to questions that are
both interesting and relevant to their required classroom studies.
Every subject area is interesting and full of inquiry-oriented questions.
most teachers own experiences learning in inquiry-oriented ways
are quite limited, and since our tendency is to teach the way we
were taught, inquiry methods are rarely applied in today's classrooms,
inquiry and open inquiry.
What's more, the wealth of information available online has been
used by learners for little more than old-fashioned research and
regurgitation of facts.
to the lack of their own inquiry experiences, many teachers would
benefit from seeing "snapshots" of inquiry activities
that make effective use of uninterpreted online data and information.
Inquiry Projects (WIPs) have been created
to help educators discover and pursue the use of online resources
to promote inquiry in their teaching.
places more responsibility on learners. Of course, in reality it
can be quite difficult to require students to ask their own inquiry-oriented
questions related to a given topic and define their own procedures
for answering these questions. WIPs are designed to help teachers
scaffold this process, thereby enabling teachers to promote guided
inquiry and open inquiry
with their students.
seeing a snapshot of how inquiry can be done with a particular topic,
questions students should ask,
resources will help answer these questions,
to manipulate these resources,
what the answers to these questions could be.
support a six-stage spiral
path of inquiry. WIPs are intended to be used by teachers as
a roadmap for guiding students through inquiry-oriented activities
that are sparked from the curiosity of students. Only the first
of the six stages, the Hook, is typically provided to the learner,
while the other five stages are available for teachers to draw upon
as needed as they scaffold their students' inquiries. The six stages
to a WIP are:
For a more
thorough description of what Web Inquiry Projects are, read the
paper that started it all:
can also download/view PowerPoint presentations: