This week, I gained more confidence in planning inquiry-based activities for my students, as well as tying technology into those activities. It was challenging at first, but then I realized just how many websites, apps, and other technology tools exist to make inquiry based learning possible (and more tech savvy)!
I continued to develop my Google Site for my 6th grade solar system unit. I added a lesson plan that utilizes the 5E's (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation). It was great practice in determining which technology resources best fit a specific purpose or step of inquiry based learning. Some of definitely better suited to the Explanation and Elaboration steps (where students are sharing and demonstrating what they've learned), versus setting up the lesson, gauging student background knowledge, and helping students to identify questions.
As I move into my final week of the Inquiry Based Learning course, I'm hoping to pull everything together and leave with the confidence to implement more opportunities for inquiry based learning in my classroom!