Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SSLA Conference: Inquiry Tools Smackdown

Presented by Donna Desroches and Carlene Walters
Presentation wiki:

Tools for Inquiry:

  1. Blogs and Wikis: It is very important for students to have a blog or a wiki to share their work. Setting these up at the start, provide students the opportunity to post and keep track of their work. It becomes a management tool that students have access to right at the start.
  2. Social Bookmarking: Delicious
  3. Citation: Create your own bibliographies and then copy and paste it into research papers.
  4. Net Vibes: Personal Learning Environment (PLE) - have your students make their own environment to start from instead of providing that yourself.
  5. Newscred: RSS News feed - personalizing streaming presented in the context of creating your own newspaper.

1. Visualization & Clustering
2.  Tracking Your Thinking
  • Evernote - Save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use. For free.
  • WallWisher – An online notice board. It invites social negotiation of thought as students can post questions and contribute to other queries
  • Wallwisher Tool in Science Classes
3.  Learning from Others
 Investigating and Collaborating:
Finding Information
  1. Using the social media tools in the online databases

    Gale Widgets
    - embed in your school library Web page
  2. Wolfram Alpha for Educators> using WA in math
    example using socio-economic data
  3. Search engines> Sweet Search -
    Sweet Search for teacher-librarians
  4. GoogleForms - my favourite - so easy to create surveys
  5. Search in Twitter/Delicious/Diigo
  6. InstaPaper -Collect Web pages to bookmark or readlater.. When you find something you want to read, but you don't have time, click Read Later
  7. Readability - A simple tool that makes reading on the Web easier and less distracting by removing the clutter around the text.


Mindmapping Tools 

Concept maps are useful tools for helping students organize information about important topics by showing relationships between concepts and standards.

Graphing Tools

Highlighting Tools


Screen Capture Tools

Document The Process

  • googledocs
  • blog
  • wiki

Observe and Participate 


1 comment:

  1. Hi - just wanted to say thanks for mentioned NewsCred. Please do let us know what we can do better. We're always looking for feedback. Thanks!

    Shafqat (CEO NewsCred)