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2Learn.ca's Inquiry Process and the 2Learn.ca Special Editions

Students INVESTIGATE as they seek information by questioning to gain a greater understanding of the world in which they live.

In the inquiry process, students need to be able to narrow the topic and come up with specific questions that are of particular interest. The "NASA Space Suit" site and the "Innovating to Zero" video are example of resources that can be used as a jumping off point to engage and encourage students to further discuss and explore a curricular topic.

Special Edition: World Space Week

The NASA Space Suit site allows students to explore the many different kinds of space suits worn by astronauts throughout the years.

Special Edition: The Promise and Threat of Nuclear Energy

One of the featured videos "Innovating to Zero" has Bill Gates describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Students NAVIGATE and gather relevant text, online and media resources.

Navigating the 'Net to find relevant online media resources can be a daunting task for any one. In the Inquiry Process students need to be able to find relevant information for their topic. The Global Biological Diversity topic in the Special Editions can be used by teachers to show students how to find relevant and specific information for their topic.

Special Edition: Global Biological Diversity

Students can explore the pre-selected, wide variety of resources grouped in specific clusters or categories, such as "wetlands diversity", "polar and tundra biodiversity", or "ecosystems of the world". The websites linked in these categories are rich, complex websites of excellent resources that will require students to build their navigation skills. One such example is Canada's Polar Life.

Students QUESTION their own knowledge, beliefs and actions.

Sites can provide text or media which challenge the viewer to critically look at his/hers own beliefs and actions and to think about how their own actions affect the world around them. In the Inquiry process students need to be able to question and evaluate information critically and these types of websites create the opportunity for students to critically discuss and evaluate the message that is being presented.

Special Edition: Sugar, Sugar

The Sugar: Hiding in plain sight - Robert Lustig TED video provides an insightful look into how most of the sugar we eat today is 'hidden' in processed foods we wouldn't think would have it.

Students UNDERSTAND as they discover and empathize with diverse points of view and experiences.

When students are using the inquiry process to explore a topic or theme we need to ensure that they are looking at the issue from all points of view to gain a greater understanding of the issue and how the issue affects others. Sites like these can be used in the inquiry process to encourage students to see the different perspectives and experience of others.

Special Edition: Cyberbullying and Bullying

The To This Day Project by Shane Koyczan is a powerful and beautiful slam poem. The animated poem describes how bullying touches us all.

Special Edition: VIRUS: About Ebola

This CBC News - Ebola outbreak: Here's what you need to know website provides videos, photographs and features documenting the outbreak of ebola and providing background material.

Students INTERACT with others collaboratively online or through videoconference, and make connections to experts and other students.

Interacting with others is a powerful way that students can explore their world, issues and events around them. The "Veteran's Affairs: Postcards for Peace" and the "Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards" site, linked below, offer opportunities for students to connect with others or to get involved in an issue or topic that interests them.

Another way that students can make connections to others is through the use of Skype, Google Hangouts or working collaboratively online with students or experts in the area of study. 2Learn.ca offers many video conferencing opportunities for students and teachers to explore the world and to make real world connections with others/experts around them.

Special Edition: Remembrance Day

The Veterans Affairs Canada - Postcards for Peace website encourages students to send messages of thanks to those who served Canada in times of war.

Special Edition: Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award program encourages students to continue to be involved in their humanitarian work while attending school.

Students REPRESENT their new knowledge using real-world tools, to communicate project results and lessons learned to the larger community.

There are many ways that students can share their knowledge with others. Working with the resources provided within all of the Special Editions, students can use one of the many web 2.0 tools, apps and extensions recommended in the link below, to communicate their ideas, results and lessons not only in the class but also to the larger community.

2Learn.ca Create Tools

This annotated list of web 2.0 tools, apps and extensions have been reviewed and aggregated for use by students to demonstrate their learning.

Students EXTRAPOLATE and share their own point of view, developed and refined through this process.

In this final step, students demonstrate the knowledge they have built, evidenced in their expression, representations and in their actions. This new knowledge is a "building block" in their pathways as lifelong learners.