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Inquiry learning

The inquiry phases referred to below come from:

Information skills in the school New South Wales Department of Education and Communities


Inquiry phaseTitleDescription

DefiningBubbl.usBrainstorming and mind mapping tool
LinoSticky note – good for brainstorming
MindmeisterOnline mind mapping software
Poll EverywhereK12 student response system – ask a question…get a response.
SpiderscribeOnline mind mapping and brainstorming tool
StixyOnline bulletin board – also a collaborative sharing environment.
StormboardStormboard is an online brainstorming and collaboration platform. The name comes from a combination of brainstorm and whiteboard.
TED-EdEducation talks that can be used as a stimulus to engage students in the inquiry process.
Text2MindMapCreates a mind map using text.
YoutubeVideos that can be used as a stimulus to engage students in the inquiry process.
Padlet (Wallwisher)Build a wall and then post notes.
SocrativeSmart student response system that allows the teacher to interact with the students – quizzes, games, exercises. Good for pre-assessment, collecting background knowledge & reflection.
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Explore
Locating
CompfightA Flickr search tool – an image search enginehttp://compfight.com/
DuckDuckGoEasy to use search tools for students.http://duckduckgo.com/
GoGooligans.comA safe search tool for ‘kids & teens’ – educational / academic search engine.http://www.lures.info/childrens_search/gogooligans.html
InfotopiaA K-12 search engine.http://www.infotopia.info/
InstaGrokPresents your topic in an interactive visual display – interactive concept map formathttp://www.instagrok.com/
KidtopiaSearch engine for elementary / primary students, especially suitable for PK-3.http://www.kidtopia.info/
PhotobucketPhotos and videos in copyright-friendly environment.http://beta.photobucket.com/
Quintura for kidsVisual search enginehttp://quinturakids.com/
Search-cubeSearches for images, videos and/or web pages and then presents it the links as a visual cube.http://search-cube.com
Simple WikipediaAn simple online encyclopedia – great to help students develop background knowledge.http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
SlimeKidsSearch engines for kids – top 20 engines / directories.http://www.slimekids.com/search-engines/
WikiSummarizerPresents search results as a visual map, a list or word cloud.http://www.wikisummarizer.com/
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Identify
Defining
INFOhioOhio Department of Education site to support teachershttp://go.infohio.org/
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Gather
Selecting / Organising
CompfightA Flickr search tool – an image search enginehttp://compfight.com/
DiigoCollete and organise anything – capture, store, tag, recall and share.http://www.diigo.com/
EvernoteA space where you can capture your notes, web clips, files, images. Collect your information into the one single place. You can also share and collaborate.http://evernote.com/
LinoSticky notehttp://en.linoit.com/
NetvibesA personalised publishing platform that can capture everything you want to share.http://www.netvibes.com/en
PearltreeThis is a visual and collaborative space that lets you collect, organise and share information.http://www.pearltrees.com/
PhotobucketPhotos and videos in copyright-friendly environment.http://beta.photobucket.com/
Pics4LearningA safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.http://www.pics4learning.com/
PolldaddyCreate surveys, polls, quizzes and collect the responses.http://polldaddy.com/
QR codesProvide easy access to information resources, pathfinders, websites and other tools that support your students’ learning and classroom programs.http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
ScoopItContent curation that brings together a collection of website, articles, blogs, videos that are useful when exploring a topic.http://www.scoop.it/
sitehooverA place where you can store all your favourite web sites.http://www.sitehoover.com/en/
SpiderscribeOnline mind mapping and brainstorming tool that lets you organise your ideas by connecting notes, files, etc.http://www.spiderscribe.net/
StixyOnline bulletin board – also a collaborative sharing environment.http://www.stixy.com/
Survey MonkeyDesign your surveys, collect the responses and analyse the results.http://www.surveymonkey.com/
Padlet (Wallwisher)Build a wall and then post your note taking, sort and organise.http://padlet.com/
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Create / Share
Presenting
AnimotoCreate simple video slide shows – add pictures, text, select music and create.http://animoto.com/
AudacityAudio recording and editing program that lets you mix, record and edit sounds.http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
AudioBooAllows you to record and share audio.http://audioboo.fm/
BlabberizeTake a picture and make it talk! Tell a story, share an idea, read a poem….http://blabberize.com/
BloggerA Google tool for creating blogs.http://www.blogger.com
BookbuilderUse this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
easel.lyCreate and share visual ideas online – infographic tool.http://www.easel.ly/
EDUGlogsterCreate interactive posters – online multimedia posters with text, photos, videos, graphics, sound,drawings and more.http://edu.glogster.com/
infogr.amCreate interactive charts and infographicshttp://www.infogr.am/
JingCreate images and videos of what you see on your computer screen and then share.http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
LearnistShare by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain anything.http://learni.st/
LivebindersCollect your resources, organise them and present them.http://www.livebinders.com/
PB WorksPreviously PBwiki – wiki platform.http://www.pbworks.com/
Photo PeachCreate an audio slideshow.http://photopeach.com/
PiktochartCreate engaging presentations from data and information – infographic toolhttp://piktochart.com/
PixorialRather than spending valuable classroom time learning a complicated video editing program, you and your students can now get straight to the project. Whether you want to film your lectures, create exciting presentations, or encourage your students’ creativity by having them shoot, edit and share their own videos, it’s all possible using this super-simple platformhttp://www.pixorial.com/
PixtonPixton introduces the world to Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new patented technology that gives anyone the power to create amazing comics on the web. Browse the subject area examples to see the potential.http://www.pixton.com/schools/overview
PodbeanPodcast hosting.http://www.podbean.com/
PosterousThis is a blogging platform.https://posterous.com/
PreziA dynamic presentation tool that helps you organise, present and share your ideas – zoom out for the overview and zoom in for the detail.http://prezi.com/
ScribeStore documents – doc, ppt, pdf, xls, etc. and share them with others.http://www.scribd.com/
Smilebox Teacher’s ToolboxThe Smilebox Teacher’s Toolbox program is a teacher’s digital companion for creative classroom communication. Teacher’s Toolbox gives teachers at all grade levels an easy and creative way to safely share photos, videos, and classroom updates to students and parents.http://media.smilebox.com/teachers/welcome
StormboardStormboard is an online brainstorming and collaboration platform. The name comes from a combination of brainstorm and whiteboard. Add ideas, photos and videos to a shared online whiteboard.http://stormboard.com/
Storyboard generatorA creative studio space to explore storytelling and the moving image. Students can explore the moving image and create their own digital stories to share with others.http://generator.acmi.net.au/storyboard
TagulTagul is a web service that enables you to create gorgeous tag clouds and embed them on your web page.Includes different shapes to match your words.http://tagul.com/
TwiddlaTwiddla is a real-time online collaboration tool. Its beauty is in its simplicity and accessibility: no plug-ins or downloads, no need to work around complex firewalls, no advanced scheduling. It’s available 24-7 and the only requirement is a computer with an internet connection and a web browser.http://www.twiddla.com/
VimeoShare your videos.http://vimeo.com/
VokiA talking voice character, either computer-generated or your own voice. [Also has a lesson plan database.]http://www.voki.com/
Weebly for educationAn easy way to create a website.http://education.weebly.com/
WikispacesA space where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media. Can save building a web site.http://www.wikispaces.com/
WordleCreate word visuals using the text you enter – suggested as a form of infographic.http://www.wordle.net/
WordPressBlogging platformhttps://wordpress.com/
xtranormalAnimated, narrated movie makerhttp://www.xtranormal.com/
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Evaluate
Assessing
EdmodoSecure social network for classroom and teacher use. Collaborate and share content and ideas.http://www.edmodo.com/
Penzu classroomA classroom journal that you can share with your students.http://penzu.com/content/products/classroom
SocrativeSmart student response system that allows the teacher to interact with the students – quizzes, games, exercises. Good for post-assessment, reflection and check for understanding.http://socrative.com/
VoiceThreadA collaborative, multimedia slideshow that hosts images, videos and documents and allows others to leave comments (voice, text, audio file or video).http://voicethread.com/

Additional resources
Great mind mapping apps for iPad
Scoop.it! — Web tools to support inquiry based learning 
The best of teachers’ web tools by Med Karbach
Web-based version of Bloom’s Taxonomy (30+ digital tools)


Taken from http://eduwebinar.com.au/web-tools-to-support-inquiry-based-learning with the intention of adapting for Primary  NSWDEC classrooms. 

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