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How can you use technology in your elementary science instruction to help children in their inquiries?

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Thank you for submitting your questions to BrainMass! Below you will find information that is intended to broaden your understanding of how you can integrate technology into the elementary science classroom in ways that help children in their inquiries. If you need more information, please let me know.

I have outlined some different strategies you might consider and have included resources at the bottom. You will notice they are numbered and correlate with each point. My suggestion would be to consider this as you look at the examples provided at the links below. Essentially, the technology is simply a tool that should provide answers or results from them to synthesize or summarize and not just an added activity. Best of luck on completing your assignment!

How can you use technology in your elementary science instruction to help children in their inquiries?

There are many barriers to using technology or inquiry-based learning in the classroom. However, research suggests it is these authentic investigations that create a more learner-centered environment and deepen students' understandings of science concepts. 6

One example is to use WebQuests with students
➢ "A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web." 1
➢ The technology is an online project in the form of a web page or a series of web pages that guide students in an engaging and interesting inquiry.
➢ What's important about this process is that it subscribes to the philosophy of Lev Vygotsky that learning is social. 2 WebQuests are usually performed in teams where each student has to research a particular component and then synthesize with the rest of the team.
➢ This process helps put students in charge of their own learning and when complete, they have a deeper knowledge of a topic or ...

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Essentially, the technology is simply a tool that should provide answers or results from them to synthesize or summarize and not just an added activity.

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