From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K-5
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From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K-5

From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K-5

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“In an era where personalized learning has often come to be associated with isolated one-to-one device technology, we thirst for this personal, constructivist, collaborative approach to digital inquiry.” —Stephanie Harvey

From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K–5 reveals the powerful learning that results when you integrate purposeful technology into a classroom culture that values curiosity and deep learning. The centerpiece of this practical guide is Personal Digital Inquiry (PDI), a framework developed by Julie Coiro and implemented in classrooms by her co-authors, Elizabeth Dobler and Karen Pelekis. Clear, detailed examples offer ideas for K-5 teachers and school librarians to support their teaching.

Personal emphasizes the significance of the personal relationship between teachers and students, and the role that students have in the learning process.

Digital reflects the important role that digital texts and tools have come to play in both learning and teaching with inquiry.

Inquiry lies at the core of PDI, because learners grow and change with opportunities to identify problems, generate personal wonderings, and engage in collaborative dialogue, making learning relevant and lasting.

From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K–5 shows you how to integrate inquiry with a range of digital tools and resources that will create a dynamic classroom for both you and your students.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625311566
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 472,902
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Julie Coiro has taught for 30 years, first with PreK–8 students and now, as a professor of reading and digital literacy at the University of Rhode Island. Julie conducts research in online inquiry and works with educators to support their understanding of digital inquiry as part of comprehension strategy instruction.

Elizabeth Dobler has been an educator for thirty-three years, in the roles of an elementary classroom teacher, library media specialist, resource center director, and university professor.

Karen Pelekis has been an elementary school educator for more than 20 years and is currently a first-grade teacher at Greenacres School in Scarsdale, NY. For the past ten years, she has created a digital inquiry curriculum to teach her young students.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephanie Harvey ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Why Inquiry? 1

Why Personal Digital Inquiry? 2

Why Write a Book About Planning for Inquiry? 3

How Is This Book Organized? 4

What Questions Guide Our Learning? 5

Part I Building An Understanding Of Personal Digital Inquiry Practices, One Layer At A Time 7

Chapter 1 Understanding Personal Digital Inquiry 9

Inquiry Is a Natural Part of Learning 9

What Is Personal Digital Inquiry? 11

Curiosity is the Foundation of Personal Digital Inquiry 14

Building a Culture of Inquiry 16

Chapter 2 Varying Levels of Supported Inquiry 20

Understanding the Levels of inquiry in Practice 21

Scaffolding Levels of inquiry Experiences over Time 24

Designing Opportunities for Agency 28

Tailoring Digital Inquiry Practices to Match Your Students' Needs 31

Chapter 3 Laying the Foundation for Personal Digital Inquiry 32

Cultural Forces for Grounding Personal Digital inquiry 34

Cultural Forces for Growing Persona! Digital Inquiry 35

Beginning with Self-Reflection to Guide Your Personal Digital Inquiry Practices 37

Where Should You Focus Your Energy First? 42

Using the PDI Self Reflection Tool 43

Beth's Personal Digital Inquiry Self-Reflection 47

Karen's Personal Digital Inquiry Self-Reflection 48

Chapter 4 The Nuts And Bolts Of Creating A Culture Of Inquiry 49

Preparing and Managing the learning Environment 50

Developing Foundational Skills and Routines 55

Working with Texts, Tools, and Technologies 61

Chapter 5 Teaching With Intent To Promote Learning With Intent 67

Teaching with Intent 67

Learning with Intent 72

Pulling it All Together 77

One Step at a Time 79

Chapter 6 Planning For Personal Digital Inquiry 80

Use the Persona! Digital Inquiry Planning Guide to Organize Your Plans 83

Set Expectations for Learning and Teaching 85

Plan Authentic Opportunities for Personal Digital Inquiry 96

Make Purposeful Choices About Digital and Nondigital Texts and Tools 98

Expand Your Toolbox of Digital Resources 109

Digital Texts to Enrich Knowledge Building 109

Digital Tools to Enhance Knowledge Expression and Creation 112

Part II Integrating Personal Digital Inquiry Into Teaching And Learning 113

Chapter 7 Personal Digital Inquiry Planning In Action 115

Personal Digital Inquiry in Fourth Grade 116

Setting the Context 116

Key Expectations for Teaching and Learning 120

Scaffolds and Resources to Support Personal Digital Inquiry in the Media Center 123

Reflections and Next Steps 128

Personal Digital Inquiry in First Grade 129

Setting the Context 129

Key Expectations for Teaching and Learning 134

Integrating Outside Resources to Support Personal Digital Inquiry in the Classroom 139

Reflections and Next Steps 141

Chapter 8 Intentional Practices To Foster Personal Digital Inquiry 143

Keeping Authenticity and Flexibility at the Forefront 144

Teaching How to Wonder & Discover 145

Teaching How to Collaborate & Discuss 153

Teaching How to Create &Take Action 160

Teaching How to Analyze & Reflect 170

Chapter 9 Implementing Personal Digital Inquiry-Stories From The Field 181

Personal Digital Inquiry in Kindergarten-Animals and Habitats 181

Personal Digital Inquiry in Fourth Grade-Tornadoes 193

Personal Digital Inquiry in First Grade-Open Inquiry 203

Afterword: Looking Back and Thinking Ahead 215

Appendix A Digital Considerations 220

Appendix B Personal Digital Inquiry Planning Guide 222

Appendix C Digital Tools Mentioned in This Book 223

Appendix D Digital Texts Mentioned in This Book with Uses Across Grade Levels 224

Appendix E Personal Digital Inquiry Self-Reflection Tool 226

Appendix F Personal Digital Inquiry Questioning Tool 229

References 231

Index 237

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