How can intermediate teachers guide effective personalized inquiry projects that develop 21st century skills?
Watford, Lindsey C
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As teachers strive to align their practices with the Big Ideas and Core Competencies of the recently updated BC curriculum, they are increasingly exploring ways to help meet curricular requirements. My intention for this project was to combine three elements -- inquiry learning with a focus on essential questions, use of technology to personalize learning and benefits of gamification -- in a unique way to address my critical challenge question: How can intermediate teachers guide effective personalized inquiry projects that develop 21st century skills? I created a website called Mission Inquiry, presenting digital gameboard missions with lessons on how to create essential questions and progress through inquiry stages, ideas for research and presentation, and assessment rubrics aligned with current guidelines for the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public School District. Everything created has the flexibility to be adapted to meet the needs of both teachers and students. The site was designed using Google applications (G Suite), with data collection via a Google form questionnaire. Overall feedback for the Mission Inquiry website was very positive. Limitations for implementing Mission Inquiry revolve around individual technical skill level, confidence in using technology, and understanding the inquiry process for both teachers and students. Future research is needed on the value of blending of inquiry, technology and gamification to effectively engage students.