Creating Inquiry Projects with Primary Resources and iPads 

2013-2014

 

 

 

The "Creating Inquiry Projects with Primary Resources and iPads" is a yearlong project that will pair up teachers and librarians with the primary goal being to increase student achievement through inquiry based learning using primary resources found on the Library of Congress website and at the UB Anderson Gallery. 

The project will kick off with a three-day workshop series (August 19-21, 2013) that will introduce teachers to the digital resources found on the Library of Congress website and the vast collection of artifacts found in the Cravens exhibit at the UB Anderson gallery.  Additionally, we will create a student—centered inquiry based project that focuses on Common Core Standards that will be used with your students in the 2013-14 school year.  These projects will incorporate various technologies including web 2.0 resources and iPads (Having iPads are not necessary for participation in the project).  Teachers from all subject areas are welcome to participate in this exciting project however; emphasis will be placed on English and Social Studies this year. 

The Library of Congress will fund stipends for teachers and librarians that participate in this project through a grant provided by Waynesburg University.  This grant will allow Education Collaborative of Western New York to give teachers and librarians stipends that will range between $400- $600 per person.  To receive the full stipend, participants would be required to take part in the three-day workshop series,complete a inquiry based lesson, and participate in the yearlong project.  Participation in the yearlong aspect of this project would require teachers and librarians to: 1. Use their inquiry project with students, 2. Continue communication with the group throughout the school year, and 3. Participate in a culminating event that would allow students to share their projects with each other.

 


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Teachers Lesson Plans and Student Work

 

TPS Student Symposium 2014 

 

 

Summer Workshop Series

 

1. Introduction to the Library of Congress Web Resources

Monday, August 19th, 2013

8:00AM- 12:00PM

Location: Nichols School: Center 63 Lecture Hall

Facilitators: Susan Allen and Eric Yarwood

Day one of the workshop series will focus on discovering the vast amount of resources found on the Library of Congress website.  We will also begin to explore methods to integrate inquiry instruction into your curriculum and various ways to analyze primary resources.

 

2. Using REAL Artifacts in Instruction

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

8:00AM- 12:00PM

Location: UB Anderson Gallery

Facilitators: Susan Allen and Eric Yarwood

Day two will shift gears from digital resources to physical resources found in the Cravens Exhibit at the UB Anderson Gallery.  We will take time to analyze actual artifacts and discuss how they can play a role in your curriculum.  We will also begin work on your student-centered inquiry project.


3. Creating Student-Centered Inquiry Projects

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

8:00AM- 12:00PM

Location: Nichols School: Mitchel Hall T-Lab (second floor)

Facilitators: Susan Allen and Eric Yarwood

Day three will focus on the project that you decide to create for student use.  We will tie together digital and physical resources to create a student- centered inquiry project.  You will also be introduced to the TPS Teachers Network, where teachers will be asked to post progress with your project throughout the year.