Inquiry and Transliteracy

What is Inquiry?

"Inquiry is a process of learning that is driven by questioning, thoughtful investigating, making sense of information, and developing new understandings. Inquiry is "cyclical in nature because the result of inquiry is simply not answers but deep understandings that often lead to new questions and further pursuit of knowledge. The goal of inquiry is not the accumulation of information; it is the exploration of significant questions and deep learning" (Stripling, 2008, p.50).

Many inquiry model frameworks exist, but we will be referring to BCTLA's Points Of Inquiry and Alberta Learning's Focus on Inquiry document. Please see below for an interactive framework adapted from Barbara Stripling's model of inquiry.

What is the Connection Between Inquiry and Transliteracy?

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What are examples of Transliterate Teaching and Learning Strategies?

Here is a list of possible teaching and learning strategies that foster transliteracy in schools and libraries. Please add and contribute your thoughts and suggestions to the google doc below.

Where can I find Transliterate Tools and Resources?

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Discover, share, bookmark,collaborate, and annotate transliterate tools and resources.

Explore some of the resources through the tags below.

Framing Inquiry Learning Through Transliteracy Voicethread:

For those people not able to access the Google Doc, or prefer to view information in a more linear fashion was have included some transliterate strategies and resources to support teaching and learning. This has been adapted from BCTLA's Points of Inquiry Document.

CONNECT: Transliterate Strategies and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning

Instructional strategies: brainstorming, mind-mapping, concept-mapping, webbing, KWL(KWHL) charts, logs, anticipation charts, visual organizers, guided imagery, prior knowledge, peer questioning, question stems, think-pair-share, booktalks, illustrating, small group discussions, whole-class discussions

Assessment strategies: learning logs or journals, rubrics, portfolios, charts

Technological tools: Kidspiration or Inspiration, blogs, wikis, Skype, Twitter, GoogleDocs, YouTube,, Moodle, Wordle, Jog the Web, Libguides, Livebinders, Type With Me, Corkboard

INVESTIGATE: Transliterate Strategies and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning:

Instructional Strategies: Note-taking (point-form, two-column, keyword, visual or graphic organizers); Re-Quest (Reciprocal Questioning); group work; evaluation of resources; vocabulary development; school library orientation; effective keyword and other search strategies; journaling

Assessment Strategies: visual organizers, observations, interviews, conferences, portfolios, checklists, charts, rubrics

Technological Tools: Google, GoogleDocs, wikis, Survey Monkey, Pageflakes, Diigo,, Voicethread, Jing

CONSTRUCT: Transliterate Strategies and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning:

Instructional Strategies: idea diagrams, storyboards, and other visual and design skills to arrange, display, and organize information; writing strategies to clarify ideas, like quick writes, paraphrasing, précis, journalling; plagiarism; group strategies to edit, prepare, and practice product for presentation; various “product” formats; planning and outlining; multimedia and/or traditional formats for presentation; Works Cited; essay- writing; criteria for “publishing” (making public) presentations; task assignment and timeline development

Assessment Strategies: anecdotal observations, conferences, checklists, exemplars, rating scales, rubrics

Technological Tools: digital tools to capture, enter, save, retrieve, revise, display, and present information, like GoogleDocs; Edmodo; word processing; spreadsheets; wikis; blogs; email; Skype; Twitter; BibMe; Noodlebib; chat; instant messaging

EXPRESS:Transliterate Strategies and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning:

Instructional Strategies: guidelines for presentation, peer- and self-assessment, audience response; group discussion and/or con-

sensus for rubric development; plagiarism; principles of design; media formats

Assessment Strategies: group-developed rubric; exemplars; portfolios; checklists, rating scales; charts; peer- and self-assessment

Technological Tools: wikis, blogs, Glogster, Prezi, Powerpoint, Animoto, Voicethread, podcasts, digital storytelling

REFLECT: Transliterate Strategies and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning:

Instructional Strategies: journaling, learning log

Assessment Strategies: age-appropriate rubrics; small-group and whole-class feedback; interviews (formative and summative); exit slip

Technological Tools: blogs, wikis, email, Survey Monkey

Questions to Consider:

1. Reflecting on your teaching practice, do you recognize a connection between inquiry learning and transliterate strategies in your methods?

2. Describe an activity, lesson, or project that you believe has been motivated by questions and deeper understanding that have led to new questions and/or extended learning. What modes of communication were utilized in completing the activity?