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The full version of my e-fellows research. The condensed version of my research is here

The video of me talking about inquiry from the edtalks site

The Interface magazine which deals with ICT in learning contains lots of practical ideas and information. Issue 5 2008 has an article on my trips to the Microsoft Innovative Teachers forums in Cambodia and Finland

The April 07 'Computers in New Zealand Schools' issue features articles by some of the 2006 e-fellows including my article on 'Inquiry Learning in an ICT-rich Environment'.

Digital Opportunities Project Research

Opoutere School, along with six other schools (Hikuai, Parawai, Moanataiari, Matatoki, Waitakaruru and Maramarua) were involved in the Kopu Digital Opportunities project from 2005 - 2007. The Digital Opportunities projects were joint partnerships between schools, organizations involved in ICT and the Ministry of Education.  

The main idea behind this particular Digital Opportunities project was to create an atmosphere where the children develop a life long love of learning and to give them transferable skills to be able solve problems throughout their lives. In practice this has meant a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) including wireless laptops with filtered high-speed internet access, interactive digital whiteboards and the KnowledgeNET (an online learning management system) are being used to facilitate implementation of inquiry-based learning. Throughout the project research has been carried out to determine the successes, challenges and effects of the project along with the critical success factors. That research is presented here:

January 2007

Further Growth of a Learning Community

Jan-Marie Kellow

Successes, challenges and effects, along with the critical success factors, at Maramarua and Parawai schools after 18 months.

 

December 2006

Home-School partnerships with KnowledgeNET and Inquiry 

Jan-Marie Kellow

This paper details a pilot programme involving year 5 - 8 students and their parents, which was designed to explore how an online learning management system can be used effectively to support student learning in the home while they were engaged in inquiry-based learning.

December 2005

Case Study of the Growth of a Learning Community

Wayne Howes

Critical success factors in setting up the Kopu Digital Opportunities project in Parawai and Maramarua schools - after 5 months.

November 2005

Kopu Digital Opportunities Case Study Part 2

Malcolm Roberts

Critical Success Factors in setting up the Kopu Digital Opportunities project in the Opoutere, the pilot school - after 6 months.

July 2005

Kopu Digital Opportunities Case study

Malcolm Roberts

Critical Success Factors in setting up the Kopu Digital Opportunities project in the Opoutere, the pilot school  - initial factors.