This Ted Talk (2013), given by Shelley Wright from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, provides insight into inquiry based learning in the truest form. She details a project her students initiated after identifying a problem, which started a chain of events culminating in actions where the students influenced true and meaningful change. While this resource does not relate to the role of digital technology and inquiry learning, it is an excellent resource to get teachers excited about inquiry and to see the great potential of inquiry within the classroom.
This link will take you to the General Capabilities section from the Australian Curriculum, which plays a significant role in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the 21st Century (Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority, 2017). By exploring these capabilities, teachers will gain access to learning continuas, key ideas, descriptions and elaborations that will support their professional practice in both digital pedagogy and inquiry learning. Particular focus should go to the areas of 'ICT Capability' and 'Critical and Creative Thinking'.
This article (2016) STEM the Boredom: Engage Students in the Australian Curriculum Using ICT with Problem-Based Learning and Assessment, by Christopher Paul Newhouse, focuses on the need for a change to better develop knowledge and skills within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms. It discusses how this change should be supported through the use of digital technologies, as well as links to authentic assessment tasks and problem solving. Newhouse (2016) states, "Learning activities need to support students to integrate knowledge and skills across discipline areas in tackling real problems." While this resource is predominately focused on STEM rather than inquiry, it provides essential information on the skills required to be a 21st Century Learner.
The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning is an open access journal that publishes research related to all aspects of problem-based learning. Using the search function, a variety of information is readily available for anyone wishing to further their knowledge. A simple search of the word, 'digital' in the search function, immediately produced the latest research relevant to developing pedagogy around digital technologies and problem-based learning. This is a fantastic resource that allows teachers to take learning into their own hands and explore any facet of problem-based learning that they desire.
Andrew Marcinek, the Director of Technology and EducatorU.org, writes passionately here about the richness of learning that comes from allowing students to be in charge of their own learning and guide, not only what they learn, but how they learn and the end product. This article has been published through Edutopia which allows access from this site to a range of professional articles on project based learning and inquiry learning. By browsing the topics or by completing an in-site search, teacher's have access to a variety of articles and videos that promote the pedagogy of inquiry learning and digital technologies. This is a great article to make teachers excited, but also a great site to explore for further research.
This book, written by Teresa Coffman in 2009, brings together the topic of inquiry learning and technology by providing theoretical knowledge, practical examples and assessment practices. It is an excellent guide for anyone wishing to learn more about the importance of embedding inquiry learning and digital technology in the classroom and is written in informal language making it easily accessible.
David Hutchins, an industry professional, discusses here a report released in February 2017, on "how schools are using extensive projects and real-world teaching methods to increase student engagement, skills development and problem-solving techniques" (Hutchins, 2017). This resource provides links to the report, which is available for free for CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) members, as well as provides links to schools that demonstrate this connection between inquiry pedagogy and digital technologies. While this is an American article, that does not take away from the relevance of the information it contains, and is applicable to an Australian context. Hutchins (2017) states, "If your school is embarking on a project or problem based learning program, the CoSN report is a great tool for getting started," making it a great resource for anyone wishing to learn more on how to creating meaningful collaboration between pedagogy and information technology.
This resource from 2013, was produced after the Commonwealth Government announced the formation of a Digital Education Advisory Group, made up IT experts, and leading education professionals (Good Education Group, 2017). It lays the foundations in explaining the connection between digital technologies and inquiry learning and outlines a number of key findings on digital education, in order to "support new approaches to innovative learning, centred around the development of 21st Century Learning skills" (Digital Advisory Education Group, 2013). One of the key recommendations focuses on developing teachers' skills on the use of digital technologies to support inquiry-based learning, making it a valuable resources for educational leaders.