Important findings can be noted, highlighted and shared with others. This promotes collaboration and the ability to teach others.
The key to success is finding the right Inquiry Questions. They can be as simple as:
• What can you tell me about your observations?
• What did you expect to find and why?
• What evidence do you have to support this?
The only necessary criteria is that they be open-ended. I use the benchmark - can you find that answer with Google? If you can, then the question is not about creating an opportunity for inquiry. Smarter Science has created a question matrix to help frame inquiry questions.
One way I have used this in class to to have students identify the earth's layers.
This type of activity helps students develop their communication skills and the ability to share their observations and results with others. It ties directly into the threads of all curriculum and helps incorporate literacy into the Math, Science and Social Studies curriculum.
This eBook, written as a guide for teachers is a great resource for anyone trying the app Explain Everything in their classroom. It will answer your questions on how to use the app features and options.
This lesson is one of 5 included in my iBook - 5 Inquiry Activities. The iBook can be downloaded for free from iTunes.