Technology and The Art of Helping Students Ask Good Questions

Abstract:

Picasso once said, "Computers are useless, they give answers (never questions)." This challenging observation suggests that the process of inquiry is uniquely human, and amazingly powerful .In fact, this is true. Inquiry drives our quest for learning, at almost every age, and in every subject. However, computers are not useless in this task. They can play a useful (if subservient) role, supporting both the formulation and the answering of interesting questions. This presentation explores the inquiry process as a vehicle for developing understanding in any subject through inquiry and a demonstration of modern technologies used in support of finding good questions whose answers will help students gain mastery of any subject being taught.

Topics covered include:
Why questions are powerful motivators for learning
What distinguishes inquiry from other kinds of questions
Characteristics of interesting questions
The role of content in formulating questions
Using technology in an inquiry-driven environment

Presentation type... keynote or breakout session
Audience................ all - any platform
Duration................. 1 hour to 1 day workshop
Handouts................ no

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