Inquiry-Based Learning and 5Ds Framework

Inquiry-based approach to learning emphasises the importance of developing thinking and problem solving skills in students. As a learner-centered approach, inquiry-based approach leads students to ask questions and to use these questions as their guide in gathering and processing data they find. The gathered data is then used to solve problems and generate conclusions.

Inquiry-based learning takes several forms: analysis, problem solving, discovery and creative activities. In all these forms, teachers may guide the learners or may even let them freely explore the problems they have and to solve them on their own.

Inquiry-based approach empowers students as they use their own questions as drivers to their learning. Teachers facilitates the learning activities, often times providing effective and efficient feedback as learners progress through the various learning activities.

A lesson or unit that follows a inquiry-based approach can take advantage of the use of tech tools during the questioning, investigation, problem solving, and learning demonstration phases. The 5Ds Framework can support a meaningful and purposeful use of tech tools in these different phases. The key stages (Dip-Deepen-Do-Distribute) of 5Ds Framework fits well with the various phases of inquiry based-learning. The Discern stage wonderfully reminds the teacher to create opportunities for the giving of feedback to the learners as the lesson proceeds and the learners progresses.

Take a look at this sample unit plan that uses both the 5Ds Framework and Inquiry-based learning to create authentic, independent, and student-centred learning experiences: More Fun in Visayas Islands: An Inquiry and Investigation.



Engage with Your Audience: Q&A Google Slides Feature

Presenting in front of an audience has gone better and more interactive! Well, this is so if you have been using or planning to use Google Slides the next time you speak up on the stage, in front of your classroom, or in an auditorium.


Several weeks ago, Google Apps for Education’s Slides has been updated with a Question and Answer feature that allows audience to post or ask questions to the speaker while the presentation is going on. Of course, the speaker, using Google Slides, should allow the audience to post and send in questions. Once allowed, a shorten url link will appear on top of the presentation, which the audience can use to be able to send in their questions.

In the classroom, this can be a great tool to facilitate a more interactive discussion or exchange of ideas between the students and the teacher.


Here are the steps in using the Q&A feature in Google Slides:


1. Click “Presenter View” to use the Q&A feature with speaker notes.



2. The Presenter View looks like the screen shot below.



3. Click “On” to enable Q&A during the presentation. Questions will appear once audience send in their queries.



4. Audience view: Shorten URL link to where they can post questions appears on top of the presentation.



5. Once questions are sent in, speaker has the option to show the question during the presentation. If shown, it will be flashed as part of the presentation. Hide option is also available.

PV Question Shown


6. Additional feature! Laser pointer!