Enhancing Inquiry Based Instruction through Web 2.0 and Gaming
Abstract: Inquiry based instruction is an accepted practice in science education. Models such as the 5E approach have long been used in classrooms at all levels of education. As we seek to integrate the ever-emerging technologies into classroom practice care must be taken to make sure that we are building on what is known about teaching and learning. This paper is a report describing the use of a Google Map interface and game structure within the learning cycle format to introduce students to concepts in heat transfer. Feedback and interaction are crucial aspects of the inquiry learning and this paper focuses on how Web 2.0 tools and gaming dovetail with inquiry based instruction.