Monday, September 9, 2013

Apps for the Inquiry Process

Our school just unrolled the first phase of our 1:1 iPad program tonight.  In preparation of this big event, I spent some time this summer looking into how I could support and guide students through the research process using apps.

It was tougher than I expected to build a list like this....  

Apps come and go.

Opinions vary.
And upgrades can leave a favorite app on the bottom of the heap.

But it was also a lot of fun to read through suggestions, try new apps, and build a chart that includes all phases of the research process.  You are welcome to take it, use it, and share it:

At my school, we follow Kath Murdoch's Inquiry Cycle so I have grouped the apps according to the steps of that model.  But I think they can easily be adapted to other models. 

My simple hope in sharing this is that I get you thinking about which apps you use with students during the research process.

And let's keep the conversation going...

Because apps come and go

Technology evolves.
But the need to be able to locate, evaluate, and use information will continue.

What would you add to the list?


  1. What grades is this geared toward?

  2. I tried to include a variety of apps that crossed the grades. When I made this, our school was providing iPads 1:1 starting in grade 6-10, so that was who I had in the back of my mind. However, our program has expanded down the grades and many of these apps are accessible at younger levels.