Inquiry & Web 2.0

Jamie Winchell | LIS 725 | February 9, 2015 | SLMP Roundtable Session

Abridged Introduction

Inquiry and Web 2.0 are a natural fit because they both emphasize collaboration and active learning. Student engagement is piqued when the focus is on real-life skills and problems. Working and collaborating with peers is also a complement to comprehension and critique of content knowledge. Teacher librarians should leverage inquiry and Web 2.0 tools to equip students with technological and intellectual tools to meet the challenges of 21st century and lifelong learning.


Inquiry-based learning has a long history and has been molded into many models and frameworks, but questions and student construction of learning are at its essence. Authentic learning, after all, starts with curiosity and wonder. As we do when we encounter information in the real world, students engaged in an inquiry-based learning process will begin with questions, and then will investigate, explore and evaluate resources, synthesize information to make new meaning, and finally will share and reflect on that learning. This is rarely a linear process but is rather recursive and cyclical; learners go back and forth between phases of inquiry learning to pursue new questions and new directions. The goal with inquiry-based learning is to arrive at new understandings. It is essential that teacher librarians model inquiry at all stages by sharing their thinking aloud, voicing their curiosity, questioning bias, and noting moments that cause them to wonder.

More on Stripling's Model of Inquiry can be found here and here.

WEB 2.0

Web 2.0 tools are dynamic, user-centered online resources in which creation, sharing, socializing, and collaborating are central. Web 2.0 tools are emerging all the time and pervade many aspects of work, citizenship, and daily life. Students today must be effective critics and builders of information in the 21st century. They must be able to strategically weed through and capably evaluate a glut of online information and create and share new products in order to inform, persuade, and explain their own understanding. Via blogging, tagging, wikis, user ratings and comments, video and photo sharing, social bookmarking, microblogging, social networking, and endless other Web 2.0 platforms, teacher librarians can engage students in inquiry-based learning (and other pedagogical approaches) in locating, evaluating, creating, sharing, and reflecting.

This lovely image of Web 2.0 resources can be found here.

See SLJ's School Technology Survey here.

Annotated Abridged Bibliography

My handout and resources are available here.


I will post questions in the stream. Please utilize this online space in addition to our face-to-face conversation for sharing and exploring ideas.

Comment Stream

3 years ago

what are your favorite web 2.0 tools?

3 years ago

iMovie and iMovie book trailers

3 years ago

what do you wonder about? what do you want to learn about? (you yourself, right now)