From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K–5 reveals the powerful learning that results when you integrate purposeful technology into a classroom culture that values curiosity and deep learning. The centerpiece of this practical guide is Personal Digital Inquiry (PDI), a framework developed by Julie Coiro and implemented in classrooms by her co-authors, Elizabeth Dobler and Karen Pelekis. Clear, detailed examples offer ideas for K-5 teachers and school librarians to support their teaching.
Personal emphasizes the significance of the personal relationship between teachers and students, and the role that students have in the learning process.
Digital reflects the important role that digital texts and tools have come to play in both learning and teaching with inquiry.
Inquiry lies at the core of PDI, because learners grow and change with opportunities to identify problems, generate personal wonderings, and engage in collaborative dialogue, making learning relevant and lasting.
From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K–5 shows you how to integrate inquiry with a range of digital tools and resources that will create a dynamic classroom for both you and your students.
About the Author
Julie Coiro has taught for 30 years, first with PreK–8 students and now, as a professor of reading and digital literacy at the University of Rhode Island. Julie conducts research in online inquiry and works with educators to support their understanding of digital inquiry as part of comprehension strategy instruction.
Elizabeth Dobler has been an educator for thirty-three years, in the roles of an elementary classroom teacher, library media specialist, resource center director, and university professor.
Karen Pelekis has been an elementary school educator for more than 20 years and is currently a first-grade teacher at Greenacres School in Scarsdale, NY. For the past ten years, she has created a digital inquiry curriculum to teach her young students.
“In an era where personalized learning has often come to be associated with isolated one-to-one device technology, we thirst for this personal, constructivist, collaborative approach to digital inquiry.” —Stephanie Harvey