Today I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on using primary sources on the web for inquiry based project. The workshop was led by Phillip Molebash, the Director of Technology at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Many of his comments were familiar to me from my Master’s courses, but I wanted to share a few different sites from the workshops. The workshop was meant for social studies teachers so the content is based on history but the process that he discussed is very relevant to any curricular area.
Webinquiry.org — Describes his projects in detail
Overall the day was well worth my time and got me thinking about inquiry based projects in our district. One thing that Molebash has done is brought together four levels of inquiry. I’m not big on categorizing projects based on such little criteria, but I did find it interesting.
I spent a good bit of the day looking at the Valley of the Shadow site and reading through the letters that Civil War soldiers to their families. Very interesting and very moving. I’ve always been intriqued by the Civil War, but through these primary sources I got a new look at the history behind it. Enjoy.