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The international submissions of student-inquiry learning is beginning to appear in the various posting places on the website. Now that we have people participating…it is time to start the collaboration process.

Step #1: Read the wonderful work submitted by any of the eKWIP educators, and locate a piece of their project that “triggers” a teachable moment with your students.

Step #2: Contact your global partner and let him/her know that his/her work was “rich” enough in content that it “triggered” a lesson across the globe.

Step #3: Present the teachable moment to the students and let it “trigger” wonder and excitement in their minds. This type of “trigger” should naturally inspire student-inquiry lessons in your classroom.

Step #4: Please share these new responses with your new international colleague so that they can see that the learning process they initiated is being used to inspire others.

Step #5: Harvest the various learning artifacts that result from your student sessions. These lessons are not the end…they may be the beginning for another educator in the eKWIP community.

Modeling Example:

I was inspired by the works of Dr. Rashmi Jamwal and her students as they created the profile of “Himachal Pradesh.” The water conservation study is comprehensive and shows a beautiful blend of student-inquiry learning and meaning construction. The section on pollution “triggered” a teachable moment with my students.

The environmental and political debate surrounding the safety of the drilling in the Marcellus shale formation in the western edge of our state has inspired my students for the better part of two months. We are currently working with understanding the chemical process of “hydraulic fracking” to harvest natural gas in the shale formations under our state, Pennsylvania. Through research we found out that the same type of shale formation is found under parts of Northern India. What impact will this invasive process have on drinking water? The problem is that people don’t understand the process and its impact on the environment.

In fact, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released a fracking study yesterday about the detrimental impact of “fracking” on local water supplies. My students are taking the academic position of a poetic scientists as they promote awareness by capturing the impact of this manmade pollutant in verse. Their finished poems will be submitted to the local Scholastic Writing contest for 2011-12. We have contacted our international research partner Dr. Jamwal to determine if “fracking” is being used in India, and the potential impact on their water systems.

Global collaboration allows learning to trigger more learning as humankind attempts to solve the myriad of problems that plague modern society.

P.S. The eKWIP website is playing host to a wonderful new demonstration video created by our partners over at LogicBay. Make sure to visit our homepage and take a quick tour of our innovative initiative. We can be found on the Internet at

Gregory M. McGough, M.Ed.

CII Chief Academic Officer