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Inquiry based learning with Google docs and Facebook

.Level (age of students)
First and second year of SE (students 17-18 year old)

.Discipline/subject
Geography

.Category of the tool
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.Tool/resources
Google document and Facebook

.Language of the tool or resource
Finnish, English

.Purpose of use
The tools were used in a blended learning setting to learn process writing. The pupils used Google docs for collecting a handbook/guide of ecology. Facebook was used within the working groups, the wall and FB chat was used for communication, and the chat also for processing the knowledge. The teacher wrote all the instructions in FB's documents section, and students' questions were answered on the wall by the teacher.

.Way of use (as individual or group activity; tasks; etc.)
The pedagogical setting was inquiry-based collaborative learning, where the teacher was not teaching but guiding the pupils. The aim was to create new knowledge collaboratively and the tools were used within the working groups of pupils. Pupils saved in Facebook group's picture folder some charts and diagrams useful for the assignment.

.Learn2Learn competencies
Self-assessment
Thinking, problem solving and decision making
Communication (reading and writing)
Collaboration

.Advantages of such a use for Transition. Innovative use
Material of different medias was easy to collect in one place (text, videos, pictures, and links). The Facebook group was very easy to create. It was possible to run the course as blended learning and pupils got the opportunity to work outside the school building and study hours. Students' skills of giving and receiving peer feedback got better and formerly poorly performed pupils improved their performance. Pupils could upload the final guide in their ePortfolio. Pupils' view: it was very motivating and affected the quality of work when receiving feedback from peers and the teacher during the writing process. The teacher asked pupils to keep a studying and learning diary. The teacher used diaries to find out each pupil's input in the assignment. Practicing the autonomous and inquiry-based learning approach in SE makes it easier to use these methods in HE, where they are needed.

.Disadvantages of such a use
In the beginning of the learning process the pupils did not know where to start and the quality of collected material varied a lot. The teacher needed to guide them towards critical use of different information sources and how to divide the material in groups. Pupils' view: when the learning happens in FB, there is a temptation to see what your other friends (not in the study group) are posting concerning the leisure time.

.Link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycDbxIEYgH4