Contributed by Zac Brem, Principal of Harry S. Truman Elementary School
Recently while walking on a crowded street with my family we saw a street performer playing what I believed to be a violin. I pointed to the musician and told my son to look at the violin. My father posed the question “Is that a violin or is it a fiddle?” Even though up to that point our conversation was focused on a completely separate topic, our authentic conversation led to inquiry. I quickly fumbled for my Iphone to search the differences between the two instruments.
While I was typing violin and fiddle into the search engine I began to think about the following questions.
- How do we promote authentic conversation among students?
- What strategies can we use to guide our students to inquire about their
How can we effectively use technology to support our conversation and inquiry?