Proposal Title InquiryCast's Expanded Research in Southeastern Kentucky
Category Information Technology and Communications
Abstract The purpose of this proposed study is to expand the research and development for an emerging student learning and assessment technology platform within Kentucky’s federally designated Promise Zone. Inquiry Technologies proposes to test and measure the effectiveness on STEM learning among rural students for an existing digital capture toolset (InquiryCast™), and develop a Teacher Feedback Module that utilizes similar technology to provide guidance to students in a format that includes audio input, desktop annotations, and real-time screen captures which are viewable on most every electronic device that has a display screen. Our preliminary research has shown that student engagement with our technology helps focus attention and provides a means to think out loud about complexities associated with computer-based activities. Our research-based technology helps develop inquiry practices, promotes self-reflection, encourages critical thinking, and heightens student motivation. It is our contention that enabling teachers with similar tools will improve the quality of feedback provided to students that ultimately leads to even higher gains in learning. The opportunity provided by this SBIR matching funds grant will allow our research efforts to continue with 8th grade science students while adding both elementary and high school classrooms – settings where the technology has yet to be tested in. This opportunity will involve research within a school district that serves a remote town, which represents another first for research efforts. Each research setting will test the InquiryCast universal student assessment tool (developed with NSF funding), the Teacher Feedback Module (developed with USDA funding), and generate Digital Progress Reports designed to increase communication and participation among all parties involved with a student’s educational development. Findings from this expanded study will help direct development efforts, maximize the learning potential, and improve the efficiency of Inquiry Technologies LLC’s patent-pending learning platform as it moves towards full development and commercialization.
Amount Awarded $99,995
Keywords rural development, teacher feedback, NGSS, STEM, screencast, digital capture, authentic assessment, science practices, InquiryCast, Digital Progress Report, Teacher Feedback Module, inquiry learning, discovery learning, hands-on science,
Point of Contact Scott Stuckey
[email protected]
Inquiry Technologies, LLC
Location London