While I need to be flexible in employing a variety of learning strategies – I wanted to begin my inquiry with twitter – a medium with which I am quite comfortable. The currency of the #srlcanada hashtag and the depth of contributions, postings, and interactions make this an ideal starting point. Though I’ll need to expand the scope of sources, I am open to this hashtag contributing to my inquiry question – both in requesting help as well as searching for sources to further my inquiry.

I am exploring the links between collaboration and the development of higher order thinking in an inquiry-based classroom. I started by searching for “bloom’s” and “srlcanada”/”srl”/”self-regulated learning” – this did not turn up any significant results. I then looked to “srlcanada” and “collaboration.” Again – nothing significant… so, good old “follow the yellow brick road” reading it is! First of all – there’s a lot of good stuff here. It’s a small, focused twitter group – so the fluff level is quite low – I found myself considering and reading everything attached to the hashtag.

A 2014 tweet shared an article “Harvard wants to know: How does the act of “making” help shape kids’ brains?” – this study looks to the effects of design thinking. By indicating research into the connections between making and brain development, I can look to collaboration in maker education as an entry to my “collaboration-thinking development” question.
It’s not a home run for my inquiry – but this helps me focus my efforts. I wouldn’t have created a strong inquiry question if someone else asked the same question, interpreted the same as I have, and answered it to such a level where my question has been satisfied. I’m still circling high above my question – but the search area is narrowing – and that feels nice.

I love Rob Heinrichs’ post from Jun 25 2013:

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Amen. Again – not related to my question, but related to my interest in this topic and course… this work is turning out to be very useful in my professional and personal development.

I settled on using the #srlcanada hashtag as well as the #mbedchat hashtag (which is a regular twitter chat in which I participate) to ask for evidence (anecdotal or research-supported) to connect collaborative learning to the development of higher order thinking: @SPGiesbrecht

UPDATE: A fellow Winnipegger saw my post and sent me an email with 5 resources related to my inquiry. See my SRL Resources post for a detailed list of the resources used.