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Inquiry and INFOhio: Sharing Information

Author // Mary Rowland Friday, 05 April 2019

Sharing Information

As students share information, they transform into educators and advocates. Research and inquiry have real-world implications, and when students share their work with an authentic audience, they begin to see the connection between the content learned in the classroom within the context of their community and world. The sharing dimension of inquiry focuses on how students share what they have learned. Barbara Stripling refers to this as the “express” phase of the inquiry process, but the definition is clear. Students apply their new understanding to a new context and express the ideas they learned by sharing that learning with others (Stripling). Authenticity is a critical component of active inquiry, as the product or presentation created should have an authentic audience.

To have the most significant impact on student learning, sharing information is defined by a set of skills students demonstrate as they navigate this part of the inquiry process.

  • Creativity: In a digital environment it’s easy for students to fall into the trap of compiling links into a presentation tool. As we are reminded in Teaching Students to Think in the Digital Environment it is important to challenge our students to go beyond the simple “presentation” and create an original work or product that meets the needs of their audience (Stripling). By doing so, students demonstrate creativity by designing and developing a product that best conveys their message to the audience.
  • Collaboration: Collaboration skills are inherent in this part of the inquiry process as students may have to work together to develop the best product to share their collective learning with their audience. Stripling indicates that learning is deepened through a collaborative effort to create and present original work. Even students who are shy or reluctant benefit from the deeper learning gained through the collaborative process of creating, revising, editing, and sharing.
  • Communication: By having an authentic audience for their work, students learn to communicate constructive criticism that will help them improve their work before unveiling it to a broader audience. Fueled by the opportunity to share their work with an authentic audience, students engage in iterative thinking by testing their product, seeking feedback, and making revisions.

INFOhio Resources on Sharing Information

Sharing Information in Practice

Technology provides us with new tools to facilitate the sharing of information in our classrooms. Let INFOhio help you transform student learning! Here are some tools and resources we have curated to support and facilitate meaningful experiences for students to share their learning.

Cultivate creativity with digital tools from How do I create my project? in GO! Ask, Act, Achieve. Teach argumentative writing by asking students to create a public service announcement. Share student-created videos on your school web page.

Collaboration includes learning conflict resolution, delegating responsibilities, and project planning. Use these resources from How do I work with others in a group? in GO! Ask, Act, Achieve to support your students as they build collaboration and communication skills. 


Sharing information may be the most intimidating part of the inquiry process, but there is an intrinsic value in overcoming a challenge that cannot be learned through a textbook. In “Student Inquiry and Web 2.0,” Berger reminds us of the importance of sharing: “When students create their own media, they are active participants in their own learning; their interest and motivation increases because they are in control of their learning.” Through access to authentic audiences and creating opportunities for student ownership, we can increase the effectiveness of learning far beyond the classroom.

How do you support your students as they share information during the inquiry process? Follow us on social media and share, tweet, and post how #INFOhioWorks for you and your students!

About the Author

Posted by: Mary Rowland

Mary Rowland is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. A former high school English teacher with 14 years of teaching experience, Mary is an accomplished leader who facilitated professional development in her previous district on integrating web-based tools into the classroom, Google Apps for Education, and writing across the curriculum. During her career, Mary mentored student teachers and served on both the district and building leadership committees. She has earned a BA in English, an MS in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and is a Google Certified Educator Level 2. Mary is passionate about supporting INFOhio’s mission to help Ohio’s educators integrate the tools and resources to strengthen education for Ohio’s students.

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