New Idea Thread Mapper (ITM) supports cross-classroom inquiry and knowledge building

We have recently upgraded Idea Thread Mapper (ITM) as a new generation collaborative platform to better organize and support student-driven knowledge building within each classroom as well as idea interaction across classrooms. ITM includes (a) spaces and tools for online discourse interaction through which students generate deepening questions and ideas; (b) features for inquiry structure creation and visualization to capture emerging inquiry directions and co-organize the online discourse accordingly; and (c) a cross-community space for students from different classrooms to view one another’s inquiry directions and progress and engage in “super talks” to discuss challenging issues across classrooms.  The new ITM is being used by a network of Grade 5 classrooms to investigate core scientific issues and build deep knowledge. See more info here.