Purpose of Online
The vision of
Bellingham School District is that the learning community will be
technologically literate life-long learners. Learners will be able to
interact successfully in a technological environment to achieve their
personal, educational, and workplace goals. They will skillfully use
technology to access, retrieve and use information school-wide, community-wide,
nationally, and internationally.
collaborative online investigations were developed in order to
meet this vision of technology. The investigations are based
on both the Washington
State Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS) and the Bellingham
Public Schools Essential Student Learning Goals.
The Research Cycle
always begins with a central or essential question based upon a lifelike
situation that students may encounter. The goal for students is to
make a decision or solve a problem relating to the question posed.
There are many models
available for information literacy. Bellingham uses Jamie McKenzie’s Research
Cycle as the
model for these projects.
The research cycle
steps include questioning, planning, gathering, sorting & sifting,
synthesizing, evaluating and reporting. Steps of the research cycle are the
basis for these online investigations.
Rubrics, and Other Resources
use the following resources to create projects:
for all levels:
Projects that you may wish to use with your students are available at: