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Skill 5: Apply new understanding.

As you have continued your inquiry-based research process, you should have applied critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in a rigorous way in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge. It is now appropriate to create products that express your new understandings through written, spoken, and visual presentation. Depending on the scope of your research task and the expectations of your teacher, you may be able to create products that draw upon a variety of technologies, formats, and media and that explore multiple by merging the arts, visual, musical, dance, and drama.

Regardless of what learning product you create, your product should appropriately communicate your findings to an authentic audience, and it should be interesting, engaging, and applicable to its audience.

Consider the experience an opportunity to develop a sense of ownership, expertise, and pride in your learning.

Skill-builders & Tools
  • Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create
    products that express new understandings

  • Create products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts.

  • Select the presentation/product to effectively communicate and support a purpose, argument, point of view, or interpretation.
  • Express ideas through creative products in a variety of formats.
  • Revise work based on ongoing self-assessment and feedback from teachers and peers.
  • Edit for grammar, language conventions, and style.
  • Cite all sources and use specified citation formats.

Explore several tools you can use for creating learning products that communicate your new understanding, and engage the writing process in order to create your product for an authentic audience:

  • Prewriting
  • Writing
  • Rewriting

Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.

  • Use the most appropriate format to clear communicate ideas to targeted audiences.
  • Assess how tone and choice of language impact content in a range of media.
  • Anlayze how composition and placement influence the message.
  • Apply various technological skills to create performances and products.
  • Emply various strategies for revising and reviewing work.
  • A Research Guide for Students

Building your learning product around an authentic audience will help you to determine the most appropriate form.

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writing process

aesthetic growth

media literacy

visual literacy

digital literacy

authentic assessment

multiple intelligences

Student Resources

Create learning products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts. Review the wide variety of examples below. 

Some other kinds of learning products:

Teacher Resources

Gr 9-12 Research Guide Standards Alignment

BCPS Office of Digital Learning Resource Wiki: Toobox Index

Need some inspiration?  Tools for Creativity and Innovation

Voicethread - Web-based interactive slide show with audio.

Create a Podcast - A great article that explains podcasting for k-12 librarians.

Animoto - An awesome web-base video creator that comes with libraries of sound, video and picture clips that are available for use in their program.

Do Now: Gauge your progress with applying new understanding by responding thoughtfully to these questions.
  1. What decisions or conclusions have I drawn, and how are they supported by the evidence?
  2. What new understandings did I develop about the topic or idea?
  3. How have I demonstrated new insights?
  4. How do those new understandings apply to other situations or contexts?
  5. What new questions do I now want to answer about the topic or idea?
  6. How do I evaluate the information that I find?
  7. Have I monitored information and assessed for gaps or weaknesses?

Do Next: Go to the next skill for Step 3: Create