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Title: Inq-Blotter: Revolutionizing How Teachers Identify and Support Students Needing Help During Inquiry
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Sao Pedro, Mike Awardee: Apprendis
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2015-10/31/2015) Award Amount: $149,836
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES15C0018

In prior work, the researchers built a series of virtual physics labs to assess middle school studentís science inquiry practice and understanding. In this project, the team is developing and testing a prototype of Inq-Blotter, a web-based platform intended to provide teachers immediate feedback on student progress while using the labs. The prototype dashboard will alert teachers when students are struggling on specific inquiry practices and provide actionable information to guide practice. The project will also develop resources and curriculum to facilitate classroom integration. The Phase I pilot study will include four teachers across four classes per teacher. The researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned and if teachers are able use student data to inform instructional practice.