Support Guide

Step 1: Unbox your kit!

Use your box labels to sort out what goes to each teacher:

Step 2: What’s the Easiest Way to Prep For Labs?

Each Module has a materials chart posted here in the IDE:

Step 3: Can I Get Some Help Navigating the IQWST Interactive Digital Edition?

Yes, wondering how to navigate IQWST IDE? Here’s that quick navigation overview video:

Here’s some additional IDE help videos you might need during your pilot:

Assessments in IDE:

Export student work:

Share Multiple Student Models, Edit Assessments, Grading, and Reporting:

Student Annotation of Text:

What are some features that make IQWST Interactive
Digital Edition (IDE) Unique?

Students Can:

  • Record responses, draw models, write explanations
  • Receive feedback from teachers
  • Record questions and make thinking visible
  • Read and listen to informational text and annotate and highlight
  • Hear read-aloud audio of all lessons, informational text, and biographies/career narratives

Teachers Can:

  • Create and deliver on-line assessments
  • Score and comment on student work
  • Display multiple student models for whole-class sharing
  • Watch lab set-up videos
  • Upload scores to LMS

Step 4: Important Resources!

Module Planning Resources:

Each one of your module storylines is listed under the module resources tab!

Explanations: Rubric
NGSS Standards Map
Sample Parent Letter
Module Storyline
IQWST What-How-Why Table
What Do I Say After They Said an Idea?
  Models: Evaluation Criteria
Explanations: CER Scaffold

What-How-Why helps support productive discourse

Taken from pg 3 of CER scaffold

Lesson Planning Resources:

Materials Setup Support Videos:

Click on the lesson planning resources tab to reach this page in the IDE!

Supplemental Resources:

This supplemental resources file is located at the bottom of the lesson planning resources page.

Step 5: Meet the Authors

Learn more about phenomena and NGSS from one of the IQWST authors, Dr. Brian Reiser, in the video below:

Learn more about three dimensional learning from one of the IQWST authors, Dr. Joe Krajcik, in the video below:

Step 6: Remind Me, How Does IQWST Do the NGSS?


Driving Questions

Each IQWST unit focuses on a Driving Question, which is also the unit’s title. A Driving Question is a open-ended question that uses everyday language to situate science content in contexts that are meaningful to middle school students. As each unit progresses, students change and revise their prior conceptions of disciplinary core ideas learned in conjunction with the us of practices and lens of crosscutting concepts.

IQWST Lessons start and finish with anchoring phenomena:

Brian Reiser, Northwestern University, Storylines Presentation, NSELA, April 2, 2014

What is a
Driving Question Board?

The Driving Question Board tracks questions, investigations, models, and explanations that show students how they have “made sense” of content, across time, as a coherent story.

Example DQB:

Example Lessons:

In the unit on space and gravity, students use an embroidery hoop and a marble to represent a planet and the sun’s gravity. They learn about the relationship between inertia and gravity to understand orbits. It’s a very simple, but very fun and energetic, way for students to learn about movement in a hands-on way!

Coherent Storyline Builds Over Time:

Thanks for Piloting IQWST

Studies have shown that the best predictor of standardized test performance (across groups) is curriculum coherence—revisiting ideas and building understanding across time.

Memorizing a definition of temperature or the factors that affect it is satisfying neither for them nor for us, compared to watching students apply developing understandings to their everyday experiences of why garbage smells worse in the summer, or why dark clothes make them feel hot, or to other unique questions posed in the course of learning. Supporting deep, authentic learning is educators’ responsibility and IQWST’s primary purpose.

Thanks for piloting IQWST.

Dr. LeeAnn Adams
IQWST Author, CA Edition Development, Chief Academic Officer at Activate Learning