NexGen Inquiry® is an interactive, web-based platform for teachers to organize student-centered scientific inquiry and engineering design investigations. Built by teachers for teachers, NexGen Inquiry® is the result of over a decade of work with students and science educators at the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.
NexGen Inquiry® provides access to four related tools to support creating a classroom where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.
These tools include the...
- Templates: Organized into two parts, the Templates Library provides lessons utilizing VAEI instructional models for you to use right away. Simply copy the lesson to place it in your My Templates area where you can use it as is or make changes to meet your instructional needs.
- Classroom: Easily manage student, small group and class investigations using NexGen Inquiry's web-based student journaling platform. Students have the ability to work individually or can collaborate on a common investigation journal as they add text, images, tables, charts, graphs, embedded video and file attachments.
- Teacher Community: Our interactive forums are designed for you to ask questions, share ideas, explore best practices, and collaborate with fellow K-12 teachers and VAEI staff to support your inquiry-based instruction.
- Resource Library - Access instructional scaffolds, classroom implementation materials, and professional development videos to support your integration of NexGen Inquiry® into your classroom practice as a whole.
Watch this video for a sense of how these tools come together to help create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive!