What is inquiry, and why?
Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world. As such, it is a stance that pervades all aspects of life and is essential to the way in which knowledge is created. 1
What does this process (series of actions) and stance (attitude) look like?
Your mini-inquiry will be based around the question:
"Is the existence depicted in The Machine Rules inevitable?
In addition to the article you have read, and perhaps even the short story itself, this adaptation of the story will give you another version of events:
What is the existence depicted in The Machine Rules?
How does it compare with what we experienced before, during and after lockdown?
What is the current situation? What is the Internet of Things?
Which elements of the IoT are in The Machine Stops? Can they be reversed - if not are they perhaps inevitable? Is this necessarily 'a nightmare'?
Using the Academic Writing Template, which you have already set up, tell us what your response is to the inquiry question.
Please make sure you save the document.
Reflecting on the project, what have you learned? What new skills have you mastered or improved? What do you still need to work on and how might you do this?
In order to carry out your investigation, you have a choice of material to watch and read. As you investigate, make notes using the different methods outlined and then consider those in relation to the short story/article. Make sure you also write down, on the note-taking sheets, details about the source you have used:
Are smart cities sinister? BBC Ideas video accessed via The Day, published 04/07/21
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? by Jen Clark, from IBM Business Operations Blog, published 17/11/16
Using the Academic Writing template allows you to produce work that looks smart; makes it easy for your teacher to identify and helps you to remember why and when you produced it.
Opening the template:
Download a copy of the F3 ISP Academic Writing Template from this guide - on the right-hand side.
Immediately, save your document so that none of the work you do gets lost or accidentally deleted:
Setting up an academic document:
Adding a Table of Contents:
The ToC should be on a separate page at the start of your essay, so firstly insert a page break before the beginning of the text in the template:
Inserting a citation:
In the template, you will find the op ening paragraph below:
As the article you read came from a source, even though it was emailed to you, you need to add a citation. The style we use in school is APA which is a code that, at a basic level, requires an author, a date and a page number:
It should look like this:
Inserting, Captioning and Citing an image
Follow the instructions in the slide show below to learn how to do this.
Adding a bibliography:
This shows the range of sources you have consulted and taken ideas from:
Save your document somewhere sensible in your own filespace, then upload to your assignment in the F3 Inquiry Skills Team. Instructions are given below if you are unsure how to do this.
Submitting assignment to Teams
1. Go to the F3 Inquiry Skills Team and click to view the Assignment.
2. Click the "Add work" link.
3. Choose "Upload from this device".
4. Navigate to where you originally saved the file and double click on it or select it and click 'open'.
5. Select 'Done'.
6. Select 'Turn in'.
1 Galileo Educational Network. (n.d.). What is Inquiry? Retrieved from Galileo Educational Network – Inspiring a Passionate Commitment to Learning: https://galileo.org/articles/what-is-inquiry/
2 The Day. (2020, June 3). The Machine rules – you have been warned. Retrieved from The Day: https://theday.co.uk/stories/the-machine-rules-you-have-been-warned
Link to the article "The Machine Rules - you have been warned".
Use the F3 ISP Academic Writing Template for this inquiry as it has some content added already.
Use this Academic Writing Template for any school work that you want to look really professional
These FOSIL cycle worksheets will step you through the inquiry.
If you would like to know any more about using the citing and referencing tools in Word, or other aspects of academic writing, have a look at this guide