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Photographs and video play an important role in classroom learning, serving to illustrate many complex phenomena. However, these images are too often used as “visual aids“—simple explanations of concepts that do not require students to think deeply about the meanings implicit in the imagery. This paper describes an approach to using photographs and video as a primary data source for inquiry learning. We describe a framework for students to collaborate around photographs and video, collaboration that leads to inquiry and the development of explanatory models. We also describe two of our learning environments to illustrate how students can begin to develop predictive theories from image data.
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