First, a little vintage Seymour Papert, father of "constructionism" (not constructivism) -- dig the hair!!
And now, the "modern" turtle... by Papert's daughter!! Here's a VIMEO introducing what the kids can do.
MIT is still into teaching kids coding... check out SCRATCH online -- it's free! I'm going to investigate it a little with with Simon a bit next week, I think. (He's not as enthusiastic about my brilliant "poverty" unit as I had hoped, hehe.)
In terms of inquiry... how do we move our students beyond simply regurgitating information? Peter wrote a blog post about using journals to prompt student thinking. Some interesting resources to get students thinking are linked below, but first, a question: Is graffiti always "bad"? This Grade 11 student didn't think so, and wrote a rap to communicate his thoughts about it. (The guy should come to BsAs -- the "art" here is super "public"!! Hehe.)
When students are engaged in inquiry, neat things can happen. Here's a "product" an elementary student came up with as part of an inquiry project he was involved in...