iNtegrating Technology for inQuiry (The NTeQ Model)

NTeQ Philosophy

NTeQ Philosophy

What is the NTeQ model?

It’s a ten-step lesson design process for integrating technology into problem-based, inquiry-based, or project-based learning. The NTeQ model is a student-centered approach to lesson planning that focuses on the use of technology as a learning tool, rather than an instructional delivery or drill and practice tool.

NTeQ Model

How Does It Work?

It all begins with the learning objectives (which are derived from various standards, of course). Technology integration begins in the second step by matching computer or application functions to the action verbs of the learning objectives. The ability to match function to objectives is key to a successful problem-based lesson — students use the applications as tools to solve a problem. For example:

Action Verb from Learning Objective Computer or Application Functions
Analyze Analyzing data with a spreadsheet (formulas and graphs); identifying common characteristics of concepts with concept mapping software


Arrange, sequence, tabulate Arranging events in chronological order with a table; Sequencing audio and video in a screencast
Assess, evaluate, judge Weighing the pros and cons of a real-world problem in a dilemma-based video game (e.g., Collapsus) to  identify possible solutions
Collaborate, cooperate Using collaborative software to complete a group project
Plan, design Using a storyboarding tool (e.g., Storyboard That, graphic organizer in word processing) to plan a digital story or design a game
Synthesize Using presentation or screencasting software to teach a topic to fellow students

After identifying the technology tool(s) that best match the learning objectives, the central problem that students will focus on during the lesson is established. From there, the project or product that will demonstrate student learning is determined, the research and computer activities are developed, and the assessments are designed to complete the lesson planning process.

To learn more about the NTeQ Model, read Integrating Computer Technology into The Classroom (Morrison and Lowther, 2010).

Why Use the NTeQ Model?

The NTeQ Model is an approach to integrating technology based on sound instructional design principles. This approach is particularly well-suited to the inquiry-based learning methods that are integral to the types of literacies that librarians currently teach. I learned how to use this model in my IDT studies, and I highly recommend it as a methodical approach to technology integration that, if implemented properly, creates a learning environment that is student-centered and teacher-facilitated.


2 thoughts on “iNtegrating Technology for inQuiry (The NTeQ Model)

  1. Thanks for sharing! I learn a lot from your blog, Amanda. I’m still contemplating a second MS in IDT (but I also have my heart on a public history MA) . However, I’m taking a month-long course in “how to teach online” which has some IDT-like elements. The class content and this post make me think that I may be heading back in the IDT direction. It’s a lot to think about! I know you have a book coming, but when you have a little time, I’d love to talk to you about your experience getting a second Masters in this field.

    • The IDT background has really opened a lot of doors for me, and for librarians, I do think those skills are necessary for facilitating the evolution of libraries into 21st century learning institutions. I would be happy to talk to you about your career goals! You can contact me via e-mail from the “about me” page.

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