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Webquests are a great way to incorporate technology into your classroom. They are mini webpages that are completely self-contained lessons - great for engaging students in deep thinking about ...

Webquests are a great way to incorporate technology into your classroom. They are mini webpages that are completely self-contained lessons - great for engaging students in deep thinking about particular problems.

Check out this presentation for a detailed description of what a webquest is, a list of links to find webquests on the Internet, and some resources to help you get started in creating your own webquests.

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Webquests: What Are They and Why Are They Good for Class? Webquests: What Are They and Why Are They Good for Class? Presentation Transcript

  • What Is a Webquest? By Brian Rock Website: Rockin’ WebquestsEdTech Blog: Tech and Teaching Twitter | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.
  • A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.
  • A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.A problem/project based task.
  • A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.A problem/project based task.A collection of resources toscaffold student learning.
  • A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.
  • A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.A collection of online worksheets.
  • A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.A collection of online worksheets.An open-ended task, without any resources.
  • A Webquest Is…A webquest is an instructionalplanning framework forcreating a web-based activitythat leads students through aproblem based task andscaffolds their learningwhere possible.
  • A Webquest As Defined ByBernie Dodge.San Diego StateUniversity.Introduced the concept inthe mid-1990’s.A webquest is a smallwebpage that consists of aseries of specific steps…
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.5. Evaluation.
  • And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.5. Evaluation.6. Conclusion.
  • IntroductionHook „em in.What makes thiswebquest worthpursuing?• A good question.• An interesting picture.• A short video clip.• A statement of a problem.Something that makesyou go “Hmm…”
  • The TaskState what students are goingto be doing.• Grounded in inquiry.• Problem or project based.• Complex, complicated, challe nging.• Authentic.Something worth doing.
  • The ProcessGuide them through theprocess.• Explicit instructions• Clear expectations• Group roles (if appropriate)• Due dates and timelinesLike a good treasuremap…
  • The ResourcesGive students the tools they need.• Not too many.• Not too few.• Juuuuust right. Kind of like goldilocks.
  • EvaluationCreate a rubric.• Set clear expectations.• Make evaluation transparent.• Allow students to self- evaluate.How do I know I did thisthing right…?
  • The ConclusionWrap it all up.• Recap what was learned.• Provide avenues for further research.• Connect to something bigger.Why did we do this again…?
  • Can I Make My Own? YES! Subscribe to the Rockin’ Webquests Newsletter for Click Here todetails, including free access to Subscribe an eBook.
  • Where Can I Find Examples? At Rockin’ WebquestsHistory Webquests Science WebquestsEnglish Webquests Math Webquests
  • This has been a presentation by… Brian Rock Brian is a high school teacher, a graduate student, and a writer. He publishes a blog about educational technology, Tech and Teaching. He also writes about his research there. He curates a list of webquests at Rockin’ Webquests. You can also find his writing at Hubpages and Yahoo! Voices.