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

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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 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?

  1. 1. What Is a Webquest? By Brian Rock Website: Rockin’ WebquestsEdTech Blog: Tech and Teaching Twitter | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  2. 2. A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.
  3. 3. A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.
  4. 4. A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.A problem/project based task.
  5. 5. A Webquest Is…An Internet based activity.A student-centered inquiry.A problem/project based task.A collection of resources toscaffold student learning.
  6. 6. A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.
  7. 7. A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.A collection of online worksheets.
  8. 8. A Webquest Is Not…A simple online scavenger hunt.A collection of online worksheets.An open-ended task, without any resources.
  9. 9. A Webquest Is…A webquest is an instructionalplanning framework forcreating a web-based activitythat leads students through aproblem based task andscaffolds their learningwhere possible.
  10. 10. 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…
  11. 11. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.
  12. 12. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.
  13. 13. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.
  14. 14. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.
  15. 15. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.5. Evaluation.
  16. 16. And The Steps Are…1. Introduction.2. Task.3. Process.4. Resources.5. Evaluation.6. Conclusion.
  17. 17. 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…”
  18. 18. The TaskState what students are goingto be doing.• Grounded in inquiry.• Problem or project based.• Complex, complicated, challe nging.• Authentic.Something worth doing.
  19. 19. The ProcessGuide them through theprocess.• Explicit instructions• Clear expectations• Group roles (if appropriate)• Due dates and timelinesLike a good treasuremap…
  20. 20. The ResourcesGive students the tools they need.• Not too many.• Not too few.• Juuuuust right. Kind of like goldilocks.
  21. 21. EvaluationCreate a rubric.• Set clear expectations.• Make evaluation transparent.• Allow students to self- evaluate.How do I know I did thisthing right…?
  22. 22. The ConclusionWrap it all up.• Recap what was learned.• Provide avenues for further research.• Connect to something bigger.Why did we do this again…?
  23. 23. Can I Make My Own? YES! Subscribe to the Rockin’ Webquests Newsletter for Click Here todetails, including free access to Subscribe an eBook.
  24. 24. Where Can I Find Examples? At Rockin’ WebquestsHistory Webquests Science WebquestsEnglish Webquests Math Webquests
  25. 25. 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.

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