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  • 1. WebQuest An Inquiry-Based Tool
        • Karla Bennett
        • Kelly Reynolds
  • 2.
    • How much do you rely on the Internet?
  • 3. Background: Literacies
    • Oral
    • Print
    • Technology
  • 4. Technology Literacy
    • The ability to responsibly, creatively, and effectively use appropriate technology to
      • communicate;
      • access, collect, manage, integrate, and evaluate information ;
      • solve problems and create solutions;
      • build and share knowledge; and
      • improve and enhance learning in all subject areas and experiences.
    • http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/TechLitDef.aspx
  • 5.
    • I am scanning in a cartoon to insert here!
  • 6. Why Use New Media?
    • Construction
    • Engagement
    • Civic participation
  • 7. What is a WebQuest?
    • A classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information the students explore and evaluate comes from the World Wide Web.
    • --Bernie Dodge
    • San Diego University
  • 8. Basic Components
    • Typically on a website the teacher creates
    • A scenario with a question or project
    • Teacher pre-selects websites (lists URLs)
    • Students use URLs to do project
    • Usually done in groups
    • Can take a day, a week, or a month
  • 9. Example – A Woman for President?
    • You are part of a campaign team working to nominate and elect the first woman President of the United States. You must persuade people to vote for your candidate.
    • (Third Grade)
    • http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/womanpres/
  • 10. Tasks
    • Survey 5 students to determine what qualities make a good president.
    • Research historical women leaders
        • Abagail Adams
        • Harriet Tubman
        • Rosa Parks
  • 11. Products
    • Chart 1: traits of good president
    • Chart 2: traits of influential women in history
    • Campaign button, poster, and speech for chosen candidate
  • 12. In a Good WebQuest
    • Students will
    • take in information and transform it
    • use judgment and creative problem-solving
    • often use the computer and “real” objects to create products
  • 13. Good Teachers Provide:
    • Clear and interesting task
    • Example of a finished project
    • Step-by-step process
    • High-quality list of websites
    • Guidelines on how to organize info
    • Closing lesson to review info
    • Scoring rubric
  • 14. Where to Find WebQuests
    • http://www.teachersfirst.com/webquest.htm
  • 15. Wrap-Up
    • Group 1 :
    • Create or find 3 good Webquest projects (http://www.teachersfirst.com/webquest.htm)
    • Group 2:
    • Paraphrase the elements and purpose of WebQuests. (Try to include some terms from Bloom’s taxonomy.)
    • Group 3:
    • Brainstorm some pros and cons of using WebQuests in the modern classroom
  • 16. Bibliography
    • Smith, Richard, Library Media Specialist, Cathedral High School. WebQuest Workshop. http://slideshare.net/rsmyth/webquest-workshop/
    • Thirtenn Ed Online Workshop WebQuest. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/webquests/index.html