WebQuests & Games for Language Teaching Elaine Riordan
Outline• Discussion• Definition• Task 1 – View WebQuests• Task 2 – Complete a WebQuest• Creating a WebQuest• Advantages
Discussion• Do you use any games in your language classroom?• If so, what games do you use and how do you use them?• Have you ever used webquests?• What are your views on the use of games in language teaching?
Definition • ‘A webQuest is a fun, inquiry-orientated activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet ’(Dodge, 1995)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4rel5qOPvU
Task 1• Go to http://www.webquest.org/ o On the left hand side, click on ‘Find WebQuests’ o Scroll down and click on to ‘Curriculum x Grade Level Matrix’ o Select Subject o Select Grade• View some webquests
Task 2• Complete a WebQuest – see handout
Creating a WebQuest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyht-ehlAWY• Technologically, creating a WebQuest can be very simple. As long as you can create a document with hyperlinks, you can create a WebQuest. That means that a WebQuest can be created in Word, Powerpoint, and even Excel! If youre going to call it a WebQuest, though, be sure that it has all the critical attributes.
Creating a WebQuest• A real WebQuest.... o is wrapped around a doable and interesting task that is ideally a scaled down version of things that adults do as citizens or workers. o requires higher level thinking, not simply summarizing. This includes synthesis, analysis, problem-solving, creativity and judgment. o makes good use of the web. A WebQuest that isnt based on real resources from the web is probably just a traditional lesson in disguise. (Of course, books and other media can be used within a WebQuest, but if the web isnt at the heart of the lesson, its not a WebQuest.) o isnt a research report or a step-by-step science or math procedure. Having learners simply distilling web sites and making a presentation about them isnt enough. o isnt just a series of web-based experiences. Having learners go look at this page, then go play this game, then go here and turn your name into hieroglyphs doesnt require higher level thinking skills and so, by definition, isnt a WebQuest. (http://www.webquest.org/index-create.php, 2007 )
Creating a WebQuest• Go to http://questgarden.com/• Register for 30 day trial• Complete Registration• You arrive at the Quest Garden Member Home Page• Create a New Webquest• Follow Instructions
Advantages• Powerful learning tool• Interesting/interactive/fun• Students use a variety of websources• Integratation of technology into classroom• Encourage development of intrinsic motivation for learning i.e. learners own personal interest• Students become ‘involved learners’• Provide variety in the classroom routine• Help students improve researching and internet skills• Easy to use
Other Games for LL• http://www.onestopenglish.com/ (under games and activities – Free Games – Street Cats)• http://www.lumosity.com/brain-games/flexibility- games/word-bubbles• http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/ preint/i_games/• http://www.languagegames.org/• http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/games.htm