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All About Webquests

  1. 1. All About WebQuests! Staci Trekles Milligan Clinical Asst. Professor Purdue University Calumet
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe what a WebQuest is, including the format they follow and how they can play a role in enhancing instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate existing WebQuests found online for quality and usefulness in your own classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create basic WebQuests using the online QuestGarden tool ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own custom WebQuests using the Adobe Dreamweaver webpage editing software </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a WebQuest, anyhow? <ul><li>Inquiry-based lessons, often with teaching across disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Students work systematically, individually or in teams </li></ul><ul><li>Task usually involves a problem that students must solve, and report on their solution/findings </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes information literacy, critical thinking, deeper learning </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, see: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Structure of a WebQuest <ul><li>Introduction : Introduces students to the journey they are about to undertake </li></ul><ul><li>Task : Briefly defines the objectives (learning outcomes) for the WebQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Process : The procedures for completing the quest from start to finish </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation : The evaluation rubric that will be used to assess student work or progress </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion : Wrap-up designed to encourage students to reflect, seek further information </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Introduction <ul><li>“ You are about to embark on a fabulous adventure…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You are about to join a group of fellow explorers/scientists/detectives/doctors/scholars/writers/etc…” </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the best WebQuests start with a story, involving the student as the main character in the adventure he/she is about to undertake </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Task <ul><li>The primary objective(s) that students will undertake; the Task is BRIEF, however </li></ul><ul><li>It is a general overview of what students will accomplish and learn over the course of the WebQuest </li></ul><ul><li>The actual procedures and how they will achieve their goals happen in the Process </li></ul><ul><li>The best WebQuests are inquiry-based and involve problem-solving and project creation </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Process <ul><li>The Process is the heart of the WebQuest – without one, students won’t know how to accomplish their mission </li></ul><ul><li>Take great care to ensure that students are guided along the way step by step - there should be no mysteries about what you expect from your students during the WebQuest </li></ul><ul><li>This does not necessarily mean that we “spoon-feed” them; rather, the Process gives guidance so that students can independently and successfully work </li></ul><ul><li>Most WebQuests begin with research and end with a completed product of some kind – a presentation, a book, a paper, something to show what the student has learned </li></ul>
  8. 8. Designing Your Process: Choosing Resources <ul><li>The Process also gives students resource links to help them with their research – hence, the “Web” part of the quest! </li></ul><ul><li>Rather than cast your students out in the wilds of the Internet, give them sufficient links within the Process that you have evaluated ahead of time to ensure that they don’t run into false information (or worse) </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes searching for specific information online is not as easy as it sounds, as many of you already know </li></ul><ul><li>Try the Four NETS method: </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Evaluation <ul><li>As essential part of the WebQuest is to ensure that students understand success will be evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>Since most WebQuests are project-based, the work produced usually cannot be measured by a simple checklist </li></ul><ul><li>The best assessment for WebQuest activities comes in the form of an evaluation rubric, wherein you define the differences between unacceptable, competent, and exemplary work </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite rubric helper: RubiStar </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Conclusion <ul><li>When it’s all said and done, it helps to wrap up the quest in a fun way </li></ul><ul><li>Many WebQuests end with links with further information so students interested in a subject can explore in further depth </li></ul><ul><li>Others end with games, extra credit, reflection – whatever you can dream up to creatively end the lesson! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding Good Examples <ul><li>Not all WebQuests are created equally: some that are available on the Web are of very poor quality </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, there are probably a lot more bad ones than good ones </li></ul><ul><li>Best place to search for available WebQuests: </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s explore! Search for WebQuests that interest you </li></ul><ul><li>Use the rubric in your handout to help you determine whether a WebQuest you’ve found is quality and useful </li></ul>
  12. 12. Creating Your Own: QuestGarden <ul><li>QuestGarden ( ) is a terrific and very inexpensive way to host your own created WebQuests over the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: $20/2 years; free 30-day trial is available </li></ul><ul><li>QuestGarden is maintained by the “Father of WebQuests” himself, Dr. Bernie Dodge </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s explore QuestGarden in more detail! </li></ul><ul><li>Use this Cohort Group Code : IN92H </li></ul>
  13. 13. Customizing the WebQuest Experience <ul><li>When QuestGarden is not giving you the flexibility you need, you may wish to try creating your own Web pages with a program such as Adobe Dreamweaver </li></ul><ul><li>We will learn the very basics of Dreamweaver using a template I have created for you – you are, of course, free to edit the template as much as you want! </li></ul><ul><li>Your handouts have Dreamweaver tutorials that you can always refer to after the workshop is over </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing your work on the Web is not necessary – you can display the web pages locally from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Your tech coordinator can always help you publish your work to the Web, too </li></ul>
  14. 14. Customizing the WebQuest Experience <ul><li>Let’s visit Dreamweaver and access the templates: </li></ul><ul><li>This will download a ZIP archive containing a set of 5 HTML files that can be opened with Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, SharePoint Designer, or any other Web page creation tool </li></ul><ul><li>Need further help with Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage/SharePoint Designer? Try: </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>The WebQuest Design Process: </li></ul><ul><li>Project, problem, and inquiry-based learning: </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuests about WebQuests: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School English: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School Math/Science: </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Resources <ul><li>Articles, podcasts, presentations and more about WebQuests: </li></ul><ul><li>Great place to search for existing WebQuests: </li></ul><ul><li>Great Article: “The Learning Power of WebQuests”: </li></ul><ul><li>QuestGarden WebQuest builder: </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resources <ul><li>WebQuests 101 video series on YouTube: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a WebQuest: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making a WebQuest (with QuestGarden): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of QuestGarden: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designing your Process: </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Searching tips and help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kid-Friendly search tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Operators: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bare Bones Guide to Web Searches: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four NETS search method: </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Resources <ul><li>Great places to find clipart, media, and more: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TeacherTube: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FlashKit: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Digital Photos: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons: </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Resources <ul><li>Staci’s Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Staci’s Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Staci’s email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Purdue University Calumet Graduate Studies and Teacher License renewal program: </li></ul>