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    • What is a WebQuest? By: Than Wilson, April Wright, Andrew Smith
    • Parts of a WebQuest: • Introduction- The introduction is used to explain what the project is about and why it is important. • Learners- This addresses the grade level aimed at for the specific audience. • Standards- It will list the specific objectives from the state department that will be used in the activity.
    • • Process- Explains what the student will do. It gives a detailed description of what the entire project is. It defines the student’s role, audience, situation, and task. • Resources- List all resources and materials needed for the project. This includes web sites and handouts needed. • Evaluation- This is how the project will be assessed. This is where you would find a rubric and reason for the development of the assessment. • Conclusion- This tells what the student should get out of the whole project.
    • Important Terms to Know • WebQuest- A WebQuest is an assignment which asks students to use the World Wide Web to learn about and/or synthesize their knowledge a specific topic. • Role of a student- The role of a student is to research and analyze data to gain knowledge about a concept. • Audience- The audience the group the WebQuest is designed for. • Task- The task is the process that you are carrying out to have a better understanding.
    • Links to other WebQuests • http://studenthome.nku.edu/~webquest/gabbard/ • • http://www.angelfire.com/home/chas/WQ.html • • http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/memorial/franchise/ • • http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/democracy/debtqu est.html • • http://www.madison.k12.ky.us/district/projects/WebQ uest/MarchMadness/mmwebquest.html
    • Links to other WebQuests, continued • http://www.wfu.edu/~mccoy/NCTM00/laura.html • • http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl/WebQuests/Showdown/ • • http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/aero/aero.htm • • http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/boilproj/index. html • • http://www.uni.edu/schneidj/webquests/spring04/bob o/index.html
    • Teacher Resources Needed • Technology – With technology a teacher will need to make sure a student has an outlet to computers and the internet. This is the key to your door to WebQuesting. Once we get online we will also need the free technology sources to create your WebQuest. There are several open for teachers to use for free including: http://www.filamentality.com/wired/fil/ and http://questgarden.com/
    • Teacher Resources Needed, continued • Story quot;outline“ – Think of this as topic and design. You need to have a topic that will keep the students interested. After you choose a topic you will need to have an outline for what you want the students to accomplish and how to set it into each one of the requirements for a good WebQuest. • This site is a good site for a design outline: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designsteps/index. html
    • Teacher Resources Needed, continued • Information – After you have your topic picked out you need to have some resources and cites gathered to get the students started. A free mind can go far once it gets started.
    • Pros for WebQuests • You have the power of the web behind your topic. You can show students - or let them discover for themselves, not just tell them. Web sites can take your students anywhere in the world. • WebQuests can also increase the quot;comfort levelquot; of students using the Internet for learning activities. A properly designed WebQuest can help students become creative researchers rather than simply quot;surfingquot; from one site to another.
    • Pros for WebQuests, continued • WebQuests can be collaborative. Students can work individually or in teams, depending on classroom circumstances and your preference. • A good WebQuest is also highly visual. Your presentation will be far stronger if it includes sites with lots of pictures, maps, animations, or even sounds. These are teaching tools that keep students’ interest. • quot;More than information, the Web is about people, ideas, and sharing.quot; Cited form Tom March's Article and this stands true in all fields. The internet will not only educate but help teach the students how to interact and gather information from other people.
    • Cons for WebQuests • The internet is a vast array of information. That is information, not truth. One of the true cons comes form the challenges of monitoring information to determine if it is accurate or not. • How can I say it better than quot;Creating Liarsquot;. With all this information on the internet as we advance in classes and age groups we need to be weary of the chances for plagiarism to happen. This information gathering online might create a breed of student who believe they can steal anything they need form online.
    • Cons for WebQuests, continued • If you want students to work on the webquests in class, you might not have enough computers. Individual work might need to be changed to team work. • If you’re allowing young students to work on a webquest at home, you might not have the assurance that parents are supervising and supporting the activity. • This technology outlet gives students a greater chance for quot;zoning outquot;. One teacher one a wiki stated that one of his greatest drawbacks with this educational tool was that students tended to quot;play with the technologyquot; not quot;learn with it.“
    • References • http://www.teachersfirst.com/summer/webquest/ques t-a.shtml • http://www.filamentality.com/wired/fil/ • http://questgarden.com/ • http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designsteps/index.html • Strickland, J. (2005). Using webquests to teach content: Comparing instructional strategies. Contemporary issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 5(2), 138- 148. – http://www.citejournal.org/articles/v5i2socialstudies1.pdf