There are great lesson ideas that will not pass through all of these filters. They might make for terrific classroom activities, but they won't make terrific WebQuests. Your task now is to juggle possible ideas until they meet all three criteria.
Take a couple of minutes to brainstorm a list of possible topics for your WebQuest.
“ The task is the single most important part of a WebQuest. It provides a goal and focus for student energies and it makes concrete the curricular intentions of the designer. A well designed task is doable and engaging, and elicits thinking in learners that goes beyond rote comprehension.”
Students are asked to absorb some info and then demonstrate that they’ve understood.
If the task requires looking for simple, sure answers to pre-determined questions, then the activity is clearly not a WebQuest even if the answers are found on the Web. These are just worksheets with URLs.
Design a detective story or puzzle that needs to be solved.
Example: a mysterious package arrives on your doorstep. At the end of a sequence of information-seeking activities, your task is to explain the significance of the package and how it relates to division.
learners take on different perspectives by studying different sets of resources
authentic differences of opinion that are actually expressed by someone outside of classroom walls
result in the development of a common report that has a specific audience (real or simulated) and is created in a format analogous to one used in the world outside classroom walls (e.g., a policy white paper, a recommendation to some government body, a memorandum of understanding).
Example: should calculators be allowed in school?, evaluating math games