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Here's the PowerPoint and notes I use for a 2-hour workshop on WebQuests.

Here's the PowerPoint and notes I use for a 2-hour workshop on WebQuests.

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  • If you are looking for ways to motivate students, to develop higher-level thinking skills, to promote cooperative learning, and to provide authentic reasons for research, you will want to add webquests to your teacher toolkit.


  • 1. WebQuests Unlocking Learning Gail Desler Area 3 Writing Project
  • 2. What is a WebQuest*?
    • An inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web
    • WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
    • * Term coined by Bernie Dodge http:// edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/overview.htm
  • 3. WebQuests should…
    • Be standards-based
    • Enhance an existing lesson or address a curriculum gap
    • Provide links to well-chosen Internet sites
    • Require a degree of understanding that goes beyond simple comprehension or retelling
    To view an extensive collection of webquest lessons, visit http://webquest.sdsu.edu/project-selection.html
  • 4. WebQuests = Constructivism
    • Active involvement of students in the learning process
    • Structured ways for students:
      • to guide themselves through discovery of new material
      • to apply new learning to past experiences
      • to evaluate Internet information
    • Collaboration with others
  • 5. Components of WebQuests
    • Introduction
    • The Task
    • The Process
    • Resources
    • Evaluation
    • Conclusion
    • Reflection
    • Extension
    • Notes to the Teacher
  • 6. WebQuests include scaffolding
    • Lessons build on one or two smaller activities to help guide students through process of completing a culminating activity
    • Lessons provide helpful links along the way
    • Lessons provide clear rubrics
  • 7. Need a rationale for WebQuests?
    • Students shift from information consumers to information producers
    • Students shift from topical research to genuine inquiry
    • Students shift to higher-level thinking:
      • Analyzing
      • Synthesizing
      • Evaluating
  • 8. Need help getting started?
    • Visit Bernie Dodge’s WebQuests Page
      • http://webquest.org/
    • Decide on your topic and tasks and start building your lesson
      • http:// webquest.sdsu.edu/taskonomy.html
      • http:// www.ozline.com/webquests/prewrite.html
    • Collaborate!
    • Open a QuestGarden!
      • http:// webquest.org/questgarden/author /