What is a WebQuest? According to WebQuest.org: A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web A real WebQuest.... is wrapped around a doable and interesting task that is ideally a scaled down version of things that adults do as citizens or workers. requires higher level thinking, not simply summarizing. makes good use of the web isnt just a series of web-based experiences.
In a nutshell… A webquest is basically a lesson or unit where students use Internet resources provided by the teacher to gain and then apply information.
What a webquest is not... Having learners go look WebQuest ≠ just fact at this page, then go finding 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.
Parts of webquest Introduction Task Process Sources of Information Evaluation Conclusion Teacher Page
Introduction This section introduces the topic of the WebQuest, sets the stage.
TaskThis is a brief overview of the assignment(s) to be completed. The task might include a list of objectives to be met during the course of the assignment.
The Process This explains the procedure that students will go through to complete the task you have assigned them.
The Evaluation and Guidance It is important to explain to students how they will demonstrate their knowledge. You may give them step-by-step directions or give them some general guiding questions. You may completely structure the activity and supply graphic organizers, jobs, and a timeline of events.
The Conclusion The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection. Summarize what the learners will have accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also include some rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage them to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.
The Teacher Page These days there is usually a page of information for other teachers that explains how they might adapt the WebQuest to suit their needs. The teacher page may have the standards or objectives used, suggestions, may list prerequisites, and perhaps other resources for their use.
Advantages to using webquests: Addresses all the multiple intelligences Allows for individualization Once you use a webquest, you can re- use it year after year! Can be adapted and changed as needed. Can be short ( no more than 3 days) or long term(more than 3 days
What can teachers use to make webquests? Teachers can use an online tool called zunal.com! Zunal.com provides teachers templates for creating webquests quickly.
More about zunal.com Sign up for an account and you can create one free webquest. If you want to make unlimited webquests, you have to subscribe to the service. Cost= $20 for 3 years!
Disadvantages of webquests: Finding useful links on the Internet and typing the content up may be time consuming. Requires that each student have Internet access.