WEBQUESTSA PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SESSION BY WOLF -TEK3/10/12
WHAT IS AWEBQUEST? A webquest is a structured learning environment that uses Internet resources to gather information and poses an authentic task for students to expand their knowledge. A webquest extends the learning process past acquiring knowledge, by pushing it into synthesizing by allowing students to alter the information discovered.
NOT A WEBQUEST Webquests should NOT be a research assignment where the information goes directly from the computer to the a product without any alteration. Webquests are NOT online scavenger hunts.
YES WEBQUESTWebquests use the Internet to move past searchand finds, to more interactive, multimedia richinformation that provides a variety ofperspectives.Students should take the information they interactwith and transform it into new information in theform of products.The key is that the information must beTRANSFORMED, not regurgitated!
STUDENT-CENTERED Webquests allows students to work independently, in pairs, or in groups. The task always has the students doing the learning, while the teacher helps to facilitate the learning. By the end of the webquest, the students would have taught the class and teacher something new. Students can take on different roles: Explorer, business person, entrepreneur, etc.
DIFFERENTIATION Webquests can promote differentiation through a variety of different student centered aspects: • Interest • Learning Style • Product • Pre-assessment • Modified assignment
QUESTIONS TO ASKYOURSELF 1. Could the answer to the webquest be copied and pasted from the Internet? • If you answered YES, then this is not a true webquest 2. Does the task require students to make something new out of what they have learned? • If you answered no, then this is not a true webquest
WHERE TO BEGIN? There are plenty of pre-made webquests at zunal.com. You can copy existing webquests and alter them as you wish! You can also start from scratch with zunal.com’s easy to use webquest templates.