Wiki Webquests


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Wiki Webquests

  1. 1. WikiWebQuests! Challenge your students with a inquiry oriented lesson. Staff Development February 16, 2009 Presented by: Robin Young and Irma Bauer
  2. 2. What are WebQuests ?? <ul><li>Are online and promotes critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Backed by research and sound methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a framework to start with </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible for all subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Does not have a set length or end product </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to publish and get started </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes 21 st Century Skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. A WebQuest is: <ul><li>an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. </li></ul><ul><li>is wrapped around an authentic, doable and interesting task </li></ul><ul><li>requires higher level thinking, including synthesis, analysis, problem-solving, creativity and judgment. </li></ul>Taken from
  4. 4. A well prepared webquest allows teachers to work with individuals and groups during the class period.
  5. 5. A WebQuest is NOT: <ul><li>a research report or a step-by-step science or math procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>simply summarizing what they have learned </li></ul><ul><li>a series of web-based experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>a hunt for facts for a worksheet/ graphic organizer </li></ul>Taken from
  6. 6. Pieces of a WebQuest <ul><li>Introduction - hook </li></ul><ul><li>Task – identify outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Process (and resources) – step by step </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation - rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion – extending question </li></ul><ul><li>Credits – who created it </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Page – what do other teachers need to know to implement your project. </li></ul>See:
  7. 7. Introduction <ul><li>Your hook - Why am I about to learn this and why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>Ties into student’s previous learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Foreshadows what the lesson is about with a engaging description or a compelling question or problem. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Task <ul><li>The end result – what are the students going to do in this unit/lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>Doable and engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Makes students think beyond basic comprehension! </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome should include choices! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Process and Resources <ul><li>Step by Step instructions with the resources needed embedded in each step. </li></ul><ul><li>Each step is clear and can be followed by reading it. </li></ul><ul><li>Steps move from basic knowledge to higher level thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Built in Checks for Understanding </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evaluation <ul><li>Rubric for Grading. </li></ul><ul><li>Students should know what they are getting graded on and how BEFORE they begin. </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitative and Quantitative descriptors. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Extending Question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can they do with the information they have gained through the webquest </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Teacher Page <ul><li>How to teach this lesson including handouts and other teaching resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Very helpful for others who find your lesson and want to use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Optional – but highly suggested! </li></ul>
  13. 13. You don’t have to start from scratch! Take an existing one and rewrite it to meet your TEKS – control the resources!
  14. 14. Design Patterns <ul><li>WebQuests usually fall into certain types of design patterns. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a few minutes to look over these links to get ideas for your webquest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Work Time! <ul><li>Start planning your webquest – grab a partner or work alone – your choice! </li></ul><ul><li>Go online and check out what is there: </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the design patterns for samples </li></ul><ul><li>Begin tweaking a webquest </li></ul>
  16. 16. Where to Post Your WebQuest <ul><li>Suggestion: Wikis! (wikispaces) </li></ul><ul><li>Why Wikis: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easily to learn </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to edit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Several Teachers could edit the webquest at any time (great for adding resources and clarifying directions) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Work Time Begin posting your webquest online. Be prepared to share!