Using Webquests in the classroom INTC 3610 Instructional Technology for K-12 Teachers
What is a Webquest? “A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students interact with information gleaned primarily from resources on the Internet.”Bernie Dodge, 1997
Why use a Webquest? NJCCCS Bloom’s Taxonomy Teacher guide on the side Student-Infotective Students as problem-solvers Constructivist point-of-view
Goal of Webquests The instructional goal of a short term WebQuest is knowledge acquisition and integration The instructional goal of a longer term WebQuest is extending and refining knowledge.
Essential Parts of a WebQuest1. The Introduction2. The Task3. The Process / includes Resources4. Evaluation5. Conclusion6. Teacher’s Page
The Introduction The purpose of this section is to both prepare and hook the reader. The student is the intended audience. It sets the stage and provides some background information
The TASK The task focuses learners on what they are going to do - specifically, the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities. It is Collaborative – students should be working within groups with each having a separate task
Process This section outlines how the learners will accomplish the task. Scaffolding includes clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information. Instructional scaffolding is the provision of sufficient support to promote learning when concepts and skills are being first introduced to students. The process should be broken out into clearly described steps. Internet Resources are provided here.
EVALUATION This section describes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards. A rubric will be required
CONCLUSION The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection.
TEACHER PAGE Information to help other teachers implement the Webquest, including: target learners, standards, notes for teaching the unit, resources and, in some cases, examples of student work.