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Webquests in the EL Classroom


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Webquests in the EL Classroom

  1. 1. Natalia Katasonova
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes By the end of the session you will be able to: explain what a webquest is; analyze the structure of a webquest; recognize pedagogocal value of using webquests in the EL classroom; search the web for available webquests; create your own webquest.
  3. 3. What is a Webquest?
  4. 4. Definitions A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet. (Bernie Dodge) A WebQuest is a scaffolded learning structure that uses links to essential resources on the World Wide Web and an authentic task to motivate students' investigation of an open- ended question, development of individual expertise, and participation in a group process that transforms newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding. The best WebQuests inspire students to see richer thematic relationships, to contribute to the real world of learning, and to reflect on their own metacognitive processes. (Tom March)
  5. 5. Types of Webquests Long Term Short Term extending and refining knowledge acquisition knowledge and integration analyzing a body of making sense of large knowledge thoroughly amounts of information and transforming it typically completed in creating a product that one to three class others can respond to periods typically completed in one week to a month
  6. 6. Why Use Webquests? Student Motivation & Authenticity Cooperative Developing Learning Thinking Skills Problem-Based Project-Based Learning Learning Technology Integration
  7. 7. Webquest Structure Introduction Task Process Evaluation
  8. 8. Searching for Webquests http://www.theconsultants-e. com/webquests/ com/wired/bluewebn/search.cfm
  9. 9. Sample Webquests A trip to London London is a large, vibrant, multicultural city, rich in history and with many beautiful and interesting places to visit. The purpose of this WebQuest is to plan a visit to London , where you will stay for one month studying English at a language school and, above all, having fun! Suitable for teenage and adult learners of general English, of low intermediate level or higher. Who Made My Trainers? How To Be A Responsible Consumer In this WebQuest you will investigate the way your favourite brands - of clothes, fast food, cosmetics, etc - are produced and marketed, with a view to becoming better informed and therefore a more discriminating consumer.
  10. 10. Task 1. Explore the webquests in pairs or groups. 2. Evaluate the webquests using a rubric in your worksheets. 3. What are the strong and weak points of the webquests? 4. Would you use these webquests with your students? Why or why not?
  11. 11. Producing a Webquest Word processing SKILLS Research Analytical
  12. 12. Online Webquest Generators QuestGarden zWebQuest Filamentality Teach-nology Web Quest Generator
  13. 13. Round-Up Take this Webquest Quiz to find out what you've learnt today.
  14. 14. Useful Resources 1. Dudeney, G. (2000). The Internet and the Language Classroom. Cambridge University Press. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. A series of short videos Part 1: What is a WebQuest? Part 2: How to Make a WebQuest Part 3: Intro to QuestGarden Part 4: Designing the Process
  15. 15. Thank You! Any Questions?