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Teaching with Webquests


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Learn about the parts of a WebQuest - used during a workshop for teachers designed to teach them how to use webquests

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Teaching with Webquests

  1. 1. Teaching With WebQuests Presented By: Amy E. Gillam
  2. 2. WebQuests: What are they? <ul><li>“ an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use the learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.” </li></ul><ul><li>Quoted from Bernie Dodge, creator of WebQuests </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pros to Using WebQuests <ul><li>Student centered activity </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages higher level thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and group work </li></ul><ul><li>Structured/monitored use of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters creativity and imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes problem-solving/communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated </li></ul><ul><li>Single Discipline or Interdisciplinary </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cons to Using WebQuests <ul><li>A lot of preparation time </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BUT WELL WORTH IT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The results are PHENOMENAL </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Parts Of A WebQuests <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Task </li></ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Page (optional) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Introduction <ul><li>Sets the stage </li></ul><ul><li>Background information </li></ul><ul><li>Grasps the students’ attention </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Task <ul><li>Most important part </li></ul><ul><li>Focus the student on what will be done </li></ul><ul><li>Tells the student what will be done for the project or performance </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Process <ul><li>Outline of steps </li></ul><ul><li>Tells the students how to complete the task </li></ul><ul><li>Organizes the activity </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies the roles of the students </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>List of Web sites or other print resources </li></ul><ul><li>Contains links right to the sites </li></ul><ul><li>Sited PRE-DETERMINED by teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure sites are current, age-appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Kid-friendly </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evaluation <ul><li>Describes how the student will be graded </li></ul><ul><li>Usually in the form of a rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Take into consideration individual/group work </li></ul><ul><li>List criteria to meet performance and content standards </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Brings closure to the WebQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Reminds the students’ what they have learned </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection piece </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the the students’ to continue the experience </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Teacher Page (optional) <ul><li>Contains info for teachers to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Lists other resources for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Lists helpful hints to make the WebQuest a success </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes shows examples </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Let’s Start Looking At WebQuests <ul><li>Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Elementary Grades 3-4 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Middle School </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Middle School/High School </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>