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Final project 6-21-10

  1. 1. Developing Students Creativity & Critical Thinking Skills Using Web-Based Activities… by Felicia Gell
  2. 2. Vital to our future… <ul><li>Students today will be tomorrow's workers who will need to be able to work in teams. </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals will move through several careers in the course of a lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>Nurtures the ability to solve more complex issues in society. </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of information available to everyone continues to grow at an accelerating pace; much of it will come directly from a growing number of sources without filtering or verification. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will need to be able to deal with ambiguity. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will need to commit themselves to a lifelong process of learning, honoring multiple perspectives and evaluating information before acting on it. </li></ul><ul><li>Using WebQuests and Web-based activities in our classrooms can help build a solid foundation that prepares them for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Students get motivated and are provided with authentic and meaningful learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based activities promote cooperative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Webquests in particular help students develop higher order thinking skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. Integrating Web-Based Activities is… <ul><li>… a fabulous way to get students engaged in their own learning and motivate them to learn more, to inquire more and to accomplish more. </li></ul><ul><li>… all encompassing; yet designed with specific student groups and teaching goals in mind. </li></ul><ul><li>… easy to facilitate as it uses one of several online &quot;click 'n build&quot; tools; there is no need to learn HTML and servers are provided to store the Web pages you create. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web-Based Activities… <ul><li>Several formats to choose from </li></ul><ul><li>based on what you want to accomplish… </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Hotlist? <ul><li>It is as it sounds… </li></ul><ul><li>Basic building block for all other activity formats. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher locates, categorizes, then publishes websites on a Web page. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplements traditional teaching materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves students hours of aimless searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More efficient than handing out lists of sites or sharing bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily updated and can be modified to fit students' ability and interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates unnecessary photocopying of materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Archaeological Field Work </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is Scrapbook? <ul><li>Enables you to organize various Internet sites into categories such as photos, maps, quotations, facts, stories, audio clips, video clips, virtual reality tours, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Useful when students already have acquired some knowledge on the topic being studied. Students then pick and choose from the resources, and incorporate them into a project such as a report, newsletter, Web page, slide presentation, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student centered activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students choose an aspect of the topic that personally interests them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables students to create more interesting reports and presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have the opportunity to make use of multimedia tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: A Soccer Scrapbook </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What are Treasure Hunts? <ul><li>Teacher selects 10-15 Web sites and designs a question (the hunt) to be answered from each site or group of sites (the answers are the treasure!) </li></ul><ul><li>Sites and questions guide students to study critical aspects of a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Students can synthesize what they learn in order to answer a &quot;big question&quot; posed at the end of the Treasure Hunt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful to help students learn facts about a topic and to see the bigger picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages reading for a specific purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fosters sharing and consensus building among student groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asks students to infer and draw conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Black History Past to Present </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>An example for younger students </li></ul><ul><li>This one is a little more intricate , for older students! </li></ul>
  8. 8. What are Subject Samplers? <ul><li>Teacher selects 6-10 Web sites on the chosen topic that contain a hands-on element, something to do or listen to or look at. </li></ul><ul><li>Varied sites appeal to and engage a wide range of students. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are asked to choose one or two sites that most interest them and to interact with them (answer questions) from a personal point of view (opinions, experiences, and preferences.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages students to &quot;buy in&quot; to the topic being studied. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lets students choose resources depending on individual interests and learning style. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps students connect emotionally with the subject. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: My China ; Facing Facts: Prejudice </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What are Webquests ? <ul><li>Require the highest order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>of the web-based activities scaffolded here. </li></ul><ul><li>Its structure includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction – the purpose of the webquest </li></ul><ul><li>Task – figure out what students are going to do </li></ul><ul><li>Process – how to accomplish the activity </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation – what students are striving for </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion – sum up what webquest and students achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Credits – who created it </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Page – access to lesson plan information </li></ul>
  10. 10. So much more about Webquests… <ul><li>Inquiry-oriented online tool for learning </li></ul><ul><li>A classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Can be as short as a single class period or as long as a month-long unit </li></ul><ul><li>Usually involve group work, with division of labor among students who take on specific roles or perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Students spend their time using preselected by the teacher, not looking for it </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Art of Creating… <ul><li>A webquest about webquests… </li></ul><ul><li>Can be very simple! As long as you can create a document with hyperlinks, you can create a WebQuest. That means that a WebQuest can be created in Word, Powerpoint, and even Excel! </li></ul><ul><li>It needs to have all the critical components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is wrapped around a doable and interesting task that is ideally a scaled down version of things that adults do as citizens or workers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>requires higher level thinking that includes synthesizing, analyzing, problem-solving, creativity and judgment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>makes good use of the web; i.e. if the web isn't at the heart of the lesson, it's not a WebQuest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>isn't a research report or a step-by-step science or math procedure. Having learners simply distilling web sites and making a presentation about them isn't enough. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>isn't just a series of web-based experiences. Having students go look at this page, then go play this game, then go here and turn your name into hieroglyphs doesn't require higher level thinking skills and so, by definition, isn't a WebQuest </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. FYI… <ul><li>Bernie Dodge, </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuest creator, on his first WebQuest lesson: </li></ul><ul><li>A.k.a. the Frank Lloyd Wright of Webquests… </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I enjoyed walking around and helping where necessary and listening to the buzz of conversations as students pooled their notes and tried to come to a decision. The things they were talking about were much deeper and more multifaceted than I had ever heard from them. That evening I realized that this was a different way to teach -- and that I loved it!“ More of his own words </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some Online Authoring Sites: <ul><li>QuestGarden (free trial, $20/year) </li></ul><ul><li>Filamentality (free!) </li></ul><ul><li>ZWebQuest (free!) </li></ul><ul><li>PHPWebQuest (free!) </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherWeb ($27/year) </li></ul>