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Pecha Kucha: WebQuest NNU

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Pecha Kucha: WebQuest NNU

  1. 1. Using WebQuests to Increase Student Learning<br />Hannah Mohs<br />NNU Graduate Student<br />May 5, 2011<br />
  2. 2. When do students struggle? <br />The fifth grade students of Hiawatha Elementary School exhibit low grades in Social Studies classes when teachers use standard, face-to-face instructional methods.<br />
  3. 3. What can I do to help? <br />Try a new strategy<br />Reach as many learners as possible<br />
  4. 4. How can a WebQuest help? <br />WebQuests prompt transformational thinking, defined as an activity that goes beyond the acquisition of facts and allow the learner to transform knowledge to make it their own (March, 2008)<br />Students engage in higher order thinking <br />
  5. 5. What is the goal of a WebQuests? <br />to help students think critically at higher cognitive levels, and use information to solve problems (Young and Wilson, 2002). <br />
  6. 6. Factors to consider:<br />Find an adequate, REAL WebQuest<br />Student learning styles<br />Student technological experience<br />
  7. 7. Methodology<br />Two units<br />Traditional lecture styleinstruction<br />Facilitated electronic instruction, WebQuest<br />This study will measure results by comparing student scores from traditional and electronic instruction. <br />The results will be analyzed through descriptive statistics, a t-test, and a one-way ANOVA test.<br />
  8. 8. Possible Findings<br />Some students may excel because of prior technological exposure<br />The WebQuest may not target a students preferred learning style. <br />Some students may connect to the content better than others. <br />
  9. 9. Future Possibilities<br />Students will learn to use the internet to acquire knowledge<br />The teacher-researcher will use a WebQuest again in Social Studies and other subject areas. <br />
  10. 10. References<br />March, T. (2008). What WebQuests are (really). BestWebQuests.com. Retrieved from http://bestwebquests.com/what_webquests_are.asp<br />Young, D. L., & Wilson, B. G. (2002). WebQuests for Reflection and Conceptual Change: Variations on a Popular Model for Guided Inquiry. Retrieved from EBSCOhost: (ED477112)<br />

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