This is hannahmohs and this is my pechakucha. I created this in order to highlight the main reasons why I chose to do this study.
Face to face instruction includes the textbook as the knowledge and the teacher provides the explanations to help students comprehend the information.
I can try a new strategy. This strategy was only founded 15 years ago by two men named Bernie Dodge and Tom March. They wanted to find a way to help student think critically through an inquiry based activity. I found this strategy and chose to do it because it reached as many learners as possible in one lesson. Students can watch videos, listen to audio, read factual information and portray their new found knowledge in a way that suits their learning styles.
Dodge and March found a way to have students solve a real world problem in a new environment, the internet. Many students only use the internet for play, it is their goal to have students use the internet to gain knowledge in an inquiry based activity.
There are many aclaimedwebquests out their. But a true webquests includes an introduction, task, process, sources, evaluation and conclusion. Students are given a role or a problem and asked to navigate through the webquest to find the answer, while researching different topics. When looking for the right webquest keep in mind your individual classroom students, not all are engaging. Make sure the one you choose hits as many of your learning as possible. Technology is new and some students have only used the computer for playing games, having to do research is a whole new thing to them. Keep in mind, you may need to do a mini lesson to help students succeed.
Pecha Kucha: WebQuest NNU
Using WebQuests to Increase Student Learning<br />Hannah Mohs<br />NNU Graduate Student<br />May 5, 2011<br />
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 />
What can I do to help? <br />Try a new strategy<br />Reach as many learners as possible<br />
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 />
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 />
Factors to consider:<br />Find an adequate, REAL WebQuest<br />Student learning styles<br />Student technological experience<br />
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 />
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 />
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 />
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 />