Guiding questions and graphic organizers can be used to provide guidance for the task.The conclusion should provide an opportunity for reflection and closure of the lesson learned.
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IN THE QUEST FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT:DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE WEBQUEST P R E S E N T E D B Y: K E R I J O H N S O N ( O V E R V I E W & R AT I O N A L E ) C H R I S T I E J O N E S ( I M P L E M E N TAT I O N P L A N ) B R I T TA N Y PAY N E ( S A M P L E U N I T S & RESOURCES)
WHAT IS A WEBQUEST ANYWAY?• A lesson centered around inquiry.• Most of the information learned will come from the . Untitled image of WebQuest web.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD WEBQUEST?• A catchy introduction that sets the stage• An interesting task• Resources• A clear process• Guidance• Conclusion Ray, 2012.
WHY USE A WEBQUEST?• WebQuest activities “develop and support students’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation” (Swindell, 2006).• WebQuests have the potential to promote higher-order learning and thinking (Allan & Street, 2007).• WebQuests can offer differentiation and enrichment (Hassanien, 2006).• WebQuests can bridge the gap between concepts and authentic , interconnected situations (March, 2004).
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN• The Webquest Information Inquiry Plan will be adopted by our middle school and will receive the support of administrative leadership to ensure that teachers use to enhance instruction.• Composition of Planning Team: • Principal, Curriculum Coach, Team Leaders, Building Technology Coordinator, Library Media Specialist
• Webquests will be an integral part of the curriculum during the 2013-2014 school year. • May 2013 – Introduction of Webquests to the faculty/staff during a faculty meeting • May 2013 – All team leaders will have an after school training on how to use Webquests and will have a mentor. (Ex. 6th grade team lead will be mentored by the LMS, 7th grade team lead will be mentored by the Building Technology Coordinator, 8th grade team lead will be mentored by the Curriculum Coach)IMPLEMENTATION • June 2013 – Professional Development for the upcoming school year. One day will be devoted toTIMELINE teaching the Webquest Information Inquiry Process. The morning will be devoted to teaching the process2013-2014 School Year and the afternoon will be work time for teachers to create one Webquest. (The Implementation Team will be on hand for any questions/concerns.) • 2013-2014 School Year – all teachers will provide students with ample opportunities to use the Webquest format for culminating projects at the end of a unit for students to exhibit proficiency by acquiring knowledge through discovery and evaluation of information and formulation of their own meaning. (This will be monitored by the curriculum coach when she reviews weekly lesson plans.) May 2013: Introduce June 2013: Teacher WebQuests PD May 2013: May 2014: Evaluate Introduce teachers Process and assign mentors
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PLANNING TEAM• The media specialist and building technology teacher will collaborate on best practices for Webquests and will select a preferred method so all teachers will have a basic template to start with• The media specialist, building technology teacher, and curriculum coach will build a model Webquest to use for professional development purposes, as well as instructions/templates for all teachers, which will be posted on the school website• The administration team will work to ensure that all educators have access and training to support Webquests and will require every teacher to include in their annual PGP• Teachers will use Webquests to increase proficiency on summative evaluations. Teachers will use the data from the summative tests at the monthly administrative data team meetings to review efficiency of Webquests. *If students are not improving, the media specialist, curriculum coach and building technology coordinator will work with the teacher to plan a Webquest that will help students master the standards.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR• The library media specialist and the building technology instructor will be considered mentors and will be able to assist teachers during the year with the planning process or creation process of Webquests.• The principal will choose a“Webquest of the Month” to highlight at faculty meetings• Once a month, the media specialist will discuss tips/hints for Webquests at a faculty meeting, mainly demonstrating useful informational websites that would be good resource links
LEARNING OUTCOMESUsing the Webquest Information Inquiry Process:• Students will explore issues and find their own answers for meaning• Students will create and communicate their results• Students will reflect and evaluate on their learning The Webquest will help students master the Common Core Standards in a way fun, engaging, digital way!
EXAMPLE OF WEBQUEST LESSONS• Math Prepare for an Adventure (Grades 6-8) by Alice Gabbard . The big questions in this webquest are: Why does our number system have place value? How does place value work? Team Approach BECOME A TEAM: Share your new knowledge with your group; CREATE A NEW NUMBER SYSTEM: Create a base 4 number system with your group (using original symbols and names) to launch the technological development of the Zony tribe; TEACH THE ZONIES: As a team, present your new number system to the Zony Tribal Council using your choice of visual aids: a poster, book, Power Point, or Excel spreadsheet. 21st Century Learning Standards Standard 1: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge Standard 2: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge Standard 3: Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society KY Academic Expectations 1.5: Students use mathematical ideas and procedures to communicate, reason, and solve problems. 2.7: Students understand number concepts and use numbers appropriately and accurately. KY Program of Studies M-6-NC-4: Students will develop place value of large and small numbers. M-6-NC-5: Students will explore exponents. KY Core Content for Assessment MA-M-1.1.4: Students will describe properties of, define, give examples of, and/or apply to both real-world and mathematical situations: Place value of whole numbers and decimals MA-M-1.1.5: Students will describe properties of, define, give examples of, and/or apply to both real-world and mathematical situations: Positive whole number exponents
INFORMATION INQUIRY PROGRAMS• Still unsure about incorporating Webquests into the classroom? It’s up to you. Get involved!• Your task: Complete the Webquest about Webquests by Bernie Dodge, Ed Tech Department, San Diego State University• In order to know everything about a Webquest, you must complete one!• Are you up for the challenge?
PATHFINDERPrint ResourcesAllan, J. & Street, M. (2007). The quest for deeper learning: An investigation into the impact of a knowledge-pooling WebQuest in primary initial teacher training. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38(6), 1102-1112.• Resource supports webquests as knowledge tools in the classroom.Hassanien, A. (2006). An evaluation of the webquest as a computer-based learning tool. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11(2), 235-250.• Resource provides research proving webquests are important information- inquiry tools.March, T. (2004). The learning power of WebQuests: A well-designed WebQuest combines research-supported theories with effective use of the internet to promote dependable instructional practices. Educational Leadership, 42-47.• Resource supports the use of webquests in an educational setting.
PATHFINDERElectronic DatabasesSwindell, J. W. (2006). A case study of the use of an inquiry-based instructional strategy with rural minority at-risk, middle grade students. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Information and Learning Company. (3211247).• Resource provides a case study showing the results of using a webquest strategy with at-risk students.Webquests. (n.d.). http://scholar.google.com/. Retrieved March 6, 2013, from www2.ic.edu/IT/pdf/Webquests.pdf• Resource provides information about why webquests are important, what webquests do for students, how to create a webquest, and what important components are included in one.
PATHFINDERSearch EnginesGabbard, A. (n.d.). Prepare for an Adventure!. Northern Kentucky University. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://studenthome.nku.edu/~webquest/gabbard/index.htm• Resource provides an example of a math webquest for grades 6-8.Silva, L. (1999). Math, Who Needs It? WebQuest. Internet Masters of Educational Technology (iMET) -Sacramento State University. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://imet.csus.edu/imet10/portfolio/Silva_L/284/WebQuest/CareerMath.ht m• Resource provides an example of a math webquest for grades 6-8.[Untitled image of WebQuest]. Retrieved March 5, 2013 from http://webpages.shepherd.edu/DREED01/WebQuest%20Reviews.html• Resource provides an example of a webquest for 4th and 5th grades learning about the human skeletal system.
PATHFINDERInformation Inquiry Web SitesDodge, B. (2007). Research about webquests. Retrieved February 25, 2013 from http://webquest.org/• Resource provides information about finding webquests, creating webquests, sharing webquests, and explaining webquests.ILILE, Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education. (n.d.). ILILE, Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://www.ilile.org/• Resource provides links to instructional resources, initiatives, events, and web resources related to informational literacy.Ray, M. (2012). [Untitled image of webquest design]. Retrieved March 3, 2013 from http://ectechbuzz.blogspot.com/2012/08/webquests-letting-students- take-charge.html• Resource provides information about designing a webquest.