What is a WebQuest? Contact Information:Becky FordTechnology Training Centerbecky.email@example.com
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on usinginformation rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The model was developed in the early 90’s at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge and Tom March.
Building Blocks of a WebQuest Let’s take a look at the components of a WebQuest.
Introduction The purpose of this section is to both prepare and hook the reader.The student is the intended audience. Write a short paragraph here to introduce the activity or lesson to the students. If there is a role or scenario involved (e.g., "You are a detective trying to identify the mysterious poet.") then here is where you'll set the stage. It is also in this section that you'll communicate the Big Question (Essential Question, Guiding Question) that the whole WebQuest is centered around.
Task Task The task focuses learners on what they are going to do - specifically, the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities. Describe crisply and clearly what the end result of the learners' activities will be. Don't list the steps that students will go through to get to the end point. That belongs in the Process section.
Process Process This section outlines how the learners will accomplish the task. Scaffolding includes clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information. To accomplish the task, what steps should the learners go through?...Learners will access the on-line resources that you've identifed as they go through the Process....In the Process block, you might also provide some guidance on how to organize the information gathered.
Evaluation Evaluation This section describes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards. Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. The assessment rubric(s) should align with the culminating project or performance, as outlined in the task section of the WebQuest. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.
Conclusion Conclusion The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection. Summarize what the learners will have accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also include some rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage them to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.
Langston Hughes WebQuest http://www.sarbo.net/default.htm
Continue working through the PowerPoint. • Spend some time looking at the WebQuests’ Hotlist. • Think about writing your own WebQuest using the templates provided. Classroom Tip!In your classroom, work through a WebQuest as a whole class or have students work through the WebQuest as a center activity.
The Power of WebQuestsAccording to Bernie Dodge (1997), a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students interact with information gleaned primarily from resources on the Internet. http://webquest.sdsu.edu/ "The Matrix"
Dr. Alice Christie's Matrix of 400 WebQuestshttp://www.west.asu.edu/achristie/wqmatrix.html A Hotlist created by Midge FrazelUnderstanding and Using WebQuests The Big WebQuest CollectionWebQuest Collections High School Literature WebQuests http://webquest.sdsu.edu/literature-wq.htmHigh School WebQuestshttp://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/webquests.htmWebQuest Directhttp://www.webquestdirect.com.au/whatis_articles2.aspThe Best WebQuests http://bestwebquests.com/Tech Teachers http://www.techteachers.com/unittable.htm
WebQuestsThird Grade through Sixth Grade http://www.eduscapes.com/sessions/travel/36webquests.htmMath Hotlist of WebQuestshttp://www.iwebquest.com/hotlists/mathwebquest.htm Primary School List of WebQuests http://www.primaryschool.com.au/webquestsresults.phpBig List of WebQuests- Unicom http://www.unicom-inc.com/education/wbqlink.cfm Yukon Department of Education http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/staffroom/webquest.htmlModels for Teachershttp://education.wichita.edu/m3/index.htm I WebQuesthttp://www.iwebquest.com/
WebQuests in Our Future (Kathy Schrock's PowerPoint Introduction) http://www.discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/webquest/webquest.html WebQuests: A Strategy for Scaffolding Higher Level Learninghttp://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/necc98.htm Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquestrubric.html WebQuest Taskonomy http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/taskonomy.html Some Thoughts About WebQuests http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec596/about_webquests.html New Revised WebQuest (Jim Andris) http://www.siue.edu/~jandris/north/newquest.html
Searching for Specific WebQuests To search for a specific WebQuest use Googlewww.google.comsearch engine and type in exactly what you want by name: Example: Langston Hughes Webquest Poetry Webquests Literature Webquests
Webquest Evaluation and Use http://eduscapes.com/sessions/travel/use.htm Evaluating Webquestshttp://eduscapes.com/tap/topic4.htm Webquest Adaptationhttp://eduscapes.com/sessions/travel/adapt.htm Internet ExpeditionsCreating WebQuest Learning Environmentshttp://eduscapes.com/sessions/travel/