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Webquests:

Webquests By Kelsey Leach

What is a Webquest?:

What is a Webquest ? Web definitions 1 . A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. These can be created using various programs, including a simple word processing document that includes links to websites.

Where did Webquests come from?:

Where did Webquests come from? Dr. Bernie Dodge, professor of educational technology at San Diego State University, developed and named the concept while teaching a class for pre-service teachers in the spring of 1995. He wanted to give his student teachers a format for online lessons that would make the best use of student time while fostering higher-level thinking skills.

Who uses Webquests?:

Who uses Webquests ? Since those beginning days, tens of thousands of teachers have embraced WebQuests as a way to make good use of the internet while engaging their students in the kinds of thinking that the 21st century requires. The model has spread around the world, with special enthusiasm in Brazil, Spain, China, Australia and Holland.

Webquests can..:

Webquests can.. • can be as short as a single class period or as long as a month-long unit • usually involve group work, with division of labor among students who take on specific roles or perspectives • are built around resources that are preselected by the teacher. Students spend their time USING information, not LOOKING for it.

Benefits of Webquests:

Benefits of Webquests • Tomorrow's workers will need to learn teamwork skills. • Individuals will learn skills that will help them in future careers they might have. • The issues facing citizens will become more and more complex, and societal problems will resist easy fixes or black-and-white categorization. • The amount of information available to everyone will grow at an accelerating pace; much of it will come directly from a growing number of sources without filtering or verification.

Problems?:

Problems? Aside from limited computer resources, the biggest challenge you might face is finding time to create unique WebQuests . This challenge can be met by either using pre-existing WebQuests available online, or by designing the first one and using time while students work on it to create other WebQuests . WebQuests shift the way you use your time -- there is a lot of work up front, but after you do this once, you can re-use the WebQuest you create for other classes and adapt it as needed. The first time you create a WebQuest requires the most work, but as you do more of them, you get faster, and you can also re-use the best ones.

Six Crucial Components of Webquests:

Six Crucial Components of Webquests Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation Conclusion

Sample Topics:

Sample Topics The best use of the WebQuest format is for topics that are less well-defined -- tasks that invite creativity and problems with several possible solutions. They can address open-ended questions like: What should be done to protect America's coral reefs? What kinds of people were most likely to survive the sinking of the Titanic? Why ?

Assessment:

Assessment Assessment is an ongoing process in WebQuests -- you are acting as a coach, and constantly conducting mini-assessments as you help students with problems and questions and provide helpful feedback. For the final task, many teachers use a rubric.

Resources:

Resources webquest .org /‎ www.thirteen.org / edonline /concept2class/ webquests /‎

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