Integrating Webquests Into The Curriculum

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This is a multimedia presentation that explains the nature of webquests and ways to implement them into the classroom.


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Integrating Webquests Into The Curriculum:

Integrating Webquests Into The Curriculum A Multimedia Presentation by Kelly Finch North Carolina State University

What are Webquests?:

What are Webquests? Webquests are teacher-designed web pages that packages various learning tasks and activities for students to complete using Internet resources. Vacca & Vacca 2007

Once upon a time….:

Once upon a time…. During the early days of Internet use (1995), Professor Bernie Dodge of San Diego State University began developing the Webquest strategy to integrate the growing power of the Web into the classroom. March, 1998

How do Webquests Differ?:

How do Webquests Differ? There are two types of Webquests: Short Term The instructional goal of a short term WebQuest is knowledge acquisition and integration, described as Dimension 2 in Marzano's (1992) Dimensions of Thinking model. At the end of a short term WebQuest, a learner will have grappled with a significant amount of new information and made sense of it. A short-term WebQuest is designed to be completed in one to three class periods Example of Short Term Webquest (

Differences Continued…:

Differences Continued… Long Term: The instructional goal of a longer term WebQuest is what Marzano calls Dimension 3: extending and refining knowledge. After completing a longer term WebQuest, a learner would have analyzed a body of knowledge deeply, transformed it in some way, and demonstrated an understanding of the material by creating something that others can respond to, on-line or off-. A longer term WebQuest will typically take between one week and a month in a classroom setting Dodge, 1997 Example of Long Term Webquest (

Getting Started: Design:

Getting Started: Design The Webquest Design Process was created by Tom March in 1997. Educators must consider these concepts during the prewriting stage of the design process.

Getting Started - Organization:

Getting Started - Organization Webquests should include: an INTRODUCTION a TASK the PROCESS student EVALUATION CONCLUSION Some webquests also include: TEACHER page RESOURCES (this includes resources needed in addition to the various sites from the Internet)

Creating your Webquest:

Creating your Webquest There are numerous free websites to help the novice webquest designer with his or her first project. Filamentality ( - This site begins with a tour of the process. Next, you simply start a new topic, fill in your information, and “Spin this Thing” to edit your website later.

Creating your Webquest:

Creating your Webquest Technology savvy instructors (and NCSU students) can create their own webquest using the Create and Display your Webpages link through NCSU. (Every student is provided server space) Another website recommended by the NCSU help desk helps the designer learn about the Building Blocks of a Webquest. (

Creating your Webquest:

Creating your Webquest The final help site is the one I found the most user friendly and helpful when I implemented this technology in my own classroom by creating a webquest for the novel, Night by Elie Wiesel. I used the web worksheet wizard at

Creating your Webquest:

Creating your Webquest After one has planned his or her webquest and chosen a means of delivery (example:, the fun part begins! I registered with Membership is free. After you activate your account, you enter your class name. You can choose to have only students view your files or allow the general public to view them.

Creating your Webquests:

Creating your Webquests When you start your first worksheet, you can get started by going to the teacher manager and entering in all of your information. This is where you may add color, text, and images. Make sure that you choose colors that aesthetically compliment each other and are easy for the viewer to read.

My Webquest:

My Webquest Then, you will begin your first worksheet. I incorporated all parts of the short term webquest as links to the left of my webpage. Everytime you want to link a page, you just add it to the edit sheet. This is my short term webquest, which is entitled The Truth Takes a Stand ( ).

Cutting down time with

Cutting down time with One valuable tool I used while I was finding appropriate websites for my webquest was ( ) is a social bookmarking site that allows users to tag addresses that they would like to revisit in the future and it also allows them to share similar sites with other users. It will cut out a lot of “surfing” time!

Remember, Have Fun!:

Remember, Have Fun! Webquests are meant to intrigue and capture the attention of your students. Make the webquest fun and educational!!!

Remember, Be Creative!!:

Remember, Be Creative!! Webquests allow your subject matter to come alive for students. Integrate not only general websites, but photos, videos, virtual experiences, and much much more. I included this video on my webquest for Night.( ) It is Oprah’s interview with the author of the text, Elie Wiesel.


References Dodge, Bernie. (1995). Some Thoughts About Webquests. Online 7 June 2007. March, Tom. (1998). Why Webquests? . Online. 7 June 2007. Vacca, R.T. and Vacca, J.L. (2007). Content Area Reading; Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (9th ed.) New York: Longman.

The End!!!:

The End!!! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions @ [email protected]