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					WebQuests, Wikis, & Blogs…OH
         By: Danielle Bouchard
              Rena Davis
           Nikita Herrington
            Lee McFatridge
            Tabitha Orander
          Just what is Web 2.0?
• Referring to the ongoing transition to a full
  participatory Web.
• Web 2.0 is characterized by the following
  – The Read/Write Web
  – The Web as Platform
                   What is a WebQuest?
•   Technologically, creating a WebQuest can be very simple. As long as you can create
    a document with hyperlinks, you can create a WebQuest. That means that a
    WebQuest can be created in Word, Powerpoint, and even Excel! If you're going to
    call it a WebQuest, though, be sure that it has all the critical attributes.
•   A real WebQuest....
     –   is wrapped around a doable and interesting task that is ideally a scaled down version of
         things that adults do as citizens or workers.
     –   requires higher level thinking, not simply summarizing. This includes synthesis, analysis,
         problem-solving, creativity and judgment.
     –   makes good use of the web. A WebQuest that isn't based on real resources from the web is
         probably just a traditional lesson in disguise. (Of course, books and other media can be used
         within a WebQuest, but if the web isn't at the heart of the lesson, it's not a WebQuest.)
     –   isn't a research report or a step-by-step science or math procedure. Having learners simply
         distilling web sites and making a presentation about them isn't enough.
     –   isn't just a series of web-based experiences. Having learners go look at this page, then go
         play this game, then go here and turn your name into hieroglyphs doesn't require higher level
         thinking skills and so, by definition, isn't a WebQuest.
5 Essential Elements of WebQuests
•   Introduction-Short paragraph to introduce activity or lessons to students. It is
    their motivation and will communicate the Big Question or the Essential

•   Task-Describe crisply and clearly what the end result of the learner’s activities
    will be.

•   Process-What steps the student’s should go through to get to the end activity.

•   Evaluation-How will you evaluate your student’s work. Normally, a rubric.

•   Conclusion-Put a couple of sentences here to summarize what they will have
    accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also
    want to include some rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage them
    to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.

•   Credits-List here the sources of any images, music, or text that you’re using.
    Provide links back to the original source. Say thanks to anyone who provided
    resources or help.
    Teacher Page-This page is to introduce the parents or interesting parties why
    you are doing this as an instructional activity in the classroom.



             What is a Wiki?

• Wiki is a piece of server software that allows
  users to freely create and edit Web page
  content using any web browser. Wiki supports
  hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for
  creating new pages and cross-links between
  internal pages on the fly.
       7 things you need to know
• 1. What is it? A web page that can be viewed
  and modified by anybody with a Web browser
  and access to the internet.
• 2. Who’s doing it? EVERYONE!!!! Wikis are
  being used for a wide variety of collaborative
• 3. How does it work? All it takes is a
  connection to the Internet and a Web
      7 things you need to know
• 4. why is it significant? Wikis offer a powerful
  yet flexible collaborative communication tool
  for developing content- specific Web site.
  From an instructional technology perspective,
  wikis allow faculty and students to engage in
  collaborative activities that might not be
  possible in a classroom.
• 5. What are the downsides? Anyone can edit,
  delete, or post to the site and it may not be
     7 things you need to know
• 6. where is it going? The web, which means
  ANYONE can access it.
• 7. What are the implications for teaching and
  learning? Wikis might be the easiest and most
  effective Web-based collaboration tool in any
  instructional portfolio. It provides students
  with direct and immediate access to a site’s
  content. Faculty can use wikis to collaborate
  on projects and other activities.
The possibilities for using wikis as
  the platform for collaborative
projects are limited only by one’s
      imagination and time.
Good sites for information on wikis
             To get you started
•   For the educators!!!!
Do you Facebook or
You are already
ahead of the
• A blog (a contraction of the term “weblog”) is
  a type of website, usually maintained by an
  individual with regular entries of commentary.
• Blog -read, write, edit, and share on-line
• Weblog: a shared on-line journal where
  people can post diary entries about their
  personal experiences and hobbies.
    What you need to know about Blogs!
•   What is it?
•   Who’s doing it?
•   How does it work?
•   Why is it significant?
•   Are there any downsides?
•   Where is it going?
•   What are the implications for teaching and
         How do I get started?
• Just do it!
• The 3 best places to start your blogging:
           A Few Blog Examples
                 Group Time
• Gather into groups
  – You will see your groups by looking at the topic in
    the middle of your handout.
• Take some time by going to and searching on your
• Get back together to discuss what you
         A Few Parting Thoughts
•   Embrace new types of technology.
•    Let technology support content.
•   Students need personal connection.
•   Create a personal social network.
•   Start small and expand.
•   Always have a backup.
•   Let students help.

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