WebQuests, Wikis, & Blogs…OH MY! 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 themes: – 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 Question. • 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. Examples • http://questgarden.com/96/60/8/100216193223/inde x.htm • http://questgarden.com/89/06/6/091027113300/ • http://questgarden.com/90/09/5/091106121925/ • http://questgarden.com/79/41/2/090331133136/proc ess.htm 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. Wikis… 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 activities. • 3. How does it work? All it takes is a connection to the Internet and a Web browser. 7 things you need to know continued…. • 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 true. 7 things you need to know continued…. • 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 • http://www.profetic.org/dossiers/article.php3 ?id_article=967 To get you started • www.pbwiki.com • www.wetpaint.com • www.wikispace.com • For the educators!!!! • www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers Do you Facebook or Myspace? You are already ahead of the game!!! Blogs…. • 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 journal • 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 learning? How do I get started? • Just do it! • The 3 best places to start your blogging: – theEdublogger.com – Wordpress.com – Blogger.com A Few Blog Examples • www.asued2010.com • www.asuedtech.info • www.meetmrmac.com • www.ipif.meetmrmac.com • www.transparentliving.com 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 www.asuedtech.info and searching on your topic. • Get back together to discuss what you discovered. 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.