Exploring the World of WebQuests August 2006 by ANejman


									Exploring the World of WebQuests
           August 2006

               Sandy Schaufelberger, Presenter
      What is a WebQuest?
• A student-centered learning environment
• Based on a doable, engaging task
• Supported by the Web & other resources
• Learners inquire & construct meaning
• Supports higher level thinking
• Usually collaborative
     Why Use WebQuests?
• Authenticity
• Active exploration
• Applied learning
• Adult connections through collaboration
• Authentic assessment

“Using information is more important than
 merely having it.”
 Who Created the WebQuest?
• Bernie Dodge
• San Diego State University
• Outlined in 1995

“WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to
  focus on using information rather than looking for it,
  and to support learners' thinking at the levels of
  analysis, synthesis and evaluation.”
       Other Characteristics
• Cooperative Learning • Interdisciplinary
• Motivational Elements • Differentiation
  – role playing
  – simulated interaction
  – work scenario
                The Introduction
• Should orient the learner to what is coming
• Should raise some interest
     – Fun?
     – Important because of global implications?
     – Relevant to the learner’s past and/or future?
     – Attractive?

• The Titanic (9-12)
• Lotto Fever (9-12)
•   http://homepages.moeller.org/tfairbanks/lottofever.htm#Introduction
                     The Task
• Should describe    • Dive Right In (K-2)
  what the learner      – http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/
  will have produced      grant/aquarium/tasks.html
  at the end         • “The Crucible" & McCarthyism
   – A PowerPoint            (9-12)
     presentation?           – http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/
   – A timeline?               hoover/crucible/
   – A newspaper?         • The Diary of Anne Franke: In
   – A web site?            Search of Truth (6-8)
   – A videotape?            – http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/l
   – An interview?             ewis/annefrank/
   – A debate?            • Zelda’s Zany Zoo (4-5)
   – A radio play?           – http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/nbark

                                       12 Tasks Link
                    The Process
• The teacher suggests the steps that the learner
  should take to complete the task.
• The process may include strategies and advice.
• The process should be clear, concise.
• Scaffolding is used to guide learning.

• Gallery of Art-I-Facts (9-12)

• Fashion Quest (9-12)
•   http://www.mamkschools.org/mhs/class/home_and_career/nelson/fashi
• A Personal Journey: Gettysburg (7-12)
• http://www.pls.uni.edu/nielsen/Gettysburg/process.html
• Pre-selected                                • Examples
                                                –   Web sites
• Background for all,
                                                –   Audiotapes
  details for some                              –   Videotapes
• Different reading levels                      –   Audio-conference
• An Insect’s Perspective (K-2)                 –   Videoconference
  http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/in     –   Textbooks
  sects/process.htm                             –   Newspapers
• Return of the Great Game (9-12)               –   Interviews
  greatgame/stage_2.htm                         –   Online Experts
• Amistad (9-12)                                –   Maps
  http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/hoover/      –   Historical Records
• Measuring the results of using
  WebQuests for learning
  –   Meaningful, challenging activities
  –   Generative
  –   Seamless & ongoing
  –   Create equity by reducing subjectivity
• Forms of Assessment
  – Rubrics (Rubistar)
  – Checklists
  – Portfolios/Folders
            Sample Evaluations
• Mad Cow WebQuest (8-12)

• Family of Nations Celebration (1-2)

• The Ocean’s In Trouble (4-5)

• Biotech, Inc. (9-10)
                 The Conclusion
• To summarize the experience
• To encourage reflection about the process
• To extend & generalize what was learned

• Finding the Lighthouse Diamond Thief (5-8)
• Genocide: Indifference Can be Tempting (8th)
           Teacher Page/Notes
•   Ideas for implementation
•   Target learners (grade, subject, etc.)
•   Standards – Show alignment
•   Notes for teaching
•   Examples of student work

• Designing a Tour of Washington DC

• Hello Dolly
 WebQuest About WebQuests
  Since early in 1995, teachers everywhere have learned how to use
  the web well by adopting the WebQuest format to created inquiry-
  oriented lessons. But what exactly is a WebQuest? What does it feel
  like to do one? How do you know a good one when you see it?
  You’re going to grapple with these questions and more.

  To develop great WebQuests, you need a thorough understanding
  of the possibilities open to you as you create web-based lessons.
  One way for you to get there is to critically analyze a number of
  examples and discuss them from multiple perspectives. That's your

You need to answer these questions individually and then as a group:
  Which two of the examples are the best ones? Why?
  Which two are the worst? Why?
  What do best and worst mean to your group?
     Discussion Questions
• What topic would lend itself to the
  WebQuest format in your curriculum?

• What is a doable, appropriate task
  learners could accomplish as a way to
  learn what they need to learn?
Online Resources
IPFW Workshop – Fall 2006
       Thank you!

      Sandy Schaufelberger
ACELINK Project Coordinator/IPFW

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