Webquest 101 Putting Discovery into the Curriculum
|What is a Webquest?|
|A webquest is an assignment which asks students to use the World Wide Web to learn about and/or synthesize their knowledge a specific topic. A “true” webquest, as originally designed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March, requires synthesis of the new knowledge by accomplishing a “task,” often to solve a hypothetical problem or address a real-world issue. Simpler web activities designed for students to investigate and collect new knowledge from web-based sources can also be a more engaging and effective replacement for read-the-chapter-and-complete-the-review-questions. This tutorial will walk you through the basics to create a simple or more elaborate activity.
The quality of your webquest depends on the ideas and thought that go into in more than on flashy presentation technologies. Its easy to create a mediocre webquest, and its far more difficult to create quest that really works well.
|Why should you take
the time to create a webquest? The best reason is that, like any carefully
planned lesson, a good webquest makes learning interesting for your
students. Beyond that, however, several other factors make webquests
a powerful learning tool.
|Reviewing||Organizing||Packaging||Trying it Out||Presenting Results|
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