Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tech Review #1: WebQuest


A WebQuest is a inquiry-oriented research activity in which students read, analyze, and synthesize information using the Internet. Valued as a highly constructivist teaching method, the WebQuest allows students to build their own understanding of a topic, research real-world questions, and work cooperatively to find solutions. Instructors can create a task around Bloom's Taxonomy by varying the level of abstraction of questions. They then direct student to relevant Internet-based resources to complete the task.

Usally the Quest is divided into the following sections: Introduction, Task, Process, Resources, Evalution, and Conclusion Page. Introduction sets the stage and provides some background information of the topic to be explored. Task includes research questions, student's role assignments, and collaborative activities. Process includes a description of what the learners should go through in accomplishing the task with step by step guidance. Resources refers to relevant information and tools needed to complete the task, embedded in the WebQuest as anchors pointing to information on the Internet. Evaluation includes clear grading criteria for both individual and collaborative work. Conclusion brings closure to the Quest, reminds the learners about what they've learned, and encourages them to extend the experience into other domains.

This learning approch almost covers every category of NETS-S. It's a powerful inquiry tool for both teachers and students.

Click here to see a sample of WebQuest.

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