Getting Going with Google Sites for WebQuests

For the session today, we will use a few different sites. We’ll begin by starting with the link below to help us learn what a WebQuest is.

Next, we will go about the process of actually creating a WebQuest. The links below will help you along with this process:

Google Sites

A guide to WebQuest Creation using Google Sites

The WebQuest Way

A WebQuest Evualuation Rubric

Finally, below is a slightly different way of going through the WebQuest creation process using a different WebQuest about WebQuests and a largely self-pacing set of directions.

WebQuests From Start to Finish (A complete how-to guide)

 Step 1. Learn about WebQuests in class:

 Complete a WebQuest about WebQuests at: groups of four, select ONE of the levels or topics in the section entitled, WebQuest about WebQuests. Each person will play one of the four roles assigned. Then follow the directions, spending no more than 5 minutes on any one site.   Discuss findings, and reach consensus on what features make a good WebQuest.


Step 2. Explore MANY examples of WebQuests at

This site has hundreds of examples of WebQuests to review.   In the “Curriculum x Grade Level MATRIX” you can select a subject of interest and then identify the grade level you want to see.   

 Look at several examples for each of the SIX “Building Blocks” for a WebQuest.

(The six parts are:  Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion, Teacher’s Page.)

 This is a very helpful site.  It shows a LONG list of examples of MANY types of WebQuest designs:

 Scroll down this site to see MANY examples of WebQuests:


 Step 3. DEVELOP YOUR OWN WebQuest and put up on the web.

 Decide on topic for your WebQuest and the target audience it will be designed for.

  1. Begin locating possible websites to use. Include at LEAST 3-5 GOOD sites.
  2. Write the specific learning objectives for your audience – be sure they are ABOVE the Knowledge (memorization of facts) level in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Try for application, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation levels – depending on age of audience. You will list these objectives on the Teacher’s Page.
  3. Decide what curriculum standards your WebQuest fits under.  For example, social studies standards about understanding the government, or specific science or math standards, etc.  You will include these standards on the Teacher’s Page.
  4. Write the INTRODUCTION for your WebQuest. Try to “hook students in” to be excited about what they will be exploring and learning about.  
  5. Write the TASK description.  This is the overview of the main purpose of the WebQuest and what the final project or product will be.
  6. The PROCESS page includes a detailed step-by-step description of exactly what students will do in the WebQuest.  It includes links to the web sites you have pre-selected for them to visit.  (See examples in sample WebQuests at sites listed above.)
  7. Decide what ROLES you will have for students.  This information will be included on the PROCESS page. Roles can be assigned by the teacher or you may let students choose the role they want.   Having different roles encourages students to learn independently and then to teach each other what they’ve learned.
  8. Decide on the EVALUATION you will use.  How will you determine what the students have learned from this WebQuest?  This can be a rubric, or a project that students complete, or whatever makes sense for the specific type of WebQuest.
  9. The CONCLUSIONS page congratulates students and summarizes what they  have learned.  This page often includes resources where they could learn more about the topic.
  10. The TEACHER’S PAGE should include information for any teacher who might use your WebQuest, including how much time students will need to complete the WebQuest, equipment or supplies needed (if any), and a bibliography of resources used in creating the WebQuest.   (In addition to the Objectives and Standards, described earlier in items 3 and 4).


Some additional helpful links:

Short article on designing WebQuests:

Review of WebQuest design process:

Another WebQuest pioneer’s complete overview of WebQuests with a modern (Web 2.0) slant

RUBRIC examples and rubric generators:

Getting Started with Google Apps

Looking forward to tomorrow! I have posted all of the resources for my Google Apps session. Please check out the page for more information.

Getting Started with Google Apps

Flipping the Classroom 2 PowerPoint

Hello everyone,
I wanted to give you access to the PowerPoint that I will be using for those of you who like to read ahead, follow along, or have for reference later.

Flipping 2 Wkshp 2012

See you tomorrow,


PowerPoint for Flipping the Classroom 1

Hello everyone,
I wanted to give you access to the PowerPoint that I will be using for those of you who like to read ahead, follow along, or have for reference later.

Flipping 1 Wkshp 2012

See you tomorrow,


Outline for APPSolutely Accommodating

Hi there! For those of you that want an outline for notetaking purposes, here you go. All of the resources I will use in the session will be posted here during the session tomorrow. Still making final tweaks or I would share them now.

This is read only, so if you want to be able to type into the document, follow these instructions:

1. Click on the link above to open the outline.

2. Login to your google drive (formerly docs) account (top write corner of the page).

3. Once logged in, go to the File drop-down menu in the document, and select “make  a copy”

4. The copy of the document will now be in your drive, with you as the owner. Change the name, add text, whatever .

* Document will be private to you unless you choose to share it with someone

Just a few days away!

Apple Sees Schools Buoying Tablet Lead as Classes Use IPad

Hi there,

Emily and I have been busy planning for our session Tuesday. We are very excited to work with you. To prepare for the session, we wanted to give you a quick preview of your 90-minute experience!

You will step into the world of centers as a student. Pretend to be your most beloved student, or choose that student that gives you run for your money regularly and have the bliss of him/her cooperating for day. : ) You will be rotating through several centers and engaging in the activities as a student would. All the technology and accounts will be set up for you to interact with during the session, but for those of you that would like to explore some in advance, or get a jump start on signing up for accounts, web-based applications and apps we will use are listed below. If you do have an iPad or computer, feel free to bring them with you!

Web-based applications:

FREE iPad Apps used in the centers:

See you Tuesday!

– Emily & Tracy

Looking forward to Tuesday!

Email sent to participants on 10/31:

Hello! I hope that this finds you all well post-Sandy. I am looking forward to our session. I am a big fan of the iPad and the possibility they hold for our classrooms. This session will focus on some of those possibilities. I will have a few iPads available for those without, but ask that those of you that have one, or have access to one, please bring it with you. Listed below are the FREE apps I would like you to install prior to our session.


GoodNotes (free) 


For those of you that are new to the iPad, please take a minute to practice before Tuesday. Here is a link to a tutorial for basic iPad skills – click here.  Below is a quick list of tasks for you to complete to prepare for the session. All of these are described in the tutorial video and additional resources are available here.

  1. Swipe left and do a search for “notes” in Spotlight 

  1. Create a “Note” to use as a notepad for this set of challenges 

  1. Rotate iPad for both Horizontal or Vertical view 

  1. Lock & unlock the screen orientation 

  1. View most recent applications 

  1. Turn the speaker volume up or down 

  1. Find the Sleep/Wake button 

  1. Rearrange your desktop apps 

  1. Create a folder (for 2+ apps) 

  1. Take a picture and email it to yourself 

  1. Take a screen shot 

  1. Create a short (20 – 30 second) movie starring a colleague using the Camera App 

  1. Go to Settings>General>Accessibility & turn on Speak Selection 

All of this, plus additional resources from the session, will be available on the Natick Tech Day site. (Please check back over the weekend for updates to the site.) I will put a template on there as well for those of you that want to use pen/paper. I will not be distributing anything in paper form, so if you like paper, please print and bring with you. And finally, if you have a stylus for the ipad, please bring it with you.


See you in the NHS library on the 6th! 

Blogging with Elementary Students

Blogging with Elementary StudentsHi everyone! I am excited to share lots of ideas during my workshop, “Blogging with Elementary Students” at the Natick Tech Conference! To get a sneak peek at what I’ll be presenting, check out this post on my blog, Love What You Teach.  You’ll find student exemplars, templates, links to resources, advice on safety, and more.  I look forward to seeing you on November 6th!  — Abbie Fox