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:
The WebQuest Way
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: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/materials.htm. In 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 http://questgarden.com/search/
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: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designpatterns/all.htm
Scroll down this site to see MANY examples of WebQuests: http://annettelamb.com/tap/topic4.htm
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.
- Begin locating possible websites to use. Include at LEAST 3-5 GOOD sites.
- 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.
- 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.
- Write the INTRODUCTION for your WebQuest. Try to “hook students in” to be excited about what they will be exploring and learning about.
- Write the TASK description. This is the overview of the main purpose of the WebQuest and what the final project or product will be.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- The CONCLUSIONS page congratulates students and summarizes what they have learned. This page often includes resources where they could learn more about the topic.
- 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: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech011.shtml
Review of WebQuest design process: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designsteps/index.html
Another WebQuest pioneer’s complete overview of WebQuests with a modern (Web 2.0) slant http://tommarch.com/strategies/webquests/
RUBRIC examples and rubric generators: