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Getting Started

WebQuests:

After looking at the three examples for your grade level, define a Webquest and its parts.

Elementary Examples:

Shocking Sharks
Yellowstone
Zelda's Zany Zoo

 

Secondary Examples:

Banned Book Quest
The Titanic
Yellowstone

Selecting a WebQuest Project

Filters to use when selecting a topic and task

The words you use matter—topic keywords are the element that will make your searching successful or a time wasting failure

Searching

Before you Search
Seven Steps
Specialized Searching

Bookmarks

Managing Your Bookmarks
Saving Your Bookmarks
Adding information to your bookmark

Focus on Introductions

Think about ways to introduce the project. The introduction should motivate, set the stage, and provide background information. Consider situations, pictures, quotes, poems, and songs to establish the environment. How do the Hunger WebQuest and Dustbowl WebQuest do this?

 

How will you introduce your WebQuest to your students?

 

Writing the Task

Does your topic answer the four filter questions?

·         Pick your standards first.

·         Write your task.

Use the WebQuest Taskonomy as a guide to assure that the task is doable and engaging, and elicits thinking in learners that goes beyond rote comprehension.

For example, it could be a series of questions, summary to be created, problem to be solved, position to be debated, or creative work. It should require thinking and doing such as the ChinaQuest example.

 

Information Resources 

What resources will students need to complete the task? Select specific, appropriate resources such as web documents, experts available via Internet, searchable net databases, books and other documents, and real objects. There are different ways to format these links and resources. Take a look at several WebQuests and pay attention to how they have organized the resources.  Use the one that you feel would be best for your students.

 

Create a list of resources.

 

Processes

What process will students follow to complete the WebQuest? Will you provide them with a list of activities, step-by-step instructions, or a timeline? Examine an Compassion or Murder example and describe what approach was taken to the process.

 

Create a step-by-step description of what you expect students to do during the project.

 

Learning Advice

Do you have any other advice for students? Do they need to know how to organize information? Will you give them guiding questions, directions to complete, checklists, timelines, concept maps, cause-effect diagrams, or action plan guidelines? Explore the advice in an Personal Trainer example.

 

Brainstorm advice that might be helpful for students in completing the project.

 

Evaluation

How will students be assessed? Will you use contracts, checklists, or rubrics? Rubric 1 is an example.

 

Discuss ideas for evaluation.

Conclusion

How will the project conclude? Will you remind learners about what they've learned or encourage learners to extend the experience?

 

Create an exciting conclusion.

 

Other Elements

What other elements will you include to expand the project? Consider roles to play, collaboration guidelines, and teacher resources. Explore the following four examples: Comic Strips and Tobacco.

 

Add an additional element to your project.

 

Modified on 4/22/2004