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WebQuests

First read the text below, including the material at each link. This text introduces you to what a WebQuest is, as well as the pedagogical approach inherent in the design of WebQuest, how to design for interactivity; and provides a process, templates, resources, and examples to help you to create a WebQuest. Then create a WebQuest following the guide and schedule at the WebQuest assignment.
 

What is a WebQuest

Definition:
A socially responsive visual culture WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which learners construct knowledge through interacting with, evaluating, and connecting diverse, and sometimes contradictory, resources on the Internet in order to form new insights that they share in a tangible form intended to make a difference in the world.

Creating WebQuests: Technologically, creating a WebQuest can be very simple. As long as you can create a document with hyperlinks, you can create a WebQuest. That means that a WebQuest can be created in Word®, PowerPoint®, Blog, and even Flash®! However, there are many free Web editors that you can download and use, or even the 30-day free trial of DreamWeaver as good Web editor with tutorial and help menus to teach yourself how to use it. If you're going to call it a WebQuest, though, be sure that it has all the critical attributes listed below. A real WebQuest....

  • is wrapped around a doable and interesting task that is ideally what responsible citizens do to create a more just world.
  • requires higher level thinking, not simply summarizing. This includes synthesis, analysis, problem-solving, creativity and judgment.
  • makes good use of the Web. A WebQuest that isn't based on real resources from the Web is probably just a traditional lesson in disguise. (Of course, books and other media can be used within a WebQuest, but if the Web isn't integral to the inquiry activity, it's not a WebQuest.)
  • is not a simply distillation of information, nor a presentation of what already exists.
  • is not just a series of Web-based experiences. Having learners go look at this page, then go play this game, then go here and turn your name into hieroglyphs doesn't require higher level critical and creative thinking skills and so, by definition, isn't a WebQuest.

(adapted from http://webquest.org/index-create.php)

Learner Interactions: Your WebQuest should include ways for students to interact with each other and the content, and possibly with another class or invited guests. The following resources can help to incorporate for learner interaction as process scaffolding, which is an important aspect of constructivist pedagogy.

Tools

Resources to develop tasks, build reception, transformation, and production scaffolds, and to add sounds and interactive discussion.

Free programs to build your WebQuest:

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