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What is a web quest?
Key Parts of a WebQuest
- Originally conceived as an activity to
practice research skills using the web.
- Also a way to have students use thinking/evaluative
skills they learned in class.
- Students gather information about a topic,
summarize, synthesize , organize, evaluate, and present the information.
(from Dodge, Web Quest website)
Advantages of WebQuests
- An introduction with background information
and learning objectives.
- An interesting task.
- A list of information sources (depending
on the task).
- A clear description of the process
- Tips on organizing the information acquired.
- A conclusion that reminds students of what
- Scaffolds students online inquiry
by identifying resources.
- Provides clear tasks and objectives.
- Takes advantage of information
on the WWW.
- Gradually eases students into using
the web for finding information.
- Practices important research skills.
Step 1 – Decide on a topic
What is the topic of your WebQuest? Sample
- Major learning theories
- Current political issues
- English grammar point
Step 2 Decide on your goal
What would you like your students to learn
using a web quest?
Step 3 Deciding on the task
Step 4 Finding web resources*
- How will students accomplish the
stated learning goal?
- How will you know that they have
accomplished that goal (and thereby assess them)?
- Determine how students will gather,
analyze, and synthesize the information.
- Identify web sites that will help your
students find the information that they need for their task.
- Find credible, informative web sites that
the students can use as models of good web sites.
- Librarians can help you find resources.
- Limit sites to a manageable number (57)
- *You should find web resources beforehand
unless your learning goal is finding and evaluating websites.
Step 5 Writing the details
You will need:
You may also want to include:
- a description of the process students
should use to complete the task (with examples)
- guidelines on how students should organize
- an assessment rubric
- a template to help students organize
- WebQuests are normally assessed
on the final product.
- An inclass report.
- A completed worksheet.
- A summary or essay.
- Assessment rubrics are often used.
Holly Gray -- Anne Arundel Community
Sharon Alayne Widmayer --The
George Washington University
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