One of the most popular formats for integrating the Internet
is with a WebQuest. This is an inquiry-oriented activity in which
most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the
Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus
on using information rather than looking for it, and to support
learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State
University by Bernie
Dodge with Tom
March, and is outlined in Some
Thoughts About WebQuests.
Follow this outline:
- Introduction to WebQuests
Homepage - this is the homepage for WebQuests
Building Blocks for a WebQuest
- Discover what these six building blocks are needed to create
Templates - Download templates that you can use.
- Scaffolding Tools
Scaffolds - tips for guiding students in gathering, organizing
and recording information
Scaffolds - tips for guiding students in transforming
their information into another form
Scaffolds - tips for guiding students in producing information
in an observable form
- Multi-media resources
Guide for Professional Cartoonists
- Evaluation Resources
for Evaluating WebQuests - Identify areas for improvement using this rubric.
for Evaluating Student Performance - Find example rubrics that can be modified to assess a wide
range of outcomes.
- Share your ideas with your colleagues.