Webquests

A series of links if you want to learn more about webquests…

Finding the information — and then using it
In Kathy Schrock's introduction to webquests (first link below), she says that in a webquest the learner "analyzes a body of information [ie information found on the Internet] transforms it and demonstrates understanding by presenting it in some way".

I would suggest that the best webquests involve exactly that, not just finding the information, but using it in some way, for example as either a verbal or a written presentation.

I would also suggest that if you have a class blog (on which your learners can all be authors), then a blog is an excellent place to make that presentation.

Links
A neat little slideshow introduction to what webquests are
http://kathyschrock.net/slideshows/webquests/frame0001.htm

A look back at the 1960s – an example webquest
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/museum/webquest.html

Designing webquests
http://www.ozline.com/learning/index.htm

Study Groups and WebQuests
An article from the excellent techlearning.com website*

How to Succeed with WebQuests
Another article from techlearning.com*

Webquest templates
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/LessonTemplate.html

WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/taskonomy.html

*TechLearning.com
The TechLearning website (and newsletter) is one I can highly recommend if you are interested in using technology. Definitely worth the 2 minutes it will take you to register…

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