Search for the word "WebQuest" in any search engine, and you soon discover thousands of online lessons created by teachers around the world. What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning, says workshop expert Bernie Dodge. This means it is a classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the World Wide Web. Beyond that, WebQuests:
- can be as short as a single class period or as long as a month-long unit;
- usually (though not always) involve group work, with division of labor among students who take on specific roles or perspectives;
- are built around resources that are preselected by the teacher. Students spend their time USING information, not LOOKING for it.
This site provides a unified gateway to the resources previously linked to the WebQuest Page at San Diego State University and those at the portal at WebQuest.Org.
SECTIONS OF A WEBQUEST
Usually, a webquest is divided in the following sections:
- Teacher's Page (optional)
STEPS OF DEVELOPING A WEBQUEST
- Select a topic or theme that fits your curriculum and standards.
- Become familiar with web sites in your content area. Start collecting by selecting and bookmarking interesting sites.
- Select a task for your students to accomplish. If you need help or inspiration check out WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks
- Make a list of each step students need to take in the process of accomplishing the task you set for them.
- Create a rubric to show students how you will evaluate them.
- Design your web pages or use a pre-made template.
- Upload the pages to the Internet or follow the wizard from your template.