Finding, Creating, and Using WebQuests
Derry Area Township School District Workshop


WebQuests are meaningful web-based activities designed to challenge the learner's problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills.  WebQuests have become popular with teachers because they help them integrate the Internet into the curriculum through a 6-step model that has been field tested and proved successful through a wide range of grade levels and subjects.  

An effective WebQuest...

Keep these characteristics in mind as you plan your WebQuest!

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Following are the steps that you should follow in completing this project:


STEP ONE
Visit other WebQuests and gather information for ideas.

First, you should explore the sites below.  Do not take shortcuts on this because most of the work involved in creating a WebQuest is in the planning stage.  You will get many ideas for creating a WebQuest after visiting these sites.

The WebQuest Portal
http://webquest.org/
This is the best site for searching for WebQuests! You can also view other Webquests by searching for them through search engines.

The Webquest Page
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
This is the original WebQuest site.  You should explore all areas of this site.
This is the best site for WebQuest information!

Building Blocks of a WebQuest
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/buildingblocks/p-index.htm

You must visit this site to understand the various stages of a WebQuest.

Examples from my classes
http://teacherworld.com/itwebpages.html


STEP TWO
Decide on a topic and search for web site resources.

After exploring and gathering information on WebQuests, you should decide on a topic and gather your web site resources.  This phase involves searching on the Internet for unique web sites that will contribute to the effectiveness of your WebQuests.  You need to ask yourself the following questions:

You should list a minimum of 5 web sites.  This does not mean that your students are limited to these 5 sites.  These sites may lead to other sites that the students also explore as they gather information for their project. 

Some guidelines about choosing web site resources:

You may also list more than 5 sites, depending on the grade level and extensiveness of your WebQuest.  WebQuests usually take several days to several weeks for implementation.

All web site names & addresses should be listed in the following 3-part format (NAME, LIVE LINK ADDRESS, AND A SHORT ONE-SENTENCE DESCRIPTION):

Technology & Learning
http://www.techlearning.com
An excellent publication which addresses technology-based products and activities that help young people learn.


STEP THREE
Make an outline of the six stages of WebQuest as described below!

 

Following is a suggested outline for your WebQuest activity:


Although these stages are explained below, you should visit the
"Building Blocks of a WebQuest" http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/buildingblocks/p-index.htm that was listed above:
 

Important:  Each of the following stages should be addressed TO THE STUDENTS!

Introduction

Write a short paragraph to:

You should also present the GENERAL questions that will be explored during the WebQuest.

 

Task

Write a short paragraph or outline of expected results.  The task is the end result of student efforts... not the steps involved in getting there. You may also present SPECIFIC questions in this section.

Process

Describe how the groups will be assigned and the role of each member.

List the steps that the students will need to follow in order to complete the activity.

 

Resources

List any materials and resources that the student will need for the activity.  In particular, you need to list web sites in this section.  The requirement for the 3-part listing of web sites was given above.

 

Evaluation

Traditional forms of assessment usually don't fit into the WebQuest model.  One popular form of assessment is a rubric for evaluating WebQuests.

Construct a rubric that has at least four categories across and 5 categories down.  The rubric should have a scoring system and an overall score.   You can do this by inserting a table or copying a rubric using on of the following web sites:

Creating A Rubric for a Given Task
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/tpss99/rubrics/rubrics.html

For a rubric template that you could use for this assignment, visit:
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/tpss99/rubrics/rubric-template.html

You can also visit http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ to make a rubric using online tools.

Note:  If you use one of the online rubrics, you will have to copy and paste it into your document.

 

Conclusion

You should encourage the students to form their own conclusions from what they learned as a result of the WebQuest.  You should also provide them with additional information, activities, or links that will enable them to explore information beyond your WebQuest.


STEP FOUR
Create your final WebQuest using FrontPage (or another web editor).


WebQuests can be completed in several hours, several days, or several weeks.   As the teacher, you will be the final judge of the length of time and how it fits into your curriculum.

 

IN SUMMARY, YOUR WEBQUEST SHOULD BE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:

Introduction

Task

Process

Resources

Evaluation

Conclusion


Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Teacherworld.com
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