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Going for
the Gold


A Health

Adventure




Discover London.

No Bats in

My Town








Searching the internet for the word "Webquest"

you will discover thousands of lessons which are

created by teachers from all over the world.

A webquest is an online tool for learning.

This means it is a classroom based lesson that all

information students look for are on the internet.

Definition: "A webquest is a learning activity used

by educators. During this activity learners read

analyze and synthesize informationsing the World Wide Web". click here



The use of Webquests motivates students. Students have

to face controversial and real world issues. In order

to succeed in their task a search of up to date

materials has to be done. Webquests make students think,

use their background knowledge to evaluate and form their own

opinion on several issues that are explored on the internet.


webquest_quote1.JPGDavid Thornburg:

"As more kids gain access to technology in their homes

and gain access to the World Wide Web, some teachers

might decide that they don't need to focus on that so much.

"Well, the kids have access to this at home, so I don't need

to put special emphasis on it." And the danger of that is,

while it is true that many of our kids have developed

tremendous technological skills, (they know how to turn t

he equipment on, they know how to gain access), it doesn't

mean that they have the research skills or the wisdom to

know how to make meaning out of the stuff that they're

finding. And that's where human intervention in the form of

teachers working side by side with the students become more important now that ever"

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Dr. Bernie Dodge:

"In some ways, a WebQuest puts more burden on the

teacher, because we ask teachers to find good useful

Web sites ahead of time rather than having kids find

them themselves. But, on the other hand, it puts more

burden on the kids. And that's where it should be.

Because kids have to make sense of what they are reading.

They have to learn how to learn, learn how to work with each

other, and to work with information that isn't, at first, clear". click here



Almost all webquests consist of common parts which

are essential for a webquest to be successful.It is

a step by step procedure so that students know what

to do and how to do it. Giving clear instructions is

very crucial for the success of the activity.



Parts of a Webquest:


a. Introduction


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different scenarios asking them to play

roles. This tactic is really powerful

for motivating students.

e.g "you have been selected to plan an

action-packed and unforgettable student

excursion to the capital of Britain. ",

"You have to write the new anthem for

the next Olympic Games".

Scenarios attract students' attention

as they are real life situations. A good introduction scenario is what attracts and motivates students to finish their tasks.


b. Task


The task is a description of what students have to accomplish

and learn by the end of their quest. The task must be extremely

visually appealing and challenging to students.

e.g "Your school has asked you and your classmates to enter

your country's 'Beijing 2008' Olympic theme contest in which you

have to submit a logo design and team song. The winning school will

receive additional money towards education".click here

However, the "No Bats in My Town" webquest is not that

appealing to students as it is not a challenging topic.


c. Process


Process is a step by step guidance that students should

follow in order to accomplish their task. Links are embedded

in order to help students with their tasks.

Moreover, in the process section the responsibility and the

leadership of the group is also mentioned.

It makes sure that students will finish their task on time.


d. Resources


new-computer-450x322.jpgThis section consists of all

the material (websites, article links)

needed for students to accomplish

their task. All kinds of resources

are accepted. The resources do

not have to be only in an electronic

form. They could be newspapers,

magazines or books.

e.g The "Discover London" webquest provides a whole page of useful websites whereas the "A Health Adventure" webquest has no resources.



e. Evaluation


All webquests need a rubric in order to evaluate their own work.

A rubric is essential as it is the students' guide tool which consists of a list

of criteria that students must include in order to get the highest score.

e.g The rubric for the evaluation of the "Health Adventure" webquest is

very helpful for the students as it is a useful guide for their task in order

to get the highest grade.



f. Conclusion


This final step is the reflection of students' experience.

Students share their opinions and what they have learned

from the activity with their teacher. Students also get

feedback in order to help them obtain the

maximum knowledge from what they have experienced.


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Amy Bowllan:

"How do you keep the students interested, as well as meet the standards?

That's probably tough".


Caroline Murphy:


"Yeah, it is tough. It's hard with seventh graders, but what we do is try to choose topics that they'd be interested in. The national standards wants students to make a connection between explanation and evidence. So, what we do is we give them the explanation. They look at the evidence, and they put together a solution to the problem".

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