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WebQuests And More…. Structured But Fun Web Lessons. Six Strategies For Web Use. Topic Hotlist Multimedia Scrapbook Treasure Hunt Subject Sampler Short-term WebQuest Long-term WebQuest. Topic Hotlist. An online list of links Adds Web resources to an existing lesson - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • WebQuests And MoreStructured But Fun Web Lessons

  • Six Strategies For Web UseTopic HotlistMultimedia ScrapbookTreasure HuntSubject SamplerShort-term WebQuestLong-term WebQuest

  • Topic HotlistAn online list of linksAdds Web resources to an existing lessonGood for beginning Web integrationSpares learners hours of fruitless searching

  • Multimedia ScrapbookBasically, a Topic Hotlist with links to materialsStudents use teacher-provided sites to download multimedia for their own projects

  • Treasure HuntGather 10 15 sites with info on given topicPose one key question for each web site chosen

  • Subject SamplerLearners presented with small number (6) of intriguing Web sites organized around a main topic. Students are asked to respond to the Web-based activities from a personal perspective.Rather than uncovering hard knowledge (Treasure Hunt), students give their perspectives on topics

  • WebQuestAn inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internetStructured inquiry

  • Two LevelsShort term: designed to be completed in 1-3 class periods Long term:typically takes from 1-4 weeks in a classroom setting.

  • Short TermKnowledge acquisition and integration Learners make sense of a significant amount of new information

  • Long TermExtending and refining knowledgeLearneranalyzes a body of knowledge deeply,transforms it in some way, and demonstrates an understanding of the material by creating something that others can respond toOnline or Offline product

  • Why WebQuests?Questionable educational benefit to having learners surf the net without a clear task in mindMost schools must ration student connection time severely

  • WebQuests Are designed to make the best use of a learner's time,Should address large, complex or controversial topics, To achieve efficiency and clarity of purpose, should contain the following parts:

  • Critical Attribute: Introduction Sets the stageProvides some background information.

  • Critical Attribute: TaskWhat the student is expected to have completed at the end of the project (expectations)Should be doable and interesting.Product can be a presentation, web site, etc.

  • Critical Attribute: Info SourcesMost resources are embedded (Learner is not left to wander through Web space completely adrift.) May include web documents, experts available via e-mail or real-time conferencing, searchable databases on the net, and books

  • Critical Attribute: ProcessA description of what the learners should go through in accomplishing the task Should be broken out into clearly described steps that a student will go through to get to the end-point

  • Critical Attribute: GuidanceHow to organize the information acquired. Can take the form of guiding questions, or directions to complete organizational frameworks such as timelines,concept maps, or cause-and-effect diagrams

  • Critical Attribute: EvaluationDescribes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards Often takes the form of an assessment rubricShould align with the culminating project or performanceGroup or individual grade?

  • Critical Attribute: ConclusionBrings closure to the questReminds the learners about what they've learnedIdeally, should encourage learners to extend the experience into other domains

  • Non-Critical AttributesMost are designed as group activitiesCan be enhanced by wrapping motivational elements around the basic structure Give the learners a role to play (e.g., scientist, detective, reporter), Provide a simulated personae to interact with via e-mail and/orProvide a scenario to work within (e.g., you've been asked by the Secretary General of the UN to brief him on what's happening in sub-Saharan Africa this week.) Can be designed within a single discipline or can be interdisciplinary

  • Why WebQuests?Bring together the most effective instructional practices into one integrated student activityMotivation & Authenticity Developing Thinking SkillsCooperative Learning

    WebQuests - Structured But Fun Web LessonsWebQuests - Structured But Fun Web LessonsMany resources are embedded in the WebQuest document itself as anchors pointing to information on the World Wide Web. May include web documents, experts available via e-mail or real-time conferencing, searchable databases on the net, and booksBecause pointers to resources are included, the learner is not left to wander through webspace completely adrift.

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