What is a WebQuest ? Inquiry-based learning Student-centered Combines instructional strategies

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  • What is a WebQuest?

    Inquiry-based learningStudent-centeredCombines instructional strategiesUses and processes information Can be short-term or long-termOrganized in a specific way that has become universal

  • WebQuest format:IntroductionTaskResourcesProcessEvaluationConclusion Teacher's Guide(optional)

    EXAMPLE:Literary Fan Club http://itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/literaryfanclub.html

  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Focus students' inquiry on questions that are challenging and have to be solvedTeach students specific procedures and strategies in the process of solving the quest (i.e., metacognition and problem solving) Include opportunities for students to access information that is essential to the inquiry Give students opportunities to work with peers (cooperative learning)Help students develop competencies while completing a sequence of activitiesProvides the opportunity for performance/presentation Involve students in the process of deriving the standards for performance Rely on authentic assessment of learning WebQuests

  • Student-Centered:

    Students play a roleNot text book drivenTeacher as facilitatorChoosing themes that have meaning to studentsHave a stake in the presentation and set up their own criteria

  • Rewriting Romeo and Juliet http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webquests/shakespeare/Cross-curricularEnglishDrama/FilmSocial Studies - cultural studiesMeaningful learningComprehension and transferable knowledgeMulti-media presentationGreater retentionAn example of how a WebQuest is student-centered:

  • Working in a team Cooperative Learning:Business model (Knowledge Management) AND life-long learning Social skills Learn how to deal with constructive feedbackLearn how to reach a consensusAwareness of their contribution (reflection sheet)Learn about different jobs and rolesListening skillsVerbal skillsAppreciate diversity

  • EnthusiasmMotivationExpressing opinionsTalking about frustrationsReflectionAffective Learning:

  • Learning styles - speaks to all types of learners


    Working on students on strengths and weaknesses (E.g. WebQuests for at-risk students project)

  • Where to begin:

    Get together with other teachersCombine strengths and expertise Explore Web Quests that are already availableDont duplicate it if you dont have to Assess your students needs (Multiple Intelligences etc.) Start slow E.g. Nine Reasons to Use the Internet

  • Created by Sabine Cossette:Consultant in information communication technologies (ICT) for the English Montreal School Board (EMSB)EMSB office: 6000 Fielding Ave. Montreal, Quebec H3X 1T4 Telephone: (514) 483-7346 Fax: (514) 483-7246 Email: scossette@emsb.qc.ca

    *****Note: look for partnerships with foundations, no strings attached I.e. dont expext to see their logo or have endorsements for their contributions.*To articulate the innovation of the partnership we need to discuss its development over time because the partnership is dynamic.The partners roles in the Tomorrows School Today project at St. Dorothys have evolved over time. Starting in 1996 with the equipping and upgrading of the schools computer lab, Norshield moved on to solicit other corporate sponsors, and to involve Concordia University as partner in the project. Coupled with Norshields commitment to children, education, and technology at St. Dorothys, Apple Canada also joined the partnership in 1996. Together, the partners have envisioned a strategy to bring this model to other schools in the Montreal metropolitan area and beyond. Norshield Financial Group has played a leadership and management role by leveraging its contacts and skills in the market place and by donating - as Apple Canada has - time, funds, and resources. Supplying material resources & ensuring initial technological resourcesGarnering & funding university involvementCoordinating professional development initiatives for teachers in this area of new communication and information technologies for learning**


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