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A presentation for the Feb 12th training on writing webquests.

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  • 1. WikiWebQuests! Challenge your students with a inquiry oriented lesson. Staff Development February 16, 2009 Presented by: Robin Young and Irma Bauer
  • 2. What are WebQuests ??
    • Are online and promotes critical thinking
    • Backed by research and sound methodology
    • Provides a framework to start with
    • Flexible for all subjects
    • Does not have a set length or end product
    • Easy to publish and get started
    • Promotes 21 st Century Skills
  • 3. A WebQuest is:
    • an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.
    • is wrapped around an authentic, doable and interesting task
    • requires higher level thinking, including synthesis, analysis, problem-solving, creativity and judgment.
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  • 4. A well prepared webquest allows teachers to work with individuals and groups during the class period.
  • 5. A WebQuest is NOT:
    • a research report or a step-by-step science or math procedure.
    • simply summarizing what they have learned
    • a series of web-based experiences.
    • a hunt for facts for a worksheet/ graphic organizer
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  • 6. Pieces of a WebQuest
    • Introduction - hook
    • Task identify outcome
    • Process (and resources) step by step
    • Evaluation - rubric
    • Conclusion extending question
    • Credits who created it
    • Teacher Page what do other teachers need to know to implement your project.
  • 7. Introduction
    • Your hook - Whyam Iabout to learn this and why should I care?
    • Ties into students previous learning.
    • Foreshadows what the lesson is about with a engaging description or a compelling question or problem.
  • 8. Task
    • The end result what are the students going to do in this unit/lesson.
    • Doable and engaging
    • Makes students think beyond basic comprehension!
    • Outcome should include choices!
  • 9. Process and Resources
    • Step by Step instructions with the resources needed embedded in each step.
    • Each step is clear and can be followed by reading it.
    • Steps move from basic knowledge to higher level thinking.
    • Built in Checks for Understanding
  • 10. Evaluation
    • Rubric for Grading.
    • Students should know what they are getting graded on and how BEFORE they begin.
    • Qualitative and Quantitative descriptors.
  • 11. Conclusion
      • Extending Question
      • What can they do with the information they have gained through the webquest
  • 12. Teacher Page
    • How to teach this lesson including handouts and other teaching resources.
    • Very helpful for others who find your lesson and want to use it.
    • Optional but highly suggested!
  • 13. You dont have to start from scratch! Take an existing one and rewrite it to meet your TEKS control the resources!
  • 14. Design Patterns
    • WebQuests usually fall into certain types of design patterns.
    • Take a few minutes to look over these links to get ideas for your webquest:
  • 15. Work Time!
    • Start planning your webquest grab a partner or work alone your choice!
    • Go online and check out what is there:
    • Check out the design patterns for samples
    • Begin tweaking a webquest
  • 16. Where to Post Your WebQuest
    • Suggestion: Wikis! (wikispaces)
    • Why Wikis:
        • Free
        • Easily to learn
        • Easy to edit
        • Several Teachers could edit the webquest at any time (great for adding resources and clarifying directions)
  • 17. Work Time Begin posting your webquest online. Be prepared to share!

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