WebQuests in the Classroom

The WebQuest has its origins with Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University, in 1995. They were working on a strategy to successfully integrate the Internet into the classroom. There was no agreed upon terminology on this type of instructional activity at the time, so the term WebQuest was used.

WebQuest comes in two varieties: short term or long term. A short term WebQuest can be finished in one to three classes, whereas a long term WebQuest can take between a week and a month to complete. Thousands of WebQuests, both short and long term, have been created by educators from all over the world.

How to Begin:
Use your web browser and visit. http://www.webquest.org Go to the “Top” link on the left side menu. Select the WebQuest that you would like to do with your students.

Prepare For The Project:
Read carefully through the entire WebQuest to make sure it is something that you would like to do with your class. Decide on how your WebQuest is going to be organized and how long it might take.

Carry Out The WebQuest:
WebQuests are inquiry-based activities where students are given a task, construct knowledge, and solve problems. Students learn collaboration and social skills through working towards the shared goal. This takes time to develop.

Evaluation:
A WebQuest finishes with a culminating event. This can be a presentation to the class, a web site, a database or another product. It is always prudent to take the evaluation that the author of the webquest has created and modify it for your classroom.

Enjoy using WebQuests with your students!

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