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QuestGarden: Teacher Education Classic Award Winner. Bernie Dodge, PhD San Diego State University. Outline. Definitions What problem does QuestGarden solve? Demonstration Future plans Q & A. What is QuestGarden?.

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QuestGarden:Teacher Education Classic Award Winner

Bernie Dodge, PhD

San Diego State University


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Outline

  • Definitions

  • What problem does QuestGarden solve?

  • Demonstration

  • Future plans

  • Q & A


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What is QuestGarden?

  • QuestGarden is an online authoring tool and hosting service for the creation of WebQuests.

  • It’s a learning object that creates learning objects


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OK, What’s a WebQuest?

  • A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which the information that learners use comes mostly from the web.

  • A WebQuest is wrapped around a doable, interesting (ideally authentic) task that requires higher level thinking.


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What ISN’T a WebQuest?

  • Online scavenger hunts

  • Research reports

  • Procedural activities like labs, calculations

  • Awareness activities that just involve looking at a set of web sites





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I can’t seem to locate the saved WebQuests that I’ve started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

The Problem


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The Problem started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

…then when I was finished, I was scared to death to “publish” it because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fix the mistakes I had not seen.


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The Problem started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

…I’d like to develop another WebQuest but I don’t know if I’d have the patience or time to be be able to create one during the school year.


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The Problem started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

…the typical uploading doesn’t seem to be working for me, I will be saving my files to disk and and uploading it from school.


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Survey of WebQuest Authors started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Solicited from the WebQuest list, classes & organizations that use WebQuests

  • N = 110


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Hours Spent started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.


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What Was Hard / Tedious? started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Finding good web sites

  • Mechanics of making the pages

  • Creating navigation buttons

  • Making it pretty

  • Process steps

  • Scaffolding

  • Aligning the evaluation with task, standards


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What Was Hard / Tedious started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Uploading from home

  • Not losing pieces

  • Higher-order thinking


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WebQuest Creation started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

Technical Knowledge


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WebQuest Creation started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

Technical Knowledge

Pedagogical Knowledge


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WebQuest Creation started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

Technical Knowledge

Pedagogical Knowledge

Web Editing

FTP

Aesthetics

Searching


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WebQuest Creation started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

Technical Knowledge

Pedagogical Knowledge

Web Editing

FTP

Constructivism

Scaffolding

Aesthetics

Higher Level Thinking

Searching

Cooperative Learning


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Solution: QuestGarden started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.


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Early Development started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Debut at TCEA 2005

  • Tested in workshops throughout the Spring and Summer

  • Announced at NECC, July, 2005

  • Opened to anyone September 1, 2005.


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QuestGarden: Present started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Over 54,000 users in 120 countries

  • Over 22,000 WebQuests created


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Demonstration started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.


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Features of QuestGarden started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Step-by-step prompted guidance on creating a WebQuest

  • Browser-based… no software needed

  • Emphasis on sharing resources and advice

  • Ability for WebQuest workshop leaders to monitor progress


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Features of QuestGarden started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • WYSIWYG text formatting

  • Ability to upload pictures and supplementary files

  • Based on design patterns


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QuestGarden: Future started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

  • Free until September 1, 2007

  • $20 for a 2 year subscription after that

  • 30 day free trial, so you can use in your own courses without cost


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Features Coming Soon started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

Will be translated into Mandarin, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan (so far)

  • Peer Ratings and Feedback

  • Scaffolding extras built in

  • Integrated Quiz/Drill/Game


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Q & A started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.

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QuestGarden: started…Everytime I try to import an image, the whole program just locks.Teacher Education Classic Award Winner

Bernie Dodge, PhD

San Diego State University


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