Quest • What is a WebQuest? • A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet.
Quest • Putting a WebQuest together is not much different from creating any kind of lesson. • It requires: • Getting your learners oriented • Giving them an interesting and doable task • Giving them the resources they need and guidance to complete the task • Telling them how they'll be evaluated
Building Parts of a Web Quest • Introduction • Task • Process • Resources • Evaluation • Conclusion
Introduction • Introduction • Sets the stage and provides some background information. In the introduction section the purpose is to both prepare and hook the reader.
Introduction Example • TOPIC: HURRICANES • Hurricanes are a constant threat to the lives and well being of those people who live along the coast. • In September of 1999, Hurricane Floyd struck the eastern coast of the United States. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, and many people are still awaiting financial aid to help them rebuild their lives.
Task • Task • The task focuses learners on what they are going to do - specifically, the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities.
Task Example • CNN has just hired you to create a 60 minute news special report on Hurricane Floyd. This news special will be aired by all major networks in August to help viewers prepare for the current hurricane season. • To complete this task, you will each assume the roles of a National Weather Service Research person. You will work together to create a presentation in which you will share your knowledge of hurricanes and help viewers be prepared.
Process • Process • The process section outlines how the learners will accomplish the task. Scaffolding includes clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information.
Process Example • The following are links of Internet resources available to help you complete this project. In addition to the Internet links. • USA TODAY WEATHER • NOAA - NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION • THE HURRICANE HUNTERS • NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HURRICANE PAGE • The Weather Channel • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER • FEMA STORM WATCH • HURRICANE FLOYD TRACKING MAP • FEMA FOR KIDS: HURRICANES
Evaluation • Evaluation • The evaluation section describes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards.
Evaluation Example A= 21-24 points B= 16-20 points C= 11-15 points D= 6-10 points
Conclusion • Conclusion • The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection.
Conclusion Example • There are several benefits I hope you will obtain from this webquest project. I hope you gain a knowledge of hurricanes and understand the steps to take in order to be safe during these storms. • The second benefit I hope you receive is a better working knowledge of using the Internet as a research tool. Lastly, I hope you will be more able and willing to work collaboratively in a group while utilizing your problem solving skills.