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Thursday, March 20, 2008

WebQuests

Perhaps one of the most universal web lessons available is the WebQuest. Bernie Dodge has done us a great service. The WebQuest is pure scholarship. The writer, a teacher, makes hir work public; other teachers use it and peer review the WebQuest; and the writer passes it on for others to use.


There are a number of reasons the WebQuest is so valuable. WebQuests are made by teachers or student teachers. They are realistic lessons made by actual teachers in the classroom who use them before publishing them. They follow a plan found on the WebQuest website. They are adaptable by teachers in other states very easily. They augment what is being done in the classroom. They provide good lessons for schools when scholars or teachers are going to be absent for a given period of time. They are project oriented, require collaboration, and provide good research skills. Teachers can log on to the WebQuest.org website and begin using a WebQuest by using the search features. This provides the teacher a practical example and of how the WebQuest works. After using a number of WebQuests, the site has a great tool to help the teacher create hir own WebQuest and to add it to the library for others to use. The process is fantastic. The WebQuest also serves as a possible foundation for a national curriculum because it is teacher generated and peer reviewed, rather than textbook corporation directed. Oh and the WebQuest is free.

I use the WebQuest now for our school's CyberSchool. Teachers have come to find good WebQuests in their discipline that we can use in our CyberSchool. Some teachers have ventured to experiment in creating their own WebQuest. Because they are web based, scholars can access them outside of school. The WebQuest is an excellent example of how to use the Internet in the classroom.



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