Thursday, April 9, 2015

Using WebQuests in the Classroom

First off! What is a WebQuest you ask? According to a definition a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. These can be created using various programs, including a simple word processing document that includes links to websites.

So basically a WebQuest is a collaborative activity in which some or all information that learners need to complete a task comes from resources online!

Recently, I have created a WebQuest in my Educational Technology and Design class at UNI with a group over Feeding the Farming Animals. Here it is below!


Image by Hannah Finn
A WebQuest is a great way to have children safely use the internet to collaborate together and complete their task. Students are getting knee deep in technology using real-world tools such as exploring videos, websites, gadgets, and many other resources they may have learned about yet. Technology is becoming use all the time in the classrooms now and this is a great and fun way for children to learn. Not only can they complete tasks with the WeQuests, students can also easily create their own for their classmates. Another thing children can get out of this is putting all the information together that they have learned into a fun project instead of something boring.

As a future teacher using this technology will be very nice for my students to use and they are fun to make. I can also use it for a variety of subjects and it still allows them to learn from each other and display their findings in their own way.

I've attached a link about making a WebQuest and how easy it is. It will tell you about well-planned WebQuests, what you should put in a WebQuest, how to start, and about the design process you should use. Creating WebQuests.



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