Webquests

Sorry about the huge gap between posts…. I have been busy with a change of jobs and all of the associated issues and work!! I have also been working hard on assignments for my Masters.

However a couple of requests have jogged me into action – on the topic of webquests!

I could spiel about webquests, however why settle for second best – let’s go to the expert, directly to Tom March, the ‘guru’ of webquests! He has a number of articles and web resources on webquests that are easy to access and understand, and heaps of examples that are ready to be used in the classroom!

Tom March points out that there are lots of webquests that are not actually true webquests – that is, they ask students to access information online, and require them to present their findings in some sort of technologically assisted format, but they do not require students to take that information and transform it into their own understandings – that is, take it in, understand it and reformulate it in their own way.

Anyway, go to the blog of Tom March to get the goss on webquests:

http://tommarch.com/writings/wq_power.php

and also check out the links he includes!

For an easy to use webquest creation tool, try http://www.kn.att.com/wired/fil/ – a site called Filamentality. Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Internet, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into online learning activities.

Have fun! if you lodge your webquests online, leave a comment with the link so we can all share in the richness of each other’s talents!!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Andrew Robitaille
    May 23, 2007 @ 09:32:57

    I couldn’t agree with you more that a proper WebQuest must result in students generating their own knowledge. It’s more than just regurgitating facts using a computer. I just took an online course in WebQuests and produced one on cultural identity for my Year 3 students in Australia. You can check out the link to see it. Thanks Kay.

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