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How to Use Webquest

Webquests are learning activities developed by educators that allow users to read, analyze and synthesize information using the World Wide Web. It is an inquiry-oriented lesson format that uses hyperlinks in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from resources on the Internet; it is a great way of incorporating the internet into the classroom. Creating a Webquest is quite easy once you understand the critical attributes and purpose of the Webquest.

Things you will need

  • Computer access
  • Internet access

Instructions

  1. Before you begin working with Webquests you first need to understand the basics to browsing: how to use the web browser, how to use the buttons and bookmarks, and how to use a URL.
  2. Secondly you will need to know the purpose of the lesson and the expected results
  3. Determine the learning structure: will the students operate individually or in teams? In a classroom or work from home?
  4. The Webquest assignment can be given on paper, on the web itself or in a presentation format such as PowerPoint. It should include a road map, a task sheet and a summary presentation.
  5. Locate the materials to include; research web resources for topics and information. Utilize search engines.
  6. Review search results. Ensure you have quality content from authentic sources.
  7. Organize your chosen sites and combine resources to support your theme.
  8. Make the Webquest available to your students using tools such as Filamentality or Teacherwebquest.
  9. Administer your “real world” task to students.

Do’s

  • Explore other strategies of Web-based learning activities like Topic Hotlist, Subject Samplers, and Knowledge Hunts before starting Webquest.
  • Research Webquest resources to see if your desired topic already exists.
  • If you’re creating your own Webquest for the first time use the Filamentality site (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/index.html) for support in picking a topic.
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