2010: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 1. January 2010 17:11
This year I'm going to concentrate on exploring the topic: What is a WebQuest?, as I am concerned after reviewing lots of "WebQuests" that the concept is not fully understood by teachers, student teachers and trainers. It seems such a pity that this amazing concept by Prof Bernie Dodge and Tom March might be cut off from students and new ideas and innovations not explored.
I will explore the six or seven sections [Introduction, Task, Process, Resources, Evaluation, Conclusion, Teacher's/Trainer's Guide] within a WebQuest by showing examples of great WQs within the following subject areas:
  • Careers
  • English & Language Arts (ELA)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL)
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Languages Other than English
  • Library
  • Life Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PE), Sports
  • Professional Development
  • Religious Education & Values
  • Science
  • Social Studies - History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy 
  • Special Education
  • Technology and Design
  • The Arts & Music
  • The Classics
Let me know if you wish to have any other topic explored!!! I will use the thousands of WQ reviews within WebQuest Direct to give you these great examples.
I will also explore some University level WQs - as I think more University instruction and assessment should be based around WebQuests.
I will also look at the underpinning pedagogy particularly Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, HOTS, PBL, Collaborative Learning Techniques, and embedding Technologies.
Tips: Creative Thinking
For Christmas, I was given an exciting book: The Creativity Formula

This book by Dr. Amantha Imber provides 50 proven creativity boosters - just the thing for WebQuesters!

Hope you enjoy the journey!!!

All the best for this new and hopefully exciting year, 2010.

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