Just sprinkling technology on the top?

by frances 16. February 2009 13:15

I came across Kerrie Smith's (Education.au) blog today with the title: Just sprinkling technology on the top?

She is reporting on another blog but in essence there is real substance to this question!

More and more, I'm coming across "WebQuests" that are NOT real WebQuests but Web-Based Activities disguised as WebQuests. They have been created by teachers to provide busy work, or, are teacher directed activities to provide students with more knowledge content rather than getting the students to use the content in a transformational way. These web-based activities have little in the way of higher order thinking, or collaborative practices; or, present the students with a messy problem to solve. They do however require the students to go to the Internet and scavenger hunt information.  

It's almost a way of saying "Well, I got them to use the computers"!
It's not embedding ICTs into the Curriculum though! It's not even using these expensive resources wisely.
While sprinking technology on the top looks attractive - there is no real substance to these measures. And the thing is, that if teachers used WebQuests - they would embed ICTs into the curriculum; they would excite and engage students to solve messy real life problems, AND still learn heaps while they are doing it!

Go on have a try! We provide mentoring help to those teachers who are using our FREE Short-cut WebQuest Authoring Tool!!! Just register and get going!

Students will delve into them and absorb more than the icing and sprinkles on the top!


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