WebQuests And Scavenger Hunts
Tired of workbooks and lesson packets? So are your students. Have them stretch their legs (so to speak) by exploring the Internet in search of facts and information.
What is a WebQuest?
A set of short videos describing webquests and how to make them.
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This post goes thru the process of creating a WebQuest step-by-step and looks at some of the attributes that will make your webquest a success.
- Have a "hook, like a treasure hunt, a game, or some other activity.
- Make sure the material is age and ability appropriate.
- A good WebQuest is highly visual and "easy to navigate."
- It contains some sort of built-in evaluation mechanism.
This Internet scavenger hunt by Cindy O'Hora is especially fun as the answers are never the same. Designed for older students, this exercise provides them with experience using various entry and query tools available on the Internet. Here are some of the items:
- What kind of local precipitation can you expect today?
- Write a sentence describing the photo at Photo of the Day.
- Share your favorite History fact related to today.
- Select a Quote for the Day and explain why you choose that particular quotation.
The directions are easy: Use the links provided to find the resources to develop answers to the questions. If you don't find your answer, Google it.
Scavenger hunts are a quick and simple activity that students will enjoy doing. They can help supplement lessons and get students involved in new and different ways.
You can quickly create an Internet scavenger hunt for your students by focusing on some of the key facts from the lessons you are studying. Provide links to 5 to 10 web sites and ask questions that can easily be answered from the information on the sites. Check out this resource for the step-by-step details.
This WebQuest by Jordan Bautista is a great example. Aimed at middle school students, it includes a clear task, graphics, visuals, easy to understand directions and a guide for students to evaluate their work themselves. The only criticism might be that the Teacher Page :: Resources links should have been included as a springboard in the Student section.
Maintained by Bernie Dodge, PhD at San Diego State University, WebQuest.org is billed as the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model. Learn how to find, create and share WebQuests. Whether you're an education student new to the topic or an experienced teacher educator looking for materials, you'll find something here to meet your needs.
This article from the British Council shows how WebQuests can help students learn. The article covers...
- Defining a webquest
- Reasons for using webquests
- Structure of a webquest
- Producing a webquest
- Implementing a webquest
Zunal WebQuest Tutorial
Leslie Lott created this walk through a few years back on using the WebQuest tool, Zunal.com.
Using a tool like Zunal.com or QuestGarden.com, you can quickly create a WebQuest and try things out for yourself.
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Zunal is one of the original Internet sites that allows you to create web quests quickly and easily. It's also a great place to see what other teachers have done. You can view WebQuests broken out by grade level and subject area.
You can create a single WebQuest for free. A "pro" account costs $20 for 3 years and allows you to create and maintain up to 50 WebQuests.
QuestGarden is another web site that allows you to quickly and easily create WebQuests. Search examples by keyword or grade level and subject area. You can try authoring WebQuests with a 30 day free trial. The yearly cost is only $9.95 per teacher and group discounts are available.
When we last checked, QuestGarden was running much faster than Zunal and may be a better for a quick review of what's available. We also notice a lot of teachers taking traditional (non-Internet) activities and presenting them using the WebQuest format.
This journal article compares the use of WebQuests with traditional instruction.
While the results were mixed, with WebQuest, the students seemed to have more ownership and sense of accountability.
This post from Brian Rock looks at creating a WebQuest for free using Wordpress.com. Suggestions include creating a separate website for each WebQuest and using pages, not blog posts, for the various sections (Introduction, Task, Resources, etc.).
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● An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
● World Wide Web and Internet Tutorials
● History of The Internet
● Acceptable Use Policies
● COVID-19 Resources
● Evaluating the Quality of Information