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Teaching with Webquests September 20 th Early dismissal Kevin Jamieson
Who the heck am I? I currently teach: –Biology I –Foundations of Biology
Why should you be taking advice from a newbie? I have many things to learn, but I have unique perspectives I enjoy using technology to facilitate student learning
What is a web-quest? A web-quest is supposed to involve setting up a website, giving the students a URL and letting them rip Students are usually expected to answer questions from several websites linked to the site
Webquests are valuable Students enjoy doing them Students will do more work on computers than with more conventional methods Students tend to read more when material is web-based
If youre still not convinced... Very high percentage of completion Computer literacy is an essential part of day to day life in professional America, and many of our students dont have computers
But, computers are the devil! True, computers are fallible, and a handout will never crash on a student halfway through an interactive website that had a mile-long URL...
However, there are few things that I can do that make my students jump out of their seats like giving them a web-quest.
Backup plan Always have a go-to plan. –Worksheets or bookwork are good ideas. –Useful in case the websites take less time to get through than you expected
Webquest design Tips: –Single page, double-sided –Limit them to ~ 3 websites –There are exceptions to the rule
How many days of computer use should I sign up for ? One day for experienced users –In this way, I do not feel like I am tying up the ERC too much, but I am taking full advantage of webquests
What about students that need more time? If a student runs out of time, consider writing them a pass to get them out of a study hall or a lunch period Remember, as your students get used to the pacing of the work, they will learn the proper pace for a webquest
But why cant I just print the material off of the net? If youre JUST using sites that are mainly text, you do not need to do a web-quest Seek out at least one or two sites that have some level of student interactivity