From WebQuest to SPEAQ-quest… WebQuest Web-learn-Quest SeekQuest W-ESLQuest SpeakQuest SPEAQ-quest for ESL ?
Quest a chivalrous enterprise in medieval romance usually involving an adventurous journey Vision quest: a solitary vigil by an adolescent American First-Nations boy to seek spiritual power and learn through a vision the identity of his usually animal or bird guardian spirit. Quest for knowledge, truth, understanding,…
But… Are there some apprehensions you might have, obstacles you might face or other negatives involved in using computers with ESL?
If you were to shop around for a new pedagogical tool to complete your teachers’ toolbox, what would you be looking for?
Original WebQuests are designed to... bring together the most effective instructional practices into one integrated student activity. Tom March Tom March
the concept Bernie Dodge, initiated the concept in 1995. A WebQuest, an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning: a single class period ( knowledge acquisition and integration) or a month-long unit ( extending and refining knowledge - constructing knowledge ); group work, specific roles or perspectives; ( reporter, engineer, detective, …) pre-selected resources. Students ~ USING information, not LOOKING for it. ( scaffolding, guided discovery )
It all begins with the question. Investigating contemporary world problems Evaluating history. Creating a product. Dealing with life’s realities. Sparking the imagination. … An essential question + guiding questions Why…? Which is the… How…?
steps in a WebQuest An introduction that sets the stage and provides some background information. A task that is doable, interesting and elicits thinking. A set of information sources needed to complete the task. A description of the process including cooperative roles. Guidance on how to organize the information acquired. (scaffolding) A conclusion that brings closure to the quest, reminds the learners about what they’ve learned, and perhaps encourages them to extend the experience into other domains. Evaluation integrated into the learning process
Products Present, demonstrate, act-out, perform, illustrate, publish, … using a diversity of media or means.
Problem!! = technology access No computer Print the resources! Encourage out of class access… No Internet access on computer Reproduce resources & simulate Just a few computers Designate and rotate access Extend the time
Teacher’s choices As is WebQuests Missing language focus More difficult Labeled for 1 st language levels Modify WebQuest to SPEAQ-quests Re-write, add language support and resources, verify links and resources Make SPEAQ-quests Use templates, develop appropriate questions, language support and resources Explorer
scaffolding SPEAQ-quest skills Scavenger hunts Navigate & investigate Internet resources. Hotlists Gather resources. Multi-Media Scrapbook Gather and manipulate resources on a theme. Subject sampler integrate methodogical and technological skills based on interest. Gather and arrange information and media on a specific subject.
scaffolding computer skills Integrate mini-projects / activities Confirm related abilities: e-mail, word processing, presentation and web page construction, audio and video manipulation,… Use online tutorials within a cooperative environment.
Investigate resources The WebQuest resources The WebQuest resources Audio, video, photo & clipart collections, language resources, etc. Audio, video, photo & clipart collections, language resources, etc. The SPEAQ-quest site The SPEAQ-quest site ……
examples Elementary Secondary Long (several classes) Short The SPEAQ-quest examples The WebQuest Matrix The SPEAQ-quest examples The WebQuest Matrix
A quest … Consider the resources. Choose a personal project (in collaboration | in cooperation): Choose and verify a WebQuest Modify (using MsWord/FrontPage, etc. and IE) with our ESL pedagogical perspective Make one (using Word and IE) the question, resources, scenario, process, etc. Publish it. Try it out in class and share at SPEAQ-quest: the site.SPEAQ-quest: the site Task Introduction Resources Conclusion Process Evaluation firstname.lastname@example.org
The answer is clear… 1 intrigue and action on the Internet 2 imaginative use of technology resources 3 active, project-based learning, critical thinking, cooperative and collaborative opportunities to interact, reinvest, write and produce, … 4 attention to Quebec ESL language learning SPEAQ-quests Have a great day! Ron What provides