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1 Contact Information: Becky Ford Technology Training Center

2 A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The model was developed in the early 90’s at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge and Tom March.


4 Let’s take a look at the components of a WebQuest.

5 The purpose of this section is to both prepare and hook the reader. The student is the intended audience. Write a short paragraph here to introduce the activity or lesson to the students. If there is a role or scenario involved (e.g., "You are a detective trying to identify the mysterious poet.") then here is where you'll set the stage. It is also in this section that you'll communicate the Big Question (Essential Question, Guiding Question) that the whole WebQuest is centered around.

6 Task The task focuses learners on what they are going to do - specifically, the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities. Describe crisply and clearly what the end result of the learners' activities will be. Don't list the steps that students will go through to get to the end point. That belongs in the Process section.

7 Process This section outlines how the learners will accomplish the task. Scaffolding includes clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information.Scaffolding To accomplish the task, what steps should the learners go through?...Learners will access the on-line resources that you've identifed as they go through the Process....In the Process block, you might also provide some guidance on how to organize the information gathered.

8 Evaluation This section describes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards. Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. The assessment rubric(s) should align with the culminating project or performance, as outlined in the task section of the WebQuest. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.assessment rubric(s)

9 Conclusion The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection. Summarize what the learners will have accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also include some rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage them to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.


11 Continue working through the PowerPoint. Spend some time looking at the WebQuests’ Hotlist. Think about writing your own WebQuest using the templates provided. Classroom Tip! In your classroom, work through a WebQuest as a whole class or have students work through the WebQuest as a center activity.

12 The Power of WebQuests According to Bernie Dodge (1997), a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students interact with information gleaned primarily from resources on the Internet. You are visitor # since February 28, 1998. This site is hosted by the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University. Updated continuously by Bernie Dodge. Please suggest additions by writing bdodge@mail.sdsu.eduEducational Technology DepartmentSan Diego State UniversityBernie Were you redirected here from a different URL? Please change all old links from to---> Information is available about our Masters, Doctorate and Online Certificate Programs.MastersDoctorateOnline Certificate

13 Dr. Alice Christie's Matrix of 400 WebQuests A Hotlist created by Midge Frazel Understanding and Using WebQuests Understanding and Using WebQuests The Big WebQuest Collection WebQuest Collections WebQuest Collections High School Literature WebQuests High School WebQuests WebQuest Direct The Best WebQuests Tech Teachers

14 WebQuests Third Grade through Sixth Grade Math Hotlist of WebQuests Primary School List of WebQuests Big List of WebQuests- Unicom Yukon Department of Education Models for Teachers I WebQuest

15 WebQuests in Our Future (Kathy Schrock's PowerPoint Introduction) WebQuests: A Strategy for Scaffolding Higher Level Learning Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests WebQuest Taskonomy Some Thoughts About WebQuests New Revised WebQuest (Jim Andris)

16 To search for a specific WebQuest use Google search engine and type in exactly what you want by name: Example: Langston Hughes Webquest Poetry Webquests Literature Webquests

17 Webquest Evaluation and Use Evaluating Webquests Webquest Adaptation Internet Expeditions Creating WebQuest Learning Environments

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