Teaching  with  WebQuests  

WebQuests can help teachers integrate the Internet into the curriculum while creating fun instructional activities that motivate students and educators alike.

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A WebQuest is an enquiry-oriented activity using at least some internet resources.

Rather than simply asking pupils to research a word or topic and trawling through a mountain of mostly irrelevant sites; or directing pupils to a single, useful site, the WebQuest provides directed learning using a number of sites as sources of information.

There are hundreds of ready made webquests online, made by teachers all over the world, for almost every subject and ready for use by teachers everywhere. The hard work of designing an activity and finding suitable weblinks has already been done and they can even be edited to suit your particular needs.

Dr. Bernie Dodge and Tom March, the originators of the WebQuest concept, present a comprehensive look at what a WebQuest is and how to plan one - The WebQuest Page

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Using Webquests in your Classroom

provides a nice overview of the Webquest concept and help in designing your own WebQuests.

The Best Wequests on the Net

San Diego City Schools  have recently published some outstanding Webquests produced by local teachers - I just marvel at their work! Simply click on your chosen age range and select your topic. I am already using two of the Science webquests in my own teaching.   Fantastic!

Learning with WebQuests   presents an excellent series of webquests created by students preparing to become teachers at the University of Richmond under the guidance of  Dr. Patricia Stohr-Hunt. Covers a good variety of subjects and levels.

The Educational Media and Technology  group of San Bernardino County in the US promotes the use of new technology in schools. They have gathered a small number of good looking webquests, for both elementary and secondary schools.

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Frank Potter has assembled some excellent science webquests, made by K-12 teachers attending the Summer Science Institute of the University of California at Irvine over the last 3 years. You are almost sure to find something useful here.

1998 WebQuests  Includes Body Builders, Desert Biome, Fast Food Nutrition, Comets, Viruses and lots more.

1999 WebQuests  Includes Endangered Animals, Electrical Circuits, Flowers, Properties of light, Electromagnets and lots more.

2000 WebQuests  Includes Genetics, Dinosaurs and Mammals.

Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University maintains a fantastic  Matrix of WebQuest examples:  over 200 webquests broken down by subject and level, plus a matrix which indicates the range of skills that each particular webquest is intended to address.

Target age ranges are described in terms of US schools: middle school is approximately Key Stage 3 in the UK; High School  corresponds to Key Stage 4 and 'A' Level.

WebQuests  written by Memphis City Schools teachers. A nice selection of about 25 WebQuests sorted by subject and level but with a bias towards Science.

WebQuests produced by the Berks County Intermediate Unit during T-N-T (Teachers-N-Technology) workshops and Pennsylvania Department of Education Inservice Courses. WebQuests sorted by subject:

Art & Architecture                Geography

History & Social Studies           Literature

Mathematics                 Science & Technology

Although there are are a good number of interesting WebQuests here, there is no indication of the intended age range.

Other Internet Lesson Plans   

The link below is not for webQuests as such, but for lesson plans that incorporate use of the internet.

These activities tend to be much shorter and more directed than the WebQuests above, but there are 100's of ready made lesson plans, organised by subject and age group providing built in weblinks and you may well find them useful.

Visit the Link 2 Learn activities page, part of the Pennsylvania Education Network (A State funded program).

Science Across the World              

Interested in linking with other schools around the world?  The Science Across the World  project, sponsored by BP must be the easiest way.

A variety of topic areas are available, including 'What do you Eat', 'Acid Rain', 'Energy in the Home' and many more. The selected unit is investigated your students, and their results shared with other schools around the world, studying the same topic. There are over 1000 participating schools, from across Europe, Australasia, Africa, Asia and North and South America.

Great for enhancing the learning of a foreign language or multicultural awareness through science.

Aimed at 14 - 18 year olds.            

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    copyright Ray Le Couteur      Last update  March 2005