Thinking of a Web Quest????

What is a WebQuest? Search for the word “WebQuest” in any search engine, and you soon discover thousands of online lessons created by teachers around the world. What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning, says workshop expert Bernie Dodge 1. This means it is a classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the World Wide Web. Beyond that, WebQuests:

  • can be as short as a single class period or as long as a month-long unit;  
  • usually (though not always) involve group work, with division of labor among students who take on specific roles or perspectives;  
  • are built around resources that are preselected by the teacher. Students spend their time USING information, not LOOKING for it.

Welcome to WebQuests. Start here in the “Explanation” section, which is all about the CONCEPT. Then go on to “Demonstration” and the following sections, where we move from CONCEPT TO CLASSROOM!

What is a WebQuest?
What are the benefits of WebQuests?
How did WebQuests start, and how have they developed since they became popular?
What are the essential parts of a WebQuest?
What kinds of topics lend themselves to WebQuests?
What do I need to create a WebQuest?
What are some critical perspectives?
How can I use WebQuests in conjunction with other educational techniques?

Ok, for those of your who are interested in a Web Quest resource….


Directories of Web Quests

WebQuests use resources from the World Wide Web for inquiry-based instructional activities.  Bernie Dodge, a Web Quest pioneer, describes a  WebQuest as “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.”

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Directories of WebQuests  

Arizona State University Directory Created by education students of Dr. Alice Christie, ASU professor  (K-12)
Best Web Authored by Tom March; Web Quests categorized and evaluated  (K-12)
eduscape K-3 Topical listing of selected Web Quests for (K-3)
eduscape 3-6 Topical listing of selected Web Quests for (3-6)
eduscape Middle School/ High School Links to Web Quest examples for middle school and high school  (7-12)
Literature Based Web Quests Literature Web Quests from Annette Lamb  (K-12)
Literature Web Quests Nice collection of titles (9-12)
Longwood Central School District Directory covering many content areas (K-12)
Middle School Web Quests A collection of middle school appropriate Web Quests categorized by subject area  (7-8)
Missouri Web Quests Matrix of Web Quests by grade level and topic; correlated to the Missouri Show Me Standards; eMINTS  (K-12)
Nellie’s Web Quest List
Junior High
High School
Very comprehensive listings of  Web Quests  (K-12)
National Portrait Gallery Web Quests Web Quests from 9 national museums and galleries  (K-12)
San Diego City Schools Valencia Park Elementary  (K-6)
Springfield Public Schools A large collection of High School, Middle School, and Elementary Web Quests    (K-12)
“Survivor” Body Challenge Workings of all the body systems  (3-6)
Tech Trekers Collection of Web Quests for all grade levels  (K-12)
TrackStar Simply collect web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track  (K-12)
Web Quest Academy Curriculum based internet activities created by Warrensburg teachers  (K-12)

Web Quest Page

Complete guide to Web Quests:  creation, evaluation, examples. This site is created by Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University  (K-12)
Web Quests Across the Curriculum A listing of Web Quests by content area and grade level  (K-12)
Web Quests Web Quest directory by Univ. of Texas San Antonio  (2-8)
Yorkville Community School District #115 Web Quests for all grade levels and subject areas  (K-12)


Creating a  Web Quest: It’s Easier Than you Think! What are Web Quests? What accounts for their popularity? How can you use and create?
Internet Expeditions Creating Web Quest Learning Environments
Quest Garden Easy to use tool created by Dr. Bernie Dodge for creating and storing Web Quests that requires no knowledge of web design or web hosting – free registration required
Zunal Web-based software for creating WebQuests including a large directory

About cbramble1

I am a teacher at Second Street School. I am currently attending Georgetown College to recieve my Graduate Degree. I am a very busy mom of three kids...senior, 6th, and 3rd. Besides being a very busy shuttle service, I teach, coach and play tennis! I enjoy getting kids into a lifetime sport! I will graduate in August and will be one happy camper. My goal is to put technology into the hands of every kid I can!

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