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Thinking of a Web Quest????

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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….

WebQuests

Directories of Web Quests
Training

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.”

bullet This page contains links to outside sources.  The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is not responsible for any content housed/published on those sites.

Directories of WebQuests  

Arizona State University Directory Created by education students of Dr. Alice Christie, ASU professor  (K-12)
Best Web Quests.com 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
Elementary
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)

Training  

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
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One Stop Shopping–GAME RESOURCES

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Game Resources


Classroom games can be informative and motivational.   Teachers can generate the games themselves or students might create them.  The table below contains links to web pages which feature templates for a variety of games such as Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and, the ever popular, Jeopardy.

bullet This page contains links to outside sources.  The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is not responsible for any content housed/published on those sites.

Templates 

Fun and Games Two web pages of pre-made PowerPoint games
Game Templates Nice collection of Word, Excel, and Power Point game templates
Hangman Create hangman worksheets
Jeopardy Labs Allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint
Jeopardy Templates and Other Games Links to templates and  ready-to-use games 
Microsoft Word Gameboards Word templates ready to use
Millionaire Templates
Directions for downloading
Version One
Version Two
Version Three
Version Four
Terri Street’s templates; changes have been made to make the editing process easier and make multiple templates with different correct answer links available

Do not delete the textbox.  Only select text and overtype in the textbox! Deleting will erase the hyperlinks, but overtyping will change the text while keeping the hyperlinks intact.

Parade of Games Huge collection of PowerPoint games
PowerPoint Activities Templates and pre-made games
SMILES Replaces Game-O-Matic; create web-based activities such as Drag and Drop, Timed Matching, and Sentence Scramble for language learning and practice; free registration
Super Teacher Tools A variety of review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators
TeAch-nology Generate bingo cards
Terri Street’s Master Trainer Templates for Millionaire, Pyramid, and Jeopardy; includes a PowerPoint on Create-a-Game explaining “how to”

Pre Made Games 

PowerPoint Games Several games ready to play
PowerPoint Game Templates Several examples of games made with PowerPoint

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4Teachers.org works to help you integratetechnology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.
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I Hear Voices

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Voices from the Learning Revolution

Welcome to the Voices from the Learning Revolution Blog. Here you’ll find stories about connected and shifted learning. Meet our Voices and be part of the revolution. Subscribe to our newsletter or you can subscribe to posts via RSS or subscribe to posts via email

Pocket-Based Learning: My Cellphone Classroom

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Passion Based Learning, Student Life, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 6 comments

Pocket-Based Learning: My Cellphone Classroom

I am a proponent of BYOD (bring your own device) learning. I very rarely travel anywhere without my iPhone or iPad, and I can’t really blame my students if they do the same. I see the “addiction” students have to their cell phones as an opportunity to engage in learning since I view cell phones as another teaching tool, not a distraction. The technology is in their pockets. It’s a learning resource. Let’s use it!

 http://plpnetwork.com/category/voices/

Train at Least 3-4 Times a Week for Maximum Benefit for your Brain

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Joe Hardy, PhD

Lumosity members frequently ask us how often they should train in order to maximize the benefits of brain training. The short answer is that more training is better training. All else being equal, individuals who complete more cognitive training tend to see larger gains in speed, memory, attention, problem solving, and flexibility. That said, most of us have busy lives, which is why so many of you want to know how much you need to do benefit from training.

In order to answer this question, the Research and Development team here at Lumos Labs analyzed data from 9503 Lumosity members who played at least 1000 exercises. Our researchers looked at how long it took members to complete the 1000 exercises, and then calculated the training frequency that resulted in the largest average gains in Brain Performance Index (BPI). BPI is basically Lumosity’s version of IQ — it measures your ability to handle the speed, memory, attention, problem solving, and flexibility challenges on Lumosity.  As it turns out, the most efficient approach is to complete a daily training session at least 3-4 times a week. On average, members who trained at this rate more than doubled their BPIs. Training less often still resulted in improvements, though they were smaller.

This goes to show that brain training’s just like physical exercise: mental fitness requires regular training.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZpKBDIv1XU&feature=player_embedded

 

Interactive Reading Logs!!!

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If you are looking for a way to boost
your child’s vocabulary and reading
goals, then you are going to
love what Reading Logs has
to offer. We empower students
and their parents by using
technology in way that ensures fast and effective learning outcomes!

Spelling and vocabulary word lists and reading goals are brought online thanks to Reading Logs. Through this means, parents, teachers and students can quickly and easily access them.

Bring your student’s learning material to life with Reading Logs’ powerful and effective learning tools.

Here is How Reading Logs Creates Impressive Results:

1. Teachers and/or parents upload reading goals,

vocabulary words and spelling lists.
2. Students can then log in and access the uploaded material at any time and from any computer.
3. Students may also access the words list on iPod / iPhone / iPad and practice their spelling and vocabulary skills on the go. This means more learning opportunities and thus more learning! Click here to down our free app today!

When you opt to go online, you eliminate wasted paper and wasted time.You will see more effective and lasting results.

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