Your assignment is to design a five (5)
page (minimum) site for a WebQuest for your (future)
students to complete (details below). The WebQuest is
to be interesting and challenging to students, pedagogically solid
The students should also be encouraged to present the results of
their quest to their class in an interesting and very creative
A WebQuest is a journey, usually done by a
small group of students, to seek the answer to a comprehensive
question (quest), or perhaps a series of related questions
(quests). For example one may ask, How can I eat better? To find out the
answer one may need to ask, What
do I eat? How many calories do I eat in a day? How
does it affect my body? How can I make a healthy change in
my diet and still enjoy my meals? One may also
simply ask, What was the cause
of the Civil War?
A WebQuest is not to review or learn a concept which is taught
in a textbook such as The Water
Cycle, it is not to find and list the six causes of
the Civil War, not a retelling; it
is to be much more, a transformational quest!
To use a sports metaphor (groan); the teacher
is the coach, the students are the players. During a
WebQuest the teacher can give advice (coach) as necessary, but the
students need to make the plays, learn.
First, be sure to read &
use the Style
Guide for designing your Web site.
Read through this entire
assignment before starting, including the links.
The WebQuest is written for
your students, do not use teacherize.
There must be a rationale (why it is important for
students to learn about this topic), included in the
introduction in a way to gain your students' interest.
You must create at least 5pages with at
least one graphic/page
You must include 5 Web sites to go to for information
(early elementary) to 5 search engines (high school) for
your students to use to find information or a combination (later
elementary or middle school).
When including a search engine, make it a kid's version. For
example, use rather than .
The WebQuest should have the critical attributes
In your WebQuest folder [WQ] go all images (pictures) related
to your WebQuest + 5-6 Web pages
1. Introduction- Get your students interested & include
a rationale Give your learners some idea
about what they'll be doing and include some basic instructions.
You might want to introduce the key points or contradictions to
get them thinking and alert them as to what they'll be looking
for when they do their research. Since your WebQuest will be available
for the whole world to see, you may want to mention the grade
level. Depending on the grade level, you might want to
mention special resources that are needed to complete the
activity. [Edited from Let's Spin a WebQuest]
2. Task(s)- In brief, the quest, they must accomplish or the
problem/question they must answer
might be stated as question and should be crafted as carefully
as a term paper thesis. Make sure the question can't be
answered with simple factual information and has no one single
answer everyone would agree upon. [Edited from Let's Spin a
3. Process- Format for gathering & presenting their results (be creative, hands-on, active) Give users a step-by-step process
that they will use to accomplish their task. How do you want
them to organize their information once they find it? Is there
some way organize or evaluate their work? Ultimately, you
want students to evaluate and analyze the information they get
from the Web in order to produce an end product that
demonstrates they have processed and transformed their
What is the final (group) product?
Older students should document their sources using proper
citations. [Edited from Let's
Spin a WebQuest]
4. Resources- Minimum of five (5) resource sites &/or search
engines (see above)
5. Evaluation- Guide to success and for credit
6. Conclusion- Wrap it up briefly & with gusto; usually with a
reference to the Introduction
It is highly recommended to use SeaMonkey or Netscape
on either a Mac or on a PC. The Composer part is a simple
Web page editing/composing tool. If you wish to use
another Web page composer, clear it with the Dr. Bob first.
Do not use-
the QuestGarden template or any
other which creates frames.
Do not use a Web page template without getting the OK from me.
A .com site or any other site to construct your WebQuest without
getting permission from me.
Read an article
from ISTE in Learning &
Leading with Technology