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How to Design a Webquest
Webquests- Here are lessons, organized by subject, produced by teachers, that integrate the WWW and learning. 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. This site has it all!
A Webquest About Webquests- Here is the background information, the task, and the process for developing a webquest project. This similar project, A Webquest About Webquests, is for elementary teachers.
A Road Map For Designing Webquests- Great for staff development, this online presentation details the steps for designing a great webquest.
Webquests, Blaine- This page details components and provides a template and sample rubric.
Webquest Design Templates- Wow! Choose the type of webquest that you want and adapt the provided information to create a great webquest.
Maximizing Internet Resources- Webquests- This is another outstanding Webquest for teaching about the structure of Webquest projects. This is great for staff development.
Building Blocks of a Webquest- This site take teachers through the task, process, resources and evaluation concepts of a web quest and provides tips for designing a web quest.
Webquest Templates- This site explores, in detail, the components of a Webquest and includes templates to help their creation; it is great for staff development!
Webquests- Here are definitions and samples of Webquests.
Webquest Attributes- This page defines the qualities necessary for a good webquest project, great for staff development.
The Student Webquest- This ISTE site explains what they are and give great details on how to design a webquest.
iWebquest.com- This site has a nice explanation, teaching tips, and provides good examples of Webquests.
Elementary School Webquest- Quest- Analyze the six given Webquests during a staff development. All of the information and tasks are here!
Webquests in Our Future- Kathy Schrock provides this great PowerPoint presentation describing Webquests, perfect for staff development.
Some Thoughts About Webquests- This paper defines and provides the recipe for completing a Webquest.
Webquest for Educators- The goal of this WebQuest is to help teachers understand the Internet well enough to want to incorporate this tool into their lessons.
Webquests: An Integration Tool- This slideshow, great for staff development, describes the What, Why's, and more.
Writing a Webquest for Your Classroom- Here are the steps and details for developing a Webquest project.
Some Thoughts About Webquests- Here is the definition, detailed information about the attributes, and some great examples of webquest projects.
Webquest Generator- This is a fill-in the blanks method for creating a project.
Writing a Webquest for Your Classroom- Follow these 7 steps and provided links to create a Webquest. This could be used as a lesson on developing a Webquest staff development.
HyperQuest- Sponsored by Hyperstudio, this site offers a step-by-step discussion of the concept of HyperQuests, workshop handouts and demonstration samples of completed Quests. HyperInternet provides more handouts, examples and information.
Ozline.com- Webquests for Learning- Tom March provides this discussion on why to use webquests in the classroom. Use this at staff development.
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The Webquest Page- Click on examples to find hundreds of webquest projects, organized by grade level and academic area.
Webquest Locator- Enter the criteria and grade level to find tons of Webquests here!
San Diego City School Webquests- Organized by grade level and subject, here is are terrific, standards-based curriculum (Webquests) developed by teachers.
Webquests- This site offers great information on how to create a webquest, as well as provides links to great projects completed in this program.
Oswego City School District- K-12 Resources- Here are over 44 annotated links to webquest projects, all completed by district personnel. This is a great selection of webquests, containing links to grade level lessons and projects, too.
r*tec Teacher- Wow! Search and find topic-related Webquests, ThinkQuests, link collections, and lesson plans here.
EdHelper- Here are thosands of lessons and webquests, organized by subject.
Webquest Example Matrix Grades k-3- Here are many webquest projects, organized by subject.
Webquest Example Matrix Grades 4-5
Webquests- This is a nice collection of links to Webquests and Lesson plans.
www4Teacher- If you are looking for complete thematic units and and associated Webquest projects, this is the place. It is a wonderful resource.
Middle School.net- Here is a huge webquest collection, organized by subject.
Webquests: Index of Lessons- This page contains links to short and long versions of multi-grade and multi-subject webquest projects.
Future Quest- Using the provided college links, high school students take on the role of a high school counselor and suggest college and/or career guidelines for four fictitious students.
ITSCO's Webquest Class- Central Ohio presents this collection of Webquest projects that include multiple grade levels and topics.
Index of Webquests- Here are almost 100 different webquest projects on a variety of topics, alphabetically listed.
Richmond University's Education Program's Projects- Here are many Internet treasure hunts and projects, related to science and social studies, that ask for students to find and use information found at the provided sites. This is tremendous!
Mrs. Proctor's Schoolpage- Cindy Proctor has designed some really great Webquest projects for elementary students. Find Webquests related Native Americans, scientific method, early America, ecosystems, food, countries, and more.
EMT's Curriculum Resources- This is a nice collection annotated links to Webquest projects, organized by grade level.
Welcome Webquests- Debbie Rollins has made this wonderful collection of webquest projects, organized by subject and includes appropriate grade level.
TechPD- Here is a collection of Webquest projects that were done during staff workshops, organized by grade levels.
Teaching With Webquests- Here is a simple definition and a very nice collection of hundreds of webquest projects, some done by teachers during training sessions.
Webquest- Here is a searchable database of webquest projects, organized by topic. The Webquest Homepage contains almost 30 webquest projects.
Spartenburg Public Schools Webquests- Complete with project descriptions, here are lots of webquest projects. Also find scavenger hunts.
Learning With Webquests- This page includes a brief description and links to Webquest projects, organized by grade levels and subjects- Very nice collection.
Webquests- Here are some good webquest projects, adaptable for any grade level, that could be done in classrooms without Web access.
Projects and Supporting Pages-Organized by grade level, here are theme related webquests that support the curriculum.
A Webquest About Webquests- High school and elementary level webquests are provided that allow participants to evaluate other webquest projects, great for staff development.
Webquest Homepage- Organized by science topic, this site has links to projects that were designed to combine hands-on science learning activities with website technology.
Webquests contains hundreds of webquest projects.
Webquests and Resources for Teachers- Here are some great Webquests, organized by History, Social Studies, Science, Language, and development guides.
Spartenburg Schools Webquests- Here is a nicely done list of annotated links to Webquest projects.
Socialstudies.com- This membership site provides some great free resources. Organized by topic, here are lots of social studies related webquests.
Webquests- This is a good collection of Webquest projects.
Ken Kantor's History Webquests-
Scavenger Hunts- Here is a giant collection of scavenger hunts, not actually webquests, but Web-related projects that involve research. Check them out!
Projects and Supporting Pages- Find webquest projects organized by grade level.
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Olympic Webquest- Three aliens from outer space have arrived on Earth in time for the Sydney Olympic Games. They do not know what the Olympic Games are. You have to write a guide to the games that will help them understand.
E-Journal's Athlete- This multimedia and Java enhanced site produces beautiful photographs, information, and timelines related to modern Olympics. It's beautiful. This would be great for use when developing a webquest!
Games of Ancient Olympics- Here is a simple project where groups of four 6th grade students answer questions from the information found on the provided websites.
The Olympic Games of Ancient Greece- Students locate answers to provided Olympic-related questions from the links located on this page.
Webquest- The Olympics- Students assume the roles of promoter, venue coordinator, and environmentalist to develop many components of the Olympic games.
Quest for Olympic Gold- Students work with a partner writing an essay qualifying them for competition. They then choose a sport, develop a nutrition schedule, and formulate a training/exercise worksheet.
Classroom Management Webquest- Here is a webquest for elementary teachers learning to cope with only one computer in the classroom. Use this with staff development.
Roman Web Project- Designed for high interest/low reading level classes, this project explores ancient Rome.
Starrry Messenger-To defend his viewpoints, Galileo needs 21st century knowledge to prove his 17th century breakthrough thinking. Students are asked to help.
Sport Team Mascot, Pride or Prejudice-In this WebQuest you will be working in teams to present your position on the issue to the Board of Education.
The Ugly Islands Home Page- This project, very similar to a Webquest, asks participants to use the scientific method for deciding the development of fictional islands, considering the ecology, human impact, etc. of the decision. This has potential!!
Island Colonization- Students will work together to create a persuasive argument for or against colonization of a newly discovered island.
Dolphin-Safe Tuna? Internet Webquest on Dolphins- Students take on the roles of tuna fishermen, ecologists, and legislators as they learn about dolphins and create a workable plan for fishing.
Water Conservation Webquest-
Circle of Life Webquest- Students, as marine researchers, find information on saving the marine environment and make PowerPoint presentations and a poster- Very complete!
Global Warming- Government Representative of developed nations, Environmental Impact Specialists, Climate Expert Scientists, Government Representative of Newly Industrialized and Industrializing Nations collaborate to determine solutions to global warming.
Weather Webquest- As a meteorologist of an evening news show, you and your co-workers need to write a script for tonight’s broadcast.
Tornado Alley: Wild Weather Webquest- As a meterologist, community safety engineer, family safety engineer, and presentation coordinator, students work in groups and create a Hyperstudio presentation.
Twisted Tornadoes and Horrid Hurricanes- Gather information about the severe weather in both Carson County and Dade county. Students decide the best location for a museum based upon these weather patterns and the possible damaging effects.
Galapagos Quest- The expedition has ended but you can take a virtual voyage through the Galapagos Islands. This site is great to use as a classroom project!
Mr. Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle- This site invites students to bid on the job of constructing a pyramid today. Students are asked to estimate the cost of building a pyramid using modern materials and ancient methods. Submit a bid, create a scale drawing and model, and present a final report to the class.
The Port Chicago Disaster- Based upon actual historical events, this page contains two related webquests involving the students in researching the U.S. President's power to pardon individuals and investigating military racial segregation.
Star Ship Adventure- Is There Life Up There? Students assume roles as astronauts or geologists and decide which planet could best sustain life.
The Race to the South Pole- This WebQuest asks you to become part of a team of adventurers as they try to whisk their way to the South Pole ahead of all the other teams in your class. Follow the tasks and use the provided information related to explorers and Antarctica.
Iditarod Webquest- Your class is going to learn as much as they can about the race, Alaska, and the people that live there. The class will act as a TV news team to gather information.
Iditarod Webquest-Research-Create posters, write reports, and make presentations on the qualities of a good musher.
Iditarod Webquest- This is really a scavenger hunt for answers to provided questions; find them from the resources listed. Iditarod Webquest- This is another scavenger hunt, but simplier.
Iditarod 2001- Students, as reporters, convince the principal that Alaska's Iditarod Race is the best place to go for an educational trip.
Running the Iditarod-The Last Great Race- Designed for gifted elementary students, this project asks to complete specific assignments and enter results in a diary.
Pre-historic Webquest- Students assume different roles as they investigate Pr-historic animals, making a collaborative presentation as the final project.
National Museum of Natural History- As Curators for the museum, students research traditional plants and gardening techniques for an exhibit, find a piece of art that represents their school's largest cultural group, and make a presentation of their findings.
The Volcano Webquest- Here is a very basic webqust where Individual students assume the role of a newspaper writer and learn about volcanoes by using the provided resources.
Tornado Warning- As Insurance investigators, students investigate tornadoes and present reports to their insurance companies, in order to try to gain a better understand of tornadoes in order to help reduce their future costs.
Trees and Forest Webquest- Students gather detailed information about trees and prepare a PowerPoint or HyperStudio presentation to support a new Provincial Tree.
Farm- Given the resources, elementary students are asked to research 3 farm animals, become an expert, and write a job description for a farm helper.
USA- Elementary students can select a state, complete a worksheet identifying state symbols, maintain a journal, write a letter home, and create a travel brochure.
Aussie Netquest- One Site Webquests- Technically not a collaborative webquest, but beneficial activities anyway, this site contains a list of topics related to Australia that, when selected, provide related questions and a link to find the answers.
Here We Go Jamestown- Students come up with solutions to the early problems faced by colonists during the early years and the starving time periods. They make a travel brochure about Jamestown and the voyage from Europe to Virginia.
Opening Doors to the New World- This elementary Webquest project involves art and research as it explores the definition of Pilgrim, Pilgrim's homeland, reasons for leaving homeland, and Pilgrim's life in the new world.
Quest- Created by Carolyn O Burleson, LA Unified School District, this
webquest leads students
on an expedition to uncover the truth about Atlantis.
The Immigration Today Webquest- In this project students explore the actual statistics (facts and figures), the political and economic implications as presented by both sides of the issue, as well as presenting some real stories of immigrants today.
Study and Analysis of Migration- Here is a Webquest-like project that involves high school students in an analysis of data and information in order to produce essays on the subject of migration from Caribbean islands.
Wagons West- Students take on the roles of social scientist, ecology officer, maintenance director, and trail navigator as they research the Oregon trail, producing a report for Washington D.C.
Muckrakers- This Webquest project asks students to imagine that they are back in the Progressive Era. As members of one of 8 groups of "middle class" citizens, they will be pushing for reforms centered around 8 problems.
Una Citta in Italia Webquest- Students are to keep a journal of their week's tour of Italy and gather materials for a multimedia presentation.
Searching For China- Student team members will develop a Group Report that contains a Three Point Action Plan for US/China relations, taking into account the following perspectives: Business, Cultural, Religious, Human Rights, Environmental, and Political.
German Unification Case Study- Very similar to a Webquest, this project involves exploration of the issues of German reunification by taking on the role of involved citizens, and discussion of problems and solutions.
Amistad- High school students analyze the plot of the film, participate in an online debate and gather enough pertinent information from the Internet to construct a timeline of significant events in this case.
A Bomb is Dropped... And Lives are Changed- Students assume roles as Japanese Civilian, photographer, politician, and American soldier as they create newspaper editorials and letters stating their views on the atomic bomb.
Coming to a School Near You: A Project on Youth Gangs- Designed for 11th and 12th grade, this webquest has students assume roles to design a media campaign to persuade middle school students to stay out or get out of gangs.
Put Your School on the Web- This Webquest asks participants to go through the process of creating a school website, creating school policies and a mock page, great for staff development, also.
World War II- This webquest, designed for grades 9-12 language arts and U.S. history students, asks participants to create a timeline and write a persuasive essay defending the four freedoms.
Mexican Webquest- Working groups of students use the resource links to gather, evaluate, and synthesize information related to Mexico. They are to make a classroom presentation using this information.
Cinco de Mayo- 2nd and 3rd graders are asked to become reporters as they explore the culture, literature, music, and history of Mexico.
Holiday Webquest- 2nd graders are asked to work cooperatively to defeat a villain and find how a holiday is celebrated.
Economic Forcasting: An Internet Webquest- High school students will use the WWW to retrieve up-to-date key economic statistics which will provide valuable hints about the state of the future economy. When the lesson is complete, they will have a new understanding of how economists predict our economic future.
The Guilded Age, Documenting Industry in America- This high school level webquest, complete and very engaging, involves collaborative work producing a documentary slideshow about industry.
Economic Forcasting- High school students will use the Internet/WWW retrieve up-to-date key economic statistics which will provide valuable hints about the state of the future economy. Students use this information to establish a business in a foreign country.
Look Who's Footing The Bill- This middle and high school webquest explores the national debt controversy to inspire students toward taking democratic action.
Evidence, The True Witness-
Poway High School Webquest- The Cost of War- Students take on the roles of nurse, statesman, poet, statistician, and conscientious objector. Integrating current events and web research, students communicate findings and opinions to others around the world. This is a great project!
Children and War- A Webquest- Students take on the roles of journalists as they investigate the impact of war on children and write a newspaper article.
Vietnam- Students assume a variety of roles, research the Vietnam War, and complete Hyperstudio templates supporting their position for or against the construction of a city mural.
Webquest- "Misty of Chincoteague"- After reading the book, groups of elementary and middle school students are engaged in online activities surrounding the book.
Genealogy Quest- Students are asked to search for their family lineage through the Internet, software resources, genealogy societies, groups, organizations, and libraries.
A Revolutionary Webquest- Containing lots of great information about the history, battles, and people, this site is also revolutionary simulation. You will act as the commander of the continental army. You will be responsible for managing troops, trading for supplies and money, and for coping with disasters.
Ancient Egypt Webquest- This website sends upper elementary and older students on a quest that requires them to complete a number of tasks to decode a secret message thats written on the inside Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen's burial mask.
Ancient Egypt: A Webquest-
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Ancient Egypt- A Webquest-As a team of advisors, investigate your assigned area using the Internet resources provided to gather facts regarding Egyptian methods related to your specialty.
African Art Webquest- Students, as problem solvers, pose as museum curators who need to set up an exhibit.
The Roaring 20's- This WebQuest site will guide middle and high school students through a study of the 1920s, looking specifically at famous and influential people, important events, major art & culture happenings, and the overall difference of the Twenties from all decades previous.
The 1920's and it's Excesses- Webquest- As reporters for a Jazz Age newspaper, students will be able to assume the identities of 20's correspondents.
Radio Days: A Webquest- Students assume the task of writing and producing a new radio drama, presented in a radio play with sound effects. The Radio Boss expects "employees" to research of the history of radio drama and to use this knowledge to create a script for a new radio mystery/suspense series.
Audio Project Webquest- A Boss has assigned you and your co-workers the task of writing and producing a new radio drama.
Webquest: The Great Depression- Students assume the role of a person in a chosen profession living in the Great Depression. They use the provided resources to explore their economic choices for their family.
Hello Dolly- Here is a Webquest about cloning. Students interview legislative experts and are to work collaboratively, access current information, analyze the validity of sources, reach consensus with their peers, take action, and explain the consequences of their decision.
ThinkQuest- This organization challenges students ages 12-19 to use and Internet and earn prizes for outstanding work, such as creative webpages that educate.
The Big Wide World Webquest- Elementary students explore the plants, animals, cultures, and languages of the world as they determine the relationships of the the components.
In Search of the Missing e-Using Resources provided, students must design an 'e' problem/solution related to their chosen business. Each problem should be a mathematical function or formula utilizing the number 'e', the findings presented using a professional looking visual aid (poster, graph, model, etc).
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Dr. Alice Christie's List of Webquest Rubrics- Here are six examples of rubric assessments used with Webquest projects.
Analyzing the Webquest Process- This is great place for teachers to analyze four webquests by using the provided rubric.
A Draft Rubric for Evaluating Webquests- Useful as an evaluation tool for teachers and students, here is a great rubric for evaluating the design and effectiveness of a Webquest.
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