Hours of research go
into the creation of a WebQuest. Quest authors must locate and
screen sources, organize information into roles, plan navigation,
and create their pages. This lesson will assist you in preparing
for the design process by focusing your ideas and energies on
To complete this experience,
you will need to be able to:
Now, let's begin! Travel
to the selected readings below to
read about getting started. Once you've read the organizational
material, head to Interactive Sources
to learn how to motivate your students with online participation.
If you are already confident in your ability to select and apply
interactive resources, then you may circumvent the readings and
proceed to the application activities,
#1 and #2.
contain forms of interactiveness where students provide input,
communication, or they determine outcomes. Examples of this may
include input boxes, e-mail correspondance around the world, online
simulations, virtual field trips, web cams (cameras), audio recordings,
and multi-media presentations. The more interactive your WebQuest,
the more engaging it will be to your students. For a complete
list of sources, go to .
activity, you will gather basic elements before heading to the
WebQuest design lesson. Begin by asking the question, "What
are my learner needs?" With your group or by yourself, gather
whatever data you deem necessary to identify group weaknesses.
You may wish to brainstorm if there are several. Select the need
that would most likely be met through an online lesson and one
in which there are a large number of online resources. Enter your
specific topic in the provided text box.
Next, locate your curriculum
materials. If you do not have local frameworks available, proceed
to to find your state or national
academic standards. Select at least two standards that your WebQuest
will address and that directly relate to your proposed topic.
You may choose as many as apply. Reference those below.
Lastly, cut and
paste the text from your proposed topic and standards sections
into a Word document and save. You will planning information to
this file in the next section.
In this segment, you will
participate in an interactive activity. You may select from one of the options
below. When you are
finished, review the options on the page. Then, select one or more interactive
elements that you would like to incorporate in your WebQuest and
write it in the text box below.
When you are finished, add the text to the Word document with
your other information.
Interactive Elements*: *A word of caution: Make sure your
interactive elements are appropriate to the lesson and to your
are the Communicator in your group, you must summarize and present
the interactive elements to your teammates. You may wish to select
great sites from each of the Interactive Sources and demonstrate
the power of the Internet. In addition, print out all materials
contained on this page for your group members. If your group has
questions that cannot be answered within the content of this Quest,
you will be responsible for contacting the experts on the page.