Experience #1

This lesson will help you acquire knowledge and comprehension of the WebQuest. Your objective is to define the WebQuest and to distinguish it from other Internet-based activities. Readings have been selected based on their exceptional content, conciseness, and navigability. In other words, they are worth your time! Because these lessons are student-centered, you may complete the application and evaluation tasks below at any time. This lesson is estimated to take you approximately 45 minutes.

Now, let's begin! Travel to the selected readings below for an understanding of the WebQuest and to compare it to other activities on the Web. If you are already confident in your ability to define and distinguish a WebQuest, then you may circumvent the readings and proceed to the summation activities, #1 and #2.


   Selected Readings  

Introduction to WebQuests

Benefits

 Some Thoughts About WebQuests

The Online Scavenger Hunt

 Characteristics of a Good Quest

 Educational Web Adventures


Summation Activities
#1

Do you think you have a clear understanding of what a WebQuest is and is not? If so, apply your understanding by listing the characteristics of each of the activities referenced in the readings.

Scavenger Hunt

Web Adventure

WebQuest


#2

Now that you have a better understanding of the WebQuest, let's apply your knowledge and comprehension to an evaluation activity.

Review the following Internet-based activities by clicking on the link in each square. Determine the appropriate category for each: Scavenger Hunt, Web Adventure, or WebQuest. When you have determined the correct label, click on the corresponding radio button to the left. In the text box, state the reasons for your selection.

Does the Tiger Eat Its Cubs?
Which Internet-Based Activity is "Does the Tiger Eat Its Cubs?"?
Scavenger Hunt
Web Adventure
WebQuest
The Nine Planets
Which Internet-Based Activity is "The Nine Planets"?
Scavenger Hunt
Web Adventure
WebQuest
Coral Reef Fish Count
Which Internet-Based Activity is "Coral Reef Count"?
Scavenger Hunt
Web Adventure
WebQuest

Let's see how you did!

Answers to Summation Activity #2

Selected Sites

 Correct Response

 Reasons
  Does the Tiger Eat its Cubs?

 WebQuest
This engaging lesson utilizes a task for students to solve, and guides them through the process using the six sections described in the above readings. Excellent example of a WebQuest!

 The Nine Planets

 Scavenger Hunt
This activity is very inviting and would be a good link within a WebQuest but lacks critical thinking and guided problem solving.

 Coral Reef Fish Count

 Internet Adventure
This lesson can be deceiving because students interact with the lesson by applying math. Outcomes do not include solving a problem or producing a product, however, and the six sections are not present. Overall, this is a great activity for practicing science and math skills!

If you are working in a group, select one or two of the readings to summarize and share. Remember, as the reporter, you should provide your team with answers to the questions who, what, why,where, when, and how.

If after the summation activities you feel that you need information about WebQuests, try these additional sites:

A Thorough Introduction to WebQuests
WebQuests in the Middle School
Integrating the Internet
Internet: Exploring WebQuests