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Monday, October 17, 2005

What are WebQuests?


A WebQuest is an activity where a student draws information from the Web to use in an activity that has a specific topic. The most effective ones are those that make the most of a learner’s time. There are basically six main components that can be identified with a WebQuest. These include, an introduction, the tasks, information sources, the process, evaluations and conclusions. These will tell the learner what the assignment is and its purpose or goal, what activities and topics the student will be engaged in, where they can find information for the project, and what the end result of their research should be.


I think I could use a WebQuest for an elementary social studies class since according to the program of studies, students need to learn about various cultures an their differences and similarities to the student’s own. As the teacher, I could create a WebQuest where students would visit various web sites I assign and look up information about different cultures. They could have a specific set of questions that they were expected to answer in terms of the cultures they are learning about and the pages they are viewing. As well, I could also develop WebQuests in terms of assignments on specific topics for junior high students. I could ask the students to choose a topic that they are interested in and want to learn more about for an English Report. I could then take in all the topics and create individual WebQuests for each student. That way, I could monitor what information they would be viewing, but the topic would be something they would enjoy and want to learn more about.


When I visited the Web Awareness Canada site I was surprised at the vast variety of information that the site contained. There is so much information and it is separated into three main sections, awareness for teachers, parents and librarians. Since I am neither a parent nor a librarian I simply looked at the teacher awareness one. Wow! It is amazing to think of the many issues concerning the Internet that we as teachers need to be aware of. It is quite sad to think that children, if they are not properly educated with the safe use of the Internet, can be the victims of privacy invasion, cyber-bullying and online predators. As well, other negative impacts include subjection to misinformation, witnesses of violent or hateful content as well as pornography and gambling. A teacher needs to properly educate the students about the safe and proper Internet use so as to monitor a student’s use so that a useful tool does not negatively effect them. . I was very happy to see that there is information for us on how to encourage and teach students to be safe on the Internet, especially because they can be subjected to harassment and situations that can make them uncomfortable. It is nice to know that there is information out there on how to educate students to understand and determine the difference between truthful and misinformation. As well, it is helpful to see that there are resources to help us teach children to be safe, wise and responsible Internet users.

1 Comments:

  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger Dale said…

    Hi Cassandra:
    Spectacular! You have created a first-rate blog based on your work with computer technology in education. All activities were completed on time (you were the second person in a class of 110 to complete all course requirements!)and clearly met the course objectives.
    Best wishes for your upcoming Practicum in Professional Semester I.
    Dale

     

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