Assignment for Day 1

We couldn’t get approval to give you thirty points without adding an assignment each day.  The hours just didn’t work out.  So the assignment for today is:

  • Read the article “FOCUS – Five Rules for writing a Great Webquest” (section 1)
  • Read the article “When Students Create their own Webquests” (section1)
  • Answer the following questions:
    • What would it take for a webquest to fit in with an instructional sequence that you were creating?
    • Would students be able to pass an SOL based end of unit test if their instruction was delivered via webquest?
    • How would the level of student achievement be effected if teachers used webquests to deliver instruction?

If you are planning to use your blog for you class blog in September, you may answer here by leaving a comment.  If you are not planning to use your blog for your class in September –why aren’t you? 


11 thoughts on “Assignment for Day 1

  1. Yes, I plan to use my blog. I have so many ideas for posting Virginia Reader’s Choice activities as well as any reading incentive program I have for my library. My brain is still churning about other items of interest I can share with my students. I am real excited about the opportunity given to me to actually create something web based without the regulations of “new world order” looking over my shoulders..checking every keystroke…

  2. Now that I have an understanding about what a webquest is, I believe it can work well in my science class. The webquest is project based, and I can see using this type of learning with my students when investigating the scientific method to learning how important science is and how it is related to our daily lives.
    I further believe that the webquest will help my students to become independent learners where I play the role of facilitator rather than using a teacher centered teaching model.
    By using webquest, each student will become better learners because they are focused on the content area. This model of teaching will also keep the students engaged in learning, and it should help make student achievement rise to a new level.
    I plan on using this model of learning with my students as often as possible because of its potential to bring up the test scores.

  3. I have to agree with the previous post – I love the idea that students could use a webquest with an amount of independence, facilitated by their teacher/instructor. Anything that gives students the feeling that they are “in charge” of what’s going on immediately interests and involves them. The more engaged they are in their learning, I think, the better they stand to do on tests such as the SOl, as well as long term information retention.

  4. I believe that teacher planning is the most important facet in ensuring the success for a webquest to fit in with an instructional sequence. regardless of what it is the teacher is attempting to convey to the student, and what avenue of approach or teaching strategy is implemented, if the teacher hasd not planned and prepared well the teaching/ learning experience will not be as effective as possible. I think some of the students would be able to pass SOL based end of the unit assessments by participating in Webquest activities, however to ensure that you are reaching all of your students you have to remember all of the learning styles and keep in mind ways that you must continue to differentiate instruction. As a inclusion teacher I think student achievement, as well as the level of student interest would definitely increase. Some students are just anti paper and pencil for various reasons. it is extremely rare to see a child that does not like working on the computer.

  5. I will definitely use the blog in September for my class. Anything that I can do to allow my students practice in “real world writing” is a plus!

  6. WebQuests would be beneficial to instruction aligned to support the state’s Standards of Learning. WebQuests allow students to gain additional knowledge in their interest areas, own their learning and experiences relevant and current information. Students using WebQuests would see great success in unit and SOL tests because WebQuests are a motivator, engaging students in deeper learning. In the long term, WebQuests provide a media for students to become independent learners while addressing their interest in technology.

  7. Yes, I plan to use my blog. I feel this will get the students more involved in the learning process. Using webquest will help students better retain necessary information because they will be more interested. This will also, teach them to be independent learners.

  8. I most definately will use my blog in September. I know that many of them will not be able to access the blog from a home computer, but the few that can will inspire the ones that can’t. They will then try to access the blog from the computer lab.

  9. The instructor must have a knowledge of and an enthusiasm for the process. The students must be challenged to forgo “traditional” solitary methods of research and begin to work in cooperative groupings.

    Students should be able to pass end of the unit test via webquest instruction. The students will take more ownership of the learing process. They would be challenged to: research a variety of sites, gather and organize the resources, work cooperatively for a common cause, think on a higher level and produce a finished product.

  10. Student achievement would probably increase due to the fact that they have chosen the procedures they will use to create their product. They have relied on their own resources, and chosen items that not only meet the class criteria but also have meaning to them. Since the students have visited many sites in their search,they probably learned a lot of information in a vicarious manner.

  11. In response to your question for Assignment 1 , I feel that it would take some work from the teacher to do a webquest, but the end would be rewarding for the students. It would require the teacher finding good sites, orchestrating the learners and the resources. The teacher would need to challenge the students to think throughout their search and use of interacting with the not only the commputer, but with other mediums such as books, people and even chatting with others on the internet. At the end the teacher will have high expectatitons from the students. The student will be receptive to the challenge because they are asked to produced something in a more challenged fashion. I t would no longer just be a peice of paper with answers scribbled. It would be something that they would actually be able to give the information to and become respomsible for that information.

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