At the conference, the presenter identified 3 phases in the development of a WebQuest.
Phase 1: Identifying Objectives and Activities & Aligning to Standards
The presenter said this was perhaps the hardest part of creating a WebQuest - coming up with and refining an idea to be something meaningful and relevant to students, and aligned with the standards for your grade level/subject.
As you begin thinking about your WebQuest, you might want to start by exploring other WebQuests, examining the standards for your grade level/subject, and/or brainstorming with colleagues.
In this phase you need to:
- Decide on the objectives for your WebQuest - what will the students be able to do or know about by the time they are finished with the WebQuest? What is the central problem or question they are seeking to solve?
- Decide what activities the students will be doing during this WebQuest in order to meet these objectives.
- Align your objectives and activities to the Indiana Academic Standards for your grade level/subject.
Below are some resources that may be helpful to you in this phase:
Phase 2: Developing Your WebQuest in QuestGarden
Now that you have your idea, you need to get an account in QuestGarden so you can start building your WebQuest.
1. Visit the following address to sign up for your free QuestGarden space: http://www.questgarden.com (copy and paste this address into your Web browser)
2. Click the "Register for 30 Day Trial" link to sign up for a 30-day free trial subscription (after the 30 days are up, anything you have posted will remain but you will not be able to edit or create new WebQuests until you pay the fee, a reasonable $20 for 2 years of service). Provide all requested information accurately. Where it asks for a Group Code, enter IN124PUC. When you are finished you will be able to access your new WebQuest space and get started. Be sure to write down your username and password for later use!!
3. Click Overview to read more about WebQuests and what QuestGarden is all about. When you're ready to begin, click "Create a New WebQuest."
The Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, and Conclusion are what makes a WebQuest a WebQuest. As you look through QuestGarden you notice that each part of the WebQuest already has some helpful hints written into the template for you. You remember that the presenter at the conference said the hints and advice in QuestGarden are very helpful, so you will be sure to read them carefully. The presenter also suggested that you follow through the different parts of the WebQuest creation in order, from top to bottom along the left-hand side of the page.
As you begin working your way through the different parts, you review your notes from the conference presentation where the presenter gave some helpful tips for creating each section of a WebQuest:
Introduction: Gives some background and basic overview of the task. The introduction should capture the target audience's attention and "invite" them to participate in the WebQuest. The introduction, task, process, evaluation, and conclusion sections should all be written for students (i.e., in second person...it should read "You will write a letter to the editor..." instead of "Students will write a letter to the editor...").
Task: Outline a task that is interesting and possible for students in an average classroom to complete. Provide the time frame of the WebQuest as well as the basic objectives of the lesson in this section. The specific steps students take to achieve those objectives come later, in the Process - the Task serves more as an overview of what will happen during the WebQuest, and what problem or question the students are being asked to solve. Also, note that while many WebQuests are collaborative or group projects, this does not necessarily have to be the case if groupwork does not fit into your overall scheme.
Process and Resources: The specific procedural steps students should follow, including collaborative group roles, will be detailed in this section. Ideally, students should be asked not only to find information, but also to analyze and draw conclusions about the data they have gathered and/or the problem they have been asked to solve. Detailed descriptions of the products students are expected to produce during the WebQuest should be provided here.
You also made a note about another video that has good information about developing the process section: WebQuest 101: Part 4 - Process
Also, the Web-based resources (the minimum number of resources that you must include is 5) you want the students to use should be provided here as starting points for student research or referential examples.
Evaluation: This is where you provide details on how students will be evaluated upon completing the WebQuest. This information should be as specific as possible, as both the teacher using the WebQuest and the students should know how exactly work will be assessed. Given the task, how would you assess whether or not the student completed the task successfully? Consult other WebQuests’ evaluation rubrics and the resources/examples listed below to give you an idea of how such an evaluation rubric might be set up:
Conclusion and Credits: hese sections brings round out the WebQuest to form a complete package. The conclusion reminds learners about what they have learned, and often provides links to more information on the topic or related topics to encourage students to explore and expand their knowledge even further. The credits section is important for giving credit to resources including research sources and sites where images were borrowed. Finally, the teacher's introduction, process, and resources sections are helpful to any teacher wishing to use parts or all of your WebQuest in her own classroom. In the standards section, you should also note how your lesson ties into the Indiana Academic Standards. You need to state the specific standards and indicators (e.g., Science 4.1.2) with which your WebQuest aligns, and be sure it is clear that you are referencing Indiana Academic Standards specifically (since the WebQuest is available to everyone, they won't know which set of standards you are referencing if you do not make it clear). Take your time and put some thought into these sections as well as the "meat" of the project - the Task, Process, and Evaluation!
Phase 3: Formatting & Editing your QuestGarden WebQuest
1. As the presenter informed you, QuestGarden was designed to make creating a WebQuest a simple process that requires minimal technical knowledge. In addition to simplifying the actual creation of the WebQuest webpages, QuestGarden also provides helpful tips and advice related to developing the content of the WebQuest. You will, therefore, want to read through the information and guidance in each section carefully.
As you go down the list of sections to add content, you notice both instructions and a text box where you can type your information. This box allows you to manipulate the colors and styles of your text, as well as create simple tables and hyperlinks. You can even upload small to medium sized pictures (nothing bigger than 500x500 pixels in size) to display on your WebQuest.
You again review your notes from the presentation for more helpful tips about working in QuestGarden:
- The toolbar provides all of the tools you need to format your pages and make them interesting. Most of the tools are pretty easy to understand, as they are similar to toolbar icons seen in Microsoft Word and other programs you already know. And you can always mouse over a button in the toolbar to get a text description of what it does.
- To insert a link: Click the "globe" icon in the top row of the toolbar.
You will see a new window where you provide the address of your hyperlink, the text that will be highlighted as a link onscreen, and how the link will act (whether it opens in the same window, a new window, etc.).
You can also use the hyperlink tool to share other files such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Inspiration concept maps.
- To insert an image: Click the Insert Image button, located on the top row of the toolbar.
Click the Upload button and you will see a new window where you can Browse for the image on your computer that you want to upload (GIF, JPG,or PNG files only).
Note: You should include at least two images in your QuestGarden WebQuest that enhance the look of your WebQuest and/or support student learning.
2. When you completed your WebQuest and you have it the way you want it, you must publish it for it to be completed! To publish it, click the "Publish" link in the Tools section of the left-hand menu, and follow the directions there. You will receive a URL when publication is complete and you can access that URL any time in the Publish section of your QuestGarden WebQuest. If you need to make any edits after you have published your Webquest, you will need to republish it by again clicking the Publish link in the menu (the content will be updated, but the URL will remain the same).
When you submit the assignment in Vista and in TaskStream, please type in (or preferably, copy & paste) the URL (Internet address) for your WebQuest in the Submission text box. If your WebQuest cannot be accessed due to spelling/typing errors in the URL, you will receive a 0 for the assignment. Remember also that you will submit this URL in TWO PLACES: in BlackBoard Vista and in TaskStream. If you fail to submit your work through TaskStream as well as BlackBoard Vista, you will receive a failing grade for the assignment and an incomplete in the course. Please see the video tutorial within the Blackboard course site for additional information on how to submit your work in TaskStream.