by Tom Iarossi, University Of Phoenix
This WebQuest is designed to employ many of the skills your students have developed. In addition to the computer expertise they should possess, the completion of this exercise will expose your students to a wealth of information regarding some part of the world and many of the people who populate the United States.
What makes this exercise so special is that the students may very well be talking about themselves, their families, or someone they know well. Their creativity is encouraged; they should be able to use virtually anything that illustrates the story they will tell their classmates. You are really only defining the task in the most general terms - your students will define the scope of the exercise and hopefully bring all their individual personalities and styles into play.
Finally, your students will gain valuable experience in collaboration. This exercise is best implemented as learning teams of four students each, so the demand on your undoubtedly limited technological resources (computers) will be reduced and much peer learning will occur.
Just as your students will each complete this exercise differently, I also encourage you to revise this exercise as you see fit to suit your students, environment, and resources. Put a bit of yourself into this, too.