WebQuests

 

Rationale: WebQuests are often defined as inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet. In the case of mathematics, these usually take the form of a guided exploration of a topic, requiring students (or usually groups of students) to undertake some web-based research and to generate a product of some kind (such as a report). In recent years the term ‘webquest’ has become something of a buzzword, but the idea merits consideration despite this.

 

Here are some examples, to illustrate the idea; these are not yet ready directly for student use.

 

 

WebQuest Portal

 

This page is controlled by Bernie Dodge, widely regarded as the main thinker behind the idea of a WebQuest, and this page offers lots of information about such activity as well as a few examples, many of them following his template. Select the Find WebQuests link and then use the Curriculum x Grade Level Matrix search engine to find a few of them listed for mathematics at a level that interests you. Most tend to be culturally biased towards the US, unsurprisingly since this is where most of them were constructed.

 

Best Web Quests

 

Tom March was a student of Bernie Dodge’s and also has a substantial website with a lot of well-considered information and advice about web quests. A number of mathematical examples are included, together with information on what makes them ‘best’, including having authentic tasks that make use of information found. The website has a matrix of examples, which illustrate the genre well. Because they are ‘authentic’, many are located in the US context and are not directly relevant to Australian students, but the ideas are still good ones.

Teachnology Webquests

 

There is a large collection of WebQuests on this site. Most seem to have been constructed by US teachers, and so some will inevitably have an orientation to US cultural settings. Nonetheless, this site will give a good idea of ways of using the WebQuest idea.

Leah McCoy’s Webquests

 

This is a nice collection of a range of WebQuests, organised in three levels: elementary (primary), middle school and high school, with only a few for primary students.  The WebQuest definition link explains well the significant elements involved in webquests.

 

Last updated: 7 May 2008