WebQuest Reflections

Upon starting this assignment, developing a WebQuest, I became more enthused about using  the web to create something for my future class to research or study.  I thought  the Webquest format was cleanly structured to guide students into the required subject matter at hand.  Using this structure can be made fun once the student or student groups become adept using the internet and some of the online tools offered.

Reviewing multiple WebQuest assignments of our classmates and in prepartaion made me realize some of the pitfalls of using this format.  By the very nature of the internet it is very visual, lots of eye candy and pictures.  When creating a Webquest (Task, Process) I wanted to tone down the use of using multiple pictures that were not relevant to the subject.  Most Webquests had a picture at the top heading, but picture placement interrupting a paragraph was very distracting and I found myself not reading with a more concentrated effort.  When a presentation was clearly mapped with media and content relevant, not flashy, it was easier to come to a completion in a timely fashion.

In the end I have learned to start with a very simple WebQuest for my students and keep to the subject as briefly/concisely as possible.  Short videos work well for the sciences. Using fun games and links that required using other platforms was interesting but didn’t always sync up with the assignment.  As a science teacher I would use the WebQuest format for individual instruction within the class.  Group projects I have learned are usually supported by a single individual and are not very equal.  This is an echo from my daughter that some group members did nothing; and in the end the others had to fill in for their laziness.

WebQuest is a great tool and I will definitely use it in the future.  I know that if I want my students to participate fully in this method I have to present it in a way that is engaging and fluid.

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WebQuest

Recently I’ve been introduced to Webquest, an online method for developing project and/or problem based learning systems, the PBL’s.  Webquest is an online search oriented lesson plan in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the internet, usually these searches are guided by the instructors prompts.  Please feel free to visit our Webquest project for Ed422 at the following link.

Webquest-The Human Circulatory System

 

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the “norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use” (see: http://www.digitalcitizenship.net). To be a good digital citizen means having a solid grasp of digital technology, literacy, ethics and etiquette — the communication, social, and decision-making skills to act responsibly and safely online.

Digital citizenship focuses on using technology in an appropriate way while enjoying its vast capabilities and becoming more productive.

Here’s a Prezi that I made for my future piers about the 9 aspects of digital citizenship; it’s my first.  Hope you enjoy it.

Digital Citizenship