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.