Let's begin with the basics. What is a webquest? Well according to Bernie Dodge of San Diego University, "a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet, optionally supplemented with video conferencing." Now you may ask, how is this useful in the classroom. Well, as a teacher, the use of the webquest creates a myriad of excellent learning opportunities for the students. For one, the students are able to use the Cloud to self teach. Yes, the students are being giving instruction via the webquest, but it is their responsibility to venture out into the Cloud and collect their own information. The students will also be able to connect to the project (webquest) on a deeper level as society today is so highly based on technology.
As a teacher, I feel the webquest is essential for a successful classroom. It teaches the student necessary skills to not only succeed in the classroom, but also in the real world. It also gives them a sense of independence and accomplishment, another necessary component of today's society. As I begin my journey as a high school english teacher, I will use the webquest in my classroom.
Katie's Harlem Renaissance Webquest