WebQuests are a kind of online project that uses the internet and other computer-based media to involve students in learning activities. Developed over the past decade, largely by Bernie Dodge and Tom March (author of this article), Web-Quests are an extremely popular template for designing interactive web projects.
March describes a WebQuest as “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 videoconferencing.” These projects can be short-term activities focused on one topic, or they can be more in-depth and analytical projects that require synthesis of many concepts. The idea is to present students with questions and tasks that they can explore on their own using the internet.
Here are five web sites that explain the WebQuest concept, show how its template has been used to create projects, and provide links to high-quality projects built on the Web-Quest model:
1. The WebQuest Page Matrix (http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/matrix.html). Created by Dodge, this site lists projects by age-appropriateness.
2. WebQuest Collections (http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest_collections.htm). Also created by Dodge, this site links to innovative efforts in K-12 schools and universities to experiment with the Web-Quest model.
3. Blue Web’n (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/). This is one of the most extensive libraries of educational web sites, and WebQuests can be found with its search engine.
4. Filamentality (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil). This library links to web projects created with Filamentality software.
5. The WebQuest and Other Internet Projects WebRing (http://www.esc20.net/etprojects). A slightly more random approach to finding WebQuests, but it yields some interesting results.