Topic 3: Exploring and Reviewing WebQuests
Exploring WebQuests Table of Contents 
If you enter the word WebQuest into a search engine such as:

You will get individual WebQuests, collections of WebQuests and commercial sites that use the name WebQuest. To narrow your search combine the word WebQuest with another word to narrow your search such as: classroom, education, teach, or student.

WebQuest + education 
WebQuest + classroom 
WebQuest + teach 
WebQuest + student 

If you use this kind of Boolean search method you are more likely to find WebQuests. Look for sites that have collections of WebQuests categorized by subject and grade level.You can also explore the following WebQuest sites to find WebQuests that are appropriate for you students.

WebQuest Examples

Tom March's Ozline WebQuest site

Spartanburg County SC School District's WebQuest Page

SCORE (Schools of CA Online Resources for Educators)

Five Rules for Writing a Great WebQuest

You will want to systematically draft your WebQuest. Take a close look at Bernie Dodge's WebQuest Design Process. This will help you as you plan and organize your WebQuest.

Finally think how you will integrate multiple curricular areas in your WebQuest. Although the primary content area for your WebQuest may be science or social studies, the fine arts, literacy or math, etc., there will be an overlap with other curriucular areas. Plan for this.Use this graphic to consider the organization of your WebQuest.


Enduring Understanding

The Enduring Undestanding is the theme for your WebQuest.  It is what you want your students to deeply understand forever as a result of doing this WebQuest.  After you've chosen your theme, select the standards your WebQuest will meet (assuming you have curricular standards), then use the standards (if you have them) to write your goals (broad general statements about what students will learn).  Next write measurable objectives.  Measurable objectives state what students will learn and how you will know they have actually learned it. These are action statements.  For example: As a result of this WebQuest students will be able to analyze the causes of the Civil War in the United States by creating, and orally presenting to the class, a PowerPoint slide show using images from the American Memories Collection on events leading up to the Civil War. Notice that the assessment drives the content. 


Site Review

Review the following sites: 

 A Road Map for Designing WebQuests

Creating a WebQuest: It's Easier than You Think!

 WebQuest Design Map 

Next visit the WebQuest Matrix and look for a WebQuest that might meet your curriculum needs for this topic. As you search for an appropriate WebQuest consider:

  • How will this WebQuest meet your curriculum standards? 
  • If you are in California, use this link to national and various state standards.