WebQuests: What are they?
Visit our WebQuest Collection page for specific links to webQuests created by our staff and other resources. 
What is a WebQuest?A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by the students is drawn from the Internet. WebQuests are designed to use the students' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support students' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Webquests help ensure that students stay on task while online. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March.
 
Instructional and Cognitive Practices Supported by WebQuests
critical thinking authentic assessment
schema theory novice/expert models
cooperative learning technology integration
scaffolding constructivism

WebQuest Design Map a graphic organizer of the steps in WebQuest design
Six reasons Teachers use WebQuests
1. To begin a unit as an anticipatory set;
2. To conclude a unit as a summation;
3. As a collaborative activity in which students create a product (fostering cooperative learning);
4. To teach students how to be independent thinkers;
5. To increase competency in the use of technology; and6. As a motivational techniques to keep students on task.
WebQuest Information Resources
Read some background information on WebQuests. WebQuests all share the same basic elements. These include an introduction, task, information resources, processes, learning advice, and evaluation.
WebQuests from I Love teaching.com
Yesnet's Webography Page
Kentucky Academy of Technology Education
Training Materials from San Diego University
Why WebQuests? by Tom March
To find out more about WebQuests read "The Student WebQuest'" by Maureen Brown Yoder, in the April, 1999 issue of Learning and Leading with Technology. This is an excellent journal for anyone interested in technology integration! Maureen Yoder details the history and development of Webquests and how to make the best use of them.
Maximizing Internet Resources with WebQuests
Peter McKaySpider Net WebQuest Introduction (very good)
How to Design a WebQuest WebQuest for Teachers
The Elementary Webquestion by Linda Gurion for teachers Grades 1-5
A WebQuest about WebQuests by Patti Simis
WebQuest Tutorials
Building Blocks of a WebQuest by Bernie Dodge Step by step tutorial which takes you through each component of a Webquest so that you can build your own.
WebQuest 101 by TeacherFirst
Now that you feel comfortable with using WebQuests, try creating your own! There are many options for creating your own web page and the following are just a few examples of places to start!
WebQuest Templates
WebQuest Template 1
WebQuest Template 2 Michigan Public Schools you just cut and paste into your word processor and then follow the directions
WebQuest Template using Appleworks 5
Claris Home Page WebQuest template
WebQuest Template in html
Filamentality User's Guide The quintessential website for creating digital lesson formats: hotlists, treasure hunts, scrapbooks, samplers and WebQuests each a highly structured teacher tool which ensures your success as you develop your own effective activities. A fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into activities appropriate for learners.
TeacherWeb Online WebQuest template
Teach-nology WebQuest Creator
WebQuest Alternative templates
WebQuest Rubrics
Just because a WebQuest contains the essential elements, doesn't mean that it's perfect for your classroom. Look beyond the structure and examine the effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal of the project. Ask yourself: Is it a quality project? Does it fit my needs? Is it a good use of time? Is it a good use of technology?
Rubistar Online tool for creating rubrics.
Rubric Generator Teach-nology Web Portal for teachers
Dr. Christie's WebQuest Rubrics Dr. Alice Christie at Arizona State University offers these six examples of Webquest rubrics
Rubrics for Web Lessons
See our example WebQuests, projects & themes

Updated Saturday, November 20, 2010