Showing posts with label web quest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label web quest. Show all posts

Friday, July 17, 2020

An Update to an Old Web Quest Assignment

I've been doing a lot of reading this summer. Some of the books that I've been reading this summer are books that I've read in the past but am revisiting because I've always found that I pick up new things the second or third time through. Two of those books that I've revisited this summer are Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager and Empowering Online Learning by Curtis Bonk and Ke Zhang. The combination has sparked some new ideas (perhaps re-ignited) for me about how to structure prompts for students.

Early in Empowering Online Learning Bonk and Zhang write about conducting a web quest or online scavenger hunt activity. They were writing in 2007/2008 when web quests were still a relatively new activity to many teachers who were trying to help students develop search skills. The example that Bonk and Zhang gave was essentially a list of questions for students to answer with the help of a search engine.

As I re-read the web quest activity outlined by Bonk and Zhang I remembered Stager's refrain of "a good prompt is worth a thousand words." Combining those two elements I came up with an update to an old search lesson activity that I used to do with some of my high school students.

The old search activity that I used to do with students was to have them pick a popular stock from the NYSE or NASDAQ and then find and evaluate buy/ sell/ hold articles they found about those stocks. The updated version of that lesson is to have students look up ten data points (for example: volume, short interest, cash flow, EPS) about a stock like AAPL (Apple) and then research ten ways that a professional analyst would use those data points to create a buy/ sell/ hold rating.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Historical Thinking Matters - Multimedia Investigations in U.S. History

Historical Thinking Matters features four fantastic historical thinking investigation activities for students. Through the investigations students learn about the Spanish-American War, the Scopes Trial, Rosa Parks, and Social Security.

Each of the investigations provides students with background information in the forms of video, images, audio, and text (both primary and secondary sources). As students progress through the investigations they can use the Historical Thinking Matters student notebook to answer guiding questions and take notes. At the end of the investigation students are asked to write short essays. After completing their essays students can email their work including the notes from their notebooks directly to their teachers.
Applications for Education
Historical Thinking Matters is site that every teacher of U.S. History should bookmark. Through the investigations students not only learn about the four events in the series, they also develop skills in analyzing primary sources. And ff you want to create your own historical thinking investigations, Historical Thinking Matters provides a good model to follow.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tech Tip - Easy Sharing of Long URLs

If you've ever tried to get a whole class of students to look at the same web page at the same time, you know that it can be a time-consuming process. This is especially true if the web page you're directing students to has a long URL. In the video below I share my tip for making this process a whole lot easier.

Click here if you cannot see the video.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Congress for Kids at the Dirksen Center

Earlier today my department head, one of the nicest technophobes I know, forwarded to me an email about the Dirksen Congressional Center. The Dirksen Center offers students a number of online activities and resources for learning about the functions of US government. Congress for Kids is a part of the Dirksen Center's suite of online resources. On Congress for Kids students can take a tour of the federal government then test their knowledge in online quizzes.

The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection offers sixty editorial cartoons and eighteen lesson plans based on editorial cartoons. The Dirksen Center also hosts a half-dozen webquests designed for middle school and high school use.

Applications for Education
The Dirksen Congressional Center's activities and lesson plans seem to be best suited for middle school and high school use.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Zunal - Build, Share, and Find Web Quests

Over the weekend someone recently asked me if I knew of any tools for building web quests. At the time I couldn't think of any resources, but then I scoured my Google Notebook and found Zunal. Zunal is a free service that walks you through the process of creating a web quest. If you have never built web quest because you weren't sure how to get started or just saw the process as too overwhelming, give Zunal a try. Zunal offers step-by-step directions that make it possible for even the most technophobic teacher to create a webquest that students will enjoy and learn from.

Once you have registered on Zunal you can get started building your web quest. If you would like to see how other teachers have used Zunal, you can browse the galleries of web quests to get ideas or use one of the web quests if it meets the needs of your curriculum.

Applications for Education
Zunal is a good place for technophobic teachers to build their first web quests. The galleries web quests are handy if you're short on time or short on imagination for creating new web quests.