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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

QuestGarden Unveiled

Had a sitting-on-the-floor turnout for my session here at NECC, Overcoming Obstacles to Quicker WebQuest Creation. Seems as though much of it resonated with the group. The basic message: creating a great WebQuest the usual way takes too long. We need a better way. So I showed the new authoring environment that will be generally available on September 1. Lots of interest generated. I think I'm on the right track for once.

Powerpoint slides are available here. The archived webcast will be available here tomorrow, they say. People are blogging the conference here.


At 9:19 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Wow! What timely information! I was unable to attend NECC this year, but happen to be teaching a WebQuest workshop today for one of our regional school districts.

The technology coordinator requested a half-day "exploring" and a half-day "creating" workshop, which we all know is not nearly enough time. I have participants ranging from those who have never seen a webquest (one joked that she knows how to spell it) to those who have used them for years and want to create their own.

If given a choice, I would certainly have made this two separate workshops, but various circumstances did not allow that.

When I went to the WebQuest Portal and saw Bernie's latest post about his NECC presentation yesterday, I immediately downloaded the PowerPoint.

While I know I still don't have nearly enough time to have participants create a webquest in this workshop, giving them resources where they can go AFTER this workshop to make the process faster and easier is a lifesaver.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Heather said...

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At 10:01 PM, Blogger bmuir said...

I heard Bernie Dodge at NECC and am delighted that he has taken the time and energy to create this wonderful new tool.

I think our webquest creation time will be trimmed down substantially.

A big thanks to Bernie Dodge!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger george said...

Dear Dr. Dodge,
There have been a lot of postings on this Blog about "Something cool is on the way" about your new project. I saw the presentation and I had the opportunity to see the application named “GardenQuest”.

During the presentation, you mostly talked about the other free applications serving the same purpose as yours. You mentioned more than hundred times GardenQuest is original and it is not just fill in the blanks.

Quite honestly, I did not see anything original; GardenQuest works in the same way “fill in the blanks”. There is almost no difference except for GardenQuest is quite complex to use and I almost forgot you will charge people $20 for using it while others offering it free!

George Yellow

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Catherine Schifter said...

I had the pleasure of being present at NECC and hearing Bernie's presentation. This is definitely going to be a wonderful tool! Clearly there is just not enough time in a computer course devoted to many other teaching with technology concepts, or short workshops on creating webquests, to allow time for quality products. This tool will facilitate the process, but time will still be needed to think through the process before starting. Thank you to Bernie Dodge!

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Steve Miller said...

When will the "Garden" be ready for prime time? We've got a new crop of teachers this year that understand and will use the process...FINALLY!!!!

Please drop me a line and/or keep me on an announcement list!

Thanks! How can I help? LMK

At 9:18 AM, Blogger G.Hartman said...

This looks great Bernie! I plan on sharing this with school districts in Missouri and at the Missouri Educational Technology Conference. Thanks!

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous clara lauber said...

How do I sign up to be a QuestGarden member?

I love the webquests!

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Bernie Dodge said...

Clara... just go to

and sign up for an account.


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