WebQuest News

News and views about the WebQuest model, a constructivist lesson format used widely around the world.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

WebQuest.org is Moving

No... no need to change your bookmarks. The URL for the WebQuest Portal and QuestGarden will remain the same but the actual server they sit on is moving to a powerful new home. We've outgrown the shared server we've been on since 2002. The symptoms of that are that twice in the last two weeks, our web host has shut off access to the site because too many requests to the database were flooding in at the same time, disrupting things for the other sites on the same server. (Strangely enough, both times that this happened, a class of kids at a parochial school in Minnesota was online).

In any case, with over 18000 registered users, it's time to move on up to bigger iron. Moving all that code and user data is going to be tricky and there will need to be a period of time when the site is unavailable. I anticipate that this will happen sometime around St. Patrick's Day and I'll try to minimize the impact by doing it after midnight, Pacific Time.

Update: The official shutdown time is 12:30 am, Sunday, March 19. With any luck, the site will be back up that evening... but who knows?

When we come out on the other side, I hope that we'll have faster performance and more room to grow. Thanks to all of you for the amazing support you've been giving the WebQuest idea.


At 2:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are students publishing webquests? Do you see them doing so with teacher support/guidance?

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Mystic Thunder said...


I can't wait. Thanks for this! Italic! :D



At 8:25 AM, Blogger Bernie Dodge said...

Students ARE creating WebQuests with QuestGarden... something that I didn't fully anticipate. I think, down the road, I'll come up with a separate home for student-created WebQuests along with prompts that are a little more kid-friendly. Maybe a contest, too!

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH NO.. Berni.. We are doing a county wide inservice day with 4 school districts, MARCH 17 from 8:00am until 4:00pm. We have 50 teachers from all over coming to do training with WebQuests.. We are stuck.. Can you do anything for us??..
Cathy Schimminger
Spring Cove School District
Roaring Spring PA
We are 3 hours ahead of your time.

At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Argh! I've been trying to post my own Web Quest for almost a full day now and the site is still down. Any chance it'll be up by 8:00 A.M. CST?

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous B. said...

I've been trying to create a web quest and find no clear directions for doing so. Will you be updating a more user friendly system? My issues are with finding background formats as well as animation tools. Thanks.

B. at Bloomsburg University

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Mystic Thunder said...

Still sad to see it down. Hope it gets up ASAP.

Well I'm trying to teach my little brother about the Internet Saftey. Because his best friend wasn't careful and met face to face with someone else and he got kidnapped. 3 days later he was found un-concous and the kidnapper somehow left his legsand right arm paralazied. Also hopefully other people will learn from my webQuest as well!

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the new site of WebQuest?I can not wait!

At 9:09 PM, Blogger aslsigningmermaid said...

Yea this bites! Right in the middle of finals week! I couldn't do my final presentation... oops!
Hope you are back up soon so my teacher can grade it!


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