WebQuest News

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

Friday, February 23, 2007

Triton/Patterns Reunion

Yesterday was terrific. Twenty-four of the teachers I worked with in WebQuest's Jurassic Era came back together to learn about QuestGarden. They were part of the Triton and Patterns Projects, two Challenge Grants that stretched from 1995 to 2001, years packed with workshops, showcases, and a whole lot of evolution of the WebQuest model. Marcie Bober, the project evaluator, counted up the impact that projects made in the final report and I believe the numbers were close to 300 teachers and, indirectly, 30,000 kids.

Alas, the grant money ran out, San Diego Unified hired a very top-down non-educator as superintendent, suddenly literacy was the only game in town and there was almost no support or time for technology. The amazing cadre of high-tech educators built up during those years fell apart and had no center of gravity pulling it together to do new things.

There were lots of hugs and catching up. Many had moved on to other schools or upwards(?) into administration. What brought them back together was the idea that we could move their great old WebQuests into QuestGarden, bring them up to date, and give them back to the world in better shape. There were many great lessons created in that project. At the risk of disappointing those whose lessons I leave out, I'll mention Anthem, Return of the Great Game, and The Children's Pool. Some of these, I hope, will soon see the light of day again with fresh links and new ideas.


Monday, February 19, 2007

Summer WebQuest Institutes

There's snow on the ground in many places, so what better time to think about summer? This year for the first time since 2001, I'm returning to the Thacher School in Ojai for a week-long advanced WebQuest workshop. Ask anyone who's been there for a summer session and they'll tell you about the food, the beautiful mountain sunsets, and the sheer pleasure of being productive away from all distractions. The Teach the Teachers Consortium is also offering classes in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, multimedia, video and robotics during the week of July 29 to August 3. I can't wait to go back!

I'm betting that there are other WebQuest workshops, institutes, and seminars out there this summer. Where are they? Post some links in the comments and we'll develop a list for those interested.