Non-WebQuest 3: Organizing the Resources in Your Discipline
(Note... this document has not been updated since 1995. Most links, no doubt, are bad. Use this page as an illustration of the early stages of the WebQuest concept, not as a usable lesson.)
In preparation for creating your own WebQuests, you need to get a handle on what's out there. This exercise will provide you with the beginnings of that familiarity.
- Working with at least one other student teacher in your discipline, examine the web sites contained in the Catalogof Catalogs of Web Sites for Teachers. As time permits, you should also look for appropriate resources under the heading "Resources for Teachers of All Disciplines".
You can explore the resources with both of you sitting at the same screen, or you could work separately and then compare notes.
- On a sheet of paper, make a chart with three columns. In the left column, write down the URL of the site. In the middle column, record the name of the web site. In the right column, jot down some notes about what the site contains.
- As you continue, begin to categorize the pages you're looking at. Some possible categories:
- Reference materials
- Project descriptions
- Searchable databases
- Lesson plans and ideas
- Student-written material
- Contacts with experts
No doubt you'll find many other categories as you explore. Write the category names in the third column along with your notes.
- Once you've looked at a minimum of 12 web sites and categorized what you've found, brainstorm with your partner about the kinds of questions and tasks you could give your learners that would require them to read and understand some of the information that you found.
QuestionsTo complete this exercise, answer the following questions:
- How many different categories of information did you find?
- How do your categories compare with those in a different discipline?
- Why is this exercise just an exercise and not a WebQuest?
ResourcesThe only resource you need for this exercise is the Catalogof Catalogs of Web Sites for Teachers.
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