What is a WebQuest?
In 1995, Bernie Dodge and Tom March developed the idea of WebQuests - a strategy for integrating the World Wide Web into classroom activities. This strategy is still the undisputed leader in terms of engaging students in using the web for real and meaningful learning.
The following definition of a WebQuest is provided by Tom March.
"A WebQuest is a scaffolded learning structure that uses links to essential resources on the World Wide Web and an authentic task to motivate students’ investigation of a central, open-ended question, development of individual expertise and participation in a final group process that attempts to transform newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding. The best WebQuests do this in a way that inspires students to see richer thematic relationships, facilitate a contribution to the real world of learning and reflect on their own metacognitive processes."
Sites to help you learn more about WebQuests
The following online sites and resources will help you build a solid understanding of what a webquest is and how you can create your own.
What WebQuests Are? (Really)
This online article by Tom March provides an overview of how a well-designed WebQuest uses the power of the Internet and a scaffolded learning process to turn research-based theories into dependable learning-centered practices.
The WebQuest Page
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. By pointing to excellent examples and collecting materials developed to communicate the idea, all of us experimenting with WebQuests will be able to learn from each other.
WebQuests at Ozline
The WebQuest section at Tom March's Ozline site will provide you with a complete overview of the webquest model and other strategies that will help you work the web.
This site shows best practice examples of webquests. The collection includes webquests on a number of different maths topics that are suitable for use with P-12 students.
Examples of Maths WebQuests
Designing a Park WebQuest
The town of Metroville has just been given a gift. A beautiful large piece of land by a very wealthy family. Their only requirement is that Metroville must use this land to build a public park for all of the town's residents to enjoy. Your company has been chosen to design and build this park. You and your workmates will be responsible for designing this park according to certain specifications
World Cultures WebQuest
It’s time to break out of the “humdrum” regularity of your everyday life. It’s time to explore a diverse world, varied cultures and interesting civilizations. This Quest will help you “virtually” visit another world culture. You will be expected to understand the population distributions of a country, as well as the cool places to visit in that country.
How do you think you could make it rich? Have you ever thought about opening your own restaurant?
Many people choose to quit their jobs and try opening their own restaurants. This can sometimes be a very risky business. People choose to open a business that is already well known. This is called a Franchise. In this lesson, your class will investigate different franchises and decide which one is best to invest in.
The King of Tides
"OK, here's the deal." The gruff inspector snarled as he spoke to your team of detectives. "For a long time people have been blamin' things on the moon! People claim to be crazy because of it, lovers claim to be under its spell, and even hospitals blame the full moon for loaded emergency rooms." "Yeah!", one of the newer members of your team replied flippantly, "So what's new?" The rest of your team let out a low sigh. Now the whole team was in for it! "I'll tell you what's new, Mr. Smartypants," the inspector glowered at each of you slowly, "Now some nutcase has brought charges against the moon for causing the tides! And, its your job to bring me proof one way or another!" The inspector turned back toward his desk and we thought he was through. He wasn't! He turned back to your team, pointed his finger at you and said, "And you only have two weeks to solve the case. Now get started!"
A Creative Encounter of the Numerical Kind
The year is 2073 A.D. and the President of the United Nations has drafted you (because of your famous mathematical brain) to join a team of mathematical consultants to travel to Zonetia, a recently discovered planet in a neighboring galaxy. King Zoppo (he's the green guy on the Home page) of the Zony Tribe on Zonetia insists that his primitive society cannot begin to make technological advancements unless they have guidance to develop a brand-new base 4 number system to fit the Zonies' two-fingered hands. That's right; they have two hands just like you, but each hand has only two fingers. Therefore, they need a specially-tailored number system with only four symbols. In order to best preserve Zony culture, King Zoppo, in his wisdom, has requested that the new number symbols be different than those used on Earth.
Geometry Meets Poetry
What do poetry and math have in common? The NES Publishing Company has hired Mrs. Deane's class and Mrs. Modena's class to find out! Your role will be to merge geometry with poetry, and create an animated gif that reflects the changes your selected geometric concept goes through! Your poems will be part of a poetry collection that will surely be used by other teachers to revolutionize the teaching of geometry. Your success in working on this project is certain to influence future generations for years to come.
Best WebQuests Maths Quest Collection
This link will take you to the collection of Maths WebQuests on the Best WebQuests site.