Session 3 :
Webquests & Treasure Hunts/Scavenger Hunts
What are they? Resources - where to find these?
Evaluation of Webpages
Thought for the day....How can they be used for technology integration in an engaging way for our students? Come back next time and share.
11/14/05 -
Reponses from Session 3 schoolwork - Using a search engine, find two sites that would be appropriate for your students to use in the classroom for an area in your curriculum. Comment on your experience searching for these sites.

Session 3
  • Student-centered and inquiry-based,
  • WebQuest challenges students to explore the web for information.
  • Most WebQuests include links that are appropriate for students to research as well as suggestions for further research.
  • Traditionally WebQuests have an introduction, a process, a task, a list of resources, a conclusion, and an evaluation.
  • The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge
  • Many resources available, time consuming to create

Treasure Hunts: From-Treasure Hunts for Better Reading by Regina D. Royer and Patricia O. Richard ; Learning and Leading with Technology, November 2005
  • Links to exact pages you want the students to go to for information and pose one key question for each Web site you have linked to. Culminates with a Big Activity

How to creating a Treasure Hunt:
1. Select a topic that supports curriculum

2. Select grade appropriate web pages on given topic
3. Evaluate each web page to be certain that the concepts meet student needs
The parts of a Treasure Hunt:

  • Understanding Statement - guides student to know what they are expected to understand once completed
  • Introduction - Connect with the students, provide directions
  • Questions - Provide a series of questions that address the understanding statement and can be answered by the websites provided
  • Putting it all together - a performance task that provides evidence that sutdents comprehend the understanding statement, apply what they have learned

    Treasure Hunts have been called and could be compared to Internet Scavenger Hunts But, the difference is that these "new" Treasure Hunts have been modeled to meet specific strategies for reading comprehension.

    Here are some example Treasure Hunt web pages:

How to Evaluate A Web Page - helpful links</span></span

Bernie Dodge portal of Webquests:
Outline of how to create a Webquest

Webquest template

Kathy Schrock guide to Webquests
Webquests for Primary Grades

Webquests for Intermediate Grades