Using WebQuest in the Classroom
This week in my college class I had to complete my first ever WebQuest. A WebQuest is an online assignment that many educators use to teach students. The teacher prepares the WebQuest so that the students are able to read, watch video, research, and do all of the work independently online. It is a 21st Century tool and many say it is a tool that is used to prepare students for their future, which consists of a lot of technology. I found the creation to be frustrating and do not feel that using a computer program to teach my students is good teaching.
Technology in the classroom is fantastic. Students are able to search the internet, find information from all around the world, and create fun projects using a computer. I do not think a computer should be used to teach an entire unit though.
In the WebQuest that I created for my college class, the students watch a video about the Dust Bowl. They then are required to read an article I found about the Dust Bowl. After that, they create a Power Point presentation. The video and the reading are great tools but I think that the teacher should be actively involved in guiding the lessons. When using a WebQuest the teacher is not involved in the lesson. The information in the WebQuest is what guides the instruction.
The WebQuest requires students to work independently which is an important skill for students to learn and master. However, in my opinion it is a lazy way of teaching. All the teacher does is prepare the lesson. The computer and student do the rest. That is not teaching.
When I have my own classroom, I plan to teach my students about the Dust Bowl but I will use the video, some reading material and as we watch the video and read the information, we will discuss what we watch and read. The video that I chose for the project is from PBS and is full of interesting and educational information. The students will learn a lot from the video. They will also learn a lot from me as the teacher while I guide them as they watch and learn.
Many different forms of technology are excellent tools for teaching. The WebQuest however in my opinion is a poor method for teaching. I will not use a WebQuest in my classroom because I want my students to be taught by a human, not a computer.
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About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.