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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students find, use, and create webquests.  Teachers can find examples of webquests across the curriculum (and places to find MORE). Both students and teachers can find tools for creating their own webquests. We have even included some sample web resources as terrific seeds for webquest ideas.

The webquest format has been around for years and can be adapted many ways. Start from this collection and consider designing a webquest "Task" that uses a collaborative, web 2.0 tool such as those reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge listings. Today's students will love the authentic, creative tasks and collaboration made possible by today's tools.  TeachersFirst Edge reviews include ways to use the tools safely and within school policies, for a learning "win-win."

 

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SCANOVA QR CodeGenerator - Scanova

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K to 12
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Create and share QR codes in a hurry with this easy to use QR code generator. Choose to create a QR code to share text, URL's, contact information, or phone ...more
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Create and share QR codes in a hurry with this easy to use QR code generator. Choose to create a QR code to share text, URL's, contact information, or phone numbers. Personalize with information of your choosing. The QR Code Generator converts your information to a QR code to save, share by link, or include on any web page. Customizing options allow you to add color or graphic designs to your QR code with just a couple of easy steps. Save your codes to your account for easy access and editing at any time. Free accounts allow for an unlimited amount of static QR codes and up to 3 dynamic QR codes. Dynamic QR codes allow you the option to change information embedded in the code at any time.

tag(s): qr codes (22)

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Create a QR code that directs to your class website, wiki, or blog. Include the code on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest more engaging. Place QR codes around the classroom for a self-directed Back to School Night tour for parents: each code could lead to background information about curriculum, class rules, etc., on your class website or elsewhere on the web! Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers to questions. Expand the knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that enhances what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, students' reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of typing a series of words. Find many other ideas at our Ok2Ask archived webinar session and otherTeachersFirst QR code resources.

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QR Code Generator - Visualead

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5 to 12
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Create and share QR codes in a hurry with this easy to use QR code generator. Choose to create a QR code to share text, URL's, contact information, or phone ...more
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Create and share QR codes in a hurry with this easy to use QR code generator. Choose to create a QR code to share text, URL's, contact information, or phone numbers and personalize with information of your choosing. The QR Code Generator converts your information to a QR code to save, share by link or embed onto any web page. Customizing options allow you to change the size of your QR code to fit any need. Sign in using your Google account to change your codes from static to dynamic. This allows you the option to change information embedded in the code at any time. Creating an account also saves codes onsite instead of having to save to your computer.
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tag(s): qr codes (22)

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Create a QR code that directs to your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed.

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Delivr - delivr.com

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K to 12
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Delivr combines a URL shortening/tracking service with a QR-Code generator to easily share web-based information such as links to videos or web sites. Copy/paste any url into the bar....more
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Delivr combines a URL shortening/tracking service with a QR-Code generator to easily share web-based information such as links to videos or web sites. Copy/paste any url into the bar. Use the drop-down menu for sources such as YouTube or Flickr; then press enter to shorten the url and share. Share options include Facebook, Twitter, or as a QR code to save in several different formats. Free sign-up offers additional options such as an account dashboard that allows you to manage campaigns, produce reports, and download QR codes. The FREE plan requires email registration and allows 25 "active campaigns" or services for one user.
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tag(s): qr codes (22)

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Use Delivr to shorten and share any long url. If you have a BYOD or 1:1 classroom with mobile devices, be sure they include free QR reader apps to open the codes you create. Create a QR code that directs to your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest or research project more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to access a key or information to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that goes beyond the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can easily access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. (Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student.) Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Even non-readers can use QR codes that lead to images or videos. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed.

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Urlist - urlist srl

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6 to 12
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Curate, organize, and share links using Urlist. Copy and paste the sites you want. Leave comments, instructions, or questions for each site on your list. Click on "expand" to view ...more
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Curate, organize, and share links using Urlist. Copy and paste the sites you want. Leave comments, instructions, or questions for each site on your list. Click on "expand" to view the information. Share the link for others to use. Your sites can also be viewed as a slideshow. There are many existing lists to view and use, as well.

tag(s): bookmarks (58), webquests (30)

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Use to create a bank of resources to use for each content unit within your subject or classroom. Create a class login for students to add to the ever growing lists. Use for web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. Students can create a Urlist as a place to store links for a project. Embed the lists in your webpage. Embeds are ideal because the lists will always be updated when new links are added.

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All About Explorers - All About Explorers

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5 to 8
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary ...more
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary school and middle school students sort the garbage from the gold on the Internet. Despite the name of the site, it's not really about explorers at all. In fact, all the biographies of the (very real) explorers on this site are fictional. Teachers can use the site in two ways: The "Treasure Hunt" section allows students to compare the biography on the All About Explorers site with a linked biography on a "real" site and asks them to compare the two and draw conclusions. Alternatively, there is a more comprehensive Web Quest section that allows for a more complete and lengthy lesson with the same object.

tag(s): explorers (51), internet safety (93), media literacy (43), webquests (30)

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The trick in using All About Explorers is to keep the real lesson a secret at the beginning and allow students to come to their own conclusion. Processing that "aha!" moment when students recognize that there is a hidden agenda here will have a much more lasting impression than simply telling students they cannot believe everything they read. Deep inside, students often believe they can easily tell the difference between the Truth and something that is misleading or downright false. All About Explorers will help them see how difficult that can be. They might also learn something about explorers in the process! Extend this lesson by having student groups find another suspect site and create a screencast of that "suspicious" site, pointing out characteristics that indicate an unreliable source. A tool such as Screenr (reviewed here ) or Screencast-o-Matic (reviewed here) will allow them to create a "tour" of the fallacies they find.

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Visualead - Quick & Easy Visual QR Code Generator - Nevo Alva, Uriel Peled, and Itamar

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K to 12
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Turn any image into a fully functional QR Code in 3 easy steps that take less than one minute. Upload your image or choose one from Visualead's online gallery. Set ...more
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Turn any image into a fully functional QR Code in 3 easy steps that take less than one minute. Upload your image or choose one from Visualead's online gallery. Set the desired destination for your QR code. Place the QR code where you choose on the image. Upload your image from your computer file or drag and drop from a folder on your computer. Choose from options for the QR link: choose url, vCard, YouTube video, Facebook, or many other web-based media choices. Drag, resize and place your code anywhere on the image. When finished, click on generate to complete the QR code generation process. Login using Facebook, Google, or email to receive the finished image. Share using the social media links or download to your computer. Here is a (link to an example).

A tip: when creating your QR Code, you will see a link to "generate your image" on the last step. It will give you the options of "try again" or "next." Choose "next" to go to the final step. "Try again doesn't mean that your image wasn't created, it just gives you the option for personalizing the code differently before completing the process.

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Create a QR code that directs to your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed. Be sure to search TeachersFirst resources for many other great ways to use QR codes in the classroom!

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One Ocean - CBC Radio Canada

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4 to 12
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales...more
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales or float along and watch sea turtles and other organisms that swim by. Complete missions such as exploring some of the deepest places in the oceans. Use the "Time Machine" to view the history of the ocean and its inhabitants.
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tag(s): conservation (115), marine biology (31), oceans (124)

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Share full episodes or explore the other links on the site. Provide time for students to explore the different items in this site. Students can work as groups to identify information to share with the rest of the class. Create a webquest about Ocean Life using this resource. Use this site on a whiteboard or projector to discuss Ocean Life with the class. Place this link on a classroom computer or list on your blog or class website for easy access. The underseas experiences would also be a great way for students to learn how to "observe" as scientists and record their observations, even in lower elementary grades.
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Research Webquest - Anne Brusca

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3 to 5
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Take a trip on a webquest to fly high with research. Become trained pilots as you complete the flight plan with various checkpoints about Internet safety, media center, and reference...more
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Take a trip on a webquest to fly high with research. Become trained pilots as you complete the flight plan with various checkpoints about Internet safety, media center, and reference materials. Find an introduction, task, process, and graduation. Flying High with Research uses wikispaces as their supporting platform. This webquest, created by a school library/media specialist, is designed for third graders is up to date and complete. It would adapt easily to any upper elementary grade.

tag(s): internet safety (93), webquests (30)

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Flying High with Research webquest is a creative example of a web quest on information literacy/research skills. Adapt the webquest to fit your own needs. Use as an example of a webquest when challenging students with the task of creating their own webquest in any subject.
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BundleNut - Andrew Davidson

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K to 12
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Easily create and share bundles of links with this simple tool! Type in a title of a bundle, and you are on your way. Create an account to save bundles ...more
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Easily create and share bundles of links with this simple tool! Type in a title of a bundle, and you are on your way. Create an account to save bundles in one location or bookmark the page to return and modify. Add links by providing a title, URL, and a short comment. Create as many links as you like and drag and drop to reorder as desired. Share with others through the link on your bundle or by providing the bundle's URL.

tag(s): bookmarks (58), webquests (30)

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Bundlenut is a great way to gather resources into one easy location. Create an account, then make bundles for websites used throughout the school year. Create Resource bundles for webquests. Share the link to bundles through your classroom website or newsletter containing resources for units and content used in the classroom during the year. Share this site with students to create their own bundles for presentations and classroom projects or ask them to create a bundle as part of your assessment of projects or research. Create bundles you can share with other teachers in your building or district. Students or student groups can create bundles of the resources they use for a project.

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Not Just Sushi - Dr. Min Liu and Team

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6 to 10
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Not Just Sushi is a webquest about the Japanese culture, current and historical, centered around food as an entry point. There are three quests for you to choose from and ...more
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Not Just Sushi is a webquest about the Japanese culture, current and historical, centered around food as an entry point. There are three quests for you to choose from and for your students to complete: Creating a Japanese Travel Guide, Creating a Japanese Cookbook, and Creating a Japanese Restaurant. Students will learn historical, geographical, cultural, nutritional and other information about major Japanese food, through this site and links provided on this site. For students to use the notepad, a tool to take notes on what they find as they explore virtual Tokyo, you need to register them. If you do not want your students to use the notepad, you do not have to register; just have your students log in as guests. Once you have chosen (and clicked on) a restaurant or residence to explore, you will hear a conversation in Japanese with balloons in English. Be sure to click around on the image to learn information and to find the resource links. Though the website states this is for sixth grade, it is suitable for a range of grades.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (85), cultures (85), japan (57), webquests (30)

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Create small groups of students, then use your interactive whiteboard or projector introduce the site. There are descriptions and plans under the "Teacher's Guide" for each of the three projects. You may want to post the link to the directions on either your website, or use PearlTrees reviewed here not only for the project directions, but to direct your students to only one or two of the sites listed.

Students making the "Travel Guide" can use an online program like SimpleBooklets reviewed here to present their final project to the class, or My Brochure Maker reviewed here if you want the brochures for your bulletin board. Students creating the "Cookbook" can use a site such as Bookemon reviewed here. Students interested in completing the "Japanese Restaurant" project can simply create a menu by using a site like Web Poster Wizard 7332reviewed here.
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Small QR - smallqr.com

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6 to 12
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Interested in making a QR code, but think it is too difficult? Use this site for a quick and easy way to make a QR code of web links. Simply ...more
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Interested in making a QR code, but think it is too difficult? Use this site for a quick and easy way to make a QR code of web links. Simply enter the url. (Be sure that SmallQR is selected under Advanced options.) Save your QR code as a png image file and be sure to read the tips: a.make sure that the image is not printed too small and b. test the QRcode out before using it elsewhere.

tag(s): qr codes (22)

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Create a QR code for your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed.
 

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Pearltrees - pearltrees

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6 to 12
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Pearltrees.com is a great place to organize, share, and store websites for current, future, or collaborative use. More than a standard social bookmarking website, Pearltrees allows...more
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Pearltrees.com is a great place to organize, share, and store websites for current, future, or collaborative use. More than a standard social bookmarking website, Pearltrees allows you to create trees of sites to show relationships or even the order in which to browse websites. It is extremely simple to sign up, free, and easy to use once you have joined. To use it, you can install an add-on to your browser, use a bookmarklet, or just use your home spot to paste in websites that you want to add to your own pearl tree. There are "big pearls" that function as folders for multiple strands of Internet pearls. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

tag(s): bookmarks (58), DAT device agnostic tool (68), webquests (30)

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In the simplest form, Pearltrees could be used to store links for classes that you are teaching or taking. More creatively, however, you could use this site to create a guided online field trip from one site to another. Even try pairing Pearltrees with the use of a highlighting style website such as Webklipper reviewed here, to direct students to the information on the site that you, as their teacher, want them to see. Try turning the tables on your students, and have them create a Pearltree for short research projects or as a working bibliography for their research papers. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.

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Curriki - EnterpriseDB Postgre SQL company

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K to 12
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area,...more
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area, or resource type (interactive, video, or podcast.) Usage type, or exercise, unit, lesson plan, or game, is another option for searching. Use the professional webinars for a better understanding of Curriki. Onsite training is another option listed. Join different groups for a more involved way to explore new areas in online learning, subject area interests, or focus questions. Be a peer reviewer offering comments or suggestions on submitted lessons, units, games, or exercises and give your input. Create collections of your resources to keep privately or share with others. Easily make lesson plans or web quests with the easy to use templates, which include graphic organizer and rubric options. Try a problem based learning unit. Join the challenge to create a video lesson for a chance at winning $5000. The focus of this site is to provide access to teachers, schools, students, or parents to many new creative ideas in a global community. Free membership includes monthly newsletters. Follow Curriki on Facebook, twitter, or blogs.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), literacy (82), operations (99), rubrics (25)

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Curriki has a number of ways to benefit teachers and students. Use Curriki as a resource listed on your website for parents and students to have extra opportunities for additional practice or enrichment. Use as a way to organize your digital resources. The lesson plan and webquest templates are user friendly and promote best practices. While growing in your professional development by connecting with teachers worldwide, let your class learn with other classes worldwide. Curriki encourages you to think critically of your own lessons, but also lessons suggested.

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Global Warming - Chris Clementi

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5 to 8
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This information-rich website offers a WebQuest (which could almost be an entire unit) devoted to Global Warming. It provides an eclectic look at this "hot topic." The teacher-creator...more
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This information-rich website offers a WebQuest (which could almost be an entire unit) devoted to Global Warming. It provides an eclectic look at this "hot topic." The teacher-creator also provides excellent video clips and learning activities. The culminating activity challenges students to create a short movie (using Windows Movie Maker) and to write a one-page newsletter about the specific topic they have researched. A short assessment tool is available at the "evaluation" link. For younger students, please view the videos before sharing them with your class. Some are rather graphic for elementary students. This website requires Flash and Adobe, get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (207), earth day (105), environment (279)

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Use this "hot topic" website to spark your students' interest in the environment. Even if you don't have time to complete the entire WebQuest, using the short videos and other information would be beneficial to any class studying the effects of global warming or even the environment in general.

Make it more interesting for students, and have them create an online poster for the final product instead of a typical paper poster. Use a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here) to spice the project up and make it more interesting for students.
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Blizzard - Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

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4 to 7
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard ...more
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard that is coming to their hometown in the present! The main task is to be sure all members of your family have food (from all food groups) to eat throughout the blizzard. This site provides a lot of research, interesting graphics and a teacher-created rubric.

tag(s): nutrition (135), snow (19)

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This is a motivating webquest during the cold months of winter. The webquest incorporates literature, science, research, writing and more!

Instead of creating paper posters, make the assignment a little different and have them create online posters for the final product. Try a site like Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Students can create them on classroom computers, and can present them via projector or interactive whiteboard!

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Webquests - National Museums Online Learning Project

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K to 11
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These Wequests send students on an exciting search through the online collection of nine major British galleries and museums. Each lesson is an interdisciplinary problem-solving task...more
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These Wequests send students on an exciting search through the online collection of nine major British galleries and museums. Each lesson is an interdisciplinary problem-solving task that requires students to search and gather information from online collections. These inquiry based learning activities promote both web literacy skills and higher-level thinking. Every Webquest has links that carefully direct the focus of Internet searches, but are diverse enough that students can learn how to select valuable information. Each task has a carefully formatted lesson complete with learning objectives, outcomes, lists curriculum covered, prior knowledge required, teaching points, extensions, ways to differentiate the subject and the amount of time required to complete it. The site has built-in tools for bookmarking, a glossary, and a notepad.

The British Key Stages are equivalent to the following age groups; KS 1 is for five to six years old, KS 2 is for seven to eleven years old, KS 3 is for twelve to fourteen years old, and KS 4 is for fifteen to sixteen years old. Since this site was created in the UK, some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. Our editors noticed this site was very slow to open during certain times of the day.

tag(s): abolition (7), animals (218), chinese new year (2), climate change (48), creative writing (131), critical thinking (66), design (80), evolution (97), museums (36), painting (59), symbols (17), volcanoes (51), weather (168), world war 1 (35), world war 2 (134)

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Model with your projector or interactive whiteboard how to use "My Bookmarks" to save valuable web pages and or take notes on the "Notepad". Younger students can collect imagery for a counting book or create a toy museum with artifacts from the past. Have older students learn to write a first person narrative from the perspective of a First World War solider. Ask students to examine artwork, diaries, poetry, and films from the Great War to help them decide what to include in their writing.

Adventurous Teachers can download directions on how to design their own inquiry-based Webquest on a pre-formatted PowerPoint template. Not only does this give teachers the opportunity to build a task directly suited to their own class and curriculum but allows the use of any website.
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Webquest 101 - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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Newly revised, TeachersFirst's extensive tutorial explains what a webquest is, why it can be useful in the classroom, and how to create your own webquest on a topic of your ...more
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Newly revised, TeachersFirst's extensive tutorial explains what a webquest is, why it can be useful in the classroom, and how to create your own webquest on a topic of your choosing. Don't miss the section on url detective work and evaluating which sites are best for your students. Fid handy ways to collect resources for webquests and hints for checking reading levels and more. There are lots of examples, tool suggestions, and links to our ever-growing collection of sample webquests.

tag(s): tutorials (48), webquests (30)

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Mark this in your Favorites as a professional reference. You may even want to assign students to create their own webquests following these guidelines. If you mentor new teachers, share this resource when they are designing their first web-based projects.

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Sidevibe - Basis Applied Technology, Inc. and SideVibe

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3 to 12
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Improve student focus and work flow in the classroom by creating interesting learning activities accessible on the web with your directions, prompts, and more. SideVibe offers very...more
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Improve student focus and work flow in the classroom by creating interesting learning activities accessible on the web with your directions, prompts, and more. SideVibe offers very versatile features from simple to elaborate. Students read the information on the linked web page and answer questions, makes observations, or complete tasks.

Register and install the browser add-on to instantly create any page into web content. This is not mandatory, but very helpful in creating your activities. Click Open Companion to begin making a Vibe. After creating your account, view tutorials, enter an item into the help section, make a Vibe, give student feedback, and view example activities. Activities include discussion Vibe activities, online video concepts, web page activities, and blog or wiki interactions. Click the How To Vibe along the top right for more information or Activities to watch a video of the features. Create Vibes about topics in your content area. Simply use the link to launch students on guided web explorations from anywhere on your website and bring them back again. Schedule and organize web learning activities for your students and turn your existing web page into a learning hub. Students enter Sidevibe and click on "Students." They enter the teacher code to see all assignments.

Browse websites to be included and add them using the companion. Click Save Changes or Keep browsing. Choose between an Activity Vibe (Multiple Choice, Ratings Response, or Written Response) or a Discussion Vibe. In the next step, add a title and instructions (you will be unable to use your Vibe without these.) Assign by creating a course (be sure to enter the course title in the field at the top.) Click Save Changes. Your Side Vibe page is updated to show the assignment. Use the Permalink to assign to students and give the teacher code for students to work on the activities. Student responses are kept in Side Vibe. Print out PDF activity reports.

Note: The free account limits the number of students to 50 one time student accounts.

tag(s): reading comprehension (83), webquests (30)

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Use as a guide to any web-based classroom content or activity. Create webquest type activities or discussions about controversial issues ranging from politics, economics, the environment, and more. Or simply assign web-based reading with reading strategy prompts and questions to ensure better comprehension. Create a more robust interaction with the content by keeping students within SideVibe to stay on task and look at all resources of the activity. As all student responses are kept within the SideVibe window, collecting of information, commenting, and grading is much simpler. Learning support teachers will want to add Side Vibes to assigned web pages to help students focus on necessary content and avoid clicking off into neverland. If you are trying to build comprehension for informational texts, SideVibe can provide tools to direct and build better readers.

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The Brooklyn Nine WebQuest - Karen Steinberger

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5 to 8
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This WebQuest, based on The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings, begins in a similar fashion as opening a box of 1845 to 2002 baseball memorabilia. Every chapter, or ...more
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This WebQuest, based on The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings, begins in a similar fashion as opening a box of 1845 to 2002 baseball memorabilia. Every chapter, or "inning," is a snapshot of American history as seen through one of our national pastimes-baseball. Although the book is fictional, many of the people, places, and events are based on facts. There are stories to read and research to explore about the history behind the people, places, and events. Each task leads up to collecting "souvenirs" along the way that students use to design their own digital box of memorabilia. Students finish by writing the stories that go along with their collection. What a great motivational hook for teaching information literacy, with all the steps built right in, including easy-to-follow directions and descriptions of the task, the process, the web based research, and creative extension activities. There is even a rubric to use for holistic evaluation.

tag(s): baseball (35), concept mapping (22), webquests (30)

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September and October are perfect months for baseball fever, with the World Series right around the corner, so why not get on base with The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings and make a double play by introducing your class to the historical fiction genre. Divide your students into teams of two or three players to complete this WebQuest over the course of several days, using a class set of computers for a "home game" or take them to the computer lab for an "away game." There are many projects to choose from; assign all of them, select just a few, or have different teams be responsible for various activities. One of the tasks involves students creating an information web, using Inspiration software. If your school does not have a license for that software or it is not already downloaded on your school's computers, you can use free web-based alternatives, such as bubble.us reviewed here or one of the many tools available from Teachersfirst toolbox. Even if you do not have time to do the entire WebQuest, the links provide valuable background information for shorter investigations.
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Webquest - Pershing Middle School teachers-San Diego, California

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5 to 8
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This engaging, standards based webquest enables students to put themselves in the same time and place as the characters of this historical fiction novel to gain a better understanding...more
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This engaging, standards based webquest enables students to put themselves in the same time and place as the characters of this historical fiction novel to gain a better understanding of life for the African Americans during the 1930s, while reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The integrated language arts tasks take students through the process of analyzing the characters and their motivation for reacting the way they do. Easy to use rubrics are provided for evaluating students' work. Several of the research links (under Process) are not active. However, this webquest could still be very useful, as the material is solid, students would simply need to find their own research to use.

tag(s): black history (48), racism (15)

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As you plan to teach the novel, include this well-organized webquest as part of the ongoing and post reading learning activities. Use it in its entirety or choose parts to meet your time frame and purpose. Attention is given to all aspects of literacy: reading, critical thinking, writing, infusion of technology, and presentation. Both individual tasks and group work is involved. Students are active participants, and everything they need to increase their appreciation for this literary work is available to them, including vocabulary, clear instructions, and links for further information and details. You may want to find some additional research links for students to use to replace the links no longer active. You may want to share the project with social studies teachers for a joint effort and shared time. Introduce it on your classroom whiteboard or projector, and then make sure that you have scheduled time in the computer lab or with a class set of laptops. Students can jazz up their multi-media presentations by creating an online book using Bookemon reviewed here, or a podcast by using Podomatic (reviewed here). Be sure to make them directly available from your class webpage to share with colleagues and parents.
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