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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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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 (36), concept mapping (22), webquests (29)

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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 (59), racism (18)

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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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The Sea of Trolls Webquest - Jessica Hinman

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5 to 8
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This webquest will enhance any social studies, history or language arts classroom. This site is rich with videos, links, and resources. This webquest goes along with the book Sea...more
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This webquest will enhance any social studies, history or language arts classroom. This site is rich with videos, links, and resources. This webquest goes along with the book Sea of Trolls. Reading of the book is not necessary to use the webquest. Students are asked to keep a bard notebook, learn about Scandinavian culture, and read, write and present an epic poem. All directions are given in an animated format using a web 2.0 tool called GoAnimate. Standards are provided for the state of Indiana. A rubric is also provided to use for assessment.

tag(s): vikings (10)

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This site will fit perfectly into any social studies, history or language arts classroom. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard. Then have students work independently or in groups to complete the webquest. Instead of having students perform their poem have them use GoAnimate reviewed here to present their poem to the class. Check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to set up individual accounts on on-line sites. Utilize the interactive timeline found in the Putting it All Together section and use it to create timelines in other lessons.
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The Tibet Question - Mark La Porte

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9 to 12
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This webquest from Temescal Canyon High School looks at the conflict between Tibet and China. The project assigns students various roles, ranging from Human Rights groups to news teams,...more
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This webquest from Temescal Canyon High School looks at the conflict between Tibet and China. The project assigns students various roles, ranging from Human Rights groups to news teams, in an attempt to provide a more accurate picture of the events. Students research their various roles before putting together a presentation on their assigned perspectives. Standards are included with this activity.

tag(s): china (66)

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This is a great activity to use in a World History or Government classroom. This would be a great way to show how the media and globalization impacts public policy and opinion of events. Be sure to save the site as a favorite on classroom computers to make it easier for student groups to navigate there.

For an alternative to the traditional paper or PowerPoint as the end product, consider using Google Docs Presentation reviewed here, or one of many creative collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge. Your students can work collaboratively without even being in the same place, and their projects can be shared easily on the web.

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Fraction Webquest - Lynn and Samantha Fender

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4 to 8
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This Fraction Webquest entitled "Cooking with Fractions," takes students on a comprehensive journey through computation of fractions. The activities included in the webquest are thorough...more
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This Fraction Webquest entitled "Cooking with Fractions," takes students on a comprehensive journey through computation of fractions. The activities included in the webquest are thorough and engaging.

tag(s): cooking (34), fractions (239)

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Use Cooking with Fractions after introducing computation with fractions. This site would make an excellent review for a test on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Students could work independently or with a partner. After completing the webquest, have students create fraction story problems that go along with cooking and/or food. Maybe include the story problems in a class wiki or an online book using Bookemon, reviewed here.

What's fantastic about this site, is that all the student worksheets are digitally provided on this site, making it easy for students to complete digitally and email to you OR easy to convert them to Google Docs, (reviewed here). Save some trees and get rid of the pile of papers to grade afterwards!
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BBC News - Animated guide: Volcanoes - BBC News

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6 to 9
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This is an excellent tutorial or interactive on volcanoes. Great for helping students understand the basic mechanics of a volcano and the interior of the Earth. The interactive is informative...more
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This is an excellent tutorial or interactive on volcanoes. Great for helping students understand the basic mechanics of a volcano and the interior of the Earth. The interactive is informative but extremely straight forward.

tag(s): disasters (39), natural disasters (20), volcanoes (61)

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This interactive could easily be used as the bulk of a lesson in earth science on volcanoes. The site covers the basics without text overkill. This would be great for middle level learners. It could also be used as part of a good online unit on natural disasters such as volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Use this as a part of a webquest or web hunt in natural disaster units.
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Lit Tunes - Corndancer

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5 to 12
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Wow! Wow! At this site you will find lesson plans that connect grammar, literature, and music. Use music to teach students about sentence structure, plot elements, basic grammar, literary...more
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Wow! Wow! At this site you will find lesson plans that connect grammar, literature, and music. Use music to teach students about sentence structure, plot elements, basic grammar, literary terms, and much more. You'll also find a database of hundreds of contemporary and classical literature titles connected to contemporary music. Click on "Connection" on the left to find music for every major work you will ever want to teach.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Use the list to find literature you can use in your classroom. You may want to choose short stories or poems and their music so students will get the idea of how music and literature can fit together. Then have students choose appropriate contemporary music for an independent reading novel presentation or report. Have students figure out how they would divide up the book into sections. Then select a piece of (school appropriate) music that they think captures the feel or tone of each section. They record the pieces and possibly do voice-overs explaining what is happening in the novel during the piece of music and why they felt this piece of music fits the section of the novel. As a choice, students could use "podOmatic" to create podcasts, reviewed here. Or have students create ThingLinks, reviewed here. Be sure to PLAY the music out loud as the student is talking. If you want students to "mix" music with their own computer, check out Garage Band (Mac) or Audacity (free download) available on Mac or Windows. Looking for more ways to use these audio tools? Take a look at a webquest explaining how these programs work, reviewed here.

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Bag the Web - BagTheWeb

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5 to 12
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Want a location to place and share all of your vital links and information? Use Bag The Web to find a great place to view and share these links. Create ...more
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Want a location to place and share all of your vital links and information? Use Bag The Web to find a great place to view and share these links. Create an account easily and create your bag. Name it, find links, and paste them along with the titles and brief description. Find suggested resources below based upon information already entered. Add these easily with the click of a button. Use the embed code to place into a site, wiki, or blog to share with students or others. Share also by using Twitter, Facebook, or other services.

Here is an Example TF Edge "bag":

tag(s): resources (111), webquests (29)

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Users must be able to create an account, a new bag, and find relevant material to be placed into the bag. Use of embed codes or sharing of URL's are required to share the "bag" with others.

Create bags for each unit in your classes. Allow students to enter great resources that can then be used by all students. Build a bag for your class instead with resources that will be needed by students. Discuss annotating resources by creating short descriptors for each of the sites being linked. Create a class bag and then separate bags for units of study. Bags can be linked to each other, creating a great system to organize links and resources.

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Microbial Life - Science Education Resources Center

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6 to 12
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Explore the unbelievable world of bacteria using webquests that provide guided discovery of microbes. Find a wealth of related resources about bacteria including teaching strategies...more
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Explore the unbelievable world of bacteria using webquests that provide guided discovery of microbes. Find a wealth of related resources about bacteria including teaching strategies and a variety of activities. Search activities for the classroom, webquests, standards, and other resources concerning microbes.

tag(s): bacteria (30)

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Use great webquests such as "The microbes within" that explores the role of bacteria in evolution and human health. Use the webquest information to identify the task, process, resources to be used, suggestions for evaluation, and conclusion. Find standards by clicking on "Teachers" and viewing the standards and suggestions for the webquest. Expand the webquest by having students ask questions that expand their knowledge and use of the information. Develop a class site wiki, or blog that displays information that others can use to understand human biology and our interaction with microbes. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Remember the Great Depression - Dr. Nancy Deal

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5 to 9
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Remembering the Great Depression is a literacy based webquest that includes both non-fiction and fiction literature that focuses on developing students' understanding of the...more
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Remembering the Great Depression is a literacy based webquest that includes both non-fiction and fiction literature that focuses on developing students' understanding of the Depression era and the literature set during the period. Featured literature includes Memoirs from the Depression, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

tag(s): great depression (24), literature (275)

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Use the activities and quizzes from this webquest to supplement your classroom book study. Each piece of literature includes activities, quizzes, writing prompts and more. Have students create their own book study gleaning ideas from the set up of the included book studies. Have cooperative learning groups (or individual students) choose a specific piece of literature and complete some of the activities. Take it a step further and have students create multimedia projects as a culminating activity. Challenge groups or individuals to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

Note: Some of the links don't work on the KWL page, so teachers using the site will need to find replacement sites for students.

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Solving Quadratic Equations - Craig McNatt and Dr. Bruce Lewis

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7 to 12
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest....more
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest.

tag(s): equations (155), factors (42)

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After introducing quadratic equations to students, have them participate in this webquest to deepen their understanding. Share the webquest on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete the quest, or on individual laptops. Have students record their notes and follow up the webquest with a discussion to synthesize information. Create a class wiki about how to solve quadratic equations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Marco Polo - Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport

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4 to 8
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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the ...more
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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the travels and life of Marco Polo. This site is a great reference tool for research and reports as well as an extension of a textbook lesson.

tag(s): explorers (61), marco polo (5)

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Use this site as a class webquest in conjunction with Marco Polo's Route to China and Back, reviewed here. Have students or groups research one area of this site and create a multimedia report to share with the class. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Or have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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TubeChop - TubeChop.com

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K to 12
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Chop pieces of You Tube videos easily and effortlessly in as little as a few steps. Quickly share your chopped video by providing a URL link or using the embed ...more
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Chop pieces of You Tube videos easily and effortlessly in as little as a few steps. Quickly share your chopped video by providing a URL link or using the embed code in a wiki, blog, or other site. View easy instructions and examples of chopped videos on the front page of the site.
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tag(s): gamification (63), movies (63), video (251), webquests (29), writing prompts (92)

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No registration is needed to use this free, web based application. Users need to be able to find an appropriate You Tube video and know where the start and end times of the portion they wish to cut. If more than one portion is wanted from the video (i.e. remove the whole middle), users will have to create two chopped segments which can be posted separately.

First, select the video you want to use. If the URL is not known, no problem. Search for the video within TubeChop itself. Once the video is selected, click the "Chop" button. Select the part you want by dragging the two black sliders that appear under the video to choose the desired start and end times of your chopped piece. It is helpful to note the time markers when you are previewing the original video and then move the markers to those points. Once your chopped piece has been chosen, simply click "Chop it." The chopped video appears with its own Tubechop link. Copy the embed code to share the video on your blog or website. The embed code is easily entered on a wiki as well.

If YouTube is blocked in your district, Tubechop videos will not show, either, since they are "pulled" from YouTube. Check school access before you plan to use TubeChop! (When tested in a district that blocks You Tube, the actual Tube Chop video did not play.) Be sure to check District policy about use of You Tube videos. Even if YouTube is not filtered, as with all resources used in the classroom, be sure to preview the appropriateness of the video before using in the classroom. TubeChop removes unwanted material whether inappropriate or not needed for that particular lesson.

Choose only portions needed for use in that particular lesson or remove unwanted portions that are inappropriate (or boring!) Create little clips to use as a webquest. Though it is time consuming, it would be easier for younger students to focus on smaller pieces of video to locate information. Chop small pieces of video for use as writing prompts for essays, creative writing, or blog posts. Chop portions of videos showing different viewpoints or arguments to any scientific, political, economic, or historical event. Use in the Arts to showcase music, dance, art, or other creative pursuits. Use chopped portions of video footage captured by the public to compare with news accounts to uncover bias and discuss perspective.

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TubeChop is a great tool to select one part of some YouTube video, but if you are interested in selecting multiple parts of the same video, then you will need something else. I've found www.vibby.com to be great for this purpose - and it even allows annotating and commenting each specific part! Toni, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Padlet - Padlet

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2 to 12
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Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) is a free application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Easily create an account and build a ...more
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Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) is a free application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Easily create an account and build a new board. You can add images, links, videos, and more. You can return to add more later. Installing Padlet Mini in your browser allows you to add the page you are browsing to your Padlet and gives you a shortcut to view your Padlets. Settings allow you to make your wall completely open for public contributions, completely private, or moderated by you (you approve all contributions before they show). 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): bulletin boards (16), DAT device agnostic tool (192), gamification (63), images (261)

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Use a Padlet to collaborate in collecting ideas, brainstorming, and more. 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. Padlet does not show which work is attributable to which student, so you may want to require that students initial their contributions in order to get credit. If allowing all students to post to the wall or make comments, you may want to discuss internet safety and etiquette and establish specific class rules and consequences. Making the setting private again will prohibit content from later being replaced by classmate "vandalism."

Use a Padlet to collect webquest links and information to share with students. By leaving the wall open to comments, solicit input, discussions, or viewpoints from students. They can even contribute other sources they find. Color code resources to indicate different reading levels or "high challenge" sources for your more able students. Assign a student project where students choose their theme and design a wall around it. For example, have students create a wall about an environmental issue. They can include pictures, audio or video, links, and other information to display. Use as a new format for book reports. Do your students have favorites such as music or sports? Create a wall around these favorites or hobbies. Use a wall for grammar or vocabulary words. Create walls for debates or viewpoints. Post assignments, reminders, or study skills on a wall. Do you use student scribes or reporters? Use the Padlet site to create a wall with the goings-on in class. Embed your walls in a blog, wiki or website. See a similar tool (and more ideas to use either tool) in the TeachersFirst review of Lino here. Decide which one you prefer! Unfortunately, the Padlet embedded viewer is very small but can be scrolled in both directions.

Use Padlet as a class space during snow days and school breaks. Share the link to a teacher-created, public wall where students can share notes about what they did during the snow day or respond to a thought-provoking question.

Encourage creativity and organization by having your gifted students (or anyone doing independent projects) create Padlets to collect ideas, images, quotes, and more in an "idea bin." Require them to share a brainstorming Padlet to show you the ideas they considered before they launch into a project. Have them brainstorm (and later sort/color code) the possibilities for a creative problem solving or "Maker Faire" project. In writing or art classes, use Padlet as a virtual writer's journal or design notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips.

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Colonial America - University of Richmond

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4 to 6
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What if you could travel back in time to the earliest days of American history? Through the Colonial America web quest, each student will take on the role of a ...more
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What if you could travel back in time to the earliest days of American history? Through the Colonial America web quest, each student will take on the role of a farmer, slave, artisan or woman from the colonial time period. They will research the character traits using the web quest and organize the information with the included graphic organizers. In conclusion, each small group will come together and create a play in order to share the stories of our colonial American ancestors with the class. The webquest has not been updated for a few years, so it would be wise to double-check links before using it in class. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. Some of the outside links require QuickTime. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colonial america (107)

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After completing the webquest, have a "Play Day" and invite family members, other classes, and administration to come to the classroom and watch the plays. Video record the plays and post them to the class web page for those who could not make it to class. Share the videos using a site such as Teachers.TV (explained here).

Be sure to list this site (and activity) on your class website. Ask parents to assist with character research at home by providing the web quest link on the class web page. Don't forget that parents may be able help with props for the plays.
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Where Did We Come From? - University of Richmond

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Where Did We Come From is a Web Quest that allows students to use their creative side to explore and express the traditional customs of many cultures. Students research how ...more
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Where Did We Come From is a Web Quest that allows students to use their creative side to explore and express the traditional customs of many cultures. Students research how stories tell the tale of cultural beginnings and how their stories were translated through the media of dance, song, and pictures. Working in small groups or "tribes," students write their own story of how their tribe was created. They proceed to tell their tribal story/myth by creating a dance, along with pictures, that translates their history. This site was last updated in 2003. At the time of this review, all links were working. The activity includes connections to Virginia Standards. This site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. Note: The Dance links are broken, so teachers will need to find replacements before using the site.

In the Classroom

Use this webquest as you study indigenous peoples of the Americas and other parts of the world and discuss the time before written history. Extend the project by having students create and implement basic, tribal-like instruments. For students who may feel uncomfortable performing in front of a group, infuse the project with more technology by having them record their dance and play it on the T.V. in the form of a documentary. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube
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Persuasion Quest - D. Ray

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This is a very simple WebQuest designed to teach the power of propaganda. It uses commercial websites such as Kellogg's and the Baltimore Orioles to teach students how to distinguish...more
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This is a very simple WebQuest designed to teach the power of propaganda. It uses commercial websites such as Kellogg's and the Baltimore Orioles to teach students how to distinguish fact from opinion. The ultimate project is to take a stand on Internet use and its value in schools. Standards are included. Some of sites used for the research require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): propaganda (12)

In the Classroom

Because this is a plain vanilla site, it is easy for younger students to use. It is straightforward in both design and conclusion. You can expand this by adding other commercials sites after teaching and discussing propaganda techniques. You might have students create advertisements based on those they see and have others refute or improve those created advertisements. Have students video their commercials and share the videos on a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here), then allow others to comment and refute the techniques.
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WebQuest: Pi - Leigh Ann Forde

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Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with this WebQuest! Allow your geometry students to go on a quest to explore 'pi' on the web. Please note: one of the activities requires ...more
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Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with this WebQuest! Allow your geometry students to go on a quest to explore 'pi' on the web. Please note: one of the activities requires students to have access to the Geometer's Sketchpad Activity Book. However, this activity could easily be skipped. If you are interested in purchasing the book, the ISBN number is #9781559535816. Other assignments include creating a video, writing and essay, and more.

tag(s): pi (22)

In the Classroom

Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete this Webquest. Share the introduction on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Rather than having students use YouTube to share videos, as the WebQuest suggests, have students try an educational video sharing site such as TeacherTube TeacherTube (explained here). For the Youtube video on the site, teachers whose school filters the site may not be able to access it. Instead, rip the video from a site such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

This simple website should inspire you to make your own WebQuest to invigorate learning. (This one used Googlepages, but there are many other internet hosting sites that offer free or nearly free pages. Learn more about webquests at TeachersFirst's Webquest 101 and read a review of a possible tool, zwebquest, here here.
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Gatsby Webquest - Glatonbury Public Schools

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This is an interesting, teacher-created Webquest that includes several factors. It gives the students a task that involves both individual and group requirements. The PowerPoint required...more
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This is an interesting, teacher-created Webquest that includes several factors. It gives the students a task that involves both individual and group requirements. The PowerPoint required is modeled on the site by downloading a sample to show students. There are six group tasks that involve everything from Scott Fitzgerald's life through cultural aspects of the 1920s, including the changing role of women and the influence of Hollywood. The evaluation includes a rubric.

One of the nicest things on the site is the links that each group can use to access information they might use to complete their PowerPoints. These links all go to reputable sites and give students adequate information while showing the variety of sources to get information on a topic. At the time of this review, all research sites were working except one.

tag(s): 1920s (16), jazz (15)

In the Classroom

This Webquest assigns both individual and group tasks, so while students are working together, they are also working individually, great practice for the workplace. You might assign roles to students within the groups to encourage cooperation, such as the director of the PowerPoint, the writer, the editor, the layout editor, etc. This can isolate tasks for students while requiring them to know all the information necessary for the end product.

Instead of the traditional PowerPoint, consider having students use Google Presentation, a Google Docs tool reviewed here. This will allow students to automatically save their presentations, as well as easily share them from anywhere. Not to mention upload time is quick - a cure for the long waits in between student presentations.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Jane Edwards

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This is a site created by a teacher to introduce students to the background of The Crucible before teaching. It is set up for 3 groups of students to complete ...more
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This is a site created by a teacher to introduce students to the background of The Crucible before teaching. It is set up for 3 groups of students to complete research and activities and then share that knowledge with the rest of the class. The areas covered are the Salem Witch Trials, Arthur Miller, and McCarthyism. There is a nice downloadable WebQuest handout that can help students stay organized and since it downloads in Word, can be adjusted to your needs.

In the Classroom

One of the nice things about this website is that it gives the simple (Wikipedia) through the more complex. You can structure the groups in ways that determine how deeply you want your students to involve themselves. If politics is more of a focus, then the group dealing with McCarthyism can do addition research beyond the links posted here. A nice extra is a link to the National Geographic virtual witch hunt, which gives students a slightly different view, closer to home.

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