Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Researching Resources

I have spent the last week researching web quests and other internet resources, of which I'll share some of my favorites. I have looked through many web quests and found some brilliant examples that will really capture students interest, with tasks that are well scaffolded (another great feature of web quests!). Although a small percentage I found some web quests with processes that are clear and simple, sharing the work imaginatively with roles, creating exciting and equal participation roles can be difficult.

I still find most resources to be at adult level reading although many have shown me that there are great children resources out there. The trick is to find them and create well organized bookmarks. One particular site aimed at lower primary (not many web quests for them?) who got around this by creating her own resource pages, great idea. (An Insect's Perspective. Ginger Tyson. http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/insects/index.htm)

For web quest information and examples there is no better place to start than. http://webquest.org
And don't even start your Task planning till you read: A Taxonomy of WebQuest Tasks by Bernie Dodge, 2002. (http://webquest.sdsu.edu/taskonomy.html)

I'm going to get stuck into basic HTML and create a teacher profile of myself for future class introductions. This should be interesting, I have bookmarked lots of HTML and java sites on my searches.