Reflective Learning

Taking on the task of creating a WebQuest as well as participating in WebQuests that were made by fellow classmates was an informative experience as I was first hand able to witness the potential that they can have in the classroom. It was truly eye opening to navigate by-myself through someone else’s WebQuest and imagine myself to be of that specific age group in which they targeted. I could visualize myself learning a great deal had my teachers utilized them and am eager to create them myself for my future students as I can see there potential. WebQuest’s encourage students to learn on their own and in ways that they better understand the material through prepared resources as a result of inquiry oriented learning. This sort of student led learning fosters important skills and abilities that will be beneficial to students in the future. These abilities include development of problem solving, high cognitive thinking and reasoning, and the ability to organize and integrate learned information. While navigating through my classmates self prepared WebQuests, I came to witness how all of these specific abilities would be strengthened simply by participating in them. Not to mention that most of the ones I did were pretty entertaining as each WebQuest had a certain fun theme and appropriate visual aides as well as the informative resources provided could vary from picture dictionaries, games, and videos.

Creating my first WebQuest with my partner, Nathan Reed, was definitely a challenge however quite rewarding and satisfying once we had the project complete. There’s always the question of ” where should we start?” which of course needs to be addressed before beginning anything else. We started by deciding on the topic, looked up appropriate material for that age group, and from there we took off brainstorming idea after idea. We even came up with a fun theme to tie into our topic that would be fun and entertaining for students of that age group. The challenging part was looking up all of the resources that we would include on our webquest and making sure that they were appropriate for the lesson in the sense that they would be cohesive in our WebQuest. These sources also needed to work on multiple platforms so that they can be completed outside of the classroom if necessary. We used Google Forms as an evaluation tool in which was a pleasure to use. It is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate through and allows for there to be visual aide to further grasp the attention of future students. I feel that we did a pretty good job considering it was our first attempt at creating a WebQuest! If you would like to view our WebQuest click HERE.

In regards to the ISTE Standards, I believe that the use and creation of WebQuests applies to many of the standards. These would include: facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity, design and develop digital age learning and assessments, model digital age work and learning, and engaging in professional growth and development regarding technology. These standards are exemplified the most, in my opinion, when it comes to creating a WebQuest and utilizing it in the classroom. Having students interact with technology encourages different types of collaboration and innovation than seen before. Teachers need to stay up to date with new technology forms and use them to their advantage in the classroom as well as in the community if possible.

I greatly enjoyed the experience of creating a WebQuest and do see myself incorporating the use of them in my classroom in the future. It is a great way to include technology in the classroom as it is interactive and beneficial to students futures.

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