new tools for information literacy

colorful graphic titled WebQuest

Years after leaving the classroom I learned about WebQuests. The model appeared full of potential; encouraging exploration…offering greater purchase by effort.

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.

As a science teacher, the spirit of inquiry drove much of my planning. Web investigations were a challenge, though. In the late nineties, only forty percent of my students had Internet access at home.

Still, it seemed to be worth any effort; teaching students to navigate and sort information in the web.

Perhaps a tool like the MentorsOnline browser extension could help manage WebQuests. If so, then it is also worth mention that the WebQuest project produced hundreds and hundreds of lessons*. (Thank you, Dr. Dodge.)

* Try the Curriculum x Grade Level Matrix search.

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