Here is an email I received yesterday (9th February 2010) from a Teacher in Rockhampton, Qld, Australia and my response:
I did a PD afternoon with you in September last year in Rockhampton (run by QSITE) on WebQuests.
Thought lots about it and considered much of the stuff you went through.
I'm more into the technical aspects (I teach ICT on it's own...and love it btw). I'm really not all that great at some of the other aspects of pedagogy.
Here's my problem. I've come up with my big question - "Should we turn the Internet off?" - a unit to exam issues like bullying, fraud, identity theft, pornography, illegal downloads (copyright) ...the list could go on
I had hoped my kids might role play (in some way) occupations like software programmer, musician, pirate (illegal seller of software etc etc).
Can you point me towards 1 or 2 webquests that might have doen this sort of thing really well, so I can get some inspiration for the nitty gritty of implementing.
Hope I'm not taking up too much of your time.
Good to hear from you!
This is a great topic & question! The roles are good as they are antagonistic! Put in an extreme conservative person too.
Here are some WQs (some not so good) but on your topic (well some of it):
1. What do you want to buy today - an E-Commerce WebQuest http://www.catawba.k12.nc.us/webquest/kincaid/cont.htm
2. Computer Science Project Research and Development Webquest: http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/d&g/cswebquest/
3. Copyright & Fair Use: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/elearn/internet/copyright/copyrightwq.htm
4. WWW Accessibility http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/webquest.asp?id=299
5. Copyright (in Web Archive)
Some as you can see are just Web-based activities rather than solving a messy problem like you have here - but they might be of some help.
If you use SWAT http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/swat then I will help you further as you go along.
I have inserted a Criteria Report so you can see the Criteria we use to compose a WQ review.
Hope this is helpful!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Best wishes, Frances
Thanks Frances...awesome service.
I chose the model from Boise State. Perhaps missing some stuff from a webquest angle, but I like the way they addressed each of the angles.
Hope I made a good choice!!!
This particular WQ that you have chosen was given a rating of 3.5 and the following description by the team at WebQuest Direct (WQD):
|Key Learning Areas: English & Language Arts (ELA); General; Library; Professional Development; University - Education; Vocational Education
|Key Competencies: Collecting, analysing and organising information; Communicating Ideas and information; Planning and organising activities; Solving problems; Working in a team
|Tasks: Analytical; Consensus; Judgement; Research
|Grade Levels: Secondary / High School; University / Tertiary; Teacher; Community; Business Training
Designed for students in secondary/high school, college or university. The big question is: “What exactly is copyright and how does it apply to us?”. The task gets students to develop an understanding of copyright law and how it applies to them. To accomplish this students have to critically analyse a number of copyright scenarios and draw conclusions from a multiple of perspectives. The following questions will need to be addressed by the end: "what is meant by copyright and what is meant by fair use; what is the best way to limit district liability in regard to copyright violations; what does copyright law have to say about including copyrighted multimedia in educator and student products; and how do you get permission from the copyright owners to use their materials." The class will need to be divided into groups of four. Within each group one person will need to assume a specific role: the copyright author; the school administrator; the librarian; or the technophile. Each person is to complete a concept building map and to develop a set of guidelines for their individual role using the materials provided. Following this, students need to get together in their group and answer four focus questions. The idea is that the group come up with 3 main points for each question and record them on the worksheet provided and then share their points with the larger class. All groups are required to develop an action plan to protect copyright in schools. Resources: There are a lot of links included. Most of these links work. The worksheets are helpful for the activities. Evaluation: There is no marking Evaluation rubric, Curriculum Standards or Teacher’s Guide. Duration: looks to be one lesson of over 45 minutes - this is not enough for deep thinking. The design is professional and compliments the topic of the project. The layout is excellent. The tasks are set out clearly and are easy to follow. This project could be improved by providing students with an open-ended question, with a messy problem to solve. Last updated 2008.
It would have obtained a higher rating if
1. an Evaluation Rubric was given
2. a Teacher's Guide including Curriculum Standards
3. Longer Duration than one lesson (should be an unit as you suggested) with more Higher Order Thinking Skill activities to complete.
4. A messy problem to solve rather than a Knowledge Question
If you address these issues then you will have created a great WQ.
Let me know where and when you have finished it so I can put it into WQD.
Best wishes, Frances
Let's stop reinventing the wheel: If any of you have some advice for Paul, please post it here for him. Thanks in advance!