Best WebQuests.com was started with the goal of being a place where excellent WebQuests from educators all over the world would be celebrated. The goal has been challenging to accomplish because of the lack of A quality WebQuests available on the Internet. While this remains a goal, site founder, Tom March, also uses the site to educate instructors on what makes a quality WebQuest.
The Best Webquests site is owned and managed by Tom March. He is a self-proclaimed "crazy uncle" to webquests and was mentored by Bernie Dodge at San Diego University. The site provides links to webquests in 12 content areas broken into the categories: early, middle, high and adult. A matrix is provided to evaluate webquests. Webquest developers may also have their webquests professionally evaluated by Tom March for a fee payable through paypal.
Type of Material:
Best WebQuests.com is a website with examples and information about quality WebQuests.
Teachers would benefit from using webquests that have been reviewed and rated. Twelve content areas are available and each is divided into early, middle, high and adult target audience.
This website is a good resource for students to use when planning a WebQuest.
Users will need a current web browser and a connection to the Internet.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goals will be determined by the instructor who uses this site. The author provides a matrix that can help instructors and students better understand the requirements of a quality rubric.
Target Student Population:
Middle school through graduate school students, as well as professional teachers can benefit from the information provided on this website.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Familiarity with webquests and ability to navigate through text and hyperlinks.
The site includes numerous links to articles and other websites that can be used to help students better understand the criteria for a quality WebQuest. The site also contains a rubric for assessing WebQuests, as well tips on what not to include.
Some of the links to WebQuests examples are broken. Educational institutions are known for their link rot so it is a challenging tasks to maintain links to educational content over a long period of time. Many webquests are dated.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site has the potential to be a great place for educators to go to find outstanding WebQuests. The rubric and tips on what not to do can go a long way towards helping educators better understand what to do.
One challenge is that Tom March has modified the original parts of a WebQuest. While his ideas are solid, it may be difficult to compare WebQuests when some experts change the basic formula. While it is not necessary to standardize, doing so would make things less confusing for users.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use.
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