WebQuest: Instructional Strategist
This project is a WebQuest for a classroom teacher to learn instructional strategies. The teacher will take the role of an instructional strategist whose job is to research five instructional strategies using the Internet and answer specific questions. After they have done the research, they are to pick a position such as Concept Mapper, Framer, Role Player, Cooperative Grouper, and Mnemonic in order to present their findings. At the end of the WebQuest, the teacher is to present their findings in their position by using a form of multimedia such as PowerPoint, Excel, word processing, video, or Inspiration.
In order to create this WebQuest, I had to follow the guidelines for incorporating the various parts of a WebQuest. These parts are introduction, task, process, resources, conclusion, and evaluation. The introduction section provides background information and motivational scenarios by giving the teacher a role to play, which is an instructional strategist. It also provides an overview of the learning goals to students while creating an atmosphere that is desirable and inviting to the students by catering to their interest or need. The task section is a formal description of what students will have accomplished by the end of the WebQuest. I provided resources for a particular topic on the Web, devised an activity for the teacher that incorporates the information from the various sites. The process section is a description of the steps learners should go through in accomplishing the task, with links embedded in each step. The resource section is a list of the resources such as web sites, print resources, books, etc., that your students will need to complete the task. The conclusion section provides a reflection by the teacher and summation by the WebQuest. The evaluation section provides a rubric for evaluating the teachers’ work. The standards are fair, clear, consistent, and specific to the tasks set.
My role is the development of this project was the designing and creating of the WebQuest. By doing this WebQuest, I learned to think like the target audience, which is a teacher. Keeping this in mind, I had to put myself in the teacher’s shoes and think about their interest and needs. This caused me to make a WebQuest that catered to their needs while helping them to stay motivated and engaged. If I had to make changes to this project, I would test this out with my target audience during the early stages of development to see if I met the teacher’s needs and interest.