Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Synopsis of the WebQuest including its intended audience, its educational goals, and the curriculum standards addressed if stated. 

This WebQuest is intended for 6th grade students, but can be used for multiple grade levels.  The topic of bullying, harassing and tolerance is at the forefront of educational institutes nation wide.  The main goal throughout this WebQuest is to educate student, parents and teachers on the topic of bullying.  In the end, the students should be able to develop strategies to deal with acts of harassment. Bullying or harassment, like other forms of aggressive and violent behaviors, interferes with both a school’s ability to educate its students and a student’s ability to learn.  School districts across the state and nation have developed strong policies that deal direct with acts of bullying. 

What pedagogical strategies are employed in the WebQuest and are they effective? Is there use of metaphor? Are they using inductive or deductive strategies? Is there scaffolding? What other strategies do you see? 

The task is clear, the teacher has placed students in teams to research bullying.  They are to research different aspects of bullying from the perspective of a student, parent or teacher.   As a class they will come up with a “survival guide” for the school.   Scaffolding is evident as the students are building on their understanding through the resources provided.   Each team is provided with questions that they will research and provide support for their answers.  Then they will publish a final document to the school as a survival guide for 6th grade. 

In what ways is the WebQuest taking advantage of technology? In what ways is it 'change without difference'? Could this WebQuest be done just as well by photocopying pages and handing them out to students?

This WebQuest takes full advantage of the digital world of research.   Providing many resources for the students so that they can answer the questions provided.   I do not think this could be completed with photocopying based on the depth of the task provided.  There would be a large amount of copying that would be wasteful and unnecessary to the students.   Not to mention you could not actually duplicate all the information provided within each link.  

Technically, does it work? Does it have bugs or flaws such as broken links or images? Is the material out of date? Does it credit its sources?

This is a very simple site to maneuver through, however I did find that two links were not in working order.  Some of the data was dated, but still had value in the content relating to the subject.   The evaluation portion was clear and simple for the user to follow.  All sources were credited. 

How would you improve the WebQuest? 

Personally, I would have made it a little more appealing to the eye.  Also, I am a big proponent of using video clips to engage the learning.  Most likely I would have included some youtube clips that are age appropriate to deliver the message.   Adding some testimonials from the student experiences would also be included in the site.   Overall, for the intended audience I found this to be age appropriate and meaningful to the development of our students.  

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