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TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: WebQuests galore

January 4, 2011

If you are looking for a new way to teach the same old content, hop over to webquest.org to explore the hundreds of lessons offered in their library. We like this site because they not only house a huge collection, but they offer guidelines about creating a proper quest.

As you shop some of the WebQuests, it will become apparent how easily they can be tailored to the needs of different learners. In this fantastic quest on propaganda during WWII, for example, students are prompted to gather information from a range of sites with different reading levels and create their own piece of propaganda. A teacher could easily add new sites or highlight certain sites to match the reading levels of different learners. In addition, materials could be added to make the activity less complex. For instance, template for the poster might become part of the quest (at least for some).

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carissa Martin permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:44 pm

    I am always eager to learn how teachers differentiate their various lessons. Many times I am overwhelmed trying to differentiate my lessons; as I get bogged down with the idea that differentiating means to provide individual lessons and thus individual materials/instructions for each lesson. After reading your blog I am reminded that differentiating ican just be adjusting one or two things for a student and while very beneficial to the students does not have to be hazardous to a teacher’s mental health 

    • January 11, 2011 9:07 am

      Hi Carissa-
      So glad you wrote. I think a lot of teachers feel that differentiation means offering several mini-lessons at once! When teachers tier their lessons or use a stations-teaching model, there may be several different learning opportunities offered at once but differentiating in many other lesson formats may-as you point out-simply involve offering different choices in materials, creating novel or purposeful groupings, giving different students different roles, providing more than one mode of output in your lecture, or simply engaging in an activity that is easy for all to access.

      So glad you found us here and thank you for posting!

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