Saturday, December 15, 2012

QuestGarden - easily create webquests

QuestGarden is a online website that you allows you to create "webquests" for your classroom.  

If you are unfamiliar with what a webquest is, a webquest is a what it sounds like - a quest on the web.  When you put a webquest together, it requires students to go out and seek information about a certain topic.   I put together a webquest when I was student teaching Economics over labor unions and my kids really liked the variety of activities that was incorporated in it.  Feel free to check it out by clicking on this link here

This is a great way to teach or reinforce a certain topic you want to go over with your students because it allows the students to go out and do the research and it allows you, the teacher, the ability to break down the lesson into different required parts (Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion), as per the given example above. 

What is also cool about creating webquests in QuestGarden is that QuestGarden allows you to download your webquest into a zip folder - that way if you ever need to download the files for the webquest you can do so as you please.    

Most of the resources I live to share are free to use, however, QuestGarden does have a minimal (very minimal) cost to use.  For $20.00 you can have a 2 year membership to create and share webquests with your students and fellow teachers.  The return you will get from the $20.00 membership will definitely pay off.  When I was done student teaching, most of my students told me that this was one of the best activities they had done in awhile.  

You can register for a free 30 day trial with Webquest today and try it out.