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Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom
A Culturally Responsive Approach



June 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Founded on a well-established educational rationale, this book takes the critical and challenging step of helping teachers integrate culturally responsive education into their own practice. By using real student stories, the authors spin an engaging narrative that both informs and entertains."
—Tom March, Codeveloper
WebQuest

Foster student inquiry and higher-level thinking with this powerful Web-based model!

Today's educators face the challenges of making content engaging and relevant for students from diverse backgrounds and incorporating technology in the classroom. Designed to optimize content learning and promote greater intercultural understanding, Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom shows how educators can make social studies personal and real while nurturing globally minded students.

This unique guide presents practical strategies for using WebQuests: inquiry-oriented, collaborative student activities that use Web-based information for solving problems through focused analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Aligned with the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards, the American Historical Association criteria for Excellent Classroom Teaching, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, this comprehensive resource includes:

  • Real stories portraying culturally diverse classrooms
  • Comprehensive examples of culturally responsive WebQuests
  • Guidelines, tips, and step-by-step instructions for developing WebQuests

Reflective exercises throughout make this guide an ideal professional development resource for teachers interested in learning more about culturally responsive social studies and technologically enhanced instruction.


 
Preface
Why This Book?  
Real Voices... Typical Classroom Challenges  
Practical, Usable Curriculum Content  
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Challenge of Culturally Responsive Teaching
Meet Harrison Songolo  
The Need for a Culturally Responsive Context  
The Larger Narrative  
Powerful Social Studies... Powerful Citizens  
Imaginative Entry  
The Quest for Connections  
 
2. The Technologically Competent Social Studies Teacher
The NETS Project  
Essential Conditions for Successful Technology Integration  
Technology Resources  
Special Considerations for Classroom Technology  
Web Site Accessibility  
Assistive Technology  
Legal Implications  
Online Technology Resources  
 
3. The WebQuest Model
Background and History  
Why Use the WebQuest Model?  
Example WebQuest No. 1: Exploring Socio-Economic Conditions  
One Zambia, One Nation?  
 
4. Designing WebQuests
Core Components of a WebQuest  
Introduction  
Task  
Process  
Evaluation  
Other Components of the Model  
Design Process  
Selecting a Primary Design Tool  
QuestGarden  
Assessing WebQuests  
Online Resources  
 
5. Getting Started: Learners, Topics, and Design Patterns
Getting Started  
Anita’s Classroom  
Meet Happy-Hardy Guinguing  
Brainstorming WebQuest Ideas  
General Social Studies  
Online Resources: Social Studies Topics  
Culturally Responsive Topics  
Online Resources: Cultural Sensitivity  
Anita’s Challenge: Teaching World Religions  
Design Patterns  
Example WebQuest No. 2: World Religions and Conflicts  
Religious Conflict: Is an End in Sight?  
 
6. Authentic and Engaging Tasks
Meet Juan Pablo Escoriza  
Posing Authentic Problems to Challenge Thinking Skills  
Brainstorming WebQuest Tasks  
Exercises: Tasks From Example WebQuests in Previous Chapters  
Chart of Possible Tasks  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 3: Immigration: Past, Present, and Future  
Lights, Camera, Action! An Immigration Perspective  
 
7. Evaluation Rubrics
Meet Vladimir Emilov Evtimov  
Using Rubrics  
Online Tools  
How Many Rubrics?  
Rubric Dimensions and Scale  
Exercises: Evaluation Rubrics From Example WebQuests  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 4: Effective Use of Maps and Geographic Tools  
Calling All Cartographers!  
 
8. The WebQuest Process: How, What, and When
Meet Haseena Niazi  
Teams and Roles  
Exercises: Teams and Roles From Example WebQuests  
Choosing Appropriate Resources  
Internet Resources  
Search Engines  
Selecting Web Sites  
Social Studies Links  
Accessibility Issues  
Copyright, Fair Use, and Citation of Sources  
Other Resources  
Exercises: Resources From Example WebQuests  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 5: Voting Rights and Responsibilities  
Let Our Voices Be Heard!  
 
9. Finalizing Your WebQuest Design
Meet Poroma Kanya  
WebQuest Introductions  
WebQuest Conclusions  
Using Images and Other Tools  
Teacher Page and Credits  
Assessing Your WebQuest  
Tom March’s Seven Points for a Great WebQuest  
 
10. The Challenge Ahead: A Quest for Peace
Humanistic Education  
Choices for the 21st-Century Education Program  
A Workable Peace  
Freedom Writers  
A Final Quest  
Keeping the Quest Alive  
 
Other Resources
A. Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies  
B. National Education Technology Standards for Students  
C. Sites for Selecting Specialized Resources  
D. Standards Associated With Example WebQuests  
 
References
 
Suggested Readings: Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom
 
Index

"Founded on a well-established educational rationale, this book takes the critical and challenging step of helping teachers integrate culturally responsive education into their own practice. By using real student stories, the authors spin an engaging narrative that informs and entertains."

Tom March, Codeveloper
WebQuest

"Shows teachers how to create quality WebQuests using constructivist principles while also encouraging teacher reflection. The book has inspired me in my efforts to make my teaching responsive to students’ needs and the real-world requirements of our education system."

Greg Oppel, Social Studies Teacher
Edmond Memorial High School, OK

"Offers endless resources for the novice or experienced teacher. In a culturally diverse classroom, WebQuests provide students with an opportunity to showcase their cultures and take pride in their learning. While the text is geared to the social studies teacher, the steps of the WebQuest are explained so that any teacher in any discipline may develop and utilize this resource in their curriculum."

Luis M. Oliveira, Spanish Teacher
Middletown High School, RI
Key features
  • Uses actual student stories that portray typical, culturally diverse classrooms
  • Describes how to develop specific WebQuest components
  • Presents comprehensive examples of culturally responsive WebQuests
  • Shows how WebQuests link to National Council for Social Studies Standards (NCSS), the American Historical Association's criteria for Excellent Classroom Teaching, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards
  • Incorporates professional reflection and guided practice tools to facilitate professional development

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: The Challenge of Culturally Responsive Teaching


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