Information Gathering

First, you’re going to go have a look at some tools that are used in classrooms to change how students interact with the content and with each other. You’re likely already familiar with Desire2Learn, and we can look at that in more depth later. For now, since most of you are likely not familiar with our Google Apps For Education portal, let’s all start there together.

Google Apps for Education Los Rios Portal 

  1. Log in to the site with your usual Los Rios ID and password.
  2. Click on each of the apps and play with it to get a feel for what you can do.
  3. Choose one tool that interests you and figure out how to use it by creating something.

2. Looking Deeper: Different Perspectives on the Topic

Next, you’re going to divide into three teams that are going to research some other tools and resources for integrating technology into the classroom.

Instructions:

    1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team should choose to explore one of the three groups below.
    2. Choose roles: You’ll need a Timekeeper, Coordinator, and Note-taker.
    3. Read through the files linked to your group. Synthesize what you feel is important to know about the topic, and keep a record of the links you’re discussing so that you can refer to them later.
    4. As a group, you will decide on a course of action that involves incorporating one or many of these tools into a college class. Be prepared to defend this decision and explain how this would improve your class: how it would affect you, your students, and learning outcomes and/or student satisfaction and interest.

Group One: “Doing Research Online”

    • Diigo: For bookmarking, highlighting, taking notes, etc.
    • Bamboo DiRT: Tons of links to online resources for research and study
    • SCC Library: For your students to begin their research
    • Google Scholar: Broad resource for scholarly research
    • BibMe: Easy online bibliography tool

Group Two: “Creating Meaningful Discussion”

    • Google Plus: A truly great tool. Try search with hashtags and looking for shared “circles” of people who share your specific interests.
    • Desire2Learn community: Check out the Higher Ed community.
    • WordPress: Blogging, collaborating, discussions. All in one easy package.

Group Three: “Flipping”

Group Four: “Assessment”

3. Debate and Discuss What You Learned

As you can see, this is not a simple matter, integrating technology into your classroom. There is no one accepted way to do it, and the literature and educators disagree about the value of various interventions. It also matters a great deal what context it’s in. Are the teachers expecting the technology to do all the work? What is lost/gained in online interactions? What are the learning outcomes? How can I change my class and still meet all the requirements of teaching my class?

Now you will come together with your team and discuss with the people on other teams the course of action you’ve decided on as a group. Use the resources you were given and others that you found to give other teams a cohesive synthesis of the information you’ve found.

4. You Might Want to Discuss This With the Rest of the World

Nobody makes a decision in a vacuum, especially with the rest of the internet at your fingertips. Find an online forum to discuss and refine your ideas, maybe even finding information that would change your opinion of your chosen direction. Use one of the above resources for collaboration, or one you find yourself. Remember, you want to be able to document this process for your own use, and don’t want to use a place like Facebook where you have no control over your own data.

Google +
Uniquely structured to support learning communities, G+ is where many cutting edge educators go to exchange ideas.
Topica Lists
Subscribe to a list related to your topic. Learners can lurk, then join the discussion.
Technorati
Search Blogs
Pitsco’s Ask An Expert!
Link to experts in a field related to your WebQuest (some broken / old links).

This page written by Elizabeth Stevenson, stevene@scc.losrios.edu Last updated October, 2012. This page based on Bernie Dodge‘s WebQuest template. Introductory WebQuest Page© Copyright Tom March, ozline.com, 1996-98

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