My best ICT learning experience that I’ve ever designed

Webquest image.jpg After reading PHOENIXEDUBLOG’S blog it reminded me of the WebQuest I completed in the EDX3280 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogy subject in 2014. To set the scene I will first explain what a WebQuest is. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning. In other words it is a series of classroom based lessons or one individual lesson in which the majority of the information that the students investigate and evaluate comes from the internet. A WebQuest can involve group work where students take on different roles to complete each task. The resources utilized in a WebQuest are pre-determined by the teacher and therefore the students spend their time using the information that has been made available to them rather than searching for information (The WebQuest Place, n.d.).

When I first began EDX3280 I felt overwhelmed and nervous, as I had never created my own WebQuest before.  However there was lots of guidance in how to create a WebQuest on the StudyDesk.  Therefore each step I took to create my own WebQuest meant that I was scaffolded throughout the whole learning experience. This made the whole process a lot more enjoyable and I soon began to feel less nervous and overwhelmed.

Making the WebQuest was quite time consuming and at times aggravating; and as you would all know when ICT doesn’t go your own way it can be quite frustrating. Because of this my first initial thoughts were that I didn’t think I was going to enjoy making a WebQuest. However by the end of the course I had decided it was my favourite assignment that I had ever completed throughout the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Believe it or not I actually did quite well with my final result. It is because of this that the WebQuest that I developed was the best ICT learning experience that I have ever designed. My WebQuest can be viewed here.

I designed my WebQuest to be suitable for children in the Foundation year and therefore I made it engaging atheistically for that age group with lots of bright colourful pictures and colourful titles and pages. I also made sure the activities and resources that were attached to the WebQuest were all age appropriate for that age group. Because it was designed for a younger age range I also made sure that all the instructions were voice recordings that gave the children a step by step guide to what they had to do during each part of the lesson. I did this because children in the Foundation year are learning to read and therefore would not be able to read a huge amount of information. This way they would always be scaffolded throughout each task to ensure they don’t feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do.

My ideas for the WebQuest came from one of my favourite children’s stories called Koala Lou. I used the basic storyline of this story to create a series of 5 lessons based around a Koala at the Olympics in order to help the children in the Foundation year to look at basic 2D shapes, sort basic 2D shapes, look at basic 2D shape patterns and complete basic 2D shape patterns. I got my inspiration from the mathematics content descriptions on the ACARA website including sort, describe and name familiar 2D shapes in the learning environment (ACMMG009) and sort, classify, copy, continue and create patterns with 2D objects and drawings (ACMNA005) (ACARA, 2016). I used these two content descriptions to form each task throughout the WebQuest and they also helped me to design the summative and formative assessment tasks to ensure the tasks were age appropriate.

I recommend that all teachers create a WebQuest for their students to learn from in the classroom. As there are many benefits and reasons why a WebQuest is a suitable ICT tool for helping students learn. These include encouraging students to think critically, encouraging them to work positively with others, helping children to learn to cooperate and providing students with authentic assessment and tasks to complete. They also encourage them to learn how to learn and help them to learn through the use of real resources (LinkedIn, 2016).

 

References
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2016). Curriculum.

Retrieved March

7, 2016, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/mathematics/curriculum

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LinkedIn. (2016). Benefits of WebQuests. Retrieved March 7, 2016, from

       http://www.slideshare.net/ictgirl/webquests-104830

The WebQuest Place. (n.d.). What is a WebQuest?. Retrieved March 7, 2016, from

        http://www.thematzats.com/webquests/page1.html

Webquest [Image]. (2012). Retrieved from http://castelinho-

       informatica.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/webquest-metodologia-de-pesquisa.html

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