A webquest is a fantastic tool in creating interactive lessons that students can independently accomplish on a certain pace. Students are more engaged and interested whenever they encounter web-base activities. The use of webquests will provide students room for improvement, encourage responsibility, and build confidence.
Dr. Bernie Dodge's webquest page is an excellent source of webquest creation. Below are some of the many detailed discussions that have been used as primary reference on webquest creation.
What is a Webquest?
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet, optionally supplemented with videoconferencing. Read more...
The WebQuest is valued as a highly constructivist teaching method, meaning that students are "turned loose" to find, synthesize, and analyze information in a hands-on fashion, actively constructing their own understanding of the material. WebQuests' focus on group work also makes them popular examples of cooperative learning. Read more...
According to Kathy Schrock Guide from Educators of Discovery Education, a webquest is the perfect model for teachers searching for ways to incorporate the Internet into the classroom on both a short-term and long-term basis. Read more...
A Webquest About Webquests. Since early in 1995, teachers everywhere have learned how to use the web well by adopting the WebQuest format to create inquiry-oriented lessons. Read more...
The Webquest Design Process. It involves selecting a topic, choosing a design, describing how the learners will be evaluated, designing the process, and polishing before finalizing. Read more...
Adapting Existing Webquests. Creating a webquest may not be your cup of tea due to time constraint, difficulty, and technological insufficiency. Don't loose hope though because you can adapt existing webquests. Read more...
Lesson Templates for Students and Teachers. Templates provide an easy way to get started creating your WebQuest. Read more...
Sample Webquest Template. Click here to acquire a the template that you can use for your webquest creation.
Webquest Design Patterns. These design patters are based on Bloom's taxonomy which promotes higher level of thinking. Read more...
Based on the information published at Wikipedia, a website is a collection of information about a particular topic or subject. Designing a website involves the arrangement and creation of web pages that make up a website. A web page consists of information for which the website is developed. For example, a website might be compared to a book, where each page of the book is a web page. Read more...
About.com states that web design is the art and process of creating a single web page or entire websites and may involve both mechanics of a website's operation although primarily it focuses on the look and feel of the website - the design elements. Read more...
Marketingterms.com defines web design as the selection and coordination of available components to create the layout and structure of a Web page. Read more...
Createfreewebsite.com stresses that a successful web design involves more than just the creation of a beautiful piece of art work. It is rather, the construction of a sometimes multi-purpose vehicle on the internet, to accomplish a desired end. The basic elements that determine the success of website design or web site construction are appearance, usability and visibility. Read more...
Website Planning. Purpose. Audience. Content. Layout. Design. File Management. Consistency. Technical Operation. User Accessibility.
Web Design Basics
* Setting up of the local root folder and site structure
* Naming of primary file (index.html)
* Inclusion of text, image, and hot links
* Changing of text properties
* Adapting proper color schemes
* Implementing content and design consistency
* Ensuring usability and accessibility
According to Wikipedia, A podcast is a multimedia file distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. Podcasting is an automatic mechanism whereby multimedia computer files are transferred from a server to a client, which pulls down XML files containing the Internet addresses of the media files. In general, these files contain audio or video, but could also be images, text, PDF, or any file type.
I am continuously on my podcast learning curve. Despite the difficulties, I am very excited over the many creative and technical tricks I can do beyond the basics! There are many things to learn but each small step I take in this journey will be an added experience. One that will be full of meaning and significance!
What are the Mechanics behind a Podcast?
Podcast Episode Content Structure and Planning
A good recommendation is using the same jingle for the beginning and ending part of an episode. You can also use jingles in different parts of an episode to cue the audience for another segment.
How is a Podcast created?
Creating an Audio Podcast Episode in GarageBand. Below are major steps involved in creating and publishing audio podcasts.
A. Recording a Podcast Episode
B. Editing the Sound of Your Podcast Episode
The following steps were based from Apple's GarageBand Tutorials.
C. Editing Your Podcast Episode with Artwork and Chapters
D. Exporting Your Podcast from GarageBand
Creating a Video Podcast using iMovie
Below are essential steps in creating and publishing video podcasts, or otherwise known as "vodcasts".
A. Recording a Video Podcast
B. Editing Your Video Podcast with Titles
C. Enhancing Your Video Podcast with Themes
D. Enhancing Your video Podcast with Audio files
E. Exporting Your Video Podcast in Quicktime
Why the Rave in Digital Photography?
Base on my understanding and experience, photography is a creative expression of capturing pictures which you are able to publish on the web, in a blog, include in a podcast, store in an iPod, or print on photo paper. However, photography extends far beyond the common description. Below you will find more meaningful and related information that I find very interesting:
Digital photography, as opposed to film photography, uses electronic devices to record the image as binary data. This facilitates storage and editing of the images on personal computers, and also the ability to show and delete unsuccessful images immediately on the camera itself. Read more...
What is Photojournalism?
As an amateur photographer, I believe that this is a form of journalism where the image becomes the focal point of a story. Below are some sites that you can read which provides a more in-depth definition of photojournalism.
Wikipedia explains photojournalism as a form of journalism that creates images in order to tell a news story. Read more...
Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph explains photojournalism as a story-telling medium that combines images and writing to more thoroughly explore a given subject. Read more...
Mark Hancock shares his views that a photojournalist takes the best of both what a journalist and a photographer does, and locks it into the most powerful medium available through a single frozen image. Read more...
Bradley Wilson wrote in his article, "Careers in Photojournalism," about the characteristics of a photojournalist. They include a sense of curiosity, artistic aptitude, mechanical aptitude, high ethical standard, and quick thinking and adaptability. Read more...
How can Photojournalism Be Connected with Curriculum Instruction?
Inspirational Photo Stories . How would you like to combine photography skills and talent with curriculum instruction? It is all about pictures, but they don't have to be solely focused on artistic and creative expressions. Pictures can be used to tell a story, provide historical information, and capture human life in a more intimate experience. Witness these evidences. Read more...
Writing Prompts . Take a picture that speaks a thousand words and have students brainstorm on what they think the picture says. Click here to view some writing prompts that you may use to base the theme of your photographs.
Historical Facts . Let your photograph capture a piece of history or tell a story which you can use in your social studies activity. Some social studies key word prompts that you may find interesting to use will be The Great Depression , World War I , Ancient Egypt , and the Middle Ages . Explore and discover other key word prompts that you can use in Physical Education/Health , Science and Math .
Creative Expression . Photographs can serve as a creative expression of one's interests which students usually demonstrate through their weblogs, song selections, poetry composition, and many more. Channel students' artistic energy by having them take pictures of collages, posters, signs, beauty of nature, daily life, and the like.
How can Light Affect the End Result of Your Photography?
There is a variety of ways to take great and captivating pictures. However, no matter what type of photography style you want to use, both still requires the use of light! Read what Neil who is a TSL Education staff from London has to say about the importance of light in taking pictures.
Who are these Photographers?
The beauty of every photograph depends on every photographer's style, mood, technique, creativity, and equipment. Here are some photographers who belong to different fields of photography that may inspire you the way they have with my husband and I:
Film Photographers . Russell Lee Collection . Gilles Navet .
Digital Photographers. Barbara Read and Fred Schaad . Bernard Tse . Manuel Libres Librodo, Jr . Richard Calmes .
Photojournalists . Mark Hancock . The Best of Photojournalism 2004 . Maciej Dakowicz . Marisa D.L . Sharon Rogers . MarkWP .
Photography Ideas and Tips & Tricks
How can you improve your phtography as a beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographer?
Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures. (Listen to a podcast version of Rosario by clicking here )
What are fun projects and ideas that can be used in the classroom?
Literacy through Photography
Unveiling the Beauty of Flowers . Visit " Take Time to Smell the Flowers " link and click View the Story to launch the flash interactive website.
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