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HyperQuest: Example 1

Supporting Learner-Centered Education Through Technology

Setting the Stage

As undergraduate students studying to become teachers, you are anxious to begin teaching and using technology in your classroom. To be ready for your first teaching assignment, you want to find out more about:

  • what technologies are typically found in K-12 classrooms, and
  • how these technologies are best used to enhance teaching and learning
Task

Prepare a multimedia presentation summarizing your findings from this WebQuest.

Process and Resources

You will use the Internet to check out current technology use in schools across the country. In order to do this in the most efficient way, you and your classmates divide into four groups. Each group will investigate technology uses at one of the following levels: primary (K-2), elementary(3-5), middle (6-8) and high school. Each group of students will:

  • investigate technology uses at two or three different schools using the Internet links provided;
  • discuss and record your observations using WebQuest Notes; and
  • briefly report your findings to the other groups.

Follow each link to a given school. After investigating technology uses at that school, use the BACK button in your browser to return to this page.

Primary School Group:

Elementary School Group:

Middle School Group:

  • American Revolution Project by Mr. Welch's 7th Grade Students
    This project is the result of 7th grade students learning to use the Internet as both a resource tool and as a publishing medium.
  • Everett Middle School CollaborativePeace Day Project
    Students collaborate and use multimedia tools to share their school-wide project. Click on each project.
  • Carol Leikam's Fifth Grade Bridge Building Unit
    This site displays activities and student work using a web-based format. Click on each link to find out more about the project.
  • Alaska Studies by Tanana Middle School Students
    Students share multimedia research reports on the state of Alaska and Alaskan history. Click on links under Table of Contents so see student work!
  • American Inventors, an inter-disciplinary curriculum and technology project by the staff and 85 students at Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska. The purpose of American Inventors, is to explore, through research, biographical writing, and scientific discovery, the history of inventors in the United States. lick on Inventors to see student work!
  • Healthy Life Skills Triangle Project at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska 1997 includes the work of 120 eighth-graders who developed essays on various topics related to the district's health curriculum. The students were asked to approach their topics as if they were addressing other eighth-graders.
  • Connections An integrated curriculum/technology project being undertaken by the staff and students of the KOHL team at Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska. Students connect the study of science, math, literature and art to historical events and time periods using a timeline metaphor. And, they connect technology with the rest of the curriculum.

High School Group:

Learning Advice

Since time is of the essence in this WebQuest, remember that your group is striving to get an OVERVIEW of technology uses, not an in-depth analysis of technology uses in any given school district.

Evaluation

Use this rubric to evaluate your group's efforts during the completion of this WebQuest:

Add Rubric Here

Reflection

In your journal, answer each of the following questions:

  • In what ways did your understanding of the Internet change because of this WebQuest?
  • In what ways did your understanding of technology uses in K-12 education change because of this WebQuest?
  • What are the implications for the university's role in educating future K-12 teachers?
Conclusion

Prepare a multimedia presentation summarizing your findings from this WebQuest.

Extension

When you become a first year teacher, volunteer to serve on the school technology committee so you can share some of your ideas with your new colleagues.

Standards

This WebQuest's objectives are aligned with the following Arizona Standards:

Technology Standard 1: Essentials (grades 4-8)

  • Examine information from electronic media and determine its worth.

Language Arts Standard 1: Reading Essentials (grades 6-8)

  • R-E2. Use reading strategies such as making inferences and predictions, summarizing, paraphrasing.
  • PO 1. Identify the main ideas; critical and supporting details.
  • PO 3. Summarize the text in own words.

Language Arts Standard 2: Writing Essentials (grades 4-8)

  • PO 3. Contain main ideas plus the most significant details.
  • PO 4. Present clearly written and organized information.
  • PO 2. Use own words to develop ideas accurately and clearly with supporting details, facts, examples or descriptions.
  • PO 3. Use personal interpretation, analysis, evaluation or reflection to evidence understanding of subject.
  • PO 1. Implement a research strategy that includes: taking notes that summarize and paraphrase information relevant to the topic incorporating notes into a finished product.

Language Arts Standard 4: Viewing and Presenting Essentials: (Grade 4-8)

  • Plan, develop and produce a visual presentation, using a variety of media such as videos, films, newspapers, magazines and computer images.

Workplace Technology Standard 7: Essentials: (Grades 4-8)

  • Demonstrate technological literacy for productivity in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate basic computer operation skills in a variety of applications to organize information.
  • Use technology to organize information resources.

This WebQuest's objectives are also aligned with the following National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS):

1. Basic operations and concepts

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

2. Social, ethical, and human issues

  • Students understand cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
  • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

 3. Technology productivity tools

  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, preparing publications, and producing other creative works.