Monday, November 9, 2009

Math WebQuests

Until reading this chapter and the article about adapting Webquests for students with learning disabilities, I was under the impression that a Webquest was simply a scavenger hunt online. I am pleased to learn the variety of topics Webquests can take on as well as their benefits.

I feel it is important to note that Webquests need to be step by step activities in which the students use the internet, but are not spending their time "Googling." Rather, sites are provided in the Webquest to guide their research. This makes this process less open ended and optimizes the time spent doing the activity, since they are not wasting time looking at poor quality sites.

Since we are just starting our Webquest projects everyone should keep in mind the quality of the sites you chose. Sites that are too wordy will be hard for students with disabilities to use because the important information is hidden between long sentences. Try to pick sites that are visually appealing, engaging and easy to read so that you give equal opportunity for all of your students to succeed.

At the end of this math chapter a list of suggested Webquests are given and I am weary of some of them. While the basketball example that Jessica spoke of is engaging and interesting for most all students, some of the examples given seem unappealing. My topic for this project is geometry and one of the suggested Webquests is about quilting. Although this may appeal to some students, I believe that many would not benefit from this real-life application. Thus, let's all try to chose topics that are not gender specific and that can inspire our students by showing them some interesting applications of math!


Klee said...

This chapter sounds intriguing. I know that it can be difficult to engage students in math, but this website sounds like it could really be a great tool. The examples sound great because they capture so many different students' interests. You bring up a great point when you talk about how students with learning disabilities cannot read pages with too much text. It is important to take into consideration each student and his/her needs.

jmonaco said...

I agree with you, Danielle. It is important for a teacher to keep his or her priorities in mind when introducing a new form of technology to teach a new lesson. Walking the students through may be necessary, and making sure they are staying on trick is vital. A variety of topics should be introduced so students are interested in the Webquest and find it entertaining, beneficial, and a useful learning experience.