Suppose students eagerly adopt opinions, argue positions and debate solutions to challenging problems. Now imagine that they have even built up a body of evidence from which to launch their case? So what’s the problem? What happens when students might be willing, even eager, just not able? WebQuests began in 1995 as one of the first good ways to use the Web for learning. Even as technologies have changed solid pedagogies endure.
Set up a scaffolded learning activity (AKA “WebQuest”) that uses an authentic scenario, open-ended questions, a range of perspectives and rich resources to help students transform information into understanding. You can do this with a Web page template or an “unfolded” process using Web 2 tools.