Math WebQuest WebQuest

by

Don Greenwell

Introduction

A WebQuest is a learning activity which uses the internet as the primary resource. This WebQuest is designed to help you learn what math WebQuests are, how they are used, and how to create them.

For more information on WebQuests, explore Bernie Dodge's WebQuest Page.

Task

The project involves the following milestones with their due date:

  1. Write a paragraph evaluating two of the math WebQuests from among those listed in the resource section. Due: March 6

  2. List five good math WebQuests found on the internet including their title, URL, and a short summery of each. Due: March 8

  3. E-Mail to don.greenwell@eku.edu the title of your math WebQuest, its grade level, and core content area. Due: March 20

  4. Design of your WebQuest. Due: March 29

  5. Implement your WebQuest as a local web page. Due: April 12

  6. Present your WebQuest to the class. Due: TBA beginning April 17

Process

  1. Use the WebQuest links given in the resource section to go to pages that contain math WebQuests. Study the format and content of these pages to better understand what a WebQuest is and how they can be used in teaching/learning mathematics. How are they all similar/different.

  2. Search the internet by going to some of the search sites listed below (or your favorite, if it is not listed) and look for math WebQuest (try using +webquest +math +introduction +process +resources as your search criteria ). After finding five real good WebQuests, fill out the worksheet (this is a MS Word document - click on it and then choose open it).

  3. Think of a topic you would like to teach using a WebQuest. The choice of grade level is up to you (within P-8), but I do not want you to do one on statistics. Your WebQuest should include the grade level it is intended for (a range is ok) and the core content that it deals with (see KDE Core Content).

  4. Write up the WebQuest (including graphics or other multimedia you would like to include, if you have any). Include a list of everything you need to complete your WebQuest.

  5. Create the WebQuest on a diskette. We will use class time to produce the web pages required for this.

  6. Prepare a 20 minute talk about your WebQuest.

Resources

WebQuests

Fractals: Art or Math?
Math Museum
Geometric Constructions
Fraction Webquest
Lines and tables and bars, oh my!
SOME PIG!
Investing in the Stock Market
Mathematical Connections
Titalating Tessellations
Inspector Gadget
Dark Frigate Math Activity

WebQuests created by students in the Fall 2000 class.

Search Sites

Altavista
Excite
Google
HOTBOT
Infoseek
Lycos
Magellan
Metacrawler
WebCrawler
Yahoo!

Evaluation

Your work on each task will be weighed as follows:

  1. Paragraph evaluating the best and the worst WebQuest (25 points).
  2. List of five good math WebQuests with their URL's and a short summery (25 points).
  3. Topic of the math WebQuest, its grade level and the core content area (25 points).
  4. Paper version of the WebQuest (75 points).
  5. WebQuest web page on a diskette (75 points).
  6. Present your WebQuest to the class (150 points).

Conclusion

The internet is a multimedia data base that can be used to teach many things, if used properly. A WebQuests is one way that clearly identifies the tasks to be done and supplies the process and resources to execute each task.