Located at: http://webquest.org
Merlot Database Entry
Quality of Content:
WebQuest.org provides teachers with access to webquests created by other people. It also provides basic, introductory information for teachers about how to create a webquest for use in your own classroom. The information provided seems to be valid and correct.
With that being said, there isn't a lot of information that would be useful in my class without leaving the website. When you chose the "Find a Webquest" link, it brings you to a page that tells you about 4 different webpages that house webquests. The first one, a site through San Diego State University doesn't have a provided hyperlink. The next, QuestGarden, is a pay-for-use service. The most promising is the third, which is called the "Curriculum x Grade Level Matrix". It includes drop-down selections where you can select a subject area and age level. Unfortunately, however, there were no webquests for 3rd-5th grade, which was very disappointing. The final search method was a simple Google Search, which makes me wonder why one would need to visit WebQuest.org. Why not simply start at Google?
On top of that, the most recent news was posted in 2008, which indicated to me that this website has not been maintained much since. For such high reviews on MERLOT, I was disaapointed to see the quality of the information provided.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool:
While this website does provide some helpful information, namely explaining what a webquest is, it does not provide much more. For a resource that earned 5 stars through MERLOT, I had much higher expectations. I was hoping to find a database with usable resources that I could use in my classroom, but what I found instead was an outdated website that directs you to other websites for information. For other teachers hoping to use webquests in their classrooms, I would suggest that you skip this website and go straight to Google.
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