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A webquest is rather like an on-line scavenger hunt, or a problem-solving
adventure. It is inquiry- based learning combined with
techno-literacy/proficiency and geared toward specific educational intentions.
Quests may be subject specific, or subject integrated inquires. They
can be used in a number of ways and may take on many forms - literature reviews,
research, personal or directed investigations, problem-solving exercises, fact
and/or information finding expeditions. Quests can be arranged so that they are
tightly controlled by the teacher whereby students are provided with specific
previewed links. Or, quests can be more loosely arranged so that learners have
to glean information from an array of on-line resources, or from sources found
by the learners through personal investigations. They can also be simple
scenario problems posted on-line.
configurations can vary so that students can be assigned to work singly, as
pairs, triads, or in small or even in larger groups where each member works on a
chosen or assigned task. Or, students may be allowed to choose their own
working configurations. There are some excellent examples and collections
of webquest learning available. If you choose to use these resources, please
remember to give credit to the original sources.
to more information and resources.
sample quest - A potpourri of brain-based stuff
This is an emersion experience. Please remember that we have allocated 1-1
hours for this exercise. If you see you are running out of time, do not feel
compelled to answer all the questions. You may skip around or divide up tasks
working in pairs or triads.
The Brain Test:
Download and take the brain test and run it twice, remembering that there are NO
RIGHT ANSWERS! The test is randomized so that it is different each time. Print
and compare the two profiles, noting the differences as they were related to
your responses. The test is generally an amusement rather than something
terribly accurate. However, what is interesting is to go back at the end of the
test and note the perceptual reasons for the different choices. This can be done
by moving your cursor over each answer, an explanation will appear. It might be
very interesting to read this review portion with a partner. Before discussing
your choice, ask him/her what answer he/she would have chosen, and then read
both responses when they are different. This exercise will help you examine
We have talked a little about MI. The following link is to Walter McKenzie's
on-line test a very nice sample. Take the test yourself answering as
truthfully as you can. Please note that McKenzie includes questions pertaining
to existential intelligence.
taking the test, scoring it, and creating a personal profile, reflect on
your own strengths and weaknesses.
if there are any relationships to the things you choose to do in your
classroom are you concentrating on your own strengths and avoiding your
might like to investigate further on-line sources on existential, or
spiritual intelligence and see what you think about it.
Society of Neurosicence: Pick one of the
following Brain Briefings. From the following selections, read the text of your
choice, distill the essence of the article picking at least 7 facts to share
with your peers.
Training and the Brain
PBS The secret life of the brain: Link:
the brain history strand:
The organ of thought is the heart and the brain is merely a radiator designed
to cool it. Who said this?
Much of early speculation about personality differences was based on a Roman
gladiatorial physician's theory about the fluids in the body.
Who was this guy?
What were his four personality types?
How are they described?
Who wrote the first neuroscience textbook? When?
Who was the famous French mathematician and philosopher who said, "I think,
therefore I am." One who argued for a dualistic system in which the organ
of the brain is distinguished from the immaterial "mind." In his view,
it is the mind, not the brain, which contains a person's thoughts and desires or
Who was the father of Phrenology?
the scanning strand:
List the different types of methods used to scan the brain?
To which one did little Leslie have a severe reaction?
Chudlers Neuroscience for Kids:
I. Scroll down to the following from this links page and complete the designated
Memory and learning In the first portion, complete the first two memory
Biological rhythms After reading the experiments select one to complete
with for yourself, your kids or for your students.
II. Read one of the following news articles and answer the following.
Games May Improve Visual Skills
specific visual skills are reported to have been better in action game gamers?
Action games are contrasted against the game Tetris with respect to visual
skills improvement. What sorts of cognitive skills might Tetris improve that
action games might not? (For an example of Tetris see the link:
Invent a simple video game (on paper) that combines the advantages of skills
required in both action games (as reported in the article) and Tetris.
Going further than the above, name a popular game or invent on paper a video
game that requires the use of more sense modalities than just visual as in the
action games (and Tetris) mentioned in the article.
Caffeine and Children's Headaches
article looks at a connection between caffeine intake in children and headaches.
What is caffeine and what is its effect on the body?
might schools do to help alleviate caffeine-induced headaches in school
article mentions other headache triggers in children. What specific steps might
schools take to help alleviate these triggers?
4. Do a
net search and see if there are any positive benefits of caffeine intake for
did you find?
are the repercussions of school children having headaches during the day prior
to, during, or after school? What might the effect of headaches have on learning
opportunities for the students and how might that effect impact the how teachers
teach or how teachers should teach?
Lead and the Brain, How Much
is Too Much?
According to the article, what is the source of lead in the home? Search the net
to find out at what age or date of construction lead in the home should be a
are the effects of lead on children?
the effects of lead in children something that schools should be concerned
is the possibility that your school may contain lead contamination? When
was your school built? How would your job as a teacher be impacted if your
classroom had some lead exposure?