Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom: A Culturally Responsive Approach

Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom: A Culturally Responsive Approach

By: Maureen M. Gillis (author), Margaret M. Thombs (author), Alan S. Canestrari (author)Hardback

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This book provides practical strategies for using WebQuests in the secondary social studies classroom. WebQuests are inquiry-oriented, collaborative student activities that focus on using web-based information to enhance higher-level analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The authors show how classroom teachers can optimize learning, enhance student inquiry, and promote greater intercultural understanding by infusing this simple, yet powerful, model into their daily classroom instruction. This comprehensive resource provides guidelines, tips, and step-by-step instructions for teachers who want to develop a variety of WebQuests for use during the school year.

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Margaret Thombs is an associate professor of education specializing in instructional technology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She has taught secondary mathematics and computer science and was formerly the director of technology for the Middletown, Rhode Island Public Schools. Her areas of expertise include facilitating English as a Second Language skills using technology and technology-enabled family and local history research. She is a frequent presenter at national and regional technology and education conferences, and has authored a number of articles on technology integration in the classroom. She earned her PhD in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University. Maureen Gillis is the owner of an Internet-based business and the coordinating editor for Spalding University's manuscript review program for MFA alumni in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to becoming a writer and Internet entrepreneur, she was a CPA and business executive and taught in the MBA program at the University of Hartford. She serves as the writing coach for the management team of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Gillis earned her MFA in writing from Spalding University and has taught in that program. Alan Canestrari Alan S. Canestrari, Ed.D, Boston University, a veteran social studies practitioner and Professor of Education at Roger Williams University, is co-editor (with Bruce Marlowe) of Educational Foundations: An Anthology of Critical Readings (Sage) and Educational Psychology in Context: Readings for Future Teachers (Sage). Educational Foundations was awarded the 2005 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award. Canestrari had a long career in public schools and universities as a history teacher, department chair, adjunct professor at Rhode Island College, and mentor in the Brown University Masters of Teaching Program. He was the RI Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1992.


Preface Why This Book? Real Voices... Typical Classroom Challenges Practical, Usable Curriculum Content Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. The Challenge of Culturally Responsive Teaching Meet Harrison Songolo The Need for a Culturally Responsive Context The Larger Narrative Powerful Social Studies... Powerful Citizens Imaginative Entry The Quest for Connections 2. The Technologically Competent Social Studies Teacher The NETS Project Essential Conditions for Successful Technology Integration Technology Resources Special Considerations for Classroom Technology Web Site Accessibility Assistive Technology Legal Implications Online Technology Resources 3. The WebQuest Model Background and History Why Use the WebQuest Model? Example WebQuest No. 1: Exploring Socio-Economic Conditions One Zambia, One Nation? 4. Designing WebQuests Core Components of a WebQuest Introduction Task Process Evaluation Other Components of the Model Design Process Selecting a Primary Design Tool QuestGarden Assessing WebQuests Online Resources 5. Getting Started: Learners, Topics, and Design Patterns Getting Started Anita's Classroom Meet Happy-Hardy Guinguing Brainstorming WebQuest Ideas General Social Studies Online Resources: Social Studies Topics Culturally Responsive Topics Online Resources: Cultural Sensitivity Anita's Challenge: Teaching World Religions Design Patterns Example WebQuest No. 2: World Religions and Conflicts Religious Conflict: Is an End in Sight? 6. Authentic and Engaging Tasks Meet Juan Pablo Escoriza Posing Authentic Problems to Challenge Thinking Skills Brainstorming WebQuest Tasks Exercises: Tasks From Example WebQuests in Previous Chapters Chart of Possible Tasks Online Resources Example WebQuest No. 3: Immigration: Past, Present, and Future Lights, Camera, Action! An Immigration Perspective 7. Evaluation Rubrics Meet Vladimir Emilov Evtimov Using Rubrics Online Tools How Many Rubrics? Rubric Dimensions and Scale Exercises: Evaluation Rubrics From Example WebQuests Online Resources Example WebQuest No. 4: Effective Use of Maps and Geographic Tools Calling All Cartographers! 8. The WebQuest Process: How, What, and When Meet Haseena Niazi Teams and Roles Exercises: Teams and Roles From Example WebQuests Choosing Appropriate Resources Internet Resources Search Engines Selecting Web Sites Social Studies Links Accessibility Issues Copyright, Fair Use, and Citation of Sources Other Resources Exercises: Resources From Example WebQuests Online Resources Example WebQuest No. 5: Voting Rights and Responsibilities Let Our Voices Be Heard! 9. Finalizing Your WebQuest Design Meet Poroma Kanya WebQuest Introductions WebQuest Conclusions Using Images and Other Tools Teacher Page and Credits Assessing Your WebQuest Tom March's Seven Points for a Great WebQuest 10. The Challenge Ahead: A Quest for Peace Humanistic Education Choices for the 21st-Century Education Program A Workable Peace Freedom Writers A Final Quest Keeping the Quest Alive Other Resources A. Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies B. National Education Technology Standards for Students C. Sites for Selecting Specialized Resources D. Standards Associated With Example WebQuests References Suggested Readings: Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 06/08/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412959506
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781412959506
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 1412959500

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