Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom A Culturally Responsive Approach

ISBN-10: 1412959519

ISBN-13: 9781412959513

Edition: 2009

Authors: Margaret M. Thombs, Maureen M. Gillis, Alan S. Canestrari

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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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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.nbsp;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.

Why This Book?
Real Voices... Typical Classroom Challenges
Practical, Usable Curriculum Content
About the Authors
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
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
The WebQuest Model
Background and History
Why Use the WebQuest Model?
Exploring Socio-Economic Conditions
One Zambia, One Nation?
Designing WebQuests
Core Components of a WebQuest
Other Components of the Model
Design Process
Selecting a Primary Design Tool
Assessing WebQuests
Online Resources
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
World Religions and Conflicts
Religious Conflict: Is an End in Sight?
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
Immigration: Past, Present, and Future
Lights, Camera, Action! An Immigration Perspective
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
Effective Use of Maps and Geographic Tools
Calling All Cartographers!
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
Voting Rights and Responsibilities
Let Our Voices Be Heard!
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
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
Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies
National Education Technology Standards for Students
Sites for Selecting Specialized Resources
Standards Associated With Example WebQuests
Suggested Readings: Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom
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