How can I use WebQuests if I have limited or no access to the Internet in my classroom or school?
If you have no Internet access or computer access in your classroom at all, you can actually still use WebQuests, though you will need to use a computer and printer at some point. You simply print out the information from the sites that you would have had the students visit and allow them to work with it that way. This loses much of the interactive and simulated components of the Web -- but it does allow students access to further and more varied material than you may have in your textbooks or library.
If you have a school Intranet
1, you can whack
2 sites with permission of the site owners. This means you download these complete sites onto your school's server
3 so that you and your students can access them when you are not connected to the Net.
If there are not enough computers for all of your students, you can have them work in teams on the computers that are available and give them a longer period of time to complete their work (remember to include tasks that don't require the computer in your lesson so that students will have something to do when they're not on the computer). This can make a virtue of necessity, since kids often learn better by thinking out loud and discussing the information they are finding with each other.