What do I need to create a WebQuest?
Once designed and set up, a WebQuest is really just a Web page in a particular format. A Web editor is the only specialized equipment needed to get started, and that's no harder to use than a word processor. In fact, most new word processors even allow you to save your work in HTML form, which is the basic language for designing Web pages. (See Resources for some sources of help with setting up Web pages.)
Ordinarily, you'll also need to have a Web server
available to post
2 your WebQuest. Most school districts and many individual school sites have servers available for teachers. However, a server is not an absolutely critical requirement. If you don't have server space, you can copy your WebQuest onto the hard drive of each of your students' computers. Then, run the WebQuest on a browser like Netscape or Internet Explorer.
Tom Fehrenbacher, teacher, talks about what he's learned about computers in the classroom.
Ideally, of course, the computers your students use to do a WebQuest should have access to the Internet. If not, someone whose computer IS connected can capture (or "whack")
3 the distant Web sites you'll be using and put them on your local hard drives (with the permission of the page authors, of course). It is not ideal, but this method works and will give your students practice, while you encourage your school to develop its Web connections.
Do you need to be an engineering wizard to do these things? No, the WebQuest Page (see Resources) offers lots of pre-made templates for page design, and some content hints to help you build your own quest. All that you need to do is think and type. You may need help from your information-systems specialist, however, if you are going to "whack" Web sites.